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New Mexico COVID-19 Update July 27: 242 New Cases, Totaling 209,356 With 2 New Deaths And 196,698 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 242 additional COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains at 548 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 69 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 9 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County

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Dekker/Perich/Sabatini And Community Development Department Release First Module Of Chapter 16 Development Code: Public Comment Open Until Aug. 5

COUNTY News:

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS) and the Los Alamos County Community Development Department (CDD) have released the first module of the Chapter 16 Development Code update focusing on use regulations for public review.

Module 1 contains updates to the zoning districts, the permissive use table (AKA Use Index Table), use-specific regulations and use related definitions. They discussed the changes at a public meeting on July 22.

The presentation and link to the Zoom recording of the meeting is available on the project webpage and here.

The public can submit comments using the email


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County Marks 3-Year Anniversary Of Yard Trimming Program

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County began its curbside yard trimming program in July 2018 to help the community reduce the amount of yard trimming material sent to the landfill.

By reducing the amount of yard trimming materials sent to the landfill, the county reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere by avoiding hauling and disposal.

The yard trimming cart is a helpful tool for residents to dispose of pine needles, grass clippings, branches and leaves in an environmentally friendly way.

The program is voluntary and has been extremely successful:

  • During the first year

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County Seeks New Member For LARES Task Force

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Resiliency, Energy and Sustainability (LARES) Task Force is seeking Letters of Interest to appoint one community member to the Task Force. 

The Task Force is an advisory body to the County Council. Its purpose is to recommend ways for the County, as a whole, including government, businesses and residents, to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and advance other sustainable practices in the face of climate change, as stated in its charter, adopted by County Council Jan. 26, 2021. 

Letters of Interest may be submitted by any Los Alamos County resident.


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Tuesdays At The Pond Summer Music Series Continues With ‘The Blues Revue Band’ 6-8 Tonight!

Tuesdays at the Pond features ‘The Blues Revue Band’ 6-8 tonight at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Los Alamos Creative District

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Join The Los Alamos Creative District at Ashley Pond Stage 6-8 tonight, July 27, for the Tuesdays at the Pond live music series.

This week features ‘The Blues Revue Band’, with Harmonica Mike Handler and Vinne Kelley, as they play some great music – old timey to originals, modern folk and blues to the Dead, and some really good jams along the way.

This is a free event, open to the public with no tickets required.

Note: In the event of inclement


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update July 24-26: 632 New Cases, Totaling 209,118 With 3 New Deaths And 196,641 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 632 additional COVID-19 cases between Saturday and today.

Los Alamos County reports one new case bringing the total to 547 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 232 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 21 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1

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Sullivan: LEDA Is Important For Local Retail Businesses

By PATRICK SULLIVAN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation

LEDA is important for local retail businesses.

On Tuesday, July 27, the County Council will consider amending its existing Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) ordinance to come into compliance with changes that were approved at the State level last January. The changes are brief, but impactful and focus on allowing municipalities to utilize LEDA to incentivize retail businesses.

LEDA is a mechanism that allows either the State or a municipality to directly contribute resources to a private sector


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Los Alamos County Encourages Motorists New To Driving Through Roundabout To View YouTube Video

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County encourages individuals who may be new to driving through the new roundabout at the eastern edge of Los Alamos to check out this educational video from the Federal Highway Administration on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peUf2NRdWxs

Motorists also may also find this brochure from the New Mexico Department of Transportation helpful in navigating roundabouts:


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Actions Expected At County Council Meeting July 27

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers inside the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Items on the agenda include a public hearing on an ordinance to zone a parcel of land identified as Tract RM, Eastern Area 3, as Professional-Office (P-O).

According to agenda documents, this parcel of land is a vacant 0.28-acre lot at 3292 Trinity Dr., that will solely be used as a parking lot for two adjacent properties: the apartment complex at 3301 Canyon Road and the Clendenen Business Building at 3250 Trinity Dr.

Additional Agenda


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Cone Zone: Week Of July 26, 2021

COUNTY News:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Public Works Projects: 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

Detour is active on NM502 which allows the contractor to work on the north side of the


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Canyon Rim Walking Trail Closed For Repairs

COUNTY News:

GME Emulsion, LLC will begin trail rehabilitation on Canyon Rim Walking Trail from Knecht Street to the trail termini at the parking lot under construction with the underpass.

The first section of trail repair is between Knecht Street and DP Road and the second section is from DP Road to the trail termini. These sections of the trail will be closed during the repairs, which include mill and overlay, crack sealing and fog seal.

No street closures will occur during the construction.

Work commences Tuesday, July 27 and scheduled for two weeks. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through


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Aquatic Center Closed For Remodeling Aug. 7 – Sept. 12

COUNTY News:

The Aquatic Center will be closed beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 and is expected to remain closed through Sunday, Sept. 12, and re-opening Monday Sep. 13.

During that time, crews will be working on the front desk area, entry way, new flooring, and replacement of the main pool sand filtration tanks and fire sprinkler heads.

There will be no building access during the closure nor other swimming pool site locations offered.

Passes will be extended for 3 months.

Front counter operations will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite 200 at the Municipal Building for recreation programs, locker and pass


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 273 New Cases, Totaling 208,243 With 2 New Deaths And 196,373 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Thursday announced 273 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 71 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Curry

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Scenes From Business After Hours At Century Bank

Century Bank VP/Branch Manager Karen Easton speaks to guests gathered Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Century Bank. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event Tuesday at Century Bank, which drew a large crowd to the Los Alamos Branch in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Dustin Lippiatt of Pig+Fig Cafe replenishes hors d’oeuvre for the Business After Hours event hosted at Century Bank and catered by Pig+Fig Cafe. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos County Proposes Code Change To Reflect State’s New State Cannabis Laws

Community Development Director Paul Andrus

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

New Mexico has legalized cannabis but there are still procedural boxes to check and issues to consider before ribbons can be snipped to open cannabis businesses.

Locally, the Los Alamos County Community Development Department is responding to the legalization of cannabis by proposing a text amendment to Chapter 16 in the County Code, which addresses development.

County Planning Manager Bryce Ternet

The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the proposed changes during


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Los Alamos County Hires Daniel Ungerleider As New Economic Development Administrator

Economic Development Administrator Daniel Ungerleider

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Economic development is one of the most widely discussed topics in Los Alamos County. It appears in the council’s strategic priorities and in the comprehensive plan. Committees, studies and plans have all been created to stir up economic development in the County.

It is so important that the County has recently hired a new Economic Development Administrator to fill a long-time vacancy.

The position was vacant for an extended time after Joan Ahlers left but Daniel Ungerleider


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