Sunday Morning’s Top Stories

Timberon Fire 40 Percent Contained

Firefighters seem to finally have the upper hand on the Timberon fire–now 40 percent contained. Crews are in the mop-up stage putting out hot spots, but the blaze took a nasty toll. Forty-four homes are destroyed and 26 other structures are damaged or ruined. Governor Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency Friday to free up resources to fight the fire, which sparked Wednesday.

Cigarette Request Gets Violent

Turning down a request for a cigarette turned dangerous for a group of Albuquerque men. It happened at Los Altos Park near Eubank and I-40, Friday. According to a criminal complaint, four men were hanging out when John Archuleta approached them for a cigarette. Police say when they refused, Archuleta kicked over a beer, punched one of the men in the head and pulled a butcher’s knife on them before running. Officers arrested Archuleta. At last check, he’s behind bars at MDC.

Deadly Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in northeast Albuquerque. It happened around 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening, near Comanche and Louisiana. That intersection was closed for several hours while police investigated. It’s unknown what caused that crash or whether anyone else was hurt. 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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