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Memorial Day Ceremonies And Activities Statewide

on May 26, 2016 - 1:56pm

Blue Buses Not In Service Memorial Day

on May 26, 2016 - 10:44am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, May 31.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Coffee Sales At LANB Benefit Student European Tour

on May 22, 2016 - 12:32pm

Courtesy poster

EDUCATION News:

To cover final costs of their educational tour of Spain, France and Italy, 14 graduating seniors are selling bags of kosher, organic and fresh-roasted, Fair Trade coffee, at Los Alamos National Bank this week.

Stop by the lobby of LANB, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to support these amazing graduates. Travelers depart June 8, a week after graduation, to see the cultural and historical sites of the Prado Museum, La Sagrada Familia, Carcassonne, Nice, Pisa, Assisi, St. Peter's Basilica, Roman Colosseum and Pompeii.

Atomic City Transit Upcoming Schedule Changes

on May 19, 2016 - 11:57am

Atomic City Transit bus. File photo

 

COUNTY News:

Monday May 23, Atomic City Transit schedules will be adjusted in order to better provide connections with the Northern New Mexico Park and Ride buses. 

More specifically, the entire schedule will be rotated forward by 5 minutes, which will affect the timing at each bus stop. As an example, if you currently catch the bus at 7 a.m., you will catch the bus at 7:05 a.m. beginning Monday.

The new transit service plan, implemented Jan.

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

on May 5, 2016 - 9:04am
Students who were winners of essay contest and got to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during this year's Washington DC Trip. From left, James Gutierrezt, Jaimey Zerr, Lauren Poague and Jersey Zerr. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
It's time to sign up for next year's annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, DC. 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 online at www.worldstridesdiscovernow. using ID Number 132736 or call 

Boutique Air Terminates Contract With County

on April 15, 2016 - 9:35am

Boutique Air. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger announced today that he received a letter Thursday evening from Shawn Simpson, CEO of Boutique Air, terminating Boutique’s contract with the County to provide air service from Los Alamos to Albuquerque.

Boutique and the County entered into a contract last November to provide three flights a day between the Los Alamos airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ).

The letter came after conversations between Simpson and Ploeger about low passenger counts for the commercial airlines service and the need

Mesa Public Library Hosts Travel Writer Ray Bartlett April 16

on April 13, 2016 - 3:36pm
Ray Bartlett. Courtesy photo
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Travel writer Ray Bartlett will read from and sign copies of his debut novel, Sunsets of Tulum, show slides of his travels, and answer questions about writing, travel, and publishing.
 
The event, which is free and open to the public, is 2-3 p.m., April 16 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos.
 
This is Ray Bartlett's debut novel, published by Barrel Fire Press in October, 2015. Bartlett is a travel writer who has written numerous guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Insight Guide, Moon Handbooks and AA CityPack over a career

Griggs: A Visit To The Ancient Mayan City Of Copán

on April 8, 2016 - 10:09am

A dazzling, full-sized replica of the Rosalila in the Copán Museum of Mayan Sculpture. Although today they are weathered gray stone, the original buildings were colorful, elaborate theater sets proclaiming the glory of the city. Photo by talk2winik

 

By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Forign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

In 1839, the intrepid explorers Stephens and Catherwood hacked their way with machetes through the jungles of Central America. Amid the steaming green foliage and the towering ceiba trees, spider monkeys swung from vines and brilliant scarlet macaws flew through the trees.

Scenes From Carlsbad Caverns

on April 2, 2016 - 9:21am
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Millicent Rogers Museum's 2016 Travel Program

on March 29, 2016 - 7:53am
MRM News:
 
The Millicent Rogers Museum is sponsoring two different trips this year: “On the Trail of the Anasazi: Four Corners Archaeology for Non-Archaeologists” Sept. 10-16 and “On the Trail of the Hopi” Oct. 15-21.
 
“On the Trail of the Anasazi” will include guided visits to Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Chaco Canyon and Aztec, New Mexico, Chimney Rock and Mesa Verde, Colorado, Newspaper Rock and Hovenweep, Utah and The Anasazi Heritage Center in Cortez, Colorado and the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah.

'Blue Bus' La Cienega Pilot Route Launches March 28

on March 26, 2016 - 5:08am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), operator of the RTD “Blue Bus,” will kick-off its six-month pilot service Monday from the La Cienega Valley to south Santa Fe.
 
The new service will offer three roundtrips per day, Monday through Friday, with one early morning, midday and late afternoon. Service will be from La Cienega and La Cieneguilla with stops at Las Golondrinas, 599 Rail Runner Station, Santa Fe Place Mall, Walmart, the Santa Fe Outlet Mall, VA Clinic on Bruckner Rd. and New Mexico Human Services.
 
Santa Fe Place Mall provides connecting service to Santa Fe

Griggs: Tangier & Chefchaouen - Last Weeks In Morocco

on March 24, 2016 - 9:32am
Lighthouse at Cape Spartel, a few kilometers west of Tangier. An imaginary line between Cape Spartel in Morocco and Cape Trafalgar in Spain delineates the western side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com   
 

David Griggs with the Tangier harbor in the background. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has been very active in upgrading the port facilities and city of Tangier in general. Courtesy photo

 

By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Was that William S. Burroughs at the next table?
 
La Petit Soco still throbs as one of the highlights of the old

RTD Adds Additional Bus To Accomodate Chimayo Pilgrams Good Friday, March 25

on March 19, 2016 - 12:58pm

NCRTD News:

In addition to its regular 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, March 25.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the Española Transit Center on Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware. The route then traverses N.M.

Williams: Numbers Don't Lie - What Do They Tell Us About Proposed Central-N.M. 502 Roundabout?

on March 14, 2016 - 4:47pm

Image by Joel M. Williams
 
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

Several days ago, I showed what the simple roundabout at Central-N.M. 502 proposed by Los Alamos County Public Works and selected by Los Alamos County Council in 2012 has "morphed" into ... a land-gobbling mammoth. It seems appropriate now to envision how this roundabout will operate.

In order to do this, we need some numbers.

NMDOT Prepares For El Santuario De Chimayo Walk

on March 14, 2016 - 2:09pm

Walkers on the road to Chimayo. LADP/File photo

NMDOT News:

  • US 84/285 Sweeping Operations Santa Fe To Pojoaque Begin Today

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin sweeping operations on US 84/285 from mile marker 186 (Jct. US 84 & NM 106/NM399) in La Mesilla to mile marker 177 in Pojoaque.

The sweeping operations kicks off NMDOT maintenance crews schedules for cleaning activities and preparation for the annual El Santuario de Chimayo Walk.

Today through March 18, motorists can expect minor delays 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.

Veterans Can Now Ride Free On NCRTD Premium Fare-Based Routes

on March 8, 2016 - 6:34pm
NCRTD News:
 
While riding on 19 of the NCRTD’s bus routes remains fare-free to all, veterans can now ride free on the District’s fare-based Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe and the weekend Taos Express, which offers express service between Taos, Española and Santa Fe, as well as two demand service routes.
 
Upon boarding any of the NCRTD fare-based routes, veterans must present a veterans ID photo badge or valid New Mexico driver’s license, with a veteran’s designation, and their fare will be waived. 
 
“Veterans have made a great sacrifice to all of us and we want to thank them for their

Learn About Assisted Transportation Services

on March 7, 2016 - 10:15am

LARSO News:

The Low Vision and Hearing Challenged Support Group will meet with a representative from Atomic City Transit to learn about the changes to assisted transportation services.

The meeting is 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The public is invited to come with questions. Atomic City Transit will have new service applications on hand.

Movement Of Large Military Aircraft To Occur On New Mexico Roads

on March 5, 2016 - 8:42am

The movement of this large, oversized load consisting of a military aircraft will move through the state this weekend and ending on Monday. Courtesy/NMDOT

The movement of this large, oversized load consisting of a military aircraft will move through the state this weekend and ending on Monday. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has announced that the movement of a large, oversized load consisting of a military aircraft will move through the state starting this weekend and ending on Monday.

The oversized load will travel through five

255 Mountain Trail Bus To Run Weekend/Holiday Schedule Daily March 7-18

on March 3, 2016 - 8:09am
RTD News:
 
In recognition of Spring Break, the North Central Regional Transit District RTD 255 Mountain Trail bus to Ski Santa Fe will be operating on its weekend/holiday schedule each day throughout the Spring Break period Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 18.
 
The weekend/holiday schedule provides seven roundtrips per day to Ski Santa Fe, rather than the normal weekday schedule that provides three roundtrips per day.
 
The fare is $5 each way, exact change required.

A Trip To India Of Contrasts: Tropical Kerala And Desert Rajasthan March 18

on March 2, 2016 - 10:15am
SFCIR News:
 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a talk and slide presentation entitled, “A Trip to India of Contrasts: Tropical Kerala and Desert Rajasthan” by Martha and Ray Wallace, former Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in India.
 
This special event is 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. in Santa Fe. The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
This presentation begins with a description of India as it exists today–some facts and figures about the country, which will be of interest to anyone planning to

Griggs: The Wet Side Of Morocco - Not To Be Mythed

on March 2, 2016 - 10:07am
David Griggs next to a cannon on the ramparts at Essaouira, where Orson Welles filmed his 1952 classic version of ‘Othello’. Courtesy photo
 
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
I apologize for the double pun in the title, and blame it all on the influence of a headmaster under whom I worked early in my career.
 
It was at this school, also, that I taught a course in Greek Mythology to a rambunctious lot of second, third and fourth graders, who loved to act out the stories of gods and goddesses and heroes and monsters.
 
So it was with great pleasure that I found myself

Boutique Air: Better Flight Times For Better Connections

on February 19, 2016 - 2:49pm
Boutique Air. Courtesy photo
 
BOUTIQUE AIR News:
 
Starting March 1, travelers will benefit from better flight schedules to Albuquerque through Boutique Air.
 
The new flight schedule still offers three daily nonstop flights between Los Alamos and the Sunport, but it increases the number of potential connections.
 
 
 
Flights start at $49 one-way. Book early for best rates. Avoid the hassle and stress of driving to ABQ. Connect to your Spring Break flight now! Remember, parking at Los Alamos Airport is FREE.
 
Great views. Convenient flights. 30 minutes. 
 
See the flight schedule until Feb. 29 at 

NCRTD Announces Presidents' Day Holiday Schedule

on February 10, 2016 - 10:32pm
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 15.
 
The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe will operate on its weekend/holiday schedule and the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley will operate on its regular 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 over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the

NCRTD Receives Unmodified Opinion With No Findings In Its FY2015 Audit Report

on February 5, 2016 - 12:51pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received an Unmodified Opinion with no findings and no carryovers as reported in its Fiscal Year 2015 Independent Auditor’s Report.

The findings, which have been verified by the New Mexico State Auditor’s office, were presented today at the NCRTD monthly Board meeting by Farley Vener, president of Hinkle and Landers, P.C., which conducted the audit.

The report issued an Unmodified Opinion with no new findings and no carryovers, marking the second consecutive year that the District audit received such designation.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Tour To Trinity Site

on February 5, 2016 - 12:03pm

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 1 and 2 for the spring opening.

The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.  Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

Bonuses include a visit to the young

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