5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

July 29th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. The bee population is half of what it was 75 years ago. The alarming drop in numbers has caught the attention of a couple of researchers at NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas. They’ve launched the “pollinator project”: which tests native and non-native plants ability to attract bees.

4. The latest CBS/New York Times poll indicates New Mexico’s governors race may not be as close as a Rasmussen poll last week indicated. The latest poll indicates incumbent Republican Susana Martinez is up eight point over Democratic challenger Gary King.

3. After the Albuquerque Isotopes made headlines for the second time this year for conduct that’s definitely unsportsmanlike, now the players involved are being suspended. First it was a player who bit another player’s ear off, earlier in the year. The latest incident involved a brawl that broke out in Reno this weak. The Pacific Coast League suspended four players involved in the Saturday brawl during the game being played in Reno.

2. Washington lawmakers reached a deal to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agreement reached Monday comes three months after revelations that some veterans on secret waiting lists died before getting medical care. The VA reform bill will allow veterans who’ve been on waiting lists 30 days or who live 40 miles away from a VA facility to see private doctors. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill by the end of the week.

1. Expect more rain and thunderstorms today with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 89 with a light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph this morning, and a 40 percent chance of rain. Tonight, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Storms Keep Rolling In….

July 28th, 2014 at 8:44 pm by under Weather

After a wet start to the week on Sunday with a big crop of storms over Central New Mexico we are keeping the party going Monday. Widespread storms will continue overnight tonight and into Tuesday as a weather disturbance combines with deep moisture over the state. The areas that should see the heaviest rain will be across the West in the northern mountains.

By Tuesday afternoon the storm crop will thin out a bit but we should still see pretty good storms over the northern portion of the state. Then late Wednesday another backdoor cold front pushes its way into the Northeast and brings in more showers across the area for late Wednesday and Thursday.

Looking out through the weekend our moisture plume should remain pretty deep across the area. So look for more scattered to numerous storms. But as is customary for the monsoon season not everybody will get wet every day. Albuquerque is a good example of this.  Some areas like Knob Hill picked up heavy rain on Sunday while others like the Sunport got nothing. Such is life in New Mexico during the monsoon flow.

Below is the seven-day outlook for precipitation. Looks good!

BioPark Celebrates with Japanese Students

July 28th, 2014 at 2:38 pm by under Live Events

This Thursday, Summer Nights concert-goers can participate in Toro Nagashi–or Floating Lantern–with a group of Japanese students visiting from our sister city, Sasebo.

The exchange students will be participating in many other experiences around Albuquerque with their local host families, including a service project at the Sasebo Japanese Garden.

Guests can meet the Japanese exchange students and their host families at the Sasebo Japanese Garden pond to enjoy a sea of floating lights and then release the lanterns at 7:45 pm as a part of the Japanese Obon celebration.

Although the City of Sasebo doesn’t celebrate Obon until August, this is an interesting way to represent our connection with the people of Sasebo,” says Maria Thomas, Assistant Curator.

The event takes place at the BioPark on Thursday at 7 pm.

Food Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Demonstration

July 28th, 2014 at 11:32 am by under Latest Posts

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner earlier today presented Rio Grande Community Development Corporation certificate of obligation which will begin the funding for the establishment of a food manufacturing entrepreneurship project in southwest New Mexico.

The grant worth $152,492 will be used to develop incubator kitchens, food processing training, the development of distribution networks and regional marketing planning for small food manufacturing businesses in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties.

The presentation was made in conjunction with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) summer food demonstration project in Anthony, New Mexico.

The demonstration was held to show the public the various programs offered by the agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and how they are being utilized in high poverty areas targeted by USDA’s StrikeForce initiative.

Paddling at Bottomless

July 28th, 2014 at 10:57 am by under Latest Posts

Bottomless Lakes State Park will host their 28th Annual Paddle Board Races on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1-3 p.m. in the Lea Lake Recreational Area.

Prizes will be awarded for all age categories:  8-younger; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14, and 15 and older.

Registration to compete in the race is free, however, day-use fees to enter the park apply.

Contestants can sign up at the park the day of the race.