Friday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Firework warnings
Fireworks with "warning" on the label are not approved for use within the city limits.

The five facts you need to know:

  1. Friday, mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the morning and into the afternoon. Some afternoon thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the lower to mid 80’s. South winds 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Friday night, showers and thunderstorms and cooler. Lows in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph in the evening.
  2. More about the preliminary findings on the Dog Head Fire investigation are expected to be released Friday. Fire officials say the nearly 18,000 acre fire in the Manzano Mountains was human caused, but no other details have been given. A news conference is scheduled to start at 11:30 Friday morning in Chilili.
  3. New laws are going into effect Friday. Repeat drunk drivers now face stricter penalties in New Mexico. An eighth or subsequent DWI conviction will now carry 10 to 12 years with no suspension. Right now, it’s two to three years and often suspended. Also, if you are convicted of vehicular homicide, it’s now a 15-year maximum sentence for each victim killed. Currently, it’s six years.
  4. The Fire Marshal’s Office and state parks are expected to have a busy weekend as celebrations for the Fourth of July kick off across the state. Inspectors are going tent to tent across Albuquerque looking out for illegal fireworks. Remember — if the labels say “Warning,” “Danger” or “Warning: Explosives,” the Fire Marshal says those are illegal.
  5. Admission to the zoo is free Friday but you have to get there early. The Albuquerque BioPark’s Free Summer Fun Day runs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. No passes needed, just show up before 10 a.m.

Top Morning Headlines:

Western New Mexico University has entered agreements with two universities in Mexico to share research and allow students to study on both sides of the border. The Silver City school signed last month an agreement with Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon that outlines collaboration and the possibilities of student exchanges, and signed another deal with a college in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors. In a 5-0 opinion issued Thursday, the court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state’s assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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