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Nature Center Talk: Unusual Wildlife Of Madagascar

on May 10, 2017 - 8:32am

This leaping lemur, diademed sifaka, is endemic to specific regions of eastern Madagascar. Photo by Martin Cooper

PEEC News:

Local photographer Martin Cooper will share photos from his three-week visit to Madagascar, which covered four ecosystems and gave him the chance to capture images of wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, and endemic birds that are unique to the island. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Madagascar has been biologically isolated from Africa and

New Mexico Tourism Department Hosts Travel Tank

on May 6, 2017 - 12:26pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE ― In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the New Mexico Tourism Department is inviting the public to take part in Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” inspired promotional pitch competition.

The event will bring the some of the best and brightest tourism marketing minds in the state face-to-face with New Mexico’s travel writers and news media for the chance to win a story featuring their region.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is hosting Travel Tank to help promote tourism and its importance to the state’s economy.

News Alert: Crane Moving Through Los Alamos May 22

on May 4, 2017 - 4:24pm

News Alert:

Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque will be moving a crane through Los Alamos during the morning of May 22.

The Los Alamos police will escort the crane, 9-11 a.m. that day, through town on N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) to 2075 Trinity Dr. for abatement purposes.

New Mexico True Website Wins Gold Award

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico True is proud to announce its website received a Gold Hermes Creative Award in the Business to Consumer category.
 
“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “We are incredibly proud of NewMexico.org and our digital team at New Mexico True who works daily to put New Mexico’s best face forward in the tourism industry.”
 
Hermes Creative Awards recognizes the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media.

Caution: Deer Crossing Along Canyon Road

on April 30, 2017 - 10:32pm
Winter worn deer are commonly spotted crossing Canyon Road and in danger of being hit by motorists. Photo by Linda Goforth
 
Deer on Canyon Road. Photo by Linda Goforth
 
By LINDA GOFORTH
Los Alamos

Please be very careful of your speed traveling on Canyon Road. I see people going 40 though the speed limit is 35 and under, especially going through the curves.

These winter worn deer are commonly crossing Canyon Road, especially in the periods of time when there is more traffic.

They are worn and their mothers try to guide them, but even she can miss the confusing cues of tires and

NMDOT Awards NCRTD With $1.02 Million TAP Grant For ADA Transition Plan

on April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has been awarded $1.02 million dollars from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for its ADA Transition Plan under the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to modify RTD bus stops and facilities to bring them into ADA compliance.
 
For completion of the plan, it was determined that the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 planning and design services costs would come in at $40,000. Final design of the twenty highest priority bus stops and/or facilities are estimated to cost

Plows Clear Truck Route

on April 30, 2017 - 6:41am

At least three plows where spotted along the truck route clearing the road during Saturday's snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Police Dispatch Reports Main Hill Road Now Open

on April 29, 2017 - 9:11am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Dispatch just reported that the Main Hill Road was temporarily closed for snow removal but has just reopened.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution.

N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm

COUNTY News:

The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at LACPW@lacnm.us.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

NCRTD Honored For Excellence In Financial Reporting

on April 17, 2017 - 7:07am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
Acknowledged in the Certificate of Achievement was the NCRTD Finance Department including Finance Director Troy Bingham, Financial Analyst Pat Lopez and Finance Specialist Shannon Sandoval.
 
In announcing the award, NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro stated, “This is the

Griggs: Macaws On My Mind At Copán, Honduras

on April 16, 2017 - 7:31am
David Griggs poses with macaws in the interactive plaza at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Posing with lavishly colored macaws perched on my head and arms was a great photo op and the highlight of the tour. Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve is a beautiful home for rescued birds in Copán Ruins, Honduras.
 
The history of bird park began on the Caribbean island of Roatan in the 1980s.

Letter To The Editor: Some Clarification For Dowden And The Central-NM502 Roundabout

on April 14, 2017 - 12:44pm
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos
 
Yes, NMDOT is now responsible for the NM502 project design, construction, etc (via contracts).
 
Just when LA County ceased to be party to this project is not clear; at least to me. The county did spend monies to do the things from Knecht-DP to get Smith's up and running. Did that remove them from further monetary participation in the project and leave the remainder of the project with the state?
 
If the project is solely state now, then the state can exercise right of eminent domain as the one in VA did with part of a cemetery my forebears were

RTD Mountain Trail Route Goes Year Round

on April 14, 2017 - 7:37am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that its 255 RTD Mountain Trail route, which began Sept. 26, 2015 as a pilot public transit service has now been established as a year-round route.
 
The RTD Mountain Trail route provides bus transit from South Capitol Rail Runner Station to stops throughout Downtown, Fort Marcy Park and then up Hyde Park Rd. to recreational areas and businesses along NM 475 concluding at Ski Santa Fe.
 
“The NCRTD would like to thank all of the public, private and community supporters that came together to help make this

NMDOT Prepared For Annual Pilgrimage To El Santuario De Chimayo

on April 13, 2017 - 9:05am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that the Department has prepared safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayo (El Santuario).

NMDOT met with local emergency response personnel to prepare for this event and crews have been working over the past three weeks to prepare the various routes to El Santuario for pilgrims making the trek this year.

Through

NMDOT: Roadway Reconstruction Kicks Off On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara April 17

on April 13, 2017 - 8:29am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has begun roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara.

Starting week of April 17: the contactor will begin construction on the west side shoulder of NM 30. They will be working on earthwork and subgrade activities. Traffic impacts will be minimal during this time. Motorists are advised to watch for heavy truck traffic turning in and out of the work zone.

Starting week of May 1: the contractor will begin detour paving and setting wall barrier.

Letter To The Editor: Roundabout Misconception

on April 13, 2017 - 8:09am
By TONY AMSDEN
Los Alamos

I would like to clarify a misconception in the letter from Mr. Dowden (link), and add a bit of history:

As the Los Alamos Daily Post editor pointed out in the earlier letter from Mr. Antos (link), it is indeed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) that is building the roundabout (RDB) at the main entrance to Los Alamos, not Los Alamos County, because it involves an official New Mexico State highway.

The important point is that NMDOT was NEVER in favor of an RDB at that location (or anywhere on that highway), and proposed a simple signalized

Central Avenue Closed From 20th To Oppenheimer Saturday

on April 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

COUNTY News:

Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between 20th Street and Oppenheimer from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, for the safety of adults and children attending Wildfire 2017 and the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park.

Motorists should plan to use Trinity Drive or Canyon Road to bypass the closure during these hours

Letter To The Editor: Exercising Eminent Domain

on April 11, 2017 - 10:23am
By GERALD ANTOS
Los Alamos
 
Are you kidding me? Using eminent domain for a roundabout that the people of Los Alamos do not want or need is by far and away one of stupidest things our County Government will ever do!
 
I guess it's ok for a bunch of our spendthrift county councilors to do what they damn well please in spite of the total inconvenience it will cause the people of Los Alamos.
 
I personally believe that our council should put this kind of inconvenience up to a public vote that requires a 75 percent approval of citizenry of Los Alamos before they throw money at a problem

RTD Adds Bus To Chimayo Route On Good Friday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:37pm
RTD News:
 
In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 14.
 
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8:00 and the second at 8:30) departing from the Española Transit Center on Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.
 
The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

West Road Closed 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday!

on April 7, 2017 - 5:28pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as  tree trimming activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in this area.

West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.

 

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving Through Work Zones

on April 3, 2017 - 9:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation released a video in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week to encourage motorists to be safe when driving through a work zone.
 
The video features Gov. Susana Martinez, NMDOT Secretary Tom Church, and Megan Rivera, who lost her husband in a work zone crash last year. It can be viewed here.
 
“Roadway workers put their lives on the line every single day and they do it to keep our families safe,” Martinez said.

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Police Remove Unruly Passenger From Local Bus

on March 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos police arrive at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a report of an unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus that pulled over on Central Avenue near Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspected unruly passenger Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos exits the bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspect Daniel Merrill gets loud and is instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back by LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto as Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias stands by with the bus driver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos police

County Installs Safety Improvements At Rose/Nectar And Bathtub Row Intersection

on March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

In an effort to enhance safety, the Los Alamos County Traffic Division has installed new stop signs and guidance posts and devices at the intersection of Rose/Nectar and Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign and safety devices at 22nd and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

View of newly installed stop sign at Peach Street and Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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