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  • Update 09-27-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    Bus stop change

    Effective Saturday, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Blvd. to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex, located at 115 N.M. 4.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

     

  • Bandelier initiates transportation study

    Two public input sessions launched a new Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment for Bandelier National Monument this week. The assessment is the first step toward improving transportation conditions at Bandelier.

    To illustrate the need for a long-term transportation plan, Superintendent Jason Lott described scenes of overflowing parking lots and traffic lined up on N.M. 4 awaiting entrance to the park. These types of delays have been documented during peak times for more than 30 years.

    “People have had to wait 20 to 30 minutes to park and we’ve actually had to turn people away,” Lott said. “That’s no way to treat the public and it’s no way to treat our visitors. And it’s no way to start an experience for Bandelier Park, for the community or for this area. It’s not a good way to conduct business.”

    The problem intensified after the Las Conchas fire and subsequent flooding. Parking was reduced by 50 percent after a bridge spanning Frijoles Creek — which could have created a natural dam during flooding — was removed.

    The Los Alamos County council’s approval of a three-year pilot project for a Bandelier Shuttle operated by Atomic City Transit is providing an opportunity for the planning team to study one alternative.

  • N.M. 502 to be closed

    Two miles of N.M. 502, the road to Los Alamos, will be closed for several hours each day beginning Tuesday, while pavement rehabilitation work is underway. The affected highway extends from mile marker 4, near the county line, to mile marker 6, near the White Rock turn-off.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.
    Crews will mill out two-and-a-half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.
    According to NMDOT Maintenance Supervisor Kenny Gallegos, the repair has been a priority.
    “It was part of our pavement preservation program for some time,” Gallegos said. “We prioritize our roads by pavement deterioration, and that section of the road is a perfect candidate.”
    The last time the road was resurfaced was in the summer of 2000, according to Gallegos. Since then, Gallegos said, water has seeped into cracks in the pavement, causing a lot of potholes in that particular area.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. WHO'S COMING BACK TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD

    A tentative agreement between the NFL and referees' union will bring the regular officials back for tonight's game.

    2. NEXT UP AT THE U.N.

    A speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has a history of fiery General Assembly addresses, will be closely watched.

    3. EARLY PREDICTIONS OF PROBLEMS WITH F-22 JETS

    The Associated Press obtained internal documents showing recommendations to address safety concerns were rejected by military officials reluctant to add costs.

    4. WHY ONE MAN'S MEDICAL NIGHTMARE MAY HELP MILLIONS

    A new discovery in his treatment could offer a simple way to personalize cancer care.

  • Today in History for September 27th
  • Main Hill Road closed for maintenance beginning Oct. 2

    Two miles of N.M. 502, the road to Los Alamos, will be closed for several hours each day beginning Tuesday, while pavement rehabilitation work is underway. The affected highway extends from mile marker 4, near the county line, to mile marker 6, near the White Rock turn-off.


    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.


    Crews will mill out two-and-a-half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.

    
According to NMDOT Maintenance Supervisor Kenny Gallegos, the repair has been a priority.

    
“It was part of our pavement preservation program for some time,” Gallegos said. “We prioritize our roads by pavement deterioration, and that section of the road is a perfect candidate.”


    The last time the road was resurfaced was in the summer of 2000, according to Gallegos. Since then, Gallegos said, water has seeped into cracks in the pavement, causing a lot of potholes in that particular area.


  • Dr: Lady Gaga's Movement 'Heartwarming' for Fans

    After receiving attention for gaining weight, Lady Gaga posted photos on social media with the caption 'bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.' The entertainer also announced an effort to encourage body acceptance.

  • Black Hole disappears

    Matthew Lawrence, middle, and his wife Rachel, help Tom Grothus, right, set up for the last big sale of The Black Hole.

  • It’s a winner

    The Los Alamos High School girls soccer team took first place for its float in the homecoming parade Friday. Dance Arts of Los Alamos was second, followed by the LAHS football team.

  • Glass recycling begins Saturday

    Starting Saturday, residents will be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program.  Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers, Sullivan field (across from the high school) and Overlook Park (in White Rock) for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors.  Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station.  
    In order to ensure a successful program, note these glass recycling requirements:
    • The program is limited to glass bottles and jars of any color; please remove and discard lids/corks.
    • No glass drink ware, glass plates, window glass, picture frame glass, or any other type of glass is accepted.
    • Do not toss bagged glass into the yellow collection dumpsters (if you line your yellow bin with plastic bags, please just empty the bag into the yellow collection dumpsters)
    • Do not place glass in the blue curb-side recycling bin
    • Do not place yellow bin curb-side as it will not be collected.
    • Note that any item besides glass that gets in the yellow dumpsters is contamination and will negatively affect the effectiveness of the program.