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Judge refuses to block NM teacher evaluation plan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state District Court judge is refusing to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.
    
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Judge C. Shannon Baca's order issued Friday says the Public Education Department has authority under state law to impose an evaluation system of its own design.
    
Many educators are opposed to the evaluation system, and three Democratic legislators joined with a teachers union and educators in seeking a court ruling to block implementation.
    
Baca disagreed with the plaintiffs' contentions that the department is violating state law by changing the evaluation system without obtaining legislative approval and by exempting charter schools.

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Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

The Holiday Jubilee and Open House takes place Friday, December 6th.

This is a local food celebration hosted by Delicious New Mexico along with Edible Santa Fe, and the SVEDC.

The Jubilee is a spectacular showcase of local artisan foods. Guests can sample Delicious products, enjoy local beer from Marble Brewery and spirits from Santa Fe Spirits, and get unique gifts for the holidays.

Edible Santa Fe will award the winners of the second annual Local Hero Awards.

Get a chance to Win our first Taste Buds Experience Package - Villa Myriam Coffee Club: Coffee for one year! + Roasting & Tasting Experience.

The fun will be held at the South Valley Economic Development Center, located at 318 Isleta Boulevard Southwest. It will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, and it is free to get in.  

 

Storm Watch: Storm expected to hit state hard overnight

A powerful cold front will work its way from northeast New Mexico into the central part of the state on Thursday.

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After a calm morning, storms are expected to fire up across the northern, eastern and central parts of the state throughout the afternoon. Very strong wind should seize the eastern and central parts of the state into the evening.

On Friday, extreme cold will settle across the state while plentiful moisture could cause freezing rain across the eastern part of the state. Heavy snow is also possible Friday across northern, central and western New Mexico.

Saturday night will bring a second wave of moisture, which could blanket the northern half of the state in snow. Some high elevation areas could receive more than a foot through Monday.

The weather should calm down by Tuesday.

Protect your pipes during the upcoming freeze

Protect your pipes during the upcoming freeze

With sub-freezing temperatures predicted for this week, the Water Authority reminds its customers that it’s time to shut down sprinkler systems for the winter.

They also encourage residents to and prepare household water pipes for cold weather.  

Fines can be handed out for allowing water to freeze on streets and sidewalks. Property owners can also be held  responsible for damages and injuries that occur as a result of ice hazards.

Some precautions to take are, find your master shutoff valve.

The master shutoff valve turns off the water to the entire house. Learn its location and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is. This could be critical if a pipe should burst.

You should disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and shut down your sprinkler system.

Detaching the hoes makes sure that there overnight freeze doesn't burst the faucet or the pipe it’s connected to.

Insulate your pipes and faucets in unheated areas.

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Metro braces for storm, difficult driving conditions

Preparations for a big storm have already started in some parts of New Mexico, including in Albuquerque.

A powerful cold front is expected to push its way across northeast New Mexico toward the metro on Thursday. The KOB Pinpoint 4 weather team expects storms to fire up across northern, eastern and central New Mexico throughout the afternoon.

The state's department of transportation started preparations on Wednesday to deal with difficult driving conditions. They have crews ready to go and about 40 snow plows ready just in case the storm hits the metro hard. They also have piles of salt and cinder for the roads.

Phil Gallegos with the department told KOB Eyewitness News 4 there are some parts of the metro that seem to get the most snow. He said typically Tijeras Canyon, northern I-25 and out west towards Laguna.

The department also wants to remind drivers to be cautious around snow plows on the roads.

The Nutcracker makes its way to Albuquerque

The Nutcracker makes its way to Albuquerque

 

Which Nutcracker performance will you be attending this holiday season?

Right now, there are three major shows making their way to Albuquerque.

The Nutcracker ballet outlines the story a family during their Christmas Eve celebration. The performance is split up into two acts.

The first act follows Clara, the young heroine of the story. It begins with her family’s festivities, and when the Nutcracker is introduced. The rest of the act takes the audience into Clara’s dreams.

The second act is where Clara ventures into the Land of Sweets.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of the most recognizable harmonies in the world.

The Nutcracker can be seen this year starting Thanksgiving weekend at Popejoy Hall. Please call (505)925-5858 for more information.

You can catch a performance by the Moscow Ballet at the Kiva Auditorium on December on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm.

Rain could turn into snow by this weekend

Storms are heading into the state starting today into Sunday with a variety of conditions.

View: Interactive Doppler Radar

Models show rain, freezing rain, sleet and large amounts of snow with temperatures dropping 25-35 degrees between Wednesday and Friday. Albuquerque will see periods of strong winds overnight Thursday into Friday and Saturday.

East winds for the metro may inhibit rain or snow from making its way into town on Friday, but there's a good possibility of rain, sleet and snow in surrounding areas.

Watch the full weather forecast in the video above.