Local News

  • 8 killed in Southern California salon shooting--video extra

    SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Every hair-dressing station was full at Salon Meritage and business was booming when a gunman burst through the door and began shooting, sending terrified customers diving for cover in the upscale salon tucked just blocks from the beach in this quaint seaside town. The shooter then stepped outside, shot a man sitting in a truck in the parking lot and sped off.

    By the time it was all over Wednesday, eight people were dead and another in critical condition in one of the deadliest shooting rampages in Orange County and the most violent crime in memory in Seal Beach, a town so calm the police spokesman couldn't even recall when the last homicide occurred when asked.

  • Sullivan Field Ribbon Cutting

    Before Friday night’s home football game, students and faculty cut the ribbon at Sullivan Field. The Toppers went on to beat Bernalillo.

  • Elections change for PRC candidates under review

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks says New Mexico’s political parties can play a role in reforming the troubled regulatory agency, which has seen two of its members forced from office since last year.
    Marks wants to change how candidates for the PRC earn a spot on the primary election ballot, and he proposes requiring them to earn the support of party activists at pre-primary nominating conventions. That’s already done for candidates running for statewide offices and Congress.

  • Update 10-12-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7p.m., Oct. 18 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    Bond issue

  • Experts offer tips on mitigating home health hazards

    As the first fall freezes begin to settle in the area, Acting Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson shares some safety steps to take before lighting home heaters and fireplaces.
    “Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if not removed through cleaning,” Nickerson said. “Homeowners should always have a professional inspect, and when necessary clean their chimneys at the beginning of each season.”
    A sturdy fireplace screen increases family protection when burning fires, he said, adding that wood is the only thing that should be burned in a fireplace – never paper or pine boughs, which can float out the chimney and ignite the roof or a neighboring home.

  • CRC votes to keep sheriff's office as is

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) returned to the issue of the County Sheriff’s role at Tuesday’s meeting. The CRC voted to leave the sheriff’s duties unchanged and to simply clarify the language of the charter. The current charter assigns only civil duties such as serving court papers to the sheriff, with all law enforcement responsibilities assigned to the LAPD.

  • Lawmaker: CMRR should come into budget crosshairs

    WASHINGTON - The congressional “super committee” assigned to identify avenues for reducing the nation’s deficit by $1.2 trillion should consider cutting tens of billions of dollars intended to maintain and modernize the country’s nuclear weapons complex, a senior House lawmaker said on Tuesday.

    “America needs a new nuclear weapon as much as Lady Gaga needs another new outfit,” Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

    Markey, along with 64 other House Democrats, on Tuesday sent a letter urging the 12-member, bipartisan committee to look at a major atomic arsenal rollback, saying that the country could spend more than $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years.

  • Police: NM woman put ad on Craigslist to buy pot

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she put an ad on Craigslist looking to buy drugs.

    KOB-TV reports that Roswell police arrested Anamicka Dave after officers posing as sellers arranged to meet her through text messages.

    According to the station, Dave's ad said she was new to town and "looking for Mary Jane."

    Roswell Police Sgt. Ty Sharpe says he was surprised someone would post an online ad for marijuana and he thought it might be another police sting.

    Police met the 29-year-old Albuquerque woman in a parking lot and then arrested her.

    It was unclear if she had an attorney.


  • Chrysler, UAW agree on new contract

    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC and the United Auto Workers negotiators agreed on a new four-year contract early Wednesday that creates 2,100 new jobs.

    Chrysler also will invest $4.5 billion in its plants under the deal, which covers 26,000 U.S. workers.

    "This agreement is the latest in a remarkable turnaround for Chrysler," UAW Vice President General Holiefield said in a statement. This is the first contract agreement reached since Chrysler's government bailout and bankruptcy two years ago, and the first since Chrysler has been managed by Italian automaker Fiat SpA.

    The agreement must still be ratified by Chrysler's workers.

  • US aims to punish Iran for Saudi envoy plot--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic.

    U.S. officials say the administration will lobby for the imposition of new international sanctions as well as for individual nations to expand their own penalties against Iran based on allegations that Iranian agents tried to recruit a purported member of a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi envoy on American soil.