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  • Post office reports $1.5 billion loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have declined.
    The Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control. It has asked to end most Saturday deliveries, a request that was blocked by Congress amid opposition by postal unions and others.
    According to its latest financial statement, which covers Jan. 1 through March 31, the Postal Service sent 420 million fewer pieces of mail compared to the same period last year. First-class mail fell by 2.1 percent and standard mail by 1.1 percent. But a 14.4 percent increase in shipping and package volume contributed to a slight uptick — 1.3 percent — in operating revenue.

  • Spying The Spies

    The Los Alamos Historical Museum opened up its new display Tuesday on the Rosenbergs, the notorious couple executed for espionage during the Cold War for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

  • Update 5-8-15

    Open Forum

    Los Alamos County has an open forum question to solicit feedback from those who were unable to attend the May 5 branding meeting. The forum will be open through May 14. Those wanting to give feedback can visit peakdemocracy.com/portals/119/Forum_345/Issue_2727.

    Classics Closer

    Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will have a free concert at Crossroads Bible Church at 7 p.m. today. A $10 donation is suggested.

    Poultry tour

    The Cooperative Extension Service will host a backyard poultry tour Saturday. It will be for those interested in raising their own poultry. The event will start at 10 a.m. at Mesa Public Library.

    "Avenue Q"

    A performance of “Avenue Q” is scheduled for tonight at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

    Food drive

    A letter carrier’s food drive is scheduled for Saturday. Members of the local postal service or local Boy Scouts will come by during the day to collected donated food. Those wishing to drop off donations of food may also do so at the local Smith’s locations.

    Queen's Court

  • Night Sky events will start up at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument Ranger Geoff Goins will offering night sky programs Saturdays throughout the summer, according to officials at the monument.
    Goins, who has been with Bandelier since September 2014, will set up his high-powered telescope during the night sky programs. In his previous positon at Bryce Canyon National Park, Goins ran a similar program.
    Goins and an associate from Bryce Canyon, Rick Hiestand, will assist with Bandelier’s program.
    The first such event will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Juniper Campground Ampitheater. Goins and Hiestand will present an astronomy program followed by viewing celestial objects through their large telescopes, weather permitting.
    “Visitors can enjoy seeing the moons and cloud bands of Jupiter, huge stellar nurseries containing thousands of stars, and the whirling arms of spiral galaxies, as if they were almost at arm’s reach,” Goins said.
    Goins also teaches astronomy at the University of New Mexico-Taos.
    In addition, Bandeiler’s Moonlight Walks will be offered May 30 and June 27. Participation in that program is limited and pre-registration is required. The walks will be on and around the Tyunoyi Overlook Trail.
    To register, participants can call the visitor center at 672-3861 between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Caldera announces new fee structure

    The Valles Caldera board of trustees announced Thursday a new fee schedule that will roll out May 15 and continue for this summer.
    The entrance fee will be $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering the Caldera on foot or bicycle. It will be valid for seven days and cover all self-guided and recreational events including hiking, fishing and biking.
    For the first time, Valles Caldera National Preserve will also honor annual federal lands access passes, including senior and military passes.
    There will also be free entrance days this season, which are scheduled for July 24-26, Aug. 25, Sept. 26 and Nov. 11.
    Also announced Thursday, VCNP will issue 24 vehicle permits each day — 12 of which per day may be reserved in advance — for those wishing to go through the Caldera backcountry in their personal vehicles. Those that are not reserved will be issued on a first come-first served basis.
    VCNP is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. everyday starting May 15.
    Among its upcoming events, VCNP will host a family fun night May 16, an “Earth Skills Gathering” event June 6 and geology tours June 13, July 5 and Aug. 30.
    The VCNP is an 89,000-acre area located in the Jemez Mountain. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 and recently was put under the auspices of the National Park Service.

  • Gas leak closes Trinity Drive

    Construction crews working on the Community Building at Trinity Drive and 20th Street hit an unmarked gas line this morning, causing a shutdown of traffic.
    Trinity was closed to vehicles and traffic was diverted to Central Avenue following the accident, which caused a gas leak.
    County crews were out working to fix the leak shortly after the accident occurred this morning.
    Los Alamos Fire Department was sent out to the scene, while police officers directed traffic away from the scene. Some buildings immediately adjacent to the accident scene and others downwind of the scene were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
    No injuries were reported and Trinity Drive was reopened at about 10:40 a.m.

  • Trinity Drive open again

    Trinity Drive is now open again to traffic after being closed following a gas leak in the area.

    The gas leak was reported at Trinity Drive and 20th Street, near the site of construction work going on around the Community Building. Initial reports were a vehicle struck an unmarked line.

  • Today in history May 8
  • Shooter's trial continues in Colorado

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A clear pattern is emerging at the murder trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes.
    Prosecutors are weaving dry facts into a powerful story, by punctuating technical testimony with the graphic and emotional recollections of survivors.
    Experts say this storytelling strategy could pay off months later, when jurors finally begin deliberating. The prosecution wants them to believe two things: That Holmes was sane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 at a Batman premiere, and that the pain and suffering he caused requires a guilty verdict.
    “You’ve got a lot of scientific stuff, a lot of police action, things that can be very technical,” said Karen Steinhauser, a Denver defense attorney and former prosecutor. “What prosecutors are trying to do is make sure the emotional piece is played all the way through.”
    The defense hopes jurors will focus instead on Holmes’ mental state, and come away believing he was a schizophrenic in the grips of a psychotic episode. Because Holmes admits being the lone gunman, his defense attorneys haven’t cross-examined any of the victims, leaving their painful recollections uncontested.

  • Local Briefs 5-7-15

    Kite Festival kicks off May 15
    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the 18th annual Los Alamos Kite Festival May 15-17 at Overlook Park.
    The colorful festival will be held at the Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park. It opens at 7 p.m. May 15.
    In conjunction with the opening, the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series will have its first show of the season. The Eric McFadden Band will play on May 15.
    There will also be a night kite-flying demonstration at the opening of the festival, along with kite-building workshops and vendor sales.