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Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative Needs Community Support

on August 18, 2017 - 11:16am
Middle from left, former Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, former County Council Chair Geoff Rogers, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Manager Harry Burgess visited Los Alamos' sister city, Sarov, Russia in 2013. Courtesy photo
Students from Sarov, Russia pay a visit to UNM-LA in 2011. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post 

National news reports daily on the ongoing drama between Russian and American politicians.

SFNF: Gilman Tunnels Reopen

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
The Gilman Tunnels have reopened. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 have reopened on the Jemez Ranger District. 
Closed since mid-June, the Gilman Tunnel corridor has undergone essential safety measures following several near misses with large boulders falling into the roadway. Road crews have stabilized the cliff walls within the box canyon and removed sections of loose rock along a portion of FR 376 between mile markers 0.1 and 5.5. 
Keep in mind that although these measures have helped stabilize the canyon’s walls, weather

Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.

Griggs: Taking The Train To Los Alamos

on August 15, 2017 - 8:11am

The train station in Lamy, only a few miles from Santa Fe. Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief here. Westbound Train #3 goes to Los Angeles, and Eastbound #4 goes to Chicago. Photo by David Griggs/


Los Alamos Daily Post


Good news for train travelers: You can book a reservation through Amtrak to travel to and from Los Alamos and White Rock.


Heading for Chicago or Los Angeles? You can take Amtrak from either Los Alamos or White Rock. Calling them “Thruway Bus Connections”, Amtrak goes the extra mile and delivers you to many destinations that are not on the rail lines.



LAPD: Let's Work Together To Make School Year Safe

on August 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

LAPD News:

With school starting this Thursday, Aug. 17, the Los Alamos Police Department will be stepping up its presence in designated school zones throughout the communty.

While all drivers have a responsibility of adjusting their driving habits during school hours, parents of school children have a responsibility as well in keeping kids safe. Please pay attention to your speed and watch for children at cross walks.

Also be mindful of school busses loading and unloading children. Give yourself extra time if you are taking children to school and buckle everyone up.

Traffic is always

Documentary ‘Blood Road’ In Los Alamos Sept. 7

on August 12, 2017 - 6:37am
Lookout. Courtesy photo
Ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail with ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, as Red Bull Media House’s award-winning documentary Blood Road premieres Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave.

Blood Road captures Rebecca and her Vietnamese riding partner Huyen Nguyen’s 1,200-mile search for the place where Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was shot down in Laos more than 40 years earlier.

Get On The Bus! Free Summer Concert ACT Rides

on August 11, 2017 - 7:34am

Talk On Historic Route 66 And Book Signing Sept. 16

on August 11, 2017 - 6:47am
RGB News:
There will be a talk about and book signing for the new book – Historic Route 66: A New Mexican Crossroads.
Essays on the Hispanic Heritage of Old Highway 66, by Joseph P. Sanchez and Angelica Sanchez Clark – 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Botts Hall auditorium at 423 Central NE Albuquerque, right on dear old Central Avenue - Route 66!
The history of Historic Route 66 is much more than a line on a map; it is about the heritage of a people who lived along it.

Traffic Division Tests School Flashing Lights Aug. 15-16

on August 10, 2017 - 10:42am


Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic Division staff will be testing the school zone flashing lights throughout the community Aug. 15-16, in preparation for the beginning of school, which starts Thursday, Aug. 17.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

Comcast Improving Cable Lines On Trinity Aug. 14-16

on August 9, 2017 - 1:04pm


Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, Comcast will remove and replace aerial cable lines along Trinity Drive from 37th Street to Canyon View as part of a network improvement project for Los Alamos area customers.

Work will take place 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.15, concluding by 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 to lessen the impact on morning and evening commuters. There will be single lane closures and a flagging operation guiding traffic through the work zone.

All residents and businesses along the work corridor will receive door tags informing them of the

During County Rodeo Access To Stable Area Limited

on August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to remind all vendors, participants, visitors and stable owners, that during the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo, access to the stable area is going to be restricted. 

To enter the stables or Brewer Arena, all pedestrians and vehicles must enter off of San Ildefonso Road only. As you travel closer to the arena, you will be guided to the appropriate location for parking.

Please be safe and enjoy the 2017 rodeo activities.

Get On The Bus! Free Summer Concert ACT Rides

on August 4, 2017 - 8:40am

Alert: East Jemez Road Eastbound Traffic Blocked 6 p.m. Today Through 4 p.m. Thursday!

on August 2, 2017 - 4:29pm

Due to a water line break, eastbound traffic will be blocked on East Jemez Road beginning at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

News Alert:

A non-DPU water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station and the eastbound traffic will be blocked at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

No downhill traffic will be allowed during this time and only westbound (uphill traffic) will be allowed.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

News Alert: Water Line Break Impacts East Jemez Road

on August 2, 2017 - 11:17am

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UPDATE: The break in the eight-inch line was discovered after water was observed on the roadway this morning.

Readout Of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Trip To The West

on July 31, 2017 - 7:50am
Secretary Ryan Zinke meets with ranchers, local stakeholders on variety of topics. Courtesy photo
DOI News:
LAS CRUCES Thursday, Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior participated in Day One of his five-day trip to the Western United States.
Zinke started the morning with a helicopter tour of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, as part of his ongoing review of National Monument designations in the United States. Organ Mountains is one of the National Monuments under review in accordance with President Donald Trump's April 26, 2017 Executive Order

Public Comments Sought On STIP

on July 20, 2017 - 8:39am
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s new 2018 - 2023 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and will be implemented Oct. 1.
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 on the Internet asking for public comment through Aug.

State Transportation Commission To Meet In Milan

on July 19, 2017 - 3:04pm
SANTA FE  The State Transportation Commission will hold a meeting 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at the NMDOT District Six Auditorium in Milan, N.M.  
The six member governor-appointed commission determines policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Community members are invited to attend and time will be allotted for public comment. 
The agenda is available on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s website or by calling 505.827.5258.

Scenes From Wednesday's Aparejo Packing System Demonstration At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am

Freighter is one of two burros belonging to Ron and Pat Rundstrom who demonstated the Aparejo Packing System Wednesday evening. The event was hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Amiga, a female burro delights the audience Wednesday evening at the nature center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

All ages enjoyed the Aparejo Packing System demonstration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A large crowd came out Wednesday evening for the Aparejo Packing System demonstration

Sewer Line Repairs Completed On Trinity Drive

on July 13, 2017 - 5:12am

Trinity Drive between 4th Street and DP Road reopened Wednesday morning after being closed for the repair of a failed sewer line. The work began July 5 and was completed by crews from the County Department of Public Utilities and the Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and construction was underway up until Tuesday night. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and construction was underway up until Tuesday night. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and

New Mexico Department Of Transportation Announces Online Survey For State Rail Plan

on July 12, 2017 - 12:46pm


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan.

The survey is accessible through this link.

The 2018 Rail Plan will explore these issues to identify potential solutions. The updated Rail Plan will also describe the current state of New Mexico’s rail system, articulate a strategic vision for the future of the rail system, and identify projects and funding sources to support that vision.


Alert: Trinity Drive Closed Between DP Road And 4th Street For Two Day Sewer Line Repair Project

on July 6, 2017 - 1:32pm

COUNTY News Alert:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is closing Trinity Drive (both east and west bound traffic) immediately between DP Road and 4th Street to repair a damaged sewer line.

This section of Trinity Drive will remain closed for two days. Traffic is being rerouted on Knecht Street. 

Transportation Board Meeting July 6

on June 30, 2017 - 7:42am
The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 in Room # 110 at the Municipal Building.
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.
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the June 1, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes
Presenters: Brian O'Neil DRAFT 
6. OLD BUSINESS -Possible

RTD Holiday Closure July 4

on June 30, 2017 - 7:28am
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and the RTD Mountain Trail buses will not be in service  Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Regular service will resume Wednesday, July 5.
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 and the Towns of

People To People Travel Group To Tokyo 2018

on June 27, 2017 - 7:47am

Donna Giaquinto of White Rock, a retired educator and her colleague, practicing educator LeAnne Montoya of Medanales are leading a People to People travel group to Tokyo next year. 

There are 40 positions planned on the program. A meeting will be held in the fall for families to meet leaders, alumni and participating families. 
Contact for details or to begin the registration process.