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N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm

COUNTY News:

The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at LACPW@lacnm.us.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

NCRTD Honored For Excellence In Financial Reporting

on April 17, 2017 - 7:07am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
Acknowledged in the Certificate of Achievement was the NCRTD Finance Department including Finance Director Troy Bingham, Financial Analyst Pat Lopez and Finance Specialist Shannon Sandoval.
 
In announcing the award, NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro stated, “This is the

Griggs: Macaws On My Mind At Copán, Honduras

on April 16, 2017 - 7:31am
David Griggs poses with macaws in the interactive plaza at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Posing with lavishly colored macaws perched on my head and arms was a great photo op and the highlight of the tour. Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve is a beautiful home for rescued birds in Copán Ruins, Honduras.
 
The history of bird park began on the Caribbean island of Roatan in the 1980s.

Letter To The Editor: Some Clarification For Dowden And The Central-NM502 Roundabout

on April 14, 2017 - 12:44pm
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos
 
Yes, NMDOT is now responsible for the NM502 project design, construction, etc (via contracts).
 
Just when LA County ceased to be party to this project is not clear; at least to me. The county did spend monies to do the things from Knecht-DP to get Smith's up and running. Did that remove them from further monetary participation in the project and leave the remainder of the project with the state?
 
If the project is solely state now, then the state can exercise right of eminent domain as the one in VA did with part of a cemetery my forebears were

RTD Mountain Trail Route Goes Year Round

on April 14, 2017 - 7:37am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that its 255 RTD Mountain Trail route, which began Sept. 26, 2015 as a pilot public transit service has now been established as a year-round route.
 
The RTD Mountain Trail route provides bus transit from South Capitol Rail Runner Station to stops throughout Downtown, Fort Marcy Park and then up Hyde Park Rd. to recreational areas and businesses along NM 475 concluding at Ski Santa Fe.
 
“The NCRTD would like to thank all of the public, private and community supporters that came together to help make this

NMDOT Prepared For Annual Pilgrimage To El Santuario De Chimayo

on April 13, 2017 - 9:05am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that the Department has prepared safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayo (El Santuario).

NMDOT met with local emergency response personnel to prepare for this event and crews have been working over the past three weeks to prepare the various routes to El Santuario for pilgrims making the trek this year.

Through

NMDOT: Roadway Reconstruction Kicks Off On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara April 17

on April 13, 2017 - 8:29am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has begun roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara.

Starting week of April 17: the contactor will begin construction on the west side shoulder of NM 30. They will be working on earthwork and subgrade activities. Traffic impacts will be minimal during this time. Motorists are advised to watch for heavy truck traffic turning in and out of the work zone.

Starting week of May 1: the contractor will begin detour paving and setting wall barrier.

Letter To The Editor: Roundabout Misconception

on April 13, 2017 - 8:09am
By TONY AMSDEN
Los Alamos

I would like to clarify a misconception in the letter from Mr. Dowden (link), and add a bit of history:

As the Los Alamos Daily Post editor pointed out in the earlier letter from Mr. Antos (link), it is indeed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) that is building the roundabout (RDB) at the main entrance to Los Alamos, not Los Alamos County, because it involves an official New Mexico State highway.

The important point is that NMDOT was NEVER in favor of an RDB at that location (or anywhere on that highway), and proposed a simple signalized

Central Avenue Closed From 20th To Oppenheimer Saturday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

COUNTY News:

Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park.

Motorists should plan to use Trinity Drive or Canyon Road to bypass the closure during these hours

Letter To The Editor: Exercising Eminent Domain

on April 11, 2017 - 10:23am
By GERALD ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
Are you kidding me? Using eminent domain for a roundabout that the people of Los Alamos do not want or need is by far and away one of stupidest things our County Government will ever do!
 
I guess it's ok for a bunch of our spendthrift county councilors to do what they damn well please in spite of the total inconvenience it will cause the people of Los Alamos.
 
I personally believe that our council should put this kind of inconvenience up to a public vote that requires a 75 percent approval of citizenry of Los Alamos before they throw money at a problem

RTD Adds Bus To Chimayo Route On Good Friday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:37pm
RTD News:
 
In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 14.
 
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8:00 and the second at 8:30) departing from the Española Transit Center on Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.
 
The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

West Road Closed 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday!

on April 7, 2017 - 5:28pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as  tree trimming activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in this area.

West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.

 

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving Through Work Zones

on April 3, 2017 - 9:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation released a video in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week to encourage motorists to be safe when driving through a work zone.
 
The video features Gov. Susana Martinez, NMDOT Secretary Tom Church, and Megan Rivera, who lost her husband in a work zone crash last year. It can be viewed here.
 
“Roadway workers put their lives on the line every single day and they do it to keep our families safe,” Martinez said.

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Police Remove Unruly Passenger From Local Bus

on March 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos police arrive at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a report of an unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus that pulled over on Central Avenue near Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspected unruly passenger Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos exits the bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspect Daniel Merrill gets loud and is instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back by LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto as Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias stands by with the bus driver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos police

County Installs Safety Improvements At Rose/Nectar And Bathtub Row Intersection

on March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

In an effort to enhance safety, the Los Alamos County Traffic Division has installed new stop signs and guidance posts and devices at the intersection of Rose/Nectar and Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign and safety devices at 22nd and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign at Peach Street and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Brewer Finds Success With Tourism And Beer Mix

on March 27, 2017 - 8:26am
AFECB News:
 
ANGEL FIRE Enchanted Circle Brewing opened last spring in Angel Fire and has made a mark in the village bringing craft beer, a creatively fresh menu and live entertainment.
 
Owners Steve and Shelly Larson aren’t New Mexico natives, but decided to call Angel Fire home soon after visiting. They designed and built the 20-barrel brew house with the expectation that Enchanted Circle beer would extend beyond northern New Mexico, into the state and eventually beyond. “It had been a longtime dream of mine to open a brewery.

Road Closure: US 64/87 Between Clayton And Raton

on March 25, 2017 - 9:07am

NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police closed US 64/87 between Clayton and Raton for several hours Friday due to hazardous driving conditions.

It is reported that certain ares had three to four foot snowdrifts covering the roadway.

Officers and tow trucks removed stuck and stranded motorists and the New Mexico Department of Transportation cleared the roadway.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Zero DWI Arrests In Los Alamos Thanks To St. Patrick’s Day Buzz Bus And LAPD’s Saturation Patrols

on March 22, 2017 - 7:37am

COUNTY News:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 was a safe one thanks to Atomic City Transit (ACT), the Los Alamos Police Department, and the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

The County's Buzz Bus offered safe rides 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and 59 people took advantage of this free service. Charles Flowers, the ACT supervisor on duty, remarked that “Passengers were happy the service was available for their use, but more so were very happy other people were using it because it meant no drunk drivers on the road. What a great service the County of Los Alamos provides.”

In addition, the Los Alamos Police

RTD ‘Blue Buses’ Designated ‘Safe Places’

on March 20, 2017 - 9:08am

NCRTD Chair and Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone and and NCRTD Planning, Projects & Grants Manager Stacey McGuire display a copy of the Safe Place sign now installed on the RTD fleet of buses. Courtesy photo

RTD News:

  • Launch Coincides with National Safe Place Week

Starting today, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), RTD “Blue Buses,” will provide northern New Mexico victimized youth with a fleet of safe places to help connect them to life-changing resources through its participation in the national “Safe Place” program and in partnership with Taos-based DreamTree Project.

Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

on March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

Courtesy image

LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and prepare a travel health kit

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
By MARYBETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
 
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 16, 2017 - 8:30am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

The Public Meeting is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Fuller Lodge. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division office at 505.662.8113 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

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