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County Government

Eight Residents Apply For Vacant County Council Seat


Eight residents have applied to fill a seat on Los Alamos County Council left vacant by the Jan. 1 resignation of James Robinson.

Counci will interview the candidates during the regular council meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Council will likely appoint one of the candidates at tht meeting.

The candidates include:

  • Steven Booth;
  • Brandi Engeman;
  • Andrew Fraser;
  • David Hampton;
  • Melanee Hand;
  • Keith Lepsch;
  • Antonio Maggiore; and
  • Aaron Walker.

Other agenda items for Tuesday’s meeting include:

  • Introduction of Code Ordinance No. 02-325, which pertains to sewage service
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Brace For Construction Noise At Aquatic Center Monday

View of the slide intallation project Saturday at the Leisure Lagoon adjacent to the Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


Los Alamos County has announced that visitors may experience loud construction noise on the main pool deck of the Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road.

The noise may occur 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 as Klinger Construction begins demolishing the old metal double doors to install new store front doors and a roll-up door at the shallow end of the pool.

Direct questions about this project to Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust at Read More

Los Alamos County Honored At NMC Legislative Conference For 29 Consecutive Years Of Financial Excellence

New Mexico Counties and State Auditor Brian Colón selected Los Alamos County as a recipient for the annual Audit and Accountability Awards presented Thursday at the NMC Legislative Conference. From left, Couunty Accounts Payables Nicholle Cordova, Accounting Operations Manager Reese Chavarria-Quam and Colón. Chief Financial Officer Helene Perraglio attended virtually. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

SANTA FE — Los Alamos County was honored at an event Thursday for continuing to excel in excellent financial management with zero findings and an unmodified opinion; the county also received Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 20, 2022: 6,010 New Cases, Totaling 431,887 With 24 Deaths & 329,179 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 6,010 new COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reported 128 new cases today, bringing the total to 1,941 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 24 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 28.7 percent.

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

1549 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County Read More

It’s Official: Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris

Magistrate Court Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris today at the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris signs official documents following his swearing in ceremony today in Magistrate Court. Photo by John McHale/

Kateri Morris pins the badge on her husband, newly promoted Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris today during a promotion ceremony in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

Gathered in Magistrate Court today fof his promotion Read More

Juan Rael Selected New County Public Works Director

New Los Alamos County Public Works Director Juan Rael. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Juan Rael began working for Los Alamos County as an engineering project manager for the Public Works Department in 2018. Just four years later, he is managing the whole department as the Public Works Director.

“I feel humbled and honored to be chosen as the next Public Works Director for Los Alamos County,” Rael said. “It’s a great organization and Public Works is filled with so many dedicated employees that I am just honored to serve Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 19, 2022: 5,735 New Cases, Totaling 425,920 With 28 Deaths & 328,438 Recovered


SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 5,735 new COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reported 32 new cases today, bringing the total to 1,813 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 28 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 28.3 percent.

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

1658 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County
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Los Alamos Board Of Appeals Continues Deliberation On Sirphey LLC Case To Friday

The Los Alamos Board of Appeals voted this afternoon to continue its deliberation of the Sirphey LLC case until 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Gathered at today’s Board of Appeals public hearing in Council Chambers, from left, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, County Councilor Randall Ryti, Board Chair Terry Priestley and Utilities Manager Philo Shelton. Shown on the screen above the board members is Attorney Phil Dabney representing Sirphey LLC owner Prashant Jain. Jain brought a complaint against Los Alamos County Council and Building Official Michael Arellano after the new business space Read More

County Issues Update On Canyon Walk Apartments


Los Alamos County Community Development Department officials announced today that two of the seven buildings of the long-anticipated Canyon Walk Apartments will be ready by the end of January.

Canyon Walk Apartments is the 70-unit Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) multi-family development on DP Road. The apartments were originally scheduled for full opening by Jan. 31, 2021.

According to the development team Bethel Development Inc., due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions affecting contractors and supplies plus ongoing roadway and infrastructure improvements, the Read More

PEEC Nature Center And Century Bank Sponsor 2022 World-Famous Backcountry Film Festival Jan. 21-23

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Plateau’s premier environmental education museum is teaming up with one of New Mexico’s original financial institutions to bring the famous Backcountry Film Festival into Los Alamos living rooms again this year, Jan. 21-23.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of all things snowy, winter and wild. This year’s backcountry skiing and adventure short films aim to inspire audience members across the world through stories about the impact and importance of our planet’s winter wildlands.

The Pajarito Environmental Read More

County: Brief Lane Closures On Trinity Saturday Jan. 22


Los Alamos County announces temporary lane closures of approximately 20 minutes scheduled Saturday, Jan. 22 on Trinity Drive.

The County Information Management Division staff will conduct routine inspections of fiber optics infrastructure located in vaults within the roadway between Knecht and 20th Street.

Motorists can expect brief lane closures 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at three locations on Trinity affecting westbound traffic.

Crews will drop the lane adjacent to the sidewalk just east of the Trinity/Knecht intersection. Subsequently, crews will move to the center Read More

PAC 8 Community Media Center: Jan 21-27, 2022

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 Community Media Center is available for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing, live streaming and drone photography and videography.

For information, email, call 505.662.7228 or visit

PAC 8 Television schedule for Jan. 21-27:

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

  • 6 a.m. — Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11 a.m. — County Council Replay 1-11-22
  • 3 p.m. — Democracy Now!
  • 5 p.m. — PAC PAGES – Los Alamos County News Updates
  • 6 p.m. — Los Alamos Senior Center – “Wake up and Move with Natalie”
  • 7 p.m. — The Role of Exercise
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Los Alamos COVID-19 Impact For Week Ending Jan. 18, 2022

Los Alamos COVID Impact:
COVID-19 statistics for the week ending Jan. 18, 2022 impacting Los Alamos County:
  • 2945 tests
  • 431 diagnoses (325 in Los Alamos, 106 in White Rock)
  • 1 death

Source: New Mexico Department of Health. By Eli Ben-Naim.

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Chart: 573 Reflects COVID-19 Diagnoses Versus Date And By Age Group In Los Alamos Jan. 18, 2022

This chart shows the seven-day average number of COVID-19 diagnoses versus date in Los Alamos. On a scale of 0 to 100, the diagnoses index quantifies the current level of diagnoses by using a comparison with daily levels since the start of the pandemic (the higher the index, the more severe the current state of the pandemic is). At an all-time high, the current number of diagnoses is higher than 100 percent of preceding days. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
This chart shows the number of COVID-19 diagnoses by age group for the past week in Los Alamos. Source: New Mexico
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Community Town Hall Regarding Vacant Buildings Jan. 24


Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Denise Derkacs and Councilors David Izraelevitz and Sean Williams invite community members to participate in a town hall regarding proposed Ordinance 02-323.

The proposed ordinance addresses vacant commercial buildings and their impact on the Los Alamos and White Rock commercial districts.

Scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, the town hall will be held via Zoom:

In support of the Council’s goal to promote economic vitality, the ordinance outlines a process to identify, register, regulate and Read More