Local News

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting
  • Crews protect resort town from Ariz. fire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews working feverishly overnight managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, but some homes were lost, officials said Thursday.
    Fire information officer Suzanne Flory said overnight operations went well, particularly in the community of Greer, where the blaze had made a significant run Wednesday.
    “Firefighters had a good stand and were able to protect the main part of town, but structures were lost,” Flory said.
    At least a half-dozen homes or cabins burned as the fire moved through the east side of Greer, said Jim Whittington, another fire spokesman.

  • ChamberFest kicks off Friday

    A new record is being set as ChamberFest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a picnic at “the park” at Central Park Square on Main Street. Friday’s picnic is for Chamber of Commerce members only and includes a barbecue dinner with all the fixings and provides an opportunity for members to socialize and network with each other.

  • State Briefs 06-09-11

    2 dogs die in Albuquerque animal control truck

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque is investigating the deaths of two dogs that had been picked up by an animal control officer.
    The mayor’s spokesman says the dogs were picked up Monday afternoon at the request of Albuquerque police. They were in the back of a dog “pickup unit” while the officer went on another call. When the officer came back, the Albuquerque Journal reports, he found the dogs lethargic and unresponsive. He took them to the city’s chief vet, but they died.
    Mayoral spokesman Chris Ramirez says the city is investigating whether the air conditioning unit for the back of the truck was on, and whether it malfunctioned.

  • Update 06-09-11

    Corvette Club
    The Atomic City Corvette Club will present its fifth annual “Corvettes in the Jemez Club” Saturday on Main Street as part of Chamberfest.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the community is invited to come downtown to enjoy music, dance blow-up playgrounds, a giant sand pile for kids, car show and other family friendly entertainment.


  • County administrator search

  • Hall to be sworn in Friday

     Councilor Jim Hall announced late Wednesday that he will be sworn into office as House District 43 Representative Friday during a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Hall will fill the unexpired term of Jeannette Wallace, who passed away last month. A reception in his honor will follow.
    Hall will remain on the council until the end of the June 14 Work Session in White Rock (7 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station #3). As discussed during Tuesday night’s Council meeting, State law would permit Hall to serve in both positions; however, he has elected to step down from his council position following Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Council tackles infrastructure issues

    County council approved measures that would improve the county’s electrical delivery system and flood plain management and create additional school funding during its Tuesday meeting.

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman presented proposed amendments to the code pertaining to flood damage prevention.

    “Our current flood hazard maps, showing the flood hazard boundaries for the county, were revised Sept. 1, 1987,” Zimmerman said. “In September of 2005, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) started what they called the map modernization, a nationwide program to go through and correct mapping errors.”

  • Hoping for June showers

    Local resident Alison Walters gives the plants at Mesa Public Library a little boost to survive between waterings. It has not rained in Los Alamos for a while. But the county is not eligible for assistance yet. Earlier this week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture had designated 15 counties in New Mexico as natural disaster areas because of drought, making them eligible for federal assistance to deal with drought, high winds and wildfires.
    The counties under the declaration are Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro.

  • Arizona wildfire zeroes in on NM--video extra

    Residents in the Catron County community of Luna mowed their grass, tossed away debris and watered down lawns in preparation for a possible visit by the Wallow wildfire.

    KOB-TV says many Luna residents have chosen to stay instead of leave and that the edge of the blaze was about a half mile from the New Mexico town.

    Luna residents were told at a community meeting Wednesday that crews have been using bulldozers and setting backfires to remove fuel in an attempt to keep the fire away from Luna.

    The Arizona wildfire has burned 389,000 acres.

    Federal officials released an updated size of the blaze based on better mapping. The fire has scorched 525 square miles, mostly in ponderosa pine forest, down from 607 square miles reported Wednesday.