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Mountaineers Talk: Exploring Iceland On Skis April 24

on April 21, 2018 - 7:10am
During the April Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, Andy Thien will give a presentation about his two-week skiing trip on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Courtesy/Andy Thien
PEEC News:
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by adventurer Andy Thien. His presentation is Tuesday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. Thien’s talk will start by 7:15 p.m.
After reading about the backcountry skiing on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Andy Thien and five friends planned a

Europe 2018 Coffee Sales Today and Friday

on April 12, 2018 - 6:40am
"Calling all coffee drinkers and supporters of educational travel! 

Europe 2018 will be selling their Free Trade, organic coffee from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Today and Friday April 13 in the lobby of LANB.
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag, whole bean or ground in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf. Travelers get half of the proceeds. If you love kids, coffee, or travel, stop by LANB to support these amazing local graduates as they celebrate the end of high school and learn all about Italy, Germany, and Prague.

Europe 2018 travelers are especially looking forward to

Luján Announces $5.64 Million In Federal Funding For Northern New Mexico Bus Systems

on April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants, totaling $5.64 million, to fund maintenance and construction of new bus facilities in Santa Fe and Española.
“Public transportation is a vital driver of economic growth for rural communities in New Mexico. Improvements to these facilities will enable New Mexicans to continue to get to work, school, and home safely and efficiently,” Luján said.

New Mexico Transit Association Elects Los Alamos Public Works Director Philo Shelton As New President

on April 10, 2018 - 1:22pm

Newly Elected NMTA President Philo Shelton

NMTA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) has announced that it has elected Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton as president of the New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) April 8 at its annual conference in Santa Fe. Shelton replaces Tony Mortillaro who remains on the board.

Four at large positions were up for election this year. Two new members were chosen and two others were re-elected.

  • NMTA’s 10-member board now includes:
  • Philo Shelton, president, holdover member, Los Alamos Public Works Director
  • Joe

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving In Work Zones

on April 10, 2018 - 8:47am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
This also serves as a reminder that road projects across the state will start ramping up as the weather warms up.
“Our Department knows first-hand how devastating work zone crashes can be,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “We always want to encourage safe driving – especially in work zones – because it can save lives.”
In 2016, two NMDOT employees, David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, were

NCRTD To Receive $3.6 million FTA Grant To Construct New Maintenance Facility

on April 7, 2018 - 2:02pm


The North Central Regional Transit District will be the recipient of $3.6 million as part of a US Department of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant "to modernize and improve America's bus infrastructure" and construct a new 12,000 sq. ft maintenance facility at the District's Espanola headquarters.

The facility will be constructed to service the District's fleet of 65 vehicles and include a separate building to house vehicle washing bays.

Registration Open For 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

on April 6, 2018 - 8:30am

Students Ryan Aldaz, Magdalena Chavez, Austin Valentine and Lance Rivera presented the morning wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery during this year’s spring break trip to Washington, D.C. Registration is underway for next year’s 8th grade students. Sign up before June 5 and receive the Early Bird discount and travel at this year’s trip price. Call Worldstrides at 1.800.468.5899 to register. Use trip code 160851. Call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679 with questions and see Facebook, LAMS Washington DC Trip to see this year’s and previous year’s pictures.

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on April 3, 2018 - 8:12am
Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
  • Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • Approval of the March 1, 2018 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Transportation Board Chair Sriram

MRM Fall Travel Program: 'On The Trail Of Coronado'

on April 2, 2018 - 7:46am
Pueblo Ruins at Coronado State Monument. Courtesy photo
Inscription Rock at El Morro. Courtesy photo
MRM News:
The museum's fall travel/study luxury bus tour this year will be "On the Trail of Coronado" and will include visits to the ancestral Zuni Pueblo of Hawikuu, the first point of contact between Coronado and Native American tribes, El Morro National Monument where European-American settlers, Spanish conquistadors, and centuries of Native Americans created markings on the cliff face, Coronado State Monument north of Albuquerque, and Acoma Pueblo--the site of a famous battle

A Mountaineer’s Story: One Year Climbing The World’s Most Beautiful Mountains

on March 24, 2018 - 8:33am

Local adventurer Ron Morgan spent 2017 climbing mountains across the country and world. He started in June in Washington and Peru and ended in December climbing two mountains in Mexico. Courtesy/Ron Morgan

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers are hosting a talk from local adventurer Ron Morgan, who spent much of 2017 climbing mountains around the world.

The talk is at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, following the Mountaineers’ 7 p.m. meeting to discuss upcoming outings.

In 2017, Morgan set out with his climbing partners to climb mountains

North Central Regional Transit District Adds Additional Bus To Chimayo Route On Good Friday

on March 24, 2018 - 6:54am
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, March 30.
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 a.m. and the second at 9 a.m.) departing from the Española Transit Center on Paseo de Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.

Griggs: 'The Case Of The Purloined Pooch' And Other Animals Along The Way

on March 23, 2018 - 7:20am
Pecos, a 13-year-old Red Merle Aussie was dognapped and later rescued and returned to his owner. Courtesy photo

Six adorable white bundles of Samoyed fur, already showing their individual characters. Courtesy photo
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
While in New Mexico, I received an early morning telephone call from Crystal, an old friend who was living in Bend, Ore. She was moving to a farm nearer to the ocean, and wondered if I would like to help her drive a truck and unpack her studio.
So, in late summer with wildfires burning all over the Northwest,

New Marketing Manager Joins PEEC

on March 21, 2018 - 6:50pm
Rachel Landman in Alaska. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is very pleased to announce that Rachel Landman of Albuquerque has taken the marketing manager position vacated when Sandra West decided to move to an education and sustainability role at PEEC.
Landman is transitioning into the role this month, and will be working full time at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Landman has a wide variety of marketing experience, along with an environmental education background.

Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm



  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

New Mexico Democrats Announce $16 Million Grant To Repair Southwest Chief Line

on March 8, 2018 - 9:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded New Mexico’s Colfax County a $16 million grant to replace segments of aging rail line on which Amtrak’s Southwest Chief operates.
The grant, which was awarded under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, will fund critical repair work in New Mexico, Kansas, and Colorado.

La Cueva Road Closed For Emergency Repairs

on March 6, 2018 - 2:39pm

Starting immediately, La Cueva will be closed for a period of two days to conduct emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line. Courtesy/DPU


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has contracted with Paul Parker Construction to conduct emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line that crosses La Cueva Street just north of Barranca Road. 

Starting immediately, La Cueva will be closed for a period of two days at the section of road where excavation is underway. Local traffic will be rerouted on Cascabel Street to access La Cueva properties north of the closure.

Los Alamos Switchgear Substation Arrives In Town

on March 4, 2018 - 10:17am

The scene of one of two semi-trucks hauling the Los Alamos Switchgear Substation (LASS) Friday on N.M. 4. The oversize load turned onto the Truck Route, impacting traffic for approximately 20 minutes to allow the west traveling semi-trucks to cross traffic and enter the area behind the Eco Station where they delivered the LASS on a prepared pad. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Nature Center Talk: Jean Dewart On Pacific Crest Trail

on March 4, 2018 - 7:28am
Jean Dewart on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Jean Dewart will share her story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, where she covered 235-miles in Oregon.
Regardless of all the difficulties in this endeavor, Jean spent six months training with multiple experimental loads in her backpack, pouring over route maps, and planning resupply positions. Not only will her presentation cover the stories of the trail, but Jean will also share how to prepare for such a hike.
Jean is a Los Alamos hiker,

La Vista Church Members Travel To Africa

on March 4, 2018 - 7:25am
Pictured here is the final Sunday of Pastor Raul Granillo’s trip at the Area 25 Church of the Nazarene in Lilongwe, Malawi. Granillo was invited to share the message for the worship service. Almost all services in Malawi are done in both English and in Chichewan. English is the official language but many of the people only speak Chichewan. The man to his right is Pastor Chrispine Mwantey. He is the associate pastor at the church and served as the Chichewan interpreter. Courtesy photo
Three members of the La Vista Church of the Nazarene traveled Feb.

UPDATE: Oversize Load Arriving Friday Afternoon!

on March 1, 2018 - 4:38pm


Delivery of the Los Alamos Switchgear Substation (LASS) is delayed, according to officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.

The large oversize load, arriving on two commercial semi-trucks will arrive in the early afternoon Friday, March 2, rather than in the morning as stated previously.

Traffic on East Jemez Road, also known as the Truck Route, will be impacted for approximately 20 minutes to allow the west traveling semi-trucks to cross traffic to enter the area behind the Eco Station.

Flaggers on the Truck Route will be stationed and traffic control

Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Road Improvements

on February 28, 2018 - 6:38am
The Public Works Department invites the community to attend a public meeting to discuss the next phase of an upcoming road improvement project within the Cumbres Del Sol Subdivision.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Transportation Board’s regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Boards and Commissions Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
Proposed improvements include roadway reconstruction of the following streets:
  • Camino Manzana from Camino Durasnilla to Camino Uva;
  • Camino Mora from Camino Cereza to Camino Uva;

Comments Sought On State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

on February 27, 2018 - 6:55am
SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s second 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 March 16, 2018. The

Oversized Load To Impact Truck Route Friday

on February 26, 2018 - 5:50pm



  • Delivery Scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday, March 2 

Two commercial semi-trucks will be delivering an oversized load to an area west of the Eco Station at 3701 East Jemez Road., according to officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

Delivery of the Los Alamos Switchgear Substation (LASS) is scheduled for some time between 9 a.m.

LAHS Graduates Olguin And Kirk In Tokyo

on February 20, 2018 - 5:32am

Two Los Alamos High School graduates, each making the community proud in very different ways, meet up at Disney Tokyo in Japan; A1C Danekah Olguin who is serving with the U.S. Air Force in Tokyo and Alex Kirk who is playing professional basketball with Alvark Tokyo. Courtesy photo