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Maggiore: NCRTD Connects Communities, Provides Access To Opportunity For All

on October 23, 2018 - 1:26pm
By ANTONIO MAGGIORE
Los Alamos County Councilor

Having grown up in Los Alamos, I can remember when we did not have public transit in Los Alamos County—let alone a well-functioning regional system like the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD or the Blue Bus)—and as a kid, my community was smaller because of the lack of transit. While White Rock and Los Alamos are nearby, I was not always afforded the option of easily traveling back and forth between the two communities on my own to visit friends, explore events, or immerse myself in the community.

Now, our youth have that

Update: US 84/285 Reopens To Normal Traffic Flow

on October 23, 2018 - 1:09pm

SFCSO News Alert Update:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has announced that U.S. 84/285 is reopened to normal traffic flow between Cuyamunge and Camel Rock.

Traffic Alert: US 84/285 Southbound Traffic Diverted

on October 23, 2018 - 12:14pm

SFCSO News Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has issued a traffic alert advising mortorists that the southbound traffic on U.S. 84/285 between Cuyamunge and Camel Rock, is being diverted onto the frontage road due to traffic accident.

The SFCSO urges motorists to proceed with caution in area.

Microseal Project In White Rock Begins Thursday

on October 23, 2018 - 9:53am
COUNTY News:
 
IPR, Limited crews will start the microseal project beginning Thursday on Rover Boulevard at Grand Canyon Drive heading toward Meadow Lane in White Rock.
 
They will continue down Meadow Lane looping toward Grand Canyon Drive. The project stops at Grand Canyon on Meadow Lane. Crews will be working 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. All work should be completed by Oct. 29, weather permitting.
 
During the application, one lane will be closed allowing for one way traffic via a flagging operation.

Los Alamos Mountaineers: Talk On Adventures In East Greenland At Nature Center Tuesday Evening

on October 22, 2018 - 6:12pm

Learn about Eiichi Fukushima’s adventures in East Greenland at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting beginning by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This talk is free open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting and hear about Eiichi Fukushima’s trip to East Greenland in 1971.

This presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. The Mountaineers’ regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Utility Work On Central Avenue Thursday

on October 17, 2018 - 4:09pm

COUNTY News:

Natural gas crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will repair a gas line near in front of the Bradbury Science Museum 15th Street on Central Avenue.

Work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m. Thursday. Motorists should expect some traffic delays.

Crews will excavate a small section of road to repair a gas line on the north side of Central Ave., just east of 15th Street. in front of the Bradbury Museum’s west driveway. The east driveway will remain open for patrons of the museum and other offices at 1350 Central Ave.

Through westbound traffic

U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge Rehabilitation Northbound Lane Closures & NM 502 Northbound Ramp Closure

on October 17, 2018 - 3:53pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 181.00 in Pojoaque near Cities of Gold Casino.

Today through Thursday – U.S. 84/285 northbound lanes at the Pojoaque Bridge will be reduced to one lane. This closure will remain in effect 24 hours a day until Thursday. All U.S. 84/285 northbound lanes will be Re-Opened Thursday.

Today through – N.M. 502 on-ramp to U.S. 84/285 northbound will be CLOSED. Traffic will be detoured to Cities of Gold Rd. to access U.S. 84/285 northbound. N.M.

Microseal Project In White Rock Begins Oct. 23

on October 16, 2018 - 5:02pm

COUNTY News:

Crews from IPR, Limited will begin a microseal project Monday, Oct. 23 on Rover Boulevard/Meadow Lane Loop between the Grand Canyon Drive/Rover intersection and the Grand Canyon Drive/Meadow Lane intersection.

Crews will be working 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. All work should be completed by Oct. 28, weather permitting.

During the application, one lane will be closed allowing for one-way traffic via a flagging operation. It is expected that the coating will cure enough to cross within 25-30 minutes and can accept full traffic 1-2 hours after the application is completed.

The

Letter To The Editor: Support Regional Transit GRT Reauthorization

on October 14, 2018 - 6:30pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The citizens of four counties, including Los Alamos, voted in 2008 to authorize a 1/8 percen Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) increment to support regional mass transit. Although no ending date was voted upon, these counties imposed a Jan. 1, 2024 sunset date.

On this November’s ballot, we are asked to reauthorize the tax by removing the sunset date. I strongly support a yes vote to continue the high value transit services that it provides. For people here who don’t have a car or the ability to drive, good transit service is a lifeline.

All tax

LAPS Issues Information On Delayed Start, School Cancellation And Early Dismissal Due To Snow

on October 14, 2018 - 6:21pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk:

This message contains information about delayed start, school cancellation, or early dismissal due to snow or ice for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

With today's winter storm warning, LAPS has tuned-up all snow removal equipment and we have a crew reporting early Monday morning.  

Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, and information lines.

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732
  • Chamisa Elementary 663-2472
  • Mountain

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Oct. 20

on October 14, 2018 - 4:55am
SFNF Site Stewards lead an exploration Oct.20 of two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Join the Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.
 
The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended. The Glorieta Rock Tour is free and open to the public.
 
The tour begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct.

Udall Secures Amtrak Commitment To Halt Plans To Replace Portions Of SW Chief Rail Line With Buses

on October 12, 2018 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019.
 
Before this public commitment, the Southwest Chief route, which serves several New Mexico communities, faced an uncertain future after Amtrak threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding necessary to

Roberts: Public Transit Increases Independence, Access To Community

on October 10, 2018 - 8:50am
By DORIS ROBERTS
Executive Director
All Individuals First

As a caretaker for individuals with developmental disabilities and the executive director of All Individuals First, I see firsthand how public transit not only improves the quality of life, but also creates opportunities for empowerment, independence and joy.

Public transit for people with no other means of transportation gives them the same options as everyone—shopping, volunteering, going to the post office, going to work, or taking a fun outing – without relying on someone else to get them there.

All Individuals First works

NMDOT: Roadway Safety During Balloon Fiesta

on October 5, 2018 - 10:11am
NMDOT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A popular New Mexico tradition – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – kicks off this weekend, which will mean more motorists on our roads and highways.
 
It’s important that drivers pay extra attention to roadway safety and remember not to park on highways and right-of-ways – specifically the interstates, frontage roads, Paseo del Norte, Alameda and Tramway.
 
“We encourage everyone to enjoy the beautiful scenes of the Balloon Fiesta while being safe on the road,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

Switzerland Exchange Student Lisa Schutt At Rotary

on October 5, 2018 - 10:01am
Lisa Schutt, the Swiss youth exchange student hosted this school year by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, answered questions following her recent Club presentation. Schutt's parents and sister are involved in fields of medicine. Schutt is enjoying the local high school's opportunities to take elective classes, which are not offered during her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school day at home. She enjoys skiing, recreational soccer and horseback riding. Rotarians were pleasantly surprised when Schutt shared Swiss chocolate with them. Courtesy photo
 
Rotary Youth Exchange student Lisa Schutt from

RTD Columbus Day Holiday Closure Oct. 8

on October 4, 2018 - 4:06am
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 the Santa Fe National Forest, will not be in service Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.
 
The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its normal weekday schedule, providing two roundtrips for the day.
 
Regularly scheduled bus service resumes Tuesday, Oct. 8 throughout north central New Mexico.

Senior DOT Official Recognizes NCRTD, Other Rural Public Transportation Agencies For Outstanding Service

on October 4, 2018 - 3:59am
FTA News:
 
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams recognized six rural transit systems Monday that exemplify good community service.
 
The agencies received the Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Transportation Service in Rural Public Transportation during the bi-annual National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation in Breckenridge, Colo.
 
"These transit agencies have proven their dedication to helping people in rural America access jobs, schools, healthcare, and

Local Transit Is An Integral Part Of Our Community

on October 2, 2018 - 2:23pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council 

 

There are many things that a local government provides to its citizens. Parks, roads, and public schools all come to mind, but in my opinion, public transit is one of the most appreciated services that our local government in Los Alamos provides to our community. 

 

Specifically, the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit (ATC) system has really brought parts of the community here together like no other system has done before. Los Alamos County consists of two geographically separated communities: the town site and White Rock.

Chama Mayor: Public Transportation Vital To Connecting Rural Communities To Opportunities

on October 1, 2018 - 7:14am
By BILLY ELBROCK
Mayor, Village of Chama
 
One of the benefits of living in a remote community is the option to “get away from it all” ... to have the opportunity to be in a small town and experience simple living, enjoying nature and outdoor activities.
 
However, the reality is the Village of Chama is 80 to100 miles away from a city of any size. What makes us stand out as a desirable place to live can also be viewed as a drawback to some people.
 
Enter the “Blue Bus” system, formally known as the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD).
 
The Blue Bus is VERY important

Rotary Hears Talks On NCRTD, Panajachel, Scouting

on September 30, 2018 - 5:48pm
Jim Nagle, public information officer for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) the Blue Bus told Rotarians recently about the ballot initiative reauthorizing existing funding for bus services. This is not a tax increase. From fiscal year 2016-17 data, the NCRTD provided almost 800,000 passenger trips in a service area of more than 10,000 square miles. There are 419 bus stops, with a 53-vehicle fleet. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
 
Retired Los Alamos County employee David Griggs, who now lives in Panajachel, Guatemala, recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

on September 29, 2018 - 10:55am
NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
 
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
 
"These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help protect the health of the

Local Young Eagles Program Offers Free Flights Oct. 6

on September 29, 2018 - 8:13am
YOUNG EAGLES News:
 
What if someone told you that students ages 8-17 can have a free flight over the skies of Los Alamos and all you need to do is send an email to request a time?
 
Oct. 6, the local Young Eagles Program is ready to offer free flights, once again to inspire youth about aviation. Local Coordinator April Fox has six pilots and a plethora of volunteers at the ready to answer questions, provide tours and perhaps launch not only free flights, but the next generation of pilots.
 
“The program is free, and all costs are covered by volunteers.

Utility Work On Quartz Begins Tuesday

on September 28, 2018 - 4:49pm

COUNTY News:

Electric crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will undertake a project to replace electric lines on Quartz Street to improve the neighborhood’s electric reliability.

Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2 and continue through the beginning of January.

Through traffic along Quartz will be restricted during the day, Monday through Friday, with traffic detoured to Rim Road. Full access to Quartz will be restored by late afternoon as crews wrap up for the day.

Crews will work in small sections in the roadway to excavate, install conduit and then backfill

La Senda, Pajarito Acres Microsealing Begins Friday

on September 27, 2018 - 10:52am

COUNTY News:

Starting Friday morning, construction crews will begin applying a microseal to all of the roadways in Pajarito Acres and La Senda in White Rock.

Weather allowing, crews anticipate this portion of the project to last 11 days and crews are planning to work 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Expect representatives from the contractor applying the coating to be visiting residents door to door leaving information including the proposed schedule, coordination instructions and contact information.

The contractor is expected to start Friday on cul-de-sacs in La Senda followed

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In October

on September 26, 2018 - 1:33pm
NMSP News:
 
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 October.
 
We are 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 to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

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