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New Mexicans Paying High Costs For Poor Roads

on February 24, 2019 - 7:39am
Vehicles head south on Interstate 25 after merging onto the highway in Santa Fe. A new report by The Road Information Program says congested and poor-quality roads statewide cost New Mexico drivers an average of $769 each in lost time and wasted fuel. Among the unfunded but needed projects it cites is an expansion of I-25 between Santa Fe and Bernalillo. Photo by Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
Cars travel under a bridge at the La Cienega exit of Interstate 25 on Wednesday.

Semi Truck Slides Off NM 4 Near White Rock

on February 23, 2019 - 11:22am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos and Santa Fe County police responded to the scene of a semi truck that slid off N.M. 4 this morning between the truck route and White Rock.

Cmdr. Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no injuries were reported.

He explained that traffic flow was delayed while a large tow truck was called in to hook-up the semi and haul it away.

N.M. 4 is now clear and traffic is moving along at a normal pace.

Utility Work On Arizona Set For 8 a.m. Thursday

on February 20, 2019 - 6:50pm


Due to inclement weather, utility work on Arizona Avenue that was scheduled for Tuesday will occur instead Thursday, Feb. 21.

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona, just east of 45 Street to locate a water leak. 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane Thursday at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation.

Motorists can expect some delays.

Repairs to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million To Keep Southwest Chief On Track

on February 18, 2019 - 6:58am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill.
The Udall-Heinrich-Luján measure would provide resources for maintenance and safety improvements along the

PEEC: Houseboat Amazon – Four-Month Search For Saki Monkey Feb. 26

on February 17, 2019 - 10:44am
Learn about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition in the Amazon rainforest to search for a species of saki monkey at the February Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. This talk will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition into the flooded depths of the Amazon rainforest to search for a saki monkey that had not been seen alive for More than 80 years.
Dr. Marsh’s talk is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

Utility Work On Arizona 8 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tuesday

on February 15, 2019 - 4:26pm


Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona Avenue just east of 45th Street to locate a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Tue. Feb. 19 only. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation. Motorists can expect some delays.

Repair work to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Nearly $2.5 Million For Rail Runner Safety Upgrades

on February 11, 2019 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,496,842 in federal funding to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RTD) to make critical improvements to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express system’s Wi-Fi network that will support full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent train accidents and derailments.
The improved technology is essential to providing a reliable path

Scenes From County Drone Mapping Trinity Drive

on February 9, 2019 - 10:17am

Los Alamos County's Geographical Informational System (GIS) staff manuever a drone Friday at 36th Street and Trinity Drive. County Engineer Eric Martinez said staff were mapping Trinity Drive as a result of a recommendation made during the Jan. 3 Transportation Board meeting.

LAPS: Bus Safety Campaign Starts Monday

on February 9, 2019 - 6:52am
Los Alamos Public Schools bus lot. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools will kick off its school bus safety campaign Monday. This campaign will encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended.
Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus is not only against the law, it also endangers the safety of students getting on and off the bus.
Over the next few weeks, LAPS will be promoting bus safety in the schools and across the community. Los Alamos County is presenting a proclamation to
LAPS naming the week

Local Pharmacist Prepares 7th Volunteer Trip To Haiti

on February 6, 2019 - 8:43am

Haitian child. Photo by Katherine Fry

Los Alamos

Our beloved local Pharmacist Katherine Fry, also known as Katie, is headed back to Haiti and you have a chance to help.

Fry has volunteered for her seventh trip to do one of the many things she does best, care for her fellow man. Her daily job, as a Smith’s pharmacist comes in handy when she assists those who are ill and caring for the ill, with a path to healing.

On her trip, she will meet many people throughout her short stay and help them with immunizations, medicine and the simple donation of items that fill one’s

NCRTD Earns Third Distinguished Budget Presentation Award From Government Finance Officers Association

on February 3, 2019 - 7:06am
RTD News:
For the third consecutive year, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2019 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
According to a statement by the GFOA, “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Road Striping On Diamond

on January 31, 2019 - 5:02pm

On the Job in Los Alamos are County crews conducting road striping today along Diamond Drive. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by John McHale/

Diamond Drive Striping Project Starts Thursday

on January 29, 2019 - 5:11pm


The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will begin striping Diamond Drive at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The crew will only be striping the center white line and certain areas with yellow pain, commencing at the Omega Bridge and working toward the round-a-bout at San Ildefonso Road, then heading back to the Omega Bridge.

Note: The paint will take longer to dry with the colder weather temperature. Motorists are advised to try not to cross on the fresh striping as paint will be disrupted and may get on vehicles and mark up other sections of the road.


Erickson Discusses County Snow And Ice Control Plan

on January 24, 2019 - 11:19am
Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Snowstorms like the one that occurred New Year’s Day used to be the norm, Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson remembers. But things changed. He said it’s been about 30 years since Los Alamos received four feet of snow.
So when Los Alamos was hit with a massive storm Jan. 1, it generated a huge reaction among residents. A good deal of that attention turned to the roads.
Erickson explained the County’s plan of

NWS: Today’s High Near 30, Tonight’s Low Around 11

on January 22, 2019 - 8:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 30 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers and a total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight’s low around 11. Courtesy/NWS

Letter To The Editor: Public Transit Provides Economic, Environmental, Convenience And Health Benefits

on January 20, 2019 - 9:52am
Engineering Project Manager
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities
For the past 4 1/2 years, I have been a regular user of public transit, as I live near Glorieta and work in Los Alamos. I utilize the NMDOT Park and Ride, Atomic City Transit and occasionally the Rail Runner from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. I choose to take public transit for a variety of reasons, among them economics, environmental impact, convenience and health.
My daily commute is 100 miles round trip.

County Crews Getting Handle On Pothole Epidemic

on January 19, 2019 - 12:07pm

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson this morning on Trinity Drive getting a handle on the epidemic of potholes emerging around town following recent snow storms. Traffic and Streets Division crews are doing what they can to fill the potholes based on weather and availability of materials and labor. Photo by John McHale/

On The Job In Los Alamos: Uber Driver Leora McMullan

on January 19, 2019 - 11:05am

On the job Friday afternoon is local Uber driver Leora McMullan in White Rock. Call McMullan to schedule a ride at 505.350.3660 or tap a button to get a ride by downloading the Uber app here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Major Pothole Spotted On East Road Near Airport

on January 17, 2019 - 4:48pm

Motorists are urged to keep alert and on the lookout for potholes emerging throughout the county like this large one spotted this afternoon on East Road just west of the Los Alamos County Airport. County road crews are patching the potholes as weather permits. We encourage residents to send us their pothole photos so we can publish them to let others know the locations: Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/

Caution: Potholes Emerging Following Winter Storms

on January 17, 2019 - 3:31pm


Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division staff would like to remind motorists to be on the look out for potholes that are developing in the days following several back to back winter storms.

As snow begins to melt off of roadways, the potholes are exposed in the pavement.

“Until the hot mix plant re-opens this Spring, and we see much warmer temperatures return that are needed for the hot mix to be an effective patch, we are going to continue to be in a reactive mode to fix only the worst potholes with a temporary solution,” said Dan Erickson, Traffic and Streets Division

NCRTD: Martin Luther King Holiday Schedule, Closures

on January 14, 2019 - 12:20pm

RTD ‘Blue Buses’ will not be in service on Jan. 21, however, the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, will operate. Courtesy/NCRTD


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced its schedule and closures for the Monday, Jan. 21 Martin Luther King holiday.

RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service, however, the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, will operate.

LANL Announces 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 4:01pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced it will be on a 2-hour delayed start Monday, Jan. 14.

Employees should report to work between 10-10:30 a.m. today.

Weather conditions differ in various areas so employees should contact their immediate supervisor should they have issues making it to work.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 12 a.m. Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 2:28pm
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning this afternoon through 12 a.m. Monday for the Los Alamos area. The NWS also updated its forecast to predict the possibility of 3 to 5 inches of snow today and 1 to 2 inches tonight, with a high today near 32 and a low around 20. The forecast for Monday is partly cloudy with a high near 38 and a nightime low around 20. Here is a view early this afternoon heading down the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Scene at about 1 p.m. today heading east past the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A.

Snow Removal Efforts Underway In White Rock

on January 8, 2019 - 5:14pm


Los Alamos County began mobilizing snow removal crews this afternoon in the White Rock area.

The crews are using a moto-grader and backhoe and concentrating on snow removal from curb to curb. The snow is being cleared from windrows and loaded into dump trucks where applicable.

Residents are asked to use caution around the machinery and to move parked vehicles from the street.

Los Alamos County thanks the White Rock residents for their patience and is continuing to work hard to keep County roads safe.

Direct questions and comments to the Public Works Department at

New Snow Blower Gets Busy On San Ildefonso Road

on January 8, 2019 - 4:46pm

A new snow blower machine is busy this morning vacuumimg up snow on San Ildefonso Road and  blowing it into dump trucks that hauled it off to the Los Alamos County Fair Grounds. Los Alamos County, in conjunction with one of its private contractors, unveiled the machine Monday evening on North Mesa. It is capable of quickly and efficiently loading several large dump trucks used to haul snow away. Photo by John McHale/