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Los Alamos County DPU Suspends Utility Service Shut-Offs

COUNTY News:

As of March 13, 2020, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities suspended shutting utility services off to customers for non-payment due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

Board of Public Utilities members agreed at the March 25 meeting and directed the DPU staff to continue this practice until the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Order is lifted.

“We still encourage customers to try and keep up with utility bills,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. 

However, for customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills, Shelton


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Los Alamos County Releases Proposed FY2021/2022 Budget

Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. File photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has posted the proposed Biennial Budget online, along with a Citizen’s Guide to the Budget, which offers a high-level summary and budget overview.

Both documents are available on the County’s website: https://losalamosnm.us/cms/one.aspx?portalid=6435810&pageid=6996200

Budget hearings with the County Council will begin Monday, April 20. The hearing format and schedule is subject to change based upon public gathering guidance governed by the COVID-19 emergency.

Check the webpage


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LAFD Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Gets Underway

Los Alamos Fire Department map of the wildfire fuels reduction project area. Courtesy LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas:

  • Ponderosa Estates Range Road;
  • North Horse Stable Bench;
  • Walnut Bench, Villa Bench;
  • Lower Loma Linda;
  • Camino Redondo; and
  • Camino Uva.

Starting Thursday, April 2, LAFD crews along with crews from Santa Fe County will begin


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Los Alamos Police Welcome Cpl. Joseph Dezendorf

The Los Alamos Police Department welcomes aboard Cpl. Joseph Dezendorf, sworn in to service today, April 1, in the Magistrate Court by the honorable Judge Pat Casados. Cpl. Dezendorf moved to Los Alamos with his family over a year ago from Louisiana where he worked for the state as a probation & parole officer for more than seven years. LAPD is grateful to be able to add to its ranks during this time in the community to ensure that they continue to provide the best level possible of customer service and public safety. Courtesy/LAPD


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Los Alamos County Social Services Manager: Keep Up Good Work On Social Distancing, Practice Self-Care, Help Others

Social Services Manager Donna Casados

COUNTY News:

As Los Alamos County wraps up another week under the State of New Mexico’s “Stay At Home” executive order, Social Services Manager Donna Casados commented upon the current situation and commended the community on taking positive, proactive steps to comply with the order.

“We’ve observed that many of our residents are taking the order seriously,” Casados said, noting that the mitigation measure of social distancing remains the best course of action when individuals must take care of urgent business or tasks that require them to move


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Ryti: Los Alamos County Drive-up Testing

By RANDALL RYTI
Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is conducting testing for COVID-19 on Thursday April 2 from 10am to 3pm at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

This event is supported with logistical support by Los Alamos County (e.g., venue, traffic control, volunteers). Los Alamos County has other efforts underway to address this pubic health crisis.

Foremost among these efforts are making sure that basic essential services continue and the County does its part to use remote work as an option for other services. County Manager Burgess will have more


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Chart 15: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Chart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows total cumulative tests of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico, Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows number of COVID-19 cases per county across New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows COVID-19 in the United States and the US fraction of cases worldwide. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim


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Overlook Park Closed Thursday For DOH COVID-19 Testing

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Community Services Department announced today that Overlook Park in White Rock will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday, April 2, to enable the New Mexico Department of Health’s scheduled testing for COVID-19 to occur.

The drive-through testing will utilize the entrance road into the park and the parking lots. The closure ensures that screening can take place more efficiently and without any interference by members of the public using the park.

Overlook Park will re-open at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday.


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Los Alamos County Eco Station And Overlook Convenience Center Reduce Hours Of Operation Beginning April 1

COUNTY News:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Los Alamos County Eco Station and White Rock Overlook Convenience Center will reduce operating hours, effective Wednesday, April 1.

In an effort to reduce possible exposure between customers and residents, the Bulk Waste Collection Program and Household Hazardous Waste Program will be suspended until further notice.

Commercial and residential collection services will remain unchanged. As a reminder, set out roll carts by 8 a.m. and bag all trash.

The following reduced hours will remain in effect until further notice:

Los Alamos Eco Station

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Los Alamos County COVID-19 Update: Food Supply Secure; Residents Asked Not To Hoard Food, Supplies

COUNTY News:

Officials in the Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office, along with Red Cross and other local responders, are urging residents to refrain from hoarding food and other paper products or cleaning supplies as New Mexico enters another week of “Stay at Home” under the Governor’s Executive Order issued March 23.

“We feel confident that, although some items may be received in limited supplies for re-stocking right now, the public should not be concerned that Los Alamos and White Rock will not be able to stock items in stores,” County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson said.


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COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 29, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Sunday 29 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Several states (for example, California) may be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points seem to be dropping below the dashed lines showing their growth over the past two weeks. But Florida is on pace to overtake California soon. The growth in New York has moderated to a 4-day doubling time; its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day doubling may


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Chart 14: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Chart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows total cumulative tests of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico, Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows the probability of having zero cases in Los Alamos County. Under a random (Poisson) distribution, the probability of having no cases equals the inverse of the exponential of the expected average value. The expected average value was calculated using New Mexico statewide totals, New Mexico population, and Los Alamos County population. As of March 29, the expected value for Los Alamos County


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Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Covid-19 Update Video

Summer Concert Series News:

The 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and following the recommendations of county, state and federal authorities as they pertain to large gatherings. 

At this time there are no directives to postpone or cancel any of the 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series dates, which are still two months away. The concerts will take place each Friday May 22 through Aug 28. 

Sancre Productions has produced


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County Issues Latest Updates On COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is issuing at least weekly updates to keep the community informed about County services, facilities and other information on the COVID-19 public health emergency that it is asked to share with residents by the New Mexico Department of Health.

NMDOH COVID-19 Screening At Overlook In White Rock Thursday

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will hold a COVID-19 screening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last Thursday, April 2 at Overlook Park in White Rock. Priority testing will be provided for the following: 

  • People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection:

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Los Alamos Virtual Teen Center Now Open

TEEN CENTER News:

While the Los Alamos Teen Center, operated by The Family YMCA under a contract with Los Alamos County, is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.

Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at www.losalamosquaranteencenter.com and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Resources include links to games, music, Ted Talks, cool videos


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local COVID-19 Response Following State’s Recent Actions

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

In the past week, two important actions have been taken by our state government to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

These include the Stay at Home instruction issued by Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel on March 23 and the announcement by Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart (today) that schools would be closed for the remainder of the year. 

Our state is also aggressively expanding access and throughput for testing; New Mexico is currently the fourth highest in testing per capita in the nation (New York Times, March 26, 2020). While understanding that


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Changes To Council Meeting Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council meeting scheduled in Council Chambers 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 will be using a format that complies with the recent New Mexico Department of Health’s public health emergency order governing mass gatherings because of COVID-19.

Public in-person attendance Tuesday evening will not be allowed. Minimal County staff will be in attendance to present items and most Councilors will be participating by phone.

The agenda has been streamlined to focus on time-sensitive matters. Members of the public interested in watching the meeting can view the agenda


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Health Department: COVID-19 Testings In Los Alamos April 2

NMDOH News:

Testing people sick (not needing immediate medical attention) or who have recently traveled.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)’s reports a COVID-19 screening Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last, at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Priority screening will be provided for the following:

  • People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection: fever, cough, or shortness of breath; and
  • People who have traveled from Europe (to include Italy), China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco and Portland.

It is critical to


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Diamond Drive Utility Work Has Begun

The utility work on Diamond Drive near North Road has begun. Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are dropping the east northbound lane on Diamond Drive just past the Sandia intersection to repair a water transmission line. Work is scheduled to be completed by 7 p.m. today. No interruption of water services is anticipated. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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