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Five Things You Need to Know Before You Go

July 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. A thrill ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain turned out to be a whole lot more thrilling than advertised. A roller coaster car hit a branch, leaving the upside down and dangling for hours last night. A few people were injured, others will be okay.

4. An off-duty Albuquerque firefighters is being heralded as a hero this morning. He helped save a bicycle rider’s life after she was hit by a car. Kerry McKinstry saw the woman get hit by a garbage truck near Yale and Lomas. He used part of a tire to save her. McKinstry lost her let in the crash but will survive.

3. If you’re headed toward the Jemez Mountains, beware, a federal firefighter from California is recovering this morning after being injured during an explosion. He encountered the homemade explosive in a glass jar at a sign post directing people to a campground near Fenton Lake. The firefighter should survive. Investigators are trying to find who put the explosive there.

2. Topping national headlines, the influx of immigrants from Central America entering the United States illegally. Today President Obama is expected to ask Congress for two billion dollars to deal with the immigration crisis. Part of the money is for patrolling the US/Mexico border. Some could go to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia that’s housing women and children caught entering the U.S. illegally. There’s a meeting to discuss the crisis Thursday in Nicaragua. The United Nations wants the U.S. And Mexico to call this a “refugee crisis” which would mean the immigrants would receive international protection, and can stay in the U.S. and not automatically be sent home.

1. Sunny and hot with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The high today will be near 95 with a light east wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. It’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 64 and an east wind 5 to 15 mph, with a 60% chance of precipitation.

Illegal firework hotline a success

July 7th, 2014 at 8:51 pm by under Latest Posts

The Albuquerque Fire Department said its illegal fireworks hotline was a success over the long holiday weekend.

AFD said they received 1,600 calls to the hotline between Friday night and Monday morning.

They gave out 19 criminal citations, compared to just 10 last year.

They also confiscated at least 80 pounds of illegal fireworks.

The fire department said the number of citations could still go up as more crews who were in the field turn in their reports this week.

Fire restrictions to be lifted in Gila National Forest

July 7th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by under Latest Posts

With the onset of summer rains, the Gila National Forest will be lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on July 8, at 8 a.m., allowing forest visitors to enjoy campfires again in undeveloped areas across the Forest.

Forest visitors are still encouraged to practice campfire and smoking safety by using ashtrays and ensuring that campfires are cold to the touch before leaving their camp or retiring for the night. Always have a shovel and water available and place your fire away from low-hanging branches and dry grasses.

For further information on fire safety practices or how to reduce fire risks around your home, contact the Gila National Forest at 575-388-8201 or visit the Gila National Forest website.

One day left to help name 2015 Balloon Fiesta theme

July 7th, 2014 at 12:33 pm by under Latest Posts

If you have a good theme idea for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, you’ve only got one day left to submit it.

This year’s theme is “Spirit of the Winds,” but officials are looking for next year’s theme.

You can submit your big idea for the 2015 theme on the fiesta’s website until midnight.

Entries will be narrowed to five. People can vote for their favorite theme starting Friday through July 18.

Day Planner: Monday, July 7th, 2014

July 7th, 2014 at 6:44 am by under Latest Posts

Good Monday Morning!  It’s going to be a hot one today.  Daytime highs will reach the 80s and 90s across much of New Mexico.  Some changes will occur today in our rain coverage.  Isolated storms will remain possible today for Western New Mexico.  Meanwhile, a dry slot of air will move into NE and Central New Mexico, dropping our rain and storm chance significantly today.   By the middle of the week another front will arrive which will help bring back the moisture.  Our rain and storm chance will increase by Wednesday.  Today, partly cloudy and hot, winds: SW 5 mph, high near 94°.  Tonight, partly cloudy, isol’d dry storms, low near 70°.