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Byline: Ollie Reed Jr. TRIBUNE REPORTER
Albuquerque's rainy season made its bow with a vengeance, dumping more than 11/2 inches of rain in some parts of the city, choking flood-control channels with torrents of runoff water and nearly killing one man.
Marcos Griego, 41, was treated and released Thursday at University Hospital after being trapped and nearly drowned in a drainage ditch near the Four Hills subdivision.
The rainy season is dead on schedule. According to the National Weather Service, it typically starts July 10, Thursday's date.
So far this year, Albuquerque has recorded 4.39 inches of rain, almost an inch above average.
But Thursday's downpour, officially measured at 0.51 inches at the Albuquerque International Sunport, was the first significant …