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County Requests Patience, Help With Snow Clearing Activities; Bike Lanes Now Closed To Aid Snow Removal

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm

COUNTY News:

With the frequency of snow storms and amount of snow anticipated to exceed over at least 12 inches heading into New Years’ Eve and New Year’s Day, officials with the Public Works department cautioned residents today to manage expectations for snow removal for the next few days.

Beginning this afternoon and in anticipation of tonight’s approaching storm, crews will not be able to remove snow from the bike lanes on Diamond and Canyon.

“We need to wait until the snow can be hauled away from the lanes in order to open up the streets and sidewalks,” Public Works Director Philo

New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus: Don't Drink & Drive Dial-A-Ride!

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit, in partnership with the Los Alamos County DWI Council, is once again offering free Dial-a-Ride service for transport to and from New Year's Eve parties.

Service will begin at 6 p.m. and the last drop-off will be at 1 a.m.

Reservations will be accepted through the end of service. Don't drink and drive… Dial-a-Ride! Call 505.661.7433 to make your reservation.

Mores Scenes From Winter Storm Wednesday

on December 27, 2018 - 9:19pm

Scene Wednesday Trinity Drive looking west toward Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday morning on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon on Central Avenue in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene Wednesday afternoon at Ashley Pond.

UPDATE: Main Hill Road And Truck Route Open

on December 26, 2018 - 7:18pm

Traffic Alert News:

Both the Main Hill Road and the Truck Route are opened and traffic is moving along smoothly.

LAPD reminds motorists driving in winter conditions to:

  • Maintain a safe following distance;
  • Slow down;
  • Watch for black ice; and
  • Brake slowly.

Traffic Alert: Main Hill Road Temporarily Closed

on December 26, 2018 - 10:04am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that the Main Hill Road is temporarily closed due to snow.

Both west and eastbound lanes will be closed until the roadway has been cleared.

 N.M. 501, the Truck Route, is open at this time.

LAPD issues the following reminders to motorists driving in winter conditions:

  • Maintain a safe following distance;
  • Slow down;
  • Watch for black ice; and
  • Brake slowly.

Give Your Family The Gift Of Cultural Understanding – Host An Exchange Student!

on December 23, 2018 - 7:24am
ASSE News:
 
Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year.
 
ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!
 
Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host! You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
 
Each ASSE student

Letter To The Editor: Public Transit Vital To New Mexico Veterans

on December 23, 2018 - 6:58am
By RICHARD AGUINO
Veteran and Former AARP Staff Member
 
As a veteran and an advocate for those on tribal lands, as well as an advocate for the elderly, I have seen firsthand the need for public transit across rural New Mexico.
 
Personally, I have relied upon public transit for years, to get me to and from work, to get me to different communities, and to get me to medical appointments at the VA.
 
During my time advocating for improved transit and utilizing transit, I have been afforded the opportunity to cross paths with many just like myself and to hear their stories.

Europe 2019 Coffee And Holiday Craft Sales At LANB

on December 18, 2018 - 10:20am

Stop by the LANB lobby, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel to Europe in 2019. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Looking for meaningful holiday gifts? The Europe 2019 Holiday Craft and Coffee Sale will be in the lobby of LANB, noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Stop by LANB to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel and have a free cup of coffee.

Coffee is a perfect gift for the holidays and a great way to support local youth on educational travel. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz.

Alamogordo Offers Affordable Basecamp For Getaway

on December 13, 2018 - 8:33am
Alamogordo. Courtesy photo
 
TRAVEL News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Located less than a half-hour drive away from one of the southernmost ski areas in the United States, Alamogordo offers a wide array of affordable lodging and dining options, as well as exciting and memorable attractions.
 
Alamogordo serves as an ideal basecamp for an adventurous winter trip, with plenty of activities to keep every member of the family entertained.  
 
“Oftentimes, the holiday season and winter months involve spending large amounts of money to make memories,” said Michelle Brideaux, Communications & Marketing

Rio Arriba County Emergency Services Issues High Wind Warning Today Through 8 a.m. Thursday

on December 12, 2018 - 7:19am

WEATHER ALERT:

A powerful upper level disturbance will approach New Mexico late today, bringing in a fast-moving cold front. Strong winds will take shape late this afternoon and peak as the cold front moves in from the north and northwest tonight.

Occasional wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph will be common in the vicinity of the cold front, and some higher mountain peaks of central and southern New Mexico could observe a few gusts close to 70 mph. The very strong winds will create difficult driving conditions, and could cause damage to utility poles, roof tops, and any frail structures.

Update: County Manhole Adjustment Project Has Been Canceled And Rescheduled For Spring

on December 10, 2018 - 8:08am

Manhole Project sheduled for spring. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

A manhole adjustment project originally scheduled to begin today, Dec. 10, has been rescheduled for spring.

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be working with contractor Cisneros Concrete to adjust manholes in the following locations:

Los Pueblos: 

  • 1830 Los Pueblos
  • 1875 Los Pueblos

Sumac Lane:

  • Intersection of Sumac and Maple
  • 27 Sumac Lane
  • 48 Sumac Lane

Maple Drive                                               

  • Intersection of Maple & Aspen
  • 103 Maple Dr.
  • 119 Maple Dr.
  • 127 Maple Dr.
  • 151 Maple Dr.
  • 152 Maple

State Farm: Winter And Holiday Driving Safety Tips

on December 9, 2018 - 8:32am
SAFETY TIPS:
 
This holiday season, roads are extra busy with shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers traveling to social events to see family and friends. Add to that some bad weather and you have a recipe for distractions and possible car crashes.
 
It also is the season to remain vigilant about the dangers of winter driving and aggressive holiday drivers.
 
Remember these key winter road condition and holiday driving safety tips from from State Farm®:
 
  • Slow down. Bridges and overpasses freeze first, so take it slow and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction. 
  • Keep windows clear.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.29 Million To North Central Regional Transit District From DOT

on December 8, 2018 - 8:39am
NCRTD News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1.29 million grant to New Mexico to fund improvements to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) in Española.
 
The award, which comes through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants program, will enable North Central RTD to build a maintenance facility, standalone vehicle wash bay, and fueling station.
 
“The North Central Regional Transit District is

UNM-LA Campus On Two-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:39am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is on a 2-hour delay today.

The campus will open and classes will resume at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos National Laboratory On 2-Hour Delay

on December 7, 2018 - 7:28am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed start.

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

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:17am

Courtesy/LAPS

Winter Storm To Impact NM Tonight Through Saturday

on December 6, 2018 - 8:07pm

Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports that a storm system will bring winter weather impacts to portions of New Mexico starting tonight and lasting into Saturday.

Ice accumulations may cause significant travel impacts and isolated power outages, especially across east-central and southeast New Mexico. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for portions of New Mexico as a result.

Key Impacts:

  • Significant travel impacts possible for parts of east-Significant travel impacts possible for parts of east-central and southeast New Mexico from ice

Oops...

on December 3, 2018 - 7:57am

It appears a motorist had an unfortunate encounter with the American Legion sign spotted Saturday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NIJ Examines Ways To Improve Officer Safety In Vehicles And On Roadways

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice has published an article examining the results of two projects; one that studied the circumstances behind law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in vehicle crashes and roadside incidents and a second report that conducted an evaluation of an enhanced vehicle safety program.
 
The research is the result of a ten-year collaboration between NIJ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which seeks ways to improve officer safety on the roadways.
 
More information about the

State Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In December

on November 28, 2018 - 5:51am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.
 
NMSP 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.

Asphalt Repair Work On Iris Moved To Wednesday

on November 27, 2018 - 4:01pm

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances with the asphalt plant, the repair on Iris Street is re-scheduled for Wednesday.

COUNTY News:

Crews with the Los Alamos County Public Works Department will repair asphalt displaced during recent utility work on Iris Street.

Work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Note: Parking on Iris Street is prohibited until work is complete.

Full access to Iris Street will be restored by late afternoon Tuesday.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

East Jemez Road/NM 4 Intersection May Be Modified

on November 22, 2018 - 7:52am
Conceptual design plan of one of the options for the intersection at East Jemez Road and N.M. 4. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Traffic accidents and long lines of cars alternating between shuffling forward and braking are a common occurrence at the intersection of East Jemez Road and N.M. 4.
 
The NNSA Los Alamos Field Office is addressing these issues as well as improving transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
 
A proposed option is currently being pursued by the field office.

Red Cross Tips For Safer Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 17, 2018 - 10:19am
 RED CROSS News:
 
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones.
 
Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday.
 
COOKING SAFETY
 
Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires.

Traffic Alert: Utility Work On Iris Street Monday

on November 16, 2018 - 6:02pm

Traffic Alert:

Natural gas crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will repair a gas line on Iris Street, just west of the 9th Street intersection behind the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

Work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m. Monday.

Crews will excavate a section of road to repair the gas line on the south side of Iris behind the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Iris will be blocked to all traffic between the tennis courts and Aspen Apartments, just west of 9th Street.

RTD Blue Buses Thanksgiving Closures

on November 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD "Blue Buses" will not be in operation Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, the 255 Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe WILL operate both days.
 
The RTD Mountain Trail will transition to its Winter Schedule beginning Thanksgiving Day to coincide with the season open at Ski Santa Fe.
 
The Mountain Trail bus provides seven roundtrips on weekends and three roundtrips, Monday through Friday from stops around downtown Santa Fe to the Santa Fe National Forest and Ski Santa Fe.

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