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NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work Lane Closures Begin 9 a.m. Today

on September 20, 2017 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Today: N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Starting Oct. 10: N.M.

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work ... Totavi Gas Station To Cities Of Gold Casino Begins Wednesday

on September 18, 2017 - 4:46pm

NMDOT News:

Lane Closures To Begin Sept. 20

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50, from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 20, N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks.

Motorists can expect delays Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

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Lane Closure, Flagging Operation At 33rd & Walnut

on September 18, 2017 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County street crews will be repairing a section of asphalt at 33rd and Walnut Street 9 am. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 and ending Sept. 21.

The lane closure will include a flagging operation to allow for continual traffic flow during this project.

This repair is due to a water main leak repaired earlier this month.

Ullr Fest Transportation To And From White Rock

on September 18, 2017 - 1:40pm

COUNTY News:

The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide additional bus service this Saturday, Sept. 23 for Ullr Fest.

Shuttles run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Sullivan Field parking lot to the Ski Hill and back. The additional service is between the White Rock Visitor Center and Sullivan Field.

This service will be available by request for connections to/from the Ski Hill shuttle. Call ACT at 661.RIDE (7433) to request your ride!

NMDOT To Present State Rail Plan Update

on September 11, 2017 - 7:29am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation has initiated an update of the New Mexico State Rail Plan, to be completed in 2018. 
 
NMDOT Staff are making presentations to introduce the Rail Plan and solicit input from each of the State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) during their public meetings in the Summer and Fall of 2017.
 
The schedule for all MPO and RTPO presentations is available on NMDOT’s Transit and Rail web page -http://dot.state.nm.us/content/nmdot/en/Transit_Rail.html

Trinity Drive Lane Closure Scheduled For Next Week

on September 7, 2017 - 3:21pm

COUNTY News:

As part of the 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be locating existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street followed by placement of new underground conduit via subsurface boring. 

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Sept. 11 westbound right lane;
  • Sept. 12 westbound right lane; and
  • Sept. 13 westbound right lane.

For more information or questions, you may contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or send an email to

Transportation Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on September 6, 2017 - 7:01am

COUNTY News: 

The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

This meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

  • CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • LIAISONS' REPORTS
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the Aug. 3, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board 
  • OLD BUSINESS - Possible Action
    • Complete

RTD Labor Day Holiday Closure Sept. 4

on September 1, 2017 - 5:21pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe, will not be in service Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its weekend/holiday schedule, providing three roundtrips for the day.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Ultra Santa Fe Trail Race May Increase Traffic On NM 475 Saturday

on September 1, 2017 - 5:02pm

SFNF News

SANTA FE – Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest Saturday should be prepared for more traffic than usual on N.M. 475, the road to the Santa Fe ski basin, due to the Ultra Santa Fe races and the three-day holiday weekend.

The Ultra includes four different races that begin and end at Ski Santa Fe. The 50-miler, 50-kilometer and 13-miler all take place on single-track trails and the 1-miler is a vertical dash up the ski slope following the path of the chairlift.

So in venturing out for a Saturday hike near Santa Fe, be prepared for more congestion and less parking than usual on a

County: Gas Leak On Central Avenue

on August 30, 2017 - 4:51pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is responding to a natural gas leak detected on Central Avenue across from the Municipal Building.  

To repair the main, crews are closing the east bound lane on Central Avenue between Knecht Street and 9th Street. East bound traffic will be rerouted to Trinity Drive at Knecht Street.  

Crews on scene indicate that repairs will continue into the evening and that the road will be open before Thursday morning. 

Los Alamos Airport On Track To Operate Own Hangars

on August 30, 2017 - 7:10am

The concrete pads at the Los Alamos County Airport are ready for the new County-owned airport hangars. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Stacks are pre-fabricated material are set to be assembled into hangars at the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The Los Alamos County Airport has collected all the materials needed for a row of hangars. A giant square of pristine concrete and stacks of pre-fabricated material are ready for construction.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Launch Across New Mexico Throughout September

on August 26, 2017 - 9:52am

Don't even think about drinking and driving. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

SANTA FE - State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2017.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage

Trinity Drive Lane Closures During Next Two Weeks

on August 23, 2017 - 8:55am

COUNTY News:

As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be locating existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street followed by placement of new underground conduit via subsurface boring. 

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Aug. 28 and 29, westbound right lane;
  • Aug. 30 and 31, eastbound right lane;
  • Sept. 5 and 6, westbound right lane; and
  • Sept. 7 and 8, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at

Concrete Gutter Work Begins On Longview Drive Across Entrances To White Rock Municipal Complex Thursday

on August 22, 2017 - 5:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County crews will begin placement of a concrete valley gutter across the entrances to the White Rock Municipal Complex Thursday, Aug. 24 to improve storm water drainage.  

Use of the parking lots will be interrupted, however, access and parking to at least one parking lot will be maintained as work progresses. Work is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 30, weather permitting.

Pedestrian access along the adjacent sidewalk south of Longview Drive will be limited for the duration.

Time For Pie ...

on August 22, 2017 - 8:52am

Pie Town ... a little slice of heaven in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Pie Town. This tiny community tucked in southwestern New Mexico has a name that will pique your curiosity and make your mouth water at the same time.

Today, the New Mexico Tourism Department released the latest New Mexico True Story, “Pie Town,” a tribute to the state’s smallest town with the biggest sweet tooth. The release comes right before the community’s largest annual event, the Pie Festival.

“We pulled up and there was a little sign on the door: ‘Used to be pie in Pie Town … ain’t no more,” said

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Governor: New TV Ads Fight DWI; Distracted Driving

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

Courtesy/NMDOT

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. 

Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash. The ads can be viewed here.

“When you drive drunk or distracted you put your life and the lives of every other person on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “It just isn’t worth it. Make the responsible decision when you get behind the wheel – it will save lives.”

In one ad a man is featured driving distracted over and over

Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative Needs Community Support

on August 18, 2017 - 11:16am
Middle from left, former Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, former County Council Chair Geoff Rogers, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Manager Harry Burgess visited Los Alamos' sister city, Sarov, Russia in 2013. Courtesy photo
 
Students from Sarov, Russia pay a visit to UNM-LA in 2011. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

National news reports daily on the ongoing drama between Russian and American politicians.

SFNF: Gilman Tunnels Reopen

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
The Gilman Tunnels have reopened. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 have reopened on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Closed since mid-June, the Gilman Tunnel corridor has undergone essential safety measures following several near misses with large boulders falling into the roadway. Road crews have stabilized the cliff walls within the box canyon and removed sections of loose rock along a portion of FR 376 between mile markers 0.1 and 5.5. 
 
Keep in mind that although these measures have helped stabilize the canyon’s walls, weather

Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
 
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.

Griggs: Taking The Train To Los Alamos

on August 15, 2017 - 8:11am

The train station in Lamy, only a few miles from Santa Fe. Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief here. Westbound Train #3 goes to Los Angeles, and Eastbound #4 goes to Chicago. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Good news for train travelers: You can book a reservation through Amtrak to travel to and from Los Alamos and White Rock.

 

Heading for Chicago or Los Angeles? You can take Amtrak from either Los Alamos or White Rock. Calling them “Thruway Bus Connections”, Amtrak goes the extra mile and delivers you to many destinations that are not on the rail lines.

 

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LAPD: Let's Work Together To Make School Year Safe

on August 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

LAPD News:

With school starting this Thursday, Aug. 17, the Los Alamos Police Department will be stepping up its presence in designated school zones throughout the communty.

While all drivers have a responsibility of adjusting their driving habits during school hours, parents of school children have a responsibility as well in keeping kids safe. Please pay attention to your speed and watch for children at cross walks.

Also be mindful of school busses loading and unloading children. Give yourself extra time if you are taking children to school and buckle everyone up.

Traffic is always

Documentary ‘Blood Road’ In Los Alamos Sept. 7

on August 12, 2017 - 6:37am
Lookout. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail with ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, as Red Bull Media House’s award-winning documentary Blood Road premieres Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave.

Blood Road captures Rebecca and her Vietnamese riding partner Huyen Nguyen’s 1,200-mile search for the place where Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was shot down in Laos more than 40 years earlier.

Get On The Bus! Free Summer Concert ACT Rides

on August 11, 2017 - 7:34am

Talk On Historic Route 66 And Book Signing Sept. 16

on August 11, 2017 - 6:47am
 
RGB News:
 
There will be a talk about and book signing for the new book – Historic Route 66: A New Mexican Crossroads.
 
Essays on the Hispanic Heritage of Old Highway 66, by Joseph P. Sanchez and Angelica Sanchez Clark – 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Botts Hall auditorium at 423 Central NE Albuquerque, right on dear old Central Avenue - Route 66!
 
The history of Historic Route 66 is much more than a line on a map; it is about the heritage of a people who lived along it.

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