Edge of fuel pollution may have been found
ALBUQUERQUE – Results of preliminary tests on Albuquerque’s water supply suggest the Air Force may have found the edge of a plume of contaminated groundwater spreading outward from a decades-old jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Jim Davis, head of the New Mexico Environment Department’s Resource Protection Division said water drawn from new wells beneath a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood that’s midway between the contamination and the nearest municipal drinking wells appears to be clean of contamination.
Davis said the new test results mean the current risk to drinking water is small.
Officials are awaiting confirmation of the results.
The fuel came from what officials now believe was a 40-year leak from underground pipes at a Kirtland aircraft fuel-loading facility.
The leak was discovered in 1999. In 2007, Air Force investigations revealed the fuel had reached the water table and was moving off the Air Force base, beneath the neighborhoods of southeast Albuquerque and toward the city’s water wells.
Winds spur evacuations in national park fire
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – A wind-stoked fire has burned at least one cabin and forced the evacuation of several areas in and near Rocky Mountain National Park.
Fire spokeswoman Traci Weaver said the Fern Lake Fire grew rapidly Saturday morning, but winds later died down, allowing crews to gain the upper hand.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday the evacuations were in place for the Colorado Highway 66 corridor and all adjacent streets. The east side of Rocky Mountain National Park also was closed.
Weaver said the blaze was reported Oct. 9 and likely was caused by an illegal campfire. The fire had been listed at 1,500 acres and 40 percent contained, but Weaver said those figures likely changed since it blew up Saturday.
No injuries have been reported.
Nuggets, Avalanche owner buys ranch
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Sports tycoon Stan Kroenke has bought the 123,000-acre Broken O Ranch near Augusta in northwestern Montana.
The real estate mogul who owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NFL’s St. Louis Rams closed the deal in the last week.
The sprawling ranch spans three counties and includes more than 20 miles of the Sun River west of Great Falls. It was put on the market late last year for $132 million. The sale price wasn’t disclosed.
The Broken O Ranch was assembled during the last two decades by William and Desiree Moore, founders of the Kelly-Moore Paint Company. William Moore died in 2004 and his wife died in 2010. Their children decided to sell the property.