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Joy Junction seeks donations to help those in need

July 19th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by under Latest Posts

Homeless men, women and families continue in droves to call Joy Junction –Albuquerque’s largest emergency homeless shelter — for a ride to warmth, safety and a hot meal.

Shelter officials say the 28-year-old ministry has been sheltering hundreds nightly and feeding more than 16,000 meals a month.

These women and children would have otherwise been forced to wonder where their next meal was coming from, and some would have had to contend with life on Albuquerque’s streets.

All of this need is putting a strain on the Joy Junction’s food supplies, and the shelter is running out of some important staples. Needed urgently are salad greens, fresh fruit, coffee, potatoes, rice and breakfast meats. Cupboards and refrigerators are fast getting bare. Joy Junction Founder and CEO Dr. Jeremy Reynalds said he is hoping generous friends in the community will help replenish the shelter’s food supply.

In addition to providing three meals a day at the shelter, Joy Junction’s Lifeline of Hope mobile feeding ministry operates seven days a week year round. It travels from Southeast to Southwest Albuquerque providing a sack lunch, beverage, a hot meal and other essential items to the housing insecure and those whose budget doesn’t stretch to both a place to stay and a meal.

Reynalds said, “We often hear from clients of the Lifeline that the food we provide is all they have to eat. Many of those whom we assist are children. No one should have to go to bed with their stomach growling, especially children.”

Donations can be bought down to the shelter’s South Valley location at 4500 Second Street SW seven days a week between 8am and 8pm.


Closure ordered for Wills Canyon to protect endangered mouse

July 17th, 2014 at 6:35 pm by under Latest Posts

A special closure order (2014-08-267) is in place, effective July 15, 2014 and shall remain in effect until November 30, 2014, for the Wills Canyon (Mauldin Spring) riparian area within the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District. The specified area encompasses occupied habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (NMMJM), which has been listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This order is necessary to prevent and/or reduce risk to the endangered species’ occupied habitat. Protection of the habitat is required in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Forest Service is obligated to uphold the Endangered Species Act and the purpose of this order will allow for compliance with all law, regulation, and policy the U.S. Forest Service is held responsible for upholding.

The special closure prohibits going into or being upon the areas of ‘occupied habitat’, described as the Mauldin Spring riparian area, including both the existing barbed-wire fenced areas and the temporary electric fenced areas, along Wills Canyon in Sections 29 and 30, Township 17 South, Range 12 East (please see map included in this news release). Public use of the existing trails system in the area will continue outside the area that is closed under the special closure order (2014-08-267).

Livestock watering lanes are provided in order to allow permitted livestock to access water. These watering lanes are considered to be outside of the restricted area (reference the map included in this news release).

The order specifically identifies exemptions, which include:

 

  • U.S. Forest Service employees or agents working on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service who have been authorized by the U.S. Forest Service to enter the restricted area.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force engaged in the performance of an official duty.

Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals and $10,000.00 for organizations, and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

For general information about the Lincoln National Forest, call 575-434-7200, Monday through Friday (closed on Federal holidays unless stated otherwise), Supervisor’s Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and District Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln  and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest


ABQ Ride to detour buses for Summerfest

July 17th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by under Latest Posts

ABQ RIDE’s routes on Central Avenue between Girard and Washington will be detouring all day Saturday, July 19.  That’s because traffic in the area will be shutdown to accommodate the Route 66 Summerfest.

Starting at 3 a.m. Saturday, July 19, Central Ave will be shutdown to all car and bus traffic between Girard and Washington. This is to support pedestrian traffic around Summerfest’s three, separate stages.  The area will stay closed to traffic until midnight Sunday, July 20.

That means three ABQ RIDE bus routes that utilize Central , the #766-Rapid Ride/Red Line, the #777-Rapid Ride/Green Line and the #66-Central will be on detour throughout the day.  Eastbound buses along Central will go North and East along Monte Vista, then East on Lomas, South on Washington, then back to Central for the remainder of their eastbound routes.  Westbound buses will turn North on Adams then west on Copper before making their way North on Washington.  At Lomas, these buses will turn west, before heading South and West along Monte Vista back to their regular westbound Central routes.

Another route that utilizes Central, #16/18 (The Bug), will also be detouring July 19.  The eastbound 16/18, as it moves north along Girard, will avoid Central by turning East on Coal before resuming its regular southerly route on Carlisle.  Conversely, the westbound 16/18 moving along Gibson will turn north on Carlisle, then west on Lead before resuming its regular southerly route on Girard.

To accommodate riders on the affected Rapid Ride buses, temporary Rapid Ride stops will also be going in from early morning, July 19 through midnight Sunday, July 20.  For Eastbound riders, Rapid Ride stops will be placed at Monte Vista and Dartmouth and Central and Adams.  For Westbound riders, Rapid Ride stops will be placed at Jefferson and Central and Girard and Central.

All ABQ RIDE bus stops being shut down along Central between Girard and Washington will have notices of all the changes.

For a complete list of the affected bus routes, plus maps detailing the weekend’s temporary routes, log on to http://www.cabq.gov/transit/route-detours.  For more information on the Route 66 Summerfest, log onto http://rt66central.com/rt66summerfest.html .


Flood update

July 16th, 2014 at 7:49 pm by under Latest Posts


Get rid of unwanted paint and chemicals Saturday

July 16th, 2014 at 6:00 pm by under Latest Posts

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, its Solid Waste Management Department and Advanced Chemical Transport (ACT) will be holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

The collection will take place on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the National Guard Armory located at 400 Wyoming NE. Citizens are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste to this free event.

Accepted Items:

Paint

Automotive Oil

Antifreeze

Gasoline

Cleaning Supplies

Finishes & Stains

Aerosols

Pesticides/Herbicides

Poisons

Corrosives/Photo graphics

Batteries of all types

Fertilizers

Pool Chemicals

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Mercury

Items Not Accepted:

Cylinders

Fire Extinguishers

Appliances (Stoves, Refrigerators, etc.)

Metals

Paper

Needles/Medical Waste

Medications

Computers

Televisions/Stereos/Electronics

Asbestos

Ammunition/Gunpowder/Explosives

Radioactive Materials (including smoke detectors)

For more information about HHW call 311, TTY 711, or visit cabq.gov