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During County Rodeo Access To Stable Area Limited

on August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to remind all vendors, participants, visitors and stable owners, that during the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo, access to the stable area is going to be restricted. 

To enter the stables or Brewer Arena, all pedestrians and vehicles must enter off of San Ildefonso Road only. As you travel closer to the arena, you will be guided to the appropriate location for parking.

Please be safe and enjoy the 2017 rodeo activities.

Get On The Bus! Free Summer Concert ACT Rides

on August 4, 2017 - 8:40am

Alert: East Jemez Road Eastbound Traffic Blocked 6 p.m. Today Through 4 p.m. Thursday!

on August 2, 2017 - 4:29pm

Due to a water line break, eastbound traffic will be blocked on East Jemez Road beginning at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

News Alert:

A non-DPU water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station and the eastbound traffic will be blocked at 6 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

No downhill traffic will be allowed during this time and only westbound (uphill traffic) will be allowed.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

News Alert: Water Line Break Impacts East Jemez Road

on August 2, 2017 - 11:17am

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UPDATE: The break in the eight-inch line was discovered after water was observed on the roadway this morning.

Readout Of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Trip To The West

on July 31, 2017 - 7:50am
Secretary Ryan Zinke meets with ranchers, local stakeholders on variety of topics. Courtesy photo
DOI News:
LAS CRUCES Thursday, Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior participated in Day One of his five-day trip to the Western United States.
Zinke started the morning with a helicopter tour of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, as part of his ongoing review of National Monument designations in the United States. Organ Mountains is one of the National Monuments under review in accordance with President Donald Trump's April 26, 2017 Executive Order

Public Comments Sought On STIP

on July 20, 2017 - 8:39am
SANTA FE  The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s new 2018 - 2023 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and will be implemented Oct. 1.
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 on the Internet asking for public comment through Aug.

State Transportation Commission To Meet In Milan

on July 19, 2017 - 3:04pm
SANTA FE  The State Transportation Commission will hold a meeting 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at the NMDOT District Six Auditorium in Milan, N.M.  
The six member governor-appointed commission determines policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Community members are invited to attend and time will be allotted for public comment. 
The agenda is available on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s website or by calling 505.827.5258.

Scenes From Wednesday's Aparejo Packing System Demonstration At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am

Freighter is one of two burros belonging to Ron and Pat Rundstrom who demonstated the Aparejo Packing System Wednesday evening. The event was hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Amiga, a female burro delights the audience Wednesday evening at the nature center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

All ages enjoyed the Aparejo Packing System demonstration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A large crowd came out Wednesday evening for the Aparejo Packing System demonstration

Sewer Line Repairs Completed On Trinity Drive

on July 13, 2017 - 5:12am

Trinity Drive between 4th Street and DP Road reopened Wednesday morning after being closed for the repair of a failed sewer line. The work began July 5 and was completed by crews from the County Department of Public Utilities and the Public Works Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and construction was underway up until Tuesday night. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and construction was underway up until Tuesday night. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene when Trinity Road was closed and

New Mexico Department Of Transportation Announces Online Survey For State Rail Plan

on July 12, 2017 - 12:46pm


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan.

The survey is accessible through this link.

The 2018 Rail Plan will explore these issues to identify potential solutions. The updated Rail Plan will also describe the current state of New Mexico’s rail system, articulate a strategic vision for the future of the rail system, and identify projects and funding sources to support that vision.


Alert: Trinity Drive Closed Between DP Road And 4th Street For Two Day Sewer Line Repair Project

on July 6, 2017 - 1:32pm

COUNTY News Alert:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is closing Trinity Drive (both east and west bound traffic) immediately between DP Road and 4th Street to repair a damaged sewer line.

This section of Trinity Drive will remain closed for two days. Traffic is being rerouted on Knecht Street. 

Transportation Board Meeting July 6

on June 30, 2017 - 7:42am
The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 in Room # 110 at the Municipal Building.
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.
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the June 1, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes
Presenters: Brian O'Neil DRAFT 
6. OLD BUSINESS -Possible

RTD Holiday Closure July 4

on June 30, 2017 - 7:28am
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and the RTD Mountain Trail buses will not be in service  Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Regular service will resume Wednesday, July 5.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free 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 and the Towns of

People To People Travel Group To Tokyo 2018

on June 27, 2017 - 7:47am

Donna Giaquinto of White Rock, a retired educator and her colleague, practicing educator LeAnne Montoya of Medanales are leading a People to People travel group to Tokyo next year. 

There are 40 positions planned on the program. A meeting will be held in the fall for families to meet leaders, alumni and participating families. 
Contact for details or to begin the registration process.


Forty Percent Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation ... Tips To Help Return Unscathed

on June 27, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Brent W. Laartz
Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.
Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases ( –  failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip.
“While on vacation it becomes entirely necessary to be more

NNSA On Improper Shipment Sent From LANL

on June 24, 2017 - 5:04pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week.

The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Three Mountaineers’ Stories: Staycation Ideas June 27

on June 23, 2017 - 7:17am
One of the magnificent views from San Juan Basin. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Everyone looking for ways to make summer exciting and accessible is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, June 27, to hear a trio of talks about staycation ideas.
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will share three of their favorite local expeditions. To start, Sue Barns guidesthe audience through the San Juan Basin.

County Provides Bus Services For Friday Concerts

on June 22, 2017 - 6:40am
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

The newly-initiated Summer Concert Bus service was created to fulfill a need in the community.


DWI Program Coordinator Kirsten Bell explained the County’s DWI Planning Council presented to County Council a strategic plan last year.


The plan looked at the community’s needs and what residents seemed to be saying loud and clear was there wasn’t a way to get around town in the evenings and weekends.

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed


By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

2017’s Best States For Summer Road Trips

on June 19, 2017 - 7:12am
With 79 percent of summer travelers driving to their destination and this summer possibly being the cheapest for gas since 2005, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a pair of reports to help folks find savings along the way: 2017's Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips and Best Gas Credit Cards.
WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 U.S. states in terms of 22 key indicators of a fun and frugal summer road trip. The data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions.

Best States for Summer Road Trips



Los Alamos County Hosts Community Bike Ride

on June 16, 2017 - 6:57am

A group of cyclists take part in Thursday's Los Alamos County community bike ride. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




About 20 people strapped on their bicycle helmets and climbed on their bikes Thursday to take part in Los Alamos County’s community bike ride.


The 3-mile ride was originally scheduled for May 19 but needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. The new date coincided with the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche Supercar To Cross The Block At Russo And Steele Monterey Auction

on June 14, 2017 - 8:41am


This Porsche 911 GT3 RS once owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld is going up auction. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele


SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche 911 GT3 RS is up for bid Aug. 17-19 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction in Monterey. Calif.

In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, commonly now known as the 997.1 GT3. In addition to a new 415 PS (305 kW) 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the vehicle featured "zero lift"

Top Beaches To Visit

on June 13, 2017 - 5:23pm

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Staff Report

Motel 6, those legendary roadside purveyors of clean, comfortable rooms where Tom Bodett leaves the light on for you, conducted a survey this year that showed a full 25 million Americans have never seen the ocean.

And in a country that borders three oceans -- with one state completely surrounded by ocean -- that’s just a sad stat.

Even if you have seen the ocean before, likely you haven’t been to every inch of coastline this great nation provides.


New Mexico Tourism: Nine ‘Father-friendly’ Adventures

on June 13, 2017 - 2:18pm


SANTA FE – With Father’s Day right around the corner, the New Mexico Tourism Department has compiled a list of trip ideas designed with dads in mind.

The “New Mexico True Detours for Dad” is a roundup of nine “father-friendly” adventures that will be pitched to outlets around the country to inspire summer travel for fathers and families.

To see what trips made the list of New Mexico True "Detours for Dad” and view “The Guide,” visit

“Our state is a mecca for the things that dads love most,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.