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  • APNewsBreak: Beyond bluster, US, NKorea in regular contact

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.

    It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees.

    People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fueling fears of military confrontation. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation, including on North Korea's nuclear weapons, should President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un put aside the bellicose rhetoric of recent days and endorse a dialogue.

  • Trump say he'll expand US anti-missile programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's planning to add billions of dollars to the nation's anti-missile programs.

    Trump tells reporters after a security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, "We are going to be increasing out budget by many billions of dollars."

    He says an announcement is planned soon.

    Trump also says the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger. And he insists his administration has "done a lot of modernization" and "a lot of renovation" already.

    Trump is also warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons, saying he'd like to "de-nuke the world." But he says that, until that happens, the U.S. "will be the most powerful nuclear nation on earth, by far."

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  • In new threat, Trump demands NKorea 'get their act together'

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government on Thursday to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.

    "Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough," Trump said, in the latest U.S. salvo in an escalating exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

    A day after North Korea laid out plans to strike near Guam with unsettlingly specificity, there was no observable march toward combat, despite the angry rhetoric from both sides. U.S. officials said there was no major movement of U.S. military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.

    Trump declined to say whether the U.S. is considering a pre-emptive military strike as he spoke to reporters before a briefing with his top national security advisers at his New Jersey golf resort.
    The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed."

  • US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

    BY MARCIA DUNN
    AP AErospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.

    The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.

    Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied — or celebrated.

    “We’re going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes,” promises Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA’s education and public outreach.

    And the party planning is at full tilt from Oregon to South Carolina.

    Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.

    Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums — just about everybody is getting into the act.

  • Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Schedule

    Friday
    Pool Tournament, Ehart Senior Center – 8 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 5-8 p.m.
    Gordon Summer Concert to present Dale Watson, an Americana, roots rock and roll superstar at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Saturday
    Festival & Fair, Ashley Pond Park – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Arts & Crafts Fair, Fuller Lodge Lawn – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    County Fair Parade,  Central Avenue – 10 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 2-5 p.m.
    Cowboy Dinner and Western Dance, Posse Lodge – 5-9 p.m.

    Sunday
    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 1-5 p.m.

  • Residents air code grievances

    Los Alamos Residents who were angry with how the county addresses property code enforcement met with County Councilor James Chrobocinski Friday.

    Though many did not want to be pictured or identified, they did want to voice their grievances.

    One parent said that she knew of a neighbor who was given a citation for having bicycles in the front yard.

    “As a parent, I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. I want my kids outside, not on video games,” she said.

    She also said some of her neighbors had been cited for things that weren’t visible from the street. They also talked about a resident abusing the Community Development Office’s anonymous reporting page to get back at neighbors.

    “This anonymous reporting is really being abused, absolutely being abused,” the same resident said. “By law, you’re allowed to face your accusers, so how does that correlate with ‘please here’s a website, report anonymously, nobody will ever know it’s you.’”

    She also said the page was turning neighbor against neighbor.

    “How does having a tattletale page create a sense of community?” she said.

    One resident said of the anonymous reporting that it “It makes me scared of everyone I see that I walk by.”

  • LA man, woman nabbed for drugs, trespassing

    Kevin Herring, 39, of Los Alamos was recently arrested for criminal trespassing, a crime he had been arrested for before.
    At the beginning of October 2016, Herring was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

    During that arrest incident, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. E. Wilhoit responded to a disturbance on 41st Street. Upon arrival, Wilhoit found Herring arguing with his parents about taking his child. “He was obviously intoxicated,” said Wilhoit in the statement of probable cause, due to his odor, loud language and disjointed speech.

    During their interaction, a second call from a neighbor was made complaining about his speech. Herring was aggressive, abusive and raising his hands, according to the police report, but was allowed to leave on foot.

    Herring went to Krista Wilhelm’s residence and although they confirmed that there was a no contact order between them, neither could produce the paperwork.

    Susan Duran, Wilhelm’s mother and owner of the residence, produced a text message she had sent to Herring stating that he was not allowed at the residence. Herring admitted to receiving that text message, according to the police report.

  • Los Alamos prepares for the annual Fair and Rodeo

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School, an important piece of Los Alamos history. It’s no surprise then that local events honor that piece of history and this year’s County Fair and Rodeo is no exception as its theme will be “Legends of the Ranch School.”

    In addition to the rodeo events happening at the Brewer Arena, there will many exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including bounce houses, a parade, arts and crafts fair, and much more.

    The Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge begins Saturday morning immediately after the Fair and Rodeo Parade. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., crowds can stroll to the east lawn at Fuller Lodge to shop for all sorts of treasures that can only be discovered once a year at the Summer Fair.

    Amy Bjarke, Exhibit and Marketing Director at Fuller Lodge Art Center, stepped into the position of fair coordinator a little over a year ago and explained that the Arts and Crafts Fair consists of around 100 local, regional, and even national artists, all selling their handmade art.

    “There’s a wonderful variety of artwork to choose from including photography, fiber arts, jewelry, food, wood and so much more,” she said.

  • Residents speak out for, against rec projects plan Tuesday

    UPDATE : Los Alamos County Council approved a plan Tuesday to immediately authorize the building of a splash pad for less than $720,000 and to make improvements to the Los Alamos Community Golf Course for no more than $4.5 million.

    In the same motion, the council also voted to have the county work on plans for improvements to the outdoor ice rink not to exceed $1.2 million and plans for a multi-generational pool not to exceed $5 million.

    The vote was 5-2. County councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinksi voted against the plans. 

    County Council considered a plan Tuesday to spend $13.9 million in Capital Improvement Plan funds Tuesday for four recreation projects. 

    The projects were part of a group of five recreation projects that the county proposed to fund through the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds. The sale was put to a public vote in May, and residents rejected the proposal 3,932 to 3,446.

    The council did not take a vote on the plan by press time.

    The proposal was put forward by Councilor James Chrobocinski and Council Vice President Susan O’Leary.

    Dozens of residents came out Tuesday for and against the proposal.