N.M. Highway 4 Still Slick And Dangerous In The Mountains

NMROADS warns travelers on N.M. Highway 4 going north toward Los Alamos and Bandelier that the roads in the higher elevations remain icy in shaded areas and wet in other areas,and are expected to freeze with lower temperatures after sunset.. Visibility is good during daylight hours, but watch out for ice, drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated on the NMROADS site as conditions change.

Difficult Driving Conditions in Jemez Area

New Mexico Roads warns of difficult driving conditions on US 550, mile marker 30-35 ( north of San Ysidro). Roads are icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated as conditions change.

The icy roads on this stretch, mile markers 30-40 (north of San Ysidro), have led to multiple crashes.  As mentioned above, roads in this area are icy and visibility is limited due to light snow. Drivers are warned to watch for emergency response vehicles and snow plows and to reduce speed.

Difficult Driving Conditions are also occurring on NM 4, between mile markers 24-46 (from just above Jemez Springs to the Los Alamos County Line) – Roads are snow packed and icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs.

Thanksgiving Schedule for NM Rail Runner Express & Rio Metro Buses

Railrunner and Rio Metro

Thanksgiving Day (11/23/17): There will be no Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.

Day After Thanksgiving (11/24/17): The Rail Runner will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Rio Metro bus service.

See the Holiday Schedule

Bus Connections:

North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD): No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving with the exception of the Mountain Trail bus. (website)

New Mexico Park & Ride: No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving. (website)

Santa Fe Trails: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (website)

ABQ RIDE: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving. (website)


Construction Boom at the Southern End of Sandoval County

Photos R.W.

So far, so good. Anyone travelling over the Rio Grande bridge in Bernalillo during the rush hour(s) hits pretty much the same degree of congestion as before. The plan to ease this problem is likely to make it much worse in the short term. Work on the new bridge that will carry the extra lanes has just started, but looks like it is moving at apace.

Work at the  $50 million expansion project at the Santa Ana Star Casino that, as far as I know is  mostly a hotel, is at a more advanced stage. Certainly looks impressive; it would easily dominate downtown Albuquerque if placed there.

First the bridge:

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New Mexico Rail Runner Express Pass Available for Both Weekends of Fiesta

Take the train and avoid the traffic and parking issues and purchase the special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, available for both weekends of the Fiesta.

Included in the Pass:

  • All-Zone, All Day Pass on the Rail Runner
  • Shuttle to and from the Los Ranchos/Journal Center Rail Runner Station and the Balloon Fiesta Park
  • Admission to a morning or afternoon Balloon Fiesta session on the day you choose

Dates Available:

  • Saturday, October 7
  • Sunday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 14
  • Sunday, October 15

Learn More
Purchase Tickets

Questions? Call (505) 245-7245 or (866) 795-RAIL (7245)

U.S. 550 to Widen to 6 Lanes

By R.W.

Look forward these decorations to appear along U.S. 550 in Bernalillo.

It has been much talked about and a long time coming but work on the redesigned southern end of U.S. 550 has at last began. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) $13.1 million project to widen this section of the road in Bernalillo from four to six lanes has been talked about for years and most recently planned to start last Fall, but was pushed back to this Fall.

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Craft Beer, Zozobra and No Service on Labor Day


New Mexico Rail Runner Express has a series of announcements of interest for this Labor Day weekend. Please note that on Labor day (Sept. 4) there will be no train service.

This information is in the links below:

93rd Annual Burning of Zozobra

Zozobra and Rail Runner combo ticket

View the Zozobra Train Schedule

Mountain West Brew Fest,

View the Brew Fest Train Schedule

View the Holiday Schedule

Annual Congestion Festival aka 2017 Racing Southwest Jemez Cruise Road Rally Revisits Jemez Springs

Photos R.W.

It is so pathetic how rarely Jemez Springs experiences choking traffic and pedestrian gridlock. This Sunday afternoon our nearest metro areas gave us all they had: revving, fuming motors encased in glaring metal, waves of strange and unfamiliar looking people, a dense pack of beings and their conveyances as surprised to see one another as we were surprised to see them.

In case you all missed it, cowering in darkened rooms, here are some images from a fraction of the day:

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Public Meeting on New Bridge Reconstruction in Jemez Springs


The New Mexico Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to obtain input on the proposed NM Highway 4 bridge reconstruction project. This concerns the bridge located at the northern end of the village, just past the Jemez District Ranger Station and before Soda Dam, at mile marker 19.

The meeting will be held in the Madonna Hall, 0040 Legion Drive, Jemez Springs, today (Wednesday, June 21, 2017) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Shakespeare on the Rail


Shakespeare on the Rail brings quality Shakespeare scenes back to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express this summer.

On June 10, 17 and 24, passengers on the #704 northbound and #705 southbound trains will be treated to half-hour performances from three of Shakespeare’s plays, The Merry Wives of WindsorMuch Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet.

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Travelers from Jemez Get Easy Access Bandelier Shuttle

By Chris Judson


Photo 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 AM – 6 PM, and the Los Alamos County White Rock Visitor Center hours to 8 AM – 6 PM.

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A Chilly Day

Photos R.W.

Not green.


Still, what do you expect from places like Greenland, Iceland and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Plenty of snow was seen and reported to be falling in all these locations at various times last Saturday. Above in not at all green Greenland, as seen on a flight from icy Reykjavik, Iceland to supposedly cosy at this time of the year New Mexico. As the pilot slammed the flight through heavy snowfall into the swirling slush of the runway at the Albuquerque airport he shouted coarsely: “You gotta be kiddin’!”. Some people laughed. One person clapped. Some others resumed normal breathing.

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Santa Fe National Forest Issues Maps of Roads, Trails and Areas For Motor Vehicle Use by Class of Vehicle

By Julie Anne Overton




Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.

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Seniors 62+ Can Ride the Rail Runner Free on Wednesdays Through April

By Augusta Meyers,  Communications Manager, MID-REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Seniors are invited to explore Central New Mexico by rail for free this February, March and April. Every Wednesday, seniors age 62+ can ride any New Mexico Rail Runner Express train at no cost. This special promotion will give residents and visitors the opportunity to explore locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque using public transportation.

“This has been such a popular promotion in the past, that we’ve decided to do it again,” said Terry Doyle, Director of the Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “We initially set out to give first time riders an opportunity to try the train, and we’ve found that many have done just that – and some have come back to try it again and apparently told their friends about it!”

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