Chris McKee, KRQE News 13

Chris McKee

KRQE News 13

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Fatal crash shuts down northbound Coors Bypass traffic near Cottonwood Mall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police have shutdown northbound traffic lanes on Coors Bypass NW near Cottonwood Mall after a fatal car crash. The crash happened near 10400 Coors Bypass NW, near the LongHorn and Texas Roadhouse steakhouses. The crash was reported around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. It’s unclear how many cars are involved. APD said on […] → Read More

State funds Pecos & Albuquerque trails, Alamogordo shooting range upgrades

The state's Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant program is funneling nearly $400,000 into the projects ranging from improvements at a popular southeast shooting range to picnic tables along part of the Pecos River. → Read More

Judge rejects moving trial for teen charged with throwing baby in trash

In a decision filed this week, Judge William Shoobridge said Alexis Avila's defense was "unable to provide any news story that was factually inaccurate, emotional or opinionated" that could potentially affect the impartiality of a trial in Lea County. → Read More

How Raúl Torrez wants to change the New Mexico Attorney General’s office

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Elected in November, Raúl Torrez (D) is New Mexico’s latest Attorney General. He replaces two-term Democrat Hector Balderas as the highest ranking elected official in the criminal justice system. Before becoming the AG, Torrez was Bernalillo County’s District Attorney from 2017 through 2022. He’s in part credited for bringing new technology and techniques […] → Read More

Albuquerque plans to overhaul 21 airport jet bridges

Albuquerque's current jet bridges are 26 to 33 years old, according to the Sunport. Over the next few years, the city hopes $14 million in federal funding can help upgrade each one of the bridges. → Read More

APD, DEA looking for wounded man accused of fentanyl trafficking, running from police

According to Albuquerque Metro CrimeStoppers, over the last several months, officers have made "numerous undercover fentanyl purchases," seizing as many as 12,000 fentanyl pills from Rashad Ortiz. → Read More

Larry Barker Interview: Heavy Metal Music Museum’s Return

Detailing the work behind his latest investigation, Larry Barker recently spoke about a second attempt to fund a metal music museum in a "Behind the Story" interview with KRQE Digital Anchor Chris McKee. → Read More

85-year-old accused of shooting, killing husband in New Mexico

SANTA FE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – An 85-year-old Stanley woman is charged with murder, accused of shooting her 79-year-old husband in the chest while he was sleeping. The shooting happened early Tuesday morning at an RV park in Stanley, near Moriarty. According to a criminal complaint, deputies responded to the Cuervo RV Park around 9 a.m. […] → Read More

New Albuquerque rule could make catalytic converter resale harder

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque city leaders are hoping a new ordinance will make it harder for criminal to resell stolen catalytic converters. Mayor Tim Keller is expected to sign the legislation into affect at a news conference Tuesday morning. KRQE News 13 is covering the news conference slated to begin at 9:15 a.m. Stick with this […] → Read More

Albuquerque woman details mother’s trip back to Ukraine amid Russia’s continued war

This week on KRQE News 13’s “New Mexico News Podcast,” Chris McKee and Gabrielle Burkhart speak to Diana Horak now one year since the war began, Horak recently returned her mother to Ukraine a roughly a year after evacuating her. → Read More

New Mexico woman killed in side-by-side vehicle crash

TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say a 33-year-old Tularosa woman was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a side-by-side off-road vehicle. The crash happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday. State Police say Aubrey Pinson was driving the vehicle northeast on Sabinat Lane in the southern part of the city, near Mountain Meadows RV […] → Read More

Former Lobos baseball coach Ray Birmingham picked for top university role

If confirmed by the New Mexico Legislature, Birmingham will serve in the regent position at Eastern New Mexico University for six-years, through December 2028. → Read More

New Mexico Supreme Court orders new trial for man convicted of battering police officer

Albert Fernandez was convicted in 2018 after a jury trial. The New Mexico Supreme Court now say prosecutors prejudiced the jury in the trial when raising Fernandez's criminal history. → Read More

Behind the Story: Victim cooperation affecting more criminal cases

KRQE News 13 Investigative Reporter Ann Pierret recently discussed how victim cooperation is continuing to negatively impact prosecution of serious criminal allegations in Albuquerque. → Read More

New Mexico to end COVID-19 public health emergency in April

The emergency public health order, according to the state, was designed to "maximize resources available to the state" including from the federal government. It also helped facilitate the state's use public health orders, setting guidelines and, at times, restrictions related to COVID-19. → Read More

New Mexico State Police to close I-40 west at Gallup at 6 p.m.

GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – Cold and snowy weather along I-40 in Arizona is causing New Mexico State Police to shut down I-40 westbound traffic in Gallup at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, March 1.) The closure comes as Arizona State Troopers have shutdown I-40 at Winslow, nearly 130 miles west of Gallup. In New Mexico, the closure […] → Read More

NMDOT warns of another round of strong winds, dust, poor visibility

State transportation officials say drivers in the Gila and Black Range region should be prepared for snow on the roadways. Lowland areas could "trace amounts," according to NMDOT. → Read More

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic’s VMS Eve lands at New Mexico’s Spaceport America

The relocation to Virgin's homebase at Spaceport America comes 16 months after the twin-fuselage plane left New Mexico in 2021 for upgrades in California. → Read More

After New Mexico’s COVID battle, why is Dr. David Scrase retiring?

The "face of the pandemic," Dr. David Scrase retired in late February 2023. In an interview, Scrase tells KRQE News 13 why he's retiring and what's next. → Read More

Virgin Galactic brings VMS Eve spaceship carrier back to New Mexico

The plane has been in California for more than a year receiving upgraded systems. Now, it's back in New Mexico ahead of a projected second quarter 2023 commercial service launch. → Read More