Is Andy Kaufman Alive And Living In Albuquerque?

KRQE reports that Andy Kaufman’s Son, Stephen Maddox, found Andy Kaufman in Albuquerque two years ago. There’s some fuzzy video evidence that makes it hard to tell if it’s Kaufman or Elvis.

As the story goes, fans say Kaufman has a biological son, known as Stephen Maddox , who spent years trying to track down his father. Maddox dedicated a website to it and eventually tracked him down in Albuquerque two years ago.

“He was having surgery, supposedly, and he finally guilted him into seeing him once – that’s how the story goes,” he said.

They say he created this cryptic video and posted it online after Kaufman apparently didn’t want anything to do with him.

It shows a man walking through a parking lot full of cars with New Mexico license plates and walking by an Albuquerque-looking apartment complex.

But it’s one particular clip that causes the most speculation, fans say Maddox says it show Kaufman at work in Albuquerque 2011.

“I don’t know if it’s him or not. But that one black and white one where it shows his face, it looks like it could possibly be him,” Bristow said.

Reward For Bomb Set Off In A Rio Rancho Police Car

For some reason I didn’t write about the bomb that was set off in a Rio Rancho Police car on 30 March 2011. The ATF is now offering $10,000.00 reward for information about the bombing.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Thomas Brandon, Special Agent in Charge for the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced that ATF is offering a $10,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the bombing of a Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety Police car that occurred sometime between the evening hours of Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and the early morning of March 31, 2011. The bombing took place at the Eagle Ranch Apartments located at 9270 Eagle ranch Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF Albuquerque Field Office at (505) 346-6914. All calls will be kept confidential.
More information about ATF and its programs is available at
Contact: Jakes Gonzales, Resident Agent in Charge
Office: (505) 346-6914

A short video from local news station KRQE on youtube doesn’t tell much, but does show the car which doesn’t seem to have as much damage as I would expect.

Intel Gets A New Air Permit

KRQE reports:

RIO RANCHO, NM (KRQE) – Intel has cleared a major hurdle that could lead to a bigger plant in Rio Rancho with more jobs. The New Mexico Environment Department approved Intel’s request for new air permits.

“This sends a very positive sign that New Mexico is open for business,” Rio Rancho Economic Development Director Noreen Scott said.

Sources tell News 13 a multibillion dollar expansion is in the works that could add hundreds of jobs.

Intel would not confirm that plans are already on paper but released a statement to News 13 saying, “While Intel has not announced plans to expand its New Mexico facility, approval of Intel’s permit revision helps pre-position the site for future growth.”

The Rio Rancho Observer also has an article on the new permit and the equipment that could be installed.

The proposed modification consists of the installation of seven thermal oxidizers, 10 cooling towers, one boiler, three ammonia treatment systems and one bulk specialty solvent waste-treatment system. This equipment would be needed – and only installed – if Intel made the decision to expand its local facility, Davidson reiterated.

Meanwhile silica emission were tested and deemed to be safe.

Intel hopes the testing of silica emissions from its Rio Rancho plant will assuage fears of Corrales residents who say it made people sick.
A recent report by a Corrales-based task force formed to study silica emissions said sampling done in December revealed the stacks at the computer chip plant emitted 0.00050 pounds of crystalline silica per hour, or 1/55,000 the level considered safe by the Community Environmental Working Group. The Intel-sponsored group developed the level based on data from the state of California.

Some Corrales residents won’t be happy with either of these developments.

Cows And Guns In Rio Rancho

Back in October, the local news station KRQE recently two stories about Rio Rancho. I like living in Rio Rancho, I like being on the edge of civilization and I will deal with the occasional scorpion, dust storm. Or cows.

When I moved here 15 years ago I used to drive around in the desert that is now Northern Meadows. There were cows then just like there are cows now.

Residents in Rio Rancho’s North Meadows say they don’t know what to do with a growing problem. A cattle herd has been traveling from the west ends of the city limits into neighborhoods causing car crashes and eating gardens at some homes.

Another thing I did when I moved here was to go out and shot guns at the end of Southern Blvd. Then there wasn’t a house in site but now that the area has developed, people, not me, are still out there shooting.

That’s because Sara–who asked News 13 not to use her real name because she fears retaliation–lives in an area that is a popular but illegal shooting range. She said she often hears nonstop gunfire, especially on weekends, from people shooting weapons in the desert near her home at the far west end of Southern Boulevard near 38th Street.

Having people guns near and at your house makes having a cow problem not so bad.

Diamond Heist In Albuquerque

KRQE has a story about 1 million dollars of diamonds being stolen out of a car in Albuquerque.

North Carolina jeweler Peter Kaplan was in town this week to show his rare jewelry to a local retailer. On Wednesday about 10 a.m. he and his wife made a three-minute pit stop at the Walgreen’s on Carlisle and Menaul giving the criminals all the time they needed.

If I had a million dollars of diamonds in my car, I would not stop for anything for even a second. It would be from the safe to the location and that’s it. I think I would even hire an insured armored courier to transport them.

To make the story even more interesting, they found a GPS enabled phone in the rental car. They think it may have been used by the thiefs to track their victim.

Updated: Bear Found In Rio Rancho, Near My House

There was a 200lbs bear in Rio Rancho this morning. The bear was initially spotted right near my house then was chased into a tree a few blocks from my house. There was quite the circus around the neighborhood with all the police, fire and ever single news van in the state.

KRQE has a report and video from this morning. I don’t know what happened to the bear but I’m sure Game and Fish knocked it out and took it away.

Update: The link to KRQE seems to be doing something weird. You can watch the original breaking news on YouTube. KRQE has a follow-up about the incident with a video on YouTube. They don’t know where the bear came from but it will be going to the Zuni mountains.