Saturday, September 08, 2018

The Last Stand (2013)

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Action. A small-town sheriff (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his force strive to keep a drug lord and his private army from escaping across the border. Also starring Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Chris Browning, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare, Daniel Henney, Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega, and Harry Dean Stanton. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Belen, Bosque Farms, Laguna Pueblo, Los Lunas, Moriarty.

Filming locations for The Last Stand:
Bosque Farms, NM., Belen, NM., Albuquerque, NM., Mesita, NM., Las Vegas, NV.

The Last Stand (2013)

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville

In the 2013 movie The Last Stand, Belen’s name is changed to “Summerton Junction” and is set in Arizona, not New Mexico.
The movie was filmed primarily at the intersection of Becker Avenue and Second Street. Belen’s two historic hotels — the Belen Hotel and Central Hotel — are featured prominently in the film, with the Belen Hotel renamed as the Bell Hotel and with Schwarzenegger jumping off the rooftop of the Central Hotel. E. Garcia Grocery, also known for selling Eva’s Chile, was converted to an antique store called “Salazar’s.”
Belen’s iconic water tower was left in place for the film, but instead of being surrounded by buildings, like in real Belen, it is surrounded by a cornfield in Summerton Junction. Belen’s old city hall makes an appearance in the film as the sheriff’s office and county jail, using real jail cells from when old city hall included a police station and jail.

Belen High School students are featured in the opening scene as Summerton Junction celebrates the local football team. Summerton Junction and Belen have the same mascot, an eagle.

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200-298 Becker Ave, Belen, NM 87002, USA (High Street)
Google Maps Co-ordinates: 34.659798, -106.770080

200 Becker Ave, Belen, NM 87002, USA (Hotel Bell)
Google Maps Co-ordinates: 34.659896, -106.769560

112 Becker Ave, Belen, NM 87002, USA (Old lady’s shop)
Google Maps Co-ordinates: 34.659796, -106.769113

Roadside 9 miles outside Las Vegas

Sommerton, AZ: Belen, NM – Primary filming site: Becker & 2nd Street, Belen, NM.

Target Shooting

Red Barn


Sommerton County Municipal Building – 5th & Becker.

Irv’s Café, 114 Becker Avenue.



Las Vegas

Parking Garage - (Under Hyatt Regency Hotel?)

Las Vegas Streets, Transporting Cortez – Maybe LV street. Scene cuts to northbound on 5th St. in ABQ, at Tijeras Ave. NW

Bally’s sign – Westbound on Marquette Ave. between 4th & 5th St. NW, in Albuquerque. Van lifted at Marquette Ave. & 5th St. NW to building on NW corner.

City Hall offices.

Zip line to Bldg on NW corner of intersection

Unclear which doorway is used

Address: 315 …

7th floor to ground floor

Glass Block Window in the alley.

Alley between 2nd & 3rd, just north of Central Ave.

More details….

Fidelity – Bravery – Integrity

Parking Garage

Roadblock & Revving Car – Paseo? West Side?


Shoot-out: Unresolved

Bloody Roadblock - Looks like Bobby Foster Road.

Left: Bobby Foster Rd. SE, near Q Studios, has been used for highway-related scenes in numerous movies, including "The Last Stand."

General area of the roadblock location.

General area of the roadblock location.

New Road, Roads – Prob. NV

Warehouse – Dinkum Museum

Airport – ABQ – Likely Double Eagle Airport – exit out N or E side of hangar

Double Eagle Airport.

Double Eagle Airport.


Summerton Mountain backdrop appears to be M Mountain between Lemitar & Escondida.

The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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Drama about a retired NASA astronaut who builds a rocket on his family farm. Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, and Virginia Madsen, Filming locations: Abiquiu, Albuquerque, Bonanza Creek Ranch, Española, Las Vegas, Ruby Ranch, Santa Fe, Santo Domingo Pueblo, White Sands National Monument.

Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

History of the ranch:

Sven "OldeSaultie" Joli contributes to this post as well.

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Farm House (35.533828°, -106.107014°)

Barn (35.532898°, -106.106546°)

Café 66, 9200 Central Avenue SW.

School – according to Sven, Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St NW, Albuquerque, NM

Red’s Restaurant and Lounge: Formerly at 1668 N. Riverside Dr., Española, NM (36.016569°, -106.064778°)

Courthouse: Unresolved

Fair: Unresolved

Basketball Court: Unresolved

Center Market, 745 N. Market Dr., #E, Española, NM (36.001354°, -106.061997°)

Dunkin Donuts
(from imdb – not verified, and likely not the place: Dunkin' Donuts - 1085 S. Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)


Feed Store


Hospital: Unresolved

Big Pond: Bonanza Creek.

Path of law enforcement upon obtaining rocket fuel - some locations unclear, given that Joshua Trees are sometimes present. There is a view from near Abiquiu, however: (36.305894°, -106.446938°).

Drive to get to landing site (35.507942°, -106.104822°).

Landing Site: Unresolved.

(from imdb – New Mexico State Penitentiary - Route 14, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA)

Sven adds:
Farmer's bank First National Bank of Story

517 6th St, Las Vegas, NM,-105.2150129,3a,75y,228.65h,88.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sNWjlSsNWm_KC85nbQGvBAA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en


Farmer's lawyer's office (second floor corner office)
Kevin Munchak

600 Douglas Avenue Las Vegas, NM,-105.2153624,3a,48.1y,358.04h,99.72t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smMYPkt1s3gsd_Ass0ZOqyQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en


Dunkin' Donuts sponsor attempt

1085 S St Francis Dr, Santa Fe, NM

next to a cemetery, could be


feed store sponsor attempt

Broome's Feed & Supply Inc
301 Howard Cavasos Boulevard, Moriarty, NM
(believe it is long gone)

[Marc: Not adding this location to maps as yet, since not quite confirmed.)

street view of banner being lowered after failed launch attempt

looking westish down Douglas in Las Vegas,-105.2153624,3a,75y,241.99h,84.55t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smMYPkt1s3gsd_Ass0ZOqyQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Alex's Memorial Service

Alec Henderson sings at Lydia Smith's Dessert Cabaret in Clarksburg, CA, Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Steve posts:

Alex’s service is being held Saturday, September 15th at 10:00 AM
St Martin’s Episcopal Church
640 Hawthorn
Davis CA. 95616

A party is being held afterwards at their home
Double Decker Ranch
8200 Maxwell Road
Dixon CA. 95620

Amiable Folks

Talking to Jehovah Witnesses about the Last Kingdom. Amiable folks, at least right now. Not necessarily a good fit for my science brain.

Justice For Darell

While I was in Davis last night, the local Sacramento Black Lives Matter group held a vigil about a block from my house for Darell Richards, the young man who aroused alarm after brandishing a gun along the Broadway corridor. The cops laid siege to a neighborhood and called in a SWAT team. After about three hours, they flushed him from a back yard and shot him after he apparently did not immediately drop his weapon (which turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like a regular gun):
A large crowd quietly held hands and joined together for a prayer, led in order to “pray for justice for Darell, we pray for justice for the family, and for unity amongst us as a community,” a group leader said.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom, it is our duty to win, we must love and support one another, we have nothing to lose but our chains,” the crowd chanted after the prayer.

Vang and Richards’ other family members cried together while crowd members came and hugged them.

During the early part of the siege, I was monitoring police communications, and was surprised to learn that the police already knew who Darell Richards was. I think they may have already talked to people in Richards’ party, or to others who knew him, and thus learned a few things about him. So, it wasn’t quite like the police had besieged an anonymous gunman. There was some foreknowledge here, and maybe an alternative path. Did the police attempt to contact Richards, by loudspeaker or phone? Perhaps he could have been persuaded to surrender.

Do It For Spite

DMTC's "Bye, Bye Birdie" Opens

Good opening night!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) Abruptly Jumps, And Now Favors Atlantic Hurricanes

In the last three days, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), which through June-August had favored storm development in the Western Pacific and suppressed storm development in the Atlantic, has abruptly jumped, and now favors storm development off Africa and in the Atlantic. The previously-smothered Atlantic hurricane season is now shuddering to life.

We're still at the stage where things are very fluid, so anything's possible. Forecasts agree only on one thing right now, which is that Hurricane Florence, which degraded to tropical storm status, will restrengthen this weekend, march west, completely cross the Atlantic, and menace the U.S. coastline from North Carolina northwards in a week's time. New York and Boston may be in jeopardy.

Instead of crossing to Florida, the two storms currently traveling west from Africa are forecast to get caught together with a newly-developing storm in the center of the Atlantic. Like something out of Spartacus or a science fiction movie, the three hurricanes are forecast to circle each other in the middle of the Atlantic. I kind-of hope this forecast works out, just because of the strangeness of it.

Given that we are now at the height of hurricane season, there is always the possibility of a storm approaching Florida from the southwest or south, but these possibilities remain glimmers in Nature's eye at this point.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

RIP, Alec Henderson

Alec Henderson sings at Lydia Smith's Dessert Cabaret in Clarksburg, CA, Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Steve posts:

Alex’s service is being held Saturday, September 15th at 10:00 AM
St Martin’s Episcopal Church
640 Hawthorn
Davis CA. 95616

A party is being held afterwards at their home
Double Decker Ranch
8200 Maxwell Road
Dixon CA. 95620

Officer-Involved Shooting In My Neighborhood

And so, Thursday morning, 21st St. remains closed as police continue their investigation into last night’s officer-involved shooting.
I was watering plants in my front yard just before midnight when sirens went off in all directions, and 2, 4, 6, 10 police cars began swarming the streets in my neighborhood. Hells bells, what’s going on? In the middle of it all, an older black man materialized out of the darkness, pushing a baby carriage (apparently filled with cans for recycling) across the street. His body language said, “I’m not here; I was never here; I don’t exist.”

I started listening on my police scanner app and gathered the police were laying siege to six city blocks, just two blocks over from my house. Someone with a restraining order against them was menacing people with a gun, and was likely lurking somewhere in that cordon.

Not wanting to feel left out from the excitement, I walked down the alley to the perimeter of the besieged area. Police cars everywhere! On the police scanner, they did a quick inventory on rifles. Yup, everyone has a rifle!

After 20 minutes, I began getting bored, and began feeling instead like good hostage material. Sieges are tedious. So, I went back home, as they did whatever they needed to do - call in a SWAT team, shut down train traffic, refuel the police helicopter, etc.

About 3 a.m., there was apparently an officer-involved shooting:
Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities got a call about an armed person wearing a mask.

Sgt. Vance Chandler with the Sacramento Police Department says the suspect was armed and ran from police into a residential area when they attempted to make contact.

When the suspect ran, officers monitored him from the patrol vehicle. Officers established a perimeter around the area instead of chasing the suspect.

Sgt. Chandler says SWAT teams were called to the scene to search for the suspect shortly after midnight and they took over the main search for the suspect.

Around 3 a.m., the suspect was located by K9s in the backyard of a home.

When SWAT officers made contact, Sgt. Chandlers says the man posed an "immediate threat" and two officers fired their weapons.

There is a heavy police presence in the area and several streets between Larkin Way and Broadway are blocked off on 21st Street.

The Fitness Marshall

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Dreamland (2004 Production; 2006 Release)

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I really like this image. Dreamland's Calista (Kelli Garner) exposes herself to bee stings (what doesn't kill you will make you stronger) while playing Miss America, against a backdrop of power lines and the Sandia Mountains.

Drama starring John Corbett, Rosanna Arquette, Gina Gershon, Chris Mulkey, Justine Long, and Kelli Garner. Filmed around Albuquerque, Placitas, and Rio Rancho.

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Dreamland (35.243820°, -106.862069°) also (35.241912°, -106.858658°)

Placitas Mini-Mart, 648 Highway 165, Placitas, NM 87043 (35.309043°, -106.427366°)

Giovanni's Pizzeria, 921 San Pedro Dr SE, Albuquerque (35.064715°, -106.578135°)

Giovanni's Pizzeria, 921 San Pedro Dr SE, Albuquerque (35.064715°, -106.578135°)

Musical Theater wall inside Giovanni's Pizzeria.

Electric fence - unresolved

The edge of nothing and beyond – unresolved

Twice as Nice Vintage Clothing, 532 Washington St. NE, Albuquerque

Spot in the Desert?? (35.277349°, -106.866434°)

Drive – Unser Blvd.??

Get Out of the Car, Unser Blvd. (35.323943°, -106.696913°)

Motel: University Lodge, 3711 Central Ave. NE.

Hospital: Unresolved. Credit given to West Mesa Medical Center, now Lovelace Westside Hospital, 10501 Golf Course Rd NW

Desert Overlook (35.240966°, -106.865066°)

Terminator Salvation (2008)

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Science Fiction Action entry in the Terminator franchise. Starring Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Bryce Dallas Howard, Helena Bonham Carter, Roland Kickinger, John Trejo. Filming locations: Albuquerque, (Albuquerque Studios, Algodones, Cibola National Forest (Juan Tabo Basin), College of Santa Fe, Kirtland Air Force Base, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (Taos).

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Ruins of 7/11: Bobby Foster Rd. (34.985501°, -106.638997°) Vicinity of "Q" Studios.

(34.985110°, -106.639265°)

Bobby Foster Road is a favorite filming location, due to its proximity to “Q” Studios. The road has been used, for example, in the 2008 film “Terminator Salvation,” the 2013 film “The Last Stand,” and the spectacular climax of the 2018 film “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.”

Underpass, Los Picaros Rd. at University Blvd. SE (35.008233°, -106.625899°).

Underpass, Los Picaros Rd. SE at University Blvd. SE (35.008233°, -106.625899°).

Road with ruined autos: All along Los Picaros Road, east of University Blvd. SE in Tijeras Arroyo.

La Semilla Rd. SE (or, alternatively, Dragway Rd. SE).

Power lines and an adjacent rifle range.

(35.011458°, -106.596565°).

Ruins of Los Angeles: Rail Yards.

On summertime Sundays, the Rail Yards Market is open from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., allowing public access to the Rail Yards.








These walls of glass are really striking. Why were they built this way? According to one reference (Priest, 2001):

The locomotive repair shop was divided into four bays and covered an area of 3.5 acres. The erecting bay was located adjacent to the transfer table. Next was the heavy machine bay, followed by the light machine and bench bays. The most noteworthy feature of the building was the use of glass from sill to cornice on nearly every side. In addition, A-shaped sky-lights were installed at 22 foot intervals over the heavy and light machine bays as well as the balcony floor. This provided both natural lighting and ventilation.

(“Santa Fe Heritage: The Railroad’s Self Portrait, Volume 1,” Stephen and Cinthia Priest, Paired Rail Railroad Publications, Ltd., with assistance from The Kansas State Historical Society, 2001.)

Skynet HQ: Algodones Power Plant. Public Service Co. of NM, 1500 Pan American Central Highway, Algodones, NM 87001

Power plant.

Power plant.

Connor’s HQ: Unused Kirtland AFB Hangar: Unresolved.

La Luz Picnic Area (and possibly ski area too?)

John B. Robert Dam Park, Dam overflow outfall on Bear Canyon Arroyo, Juan Tabo Blvd. and Osuna Road NE.

John B. Robert Dam.