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County Social Services Office Joins Self Help Inc. To Assist Applicants With Rental And Utility Assistance Grants

COUNTY News:

Staff in the Los Alamos County Social Services Division announced today that they are joining the local Self-Help, Inc. office in offering free assistance to any individuals in Los Alamos County wishing to apply for the State of New Mexico’s federal aid program for rental and utility assistance.

Funds are available for households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The State-administered rental assistance and utility assistance program is accepting applications through August. 

Those seeking assistance are encouraged to review the current Frequently


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Robinson: Advocating For Proposed Budget Option For Additional Bear Resistant Roll Carts And Dumpsters

By JAMES ROBINSON
Vise Chair

Los Alamos County Council

I first want to congratulate Los Alamos on our continuing high number of COVID-19 vaccine registrations. We are currently the highest in the state per capita for registrations, and we are leading in the number of vaccine doses provided. With vaccines and our social distancing measures, we are maintaining our turquoise status, and reopening just in time to enjoy our wonderful spring weather.

In addition to our nice weather, it is that time of year again. The bears are back in town, and they are hungry.

Bears appeared on the first security camera


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Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Releases Event Code To General Public For Mass Vaccination Clinic April 25 

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s emergency manager has released the event code to “unlock” registration for anyone wishing to attend the April 25 large-scale vaccination clinic set to occur in partnership with Nambe Drugs.

The code is AFGKMXW and the clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium on the Los Alamos High School campus.

On April 25, 1,200 vaccines will be administered. Until all appointments are booked, every individual can register and book an appointment on April 25 by visiting the New Mexico Department of Health website: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/

Individuals


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New Mexico COVID-19 3-Day Total: 647 New Cases, Total 193,987 With 3 Deaths And 175,380 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced the Saturday, Sunday and Monday total of 126 new COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case over the 3 days bringing the total to 506 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.)
The 3-day update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
The New Mexico Department of Health reports the most recent cases April 10, 11 and 12:
  • 227 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases

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Los Alamos Airport Terminal Building Closed April 13-16

Los Alamos County Airport Terminal Building at 1136 Airport Road is closed April 13-16. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Airport Terminal Building will be closed to the public and pilots April 13-16 as crews work on flooring abatement.

Containment will be set up and cannot be breached until the work is completed and subsequently cleared.

The Terminal Building also will be receiving a new roof beginning April 13. Roof Care anticipates this work will occur for approximately two weeks. The roof work should not impact access to the building.

Direct questions and comments to Wayne


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Animal Control Rescues Injured Ducks Left At Ashley Pond


The two injured ducks left at Ashley Pond are now being cared for at Chamisa Mobile Veterinary Services. Courtesy/Chamisa Mobile Veterinary Services

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

Two white ducks received an unpleasant welcome when an unknown individual dumped them Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond.

Los Alamos Animal Shelter Manager Paul Sena told the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday that an individual was spotted on cameras carrying the two ducks in a pet kennel at Ashley Pond. The person released the two ducks, watched them for a bit, and then left. The two newcomers,


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Eco Station Reuse Area Closes For 2 Weeks Starting Today

COUNTY News:

The Reuse Area at the Eco Station in White Rock will be closed starting today, April 12 until Friday, April 23.

During the closure, Los Alamos County Environmental Services, PEEC and the Zero Waste Team will be assembling backyard compost kits to be distributed to residents at a later date.

To register to be placed on a list for a free backyard composting kit, visit https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=36638.

 


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Cone Zone: Week Of April 12, 2021

COUNTY News:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by Los Alamos 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.

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 

AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will continue work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass.


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Los Alamos Democrats Meet Virtually April 12

Los Alamos Democratic Party News:

Members of the Los Alamos Democratic Party are meeting virtually 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12 on Zoom. 

Rep. Christine Chandler and State Sen. Leo Jaramillo will present a review of the 2021 legislative session.

The meeting is open to the public.

Find the link for the meeting here. Meeting ID 826 4627 4877.


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LAFD Knocks Out Fire In Canyon Beyond Sioux Street

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) crews knocked out a fire burning this afternoon in the very bottom of the canyon behind Sioux Street. Deputy Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire grew to about half an acre and firefighters had it controlled within about 15 minutes. Battalion Chief Ben Stone told the Post that the fire is now completely out and Sioux Street is open to traffic. He added that investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire so the trail will be closed this evening. County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in a news release this afternoon

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 126 New Cases, Total 193,368 With 2 Deaths And 174,849 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 126 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 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.)

Today’s update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in

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Environmental Services: Which Batteries To Throw, Recycle

County Environmental Services News:

The recycling world can be confusing as the rules change often. One item that confuses a lot of people is which battery can be recycled and which battery can be tossed in the trash.

This article covers what can and cannot be thrown in the trash, a little background as to why, and where to take batteries that need to be recycled.

In the past, single-use batteries commonly found in households (AA, AAA, 9V, D-cell, Etc.) could not be thrown in the trash mainly because they were created with chemicals and metals that were hazardous.

Now, single-use alkaline batteries


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LANL Pollution Solutions: Taraka Dale Explains How Lab Technologies Could Solve Global Plastic Problems

Bottle Consortium. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Earth Week is April 16-22, and New Mexicans are coming out of their collective COVID-19 cocoons to find they’ve wracked up even more plastic waste in the form of old take-out containers and used PPE.

Now what?

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale is offering a free, public talk, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, via Webex on how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly ones in the future.

Dale is the Lab’s team lead for the new BOTTLE Consortium,


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Chart 391 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 9, 2021 (11 New Mexico Counties Rank In Top 25 Nationwide In Vaccinations)

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Shown are the 25 counties where at least 50 percent of the population are vaccinated. Los Alamos ranks 5th out of 3,224 counties nationwide. Remarkably, 11 New Mexico counties rank in the top 25 nationwide, including seven in north-central New Mexico: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. Source: covidactnow.org. Map: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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County Notice Of Possible Quorum: April 14, 2021

COUNTY News:

Notice: Members of the Los Alamos Resiliency, Energy & Sustainability Task Force may attend the New Mexico Energy Efficiency Landscape meeting, 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 14 via Zoom.

A quorum may be present, however no action will be taken.


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PEEC, Historical Society, County Library: Growing Together

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are teaming up to bring programs about gardening to the community. There will be a series of five workshops, lectures, and events in April and May. 

Gardening and farming have always been part of life on the Pajarito Plateau, from Ancestral Puebloans to Homesteading Farms to Victory Gardens of WWII and the Master Gardeners and hobbyists of today.

In 1944, the community created a space for victory gardens east of the Fuller Lodge lawn. These


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