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Blue Buses Not In Service Dec. 22, 25 And Jan. 1

on December 17, 2017 - 5:18am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Friday, Dec. 22; Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively.

The 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, Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. (The Mountain Trail will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1.)

The weekend 305 Taos Express

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Jemez Springs Aims To Increase January Visitation With Free Discount Punch Cards

on December 17, 2017 - 5:17am

Jemez Springs. Courtesy/westerntrips

JEMEZ SPRINGS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — More than a dozen businesses in Jemez Springs are offering steep discounts and incentives to encourage visitation in the month of January with a “Spring Up to Jemez Springs” punch card, valid Jan. 2-31, 2018 only.

“January is typically the slowest month of the year in terms of visitation, mainly due to a decrease in post-holiday travel, so we are hoping to see an increase in overnight stays and are offering this free punch card to incentivize visitation,” said Village of Jemez Springs Mayor Bob Wilson.

Local Students Given Opportunity To Study Abroad

on December 11, 2017 - 9:15am
ASSE News:
 
Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.
 
Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.
 
Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.

Iceland’s Secret Solstice 2018 Announces Exclusive Performances Inside A Glacier + Lava Tunnel

on December 7, 2017 - 7:46am
Into The Glacier. Photo by Juliette Rowland
 

The Lava Tunnel Raufarhólshellir. Courtesy photo
MUSIC News:
 
Iceland’s Secret Solstice, the bucket-list music festival held during 96 hours of straight sunlight in Reykjavik from June 21-24, 2018 announces the return of their signature side events, Into The Glacier and The Lava Tunnel for their fifth edition with tickets on sale at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Thursday, Dec. 7.
 
Combining a world-class music festival with the many one of a kind attractions that the land of fire and ice has to offer, Secret Solstice will once again prove why it

County Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on December 5, 2017 - 8:13am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. LIAISONS' REPORTS
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of the November 2, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes
  • Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board
6. OLD BUSINESS
7. NEW BUSINESS
  • Approval of the 2018 Transportation Board Meeting Schedule Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board

RTD ‘Blue Bus’ Customer Friendly Trip Planner Now Available Through Google Maps

on December 5, 2017 - 8:08am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) is now offering a customer friendly trip planning feature, in partnership with Google Maps, that will offer convenience and ease in planning a trip utilizing any of the transit district’s RTD “Blue Buses.”
 
In Google Maps you can access transit directions and departure times, and have your trip planned for you.

DPU To Work On NM 502 And Airport Road

on December 1, 2017 - 5:25pm

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of N.M. 502 and Airport Road. 

Weather permitting, work will begin as soon as Monday, Dec. 4 and continue through Friday, Dec.15.

Working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, crews will upgrade equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the inside of the curb and should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Motorists are urged

NMDOT Seeks Comments On STIP

on November 29, 2017 - 6:16am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s first amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.
 
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 amendment on the internet asking for public comment until December 19, 2017. The STIP

New Mexico State Police Announces Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In December

on November 29, 2017 - 5:58am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December 2017.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Detour On East Road Wednesday And Thursday

on November 28, 2017 - 10:54am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will detour west bound traffic on East Road onto the existing median 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

The detour will be on East Road between Canyon Road and Central Avenue. East bound traffic will not be affected.

In addition to this detour, crews will cone off a section of the shoulder and sidewalk on Central Avenue at the Old Hilltop House Hotel parking lot. This will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic.

Be sure to slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

NCRTD Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

on November 21, 2017 - 6:52am

NCRTD News:

There will be no Mountain Trail service this Thursday and Friday as Ski Santa Fe has scheduled its opening for Saturday, Dec. 2.

The RTD “Blue Buses”, including the RTD Chile Line, will not be in operation Thursday or Friday, Nov. 23 and 24 in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The 255 Mountain Trail will not operate on those days. Ski Santa Fe has a scheduled opening of Saturday, Dec. 2 and the 255 Mountain Trail route will transition to its Winter Schedule on that date.

County Flagging Operation/Lane Closure At 999 Central Ave. Tuesday

on November 20, 2017 - 11:35am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be closing a section of road headed East Bound at 999 Central Ave.

A flagging operation will commence 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, while crews close a section of road for repairs.

Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Lane Closures On All Diamond Drive Intersections Extended Through Nov. 28

on November 20, 2017 - 10:45am

COUNTY News:

The project is taking longer than anticipated so lane closures on all Diamond Drive intersections have been extended through Nov. 28.

The Los Alamos County Traffic Sign Crew is installing “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms at the following intersections:

  • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals); and
  • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals).

There are lane closures as the

Left Turning Lane Closure Diamond At Trinity Drive

on November 20, 2017 - 9:30am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will be closing the left turn lane at Diamond Drive onto Trinity Drive to install quick curb panels.

Expect the temporary lane closure to occur 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The County advises mortorists to slow down and proceed with caution while work is underway in this area.

NCRTD Honored By GFOA With Award For Distinguished Budget Presentation

on November 20, 2017 - 8:58am
NCRTD News:
 
For the second consecutive year, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2018 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
According to a statement by the GFOA, “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

Los Alamos Taxi For Holiday Travel

on November 15, 2017 - 2:05pm
LA TAXI News:
 
Traveling for the Holidays, need a ride to the airport or Santa Fe shuttle drop off? Los Alamos Taxi is available at 505.250.8943 or 877.264.9463.
 
Four years in business helping the small community with safe rides to and from all counties in the state of New Mexico. Los Alamos Taxi also offers local transportation including event transportation with a nice 15 passenger mini coach bus. No matter what time the pick up is, very early or late, LA Taxi is available for local and out of town car service.
 
Due to Los Alamos being such a rural community with a free bus system

Lane Closures At All Diamond Intersections Nov. 17

on November 15, 2017 - 12:05pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico—

The Los Alamos County Traffic Sign Crew will be installing “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the following intersections:

  • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals); and
  • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals).

There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal.

NMDOT To Unveil 'Move Over' Signage

on November 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
BERNALILLO The New Mexico Department of Transportation is unveiling the state’s new “Move Over” signs.
 
This comes after Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Senate Bill 76, which requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or NMDOT help trucks and equipment to slow down and get out of the lane next to the stopped vehicle if they can do so safely.
 
This new law will keep emergency responders and others safe as they help others on the side of the road.

NMDOT Announces New Electronic Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Website

on November 11, 2017 - 7:16am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced a new website where the public can find live data on projects programmed in the Departments Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 
The website is called eSTIP and can be accessed here

The eSTIP is a functional interactive web-based system that supports NMDOT’s planning and programming functions. The eSTIP System will:
  • Provide a web-based application and database customizable to meet additional state-wide requirements, which shall include all aspects of project information,

Lane Closure At North Mesa/San Ildefonso Roads

on November 10, 2017 - 6:42am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will begin patching a road Monday, Nov. 13, at the intersection of North Mesa Road and San Ildefonso Road.

Motorists can expect a single lane closure 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a flagging operation and the County will work to minimize the impact of this road construction.

Direct questions regarding the road closure to the Traffic & Streets Department at 505.663.1762.

 

Update On Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 7, 2017 - 2:20pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters Monday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

CRASH Update:

Three people involved in the two-vehicle crash around dusk Monday on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with various not life threatening injuries, according to police.

One driver was cited for failure to yield. For a period of time following the crash, travel was down to one lane in each direction. Commuters were asked to avoid the truck route that evening and to prepare for delays.

News Alert: Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters are responding to a two vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos police and firefighters are responding to a two vehicle crash on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off.

Travel is down to one lane each direction. Commuters are asked to avoid the truck route this evening and be prepared for delays.

No other information is available at this time about those involved or any injuries.

Europe 2018 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 4, 2017 - 8:08am
Last year's Europe 2017 tour. Courtesy photo
 
EFTOURS News:
 
Love fresh-roasted coffee? Want to help local students have a global educational travel experience? 
 
Graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of historical and cultural sites in Italy and Germany. All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed.  
 
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf.

Temporary Lane; Sidewalk Closures On Trinity Drive

on November 4, 2017 - 7:32am

COUNTY News:

As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be performing paving operations next week on 20th Street at the intersection of Trinity Drive.

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street, scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 10, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

NMDOT Seeks Public Input On ADA Transition Plan

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is seeking input on the draft of the 2017 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. 
 
The draft plan is intended to identify system needs and integrate them with NMDOT’s planning process, while ensuring that all of its facilities, services, programs and activities are accessible to all individuals. It is required as part of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
 
This transition plan focuses on all right-of-ways owned and maintained by NMDOT.

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