Author: Rene Thompson

Local award-winning journalist and proud Burqueña over 25 years. Published in ABQ Free Press, Elbow Room NM, Alibi and NM Entertainment Magazine. Passionate about local issues and seeking the good news of our great city. Contact at: rthompson@neighborhoodjournal.com

1. Balloon Viewing Silent Hike brings avid morning hikers to view the city’s Balloon Fiesta from Michael Emery Trailhead at Spain and Tramway from  7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The hike will be a 90-minute, 2-mile-hike loop beginner hiking trail with mild elevation increases. Bring water, sunscreen, good hiking shoes, snacks, camera and dress for the chilly morning weather with layers encouraged. Guests are asked to respect the silent walk with minimal conversation throughout the hike.  2. Monster Jam at Expo NM is an action-packed motorsport with world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. Witness heated rivalries, high-flying…

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Elections are just around the corner, and it’s easier than ever to register quickly online up until Oct. 11. It is also the first day absentee ballots are sent out to voters and and in-person early voting starts at the county clerks office. To request an absentee ballot until Nov. 3, click here.  Expanded early voting will begin Oct. 11 at designated polling locations until Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8. A list of all election candidates can be found here.  Early voting locations in the Northeast Heights area include Caracol Plaza: 12500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 101, 87111 Los…

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A figure that can be seen this time of year on the Sandia Mountains is often viewed as a person raising their fist to the sky, and some call it the Spirit of the Sandias. The figure can been seen clearly for a few weeks from the end of September into October at a specific angle and time of day.  A trick of the eye, this figure can be seen looking north around the area of the foothills between Comanche to Lomas NE from Tramway during the fall afternoons, but some folks say no matter how long they look, they…

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Average gas prices went from $3.68 to $3.54 in the 87111 zip code. There are still stations as low as $3.30 in the Albuquerque metro area.  Here are a few cheaper stations for this week in the Northeast Heights. • Sam’s and Costco at North Renaissance NE are both $3.32 per gallon • Speedway at 4720 Tramway NE is $3.36 per gallon.  • Murphy Express at 9700 Montgomery NE is $3.42 per gallon. • Smith’s at 5850 Eubank is $3.49 per gallon.  • Speedway at 8401 Montgomery NE is at $3.49 per gallon. • Phillips 66/Circle K at 9811 Montgomery…

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Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by their partner in the U.S., which is more than 10 million people per year. Domestic violence is a serious issue often swept under the rug of violent crimes, and it often repeats to the detriment of the victims.  The city of Albuquerque has recognized victims of domestic violence in a few ways already this month Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed.  The Albuquerque Police Department honored survivors and victims with its 15th annual purple ribbon tie-off event Monday.  The department says, “If you or someone you know needs help, call 505-243-2333,…

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Housing crisis The People’s Housing Project made some progress with the city council this week as Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn proposed a memorandum to urge the state legislature to pass a law that allows rent control and its enforcement in Albuquerque. Councilors will vote on the memorandum at the next meeting, set for Oct.17. Organizers, who have been at meetings since the city commenced in person, thanked the council and urged them to vote in favor of the memorial. Public comment also brought, for the first time, people who are against the memorandum, including the director and president of the Apartment…

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The Albuquerque Police Department has issued a crime stoppers bulletin for a robbery that occurred Sept. 10 at the Chevron gas station at 3205 Montgomery NE near I-25.  The man in the photo attempted to rob the store at gunpoint around 11 p.m., and police are offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this individual.  Anyone with information is asked to contact crime stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867), or go to the crime stoppers page at p3tips.com/531.

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The Albuquerque Police made 93 arrests with offenders on outstanding warrants during a three-day-operation last week.  From Sept. 26-28, teams specifically focused on offenders wanted for violent and property crimes who had multiple felony warrants for crimes such as auto theft, burglary and robbery. This push was an effort to reduce these repeat criminal offenders from victimizing the community.  Five stolen vehicles were recovered in the arrests, and one firearm seized.  Of the arrests made, 11 of 27 warrants were in the Northeast Command area and three arrests from nine warrants served in the Foothills areas. https://twitter.com/ABQPOLICE/status/1575910308110999553

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Here is a recap of last week’s games for Eldorado High School sports teams according to the Albuquerque Public Schools athletics schedule and Maxpreps. Football Rivalry week brought the varsity team (1-6) game on Friday with La Cueva Bears at Wilson stadium. LCHS won with a final score of 63-21. Here is a link to some highlight recaps from the game.  Volleyball The varsity team (10-2) won two games last week. On Friday, the team went up against the Las Cruces Mayfield Trojans, winning 3-0. On Saturday, the team played the Organ Mountain Knights with a final score of 3-1. …

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For low-income families, there is still economic relief available on the yes NM website and applications are still being taken until Friday, Oct. 7.  The state legislature secured $10 million for economic relief in 2022, and people can still apply.  Folks just need to be a New Mexico resident, submit their social security number or Taxpayer ID number, or a NM driver’s license, as well as banking information and a valid address.  Payments up to $400 per household will issued no later than the end of November. Final notification of payment determination will be given over email or letter. 

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