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  • Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.

    About to invite a child to hop onto his lap, Brance Wilson instead dove for the floor and kept his head down as he heard shots being fired upstairs in the mall Tuesday afternoon.

    "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target," said the 68-year-old Wilson. Families waiting for Santa scattered. More shots followed, and Wilson crept away for better cover.

  • Raw: W.Va. Gas Line Blast Burns Homes, Roads

    A major gas line has exploded in West Virginia, burning five homes and shutting down a stretch of Interstate 77 in Sissonville, West Virginia.

  • Update 12-11-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Republican women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold their annual Christmas lunch/meeting, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. New officers will be installed.

    County Council

    County Council will meet at
    7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Relay for Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold a volunteer informational meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. RSVP to gloria.martinez@cancer.org. Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. 

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  • Small business Q and A Wednesday

    As Los Alamos National Laboratory revenues become increasingly dicey, the need to diversify the Los Alamos economy becomes more pressing. The county’s efforts to attract and keep small business continue Wednesday with a small business Q and A.
    “This is just part of our outreach to small businesses. Small businesses are important to the community, and especially our community, where we have one major employer. We need to diversify and support the small businesses that are growing and happy to be in Los Alamos,” Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher said.
    “One of the first things we want to do is listen to business concerns. I’ve received a number of calls and talked to a number of different business folks, and we really want to encapsulate more of their concerns at this meeting.”
    Business owners are concerned about competition from Santa Fe and other locations, but the most frequent complaint Fisher hears is that lease rates are too high.
    “People have moved offices to Española and other places because it’s cheaper,” Fisher said. “We need to encourage people to have their office here. When Los Alamos people are commuting to Española because their office rates are half, we’ve got to try to work on that problem.”

  • A fairy tale float

    The Los Alamos Medical Center’s entry in the Light Parade Saturday featured a “Cinderella” theme. The float was awarded first place.

  • Rio Arriba sheriff looks for clues in 'execution style' double slaying

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Rio Arriba County are investigating a double slaying in the community of Hernandez.

    Sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold says two men were slain execution-style Monday evening.

    Arnold identified the victims as 53-year-old Matthew Maestas and 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Valdez, both of Hernandez.

    Arnold declined to say how the men were killed. But Sheriff Tommy Rodella characterized the killings as brutal.

    Arnold says the men, who were friends, were found dead in Maestas's trailer home north of Espanola just before 5 p.m. He says the victims appear to have been targeted by someone they knew. The assailant or assailants then set fire to the trailer before fleeing.

  • NM apple farm dispute goes to hearing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The operators of an iconic New Mexico apple orchard destroyed by fire and flooding are fighting to be allowed to assign their lease to the San Felipe Pueblo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that longtime operators Dixon's Apple Orchard on Monday tied to persuade a hearing officer to let the pueblo pay them $2.8 million for the lease.

    Becky and Jim Mullane are appealing State Land Commissioner Ray Powell's decision to reject the lease assignment.

    Former state District Judge James Hall is scheduled to hear testimony this week and will make a recommendation in the form of a report to Powell, who can accept or reject Hall's findings.

    The flooding of the Dixon orchard's scenic canyon near Cochiti Pueblo was one result of the giant Las Conchas wildfire last year.

  • Possible Tornado Slams Louisiana

    A possible tornado hit Baker, Louisana on Monday, damaging homes and knocking down power lines.

  • State police blame snow packed roads in fatal crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juarez died Sunday in a two vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police offficers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy had slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

  • Today in History for December 11th