A man from Sorbas killed his wife with a shotgun outside his mother in laws home yesterday Sunday midday in Barranco de Los Lobos (Sorbas), before driving down to Níjar and killing her boss. The wife, named locally as Francisca Herrera (1968) worked in a seed farm in Níjar owned by Manuel Tristán (1958). The Guardia Civil were alerted to the sound of gunshots by neighbours at around 11:51, but when the first patrol car Continue reading Sorbas man kills wife and her boss→
Locals in Sorbas and Bédar are concerned over the future of the Sorbas yeso quarries after it was revealed that the Junta may be preparing a “dirty tricks” plan to renew the concession for a further 30 years, despite them being in a special environmental zone. In short, the three yeso quarries in question ( Majadas Viejas I, II & Hornos Ibéricos (Los Feos)) are all sited within sensitive ecological zones. Karst en Yesos de Continue reading Concern as Sorbas quarries plan another 30 years→
Ideal newspaper reports that 180 fire fighters from 18 brigades, from Almeria, jaen, Cordoba and Malaga are fighting the sorbas – lucainena blaze. 9 air units are also involved, although the high winds makes their use complicated. Infoca the fire agency says the fire is in a difficult spot in the mountains with difficult or no ground access. However they say they have the fire surrounded and expected it to be fully controlled by early Continue reading Additional fire units from across Andalusia arrive in sorbas→
300 specialists and 11 aircraft have been fighting since yesterday several large fires in the province. Somontin, lucainena and sorbas have all had fires blazing since yesterday, although the first two are now stabilised.
There’s a large fire spreading over sorbas towards the mountains. We sat about 600 metres away from nearest fire and watched the line of fire rush up and over mountains. 4 separate fires, some distance apart then joined up. Two helicopters on scene not achieving much. Every now and again a gust of really black smoke went up – could have been building or olive tree. On way home met a very belated convoy of Continue reading Sorbas fire appears out of control→
The AVE tunnels under the Cabrera mountains in Sorbas are being sealed up, in order to protect them and save costs until work on the line can be restarted. ADIF, the railways operator, recognising that Almería probably won’t see a high speed train this decade, has decided the best thing to do is wall them up so it doesn’t have to worry about kids getting in, etc.
The final figures released on the Bedar fire say that 374 ha of land, mainly scrub and pines, were burnt by the weekend forest fire. A great deal of the land was included within the special conservation area (LIC) of the Sierra Bedar. A number of houses – the exact number has not been released- were damaged, mainly isolated villas and cortijos around the Serena / Los Pinos area. A search of facebook will bring Continue reading Junta promises reforestation aid to Bedar→
The Mayor of Almería, Luis Rogelio Rodríguez-Comendador, said today in a keynote speech at the influential “Foro Europeo” forum in Seville that we in Almería can “realistically” forget about getting the AVE within at least the next decade. Luis is a PP politician, the same as the national government, but he accused both the PP and the PSOE of make vague promises about the AVE with no real desire or money to complete the project. Continue reading Almería’s Mayor warns we “can forget about the AVE” until the next decade as budget cuts bite→
Minister of State for Development José Blanco (known to his friends as ¡Peeepe!) together with an assortment of VIP’s and hanger-on’s, visited Almería yesterday to oversee the switching on of the tunnelling machine that is building the 7,5km tunnel from Sorbas to Barranco de los Gafarillos. The tunnel will be the longest in Andalucia once finished, and in the top 5 nationally. Rumours that they had to ask the Ministry of Defense to locate Almería Continue reading Blanco visits Almeria to oversee AVE work→
(Note: These are the fires in Sorbas in June, nothing to do with the Cabrera fires which took place after I wrote this post. The Cabrera fires are believed to be caused by lightening). It is now generally accepted that some nutter with a lighter has been running around Sorbas setting fire to the place. In three days last week, five times more Hm3 of scrub (1.700) were burnt than in all of 2008, and Continue reading Arsonist behind last weeks fires→