Author: Kevin Hendricks

Kevin, also known as Steak Sauce, is a reporter for the Neighborhood Journal with a focus on the Ventana Ranch area. He has over 14 years of journalism experience, including reporting, editing and page design.

1.Pinspiration Albuquerque is hosting “I Put a Spell on You 2” from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The crafting studio will hold the workshop where people can create their own “Hocus Pocus” inspired book of spells. The cost is $45 per person. It includes a book, paints and other supplies. 2. Watermelon Ranch is hosting a dog adoption event at Cottonwood Dog Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Join Watermelon Mountain Ranch for the 2nd Saturdays with The Dogs of Watermelon Dog Adoption Event. You will be able to find WMR adoptable dogs, vendors and more at the Cottonwood Dog Park every…

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On Wednesday, they wore pink. Tony Hillerman Middle School’s volleyball team hosted its “Go Pink or Go Home” game to raise money for the American Cancer Society Wednesday. The team has been holding fundraisers to fight cancer every year since 2015. Players, coaches, faculty, fans and parents were all decked out in pink to support the fundraiser, which helps to save lives and fund the future of cancer research, patient support and advocacy. Cris Mancuso, an eighth-grade teacher at Tony Hillerman, organized the event and said the fundraisers have been a big success. The school held a silent auction of…

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All sophomores and any juniors who registered at Volcano Vista High School will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Oct. 12. The test will be given at 7:25 a.m. with testing students getting an early release after lunch. If a student needs bus transportation, buses will run at the normal time, but there will be activities on campus for students to take part in after lunch. Room assignments for testing will be shared during core subject classes and will be posted outside of the main office, F124, H135 and the counseling office. Students will not be able to have their cellphones during…

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The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Albuquerque rose slightly this week, going from $3.57 last week to $3.59 on Wednesday. It was much better news in the neighborhood as the prices at most stations in northwest Albuquerque were below the citywide average. The Smith’s on Golf Course was right at the average at $3.59, and three Chevron locations were above average. The Chevron on Paradise was at $3.79, and the location on Alameda and the one on Coors were both at $3.99. Every other station was below $3.59. The Speedway on Alameda, the Murphy Express on 528,…

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High school students in Albuquerque Public Schools are invited to apply for a fully funded scholarship to spend an academic year in Germany. The scholarship is offered through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. It is offered annually to 250 American students who will live with a host family and study abroad at a high school in Germany. The program is for high school students who want to experience a different culture and learn a new language. The scholarship includes: International airfare to and from Germany (departing from Washington, D.C.) Orientation in Washington, D.C. A four-week language and cultural immersion camp.…

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National Coffee with a Cop Day will be celebrated across the country Wednesday, including in northwest Albuquerque. Albuquerque Police Department officers from the Northwest Area Command will be at Donut Mart at 3301 Coors NW Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. to take part in casual conversations with the community. The Coffee with a Cop program began in 2011 as a way to build trust and help foster a sense of community in the neighborhoods the police serve. People in the neighborhood will have an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and chat with officers.

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Football Elliot Paskett-Bell passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns, but the Hawks were steamrolled by Cleveland 56-21 Friday in Rio Rancho. Paskett-Bell hit Tristan Cordova for a 30-yard touchdown to make the score 14-14 in the second quarter. The Storm answered with three straight touchdowns to build an insurmountable lead. Soccer Tsuzumi Oshima and Bryan Rivas each scored a goal to help the boys get a 2-2 draw against Cleveland on Saturday. The Hawks are now 9-1-3 and 2-0-1 in District 1-5A. The girls team also played Cleveland Saturday, losing 2-1, falling to 9-5 and 2-1 in 1-5A.

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Repairs on a leaking underground pipeline will close Ventana Ranch Road Oct. 3-12. Construction on the pipeline began in June and has caused several road closures in the neighborhood. Ventana Ranch Road will be closed from Glacier Road to Los Prados Road. The pedestrian trail along the Piedras Marcadas Arroyo will remain closed from Rainbow Blvd. to Universe Blvd. for this work. Rainbow is scheduled to be paved this week and re-striped the week of Oct. 10-14. For concerns or questions about the project, contact Patti Watson (pattiw@cwastrategic.com, 505-245-3134) or Ty Severs (tys@cwastrategic.com, 505-245-3138).

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Albuquerque Police Department is investigating a body found outside Discount Tires on Coors and Montano Sunday morning as a homicide. According to a release from APD, Albuquerque Fire Rescue reported a person found dead outside the tire shop around 7:40 a.m. Sunday to police. Police officials said it’s possible the person was murdered and homicide detectives have begun an investigation. Tuesday, APD identified the person found dead as Maria Elena Rodriguez. The case is still  is being investigated as a suspicious death. An autopsy did not reveal any signs of trauma.

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The following incidents were reported by the Albuquerque Police Department for the week of Sept. 23-29 in Northwest Albuquerque: SUSP PERS/VEHS 6000 BLOCK PYRENEES CT NW 9-23-2022 12:25 AM THEFT/FRAUD/EMBE 6200 BLOCK NARDOS RD NW 9-23-2022 10:13 AM SHOTS FIRED 4700 BLOCK IRVING BL NW 9-23-2022 10:29 AM DIRECT TRAFFIC UNSER BL NW / MCMAHON BL NW 9-23-2022 12:14 PM SUSP PERS/VEHS 10700 BLOCK STONEBROOK PL NW 9-23-2022 1:02 PM TRAFF ACC NO INJ 5200 BLOCK SOLE GRANDE RD NW 9-23-2022 1:30 PM TRAFFIC STOP GOLF COURSE RD NW / WESTSIDE BL NW 9-23-2022 2:44 PM DISTURBANCE 3800 BLOCK SEVEN…

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