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RTD Holiday Closure July 4

on June 30, 2017 - 7:28am
NCRTD News:
 
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
TRAVEL News:
 

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 Leanne.Salazar-Montoya@peopletopeopleleader.com for details or to begin the registration process.

 

Forty Percent Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation ... Tips To Help Return Unscathed

on June 27, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Brent W. Laartz
 
HEALTHCARE News:
 
Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.
 
Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases (www.drlaartz.com) –  failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip.
 
“While on vacation it becomes entirely necessary to be more

NNSA On Improper Shipment Sent From LANL

on June 24, 2017 - 5:04pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week.

The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Three Mountaineers’ Stories: Staycation Ideas June 27

on June 23, 2017 - 7:17am
One of the magnificent views from San Juan Basin. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Everyone looking for ways to make summer exciting and accessible is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, June 27, to hear a trio of talks about staycation ideas.
 
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will share three of their favorite local expeditions. To start, Sue Barns guidesthe audience through the San Juan Basin.

County Provides Bus Services For Friday Concerts

on June 22, 2017 - 6:40am
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

The newly-initiated Summer Concert Bus service was created to fulfill a need in the community.

 

DWI Program Coordinator Kirsten Bell explained the County’s DWI Planning Council presented to County Council a strategic plan last year.

 

The plan looked at the community’s needs and what residents seemed to be saying loud and clear was there wasn’t a way to get around town in the evenings and weekends.

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

2017’s Best States For Summer Road Trips

on June 19, 2017 - 7:12am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With 79 percent of summer travelers driving to their destination and this summer possibly being the cheapest for gas since 2005, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a pair of reports to help folks find savings along the way: 2017's Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips and Best Gas Credit Cards.
 
WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 U.S. states in terms of 22 key indicators of a fun and frugal summer road trip. The data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions.

 
 
Best States for Summer Road Trips

 

 
Worst

Los Alamos County Hosts Community Bike Ride

on June 16, 2017 - 6:57am

A group of cyclists take part in Thursday's Los Alamos County community bike ride. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

STAFF REPORT: 

 

About 20 people strapped on their bicycle helmets and climbed on their bikes Thursday to take part in Los Alamos County’s community bike ride.

 

The 3-mile ride was originally scheduled for May 19 but needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. The new date coincided with the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche Supercar To Cross The Block At Russo And Steele Monterey Auction

on June 14, 2017 - 8:41am

 

This Porsche 911 GT3 RS once owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld is going up auction. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

AUCTION News:

SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche 911 GT3 RS is up for bid Aug. 17-19 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction in Monterey. Calif.

In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, commonly now known as the 997.1 GT3. In addition to a new 415 PS (305 kW) 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the vehicle featured "zero lift"

Top Beaches To Visit

on June 13, 2017 - 5:23pm

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Staff Report

Motel 6, those legendary roadside purveyors of clean, comfortable rooms where Tom Bodett leaves the light on for you, conducted a survey this year that showed a full 25 million Americans have never seen the ocean.

And in a country that borders three oceans -- with one state completely surrounded by ocean -- that’s just a sad stat.

Even if you have seen the ocean before, likely you haven’t been to every inch of coastline this great nation provides.

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New Mexico Tourism: Nine ‘Father-friendly’ Adventures

on June 13, 2017 - 2:18pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With Father’s Day right around the corner, the New Mexico Tourism Department has compiled a list of trip ideas designed with dads in mind.

The “New Mexico True Detours for Dad” is a roundup of nine “father-friendly” adventures that will be pitched to outlets around the country to inspire summer travel for fathers and families.

To see what trips made the list of New Mexico True "Detours for Dad” and view “The Guide,” visit NewMexico.org.

“Our state is a mecca for the things that dads love most,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.

County To Host Community Bike Ride

on June 9, 2017 - 5:02pm

Route Map: ‘Dump the Pump Day’ celebrates bicycle transportation, starting at 11:30 a.m., Thursday from the Ashley Pond Pavilion. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it.

Invite your family, bring your friends and join us on a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day May 19, but was postponed due to snow.

Get On The Bus! ACT Offers Free Rides During Summer Concert Series Every Friday

on June 8, 2017 - 7:17am

COUNTY News:

Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT. Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

Summer Travel Starts With The Enchanted 8

on June 8, 2017 - 7:01am
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NMTD News:
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department unveiled a new list of road trips that will anchor summer travel in the Land of Enchantment.
 
The “Enchanted 8” is a collection of eight New Mexico True road trips designed to feed your soul (and your stomach), and beginning today potential visitors can expect to see and hear a lot more about New Mexico’s appeal for road warriors. (Read full story here).
 
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Woman Injured On Atomic City Bus This Morning

on June 6, 2017 - 9:12pm

An Atomic City Transit bus driver braked abruptly at the intersection of Diamond Drive and 38th Street to avoid a collision this morning causing a female passenger to fall forward and hit her head on a pole inside the bus. Los Alamos Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. According to Cdr. Oliver Morris, the woman sustained a cut to her head. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

County Bike Flow Trail Project Update Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 8:33am

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting aan update on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Warren: On The Road In South Dakota

on June 6, 2017 - 8:19am

Photographer Gary Warren, formerly of Los Alamos, on a road trip with his wife Marilyn, just spent about two weeks in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He spotted this young Lakota woman performing a hoop dance, which is all about her life. She is 23 years old and uses one hoop for each year so she is dancing with 23 hoops. The massive carving underway in the background is the Crazy Horse Memorial. The Lakota Indians wanted to honor one of their leaders so they hired a sculptor from Boston to carve this memorial image out of the granite mountain (like Mt.

NMDOT Announces Update To State Rail Plan

on June 3, 2017 - 6:00am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently announced the development of an updated state Rail Plan. The 2018 Rail Plan will 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.
 
The contract to complete the Rail Plan was awarded in April. The Department anticipates that the development of the Rail Plan will continue for eighteen months, concluding in the fall of 2018.
 
In order to support the Rail Plan’s development, NMDOT is

Hop On Atomic City Transit's Free Summer Concert Bus!

on June 2, 2017 - 6:14pm

COUNTY News:

Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service on Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT.

Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

Griggs: Dateline Oaxaca ... A More Leisurely Visit

on June 1, 2017 - 7:11am
Two rappers gesticulating and insulting each other to music in El Llano Park. After a particularly good zinger, the crowd would laugh and applaud. After each round, the crowd would vote for their favorite rapper. Photo by David Griggs

A roaring lion at the entrance to Parque Juarez (El Llano) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by David Griggs

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three days in Oaxaca was not enough, so this year I stretched my visit to two weeks. Hostel Don Nino at 804 Pino Suarez was once again my base of operations.

State Police Issue More Than 4,500 Traffic Citations

on May 30, 2017 - 5:37pm
NMSP News:
 
During the Memorial Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.
 
Operations over the holiday resulted in State Police officers issuing more than 4,500 traffic citations  (470 citations were for lack of seatbelt usage) and arresting 61 drunk drivers state wide. Officers handled a total of 49 crashes, one of which was a fatality.

Two-Day Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor Region In June

on May 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Mount Taylor. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which includes the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Rio Grande Travel

on May 30, 2017 - 7:13am

On the job in Los Alamos: Travel agent Margaret O'Halloran-Calabaza of Rio Grande Travel is arranging trips this summer for everything from family reunions to vacations everywhere from Cork to Cuba. Rio Grande Travel is at 911 Central Ave. For more information, click here. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

NMDOT: Statewide Click It Or Ticket Mobilization

on May 27, 2017 - 8:09am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Friday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that law enforcement across the state is participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 4. The mobilization focuses on seat belt enforcement.

“Everyone who gets into a car needs to put on their seatbelt. It could save your life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “I am proud to support law enforcement’s efforts to keep our streets and highways safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belt use saved almost 14,000 lives of vehicle

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