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Today's 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.

  • Spy vs. spy in New Mexico

    When thinking of New Mexico, few Americans think about spy vs. spy intrigue, but in fact, to many international intelligence operatives, the state’s name is nearly synonymous with espionage, and Santa Fe is a sacred site.
    The KGB’s single greatest intelligence and counterintelligence coups and the planning of the organization’s most infamous assassination, all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy’s statue in front of the St. Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.
    In his book, “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” former CIA agent E. B. Held uses declassified documents from both the CIA and KGB, as well as secondary sources, to trace some of the most notorious spying events in U.S. history.

  • Community Announcements 10-12-11

    Dates announced

    The Betty Ehart Senior center has announced the dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees.
    The fundraisers will benefit programs for youth and seniors in 2011 and 2012.
    The Festival of Chocolate will be  from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 12, with tickets available for $20, starting at the end of October.
    The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the Festival of Trees which hosts their event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
    Admission is free, but collections of non-perishable items are taken to benefit programs.
    To donate a chocolate dessert or a holiday tree for auction call 672-4089 for more information.
    Photos needed

  • Recurring Meetings 10-12-11


    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. Guests are always welcome. You do not need to own a Corvette to attend. For more information, contact Mike Luna at 672-4087.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. They enjoy a meal and combine fun and social gathering with a business meeting. Those interested are invited to attend one of the meetings as a guest. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill.

  • Be There 10-12-11

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

    Thursday
    Poetry gatherings, 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Mesa Public Library. There will be a discussion and sharing of “Roadblocks in our Genealogy Research.” Everyone is asked to bring their research roadblock to share. The public is invited. For more information, call Jodie Frye at 662-3381.

  • 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.