KRQE Newsfeed: Water Issues, Fundraising, Rain/Snow Southeast NM, Canceled Festival, Runways Open

Friday’s top stories

The five facts from Friday

[1] Acoma Pueblo residents spend Thanksgiving without water – Water problems continue in Acoma Pueblo as a broken water main keeps residents without water even during the Thanksgiving holiday. The pueblo’s water main failed in October and the local government was unable to restore it. Residents say the Hermes and Taos pueblos offered their help, but the governor of Acoma refused for some reason. Locals now have to haul water back to their homes in large storage tanks. Meanwhile, the Acoma Pueblo government has provided portable toilets and bottled water for the community.

[2] River of Lights Funds Benefit ABQ BioPark Animals – One of the biggest fundraisers for the New Mexico BioPark Society kicks off the season with New Mexico’s largest light show. The River of Lights! It brings in around $1.2 million for the BioPark. The funds help projects in the BioPark that are not in the city’s budget and help with the park’s conservation projects. The New Mexico BioPark Society is behind the push for a gross receipts tax that now funds repairs and new exhibits, such as the New Asia exhibit at the zoo.

[3] More snow and rain in the Southeast on Friday – southern New Mexico had a snowy and rainy start to the day. Roads are covered with snow in the Sacramento Mountains, including Ruidoso. The storm will pivot further south of New Mexico today, bringing in colder air and moisture. Isolated snowfalls and rain are expected throughout the day. Travel will be treacherous in the Sacramento Mountains, where the heaviest snowfall is expected.

[4] New Mexico Mayor Cooks Thanksgiving Feast for Guam Navy Sailors – The mayor of Capitan takes a long journey during the holiday, covering thousands of miles, to give back to a group of sailors. Including his son, who is stationed in Guam. Ron Lowrance is an Army veteran who wanted to give back to the military after being away from home while serving. This week he traveled to Guam to cook for 20 sailors. He prepared a Thanksgiving meal along with traditional New Mexican dishes like frito pie, enchiladas, breakfast burritos, and of course, green chili.

[5] New Mexico Skiers Welcome to the Snow – Snowy conditions across the state have been a welcome place for skiers to hit the slopes. Ski Santa Fe opened for the first time this season on November 24th. They report a 20 inch base after the recent snow storms. Taos Ski Valley is also open during the season. They report a 24-inch base, with the resort reporting about two inches of snowfall.