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1.12 Inches of Rain at Airport

Santa Fe’s monsoon season finally got a big boost Monday afternoon.

More than an inch of rain -officially, 1.12 inches – was recorded at the Santa Fe airport. That’s the biggest rainfall at the National Weather Service’s Santa Fe measuring spot since the unofficial start of the summer rainy season on June 15.

As of last week, the City Different’s summertime monsoon rainfall total was only a paltry 0.67 of an inch. And the rain total for all of 2011 was just 1.3 inches. Monday’s burst of rain, which diminished somewhat as the storm moved into the rest of town, and a few traces of rainfall over the weekend roughly matched or slightly exceeded what had previously fallen at the airport so far this year, Weather Service records show.

Santa Fe normally gets about 4.9 inches of rain between June 15 and Sept. 7, a Weather Service spokesman said last week.

Suspect Arrested In Two Stabbings

Los Alamos police Saturday arrested a man who allegedly stabbed two people during a fight inside a residence in White Rock.

Daniel Rowan, 34, of Los Alamos was booked into jail after he was found hiding out at an apartment in town, several hours after he allegedly committed the stabbings inside another home, according to Los Alamos police Capt. Randy Foster.

Police responded to the crime scene at about 11 p.m. Friday and found a 24-year-old man “bleeding profusely” after suffering gashes to his head, jaw and sides of his body, Foster said.

The man was first taken to Los Alamos Medical Center before being flown to Santa Fe’s Christus-St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. He remained there through the weekend and was once in critical condition. However, the victim appears to be in better shape now after being taken out of intensive care Monday, Foster said.

Also stabbed, but not as seriously hurt, was a 27-year-old woman who had lacerations on her knuckles. She was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

Rowan was charged with one count each of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and aggravated battery against a household member. Foster said the female victim was Rowan’s ex-girlfriend.

Also arrested was the woman who lives in the apartment where Rowan was found. Miriam Rosenblum, 27, was charged with harboring or aiding a felon, Foster said.

Man Charged in LA Armed Robbery

An armed robber held up a Los Alamos laundromat over the weekend before being arrested minutes after he allegedly committed the crime.

Joe D. Holcombe Jr., 40, of Nambé walked into Mountainair Cleaners, located in Central Park Square, and pointed a gun at a male employee, demanding that the victim give him money. Holcombe ended up walking out of the business with about $200, according to Los Alamos police Capt. Randy Foster.

Holcombe was arrested nearby, Foster said. He was booked on a charge of robbery.

Arroyo Fire Now 75% Contained

TAOS – The Arroyo Fire, which burned rapidly Saturday afternoon in the Carson National Forest north of Ojo Caliente, was 75 percent contained by 7 p.m. Sunday night.

The fire, was burning intensely in Ponderosa and pinon pine before retardant and water drops by two heavy air tankers and a helicopter helped knock it down.

Heavy smoke could be seen Saturday from the north in Taos and apparently caused a false report that there was a structure fire on the outskirts of Taos.

The cause of the blaze was determined on Sunday to be a lightning strike, said Carson National Forest spokeswoman Dorotea Martinez. The fire had burned 32 acres by Sunday night and was being fought by about 60 firefighters.

Fire Protection Workshop Set

A “home ignition zone” workshop, on how to protect homes in wildland/urban interfaces from wildfires, will be held Saturday at the Glorieta Conference Center.

The workshop is sponsored by the Upper Pecos Watershed Association and will run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break, in Rooms 24 and 25 in the Moody Chapel Complex behind Holcomb Auditorium.

The workshop is free. The presenter will be Hank Blackwell, former deputy fire chief for operations and administration and fire marshal for Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

Contact the watershed association at 505-757-3600.

Regional Park Meeting Planned

There will be a public meeting about the master plan for Santa Fe’s new 90-acre Southwest Regional Park from 6:15-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be Thursday in the Community Room at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr.

There will be a Spanish/English interpreter at the meeting.

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