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RTD ‘Blue Buses’ Designated ‘Safe Places’

on March 20, 2017 - 9:08am

NCRTD Chair and Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone and and NCRTD Planning, Projects & Grants Manager Stacey McGuire display a copy of the Safe Place sign now installed on the RTD fleet of buses. Courtesy photo

RTD News:

  • Launch Coincides with National Safe Place Week

Starting today, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), RTD “Blue Buses,” will provide northern New Mexico victimized youth with a fleet of safe places to help connect them to life-changing resources through its participation in the national “Safe Place” program and in partnership with Taos-based DreamTree Project.

Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

on March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

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LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and prepare a travel health kit

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
Los Alamos
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 16, 2017 - 8:30am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

The Public Meeting is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Fuller Lodge. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division office at 505.662.8113 or email

NMDOT Public Information Meeting March 23

on March 14, 2017 - 8:19am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Santa Claren Hotel, 460 N. Riverside in Espanola.

Meeting Purpose:  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the roadway reconstruction of NM 30 Phase 1 from mile post 7.150 to mile post 7.610 in Pueblo of Santa Clara.  The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting and provide comments and questions.

Meeting Overview:Vital Consulting Group, LLC; Bohannon Huston, and NMDOT representatives will

NMDOT: Work Zone Memorial Coming To New Mexico

on March 13, 2017 - 3:08pm
SANTA FE  March 9, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s National Work Zone Memorial will be on display at locations throughout New Mexico through March 16.
The national memorial honors highway workers who have been tragically killed in a work zone and will include David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, two NMDOT employees who were killed in a work zone last March.
“I urge every New Mexican to please slow down and take every precaution when driving through a work zone,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

Second Grade GATE Students Transform Class Into Ancient Egypt

on March 11, 2017 - 2:04pm

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus chats with students at the museum March 3 at Baranca. Courtesy/LAPS

Parents, students from other classrooms, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Board Member Andrea Cunningham visit the museum. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

“I always use project based learning in my class,” explained Ms. Shipley, the GATE teacher at Barranca Elementary School.

So, when her second-grade students wanted to learn about Ancient Egypt, they didn’t open a textbook. Instead they transformed the classroom into a museum.

They needed artifacts and they needed to be able to answer

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 9, 2017 - 9:01am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

This meeting 7-9 p.m., March 22 at Fuller Lodge  and the public is encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email the public works general email at

United Church Of Los Alamos Hosts 32nd Annual Trip

on March 7, 2017 - 5:32pm
Group photo. Courtesy photo
Auctioneer Mike Lipiatt will step up to the microphone Sunday, 2-5 p.m., to volunteer his time and golden, melodious tones, to raise money to build homes for the poor during spring break.
The United Church of Los Alamos will host its 32nd annual trip, once again joined by the Unitarian Universalist congregation to make life better for the less fortunate.
The church has actually been on six additional summer trips in addition to the annual trips, crafted and organized by church members, Randy and Laura Erickson.
The dynamic

RTD 255 Mountain Trail Bus To Ski Santa Fe On Weekend/Holiday Schedule Through March 17

on March 5, 2017 - 10:18am

RTD News:

In recognition of Spring Break, the North Central Regional Transit District RTD 255 Mountain Trail bus to Ski Santa Fe will be operating on its weekend/holiday schedule each day throughout the Spring Break period from Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 17.

The weekend/holiday schedule provides seven roundtrips per day to Ski Santa Fe, rather than the normal weekday schedule that provides three roundtrips per day.

The fare is $5.00 each way, exact change required.

Learn About Flora And Fauna Of Mongolia Monday

on March 3, 2017 - 7:13pm

Bev and Martin Cooper will talk about their trip to Mongolia during this month's Summit Garden Club at 1:30 p.m., Monday at the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Martin Cooper


Summit Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting 1:30 p.m., March 6 at the White Rock Branch Library and will feature a talk and slide show on the flora and fauna of Mongolia.

Summit member Bev Cooper and her husband Martin traveled to Mongolia in Summer 2015 with the goal of seeing white neck cranes, demoiselle cranes, argali sheep and ibex. They saw all these, plus experiencing a new culture.


Transportation Board Learns About 20th Street Construction Project During Thursday's Meeting

on March 3, 2017 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos Transportation Board learns about the construction project for 20th Street during Thursday's regular meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post


In an effort to increase economic development, the Los Alamos County Public Works Department is improving a section of 20th Street.


Senior Engineer Bryan Aragon, County Engineer Eric Martinez and Public Works Director Philo Shelton discussed the project during the County Transportation Board meeting Thursday night at the Municipal Building.


The focused section is 600 feet of

Griggs: Dateline - City Of Chihuahua

on March 1, 2017 - 8:33am
Zorba the Greek. Courtesy/
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
Heading south from the border towns of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, the comfortable Mexican bus navigates the eight-hour ride to the City of Chihuahua. Although I did not see any of the little dogs, which are named after the city, I did have a wonderful time exploring the sights and museums and food.
Casa Chihuahua
One of my first stops was Casa Chihuahua, the former Federal Palace and now a museum.

NMDOT Announces Upcoming Roadway Reconstruction On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara

on February 28, 2017 - 5:09pm


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announces upcoming roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara. 

Vital Consulting Group, LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the contractor for the project. The NMDOT District Five Espanola Project Office will provide construction management and oversight of the contractor.

The purpose of the project is to reconstruct a ½ mile section of NM 30 and the intersection at Dawn Road, which will include new pavement, curb & gutter, ADA compliant sidewalk, curb ramps and crosswalks,

Story Of Texas (And Now New Mexico) Punxatawney Phil

on February 2, 2017 - 8:21am
Since his arrival in Los Alamos in October, Punxatawney Phil has been spotted all over town. Here he checks out the view on Central Avenue with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo
Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow this morning so he's predicting another six weeks of winter. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
My father Lawrence Strouts spends his winters in a retirement community in south Texas, and the idea of celebrating Groundhog Day with residents there came about many, many years ago.

Annual 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Spring Break Trip

on January 29, 2017 - 7:59am
LAMS News:
There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip. Sign up by calling 1.800.468.5899 using trip ID Number 132736.
The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.

NCRTD MLK Holiday Schedule And Closures

on January 15, 2017 - 8:35pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) schedule and closures Monday, Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

All RTD “Blue Bus” and RTD Chile Line routes will not be in service with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to Ski Santa Fe, which will operate on its weekend/holiday schedule; and the 341 TSV Green route to Taos Ski Valley, which will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free and premium fare-based bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than

Mountaineers Meeting Features Alex Mueller On Skiing And Climbing Around The World

on January 13, 2017 - 7:14am
Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Mueller had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social time begins at  at 6:45

Alert: Black Ice On Main Hill Road!

on January 2, 2017 - 7:52am

Griggs: Dateline - Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala

on December 26, 2016 - 7:37am
By DAVID H. GRIGGS, Chaosopher
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Come South for Gold and Glory!”

What a tantalizing call to action: “Come south of the border and ride with Pancho Villa, the Liberator of Mexico!”

I was ready for a change. The brutal campaign season just ended in the States. The Wall was going up. My meager Social Security pension fund was about to be looted. And on top of that, winter was thrusting its cold shoulder onto the stage.

“Enlistments Taken in Juarez, Mexico.” Perfect – I was on my way across the Rio Grande, anyway, to build a house in Ciudad Juarez

Students' Europe Coffee & Craft Sale At LANB Today

on December 22, 2016 - 11:49am

Los Alamos students are selling coffee 1-5 p.m. today in the lobby of LANB to help raise funds for their educational travel, which this coming year includes visits to Switzerland, Italy and France. Courtesy photo

Stop by LANB for a free cup of coffee and help support Los Alamos students and their educational travel this coming year to Switzerland, Italy and France. Courtesy photo


"Love coffee? Looking for last minute meaningful gifts?

NCRTD Holiday Schedule

on December 20, 2016 - 7:06am


The North Central Regional Transit District RTD “Blue Buses” and RTD Chile Line Red Route will not be in service Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays – 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, Saturday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 1, on a weekend/holiday schedule. (Both will operate on weekday schedules Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.)

The weekend 305

Northern New Mexico Air Alliance Celebrates Inaugural Flight American Airlines Phoenix To Santa Fe Direct

on December 20, 2016 - 6:00am
SANTA FE  Northern New Mexico now has direct flights on American Airlines from Phoenix to Santa Fe.
Flight 3080 touched down at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport at 11:19 a.m. Dec. 15 and was celebrated by state and city officials, business leaders, and citizens from all over northern New Mexico. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham and Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun were among those greeting the passengers on the inaugural flight.
“We look forward to what we believe will be a successful addition to our service at Santa Fe

Los Alamos Taxi Offers Airport Transportation

on December 18, 2016 - 10:24pm


During this holiday season and throughout the year, locally based Los Alamos Taxi is offering taxi service to and from the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, as well as Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and destinations in Taos, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.

“There is no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and from the airports,” owner Cindy Capelli said.

With advance notice, Los Alamos Taxi also can accommodate local riders to doctors appointments, events, parties, weddings and more.

Los Alamos Taxi also