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Alert: Traffic Signal Mast Arm Pole Replacement On Diamond At Arkansas Sept. 15-16

on September 6, 2018 - 10:02am

COUNTY News:

Traffic and Streets will be working with vendor Bixby Electric to replace a mast arm pole on the traffic signal on Diamond Drive at Arkansas Avenue.

The project will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and end by 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Traffic heading south on Arkansas Avenue to the Diamond Drive intersection will be detoured to 41st Street to Alabama Avenue. Westbound traffic on Diamond Drive will note a bike lane closure and a right lane closure. Traffic will be diverted to the left most lane.

There will be temporary traffic light outages and 3-way stop signs will be in

NM 502 / NM 4 Re-construction Project In Final Stretch

on September 4, 2018 - 5:03pm

NNSA/DOE News:

Road crews expect to complete the paving portion this week of the N.M. 502 road re-construction project.

Striping – the final piece of the summer-long project – will take place next week.

Striping, which includes a shadow car following the striping truck, will take place this week and next week, alternating between East Jemez, N.M. 4, the N.M. 4 to N.M. 502 ramp, and both sides of N.M. 502.

Commuters are asked to continue following traffic signs and speed limits during the last phase of this project.

For the current week, crews will mill and fill the middle lane of

Hail Storm Hammers Downtown Los Alamos

on September 4, 2018 - 1:40pm

A strong hail storm is hammering downtown Los Alamos and motorists are urged to drive with caution. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Luján Leads Efforts To Support Southwest Chief Line

on September 4, 2018 - 6:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) sent bipartisan letters to Amtrak Headquarters and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) expressing support for the Amtrak Southwest Chief Line.
 
The letter to THUD requests the inclusion of the bipartisan Senate amendment that provides $50 million for maintenance and safety improvements along the Southwest Chief route in the final THUD Appropriations bill.
 
In the letter to Amtrak, the Members ask for Amtrak to continue to commit

Hargreaves And Fry Embark On Haiti Mission Trip

on September 4, 2018 - 6:12am
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
 
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos
 
Katherine Fry and friend Elizabeth Hargreaves make one divine duo, as they head to Haiti on a mission trip of hope and healing during September.
 
Fry has herself recently had some personal healing, having knee surgery.
 
“I am grateful for the ability to have a knee replacement, to be able to see a medical doctor when I want/need to, without waiting for weeks or months and not having to walk great distances on a dirt road to see a medical professional,” Fry said. “That includes;

Scenes From White Rock Senior Center Car Show

on September 3, 2018 - 7:15pm

Many different classic cars were on display Aug. 25 at the White Rock Senior Center Car Show. From the Model T to the Rousch Mustang, all seem to have a story to tell. If you look and listen closely, the car just might share its story with you. Photo by Tammy Jimines

World’s Greatest Grampa Dick Basinger and his 65 Mustang. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Voyle and his Rousch Mustang. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Ghost Ranch Tours: Trail Rides, Fun On Highway 84

on September 2, 2018 - 9:37am

Trail riders enjoy O’Keefe Country. Courtesy/NMTD

TRAVEL News:

Ghost Ranch has a long history that started with the history of cattle rustlers. They would steal local herds and take them to the deep canyons then spread stories of witches and ghosts in the area to avoid searches of their property.

The name Rancho de los Brujos stuck and eventually became Ghost Ranch. The stories of Ghost Ranch are as colorful as the iconic hills surrounding the education and retreat center.

Georgia O’Keeffe Connection

Many visitors have graced the grounds of Ghost Ranch and one of the most widely

Update: New Mexico State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40 … Death Toll Rises To Eight

on August 31, 2018 - 6:02pm

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal collision around 12:30 p.m., Thursday involving a semi-tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County. Interstate 40 westbound was completely closed for approximately eight hours because of this crash and subsequent investigation.

This crash scene occurred in a rural area between Gallup and Grants, NM.

Traffic Alert: Utility Work On Diamond Saturday

on August 31, 2018 - 5:27pm

COUNTY News:

Paul Parker Construction, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the north side of Diamond Drive at 35th Street to repair a water line. 

This utility work will occur on Saturday. Sept. 1 only.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions at the construction zone beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Construction should be completed by evening and all lanes open to west and east bound traffic, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Motorists can expect some delays. 

Drivers are urged to observe the speed limit and traffic

NM State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40

on August 31, 2018 - 9:13am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded Thursday to a fatal collision involving a semi-truck and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a semi-truck traveling east on Interstate 40 suffered a tire blow out causing the semi to cross the median into opposing west bound traffic of Interstate 40. The semi-truck collided head on with a westbound Greyhound passenger bus carrying more than forty-eight passengers.

So far, State Police have confirmed four fatalities.

Los Alamos Educators And Students Help Deliver School Libraries To Rural Kenya … And More!

on August 30, 2018 - 6:59am
Courtesy photo
 
By SHARON ALLEN
Los Alamos
 
School was out for the summer but these local educators were not slowing down one bit! In mid-June Nicole McGrane and Audrey Juliani (Barranca teachers), Petra Pirc McDowell (former LAPS physical therapist), Sharon Allen (retired teacher), Nicole’s daughter Kaitlyn (LAHS sophomore), and Petra’s daughter Hailey (LAMS 8 th grader) headed to far western Kenya to some small, remote islands off the shores of Lake Victoria, near the Uganda border.
 
Undaunted by the challenges of traveling in over-packed vans on unpaved, washed out roads to an

Major Portion Of NM 4 / NM 502 Road Construction Wrapping Up, Paint Crews Plan Finishing Touches

on August 28, 2018 - 3:22pm

NNSA/DOE News:

Road construction of N.M. 502 eastbound is just about complete, ending lane closures on the eastbound side for the duration of the road reconstruction project.

Crews will be adding a second layer of striping along eastbound N.M. 502 one day this week, and one day next week, during off-peak traffic hours.

On the westbound side, crews have completed the lower full-depth reconstruction and are at the mill and fill stage of the project. There will be alternating lane closures on the west side, but commuters will have two lanes open for the morning drive to Los Alamos.

RTD Closed For Labor Day Holiday Monday Sept. 3

on August 27, 2018 - 5:20pm

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, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its weekday schedule, providing two roundtrips for the day.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In September

on August 27, 2018 - 4:19pm
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico 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 2018.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events 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.

Update: NM 502 & NM 4 Road Closures Saturday!

on August 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

Courtesy/DOE/NNSA

DOE/NNSA News:

Westbound N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) leading to Los Alamos will be closed to all traffic Saturday, Aug. 25 (see map in purple). The hairpin ramp connecting N.M. 4 to westbound N.M. 502 will also be closed (see map in blue).

These traffic control measures are to allow completion of mill and inlay work on an approximately one mile stretch of N.M. 502. Signage will be posted to detour traffic around the closures via East Jemez Road (truck route).

As previously announced, westbound N.M.

US 84/285 Pavement Preservation Work – Buffalo Thunder Northbound Lane Closures Begin Today

on August 21, 2018 - 7:03am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work today on US 84/285 at milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe).

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

Starting today  US84/285 northbound lanes near Buffalo Thunder will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  There is an 11’ width restriction. This project is scheduled to be completed end of September 2018; weather permitting

TLC Plumbing & Utility: Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work In White Rock Aug. 28-29

on August 20, 2018 - 11:32am

TLC PLUMBING & UTILITY News:

TLC Plumbing & Utility will be doing a trenchless sewer line replacement Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28-29 at 558 Todd Loop S., in White Rock.

Residents encounter road closure in front of the 558 Todd Loop S., home during the length of the project. TLC will maintain access and allow emergency vehicles through as needed.

Motorists are asked to be extremely cautious and reduce speed in the area.

Comments Sought On State STIP

on August 20, 2018 - 5:37am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 4th Amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.
 
The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
 
The NMDOT has posted the 2018-2023 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until Sept.

Rocky Mountain National Park ... Worth Every Mile

on August 19, 2018 - 8:35pm

Mills Lake at the top of a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

A waterfall on the way to Mills Lake. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

 

By CONNOR HOCH
Los Alamos Daily Post
Summer Intern
 
Rocky Mountain National Park located, near Estes Park, Colo., is a great opportunity to lose yourself within the trees and the great paths that you can trek on.
 
You may encounter lots of people but they are taking in the same things as you. The park is great for everyone, people who love to hike and people who don’t.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands With Community In Raton To Support The Southwest Chief Railroad Route

on August 19, 2018 - 6:20am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich rallies with local the community Saturday in Raton to fight for the Southwest Chief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

RATON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined local elected officials and community leaders Saturday in Raton to rally in support of the Southwest Chief.

Speakers at the event included Martin Heinrich, Raton Mayor Neil Segotta, Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Colfax County Commissioner Roy Fernandez, Director of Business Operations at Philmont Scout Ranch Shelley O’Neill, and local business owner at Patchwork Phoenix Laura

Police Officers Issue Back To School Safety Reminder

on August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.

Police officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff are safe as the community transitions into another school year. 

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and students are loading and unloading. This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

Let’s work together to ensure this school year is not only safe but fun.

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

Rotary Club Features Trade Banner Exchange

on August 7, 2018 - 4:27pm

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vince Chiravelle accepts a trade banner from Rotary Youth Exchange student Christopher Koh. Koh, who is entering his senior year of high school, recently told Rotary members about his 2017-2018 school year in Santiago, Chile. His studies were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and Rotary District 5520. During his year abroad, Koh enjoyed extensive travels in Chile, as well as in Patagonia. Photo by Oliver Morris

NNSA: Officials Forced To Implement Tighter Traffic Controls On NM 502 Due To Dangerous Drivers

on August 7, 2018 - 3:13pm

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Dangerous driving by commuters ignoring road construction safety notices have forced officials to take another step to address erratic driving behavior.

State and federal officials have agreed to take whatever measures are necessary, including narrowing width of the traffic lanes along N.M 502 and further reducing the speed limit, in order to give commuters safe passage home and to work.

North Central Regional Transit District Blue Bus Promotes Health, Education, Economic Development

on August 7, 2018 - 1:11pm
By ROSEMARY ROMERO
Former Santa Fe City Councilor 

For the past 30 years, I have worked statewide and locally to address natural resource issues such as land use, water planning, forest planning and transit. Throughout the 1990s, transit was a pressing issue for Santa Fe and the surrounding communities. When I traveled the state, officials from all corners of the state were focused on transit. That is largely because transit is a regional issue for many communities.

We are a rural state, and public transit provides the opportunity for seamless connectivity between communities.

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