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Holy Ghost Canyon Road Closes For Repairs

on May 25, 2018 - 5:57am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 122 of Holy Ghost Canyon will close to vehicle access primarily for major road repairs beginning May 30.
The gate to the Holy Ghost Canyon will close to the public for about three weeks, which places the anticipated reopening around mid-June.
The Holy Ghost Campground, Trailhead and Group Area is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and will be inaccessible by vehicle during the closure period.    
“Safety is our top priority, therefore any member of the public

NCRTD Memorial Day Holiday Closure; 255 RTD Mountain Trail To Operate

on May 23, 2018 - 11:03am
RTD News:
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
The exception will be the 255 RTD Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest which will be in operation that day.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española

Los Alamos Hillstrummers Attend 2018 Ukefest

on May 23, 2018 - 6:25am

Sixteen members of the Los Alamos Hillstrummers Ukulele group attended the 2018 Las Cruces Ukefest last weekend, attending workshops and jam sessions conducted by nationally known instructors. Back row from left, Dan Gerth, Joeilla Forman, Sabin Shurter and Ruth Lier. Middle row from left, Irene Powell, Darlene Potter, Yvonne Trujillo, Diane Little, Elise Lee, Linnea Ohlsson, Gerry Ohlsson and Greg Rand. Front row from left, Doris Ford, Patricia Rathbone, Jeanette Mortensen and Chris Rand. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Participates In Click It Or Ticket And Seatbelt Awareness Initiative

on May 21, 2018 - 12:41pm
SANTA FE ― Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the kick off to the National Click It or Ticket seatbelt crackdown, which runs through June 3.
Additionally today, New Mexico law enforcement agencies will partner with agencies across the nation for a one-day national seat belt awareness event – called Border to Border (B2B).
“It’s important that we remind people that just putting on their seatbelt could save their life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said.

Shuttle Service To Bandelier Begins Thursday May 17

on May 16, 2018 - 4:39pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 17 to Oct. 17. Courtesy/NPS
It's been a very busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. So busy that there's just not enough parking in the Frijoles Canyon parking areas near the Visitor Center! 
Shuttle service starts back up Thursday, May 17. As well, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and the Los Alamos County White Rock Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The shuttles are free, have really big windows

NMDOT Releases Draft New Mexico Bike Plan And Will Host Public Meetings

on May 16, 2018 - 7:50am


SANTA FE – NMDOT has released the first draft of the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan) on the project website and will be hosting three public meetings to share the draft.

Meeting times and dates:

Where: City of Santa Fe Railyard Offices, 500 Market Street, Suite 200 in Santa Fe
When: May 21, 2018
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: County Commission Chambers, 845 Motel Bivd., in Las Cruces
When: May 15, 2018
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th S. NM in Albuquerque
When: May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

These meetings

From Paleontology To Pupfish ... Oddities Of White Sands Win Second Annual Pitch Competition

on May 15, 2018 - 2:34pm
Courtesy photo
NMTD News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department hosted its second annual Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” style pitching competition that brings tourism professionals from all over the state face-to-face with top-tier travel writers for the chance to win media coverage for their unique story idea.
“Building upon last year’s momentum, Travel Tank 2.0 was great,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.

PEEC: Three Days Exploring Geology Of Sierra Blanca

on May 14, 2018 - 8:56am
View of Sierra Blanca Peak from Lookout Mountain, one of the stops on an upcoming geology tour from PEEC and Fraser and Cathy Goff. These features form part of the roof of Three Rivers Stock. The tour will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and explore the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New Mexico. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff are offering an exciting three-day field trip to examine the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New

LAPS Teams Compete In National Science Bowl

on May 13, 2018 - 7:44am
Sponsors Kathy and Steve Boerigter and the LAHS team. Courtesy photo
Sponsor Lindsey Fullop and the LAMS team. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Two teams of sharp students from Los Alamos Public Schools represented New Mexico at the National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.
After winning their respective regional competitions, both teams were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition to go head-to-head with some of the best teams from around the US.
Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy

Transportation Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Today

on May 3, 2018 - 7:34am
Los Alamos County Transportation Board will meet  at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public
Approval of the April 5, 2018 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Sriram Swaminarayan, Chair of the Transportation Board

6. OLD BUSINESS -Possible Action

7. NEW BUSINESS - Possible Action
Update - Airport Projects Presenters: Cameron Humphres, Airport Manager

Griggs: Headlamps In The Rain Forest

on May 3, 2018 - 6:34am
Photo by David Griggs
By David H. Griggs
Los Alamos Daily Post
The pickup truck maneuvers slowly along the winding, rain slicked road. Towering Douglas-fir trees rise on the bordering hillsides. Across a narrow stream, headlamps peer through the tangled undergrowth covering the old car. Welcome to the Temperate Rain Forest in the Oregon Coast Range.
Most of us have heard of tropical rain forests. Images of humid jungles, howler monkeys, and lost civilizations spring to mind. But there are temperate rain forests, too. The largest temperate rain forest in the world is located here in

NMDOT Recognizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness

on May 2, 2018 - 5:06am
SANTA FE Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation recognized the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which runs throughout the month of May.
The Department encourages New Mexico drivers to share the road and look for motorcyclists as they travel the state’s roads and highways.
“It’s important that all motorists are always paying attention and on the lookout for motorcyclists,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “We want everyone to feel safe on New Mexico’s roads and highways and to always remember one look can save someone’s life.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham On FAA Reauthorization

on April 29, 2018 - 2:19am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement regarding the FAA Reauthorization that passed the House by 393-13 Saturday:

“Maintaining a modern, safe, and reliable aviation system is a priority of mine, and passing a long-term reauthorization of the FAA is critical to ensure that high quality airport infrastructure, security improvements, and consumer protections are available to all Americans.

“This reauthorization is also an economic driver that benefits urban and

New Mexico True: Summer Of The Mother Road

on April 28, 2018 - 5:26am
Courtesy photo
NMT News:
SANTA FE From its earliest days of designation in 1926, Route 66 revolutionized vehicular travel in the United States by providing an interregional link for travel out west.
Throughout the midcentury, urban dwellers took to the Route to experience an undiscovered part of America, now more accessible from the comfort of their own personal vehicle. From this era, the modern day road trip was born and millions of Americans got their first taste of the landscapes, culture and cuisine that set New Mexico apart from all other states along Route 66.

Spring Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on April 28, 2018 - 3:54am
Fort Selden Historic Site. Courtesy/NM Department of Cultural Affairs
Navajo and Mescalero Apache Gourd Dancers honoring their ancestors through a memorial song. Courtesy/NM Department of Cultural Affairs.
NMHS News:
New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a lot to offer the weekend of Mother’s Day. Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West at Fort Selden Historic Site Saturday or enjoy a gourd dance at the Fort Sumner Historic Site.
Take Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at Fort Stanton Historic Site Sunday. 
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Realize It Could Be Worse...

on April 23, 2018 - 10:54am
In years past we would frequently take our dogs whenever we traveled by car. We enjoyed the road trips and our Poodle and our Portie would lay contentedly and cooperatively in the back seat. Then we adopted the Plott Hound.
Prior to our adoption, the Plott was found roaming on Orange Street. He was captured and detained at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. From the animal shelter the Plott would howl, and howl, and howl. My husband heard the howl from the dog park and decided to investigate. It was love at first sight.

Mountaineers Talk: Exploring Iceland On Skis April 24

on April 21, 2018 - 7:10am
During the April Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, Andy Thien will give a presentation about his two-week skiing trip on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Courtesy/Andy Thien
PEEC News:
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by adventurer Andy Thien. His presentation is Tuesday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. Thien’s talk will start by 7:15 p.m.
After reading about the backcountry skiing on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Andy Thien and five friends planned a

Europe 2018 Coffee Sales Today and Friday

on April 12, 2018 - 6:40am
"Calling all coffee drinkers and supporters of educational travel! 

Europe 2018 will be selling their Free Trade, organic coffee from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Today and Friday April 13 in the lobby of LANB.
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag, whole bean or ground in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf. Travelers get half of the proceeds. If you love kids, coffee, or travel, stop by LANB to support these amazing local graduates as they celebrate the end of high school and learn all about Italy, Germany, and Prague.

Europe 2018 travelers are especially looking forward to

Luján Announces $5.64 Million In Federal Funding For Northern New Mexico Bus Systems

on April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants, totaling $5.64 million, to fund maintenance and construction of new bus facilities in Santa Fe and Española.
“Public transportation is a vital driver of economic growth for rural communities in New Mexico. Improvements to these facilities will enable New Mexicans to continue to get to work, school, and home safely and efficiently,” Luján said.

New Mexico Transit Association Elects Los Alamos Public Works Director Philo Shelton As New President

on April 10, 2018 - 1:22pm

Newly Elected NMTA President Philo Shelton

NMTA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) has announced that it has elected Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton as president of the New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) April 8 at its annual conference in Santa Fe. Shelton replaces Tony Mortillaro who remains on the board.

Four at large positions were up for election this year. Two new members were chosen and two others were re-elected.

  • NMTA’s 10-member board now includes:
  • Philo Shelton, president, holdover member, Los Alamos Public Works Director
  • Joe

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving In Work Zones

on April 10, 2018 - 8:47am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
This also serves as a reminder that road projects across the state will start ramping up as the weather warms up.
“Our Department knows first-hand how devastating work zone crashes can be,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “We always want to encourage safe driving – especially in work zones – because it can save lives.”
In 2016, two NMDOT employees, David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, were

NCRTD To Receive $3.6 million FTA Grant To Construct New Maintenance Facility

on April 7, 2018 - 2:02pm


The North Central Regional Transit District will be the recipient of $3.6 million as part of a US Department of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant "to modernize and improve America's bus infrastructure" and construct a new 12,000 sq. ft maintenance facility at the District's Espanola headquarters.

The facility will be constructed to service the District's fleet of 65 vehicles and include a separate building to house vehicle washing bays.

Registration Open For 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

on April 6, 2018 - 8:30am

Students Ryan Aldaz, Magdalena Chavez, Austin Valentine and Lance Rivera presented the morning wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery during this year’s spring break trip to Washington, D.C. Registration is underway for next year’s 8th grade students. Sign up before June 5 and receive the Early Bird discount and travel at this year’s trip price. Call Worldstrides at 1.800.468.5899 to register. Use trip code 160851. Call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679 with questions and see Facebook, LAMS Washington DC Trip to see this year’s and previous year’s pictures.

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on April 3, 2018 - 8:12am
Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
  • Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • Approval of the March 1, 2018 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Transportation Board Chair Sriram