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Around the Area

  • Gas line leak prompts evacuation

    Construction crews working at the Municipal Complex site hit a gas line on the shoulder of Iris Street about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews happened to be onsite and were able to repair the rupture in about 10 minutes.

    The wind blew the gas toward 125 Central Park Square, and DPU began receiving calls from tenants about smelling gas. The building was evacuated as a safety precaution and fire crews were called in.

    Once fire crews spoke with the DPU crews and confirmed that the situation was under control, tenants were allowed to reenter the building.

  • Mesilla Valley shelter trying to place puppies

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the Mesilla Valley Animal Services Center say they are struggling with an unusually high number of puppies.

    The shelter says it has more than 40 puppies, ranging in age from day-old newborns to 12 weeks. Population Supervisor Curtis Herring says some were brought in with their mothers as strays, while others were motherless - surrendered by their owners.

    He said the shelter is not a good place for puppies as the threat of disease is high.

    The shelter said it is working with local and national rescues to try and place the puppies. And it is hoping to find homes for some over the weekend.
     

  • Road Construction update

    Feb. 9: Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. expect a four way stop at the intersection of NM4 and Rover Blvd. Please follow the detour signs as posted.

    Feb. 10: Expect lane closure and flagging operations at the intersection of NM4 and Grand Canyon. Expect lane closure and flagging operations at the intersection of NM4 and La Vista Drive.

  • Council approves NM502/Trinity Drive motion

    In a 6-1 vote, council approved motion option 1 out of five possible options for a redesign of NM 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the motion in support of motion option 4, a four-lane option with a stop light at the Central/4th Street intersection, similar to a 2007 New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) proposal.

    Over 30 of the 48 residents who spoke during public comment were clearly in support of the motion, which was also the option supported by the Transportation Board.

    Motion option 1 in its entirety reads:

  • Nordic ski trails reopen

    Nordic skiers can celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day on the trails. Closure exemptions were signed on Friday, opening the Nordic Ski Trails, the trail through Canada Bonita to the rim of Guaje Canyon, the full length of Pipeline Road and the Nail Trail from the Camp May Road to Highway 501. 

    “Few people will realize just how much effort was put into getting the trails reasonably safe and useable for the winter season by volunteers with the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and various contractors with the Forest Service. Conditions are great now with hope for more snow in 2012,” said Española Ranger District Recreation Team Leader Lynn Bjorklund.

  • NM ski season off to stellar start despite drought

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Red River and Taos south to the mountains around Ruidoso, the state's ski areas are enjoying a stellar start to what many thought would be a questionable season given the dry conditions that have plagued New Mexico for the past year.

    Red River's slopes were dusted Friday with snow as a steady stream of skiers waited their turn for the chairlift.

    At Taos Ski Valley, skiers and snowboarders were celebrating the best opening in years this holiday weekend and had the rare option of taking in the backside of the mountain so early in the season.

  • Fall arrives late in some Southwestern pockets

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forests throughout the Southwest are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow has dusted mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

    There's no denying it's fall.

    But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some areas. They had to wait a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.

  • Valles Caldera searching for new executive director

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.

    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.

    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.

    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Clean-up completed at MDA-B

    Almost all of the trucks are gone from DP Road.

    That can only mean one thing.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), located at TA-21.

    The cleanup has yielded some interesting finds.

    MDA-B consisted of narrow trenches up to 35 feet deep. Though most of the waste excavated from MDA-B was soil and run-of-the-mill trash such as cardboard and protective clothing, items uncovered during excavation included the remains of two mid-1940s pickup trucks, nearly 30 inert artillery shells and a calendar from 1946.  

    The excavated waste is packaged appropriately and transported to disposal facilities.

  • Cochiti Lake closures extended -- again

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again postponing the reopening of Cochiti Lake.

    The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. Campgrounds, nearby pueblo schools and other facilities are being used to house and feed some 1,200 firefighters still battling the massive blaze.

    Officials say all of Cochiti Lake's public use sites -- including its campgrounds docks, boat ramps, picnic areas, swimming locations and the nearby golf course - will remain shut until July 26.

    Recreation users who made prior reservations for the facilities at Cochiti Lake may contact the National Recreation Reservation Service for refunds.