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Traffic Alert: Motorists Asked Not To Use Mari Mac Village Parking Lot As Shortcut Between Trinity And Central … Safety Concerns!

Traffic Alert:

Motorists are reminded that westbound Trinity Drive continues to be reduced to a single lane from DP Road to the Knecht Street intersection.

This closure is necessary for the removal and installation of new curb and gutter, sidewalks and driveway pads through this area, as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation N.M. 502 reconstruction and roundabout installation.

Star Paving placed new, additional signage today that cautions: “ROAD CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC”.

The additional signage was requested in response to safety concerns received by the County that


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Los Alamos Farmers Market: Thursdays And Saturdays

Thursday markets take place 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May to October, and Saturday markets are 8 a.m. to noon at the Justice Center parking lot and run June through September. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions are implemented in accordance with the state and New Mexico Farmers Market Association. This includes proper distancing between booths, food pre-bagged for pickup, masks and gloves for all food handling, and other measures that minimize touch points. Additionally, the Los Alamos Farmers Market is providing locally made hand sanitizer to each booth, and an electric hand


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Mexican Wedding Cookies. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Few culinary treats are as universal as the Mexican Wedding Cookie.

Known by many other names and home in many other places, including Eastern and Western Europe, these powdery little treasures are also known as Danish Wedding Cookies, Russian and Swedish Tea Cakes and as polvorones (dust bunnies) in Spain.

These buttery nuggets packed with crunchy pecan pieces are traditionally served at Mexican weddings and so, it is likely that their American name, Mexican


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Home Country: With Just My Dog

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES

Windy walked out away from his house, but kept his mask in his pocket.

There was never any quit when Windy decided to whip something, and this time it was that coronavirus. Our little valley had pretty much shut down, just like almost everyone else’s.

For the loquacious Windy Wilson, whose most precious word was “audience” it was an especially tough time. Stay home. Wash your hands. Wear your mask, and don’t go where there are more than five people.

Well, that wiped out any visit to the Mule Barn truck stop coffee shop. So what was left? He couldn’t even corner any school kids


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Traffic Alert: NM Gas Company Purging Gas On East Road

Traffic Alert:

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) has informed the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities that it will purge a natural gas line, weather permitting, today on East Road across from Camino Entrada near the water tank.

Work was to begin at noon and continue until 1 p.m. today.

NMGC is purging the line on East Road as a routine maintenance check of its border station. “Purging” is the act of releasing natural gas from an existing section of pipeline and will be done in accordance with federal regulatory requirements.

As part of the purging, customers near the area may smell natural gas and


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RTD Blue Bus Resuming Regular Routes Monday June 8

RTD News:

In an effort to begin to ease some of the modifications that were put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Central Regional Transit District’s (RTD) Blue Bus will resume regular route and schedule operations on its 100 Riverside and 110 Westside buses in Española and 340 Chile Line Red in Taos beginning Monday, June 8.

Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in order to board the bus. The State order restricting groups to five or less will continue to be adhered to on vehicles until further notice. As a result, multiple seats will remain closed off to provide appropriate


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Traffic Alert: Concrete Repair On Urban/North Road Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will begin concrete repair work Tuesday, June 2 on Urban Street and North Road. Crews will be removing and replacing curb & gutter and sidewalk in select locations.

Crews will be working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Weather permitting, work should be completed by mid-June.

The contractor will set up a traffic control to allow for the flow of traffic. Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down and obey all traffic control devices.

Pedestrian traffic should be aware of equipment in the area. Please watch for crews working within the right-of-way.


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Rotary: Georgia Strickfaden Recounts Travel-Tour Career

Georgia Strickfaden

ROTARY News:

Community leader Georgia Strickfaden spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos May 26, describing her career background in the travel and tour industry.

Years ago, upon reading an article in Modern Maturity magazine, predecessor to today’s AARP magazine, Strickfaden was inspired by the innovative tour business, AdventureWomen (formerly Rainbow Adventures), created by Susan Eckert, a trailblazer for women’s adventure travel.

When Eckert arranged a Southwest tour that included Santa Fe, Bandelier and Los Alamos, Strickfaden offered to assist her. From


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Posts From the Road: Caprock Canyon State Park

Badlands: A close view of the badlands within Caprock Canyon State Park show the beauty of this remote area of the Texas panhandle. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Texas Bison: Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the Texas state bison herd. Thirty two bison were introduced to the park in 1997 and the herd has grown to more than 150 bison today. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Caprock Canyon State Park is in a rural area of the Texas panhandle near the farming and ranching community of Quitaque. The nearest large city is Amarillo, which


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Fr. Glenn: Division, Tempered By Hope

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ah, spring … flowers blooming, trees budding, birds nesting. Riots raging.

Kind of a perfect storm this year. Nerves were already on edge because of the coronavirus pandemic and people having to be cooped up for so long, the uncertainty of possible contagion, shortages of goods, so many persons losing their jobs because of the various quarantines and strictures put in place … not even to mention the families affected by the loss or illness of family members. Family separations, lack of funds, lack of essentials … and you have a kettle of frustration just below boiling point. Add


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Repaving Project On NM 466 / St. Michael’s Drive June 1-9

NMDOT News:

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in a single direction

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation would like the traveling public to be aware of roadwork impacting traffic on N.M. 466 / St. Michael’s Drive beginning June 1 through June 9.

One lane will be closed in a single direction, starting at St. Francis Drive and continuing to Quail Run Drive.

As a lane is completed, it will be reopened and another will be closed for repaving.

Access to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and local business will be provided.

Information also is available at www.nmroads.com


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Traffic Alert: Road Work 15th At Myrtle Saturday & Monday

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities water crews will repair the west side of 15th Street at Myrtle after replacing a waterline a couple of weeks ago. 

For two days, Saturday May 30 and Monday June 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 15 St, will be reduced to one lane with a flagging operation to maintain north and southbound traffic. 

DPU officials advise motorists to expect delays and observe the speed limit and traffic control devices in the area. 

For more information, contact the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.


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Traffic Alert: Water Line Break At 34th North Of Villa

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities water crews are responding to a water line break at 9:30 a.m. today on 34th Street north of Villa.

The road is closed at the repair site and traffic is detoured on to 33rd Street.

DPU customers on 34th Street may experience low water pressure. 

Depending on the severity of the break, water services to these customer may need to be terminated.  The estimated time of repairs is 4 p.m. today.

If water services are terminated, DPU offers the following considerations for customers when their water is restored:

  • At first water may appear murky

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New Mexico Governor Announces Limited Reopening For Dine-In Restaurants, Indoor Malls, Gyms, Salons And More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis. Screenshot/LADP

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Amended emergency public health order effective June 1

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference this afternoon that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping


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Traffic Alert: Road Work At Trinity & DP Road Begins Monday

Traffic Alert:

Star Paving announced today that flagging operations will occur Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive.

The operations are necessary for the removal of existing asphalt as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s N.M. 502 roundabout construction project.

Motorists should anticipate delays in this area.

In addition, Trinity Drive will be closed at DP Road beginning Wednesday, June 3, to allow for construction of portions of the roundabout.

This closure is anticipated to have a duration of 3-4 weeks. Eastbound motorists


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Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Announces Seventh Annual Summer Series – This Year Via Zoom Starting June 3

Scene from a Wednesday evening session during the 2019 LAFSF summer series at which Gerry Wood is delivering the after-dinner lecture at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAFSF

LAFSF News:

The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum invites the community to its seventh annual summer program – this year via Zooming through cyberspace.

The lecture series begins at 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday starting June 3 and running for seven weeks through July 15. These sessions will be available on the internet via Zoom.

Registration information has already been sent to members and previous years’


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Home Country: Electric Materialism

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES

It’s always a treat when Windy Wilson stops by the Mule Barn for a cup and a visit with us. He got all settled in while we waited for him.

“Now you fellas know it shore ain’t perlite to interrupt a guy when he’s educatin’ the kids, right? A real gentleman wouldn’t do it. But that didn’t slow down this weird young guy who was visitin’ one of our hometown girls.

“I think she met him in college where he was majorin’ in bein’ wrong, and brought him home to meet the folks. The way it was, I had a few kids I found coming out of the malt shop and I kinda herded them over to this year sidewalk bench


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Traffic Alert: Villa At 33rd Closed Due To Water Line Break

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities water crews responded to a water line break at 4:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Villa and 33rd Street in front of Aspen Elementary School.

The intersection is closed and traffic is being detoured on to 34th Street and to Walnut. 

DPU customers east of 34th Street may experience low water pressure.

Depending on the severity of the break, water services to these customer may need to be terminated.

Repairs are estimated to be completed by midnight today.

If water services are terminated, DPU offers the following considerations


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