The New Mexico Public Education Department is grabbing the financial reins for a group of troubled Albuquerque charter schools.
It may rain this week. *fingers crossed*
The New Mexico State Fair is less than a week away. Eat something fried for me.
Azul Burrito Co., we barely knew ye.
UNM is "not substantially compliant" with the Clery Act, which requires schools to properly communicate and monitor campus safety issues.
"Breaking Bad" is the gift that keeps on giving.
Colonel Tom Miller asks for a take-back on previously submitted KAFB jet fuel spill data.
Today in cultural relativity, zoo animals in Albuquerque will probably get to eat horse meat. And that's not unusual.
Performance art ain't dead yet, and thank goodness (and folks like Emma Sulkowicz) for that.
A man pointed his finger at Santa Fe private school students and said “pew pew.” This didn’t go over well.
Albuquerque, as a whole, has been revealed to be a terrible driver. And Albuquerque, as a whole, gives a knowing laugh.
A UNM professor is looking into why APD’s lapel cameras are always switching off at key moments, which is really weird, and must be because of, I dunno, a chip or something? Or a wire? Yeah, that's it. Probably a wire.
Air France has suspended flights because of… bum bum bum… EBOLA. Let's all freak out.
And a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an automatic Uzi during a practice session gone wrong.
A local man allegedly rode to his appointment with a probation officer on a stolen electric shopping cart.
The Albuquerque Isotopes won on the road last night after losing 6 of 7 in their last home stand.
An ancient species of shrimp lives in Albuquerque.
APD has a brand-new “crisis vehicle."
The City Council is considering raising the gross receipts tax in order to assuage homelessness.
A Burque balloon factory is in the works.
Some of the intersections downtown are dangerous.
Operations at the City’s Police Oversight Committee have officially been suspended.
CNM's getting a Downtown location, y'all.
Albuquerque is getting a “Living Cities” grant, which will help with Downtown revitalization, low-income residents and community improvement.
President Obama's budget proposal could result in more access to New Mexico public lands.
Three more accusers have come forward against Rusty Glanton, a tumbling coach who was accused of “criminal sexual contact of a minor” in January.
The court-martial is underway for a US general accused of sexually assault.
A transgender woman was told by CrossFit that she couldn't compete in the women's strength competition. Now she's suing them.
Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs is the first woman to take command of Fort Knox. Not bad.
An abortion clinic in McAllen, Texas closed its doors yesterday due to new state restrictions. The law is expected to be “fully implemented” in September, which will leave only six clinics in the state of Texas.
Wait … there's actual employment for ninjas? With no experience required? Guess I'm moving to Japan.
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, died yesterday at the age of 95.
It looks like Carrie Underwood struck gold (not really). Apparently, even though not everyone loved it, The Sound of Music was watched by many.
Over 100 people were left dead in Bangui, Central African Republic, due to political unrest between Muslim rebels and Christian citizens.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has not been charged with rape.
Shaine Sherrill, who was shot by APD officers Sunday afternoon, did not have a gun. Apparently, Sherrill was suicidal and had said he wanted to be shot by police.
Just for future reference, when you use the wrong dirt … it might cause some setbacks.
Andrew Coppler faces up to nine years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for the death of his father.
A restaurant owner is facing some scrutiny for putting a surveillance camera in the men's bathroom. Yikes.
The seemingly-mythical Downtown grocery store may soon be one step closer to becoming a part of our reality.
Here's a guy who decided that drunk driving wasn't dangerous enough.
The New Mexico Mind Research Institute is scanning prisoners' brains to try and predict whether they will re-offend. We can only assume that this will result in a future super-villain's origin story.
Tea Party fave and all around crazy/evil person Michele Bachmann won't be seeking congressional re-election. So sorry to see her go.
Hard-working, industrious beaver industriously murders man.
A goat went crazy, goat style.
Do your Friday night plans involve a pint of Ben and Jerry's and your DVR? If your answer is yes and you're psyched about that, I can dig it, but, if your answer is yes and you're not excited, here's a last-minute Friday night show announcement.
North America is back in town for the night and will perform at Sister (407 Central Avenue NW), along with Pancakes! and The Rip Torn. The 21-and-over fun begins at 9 p.m. and there's a $5 cover. Check out the below videos and weigh the costs and benefits of your current plans against rocking out at a killer show in a new Downtown venue.
It wasn’t a good idea. We knew that at the time, but I guess we thought we would get away with it.
On March 23, 2011, Mike Smith and I took the bus down Central through Albuquerque’s neon-lit Downtown. We were headed toward the Anasazi building. At nine stories tall, it towered over other buildings on the block, and its pueblo-influenced, multitier design gave its dark, empty windows romantic intrigue. Could we get in? What was inside? What would it be like to be one of the few people who had looked out of those lofty windows?
Near the very top of its eastern face, there was a tantalizing sign that entry was possible: A graffiti rainbow coursed from the rooftop down the bare side. If that artist could get in, so could we. We didn’t think about what would happen if we got caught; we just wanted to see it from the inside.
Mayor Richard Berry held a press conference this afternoon to announce plans for a Downtown grocery. He stood on the property where the store will be built, a 1-acre vacant lot on Silver between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
There’s not yet a national chain or local grocer selected to move in. Instead, the city will put out a request for proposals on Friday. Developers will have 120 days to respond. The mayor said he is confident there will be plenty of proposals.
The city purchased the land in 2000 for $575,000. In 2003, the city removed six underground storage tanks so the property could be certified as free of any contamination. The mayor characterizes the parcel, which is flat and contains nothing but dirt and asphalt, as “a very buildable site.”
“Downtown needs a grocery store,” says Berry. “I’ve been hearing that since I took over as mayor. We’ve been hearing about this for years.”
This will come as welcome news to Downtown’s 10,000 residents and 30,000 workers. Once the lofts are completed across the street from the site, Berry speculates there will be 500 people living there who will make regular use of the grocery store.
There has not been a full-service grocery store in Downtown since the ’30s. The nearest option right now is a Lowe’s on 11th Street and Lomas.
We got word that a grocer is finally coming to Downtown Albuquerque. Rejoice! A spokesperson with the city wouldn’t confirm any details but said there’d be a press conference at the site of the coming store—north of Silver between Second and Third Streets—on Thursday at 1 p.m.
See you there.