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  • Las Conchas Fire 95 percent contained

    New Mexico's largest wildfire is nearly contained, and officials are looking for contractors to help with seeding and mulching efforts on the massive burn scar.

    Contracts for the work have been posted for bids, and officials expect aerial seeding on 5,200 acres of severely burned land to begin in less than two weeks.

    Mulching on more than 1,100 acres will follow.

    Fire managers reported containment on the Las Conchas fire at 95 percent Wednesday.

    The blaze charred more than 244 square miles and destroyed 63 homes in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The spread of the fire was stopped days ago, and crews have been focused on mopping up hot spots and patrolling the perimeter.

    The fire started June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

    Date Started: June 26, 2011

  • Pedestrian hit on Trinity still in hospital

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl driving a pick up collided with an 82-year-old Los Alamos woman walking across the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Tuesday morning.
    The driver was southbound on Oppenheimer turning left on to Trinity Drive when her truck struck Lois Coffin who was in the east crosswalk heading north, according to police.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported Lois Coffin to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Officials were awaiting results from the Emergency Room but said that the woman suffered “some injuries.”
    Coffin was still in the hospital as of this morning.
    Police said the driver will be cited.


  • State judge arrested for rape agrees to retire

    SANTA FE (AP) — An Albuquerque judge accused of raping a woman will retire Friday and has agreed never to seek a judicial office in New Mexico under a disciplinary order issued Tuesday by the state Supreme Court.
    District Judge Pat Murdoch was arrested last week on charges of rape and intimidation of a witness while serving as chief criminal judge in the 2nd Judicial District, which covers the Albuquerque area and is New Mexico’s biggest district court system.
    The agreement to retire was reached between Murdoch and the state Judicial Standards Commission, which had started a disciplinary investigation of Murdoch.

  • Rove to campaign for Wilson

    ALBUQUERQUE – Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, will be a special guest at a Senate fundraising reception for her campaign on Thursday, Aug. 11 in Albuquerque.
    “I am pleased to have Karl as a special guest for my Senate campaign,” Wilson said. “Karl has one of the best minds in modern politics and he continues to inform and influence American life as an author, columnist and commentator.”

  • GOP retools plan as Congress seeks to avert debt crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans on Wednesday appeared to be slowly coalescing around a plan by House Speaker John Boehner to avert the debt crisis — a plan Boehner was still retooling to increase its complement of spending cuts. But Senate Democrats insisted the short-term solution Republicans were crafting would leave the economy on shaky footing.
    Each side claimed the moral high ground as a new day of jockeying over to how to end the debt crisis began. And budget analysts suggested both sides had been over-promising how much in spending cuts their rival plans would deliver.

  • Update 07-27-11

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Authors speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Nuclear talk

  • Council examines nuisance code

    As it is currently written, the only enforcement action allowed for nuisance violations is prosecuting the violation as a general misdemeanor (a criminal offense) before the Municipal Court. Penalties under the county’s misdemeanor code include up to $500 in fines and/or 90 days in jail. Proposed changes to the code would decriminalize all but the most egregious violations of the code.

    Nuisance codes regulate outdoor storage of materials, including rubbish, brush and junk items, to ensure that community members can enjoy their property without interference by actions of nearby owners. The codes are meant to insure cleanliness, health and safety and to protect property values.

  • Runoff causing problems

    The people associated with the Burn Area Emergency Recovery team have a saying.

    Ash happens.

    Monsoon season is here and rains have hit the burn scar of the Las Conchas Fire and ash and debris are being washed off mountainsides, down canyons and into the Rio Grande.

    That has forced utilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to halt their drinking water diversions until the river clears up.

    “Just from a mechanical and maintenance standpoint, we didn’t want all this ash and crud to get into our system that we then would have to clean out,” said David Morris, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, which serves about 540,000 people.

  • Pajarito ski hill survives fire

    At least 90 percent of skiable terrain at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area survived the massive Las Conchas Fire unscathed.

    Members of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Board of Directors held a special meeting last week after assessing what minimal damage did occur.

    The board is making plans for the rehabilitation of the ski hill before winter sets in. They’ve devised a plan to prioritize and focus on a number of projects, which will require volunteer help from the community

    “There is much to accomplish before opening the Ski Area for winter operations,” board member Vance Boone said. “Buildings need to be cleaned, there’s construction to be done and we’ve got some logging and chipping work.”

  • BAER update

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