Two Men To Be Charged With Starting The Wallow Fire

Arizona’s largest fire, at 538,000 acres, was allegedly started by two experienced campers.

The two had been camping near the Bear Wallow Trailhead that day, and David Malboeuf’s car was spotted about 2 miles from where the fire began, according to the complaint. The trailhead is near the confluence of the north and south forks of Bear Wallow Creek. The Malboeufs both told investigators that they built a campfire on the evening of May 28 and again on the morning of May 29 to cook breakfast before leaving on a hike down the canyon.

“They stated that they believed their campfire was out because David threw a candy wrapper in the fire just prior to their departure and it did not melt,” according to court documents.

But when they were returning to their camp site several hours later, the Malbouefs told investigators they could smell and see smoke from the area.

As someone who camps with camp fires, I will be following this closely.

The Left And The Right On Albuquerque's Bicycle Bridge

Albuquerque built a $7 million bicycle bridge across the Rio Grande an named it after bicycling enthusiast Gail Ryba. It’s interesting to read how the left and right respond to the new bridge. On the left, former Mayor of Albuquerque Jim Baca likes it.

It is so great to see this structure named for her. She deserved it. It doesn’t happen many times that a good person’s memory is honored in an appropriate way

While on the right, Paul Gessing thinks it’s a waste of money.

I have to say that I think that folks like those living in this trailer could have used the $7 million dollars more than the wealthy yuppies who will benefit in some small way from this expensive new bridge (you can get to the Bosque Trail from the Montaño Bridge Bike Trail already). Oh well, such are the economics of our federal government’s failed “stimulus” policies.

Although I am not likely to ever use it, I think it’s a good use of money to build the bridge. Stimulus money or not. More bicycle paths in Rio Rancho would be better.

Update: Richard C at RFGWatch says Paul Gessing is dishonest.

Gessing could have easily checked on the bike path map (link) from the city of Albuquerque’s Web site to see that bike and multi-use paths go in all four directions from the area that he asserts is the end of the line.