Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. A Rio Rancho child is still in the hospital recovering after being shot by his 9-year-old sibling. The child is expected to be ok, however his name and age are not being released. Police say the shooting happened on 21st Avenue near Golf Course and Highway 528 Thursday night. Police are still looking into how the kid got the gun, and if any adults will be charged.
  2. Friday is expected to be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms with little or no rain are expected for the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds at that time. Highs will be in the lower to mid-60s. Friday night is expected to be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers.
  3. Bernalillo County officials are desperately looking for the family of “Cowboy Eddie” the man whose memorial, or descanso, sits in the South Valley off 2nd Street near Prosperity. The memorial sits right in the path of a construction project. The man’s real name is Edward Hartman II. County officials say they want to be respectful and move the commemoration to somewhere else nearby, but they want to let relatives know.
  4. A New Mexico mom is waking up with a criminal record, all because of something she posted on Facebook that caused panic at her son’s school. 32-year-old Jeanette Garza Alvarez posted her concerns about what she heard was a school threat concerning guns at Sierra Middle School in Roswell. The next Monday, at least 160 students didn’t show. Turns out, it was only a rumor. Police cited her for creating a public nuisance. She’s not serving jail time, but had to pay court fees.
  5. The nation’s largest powwow will kick off with the grand entry of the Gathering of Nations at the Pit. It’s the second biggest event for the city, just behind Balloon Fiesta. Last year, it brought in $21 million for the local economy and tourism. Officials expect to see it again this year.

Top Morning Headlines:

The head of one of the state’s largest employers says it will hire about two thousand people in the next few years. According to the Los Alamos Monitor, the Los Alamos National Laboratory says it will hire 600 to 700 scientists, 400 support techs, and nearly 1500 others to round out business and operations in the next four years. The lab says it has already started to look for people. The new plan comes after Los Alamos didn’t get a contract renewal with Los Alamos National Security to manage the facility. The firm cited performance issues.

The state’s food assistance program is facing a huge blow after some state workers admitted they falsified numbers that led to some of the poorest New Mexicans getting denied for food assistance. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the testimony came during another hearing, in a decades old lawsuit filed against the state’s human services department. The state workers testified they sometimes entered false *asset information on emergency requests for food assistance that led to denied or delayed requests. Some of the workers say they were pressured by management to make sure data did not show the department was failing to fulfill the emergency requests within the required seven day period. The federal hearing is expected to continue next week.

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