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  • BAER update 7-29

    The Las Conchas fire is now 98% contained, but some suppression work remains. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area continues. Chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress. The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation Team continues treatments in the Las Conchas fire area within the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Bandelier National Monument.

  • House GOP sets vote on revamped debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a vote on a newly modified plan to stave off an unprecedented government default next week even though the legislation faces a White House veto threat and unanimous opposition among Senate Democrats.

    As the House prepared to vote Thursday, investor worries that a dysfunctional Congress might remain gridlocked sent stocks plunging. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 200 points Wednesday, on top of a 92-point drop the day before.

  • Special ops chief warns of al-Qaida 2.0

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top commander of U.S. special operations forces said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is bloodied and "nearing its end," but he warned the next generation of militants could keep special operations fighting for a decade to come.

    Navy SEAL Adm. Eric T. Olson described the killing of bin Laden by a special operations raid on May 2 as a near-killing blow for what he called "al-Qaida 1.0," as created by bin Laden and led from his hideout in Pakistan.

    Olson said the group had already lost steam because of the revolts of the Arab Spring, which proved the Muslim world did not need al-Qaida to bring down governments, from Tunisia to Egypt.

  • Flash flood watch for Jemez Mountains

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITHIN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT. RAINFALL RATES OF ONE HALF TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS. THE SLOW STORM MOTION WILL INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING.

  • 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