June, 2012

Flags lowered for Code Talker

June 29th, 2012 at 1:31 pm by under Latest Posts

Flags are flying at half-staff today for Frank Chee Willeto, a Navajo Code Talker to died June 23.

Willeto, who served in the South Pacific during World War II, is being buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery today.

Gov. Susana Martinez ordered the flags lowered from sunrise to sunset today.

Willeto also served as vice president of the Navajo Nation government.


Call center brings jobs to Santa Fe

June 29th, 2012 at 12:24 pm by under Latest Posts

New jobs are on their way to Santa Fe with the opening of a new call center.

The Governor joined owners of Bicycle Technologies International for the groundbreaking of a new call center and distributing hub.

The 15,000 square foot building will go up in the Rancho Viejo area and is expected to create 50 full time jobs.

The company is a major distributor of bike parts and accessories.


Durango update on fires started by lightening

June 29th, 2012 at 11:01 am by under Wildfires

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that several small fires started by lightning strikes in the past few days are now contained and/or controlled. Three lightning strikes in the southern HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield are under control, and a small fire on Devil Mountain west of Pagosa Springs is reported out.

A Pagosa Ranger District initial attack crew is responding this morning to a smoke report north of Pagosa Springs on the San Juan National Forest.

The Escarpment Fire on Ute Mountain Ute land near Cortez is 30 percent contained at 26 acres (better mapping has revised earlier acreage estimates). Thirty firefighters are building fire line and helicopters making water drops.

Updates will be issued separately on the status of the Lightner, Weber and Little Sand fires.

Lightning strikes often smolder for several days and flare up with warm temperatures and/or high winds. Report smoke on private land by calling 911; report smoke on public lands to Durango Interagency Dispatch at 970-385-1324.


What You Missed Friday Morning

June 29th, 2012 at 7:27 am by under Latest Posts, Morning Show

If you didn’t catch News 13 New This Morning, you missed a lot.   We’d love for you to share your thoughts and opinions with us continue the conversation all day long.

Here’s a quick summary of some of what we talked about today:

  • Healthcare law
  • Grocery store to downtown Albuquerque
  • The Lone Ranger set pictures

People are still talking about the Affordable Care Act, aka, the healthcare law.  The Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of it yesterday.  Do you think this is good or bad news for Americans?  Kyle Berg wrote us on Facebook, “Good news, people need coverage. As long as health insurers don’t get greedy, it shouldn’t get too expensive.”  However, Billy Valentine disagrees, “bad due to forcing us to pay and not having the choice to get it, we all know when times are rough we can not pay more.”  What do you think?

Albuquerque’s mayor is trying to get a grocery store downtown, specifically in a lot near 2nd and Silver.  The city says more than 10,000 people now live in downtown Albuquerque and about 30,000 work there.  What store would you like to see downtown?  Would this entice you to move there?

We just got a hold of new pictures from The Loan Ranger set!  They’re from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s twitter account.  Check them out here and let us know what you think!

Don’t miss News 13 New This Morning every weekday morning from 4:30 to 7.  We value your thoughts and opinions on our stories and want you to be part of the conversation we have every morning!


What You Need to Know Before You Go | June 29, 2012

June 29th, 2012 at 6:15 am by under 5 Things, Morning Show

5. People are still talking about it, and in case you missed it– the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as the healthcare law. President Obama is happy with the decision, but his opponent on the ballot this November, Mitt Romney, is not, saying that if he’s elected, he’ll repeal the law.

4.  President Obama will be just north of us later today, to take a look at all the fires and the damage they’ve done in Colorado. The Waldo Canyon fire is one of the worst. It’s already destroyed about 350 homes, and forced more than 35,000 people out of their homes. It is just 15-percent contained this morning.

3. Bad news for Albuquerque this morning. Schott Solar is set to close its operations here by the end of the summer, and that means 250 people will lose their jobs, some starting today.

2. Today will be partly cloudy, with isolated thunderstorms. Little or no rain in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds in the afternoon. Highs 95 to 100. Tonight, partly cloudy, with isolated thunderstorms, with little or no rain in the evening. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s to lower 70s.

1. Heads up, a lot of changes are headed to the bosque today. Here in Albuquerque and Bernalillo county, the bosque will stay open, but you can only go on the paved paths, and levee roads. In Socorro, Valencia, and Sandoval counties, the bosque will be completely closed starting at 8:00 AM this morning. This is all because it’s extremely dry and firefighters want to prevent more fires.