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Today's News

  • ‘Transformers’ get cleaned up

    As you might recall in 2009, “Transformers 2” left most of us with feelings teetering between disappointment and outrage. Two years later, Michael Bay released a third Transformers movie, and it’s safe to say that the director took some of Transformers 2’s negative feedback to heart.
    It’s certainly not hard to make a movie that can trump “Transformers 2,” and there are still a few notable issues in “Transformers 3,” such as some very crude humor and a bland love story. 
    For the most part, however, you’ll likely be laughing at the good jokes and loving the intense action sequences, and you may not immediately care about  the faults in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

  • Pajarito Mountain fire update

    FIRE STATUS AT PAJARITO MOUNTAIN

    Fire teams are still on the ski area taking care of spot fires and mopping up using tankers, pumpers  and hand lines (hose lines strung out from the pumpers that are filled from the tankers).  This activity may continue for some time, unless we see significant rain.  We did receive an afternoon shower on the ski area yesterday, and last night it also rained a bit, mostly on the lower part of the mountain, but it was great to see some moisture.  A reclamation team will arrive at some point to start remediation on the mountain, but we don't yet know when that will be.

  • LAMC thanks staff and others
  • Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93--video extra

    Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don't say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it.

    According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she'd try it, too. She told "60 Minutes" she wouldn't be surprised to learn that her youngest, 18-year-old Susan, was in a sexual relationship (an embarrassed Susan issued a denial).

    She mused that living together before marriage might be wise, thought women should be drafted into the military if men were, and spoke up unapologetically for abortion rights, taking a position contrary to the president's. "Having babies is a blessing, not a duty," Mrs. Ford said.

  • Governor declares state of emergency to augment flood mitigation resources

    Governor Susana Martinez declared a State of Emergency to allow for the effective placement of resources for emergency flood mitigation to augment existing flood mitigation efforts.

    “After a long drought and fires, conditions exist that could lead to increased flooding throughout the state,” Governor Martinez said. “This Declaration allows the State to provide counties, cities, and pueblos with additional resources in preparation for flooding. This assistance will help higher risk areas such as those surrounding Cochiti Canyon, Ruidoso Downs, or the Santa Clara Pueblo, but it will also allow for higher statewide preparedness.”

  • LANL Closes Road, Trails for Safety Reasons

    Los Alamos National Laboratory late Friday announced the closure of all publicly-accessible trails on lab property as well as West Road, which leads from the Los Alamos town site into Los Alamos Canyon.  The closure is in response to the increased fire risk and danger of flash flooding in these areas following damage to canyon headlands during the Las Conchas Fire.

    “It’s an effort to ensure people’s safety and reduce the risk of injury and damage to property and sensitive natural and cultural resources,” said Chris Cantwell, LANL’s associate director for environment, safety, health, and quality.  

    Closure signs will be posted in coming days.

    The lab also cancelled all non-essential off-road work activity.

  • Bandelier National Monument Begin Process of Fire Recovery, Flood Preparedness

    Bandelier National Monument staff, with the assistance of the National Park Service Intermountain All Risk Management Team has begun the process of damage assessment and rehabilitation after the Las Conchas Fire burned over half of the Monument. They are also working to re-establish limited visitor services.

     A Burned Area Emergency Response Team will be assessing post-fire threats to life, cultural/natural resources and property. They will determine effective measures to mitigate or minimize risks and implement emergency stabilization treatments. Due to an increasing chance of large rain storms and the loss of vegetation due to the fire, there is great concern about potential flooding in Frijoles canyon and other areas of the Monument.

  • Las Conchas Fire photos from 07-08-11
  • Rock out with the Iguanas
  • ABQ concert to benefit firefighters

     Ned’s on the Rio Grande hosts a benefit concert for firefighters fighting the Las Conchas fire. Local bands will perform this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.00 per person and all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts via American Red Cross.
    Ken Gattas, owner of Ned’s on the Rio Grande, says the concert is meant to celebrate firefighters and provide resources for those who risk their lives and work incredibly hard to fight these devastating fires. “We hope this concert will help raise money to purchase supplies needed for these firefighters.”