Fourth of July
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All of the fireworks in San Diego's big show accidentally went off at once. (This has never happened to the Big Bay Boom before.)
In the Dirt City, plenty of people flipped a sparkly middle finger to fire restrictions.
We've entered monsoon season.
Apple is working on a mini-iPad. No, dummy, not an iPhone.
Government confirms: Mermaids are not real.
Fukushima disaster was the result of collusion, says expert panel.
Did you know Hannah Montana makes a raccoon repellent?
Lifeguard in Florida fired for trying to save a drowning swimmer.
Wikileaks releases 2.5 million emails from Syria.
Physicists find key to the universe.
How to take care of your vinyl in the heat.
India's going to give its citizens free medication.
Mitt Romney may pick a woman to be his running mate.
"Like a Virgin" moves Madonna to tears during a concert.
Here in the U.S. of A., we proclaim our independence proudly with beer and bright explosions—safely guarded from causing raging wildfires, of course. The city prepares for another patriotic afternoon with food, music and merriment during Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park (9401 Balloon Museum NE). The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m., concluding with country music act Diamond Rio and an eye-popping fireworks display. Parking is $10 if you'd like to drive yourself, or you can hop on ABQ Ride by paying a $1 roundtrip fee from two pick-up locations (St. Pius High School or Coronado Center). For a full schedule or for more information, call 311 or visit cabq.gov/
Party down with your cylindrical fountains
And keep a hose nearby
We are in yet another extremely dry and dangerous fire season here in New Mexico. Because of this, Bernalillo County and Albuquerque officials restricted the use of fireworks. But they can’t ban them completely. Read about why in this week’s NewsCity.
The Albuquerque Fire Department announced that the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible devices are prohibited within city limits. It is illegal to use any fireworks in the Bosque or any Open Space area. AFD advises that fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas and with a readily available water source.
The only permissible fireworks are ground and handheld sparkling devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches and wheels.
In 2011, AFD responded to more than 945 illegal fireworks calls during the Fourth of July weekend. Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen says, “Any one of these incidents could have turned into a deadly fire just because somebody was acting carelessly.”
Bernalillo County issued fireworks restrictions for all unincorporated parts of the county. Bernalillo banned the sale and use of fireworks that shoot sparks or pieces higher than 10 feet or further than a 6-foot radius, or are louder than a cap gun.
Last year, both Gov. Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry became frustrated with their inability to ban fireworks completely. They both lobbied the Legislature unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would allow local authorities to completely ban fireworks during extreme fire danger.
Two major wildfires have already destroyed large areas of the state. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila Wilderness is the largest fire in size in state history. The Little Bear fire in Lincoln County near Ruidoso destroyed hundreds of homes.
Stay updated about blazes in the state at NMfireinfo.
Rockets’ Red Glare
In the glow of wildfires, officials stare down the Fourth of July
Under state law, no one can ban fireworks completely. Not a city council or county commission, not a mayor or the governor. Not after the largest blaze in New Mexico history or the Bosque’s been charred.
The Daily Word 7.3.11: fire; fireworks; nazis; metallica
Fireworks fails (video collection!)
Silver City's Penny Park burned, again.
Los Alamos residents may return home!
Here's what the Reflecting Pool in Washington Monument looks like this Fourth of July weekend. "It's kind of gross right now."
Miss Honeywell. "She'd make a good personal assistant to a sales manager."
German Neo-Nazi codes.
Newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada for Canada Day.
Some Quebecois aren't fond of the royals.
Yellowstone River oil spill.
Pairing wine with doughnuts, Spaghetti-O's and other crap.
Happy belated birthday, Lindsay Lohan.
Flyer on the Wall
In light of the fact that parts of the state are on fire, consider not celebrating America with explosives this year. "It just takes that one bottle rocket, that one match, to take out an entire community," Bernalillo County Fire Chief John Garcia told KRQE. Support the boycott here: on.fb.me/fireworksnm. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Fourth of Jul-IPA Beer Challenge!
Have a hoppy 4th of July? We sure did at the ABQBeerGeek compound, where the third annual 4th of JulIPA Challenge took place. Nine IPAs competed IPAs this time around. Last year we did thirteen beers, but felt that was a bit too many to judge, as people were missing their mouths by the thirteenth beers. Here's how it worked: it was a blind tasting of the all the beers by a panel of near twenty drinkers with good taste in beer. Beers were judged on a scale from 1-5 overall. I didn't bother with different judging for color, smell, or mouthfeel. That's just too much for me to calculate when all is said and done. Besides, IPAs range in color from straw to caramel to black, so it turns into a what's your favorite color contest. And mouthfeel? That sounds dirty.
While watching everyone enjoy the beers, I noticed nobody enjoying the burgers I bought for the event. That's because I picked the cheapest, gnarliest burgers to grill (Flanders brand) and it turns out one of the main ingredients is beef hearts. Not to mention the color of the meat ranged from straw to caramel to black. And don't even ask me about the mouthfeel.
Let's get to the results. I can't take the thought of another hearty meal. I do have to say in advance that last year's number 4, Turtle Mountain IPA, is not represented this year. Sorry. My one friend who lives near there could not make it this year, and I was too busy pouring beer from bottles into growlers to drive over there. You try filling 18 growlers and cooking up Flander heart and driving to Rio Rancho.
I judged this way higher than the other drinkers. I know it isn't a coveted IPA but I liked it.
This is a popular IPA but I think it varies in batches from good to just bitter tasting.
Not too surprised at this ranking. People like or hate Ranger.
Well, that's too bad. Local Il Vicino doesn't fare that well this year. I gave it a 4.1. It smells great, tastes great, but people felt the finish died off too quickly.
Modus is very popular in town right now, but I feel it could be just a little less malty.
Wow, last year's winner goes down. And I wasn't the biggest fan initially because it needed time to warm and open up, but was excellent when it did. Some may not have waited long enough to rate it.
Two people gave this a 4.75, which I thought was too high. It had the best finish of all the beers.
Odell was my inaugural IPA Challenge winner. This may have been the consensus favorite smelling beer, though I don't know how you could judge that when the smell of grilled beef hearts are competing with hop smell.
Albuquerque favorite comes through with the big win! Every year, one IPA stands out to me in our challenge, and this one made me look in the mirror and say, "ARRRGGGHHH! I HATE MYSELF!"
Wait, that is a different issue I have. This was the one that rose above the rest and deserved my 4.8 rating. Great smell that didn’t disappoint in the mouthfeel or finish. The local success story gets another notch in its belt. Congratulations to the hard working crew over at Marble Brewery!
Whistle, whistle, whistle ... crack crack crack! The Fourth of July, in all its hyperbolic splendor, is a pretty kick-ass affair. It's like a Steven Seagal flick with even more explosions and even less Steven Seagal. Today, on the 234th anniversary of our nation's independence, head to Balloon Fiesta Park (9401 Balloon Museum NE) for Freedom Fourth. Beginning at 4 p.m., listen to the music of Vanessa Aragon, The System, the to-be-announced winner of the Folk Festival competition, Marsh and Honor Society, concluding with the fireworks display. Admission is free and parking is $10, with a Park & Ride offered at St. Pius High School and Coronado Center. For more info, call 311 or visit cabq.gov/
Fourth of July: Waking Nightmare for Princess Fluffilyaya
While humans love loud, bright, exploding Fourth of July fireworks, our furry friends hate pyrotechnics. For dogs, cats, horses and other animals, this is one of the most stressful and dangerous times of the year—especially this time around, because the holiday weekend stretches over several days. The noise can drive pets to run away, especially if left outside and unattended.
“We have a higher volume of stray animal calls and a higher volume of barking complaint calls on July Fourth than on almost any other night of the year,” says Capt. Albert Marquez of Animal Welfare’s Field Services Division.
Since the noise of fireworks can stress cats and dogs into running away, the city animal welfare folks strongly suggest you keep your pets inside as much as possible at night and to some extent busy. Give them something to chew on or play ball with them. If your pet gets especially stressed, they recommends you ask your veterinarian for some sort of medical help to calm your pet down.
With the holiday weekend stretching into the beginning of the week for many people, kennel workers are expecting an unusually high amount of stray pets into the Eastside and Westside shelters on the mornings of July 3, 4 and 5. Should your pet get lost and end up at either shelter, Animal Welfare wants to expedite the process. If your pet already has a microchip, a license and is spayed or neutered, he or she will be returned to you free of charge. Owners will not be charged a reclaim fee. All they have to do is pick up their lost pets at the shelter.
If your pet turns up missing during the weekend, please check Albuquerque’s Eastside or Westside shelters immediately. Or you can get help by dialing 311.