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State Police Begin Traffic Safety Operations On Interstate 25 And I-40 In Bernalillo County Monday

on January 10, 2020 - 4:26pm

New Mexico State Police reminds motorist to buckle up, drive safely, avoid distractions and never drink and drive. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- In response to the Albuquerque Police Department’s request for assistance with traffic enforcement on the interstate, the New Mexico State Police will start conducting targeted operations on Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County.

Monday, Jan. 13, officers will be visible on the highways during peak traffic hours and will take proactive measures to reduce crashes, aggressive driving and driver inattention.

Increased

Los Alamos National Laboratory On Delayed Opening

on January 10, 2020 - 7:38am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to weather conditions.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2 Hour Delay

on January 10, 2020 - 7:07am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is on a 2-hour delay today.

LAPS encouraged the community to exercise extreme caution on the slick roads and walkways.

Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

on January 9, 2020 - 2:54pm

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport.

McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

on January 9, 2020 - 11:26am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to

Los Alamos County Transportation Board Meets Jan. 9

on January 7, 2020 - 10:29am

Posts From The Road: Scenes Of 2019 Campsites

on January 5, 2020 - 7:53am
January Sunset: After several days of desert camping last January at Quartzsite, Ariz., we were gifted this beautiful sunset on our last evening before moving to a new area. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Well 2019 is history and the new year is off and running.
 
Last week I reviewed some of the roads we traveled during the year. After traveling and living on the road for almost half of 2019, I have chosen to share this week scenes of a few of the campsites we called home. 
 
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary

Los Alamos Residents At Tournament Of Roses Parade

on January 2, 2020 - 5:30am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Linda Deck, left, and Libby Carlsten are volunteers who helped put flowers on floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday morning in Pasadena, Calif., where the temperature was a balmy 61. Deck is director of the Bradbury Science Museum and Carlsten recently retired from Los Alamos County. Courtesy photo

A float from Dole Foods for which Los Alamos residents Linda Deck and Libby Carlsten prepped the ‘orange crush’ roses displayed on the float bed. Photo by Linda Deck

A float celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Photo by Linda Deck

Women

Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

on December 31, 2019 - 3:42pm

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for

SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

on December 30, 2019 - 6:45am

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the

Posts From The Road: 2019 Year In Review

on December 29, 2019 - 6:57am
Straight Ahead: A view of a beautiful thunderstorm brewing ahead of us a we approach International Falls, Minn. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Curves: We enjoy traveling the back roads especially the two lane back roads that take you through small towns across the country. These roads lead to the most beautiful and scenic locations anywhere but many of these roads were not constructed for a fast travel. Seen is a very curvy road we traveled in Door County, Wisc. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Roller Coaster: Two lane roads were often constructed to the lay

NMSP Announces Sobriety Checkpoints In January

on December 27, 2019 - 4:21am

State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020. Courtesy photo
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

NMDOT Supports Car Seat Inspections Year Round

on December 27, 2019 - 4:19am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Year brings a new schedule for car and booster seat inspections. The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host car seat inspection clinics and fitting stations statewide in 2020.
 
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats.
Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled, expired or

County Offers New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus Dec. 31

on December 27, 2019 - 4:11am

 
LARSO News:
 
If you need a safe ride on New Year’s Eve, Los Alamos County, the DWI-Planning Council and Atomic City Transit are here to help.
 
The “Buzz Bus,” will be operating to encourage people not to drink and drive, allow residents not to weather the roads, and to put their safety first. The skilled drivers of the ACT program will transport anyone safely throughout the community.
 
The bus will operate at 6 p.m. from Tues. Dec. 31 and continue through 12:30 a.m., Jan. 1. The Dial-A-Ride program can be reached at 661-RIDE or 505.661.7433.
 
The staff will pick you up and

NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on December 27, 2019 - 3:47am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then rain and snow showers with new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 and a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely with new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Christmas Tree Skirt Creators In Washington, D.C.

on December 23, 2019 - 8:25am
Zena Thomas, left, and Micki Taylor of Los Alamos traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the Christmas Tree Skirt, that they created with Roberta Day Idzorek, for the USDA Building. Thomas is holding a copy of the Los Alamos Daily Post with the story of their Christmas Tree Skirt making adventure (link). Thomas and Taylor attended a special reception and lighting of the tree Dec.

Posts From The Road: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument In The Sonoran Desert Of Arizona

on December 22, 2019 - 5:51am
Last Light: The last light of day covers the desert mountains while cacti and other plants fall into the shadow in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Afternoon Light: Beautiful late afternoon light colors the hillsides in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sits in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert.
 
The park is more than 500 square miles and the only place in the United

NMDOT Tips To Stay Safe On Roads Over Holiday

on December 21, 2019 - 10:40am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates as many as 278 people may be killed in crashes between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
 
Last year at Christmas, 37 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol. That number rose to 39 percent on New Year’s Eve.
 
In addition, this year during Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined, more than 30,000 people could be seriously injured in crashes, according to the NSC.
 
To make the holiday travel safer, NMDOT recommends:
  • Buckling up;
  • Designating a sober driver;
  • Avoiding distracted driving, including hands-free;
  • Getting plenty

December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

on December 19, 2019 - 1:43pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the country throughout the month of December, which has been recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month for the 39th consecutive year.

During this month in 2018, 839 people died in alcohol-related crashes, representing 29 percent of all traffic deaths, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Europe 2020 Fundraiser Underway At Century Bank

on December 18, 2019 - 12:52pm
From left, Los Alamos High School students Matt Kuehn, Katie Herrmann, Abby Beus and Sophie Mamula invite the community to buy coffee to support the annual educational trip to Europe. The fundraiser is underway until 5 p.m. today at Century Bank in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. Christmas crafts are available for free as well. Courtesy photo

Posts From The Road: London Bridge In Arizona

on December 15, 2019 - 10:38am

Bridge Span: The London Bridge spans 930 feet across the Bridgewater Channel in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Major Attraction: Today the London Bridge is a major tourist destination when visiting Lake Havasu City. Shown is a waterside walkway and some of the development along Bridgewater Channel. Restaurants, shops, a marina and tours are just a few of the many attractions that visitors can enjoy. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

 

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

 The road to London Bridge travels through Arizona!

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Electric Vehicle Accord

on December 14, 2019 - 12:08pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and seven other governors have reaffirmed their partnership to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure along major highways in the Intermountain West and released voluntary minimum standards for those charging stations.
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham signed the new REV West Memorandum of Understanding, along with governors from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Sullivan Field House Gets Underway - Parking Limited

on December 11, 2019 - 10:20am

Rendering of the Sullivan Field House project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Starting Monday, Dec. 16, parking at Sullivan Field will be limited due to the start of construction of the Sullivan Field House.

Students are encouraged to utilize school buses, public transport or carpool with friends. Access to parking will be limited due to construction during the next nine months.

For safety reasons, please do not enter the fenced off area.

Los Alamos Public Schools appreciates everyone's understanding while Sullivan Field receives this much needed construction.

Rapid Snow Burst Causes Multiple Car Pileup In Iowa

on December 10, 2019 - 8:50am

A multiple car pileup Monday on I-80 westbound near Des Moines, Iowa after a burst of snow rapidly caused dangerous driving conditions. Courtesy/Iowa DOT

NMDOT Hosts Statewide Car Seat Safety Clinics

on December 8, 2019 - 10:37am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host a car seat fitting station 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of every month at Fire Station No. 20, 7520 Corona Ave. NE in Albuquerque.
 
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians.
 
Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats. Technicians also can determine if a seat is recalled,

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