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Get On The Bus! ACT Offers Free Rides During Summer Concert Series Every Friday

on June 8, 2017 - 7:17am


Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT. Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

Summer Travel Starts With The Enchanted 8

on June 8, 2017 - 7:01am
Courtesy image
NMTD News:
The New Mexico Tourism Department unveiled a new list of road trips that will anchor summer travel in the Land of Enchantment.
The “Enchanted 8” is a collection of eight New Mexico True road trips designed to feed your soul (and your stomach), and beginning today potential visitors can expect to see and hear a lot more about New Mexico’s appeal for road warriors. (Read full story here).
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Woman Injured On Atomic City Bus This Morning

on June 6, 2017 - 9:12pm

An Atomic City Transit bus driver braked abruptly at the intersection of Diamond Drive and 38th Street to avoid a collision this morning causing a female passenger to fall forward and hit her head on a pole inside the bus. Los Alamos Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. According to Cdr. Oliver Morris, the woman sustained a cut to her head. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

County Bike Flow Trail Project Update Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 8:33am


The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting aan update on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Warren: On The Road In South Dakota

on June 6, 2017 - 8:19am

Photographer Gary Warren, formerly of Los Alamos, on a road trip with his wife Marilyn, just spent about two weeks in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He spotted this young Lakota woman performing a hoop dance, which is all about her life. She is 23 years old and uses one hoop for each year so she is dancing with 23 hoops. The massive carving underway in the background is the Crazy Horse Memorial. The Lakota Indians wanted to honor one of their leaders so they hired a sculptor from Boston to carve this memorial image out of the granite mountain (like Mt.

NMDOT Announces Update To State Rail Plan

on June 3, 2017 - 6:00am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently announced the development of an updated state Rail Plan. The 2018 Rail Plan will 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.
The contract to complete the Rail Plan was awarded in April. The Department anticipates that the development of the Rail Plan will continue for eighteen months, concluding in the fall of 2018.
In order to support the Rail Plan’s development, NMDOT is

Hop On Atomic City Transit's Free Summer Concert Bus!

on June 2, 2017 - 6:14pm


Don’t forget! The DWI Planning Council is partnering with Atomic City Transit (ACT) to provide bus service on Friday nights to ensure residents get to and from the Summer Concerts at Ashley Pond Safely. This service extends the regular weekly fixed route service provided by ACT.

Service areas will include White Rock, North Mesa, and North Community. Dial-a-Ride service will be available for any location in Los Alamos not serviced via the fixed routes. Reservations can be made one day in advance. Call 661.RIDE (661.7433). Plan ahead and take the bus to and from Ashley Pond.

Griggs: Dateline Oaxaca ... A More Leisurely Visit

on June 1, 2017 - 7:11am
Two rappers gesticulating and insulting each other to music in El Llano Park. After a particularly good zinger, the crowd would laugh and applaud. After each round, the crowd would vote for their favorite rapper. Photo by David Griggs

A roaring lion at the entrance to Parque Juarez (El Llano) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by David Griggs


Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three days in Oaxaca was not enough, so this year I stretched my visit to two weeks. Hostel Don Nino at 804 Pino Suarez was once again my base of operations.

State Police Issue More Than 4,500 Traffic Citations

on May 30, 2017 - 5:37pm
NMSP News:
During the Memorial Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.
Operations over the holiday resulted in State Police officers issuing more than 4,500 traffic citations  (470 citations were for lack of seatbelt usage) and arresting 61 drunk drivers state wide. Officers handled a total of 49 crashes, one of which was a fatality.

Two-Day Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor Region In June

on May 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Mount Taylor. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which includes the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Rio Grande Travel

on May 30, 2017 - 7:13am

On the job in Los Alamos: Travel agent Margaret O'Halloran-Calabaza of Rio Grande Travel is arranging trips this summer for everything from family reunions to vacations everywhere from Cork to Cuba. Rio Grande Travel is at 911 Central Ave. For more information, click here. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NMDOT: Statewide Click It Or Ticket Mobilization

on May 27, 2017 - 8:09am


SANTA FE – Friday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that law enforcement across the state is participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 4. The mobilization focuses on seat belt enforcement.

“Everyone who gets into a car needs to put on their seatbelt. It could save your life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “I am proud to support law enforcement’s efforts to keep our streets and highways safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belt use saved almost 14,000 lives of vehicle

State Police To Conduct Sobriety Checks In June

on May 27, 2017 - 7:46am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of June.

"We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising," a State Police spokesperson said. "These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Senators Tom Udall And Martin Heinrich Urge Trump Administration To Address Tourism Slump

on May 27, 2017 - 7:39am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on the Trump administration to take concrete steps to address the reported decline in tourism to the United States as a result of President Trump’s hostile rhetoric and harmful travel policies, which have created the perception that the United States is not a welcoming place for foreign visitors. 

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Udall and Heinrich said that this “Trump effect” threatens to hurt the economy of the United States and of New Mexico, where

Blue Buses Not In Service Memorial Day

on May 22, 2017 - 4:06pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail Line, will not be in service on Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its weekend/holiday schedule, running three roundtrips for the day. Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service

WalletHub: 2017’s Best Summer Vacation Spots

on May 22, 2017 - 6:52am
With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Best Summer Vacation Spots to supplement its Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange studies.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 80 largest metro areas across 38 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal.
Top 20 Summer Vacation Spots
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Los Angeles, CA

Griggs: Dateline – 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest

on May 20, 2017 - 8:39am
The ‘Cream of the Crop’ features three little girls singing the chorus on songs for J. Monque’D and his band in the Blues tent. Photo by David Griggs
Amedee Frederick VI, 5, plays guitar next to his father, Amedee V at the 2017 Jazz Fest in New Orleans. This is another strong Louisiana musical family. His sister Victoria is the girl on the left in ‘Cream of the Crop’, and their grandfather, Amedee IV, was in the audience. Photo by David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
An estimated 425,000 fans packed the fairgrounds for another memorable Jazz Fest

Council Green Lights Traffic Calming Measures

on May 19, 2017 - 5:46am
County Traffic and Streets Manager Dan Erickson addresses County Council on traffic calming issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

In an effort to resolve  traffic speed concerns along North Road in front of Mountain Elementary School, the Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during its regular meeting Tuesday night to proceed with the County’s plan get drivers to slow down.

This plan includes painting striping on the road, installing permanent digital signs and monitoring traffic habits on the road.

Los Alamos Bike To Work Day Friday

on May 17, 2017 - 7:54am

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Operating Season Sunday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:34pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 14 to Oct. 15 this year. Courtesy/NPS
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there's just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running.
Now the waiting is over - the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen to 9 a.m.

Nature Center Talk: Unusual Wildlife Of Madagascar

on May 10, 2017 - 8:32am

This leaping lemur, diademed sifaka, is endemic to specific regions of eastern Madagascar. Photo by Martin Cooper

PEEC News:

Local photographer Martin Cooper will share photos from his three-week visit to Madagascar, which covered four ecosystems and gave him the chance to capture images of wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, and endemic birds that are unique to the island. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Madagascar has been biologically isolated from Africa and

New Mexico Tourism Department Hosts Travel Tank

on May 6, 2017 - 12:26pm


SANTA FE ― In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the New Mexico Tourism Department is inviting the public to take part in Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” inspired promotional pitch competition.

The event will bring the some of the best and brightest tourism marketing minds in the state face-to-face with New Mexico’s travel writers and news media for the chance to win a story featuring their region.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is hosting Travel Tank to help promote tourism and its importance to the state’s economy.

News Alert: Crane Moving Through Los Alamos May 22

on May 4, 2017 - 4:24pm

News Alert:

Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque will be moving a crane through Los Alamos during the morning of May 22.

The Los Alamos police will escort the crane, 9-11 a.m. that day, through town on N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) to 2075 Trinity Dr. for abatement purposes.

New Mexico True Website Wins Gold Award

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico True is proud to announce its website received a Gold Hermes Creative Award in the Business to Consumer category.
“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “We are incredibly proud of and our digital team at New Mexico True who works daily to put New Mexico’s best face forward in the tourism industry.”
Hermes Creative Awards recognizes the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media.

Caution: Deer Crossing Along Canyon Road

on April 30, 2017 - 10:32pm
Winter worn deer are commonly spotted crossing Canyon Road and in danger of being hit by motorists. Photo by Linda Goforth
Deer on Canyon Road. Photo by Linda Goforth
Los Alamos

Please be very careful of your speed traveling on Canyon Road. I see people going 40 though the speed limit is 35 and under, especially going through the curves.

These winter worn deer are commonly crossing Canyon Road, especially in the periods of time when there is more traffic.

They are worn and their mothers try to guide them, but even she can miss the confusing cues of tires and