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Today's News

  • Animal shelters return to normal

    Area animal shelters are returning to normal after a hectic week of assisting Los Alamos pets during the evacuation. The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, the Espanola Valley Humane Society and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society all rose to the challenge of caring for misplaced pets.

    Tom Beyer, Los Alamos County public service aid (PSA) officer (commonly referred to as an animal control officer) said that PSA officers responded to about 50 calls from residents – most of whom were vacationing – unable to reach their pets when evacuation orders came. Officers saw to the welfare of the animals, making rounds to residences to feed and water them. Care extended to chickens, fish, rabbits and frogs, besides cats and dogs.

  • More insight offered into cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    New Mexico State Forestry’s Dan Ware provided some more insight into the cause of the Las Conchas Fire that started June 26 around 1 p.m. in Sandoval County.

    Ware was asked why the fire was considered to be human-caused.

    “There was a human element involved,” Ware said. “And that was the power line that was put up by a human being. There was no evidence the tree had been cut.”

  • FAA restricts local airspace

    A series of runs by C-130 slurry bombers Thursday near Los Alamos attempted to drive another nail in the Las Conchas wildfire's coffin, but local fire officials indicate the efforts at best will only slow the fire's progression.

    Monsoonal rains, officials say, are the only thing that will put the stubborn blaze down once and for all.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is prohibiting pilots – other than those fighting the 138,000-acre Las Conchas Fire – from flying in, out or over the Los Alamos County Airport or surrounding area.

    “The FAA has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR until further notice,” Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said Wednesday.

  • 'Kinesis' celebrates movement

    Visual Art is often considered a static form of expression. Fuller Lodge Art Center aims to challenge this stereotype in their new exhibit “Kinesis,” which opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. With works from 45 artists collected in the show, the concept of movement is illustrated in a multitude of styles.

  • SFO offers discounted tickets

    The Santa Fe Opera is extending an invitation to all New Mexico residents, new or long-time, who have never purchased a ticket to the opera, an opportunity to discover what opera lovers have been enjoying for the past 50 years.
    A 40 percent discount is being offered for any performance during the forthcoming 2011 Festival season.
    The season began July 1 with a new production of Gounod’s “Faust.” The following night, Puccini’s “La Boheme” opened. Performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights in July, and every night — except Sunday — during August.
    Some dates are nearly sold out, but there are a number for which seats are still available.  

  • PEEC activities canceled this week

    PEEC staff and volunteers will be busy this week restoring the gardens and making sure people and critters are doing well.
    Activities on the calendar are canceled for the week of July 4-10. Watch their website, PajaritoEEC.org, for further information about resuming classes and activities.  
    The week of July 11, they hope to resume their regular programs: Nature Playtimes for Toddlers, Preschoolers and their Caregivers led by Jessie Ross and Jocelyn Warner (10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays); Green Hour Hikes for Families led by Petra McDowell (9 a.m. Tuesdays); and Kids Summer Gardening led by Kelly Larson (9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays).
    The iCare Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau run by the Family YMCA resumed on July 6.

  • OspreyFest launches Friday

    Raptor lovers from New Mexico and surrounding states are preparing for the annual trek to OspreyFest at Heron Lake State Park in north central New Mexico, scheduled this year for Friday-Sunday.
    The fledge of osprey chicks resulting from the return of more than 20 nesting pairs of osprey to Heron and El Vado Lakes is cause for celebration, with parks’ visitors treated to a a bird’s eye view of flight training from vantage points in campgrounds and along the park roads.
    OspreyFest kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at the Heron Lake State Park Visitor Center with live uncaged raptors meeting bird and nature lovers of all ages, at the combination welcome reception and birthday party.

  • Beck has last show 


     NEW YORK — Glenn Beck said goodbye to Fox News Channel on Thursday, airing his final show before going into business for himself. He told his fans that he was determined “to his last breath” to fix this country.
    The colorful commentator will begin streaming a daily two-hour show for paying customers on his own Internet network, GBTV, in September.
    His finale was vintage Beck, a continued monologue walking among his signature chalkboards. He took some shots at critics, promised fealty to his fans, came close to tears but didn’t succumb and even poked some fun at his image.

  • ‘Transformers’ shape up

    LOS ANGELES — “Transformers” robots have lost some of their money-making power but delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.
    Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
    But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $109 million first weekend for 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

  • Can’t ban violent video sales to kids, court says

    WASHINGTON — States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people’s First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what kids can buy.
    The high court, on a 7-2 vote, threw out California’s 2005 law covering games sold or rented to those under 18, calling it an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia, said, “Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply.”