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  • Utility to stop river diversions until Nov. 1

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Hundreds of thousands of water utility customers in the Albuquerque area will have to rely solely on groundwater for the next two months.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says it’s stopping the diversion of surface water from the Rio Grande at least until Nov. 1.
    The utility made the announcement Thursday. It’s taking the action due to the continued presence of ash in the river from post-fire runoff and drought conditions. Utility officials say their treatment plant is capable of removing ash, but treating the ash-laden water has become cost-prohibitive because of the additional chemicals and energy required.

  • State Briefs 09-01-11

    Officer having sex on hood won’t be charged

    SANTA FE — He’s in uniform and apparently on duty. But New Mexico State Police say the officer caught on camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car did not commit a crime.
    Video from a security camera of the encounter at the county-owned Canyon Ranch surfaced about two weeks ago.
    State police spokesman Tim Johnson tells KQRE-TV an internal investigation has been done and the agency does not believe a crime occurred. He also says the officer will not be cited for lewd behavior.
    Johnson declined to release the name of the officer, but KQRE reports he is an eight-year veteran of the department who’s currently on administrative leave.

  • Update 09-01-11

    Lunch with a leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Film series

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    Ranger talk

  • NCRTD set to try again Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will try again to hire a permanent executive director. On Friday morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers, the board will interview the top three candidates that were selected by the search committee last month. And then after the interviews, the board will deliberate and then announce its pick.
    That’s what the agenda states. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
    The search committee had recommended Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County administrator, to take the job on a permanent basis. But at last month’s meeting, there was some dissent on the board about the process the selection committee used in making its choice.

  • Small fire breaks out in Jemez

    There is another blaze burning near the Las Conchas Fire burn area but it's just 30 acres and it is located 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos.
    Bruce Hill, the public affairs officer for the Santa Fe National Forest said Wednesday residents from north of Albuquerque to Jemez Springs may see smoke approximately five miles east of Ponderosa, NM due to the Guacamalla fire.
    “Fuels on the ground are moist due to recent rains and as a result are creating a fair amount of smoke,” Hill said. Two miles east of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire burn area, and is not likely to spread east of the burn area.”  The Guacamalla Fire was started by lightning on Aug. 17 and discovered by aircraft the following day.

  • Residents not sold on A-19-a concept

    A lack of affordable housing was the main objective to the preferred option for A-19-a put forward by consultants at Wednesday night’s public meeting in White Rock.
    The team of experts contracted by the county presented a development plan with a high concentration of residential housing and a small town center with mixed use potential for retail, office or residential space. The plan also designates large areas for parks and open space (20 acres of the 60 acre development).

  • Switching it up

    Workers installed a new electrical switch box on Central Avenue near 15th Street Wednesday, associated with circuit 17, that will feed businesses on the north side of Trinity Drive. The old switch box will eventually be removed.

  • Cue the music at KRSN radio

    Crews arrived in town Wednesday to erect a 170-foot tall radio antenna for KRSN AM 1490. The $175,000 antenna is expected to alleviate the spotty reception that has plagued local listeners for more than a decade.

    Founded in 1946, the station has maneuvered through a seemingly insurmountable maze of governmental red tape since it lost its original North Mesa antenna in 2000.

    An alternative antenna erected in White Rock at that time, never worked properly and was eventually sold, leaving KRSN without its own antenna.

    The station went bankrupt and off the air in July 2005.

  • Colorado logger cuts off toes after foot is pinned

    DENVER (AP) — Jon Hutt was doing logging work all alone in a remote Colorado forest when his six-ton trailer fell onto his right foot.

    The pain was excruciating, no one was around to hear his cries for help and he couldn't free himself from the big piece of equipment. So he pulled out his 3-inch pocket knife and cut off his toes to get free.

    "It hurt so bad," the 61-year-old Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."

    Hutt then climbed into his semi tractor-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help. Hutt's ordeal was first reported in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

  • State Briefs 08-31-11

    ABQ police kill robbery suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque police shot and killed a 31-year-old armed robbery suspect Tuesday, bringing to 20 the number of suspects who have been shot by police in the same number of months.
    Police Chief Ray Schultz said officers saw the suspect — who he said had a long criminal record — coming out of an apartment holding a bag and confronted him. He said the officers surrounded the suspect and talked with him for 15 to 20 minutes trying to get him to surrender. But he said the man became agitated and indicated and he would not be taken, so a sniper shot him.
    Schultz said the officer later found an AK-47 assault rifle in the bag.