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RTD 255 Mountain Trail Resumes Service

on July 15, 2018 - 8:52am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that service for the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route resumed its regular schedule Saturday with the reopening of the Santa Fe National Forest and Hyde State Park.
 
The RTD “Blue Bus” 255 Mountain Trail provides service from points throughout downtown Santa Fe up Hyde Park Road through Hyde State Park and into the Santa Fe National Forest. Bus stops along the route provide access to trailheads and picnic areas, service concludes at Ski Santa Fe.
 
Note: RTD 255 Mountain Trail buses are equipped to accommodate only 10

POSTPONED: La Vista Drive In White Rock Closed Friday

on July 13, 2018 - 11:33am

This project is postponed until further notice: DPU will close La Vista Drive just east of Yosemite to all traffic Friday at La Paloma in White Rock. Courtesy/DPU

UPDATE: This project is postponed until further notice.

COUNTY News:

Gas crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will close La Vista Dr. just east of Yosemite to all traffic Friday at La Paloma in White Rock.

The day-long closure is to permit crews to repair a natural gas line in the roadway. Work is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and anticipated to wrap-up by 4 p.m. Friday.

La Paloma will remain open to both

Governor Announces Sixth Consecutive Year Of Record-Breaking Tourism Growth

on July 13, 2018 - 7:36am
Gov. Susana Martinez announces New Mexico's 2017 visitation numbers Wednesday in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that 35.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2017 – breaking the record set in 2016 of 34.4 million by one million visits. This growth marks a rise of 5.6 million trips over 2010, a 19 percent increase since Martinez took office in 2011, and the sixth straight year New Mexico has shattered its record.
 
“When more people come to New Mexico it means they’re spending

Road Work Resumes Between Truck Route And ‘Y’

on July 12, 2018 - 4:09pm

NNSA News

Paving work will resume Friday, July 13, on N.M. 4 between the truck route and the White Rock “Y” interchange with N.M. 502.

This work will result in just one lane open throughout the weekend with a pilot car to escort traffic in both directions from early morning to late afternoon.

Friday commuters may want to consider using the Main Hill Road as the most efficient route to get to and from Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Regarding the project on N.M.

Utility Work On Diamond Saturday ... Possibly Sunday

on July 11, 2018 - 6:24pm

COUNTY News:

Gas, water and sewer crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be excavating on the north side of Diamond Dr. between 35th and 37th streets to identify the location of, and if possible, repair a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Saturday July 14 and possibly continue through Sunday July 15.

East and westbound traffic will be restricted beginning at 7:30 a.m. to one lane in each direction on the south side of Diamond, while two lanes on the north side of Diamond will be closed at the construction zone. Motorists can expect some delays.

NNSA: Eastbound NM 502 Traffic Reconfigured To Ease Impacts From Road Construction

on July 10, 2018 - 3:42pm

NNSA News:

Traffic engineers are reconfiguring traffic plans on N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 to improve the rush-hour commute from Los Alamos during road construction activities.

Drivers may consider using Main Hill Road to leave LANL and Los Alamos for the next couple of weeks as today begins construction work between the intersection of East Jemez Road/N.M. 4 and N.M. 502. A pilot car will escort traffic between the two points during off-peak hours.

Engineers are planning today through Thursday to reconfigure lanes on N.M.

New Mom On The Block: Car Activities For Youngsters

on July 7, 2018 - 4:28pm

The author’s neice, Avery Jones, gets ready for a car trip. Courtesy photo

Katharine Coggeshall
Los Alamos

The idea of taking a car trip with your kids can feel like the perfect remedy for isolated mountain life. That is, until you hear the dreaded words, “He looked out my window!”, “She touched me!”, or “I didn’t need to go when we left but now I have to emergency potty!”

Car travel with kids can be a serious test of patience. But with a bit of planning you can smooth out some of the common bumps in the road. Car activities will keep your kids occupied throughout the long journey.

Mud Slide Closes US 64 From Eagle Nest To Cimarron

on July 5, 2018 - 9:01pm

NMSP News Alert:

Eagle Nest - State Police and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are working a large mud slide on US Highway 64 near Eagle Nest.

US 64 is closed from mile post 287 before Eagle Nest to mile post 309 in Cimarron. DOT is working to clear the roadway. There is currently no estimate of how long the closure will last.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area or seek an alternate route.

Excavation Work Diamond To Range Road July 17-19

on July 5, 2018 - 4:10pm

COMMUNITY News:

Cablecom, the contractor for Comcast, will be excavating to replace a damaged cable, which runs north from Diamond Drive 1,025’ to a CATV pedestal on the east side of Range Road.

Anticipated hours of construction are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 17-19. The north bound lane will be closed July 18 to excavate and intercept said cable and conduit. This will require a flagging operation. Motorists are urged to proceed with caution through this work zone.

In advance, Comcast thanks the community for its patience as it is continually striving to provide reliable communication and

North Mesa Improvements Phase II Begins Thursday

on July 3, 2018 - 4:25pm

COUNTY News:

Attention North Mesa Residents (Cumbres del Sol Subdivision) ... Star Paving will start construction activities Thursday, July 5 on the North Mesa Improvements Phase II Project.

Proposed improvements include roadway reconstruction, removal of surfacing, complete asphalt overlay, manhole adjustments, intermittent curb and gutter, sidewalks, drive pad replacement, landscape remediation and rigid electrical conduit installation on the following streets:

  • Camino Mora;
  • Camino Cereza; and
  • Camino Manzana.

Work hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

July 12 Transportation Board Meeting Canceled

on July 2, 2018 - 9:58am

COUNTY News:

The July 12th Transportation Board Meeting has been canceled.

The next scheduled meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Los Alamos COunty Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Utility Work On Diamond Drive Saturday

on June 29, 2018 - 10:33am

DPU News:

Gas, water and sewer crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be excavating on the north side of Diamond Drive between 35 and 36 Streets to identify the location of, and if possible, complete repairs to a water leak.

This investigatory utility work will occur Saturday, June 30 only. Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at the construction zone beginning at 7:30 a.m. and restored to two lanes by evening. Motorists can expect some delays.

If crews are not able to complete repairs Saturday, repair work will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

RTD Blue Buses Not In Service On July 4 Holiday

on June 28, 2018 - 11:58am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
 
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 counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española, the Towns of Taos and Edgewood, and the Village of Chama; as well as the Pueblos

AG Balderas Releases Message Of Support To New Mexico’s Muslim Community On Supreme Court Travel Ban Opinion

on June 26, 2018 - 4:19pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released a message of support to New Mexico’s Muslim community in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii:

“In New Mexico, we have a special sensitivity to the impact of racial and religious discrimination, and we will continue to welcome people of all faiths, races, nationalities, gender identity and backgrounds here—despite the Muslim ban the high court upheld today.

East Jemez Road Commuters Face Traffic Delays

on June 25, 2018 - 7:46am

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. crews worked through the weekend on East Jemez Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Commuters to and from Los Alamos are noticing delays along NM 4 and East Jemez Road since road improvement work recently commenced.

Work is expected to continue through October on several sections of highway from east of the Omega Bridge to the Totavi service station on NM 502 under a $7 million contract with Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road work is being funded under a settlement agreement reached

Public Transportation Key To Boosting Health For Aging New Mexicans

on June 24, 2018 - 10:12am
By Stan Cooper
AARP Volunteer
NM Transit Association Board Member 
 
Most of us take for granted that we can wake up each day, get in our car, drive to work, drive home, drive to the grocery store or to a movie, and get wherever we want to go. But for some of us, the time will come when we can no longer drive a car and we must give up the keys.
 
The loss of a vehicle can often lead to cases of isolation, which causes a decrease in physical activity, and mental engagement.

Governor Announces New Ad To Combat DWI

on June 23, 2018 - 5:14am
Don't drink and drive ... period. Courtesy photo
 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new TV ad to fight DWI in New Mexico reminding New Mexicans that there is no excuse making it okay to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
 
Martinez also announced the start of 100 Days and Nights of Summer – an increase in law enforcement presence to crackdown on DWI and other dangerous driving habits on New Mexico’s roads and highways.
 
“There are absolutely no excuses for driving drunk – not only do you put your own life in danger, but everyone else on the

RTD Provides Special Event Service To Wine Fest At Las Golondrinas June 30 - July 1

on June 22, 2018 - 7:10am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District’s (NCRTD) RTD “Blue Bus” will provide special event bus transit services for the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, June 30 and July 1.
 
The fare free service will include a downtown shuttle providing nine roundtrips per day beginning at 11:10 a.m.

NMTA Celebrates National Dump The Pump Day

on June 21, 2018 - 9:29am
 NMTA News:
 
SANTA FE Today is the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day—a day dedicated to showcasing the benefits of riding public transit, including cost-effectiveness, saving commuters money and convenience.
 
In celebration of the national initiative, the New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) has partnered with transit agencies from around the state to encourage New Mexicans to utilize public transit instead of relying on a personal vehicle.
 
According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report, individuals who use public transit

New Mexicans Encouraged To Ride Public Transit And Dump The Pump June 21

on June 17, 2018 - 7:11am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
 
To encourage New Mexicans to do their part, transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico will converge 6-9 a.m., June 21, at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe, for coffee, donuts and giveaways.
 
Come join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (Blue Bus), NMDOT Park & Ride, Rio Metro

Lane Closure/Flagging Operation On Todd Loop Today

on June 14, 2018 - 8:00am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will partially close Todd Loop today in White Rock.
 
A flagging operation will commence 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while crews close a section of road for repairs.
 
Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Soaring Gas Prices Lead Drivers To 'Dump The Pump'

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am
APTA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Gasoline prices are on the rise, which sets the stage for more people to participate June 21 in this year’s annual Dump the Pump Day.
 
Public transportation agencies nationwide will be encouraging commuters in their community to try public transit to avoid high gas prices.
 
The average annual savings is $10,160 for a person who switches his or her daily commute from driving to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report.

U.S. Sen. Udall Advances Amendment To Ensure Southwest Chief Has Access To Federal Funding

on June 9, 2018 - 5:51pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced his bipartisan amendment to help ensure Amtrak’s Southwest Chief can continue to access federal funding for critical repair work.
 
The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup.
 
In March, members of the New Mexico delegation announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) had awarded New

Bandelier Offers Beauty, History, Great Day Outdoors

on June 7, 2018 - 8:38am
Young visitors at Bandelier climb a ladder to a cavate. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shady spot near the Bandelier Visitor Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bandelier National Monument offers a great day out for old and young despite Stage III fire restrictions in the area. Although the back country is closed, the Main Loop, Falls, Alcove House, Frey, Tsankawi and Burnt Mesa trails remain open.

Diamond Drive North And South Pedestrian Overpass Closure June 11-25

on June 6, 2018 - 8:25am

COUNTY News:

The North and South Pedestrian Overpasses on Diamond Drive will be closed for a resurfacing project starting June 11 and will re-open June 25.

This project will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic. Pedestrians wishing to cross Diamond Drive should utilize the crosswalks.

Those who use the North Overpass should cross at the Sandia Drive crosswalk. Those who use the South Overpass should cross at the Canyon Road crosswalk.

Motorists are urged to drive safely through this section as pedestrian traffic will increase through these crosswalks.

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