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Annual NRA event will not return to Albuquerque next year

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 24, 2018
For the 12th straight year, the National Rifle Association’s National Police Shooting Championships are once again in Albuquerque, but this could be the last time the city hosts it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the 12th straight year, the National Rifle Association’s National Police Shooting Championships are once again in Albuquerque, but this could be the last time the city hosts this annual event.

Albuquerque Sunport ranks No. 8 in mid-sized airports

Marissa Armas, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Sep 24, 2018
The Albuquerque International Sunport has moved up in rankings for medium-sized airports in the United States.
Out of 21-medium-sized airports, the Sunport is now ranked No. 8. In 2017, the J.D Power study ranked the Sunport 12th in the country. City officials said the jump was not easy.

Riders get stuck upside-down after fair ride glitch

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 18, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fairgoers had quite the scare this past weekend. Dozens of them got stuck upside down on a ride at the New Mexico State Fair.

Amtrak may soon replace a major train route in New Mexico with bus service

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 18, 2018
Congress will need to pass $50 million in federal funding to keep part of Southwest Chief open
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Amtrak may soon replace a major train route in New Mexico with bus service. If Congress doesn`t approve $50 million in federal funding needed for maintenance and improvements, then taking the Southwest Chief will no longer be an option for thousands in New Mexico.

Sunspot Solar Observatory to reopen following evacuation

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 17, 2018
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) says the Sunspot Solar Observatory will resume regular operations on September 17th following its closure.

Questions surround mysterious Sunspot Solar Observatory closure

Justin Matthews, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Sep 14, 2018
SUNSPOT, N.M. — A popular observatory has been closed for a week now, but no one is saying why. On Thursday last week, the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot near Alamogordo was evacuated, along with a nearby post office.

New flash warning system aims to prevent arroyo drownings

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Sep 13, 2018
Hope to have it complete by monsoon season of 2020.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters always remind people to stay out of arroyos, but almost every year there is at least one swift-water rescue.

Cute little animals sold at fair need much more care than meets the eye

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 12, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sugar gliders are being sold by a vendor at the New Mexico State Fair called “Sugar Glider Mania.” The vendor told KOAT crews they try to educate customers before selling the exotic pets.

New Mexico`s education at the center of groundbreaking lawsuit

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 11, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It`s being called one of the most influential lawsuits in New Mexico and it centers around our children and their education.

New Mexico moving into a warm and drier pattern.

Joe Diaz, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Sep 10, 2018
New Mexico moving into a warm and drier pattern.

Union says postal worker understaffing causing mail delays, filthy conditions

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 06, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — "Bats, rats, and delayed mail is what we’re dealing with," Albuquerque Postal Workers Union President Ken Fajardo said. Union leaders say chronic understaffing problems are causing mail delays and filthy conditions at local offices.

Pregnant woman survives bus crash, delivers twins 2 months early

Kay Dimanche, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Sep 05, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Christy Westerdale was seven months pregnant when she and her boyfriend, Joseph Chandler, and their daughter packed their bags and hopped on a Greyhound bus to move back home to California.

Many questions remain after deadly bus crash

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 04, 2018
Many unanswered questions remain following Thursday`s deadly bus crash on I-40 in McKinley County
MCKINLEY COUNTY, N.M. — Many unanswered questions remain following Thursday`s deadly bus crash on I-40 in McKinley County.

What we know about deadly Greyhound bus crash

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 31, 2018
MCKINLEY COUNTY, N.M. — The New Mexico State Police Department said a Greyhound bus and semitrailer collided Thursday afternoon.

Recorded calls between compound suspects and loved ones released

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 28, 2018
In a twelve-minute recorded jailhouse call from the Taos County Detention Center, Lucas Morton, one of the five compound suspects, tells his mom what he said happened on Aug. 3.
In a twelve-minute recorded jailhouse call from the Taos County Detention Center, Lucas Morton, tells his mom what he said happened on Aug. 3. He is one of the five Taos County compound defendants accused of child neglect.

New Mexico Lawmakers react to John McCain`s death

Marissa Armas, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 27, 2018
Although Sen. John McCain didn`t represent New Mexico in office, he did represent and support issues important to the New Mexican community.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers said Sen. John McCain`s death is a huge loss for the United States Senate and the country as a whole. Although Sen. McCain didn`t represent New Mexico in office, he did represent and support issues important to the New Mexican community.

APD reviewing shooting death of Kirtland Air Force Base crew chief

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 24, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tristan Ross seemed to have it all. He was a young man with a bright future. That`s why his family members were shocked and devastated when they heard he took his own life.

New Mexico officials on the lookout for fake chile

Marissa Armas, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 23, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Agriculture Standards and Consumer Services will start going around the state inspecting businesses for fake chile. This year, officials dubbed it the "chile blitz," and they will start traveling the Land of Enchantment this week.

Report details how NM facility "laundered accused priests"

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 22, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Pennsylvania grand jury`s report reveals how Catholic leaders across the country used a facility in Jemez Springs, New Mexico to "launder accused priests (to) provide plausible deniability to the bishops, and permit hundreds of known offenders to return to ministry."

Northern California wildfire causes haze in New Mexico

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 21, 2018
In just 24 hours, haze from the wildfire burning in northern California filled the New Mexico sky, so much that Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are under a health alert.
In just 24 hours, haze from the wildfire burning in northern California filled the New Mexico sky, so much that Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are under a health alert.

CYFD: Children taken in compound investigation will not enroll in public schools

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 20, 2018
A lot has happened in the two weeks since five people were arrested and 11 children were turned over to CYFD custody.
TAOS, N.M. — A lot has happened in the two weeks since five people were arrested and 11 children were turned over to CYFD custody. One noticeable change is that the media can no longer access the compound property because there is a gate and clearly marked no trespassing signs.

NM bail reform basis for pretrial release of 5 Taos compound defendants

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 16, 2018
TAOS COUNTY, NM — A decision from a district judge to release five defendants before trial stunned many but it was based on bail reforms that all New Mexico court judges must follow.

New Mexico is often undercounted in the US Census

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 15, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is underfunded, and part of the problem is the state undercounted in the U.S. Census. As a result, the children in New Mexico suffer the most.

Libertarian Party waits to see if Johnson will run for Senate

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 14, 2018
The Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson as its candidate for U.S. Senate, but so far he has not accepted the nomination.
The Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson as its candidate for U.S. Senate, but so far he has not accepted the nomination.

Notable compound investigations in New Mexico history

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 13, 2018
New Mexico has seen quite a few compounds over the years and now the state is a week into the investigation of another. That investigation started at the beginning of August in Amalia. Eleven children were found living in filthy conditions- with little to no food or water near the New Mexico and Colorado border. A child`s body was found on that compound and five adults were arrested.

Gov. Martinez opens up about her future plans once she leaves office

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 13, 2018
For nearly eight years, she`s held the highest office in New Mexico. Many know the public side of Gov. Susana Martinez, because she’s been in public office most of her life.

Children found on compound were being trained to commit school shootings, reports say

Maggie Krajewski, Hearst Television
Albuquerque, Aug 09, 2018
AMALIA, N.M. — LATEST INFORMATION: The 11 children found on a makeshift compound north of Taos were being trained to commit school shootings, according to documents filed Wednesday.

KOAT mourns loss of beloved colleague and friend


Albuquerque, Aug 08, 2018
Bob Wiggins had been a rock with KOAT for 21 years
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — KOAT lost a beloved member of our newsroom family Friday afternoon. Bob Wiggins worked alongside us here at KOAT for 21 years in master control on-air operations, as a technical director and newscast director.

Newly released calls show persistence of school staff

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Aug 08, 2018
A teacher, nurse and clerk called police multiple times concerned about their student.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly uncovered calls to police and the Children, Youth and Families Department show the diligence of school staff who were worried about their student.

Brian Urlacher`s greatness recognized by those who watched him grow

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 06, 2018
Almost anyone who`s ever been to a Lobos football game, knows how important Brian Urlacher was to the program. His picture is still on the side of the stadium.But before he was a Chicago Bear, before he was New Mexico Lobo, he was a high school player from Lovington, New Mexico.

Fire erupts at gas station in Gallup

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 02, 2018
GALLUP, N.M. — Multiple fire agencies responded to a fire that erupted at Gas Max in Gallup on Wednesday evening. According to the Gallup Sun, the fire was in the warehouse where hay and fireworks are stored.

Advertisement Drivers dealing with hail damage; body shops dealing with demand

Brandon Evans, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 01, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The hail came down hard and fast Monday, and for those who didn`t check the weather forecast, it caught a lot of people off-guard.

Race for U.S. Senate in New Mexico could get more interesting

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 31, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The race for U.S. Senate in New Mexico could get a little more interesting as a familiar name may appear on the ballot this November.

New Mexico family survives deadly duck boat crash

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jul 24, 2018
Carlsbad family is waiting for family after they survived a deadly duck boat crash in Missouri.
CARLSBAD, N.M. — Seventeen people are dead and many others were left injured after a duck boat capsized during high winds in Missouri. Among the survivors was a family from Carlsbad, New Mexico.

What we know about Sunday`s deadly bus crash

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 17, 2018
BERNALILLO, NM — WHAT HAPPENED? Early Sunday morning, a series of crashes involving a semitrailer and a charter bus left three people dead, 24 injured and closed I-25 in both directions for nearly 12 hours.

KOAT legal expert explains what plea deals do for major trials

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jul 16, 2018
We`re just a few months away from Jessica Kelley going on trial for the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, a trial that KOAT legal expert John Day says will be different than expected.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New developments in the Victoria Marten`s murder case have turned the investigation upside down: a false confession, charges dropped and a plea deal.

Albuquerque has highest car theft rate in nation

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 13, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque has the highest rate of auto theft per-person in the United States according to new numbers from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. This is the second straight year the Duke City was named at the top of the list. Here are some of the startling statistics:

Stoneman Douglas students, locals rally to end gun violence

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 12, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, made a stop in the Duke City as part of their nationwide March For Our Lives Road to Change tour.

Police seek help finding 13-year-old girl

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 10, 2018
New Mexico State Police are looking for 13-year-old Helen Merida.
She was last seen in Rowe, New Mexico. Helen is 4`9, 130 pounds, and was last wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and flower-patterned pants. Call New Mexico State Police with any information.

Human remains found could have ties to infamous West Mesa murders

Jozelyn Escobedo, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jul 05, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A construction crew discovered remains that could be tied to one of the state’s biggest unsolved murder cases.

Hundreds gather for the "Families Belong Together" rally

Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jul 02, 2018
People in Santa Fe unity against family separation at the Families Belong Together rally.
SANTA FE, N.M. — People crowded the front steps of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe for one of the many "Families Belong Together" rallies across the country Saturday.

VIDEO: Albuquerque firefighters equipped with bulletproof vests

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jun 29, 2018
Albuquerque, N.M. — First responders are called when someone needs help. But now the lives of firefighters are somewhat in the line of fire. Albuquerque Fire Rescue has 172 bulletproof vests. The department has had them for a year and they have been used a handful of times.

Former Mayor Berry says he still stands by ART project

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 28, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It`s the city project that has high hopes but faces major challenges. Former Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry responded Wednesday to concerns over the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project and said he still stands by the roughly $133 million project.

One puppy dead, two with brain damage after botched procedure

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 28, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Richard "Rick" Sanchez, 39, was released on his own recognizance by a Metropolitan Court Judge on June 26, but is still facing eight counts of extreme animal cruelty, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, fraud, and three counts of animal cruelty.

Multistate lawsuit filed against immigration policy allowing family separations at US-Mexico border

Natalie Newport, National Curator - Hearst Television
Albuquerque, Jun 27, 2018
A group of attorneys general filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the zero tolerance policy enforced at the United States-Mexico border, saying that it is doing more to harm the immigration process than to help it.

Immigrants seeking asylum have fewer options when crossing border legally

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 25, 2018
Thousands of immigrants are trying to seek asylum in the United States because they say they face dangerous circumstances in their home country. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said immigrants seeking asylum can try to do so at ports of entry and they won’t be prosecuted.

First lawsuit filed since Southwest engine failure

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 21, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The spouse of one passenger, along with eight other passengers of Southwest Airlines flight 1380, are suing the airline, Boeing, and three manufacturers who helped build the engine that failed.

New Mexico’s dry weather brings more bugs

Kay Dimanche
Albuquerque, Jun 19, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officials with Preventive Pest Control say more people are seeing an increase in ants around their homes because of the drought.

Sylvester Stallone, Michael P. Jordan drop in at Deming Deli

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 18, 2018
DEMING, N.M. — Sylvester Stallone and Michael P. Jordan are in New Mexico filming the sequel to the popular film, Creed.

Fireworks banned in Bernalillo County

Chris Guardaro, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jun 14, 2018
BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. — Bernalillo County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to implement new restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks in unincorporated areas. All shell-tubes, missile-type rockets, helicopters, spinners, and roman candles are banned. People can still use sparklers and smoking-type fireworks.

Volcano near Raton erupted 58,000 years ago

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jun 04, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Out of New Mexico`s many volcanoes, the Capulin volcano actually looks like one. It’s a classic cinder cone that rises among a string of other volcanoes.

Ute Fire spreads to 8,000 acres overnight

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 01, 2018
COLFAX COUNTY, NM — A fast-moving wildfire in Colfax County has spread to 8,000 acres and burned part of the Boy Scouts Philmont Scouts Ranch. 150 structures are still threatened and the fire is 0% contained.

Fire danger prompts Santa Fe National Forest closure

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 31, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. — For the first time since 2013, the Santa Fe National Forest will close due to fire danger. According to officials with the Santa Fe National Forest, the closure will go into effect on Friday at 8 a.m.

Albuquerque firefighters get more tools to help save lives

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 30, 2018
Albuquerque firefighters now have three more thermal imaging cameras
Albuquerque, N.M. — It can help save your life. Albuquerque firefighters now have three more thermal imaging cameras. They may be small, but their impact is huge.

Judge rules UNM fundraising arm must release donor documents

Chris Guardaro, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 29, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico Foundation cannot deny public records requests any longer. Our partners at The Albuquerque Journal report District Court Judge Nancy Franchini ruled that the fundraising arm of UNM is subject to New Mexico public records laws.

KOAT factchecks claims made in first gubernatorial primary debate

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 25, 2018
The primary for a Democratic spot in the governor`s race is heating up. KOAT is holding the candidates accountable to what they say, including what was asked in the first debate held in the KOAT studio.

Man severely beaten for honking horn in parking lot

Marissa Armas, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 24, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say a 72-year-old man was beaten and robbed after honking his horn at a couple in Northeast Albuquerque.

How to keep your home safe this fire season

Byron Morton, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 22, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As the drought shows no signs of letting up, we find out how you can protect your homes from fire danger

Community Comment with Mary Lynn Roper

Mary Lynn Roper, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 18, 2018
KOAT`s President and General Manager discusses the events and issues surrounding a young girl allegedly prostituted by her parents.

Volcanic activity in New Mexico? Expert says there`s a chance

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 17, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For nearly two weeks a volcano in Hawaii has erupted, causing destruction. Many people don’t know New Mexico`s unique geology has created many different volcanoes across our entire state.

No NM counties included in list of 220 "at risk" counties for opioid abuse

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 14, 2018
Funding for addiction support is determined from CDC list
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The CDC released its list of 220 counties, across the nation, that are at risk for opioid addiction. Not a single New Mexico county was included.

Trump administration sends top immigration prosecutors to NM

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 11, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making good on his promise to secure the Mexican-American border. The federal government is sending 35 prosecutors to border states, including six to New Mexico, to handle immigration cases.

Police searching for missing New Mexico teen

Matthew Antonitis, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 10, 2018
Santa Fe Police need your help finding a missing teenager.
SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Police need your help finding a missing teenager. 14-year-old Marc Anthony Aragon was last seen Tuesday on Velarde Road, which is located near Agua Fria and St. Francis.

UNM athletics presents breakdown of sports revenues and expenses

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 09, 2018
The line-by-line item report was discussed at the UNM board of regents finance and facilities committee meeting Tuesday
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico athletics department presented a detailed look at its sports budgets at a Board of Regents committee meeting Tuesday.

Plane down near Highway 550

KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 08, 2018
Sandoval County Fire Department and Jemez Pueblo EMS are responding to a plane down near mile marker 30 and Highway 550.

Mayor of Los Ranchos dies Saturday while visiting Utah

KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 07, 2018
The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque has announced that Mayor Larry Abraham passed away overnight while visiting Utah.

Summertime heat pushes into New Mexico

Eric Green, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 07, 2018
Summertime heat pushes into New Mexico about a month ahead of schedule, with our first 90`s, and potential record highs, just a couple days off!

Smith`s "Private Selection" among Kroger ground beef recall

KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 04, 2018
Over 35,000 pounds of raw ground beef – some sold at area Kroger stores – has been recalled due to a possible hard plastic contamination, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture`s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

President Trump meets with crew, passengers from Southwest Flight 1380

KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 02, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pilots, crew and some passengers on Southwest Flight 1380 were at the White House on Tuesday. The president thanked them for their bravery after an engine exploded.

A look at the push to keep the Navajo language thriving

Royale Da, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, May 01, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Tyler Bennallie is 11 years old and lives on the Navajo nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. He`s a tall boy with dark-framed glasses and a buzz cut.

Federal judge denies Trump’s push to end DACA

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 26, 2018
Administration has 90 days to prove that plan is legal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has ruled that President Trump`s push to end DACA is unlawful. This is the third judge to make such a ruling, but this time an ultimatum has been attached.

Husband of woman killed on Southwest flight remembers her legacy

Shelly Ribando, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 25, 2018
Video, interview courtesy of ABC News
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the first time since the tragedy on a plane that killed an Albuquerque mom, Jennifer Riordan`s husband speaking with ABC News.

Plane engine inspections could cause flight cancellations

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 24, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new directive from the Federal Aviation Administration to airlines will require all planes with the type of engine that exploded last week to be inspected using ultrasound technology within 20 days.

Friends, family come together to honor Jennifer Riordan

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 23, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Friends, family and community members came together Sunday to celebrate the life of Jennifer Riordan. Jennifer Riordan served hundreds of children in our community Woman killed on Southwest flight remembered for everlasting charitable work Beloved mother of 2, community leader killed in tragic Southwest accident Riordan was killed last week after a Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine, scattering shrapnel that hit a window and struck the window.

Target 7: Studying gun violence as an epidemic

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 19, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — It has been called a "chilling effect" on gun violence research. For decades, the Dickey Amendment has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding anything that resembles gun control.

City leaders reaffirm Albuquerque to be "immigrant friendly"

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 17, 2018
City councilors passed the ordinance 6-3 to not use city resources to enforce federal immigration policies
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque City Councilors reaffirm the Duke City to be "immigrant friendly" in a 6-3 vote on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Albuquerque woman killed after flight experiences engine failure

Jozelyn Escobedo, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 17, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — What happened? One person died after a plane`s apparent engine failure led to an emergency landing at Philadelphia`s airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

UNM considers cutting some sports to resolve deficit.

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 12, 2018
No word on which sports could be cut
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico has authorized its athletic director to eliminate programs in the cash-strapped department.

Southern New Mexicans divided over new wall on state`s border

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 06, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said crews will start replacing 20 miles of vehicle barriers west of Santa Teresa with taller, bollard style fencing.

Border wall construction to begin in Santa Teresa this month

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 05, 2018
SANTA TERESA, NM — Plans to build a replacement wall along New Mexico`s border with Mexico will begin this month, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

New Mexico National guard could be sent to the border

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 05, 2018
Right now their mission is unclear
Albuquerque, N.M. — Wednesday evening President Donald Trump signed a proclamation authorizing guardsmen to help border patrol.

NMSU welcomes Parkland shooting survivors

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 04, 2018
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State University is welcoming students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida with open arms – and scholarships.

Navajo Code Talker will be honored by Sen. Heinrich

KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 03, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of New Mexico`s U.S. senators will honor a deceased Navajo Code Talker for his service during World War II. On Tuesday, Martin Heinrich will present the Congressional Silver Medal to the family of Adolph Nagurski.

Police arrest more than a dozen car thieves in one week

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Apr 02, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department arrested more than a dozen car thieves in the last week. More than 60% of crime in Bernalillo County is committed by about 25% of criminals.

Powerful stories behind the journey to El Santuario de Chimayo

Royale Da, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 29, 2018
It`s the Holy Week and that means the faithful are preparing for their pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo. It’s a journey that brings tens of thousands of people to the Northern New Mexico shrine each year. Watch the video above to hear about the powerful reasons people make the journey.

New push to make Albuquerque a stronger immigrant-friendly city

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 27, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two city council members are making a renewed push to reinforce Albuquerque as an immigrant-friendly city.

The Isotopes will become the `Mariachis de Nuevo México`

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Mar 21, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Isotopes are changing their style for four games to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. The Isotopes will become the "Mariachis de Nuevo México" and "The Lab" will transform as well.

Democrats put legal pot on party platform

David Carl, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 19, 2018
First time major NM party has done soALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the first time in New Mexico history, a major political party has put recreational marijuana legalization on their party platform.

APS board passes resolution to ban arming teachers

Chris Guardaro, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 16, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Public Schools board voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution that bans arming teachers. The measure is part of an alliance with the Council of the Great City Schools to urge Congress to take action to protect students.

Albuquerque High takes unique approach to national walkout movement

Kay Dimanche, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 15, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of 17 people being killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Hundreds of students to participate in `walkout` to honor Parkland shooting victims

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 14, 2018
Students across the country will walkout of class Wednesday.
Albuquerque, N.M. — Students across the country will walkout of class Wednesday morning. For 17 minutes they`ll stand in solidarity with the 17 victims of a Florida High School shooting.

Students will join gun law protest during national walkout

Kay Dimanche, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 13, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It`s been almost one month since a gunman opened fire at a Parkland Florida, high school, killing 17 people.

VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidates face questions on government transparency

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Mar 12, 2018
All five of New Mexico`s candidates for governor took questions about government transparency during a first-of-its-kind forum on Sunday at KNME studios.

Uncertainty looms for thousands of dreamers in New Mexico

Christine Pae, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 06, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Thousands of immigrants in New Mexico face continued uncertainty as they wait for Congress and the courts to decide on DACA. Short for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," DACA renewals were intended to expire on March 5, six months after President Donald Trump announced the program will be no more.

Nearly 90% of stolen cars test positive for meth

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Mar 05, 2018
“It transfers around the car like nicotine. If you’re smoking it and wherever the smoke goes, that is where the meth will be deposited. "
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque ranks number one in the nation when it comes to car thefts. Last year alone, close to 10,000 cars were stolen from our community.

Gov. Martinez suggests retired officers work as school security guards

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Mar 01, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Governor Susana Martinez wants retired law enforcement officers to work as security guards in New Mexico schools.

Mysterious illness targets marijuana users

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 28, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain are all symptoms to watch out for if you use medical marijuana. Colby Petropoulous suffered from anxiety his whole life.

Students plan "walk-out" and protest

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 28, 2018
The Santa Fe School Board approved a resolution to allow its students to participate in the March 14th "walk-out."
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe School Board passed a resolution allowing students to participate in a 17-minute "walk-out" on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Government will continue to accept DACA renewals

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 27, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — The Supreme Court decided Monday it will stay out of the dispute over DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Lawmakers want gun legislation immediately

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 26, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich says he wants to see a federal ban on bump stocks, high-capacity magazines, and clarify the rules on universal background checks
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Senator Martin Heinrich says gun laws must be talked about at the federal level, not just for New Mexico.

Aztec High School teacher supports arming teachers

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 26, 2018
He survived the the December 7th shooting and protected his students from gunfire.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fritz Polk, an Aztec High School history teacher and San Juan County Sheriff`s Chaplain supports arming teachers under certain conditions.

Suspects in school shooting threats can legally purchase guns once they turn 18

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 23, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the week since the tragic Florida shooting that claimed 17 lives – more than a dozen shooting threats have flooded New Mexico Schools.

Student arrested for making threats to carry out school shooting

Matthew Antonitis, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 22, 2018
Student arrested for making threats to carry out school shooting
VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. —A student was arrested Thursday after threatening to carry out a school shooting at Belen High School. The student made the threat over SnapChat Wednesday night prompting a two hour delay Thursday morning.

Influential evangelical leader Billy Graham dies at 99

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 21, 2018
Minister was an adviser to president, preaching reached hundreds of millions around the world
Rev. Billy Graham, the massively influential evangelical minister and pillar of American spiritual life, has died at 99.

Albuquerque leaders propose small sales tax hike to hire more police

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 20, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque city councilors Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones are introducing a small sales tax increase for public safety and to fix a projected budget deficit. The proposed tax hike would be .00375, or three-eighths of a percent, more than the current gross receipts tax.

Crossing the border to gain an American education

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 20, 2018
Hundreds of students enrolled in New Mexico schools don`t live in our state. In fact, they don`t even live in this country and you are paying for their education.

Senate approves additional $3.2 million for Bernalillo County DA`s Office

Megan Cruz and Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 14, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Senate voted 40-2 Tuesday to pass a spending plan that includes $3.2 million for the Bernalillo County District Attorney`s Office to hire more prosecutors. That`s $2 million more than what the House proposed earlier in the session. This, along with money for pay raises, comes very close to the budget the DA wanted.

What happens if UNM fires Bob Davie

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 13, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico hired internal investigators to find out if head football coach Bob Davie broke any laws or violated school and NCAA policies. Investigation reports show he did neither but uncovered serious enough allegations to recommend changes at the university.

George R.R. Martin, "Breaking Bad" Headline Film Hall of Fame Class

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 12, 2018
Inaugural class also includes Thomas Edison
SANTA FE, N.M. — George R.R. Martin and "Breaking Bad" headlined the inaugural New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame Class, inducted Sunday evening.

We breakdown the most shocking allegations against UNM head football coach

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 12, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — UNM announced Thursday it is suspending head football coach Bob Davie for 30 days for allegations of physical abuse and racist slurs against players. Below is a breakdown of the most shocking accusations made against him.

Racist slurs, physical abuse claims prompt UNM to suspend head football coach

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 09, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico launched investigations into the football program after former players reported misconduct. The University’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), a Chicago based law firm, and a retired judge were tasked with looking into allegations against the UNM Athletics Department.

One of New Mexico’s largest health care providers could leave the state

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 08, 2018
Molina Healthcare can be gone on Jan. 1, 2019.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state of New Mexico is trimming the number of Medicaid contracts from four to three this year.

Rain/snow chance in the 7-day

Eric Green, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Feb 07, 2018
Not in the short term though, Eric Green says we will see another major warm up play out before the weekend brings changes and the weather pattern becomes much more active early next week.

New Mexico military veteran honored during Super Bowl coin toss

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 05, 2018
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On a world stage alongside two teams fighting for a football championship Sunday was a group of men who fought for their country. Among them was a decorated New Mexico war veteran. Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry is from Santa Fe.

Punxsutawney Phil makes his 2018 Groundhog Day prediction

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 02, 2018
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa — Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog has made his prediction. On Friday morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Officer who adopted opioid-addicted baby to be recognized at State of the Union

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 30, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The White House confirms Albuquerque Police officer Ryan Holets will be a guest of honor at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

A dozen storms needed to help drought, experts say

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 29, 2018
The lack of snow pack and rain mixed with upcoming Spring winds are the perfect recipe for devastating wildfires
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If there are no strong winter and spring storms, fire season could begin as soon as next month in the lower elevations of New Mexico, according to fire meteorologist Chuck Maxwell.

Flu activity increasing in New Mexico

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 29, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Health says flu activity is increasing across the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nationwide, one in 15 doctor visits were for influenza-related symptoms last week. That`s the highest amount since the 2009 swine flu epidemic. Here`s what you need to know about this year`s strain of the flu:

ICE agents use justice system to detain immigrants

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 26, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they arrested Luis Talamantes-Acosta after he was released from jail Monday. Talamantes-Acosta is a repeat offender who had just finished serving a sentence at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Government shutdown could impact thousands of New Mexicans

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 22, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Government workers across the nation could be impacted by a government shutdown, specifically civilian-based employees.

911 calls reveal heartbreaking moments after deadly helicopter crash

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 19, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — CAUTION: Audio may be disturbing to some viewers
Five people were killed, one injured in the crash outside Raton.

5 killed in helicopter crash near Raton

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 18, 2018
A helicopter with six people crashed Wednesday evening near the Raton Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened around 6 p.m.

Car wreck caused sinkhole in family`s front yard

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 17, 2018
An Albuquerque family is now living with loved ones after a car crash caused a sinkhole in their front yard.
Early Sunday morning, Albuquerque police said a car crashed into a fire hydrant on Painted Rock Drive near Unser and Bob McCannon Parkway. Water from that hydrant created a large sinkhole in front of a home.

Albuquerque police officer to meet the President

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 16, 2018
Albuquerque, NM — President Donald Trump wants to honor Officer Ryan Holets for the compassion he showed a pregnant drug addict.

State analysts review factors fueling Albuquerque crime rate

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 16, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. — Criminal justice initiatives and state spending increases for public education, law enforcement, Medicaid and economic development are at the top of the agenda as the New Mexico Legislature convenes for a 30-day session.

Firefighter dies from exposure to chemicals

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 15, 2018
Lieutenant Shadd Rohwer from the Farmington Fire Department lost his battle to cancer on January 11, 2018. He was a firefighter for 19 years and died in Phoenix, Ariz. where he was being treated.

New Mexico sheriff puts controversial post on social media

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 15, 2018
The San Juan County sheriff agrees with President Trump`s remarks on Haiti

Albuquerque being sued for panhandling ordinance

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jan 12, 2018
ACLU: Ordinance violates people`s free speech rights
Albuquerque, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque is being sued over its controversial panhandling ordinance.

Topgolf coming to Albuquerque

Maggie Krajewski, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jan 11, 2018
Topgolf is coming to the Duke City and bringing over 300 full and part-time jobs with it.

President Trump says he`s ready to tackle fate of DACA

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 10, 2018
There is promising news for 7,000 DACA recipients in New Mexico. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will sign a deal to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, if Congress can agree on a deal.

Pet food could cost you more money

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jan 09, 2018
Albuquerque, N.M. — Two New Mexico lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would increase commercial pet food registration fees to $100 dollars per product each year. Right now, it’s just $2. Meaning pet owners could have to spend more cash on pet food to cover the registration increase if distributors and stores raise prices.

Mayor`s office finds mechanical issues with ART buses

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 08, 2018
Albuquerque, NM — "We`re a ways away from full service," said Mayor Tim Keller this weekend, speaking about the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project. ART was one of the previous administration`s top priorities, expecting to offer full service along Central Avenue starting in early 2018.

Flu cases spike in New Mexico

Chris Guardaro, KOAT 7
Albuquerque, Jan 05, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Health says there’s a spike in the number of reported flu cases across the state in the last few weeks. There are twice as many influenza cases now, compared to the same time last year. Here’s what you need to know about the strain of flu affecting New Mexicans:

Retired officers rush to save man in burning house

Nancy Laflin, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 02, 2018
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Two retired high ranking cops were on their way home New Year`s Eve when they saw a house on fire.

Lobo Baseball, NM Automotive Dealers Association help with KOATs for Kids

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 27, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico`s Automotive Dealers Association donated $2,000 while the Lobo Baseball team went shopping and sorted all the new coats.

Mayor: poor cell service isn`t just annoying, it`s a city emergency

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 26, 2017
SANTA FE — That`s why Mayor Gonzales recently signed an emergency declaration allowing Verizon to boost its coverage in the city. The company will pay Santa Fe $50,400 to soon build 7 temporary cell phone antennae on city properties. This agreement is good for 6 months unless the mayor ends it sooner.

Caught on Camera: Porch pirate takes Christmas gifts from family

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 21, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The suspect walked right up to the porch, grabbed the packages and walked back to his car where he loaded them in.

Local ski areas desperately need snow

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 20, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — "We will have made more snow this year than we ever have in any winter on record," Ski Santa Fe President & General Manager Benny Abruzzo said.

Girl accused of stealing deputy`s truck

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 19, 2017
A 16-year-old girl is accused of being intoxicated and stealing a San Juan County Sheriff deputy`s truck and crashing it into three other vehicles.
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A 16-year-old girl is accused of being intoxicated and stealing a San Juan County Sheriff deputy`s truck and crashing it into three other vehicles.

Students return to school following deadly shooting

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 19, 2017
AZTEC, N.M. — Aztec High School students and faculty returned to school on Monday for the first time since the deadly school shooting less than two weeks ago.

What police found in the Aztec shooter’s home

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 14, 2017
AZTEC, N.M. — Police have released an inventory list of what they found when they executed a search warrant at the home of Aztec High School shooter William Atchison.

Aztec High student records school shooting

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 12, 2017
AZTEC, N.M. — Aztec High School Freshman Heaven Hughes took out her phone once and recorded her class being put on lock down. In the video, you can hear gunshots from the school shooter and see students ducking for cover.

Active shooter training may have saved lives in Aztec

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 12, 2017
KOAT took the same active shooter training Monday
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Aztec High School teachers, staff, and Aztec Police officers completed active shooter training prior to the deadly school shooting. That training may have saved lives.

School custodian follows shooter through halls

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 11, 2017
Emery says he wanted to know where the shooter was so police could find him quickly
AZTEC, N.M. — Thomas "Emery" Hill was on his way to fix a circuit breaker Thursday morning, December 7, 2017 when he heard gunshots.

What we know about the deadly Aztec High School shooting

KOAT Action 7 News
Farmington, Dec 08, 2017
Two students and a gunman are dead after the shooter opened fire at Aztec High School Thursday morning.

Warrant: NM may have ties to murder of Texas border agent

Nancy Laflin, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 07, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly released information reveals a possible New Mexico connection in the death of a Texas border patrol agent. According to a search warrant obtained by KOAT, a person told federal authorities that two brothers assaulted the border patrol agents with rocks.

Silver Alert issued for missing Roswell woman

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 04, 2017
A Silver Alert has been issued for a woman missing from Roswell. Roswell Police are looking for 80-year-old Leotta Talbert. Police say she was last seen wearing a hospital gown with an IV still in place when she left the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

Facebook`s expansion in Los Lunas could mean 200 more full-time jobs

Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Dec 01, 2017
LOS LUNAS, NM — That`s according to a spokesperson from the social media giant. He said while Facebook does not have an official number of jobs just yet, two buildings typically means about 100 full-time employees. The Los Lunas data center will have six buildings.

Thousands of fake Wells Fargo accounts opened in New Mexico

Nancy Laflin, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 30, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the largest banks in New Mexico is under investigation by the attorney general. The attorney general said Wells Fargo employees opened up thousands of fake bank accounts or credit cards without customers ever knowing.

New details: Deputy shot multiple rounds into stolen truck, killing 2 people

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 29, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sheriff Manuel Gonzales released new information about a deadly deputy-involved shooting on Nov. 17. The sheriff identified the two men killed as Isaac Padilla and Martin Jim.

President calls Warren "Pocahontas" at Code Talker ceremony

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 28, 2017
Local Code Talker expert calls comment a "slur"
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local expert on Navajo Code Talkers says the comment, directed at Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, was a slur. The White House has denied that assertion.

Fire claims 3 lives, injures another

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 27, 2017
CLOVIS, N.M. — Police in Clovis say three people are dead after a structure fire on Calhoun Street. Just before 3 on Sunday afternoon the Clovis Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire. When fire officials arrived on scene they found an outbuilding engulfed in flames.

Dozens of people march for immigration reform in downtown Albuquerque

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 20, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Highland High School students, along with many others, marched in downtown Albuquerque demanding a change.

Amber Alert canceled after baby found safe

Matthew Antonitis, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 17, 2017
Amber Alert cancelled for missing baby from Gallup
GALLUP, N.M. — The Gallup Police Department cancelled an Amber Alert for a missing eight-month-old boy.

UNM donor dinner flagged as "excessive spending"

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 17, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A UNM donor dinner was just flagged as excessive spending. It`s another new revelation from a recent State Auditor report.

7-year-old girl saves family from burning house fire

Shelley Ribando, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 16, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque family lost everything in a house fire, but thankfully they still have each other because of their 7-year-old daughter.

Teen admits to writing "kill list" in Santa Fe High shooting threat

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 15, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — A judge has decided one of the three teenagers accused of planning a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School will stay behind bars.

Facebook to expand Data Center in Los Lunas

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 14, 2017
Facebook will announce a big expansion of the Los Lunas data center Tuesday morning, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Right now, the data center is constructing two buildings. Now, that expansion is set to increase to six buildings.

Santa Fe High remains on high alert days after shooting threat

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 14, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — Court documents say someone found a letter about the school shooting plan and turned it over to the Santa Fe Police Department. And two days later, a second letter was found.

Special audit reveals no financial accountability at UNM Athletics

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 13, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — A special report released Friday revealed more blunders at the University of New Mexico’s athletic department. Athletes were cheated out of the public’s donations because of inadequate financial oversight.

Intel: No more layoffs thanks to new products

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 09, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — No more layoffs at Intel`s Rio Rancho plant, thanks to some cutting-edge products developed right here by New Mexicans. Those products utilize technology called silicon photonics, which integrates lasers and silicon circuits to make data processing faster than it`s ever been before.

Review team urges domestic gun violence law for New Mexico

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 08, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The horrific church shooting in Texas is prompting lawmakers everywhere to review the gun laws pertaining to domestic abusers.

State police seek help finding missing 13-year-old female

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 07, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police are asking for the public`s help finding a 13-year-old girl from Santa Fe. Casandra Bianca Vasquez was last seen Sunday night driving a 1998 Maroon Pontiac Grand Am near the area of 3000 Cerrillos Road.

Employee kills himself after 4-hour standoff at call center

Matt Howerton, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 06, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A man killed himself Friday afternoon after barricading himself inside the Bank of America call center. Rio Rancho police attempted to peacefully resolve the situation for hours, but were unable to get the man to surrender.

1 dead, another injured in Ruidoso officer-involved shooting

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 06, 2017
RUIDOSO, N.M. — The New Mexico State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving Ruidoso Police officers.

Bregman’s childhood coach: He’s the smartest baseball player I’ve ever met

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 02, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alex Bregman has taken the baseball world by storm. But the man who helped bring him up in the baseball world says it`s not his athletic ability that transformed him into the player he is.

Veteran running 31 marathons in 31 days

Sasha Lenninger, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Nov 01, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Iraq veteran is doing something very unique to help spread awareness when it comes to the men and women who fight for our freedom every single day.

Hundreds say their final goodbyes to New Mexico music icon

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 31, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was standing room only, as friends and family gathered to said their farewell to the man known as the, “Godfather of New Mexico Music."

Frontier Airlines returns service to ABQ Sunport

Jozelyn Escobedo, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 27, 2017
TRAVELERS LEAVING OUT OF ALBUQUERQUE`S SUNPORT WILL NOW HAVE ANOTHER OPTION.FRONTIER FLEW ITS FIRST JET FROM ALBUQUERQUE TO DENVER ON WEDNESDAY.

Flu season is off to a deadly start in New Mexico

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 26, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Health said a A 90-year-old woman is believed to be the first flu related death of the season.

Locals remember music icon Al Hurricane

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 25, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexican legend`s family confirmed on Facebook that he died Sunday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

New Mexico Air National Guard deploying to Puerto Rico

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 24, 2017
Members of New Mexico’s Air National Guard are heading to Puerto Rico to help with recovery. They will be there to help restore power.

Former New Mexico musician killed in California wildfire

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 18, 2017
SANTA ROSA, CA — George Powell knows it sounds cliche, but says it was in fact love at first sight for him and his wife, Lynne. The two met in December 1983 and were married by February.

Hundreds protest controversial science proposal

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 17, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — Hundreds of people showed up to protest proposed science standards for students in New Mexico. Speakers told the Public Education Department the new proposal isn`t what they want for their state.

New Mexico`s most devastating wildfires

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 17, 2017
Little Bear, Cerro Grande, Las Conchas and Whitewater Baldy... a look back at some of the state`s most destructive wildfires.

Local firefighters head to California to battle wildfires

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 12, 2017
SANDOVAL COUNTY, NM — Firefighter teams from New Mexico are en route to help battle one of the worst wildfires in California`s history.

Neighbors disgusted with mock lynching Halloween decoration

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 10, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — People in the neighborhood said they think a woman`s Halloween decorations looked like an African American or Native American person being hanged by a rope.

Local family traumatized after surviving Las Vegas shooting

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 09, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local family speaks out about the on-going trauma they`re dealing with in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

More rain slams Belen after damaging weekend storm

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 06, 2017
BELEN, N.M. — More rain slams Belen after a damaging weekend storm. The Red Cross of New Mexico opened an emergency shelter Thursday at the Jarales Community Center.

Bump stock devices are legal in NM

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 06, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In New Mexico, residents can legally buy the devices in stores and online

Tips to quit smoking from Dr. Ramo

Dr. Barry Ramo, KOAT Health Beat
Albuquerque, Oct 04, 2017
KOAT Medical Expert Dr. Barry Ramo is offering a few tips to help you quit the smoking habit. Following these tips will help eliminate the temptation:

Gallup woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Oct 03, 2017
Lisa Romero was a discipline counselor for the Gallup-McKinley County School District
GALLUP, N.M. — Lisa Romero is survived by her parents, husband, two sisters, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Rio Rancho neighborhood flooded after heavy rain

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 29, 2017
A long night for a Rio Rancho family after water seeped into their home.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A long night for a Rio Rancho family after water seeped into their home.

Local football coaches and parents mixed about kneeling during anthem

Matt Howerton, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 29, 2017
First local varsity games played since NFL protests
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Three varsity football games got underway in the metro Thursday night. It was the first action on the gridiron since dozens of NFL players locked arms and knelt during the National Anthem over the weekend to protest racial injustice.

District Attorney asks state for millions to stop Albuquerque crime

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — The 2nd Judicial district attorney spoke to state lawmakers with urgency Wednesday morning.

FBI statistics show spike in crimes in the Duke City

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 27, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual Uniform Crime Report. It breaks down the crime statistics from 2016 across the nation. There was an increase across the board, but New Mexico saw some of the highest spikes in crime and Albuquerque is a big reason why.

Man accused of killing veteran at ATM finally facing charges

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 26, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Life has been tough for Liz Frank. It`s been 18 months since her 24-year-old son Tyler Lackey was murdered.

New Mexico rescue crews ready to respond to quakes, collapses

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 22, 2017
New Mexican rescuers tell us how they save lives
Albuquerque, NM — How do rescue teams attack building collapses? The Rio Grande Basin Heavy Technical Rescue Team responds to dangerous rescue situations across the area, including flooded arroyos, stranded hikers, and collapsed buildings.

Rio Rancho police search for missing 6-year-old

KOAT Action 7 News
ALBUQUERQUE, Sep 21, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho police are searching for a missing 6-year-old. Kate Lynn Terrell was last seen with her mother, Sabrina Brenden.

Emails show former UNM athletic director admits he made mistakes

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
ALBUQUERQUE, Sep 20, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Emails from the former head of UNM Athletics show Paul Krebs admitting he made mistakes, and he wanted to protect donors. Our partners at The Albuquerque Journal obtained those emails.

New Mexico native shaken after experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Irma

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 19, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Native New Mexican Emily Graf is shaken after experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Irma while living in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Red Cross volunteer returns home, speaks of Irma`s devastation

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 18, 2017
Dean Wilder was deployed for the first time and says the experience with both rewarding and chaotic
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dean Wilder spent more than a week near Tampa, Florida, helping people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Sen. Pete Domenici’s colleague reflects on his life accomplishments

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 15, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sen. Pete Domenici’s passing has impacted political leaders across the state. Sen. Jeff Bingaman worked with Domenici for 26 years in the U.S. Senate.

New Mexicans excited for this year`s first piñon crop

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 15, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — What you need to know about this year’s Piñon crop

Victims of sexual abuse applaud Archbishop for releasing list

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 14, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Survivors say it’s a good start for the Catholic Church admitting their mistakes.

Senator Pete Domenici dies at 85

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 13, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Long-time New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici has died. He was 85. In 1972 the state had not had a Republican Senator in 38 years – that is until the Albuquerque native was elected.

Railrunner service suspended after person killed on the tracks

Matthew Antonitis, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 11, 2017
Train service on the Rail Runner is suspended after a deadly accident.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Train service on the Rail Runner is suspended after a deadly accident. It happened while someone was on the tracks on the San Felipe Pueblo around 5:30 this morning. The person on the tracks was killed.

Teen in deadly Clovis shooting will be tried as an adult

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 11, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The suspect in the deadly shooting at Clovis public library has been indicted by a Grand Jury.

What’s next for Dreamers in New Mexico?

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 07, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this week that the program known as DACA will be rescinded within six months.

Parents say suspension is not enough for KKK "prank"

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Sep 01, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Parents say the school has rarely disciplined students for racist bullying.

Clovis on high-alert after bomb threats

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 31, 2017
CLOVIS, N.M. — According to our radio partners, “The Mix 107.5,” New Mexico State Police asked residents in Clovis to stay home Wednesday evening due to bomb threats. Several businesses also evacuated or closed as a precaution.

Library worker describes coming face to face with shooter

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 30, 2017
CLOVIS, N.M. — Sara Williford was working inside the Clovis-Carver Public Library when policy say Nathaniel Jouett started shooting.

What we know about the Clovis Library shooting

Jozelyn Escobedo, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 29, 2017
CLOVIS, NM — Here’s everything we know about the deadly shooting that happened at a library in Clovis, New Mexico:

American Red Cross officials: Money is one of the most effective ways to help

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 29, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Two American Red Cross volunteers from New Mexico loaded up an emergency response vehicle to head to Texas and help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. They`re bringing water and other supplies to the region.

Dion`s Green Chile Ranch will soon be available at all locations

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After a successful taste-test in Las Cruces, Dion`s will now carry Green Chile Ranch at all locations. The popular chain said customer response to the new creation has been overwhelming.

11 children taken into custody, more religious group members arrested

Megan Cruz, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 25, 2017
CIBOLA COUNTY, NM — Eleven children are now in state custody after deputies arrested four more members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps. Deputies believe the Cibola County religious group was trying to skip town after its leader and three members were arrested over the weekend.

Exclusive police video shows deputies arresting religious leader

Megan Cruz, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 24, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Deborah Green is accused of the sexual assault and abuse of a 5-year-old girl. Two other members were also arrested Sunday off the group’s Fence Lake compound.

“General” of religious group defends wife, other members

Megan Cruz, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 23, 2017
He says the charges against them are bogus. His wife and son-in-law are charged with sexually abusing the same young girl about 15 years ago.

Local religious group in spotlight for horrific crimes against children

Megan Cruz, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 22, 2017
CIBOLA COUNTY, N.M. — The leader and three members of a religious group based in Cibola County were arrested over the weekend for what investigators called horrific crimes against children.

Flight turns into nightmare for dozens of passengers

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 21, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — What started out as a fun flight to Vegas turned into an absolute nightmare. Dozens of passengers were stuck in a plane on the tarmac at the Sunport for four hours. At one point, police were even called in to help.

Barcelona attack hits close to home for New Mexicans

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 18, 2017
Albuquerque`s Honorary Consul of Spain says he expects calls and emails from people asking if Spain is still safe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain happened about 5,500 miles away from New Mexico, but it still has a great impact on people in the Land of Enchantment.

Kids who want to watch eclipse at school need to pack their own glasses

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 17, 2017
Parents can contact elementary schools to keep their child inside during the eclipse
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson said students will not be allowed outside during the solar eclipse if they don`t bring their own protective glasses.

Dona Ana GOP leader under fire for Charlottesville Facebook post

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 14, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Dona Ana County Republican is under fire for comments he wrote in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tornado warning issued for Union County

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 14, 2017
UNION COUNTY, NM — The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a tornado warning Monday for East Central Union County in Northeastern New Mexico until 5 p.m.

Parents of addicts trained to help families who need help

Megan Cruz, Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 11, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For information about this helpline, visit: www.drugfree.org/helpline

New Mexico-originated disease killing hundreds of residents

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 10, 2017
SANTA FE, NM — It`s a disease hardly anyone has ever heard of. It’s targeting and killing New Mexicans by the hundreds. Cerebral cavernous malformation is a genetic disease where blood cells clump together, weakening their walls and causing them to leak blood. When that happens in the brain, it leads to headaches, seizures and potentially death.

GOP lawmakers eye return of narrow New Mexico death penalty

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 04, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Recent child killings, attacks on officers and a rise in crime has some conservative New Mexico lawmakers calling for the state to reinstate the death penalty.

State Fire Marshal says church fire was arson

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Aug 03, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The fire at Peace Lutheran church was arson, the state fire marshal says. There wasn`t much left inside the church after the early-morning fire gutted it.

Teen on a mission to protect babies from being left in hot cars

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 31, 2017
Alissa Chavez developed "Hot Seat," a detection device that alarms someone who leaves a child in a car.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alissa Chavez developed a detection device that alerts adults if they leave their child inside a car.

NM State Fair reassures ride safety after horrific Ohio incident

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The New Mexico State Fair`s general manager says the Expo spends a lot of money to bring in the best inspectors in the country to make sure the rides are safe.

Local gay, transgender veterans upset with Pres. Trump’s tweet

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 27, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Stephani Patten says transgender military members lack from support from the president makes the military weaker.

Can NM learn from Arizona`s plan to combat dangerous dust storms?

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 27, 2017
The state of Arizona applied and received a $54 million grant from federal officials. They`re widening the interstate and putting up a two layer dust detection system.

UNM Fundraising officials defend paychecks amid budget crisis, two scandals

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 25, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — UNM says it’s been difficult in recent years to balance its budget because of declining enrollment and less money from the state. That`s why the UNM Foundation believes its job is crucial.

Father of Dylan Redwine arrested in connection with boy`s death

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 24, 2017
Police have arrested Mark Redwine for the 2012 death of his son, Dylan.

Environment Dept. seeks legal action to clean up dead fish pond

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 24, 2017
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The Environment Department says it is prepared to take legal action against owners of pond where dead fish washed up.

Sky 7 flies over border fence between Mexico and New Mexico

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 20, 2017
President Trump wants to build a wall, but a fence already existsALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Donald Trump is proposing a border along the the southern border of the United States and Mexico. Sky 7 flew over the existing border fence that separates New Mexico and Mexico.

Investigation closed against former officers in shooting death of James Boyd

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 19, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will not pursue criminal charges against two Albuquerque Police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of James Boyd.

Facebook to build 2nd $250M building in Los Lunas

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 18, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Facebook has announced plans to double its investment in New Mexico. The tech giant will build a second building of 460,000 square feet, in addition to a more than 510,000 square foot facility. Both buildings will be in Los Lunas.

Local lawmaker meets with Homeland Security to protect "Dreamers" from deportation

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 17, 2017
12,000 people protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are at risk under Trump Administration
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last week to ask how the agency is protecting "Dreamers" from deportation.

Iraqi man facing deportation takes sanctuary at local church

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 13, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An attorney for an Iraqi man facing deportation says his client is taking sanctuary in at an undisclosed house of worship in Albuquerque.

Children`s Cancer Fund of NM raises awareness through hip-hop video

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 12, 2017
Watch this video put together by UNMH residents to help raise awareness for the Children`s Cancer Fund of NM.

Fourth of July celebrations in New Mexico

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 30, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here`s a full list of family-friendly Fourth of July celebrations taking place in the Land of Enchantment.

Women’s Health names ABQ among top ‘wellthiest’ cities in America

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The magazine factored in restaurants with farm-fresh food, zen-like landscapes and opportunities to stay social

Local film crews voice concerns over filming in downtown ABQ

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 27, 2017
Film crew member was recently held at knifepoint
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Local film crews say filming in Downtown Albuquerque is getting more and more dangerous. They worry filmmakers will take their movies out of New Mexico because of the crime, and take film jobs with them.

How to keep your swamp cooler running effectively

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 23, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Record-breaking temperatures have been reached in Albuquerque. If you are trying to cool down using your Swamp Cooler, here are some tips to get its maximum potential.

Officials warn public against flying drones over fires

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 20, 2017
Crews had to halt all operations while trying to save about 150 homes in the Jemez Mountains, because someone was flying a drone over the Cajete Fire.

El Cajete fire 80% contained, evacuees return home

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 19, 2017
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS, N.M. — “There`s no reason our home should be there, being a quarter-mile from the inception of this. There`s really no reason our home should be there,” El Cajete evacuee Germaine Johnson said.

Cajete Fire growing, evacuations underway

Matt Howerton, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 16, 2017
JEMEZ, N.M. — Residents are being forced from their homes because of a 600-acre fire in the Jemez Mountains. The Cajete Fire is located an estimated 50 acres North of Jemez Springs.

Woman kept her husband`s dead body in bedroom closet for 2 years

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 15, 2017
Deputies found the body while serving an eviction notice at the home
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County deputies were serving an eviction notice at a Foothills home in May when they smelled a dead body. Deputies called in the Albuquerque Police Department, and officers found the man`s body in the walk-in closet of the master bedroom.

General Mills asks local bakery to change its name

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 14, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just two weeks after opening ‘Doughboy’s Bake Shoppe,’ the owners say they got a letter from the company that owns the Pillsbury Doughboy brand.

Heinrich: "You`re impeding this investigation."

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 14, 2017
"You`re not answering questions. You`re impeding this investigation," Heinrich said during this afternoon`s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. A bold accusation by Senator Martin Heinrich against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday.

Pilots concerned about crashing with drones while in the sky

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 13, 2017
Drones are becoming a real problem for pilots.

Man drowns at Sandia Resort & Casino

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 12, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to our partners at the Albuquerque Journal, a man died from drowning in a pool at the Sandia Resort and Casino Sunday.

Search & Rescue crews train for hiking season

Justin Matthews, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 12, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Search & Rescue crews train hard to make sure lost hikers can be found safe.

Sen. Martin Heinrich questions fired FBI Director James Comey

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 08, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hear New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich`s question to fired FBI Director James Comey at the Senate Intelligence Committee.

New Mexico national parks, monuments a big draw for tourists

Todd Kurtz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 05, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — People visit our state for a number of reasons. One is our national parks and monuments.

New Mexico Oil & Gas Association says fewer restrictions will not change the local industry

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 05, 2017
"The industry has been very proactive in being environmentally responsible...and I see no reason why that will change."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Gas and Oil Association says the industry will continue to be environmentally responsible, despite withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Man robs one business, sets another on fire

Kay Dimanche, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 05, 2017
Business owners in Tijeras work to move on after being robbed, set on fire.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham traveling to Mexico to meet with deported military veterans

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jun 01, 2017
Lujan-Grisham supporting a bill to offer service members guidance to becoming citizens
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham will be in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday with other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to meet with military veterans who have been deported.

New Mexico Legislature concludes special session

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 31, 2017
1:40 p.m. The New Mexico Legislature has concluded a special session after Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that resolves a state budget crisis for the coming fiscal year. The Legislature adjourned on Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers expressed lingering concerns about the health of state finances.

Could current political climate affect chile crops?

Eric Green, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 30, 2017
SAN ANTONIO, N.M. — Chile farmers hire many migrant workers and will continue to need more.

911 call after jail escape shows staffers report only 1 inmate gone

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 30, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Target 7`s Nancy Laflin learns that initial 911 calls after two Sandoval County inmates escaped only indicated one inmate was missing.

Lawmakers agree on budget, disagree on how to fund it

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 23, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — The legislative chambers have been empty for more than two months. But they will be full again Wednesday, as the special session gets underway. There are some issues lawmakers expect quick agreement on, and others that could take some time.

3 Planned Parenthood clinics to close around the state

Christine Pae, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 18, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Half of all Planned Parenthood clinics that operate in New Mexico will close by the end of this year. Three out of New Mexico`s six clinic locations will close in September, according to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Chief Experience Officer Adrienne Mansanares.

Check out the unique items New Mexicans left at the Vietnam Wall

Megan Cruz, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC — The National Park Service is collecting these items for a new museum they’d like to open in 2020.

John Denver Living in and Loving New Mexico

Marisa Maez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 17, 2017
The late singer/songwriter was boarn in Roswell.

Report ranks New Mexico low for officer quality of life

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 15, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico ranks as one of the worst states to be a police officer.

Officer involved in fatal crash had been disciplined for 6 driving-related incidents

Sandra Ramirez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 11, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to documents obtained by our partners at the Albuquerque Journal, the police officer involved in a deadly crash has been disciplined six times for dangerous driving. The documents reveal McDonnell was involved in five crashes that APD said could have been prevented.

6 year old`s donated organs save four people

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 11, 2017
The family is asking you to sign up to be an organ donor in his honor.

USA Today names top 25 must-see buildings in New Mexico

KRQE News
Albuquerque, May 11, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – USA Today and a team of architects have partnered to find some of the best buildings in the country, and they found 25 of those must-see spots here in New Mexico.

Storm in New Mexico spawns small tornado that uproots trees

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 10, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe storm packing heavy rain and golf ball-sized hail has swept through parts of central and eastern New Mexico with a small tornado briefly down in Torrance County and causing minor damage.

New Mexico graduation rate lowest in U.S. in 2015

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 09, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new report shows New Mexico had the lowest graduation rates in the United States in 2015. The "Building A Grad Nation" report used U.S. Department of Education data to list statewide graduation rates based on poverty, demographics and school districts. Here are some of the report`s key findings:

Severe weather warnings issued throughout NM

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 09, 2017
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Tornado Warning for Southwestern San Miguel County in northeastern New Mexico Northeastern Torrance County in central New Mexico until 2:00 p.m.

Julia Roberts living and loving New Mexico

Marisa Maez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 08, 2017
New Mexico is a wonderful place and it captured the attention of Hollywood`s biggest sweetheart.

ABQ BioPark to welcome 3 new giraffes into the family

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 04, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M, — April may have caught the nation’s attention with her new baby, Tajiri but it looks like the ABQ BioPark will be welcoming new giraffes into its family.

Congress will fund part of ART but millions still needed

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 02, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Berry promises federal lawmakers won’t build half a bridge or leave Albuquerque without complete funding.

Teachers and students plan walkout Monday

Matthew Antonitis, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, May 01, 2017
Teachers and students at Albuquerque High School plan to show their frustration about the APS budget crisis with a walkout Monday.

State questions APS high dollar hires

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state’s financial mess is impacting even the youngest New Mexicans. Albuquerque Public Schools officials said they`re facing at least $12 million in budget cuts from the state; so the school district is cutting jobs and programs to save money, all things that affect the kids of New Mexico.

Cattle-killing endangered wolves will return to New Mexico

David Carl, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 27, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. — Q: What did the judge decide? A: A Denver-based circuit appeals judge ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife can release Mexican Grey Wolves into New Mexico. Previously, a lawsuit from New Mexico State Government had put a hold on those releases.

Single mother killed in 6 vehicle crash

Angela Brauer, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 25, 2017
Her family is now grieving because they say Albuquerque police haven`t told them much about what happened.

A trip down memory lane with KOAT General Manager

Shelley Ribando, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 24, 2017
As KOAT General Manager, Mary Lynn Roper, celebrates a milestone anniversary with the station we take a look back at those early years that have shaped KOAT in a station New Mexicans love and trust.

Man shows off explosive chemicals in Facebook video

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 20, 2017
28-YEAR-OLD CALEY VOLANTE IS SHOWN IN A VIDEO POSTED TO FACEBOOK INSIDE HIS NORTHEAST ALBUQUERQUE APARTMENT SHOWING OFF A TROVE OF CHEMICALS.

Woman who sued 99 businesses said she was recruited to find ADA violations

Nancy Laflin, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 19, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman who sued nearly 100 New Mexico businesses said she was paid $50 for each lawsuit filed.

Protesters demand president`s tax returns in Santa Fe

Chris Guardaro, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Apr 17, 2017
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of New Mexico’s state Capitol Saturday afternoon to demand that President Donald Trump produce his tax returns.