Saturday, July 16, 2011

SGT. Joe Harris EOW 07/16/2009

Remembering a fallen hero, SGT. Joseph Harris, Sandoval County Sheriff's Office

From the odmp.org

Sergeant Joe Harris was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect along New Mexico 126 at approximately 6:45 am. He and another deputy were conducting a stakeout due to a rash of recent cabin burglaries in the area.

The deputies attempted to take the man into custody when they observed him breaking into a home. Sergeant Harris and the suspect were both fatally wounded in the ensuing shootout.

An investigation revealed that the killer had fled to Canada during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft. He was wanted in British Columbia, Canada, for a 1972 double murder of two campers.

Sergeant Harris had served with the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office for six years and had previously retired from the Rio Rancho Police Department after 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife and five children.




New Desk for Craft Space

My computer is fixed finally.  After 4 days without it I promised to treat it better and never let it go again :)  During my 4 day internet and computer break I decided to work on some of my projects for my craft room.

I desperately needed a new desk. I have a large desk my husband built but when he is using the computer and I want to craft it doesn't work.  My craft room is shaped like a big box.  We decided to put 2 desks (one of each wall).  I was cruising by a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and they had a brand new IKEA desk for $50.00  It was still in the box and she promised everything was in good condition.  I offered her $25 and she said, ok!  I was very excited as I loaded this desk into Pt Cruiser.

The desk looked like this but a oak color.  According to IKEA's website it is called Leksvik and sells for $149!
After I got home I started opening this beauty up.  My heart sank!!  The top was broken and I was missing 2 pieces.  I talked to my hubby and he said he would cut the missing pieces and gave me some ideas for a top.  I am a sucker for black anything with a marble top.  We went to two big box stores and I just didn't want to spend $50 on Marble for the top and add extra weight.  I remembered I bought this great contact paper at dollar tree and I loved the pattern.  My hubby painted the desk black for me and helped me cover the top in contact paper.  He even lined up the edges for me. lol!!  God bless him!

After 5 coats of poly on top here is the finished desk :)  Enjoy!



 I painted the hardware.  All the hardware in my craft room is silver :)
I added some shelf liner to the drawer and cushion and it covers up that I was to lazy to paint the inside. :)

All together this desk cost me around $35.00!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Computer Issues

Just wanted to drop a quick note letting everyone know I am having computer issues.  Hopefully they will be resolved by Friday.  :)

Blogging is addictive!

Mandy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire

As many know we live within 30 miles of the Las Conchas wildfires that are blazing through the Jemez Mountains.  Today we took a drive to see the damage.  We frequent these mountains during the summer and it breaks my heart to hear the largest fire in New Mexico history is right outside our door.

Here are some details from nmfireinfo.com

Location: On Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties; Santa Clara Reservation; Bandelier National Monument; Valles Caldera National Preserve; and state and private in-holdings.
Cause: Human
Size: 146,353 acres
Percent Contained: 45%
Total Personnel1886 including 36 crews
Resources: 18 Helicopters; 57 Engines; 35 Water Tenders; Dozers
Residences: 410 threatened; 63 destroyed
Commercial Property: 45 threatened; 0 destroyed
Outbuildings: 110 threatened; 44 destroyed
Injuries to Date: 7

I found this map on nmfireinfo.com  This is the most up to date map showing the fire damage and path.  Looking at the map you can clearly see if the brave Firefighters would not have held the line Los Alamos would not be here today.  

Some links with pictures:

Some Pictures From Today... :(


 The burn line at Valles Caldera




 Sorry for the crap car pics.  The air quality was to bad to get out and investigate :( 





I am usually a very optimistic person.  With saying that I know this fire could have been and could be way worse but it never should have happened in the first place.  They are still looking into the fire but it looks like it was caused by a human.  Not lighting, not nature, A HUMAN!  The saddest part of all is New Mexico is in the worst drought in over 100 years (according to KRQE.COM) how will these beast be stopped with no water?  

Now to end this blog on a lighter note.....
PRAIRIE DOGS AT JACKALOPE!!!  Who doesn't love a prairie dog?? 





SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Roll Call

Dedicated to the fallen brothers and sisters in June of 2011.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of god" Matthew 5:9


Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts
Trooper Ellen E. Engelhardt
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Riverside Police Division, Missouri
Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor
Riverside Police Division, MO
EOW: Friday, June 3, 2011
Cause of Death: Weather/Natural disaster
Oneida County Sheriff's Office, New York
Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman
Oneida County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
Deputy Sheriff Keith Bellar
Dickson County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Nash County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Investigator Warren "Sneak" B. Lewis, III
Nash County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
Police Officer Charles "Chuck" Armour
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York
Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Alexander
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
South Pasadena Police Department, California
Police Officer Kevin Sandoval
South Pasadena Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Cause of Death: Fall
Virginia State Police, Virginia
Trooper Adam M. Bowen
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Friday, June 24, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police
Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Ball Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Russell Anthony George
Ball Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas
Deputy Sheriff Charles Allen VanMeter
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Berks County Sheriff's Department, Pennsylvania
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly
Berks County Sheriff's Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, June 29, 2011