KKOB Local News

City Proposes More Housing for Albuquerque Workforce

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The City of Albuquerque’s work to increase available housing stock advanced yesterday, moving 191 downtown apartment units closer to groundbreaking. ‘The Downtowner,’ a six-story residential project intended to fill a critical gap for workforce housing secured the recommendation of the Albuquerque Development Commission and will now move to City Council for final…MORE

University researchers analyze pretrial releases amid debate

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –Amid debate over New Mexico’s system of releasing felony defendants, University of New Mexico research indicates that just under 5% of Albuquerque-area defendants awaiting trial commit violent crimes while free from jail. Findings from the university’s Institute for Social Research’s analysis of more than 10,000 felony cases in Bernalillo County also included that less…MORE

Dr. Thornton says he’s running for Lt. Gov.

(PRESS RELEASE) Bernalillo, NM (KKOB) –Anthony “Ant” Thornton, aerospace engineer and most recent  1st Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Bernalillo County has announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. “I am excited to announce my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. The current administration running the state of New Mexico has utilized the fear of COVID-19 to…MORE

PNM Resources Foundation continues to move New Mexico forward

(PRESS RELEASE) Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –Today, the PNM Resources Foundation announced it collectively awarded $110,000 to eight local nonprofits for their work to increase access to affordable housing in New Mexico. Each nonprofit grant recipient has programs making an impact throughout the state and shares the PNM Resources Foundation vision of moving New Mexico forward…MORE

New wargaming facility being built for Air Force laboratory

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –Construction has started at Kirtland Air Force Base for a new digital laboratory for advanced wargaming and other simulation and analysis work involving laser weapons and space vehicles. The Air Force Research Laboratory’ s $6 million Wargaming and Advanced Research Simulation Laboratory is intended to spur strategies involving innovation, speed and partnerships within the…MORE

Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Nambe, NM (AP) –Carmaker Tesla has opened a store and repair shop on Native American land for the first time, marking a new approach to its years long fight to sell cars directly to consumers and cut car dealerships out of the process. The white-walled, silver-lettered Tesla store, which opened last week, sits in Nambé…MORE

Northwest New Mexico Business Fair

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) —  The New Mexico Economic Development Department will be hosting their quarterly finance fair, completely online, on October 20, 2021, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Johanna Nelson, the Strategic Program Manager with the NMEDD, told NewsRadioKKOB that the fair provides an opportunity for businesses to rebuild and thrive. All Northwest New Mexico…MORE

City Directs $4.1 Million to Communities Previously Overlooked

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The City of Albuquerque announced that over $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will be made available for families who were previously excluded from federal stimulus aid. Mayor Keller and Economic Development Director Damian Lara joined a Spanish language virtual town hall hosted by El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos,…MORE

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October and extends generous emergency allotments temporarily. President Joe Biden’s administration has approved a permanent 25% increase in food aid over pre-pandemic levels, available…MORE

APD highlights homicide suspect w/photo

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –APD’s Homicide Unit is still seeking a suspect named Javier Vargas Vasquez. He is wanted in the Aug. 21st homicide which occurred at the Ojos Locos sports bar, 2105 Louisiana Blvd. Northeast. Anyone with information about this person is encouraged to call 242-COPS.MORE

APD Arrests Serial Robbery Suspect

(PRESS RELEASE) Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –Officers with APD’s Northwest Proactive Response Team arrested a serial robbery suspect today shortly after he allegedly robbed the Wendy’s at 3340 Coors Blvd., N.W. The PRT officers were working a tac plan today in the area of Coors Blvd and Quail Rd., N.W. due to an increase in armed…MORE

Conceptual redistricting maps emerge from citizens board

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –A citizens advisory committee to the New Mexico Legislature on political redistricting is deciding on a set of conceptual maps to circulate for public comment. The Citizens Redistricting Committee was scheduled to meet on Thursday to select those conceptual maps. The actual line-drawing will be done by the state’s Democrat-led Legislature, which could…MORE

Balloon Fiesta’s X Marks the Spot program returns

Albuquerque, N.M. (KKOB) — If you’ve always wanted a hot air balloon to land in your backyard, this returning program may be for you. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has unveiled this year’s ‘X Marks the Spot’ program, a collaboration with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. If you have at least 200 by 200…MORE

Dow Announces $300,000 Raised and Full Roster of County Chairs

Truth or Consequences, NM (KKOB) –Rebecca Dow’s gubernatorial campaign today announced that two months into her campaign efforts, and with nearly a month still remaining before fourth quarter reports are due, she has raised over $300,000 and has a full roster of County Chairs from every county in the state. The average donation to Dow’s…MORE

Commission Approves Health and Wellness Provider for MDC

Bernalillo County, NM (KKOB) –Bernalillo County commissioners have approved a medical, dental, mental health and psychiatric services contract for the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) with Corizon Health, headquartered in Brentwood, TN.  Corizon replaces Centurion Health which exercised the termination clause in its contract in June. The term of the agreement, which begins in mid-October, is…MORE

US grants license for temporary nuclear waste dump in Texas

Washington, DC (AP) –Federal officials have cleared the way for construction of a dump in West Texas that could hold spent nuclear fuel for up to 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and run a facility that could take up to 5,000 metric tons of…MORE

Male-female duo robs Albuquerque bank

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for an unidentified man and his female accomplice after the pair robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank on Tuesday. The robbery occurred at Bank of the West, 3201 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, at approximately 10:53 a.m. The female suspect, who cased the bank minutes before…MORE

PNM helping customers pay past-due PNM bills at ABQ event

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –PNM will host a free assistance event to help pay electricity bills on Wednesday, September 15, from 1 – 4PM at Alamosa Health and Social Services Center in Albuquerque. Who:      PNM What:     Helping customers pay their past-due electric bills in the Albuquerque area When:     Wednesday, September 15, from 1 – 4PM Where:    Alamosa Health and…MORE

Three candidates for Santa Fe mayor clash at public forum

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –Santa Fe’s incumbent entrepreneur-turned-mayor defended his handling of conflicts over historical monuments and stewardship of a COVID-battered economy at a candidate forum Monday amid stinging criticism from two Latina challengers. Mayor Alan Webber is being challenged by fellow Democrat and City Councilor Joann Vigil Coppler, who highlighted her hardscrabble local upbringing…MORE

QB King out for No. 7 A&M after surgery to repair broken leg

College Station, Tx (AP) –Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair his broken right leg, suffered early in the seventh-ranked Aggies’ 10-7 win at Colorado over the weekend. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that King’s surgery to repair a broken tibia went well but that there is no timeline…MORE