From KOB-Tv.com - The National Weather Service said monsoon season has arrived in New Mexico, offering hope for crews battling the fires across the state. Forecasters said rain is on the way. The weather prediction is showing an average summer rainy season, but any rainfall would reduce fire danger in the highly combustible forests and dried up grasslands. "And we are finally seeing a relaxing of those westerly winds that we've been plagued with and finally that's a sign of the monsoon starting to come and basically we're seeing a bigger upper level area of high pressure that's building…that's allowing the westerly winds to relax," Todd Shoemake of the National Weather Service said. Read more
Posted by Michael Swickard on Monday, July 4, 2011
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From the Party for Socialism and Liberation -Dozens of activists from Albuquerque joined together in an emergency protest on July 2 at the busy intersection of Central Avenue and Tulane to demand that the U.S. and Israel stop blocking the ships of the Freedom Flotilla II from sailing to Gaza in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The action was called by the Albuquerque Network for Palestinian Rights (ANPR) and endorsed by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) of New Mexico. More News New Mexico
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The White House said it all this week as the debate raged over exactly how much more inter-generational theft we should tolerate by increasing the debt ceiling. Those in favor of borrowing additional trillions of dollars are: Morally Superior. It would seem that being morally superior is really getting easier. With his budget rejected 97-0 in the Senate, it would appear our president is the only moral elected official we have left.
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NMPolitics.net ran a story called, “Denish Out Chavez In.” The piece explains the decision by former Lt. Governor Diane Denish to skip the CD # 1 race. It also discusses the decision by former Albuquerque mayor Marty Chavez to jump in. Rob Nikolewski of Capitol Report New Mexico called the one dimensional monologue video Chavez released announcing his candidacy, one of the worst he had ever seen.
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Westport News — Finances for the state's Rail Runner Express are facing big shortfalls in both the short and long term. The railroad's governing board eliminated weekend service as it worked to close a projected $1.2 million shortfall in the budget year that began Friday. But board member Larry Abraham, the mayor of Los Ranchos, told the Albuquerque Journal that the deficit is just the tip of the iceberg. The railroad takes in much less from taxes and fares than it needs to operate the trains between Belen and Santa Fe. That doesn't take into account payments on $451 million in bonds the state issued to purchase track and rolling stock. Abraham said the Rail Runner "will die a slow death" unless the state finds ways of increasing ridership and better aligning the train system with the state's tourism industry. The weekend service cut was needed to as a wake-up call about a looming financial crisis and the future of the rail system, he said. It helped fill a budget hole caused by the expiration of a federal clean air grant. Read full story here: News New Mexico
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From KRQE-TV.com - LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) - The announcement that the evacuation of Los Alamos had been lifted brought joy and relief to thousands of residents. Residents were once again packing up their stuff, but this time their destination was home. “I’ve lived here for 37 years and when I came around the corner and saw the skyline for the first time in a week, I teared up and said right out loud, oh Los Alamos,” a Los Alamos resident said. As the neighborhoods fill back up, there is a lot of catching up to do. Many people said they hope to just get back to their daily routine after a week away from it, and to a lot of others who are just so thankful they can come home. Read more