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Griggs: Dateline - City Of Chihuahua

on March 1, 2017 - 8:33am
Zorba the Greek. Courtesy/bibliocity.blogspot.com
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Heading south from the border towns of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, the comfortable Mexican bus navigates the eight-hour ride to the City of Chihuahua. Although I did not see any of the little dogs, which are named after the city, I did have a wonderful time exploring the sights and museums and food.
 
Casa Chihuahua
 
One of my first stops was Casa Chihuahua, the former Federal Palace and now a museum.

NMDOT Announces Upcoming Roadway Reconstruction On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara

on February 28, 2017 - 5:09pm

NMDOT News:

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

Vital Consulting Group, LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the contractor for the project. The NMDOT District Five Espanola Project Office will provide construction management and oversight of the contractor.

The purpose of the project is to reconstruct a ½ mile section of NM 30 and the intersection at Dawn Road, which will include new pavement, curb & gutter, ADA compliant sidewalk, curb ramps and crosswalks,

Story Of Texas (And Now New Mexico) Punxatawney Phil

on February 2, 2017 - 8:21am
Since his arrival in Los Alamos in October, Punxatawney Phil has been spotted all over town. Here he checks out the view on Central Avenue with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo
 
Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow this morning so he's predicting another six weeks of winter. Courtesy photo
 
By JULIE HABIGER
Los Alamos
 
My father Lawrence Strouts spends his winters in a retirement community in south Texas, and the idea of celebrating Groundhog Day with residents there came about many, many years ago.

Annual 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Spring Break Trip

on January 29, 2017 - 7:59am
 
LAMS News:
 
There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
 
This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip. Sign up by calling 1.800.468.5899 using trip ID Number 132736.
 
The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.

NCRTD MLK Holiday Schedule And Closures

on January 15, 2017 - 8:35pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) schedule and closures Monday, Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

All RTD “Blue Bus” and RTD Chile Line routes will not be in service with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe, which will operate on its weekend/holiday schedule; and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, which will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free and premium fare-based bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than

Mountaineers Meeting Features Alex Mueller On Skiing And Climbing Around The World

on January 13, 2017 - 7:14am
Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Mueller had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social time begins at  at 6:45

Alert: Black Ice On Main Hill Road!

on January 2, 2017 - 7:52am

Griggs: Dateline - Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala

on December 26, 2016 - 7:37am
By DAVID H. GRIGGS, Chaosopher
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Come South for Gold and Glory!”

What a tantalizing call to action: “Come south of the border and ride with Pancho Villa, the Liberator of Mexico!”

I was ready for a change. The brutal campaign season just ended in the States. The Wall was going up. My meager Social Security pension fund was about to be looted. And on top of that, winter was thrusting its cold shoulder onto the stage.

“Enlistments Taken in Juarez, Mexico.” Perfect – I was on my way across the Rio Grande, anyway, to build a house in Ciudad Juarez

Students' Europe Coffee & Craft Sale At LANB Today

on December 22, 2016 - 11:49am

Los Alamos students are selling coffee 1-5 p.m. today in the lobby of LANB to help raise funds for their educational travel, which this coming year includes visits to Switzerland, Italy and France. Courtesy photo

Stop by LANB for a free cup of coffee and help support Los Alamos students and their educational travel this coming year to Switzerland, Italy and France. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

"Love coffee? Looking for last minute meaningful gifts?

NCRTD Holiday Schedule

on December 20, 2016 - 7:06am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District RTD “Blue Buses” and RTD Chile Line Red Route will not be in service Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays – Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe and TSV Green to Taos Ski Valley will operate on those days.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley will operate each day, Saturday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 1, on a weekend/holiday schedule. (Both will operate on weekday schedules Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.)

The weekend 305

Northern New Mexico Air Alliance Celebrates Inaugural Flight American Airlines Phoenix To Santa Fe Direct

on December 20, 2016 - 6:00am
TRAVEL News:
 
SANTA FE  Northern New Mexico now has direct flights on American Airlines from Phoenix to Santa Fe.
 
Flight 3080 touched down at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport at 11:19 a.m. Dec. 15 and was celebrated by state and city officials, business leaders, and citizens from all over northern New Mexico. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham and Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun were among those greeting the passengers on the inaugural flight.
 
“We look forward to what we believe will be a successful addition to our service at Santa Fe

Los Alamos Taxi Offers Airport Transportation

on December 18, 2016 - 10:24pm

BUSINESS News:

During this holiday season and throughout the year, locally based Los Alamos Taxi is offering taxi service to and from the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, as well as Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and destinations in Taos, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.

“There is no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and from the airports,” owner Cindy Capelli said.

With advance notice, Los Alamos Taxi also can accommodate local riders to doctors appointments, events, parties, weddings and more.

Los Alamos Taxi also

Mountaineers Popular Potpourri Program Wednesday

on December 16, 2016 - 7:12am
Tour of Mont Blanc. Courtesy  Photo
 

MOUNTAINEERS News:

This year, the Mountaineers Potpourri is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Fuller Lodge.

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru and skiing Mt. Shasta! This “potpourri” of exciting, diverse adventures by Los Alamos Mountaineers will be featured in this month’s club meeting.

Potpourri is a heavenly stew, consisting of one part potluck and six parts 10-minute talks, simmered slowly in a delicious sauce of conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers
meeting of the year.

Accident Restricts Traffic Near Los Alamos Airport

on December 8, 2016 - 8:47am

An accident on N.M. 502 this morning is restricting traffic near the Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy photo

Local Fundraising For Europe 2016 Educational Trip

on December 5, 2016 - 6:29am
EDUCATION News:
 
Have a college student studying for finals? Want to surprise them with a fun gift? Send them a personalized care package this week.

Local high school seniors are putting the care packages together to raise funds for their educational tour in Europe next summer.

Care packages are $30 and will be shipped this Friday. They will be filled with items to help college kids through their exams such as: hot cocoa, inspirational quotes, tea, Emergen-C packets, stress balls, pens, pencils, tissues, jokes, candy, homemade goodies, a supportive note, local treats, and more.

To order,

RTD Mountain Trail Route To Ski Santa Fe Begins Winter Service Schedule Dec. 3

on December 2, 2016 - 9:51am
RTD News:
 
The RTD 255 Mountain Trail route will begin operating on its Winter Schedule Saturday, Dec. 3, to coincide with the season opening of Ski Santa Fe.
 
During the winter season, the RTD Mountain Trail provides seven roundtrips on the weekends and three roundtrips Monday through Friday from points around downtown Santa Fe, up Hyde Park Road to Ski Santa Fe.
 
Additionally, during the peak holiday times, the RTD Mountain Trail will provide weekend/holiday service of seven roundtrips per day. Those dates include Dec.

Construction Begins This Week Along East Road

on November 28, 2016 - 10:27am

COUNTY News:

The Department of Public Utilities’ contractor Parker Construction Company will be performing work starting today replacing gas and electric infrastructure along East Road, N.M. 502, between Airport Drive and Camino Entrada.

 According to Department officials, the majority of the work will take place within the airport property line and on the outside of the road bed, therefore there are no lane closures, detours or interruption of utility services anticipated. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. 

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

NCRTD Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

on November 22, 2016 - 3:12pm
NCRTD News:
 
The RTD "Blue Buses," including the RTD Chile Line in Taos, will not be in operation Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Due to snow conditions, the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route will not be operating on its Winter Schedule until Ski Santa Fe opens for the season. The Mountain Trail route will not operate Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25. The service will resume its Non-Winter operating schedule Saturday, Nov. 26 and will remain on this schedule until the opening of Ski Santa Fe.
 
For more information, visit

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on November 22, 2016 - 6:02am

In 2015, NMDOT cews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles. Courtesy photo

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced this morning that crews are ready to clear the roads and highways as the state prepares for the winter weather season.

Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles.

“Safety is absolutely our number one priority,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Our crews and equipment across the state are ready to respond to winter weather.

New 3-Way Stop Signs At Canyon Road And 15th Street!

on November 17, 2016 - 12:26pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Traffic & Streets Division of the Public Works Department has installed “all way” (3-way) stop signs at the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Motorists are urged to be cautious while traveling through this area while everyone becomes familiar with this change.

Direct questions or concerns to the Traffic & Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email lacpw@lacnm.

Road Work On Main Hill Road ... Expect Delays

on November 15, 2016 - 2:20pm

Crews are doing some road patching in the eastbound lane on the Main Hill Road today. Traaffic is being routed to the westbound lane and flagmen are stopping traffic to allow motorists to pass in one direction and then the other, but at a very slow pace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work To Begin Nov. 15

on November 14, 2016 - 5:57pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin paving operations on N.M. 502 from mile maker 5.00 to mile marker 6.40 approximately two miles east of Los Alamos. 

Starting 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, N.M. 502 will have intermittent lane closures on the eastbound and westbound lanes. Motorists can expect minor delays during this time. The paving operation work is scheduled to be completed Nov. 14; weather permitting. 

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution through the work zone, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted

NCRTD Veterans Day Holiday Closure

on November 8, 2016 - 7:07am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and RTD Mountain Trail Route will not be in service on Friday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
 
The NCRTD thanks and honors all veterans for the time they served and the sacrifices they and their families made for our country!
 
The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free and premium fare-based bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including

Central Avenue Has Reopened!

on October 29, 2016 - 4:02pm

The Central Avenue Improvements Project Phase 2 that began in July is basically complete and today the entire roadway reopened to motorists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New County Transportation Operations Manager Annette Granilllo Begins Work At Atomic City Transit

on October 24, 2016 - 10:20am

New County Transportation Operations Manager Annette Granillo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has hired a new transportation operations manager. Annette Granillo begins her new job today at Atomic City Transit.

Granillo most recently worked at the North Central Regional Transit District in Espanola. Prior to that she spent 3 years as the fixed route transit operations manager for the City of Santa Fe in which she coordinated services for the 26 fleet and 10 fixed routed route transit system, Santa Fe Trails.

Granillo attended New Mexico Highlands University.

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