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Los Alamos County Parks And Recreation Board Recommends Naming Softball Field To Honor Hope Jaramillo

Minors A Field at Overlook Park in White Rock may be renamed Hope Field to honor Hope Jaramillo. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

Los Alamos resident Hope Jaramillo died in January, and community members and the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board are considering naming a softball field after her.

Jaramillo, who died from cancer, was extremely active in the high school softball program. A player herself in school, Jaramillo went on to be a coach and a volunteer in the local softball programs.

In honor of her contributions,


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Traffic Alert: Waterline Repair On Diamond Thursday

COUNTY News:

Water crews with the Los Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will drop the east northbound lane on Diamond Drive just past the Sandia intersection to repair a water transmission line. 

Work is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26. No interruption of water services is anticipated. 

Motorists should expect some delays and are urged to use caution when driving near the construction zone.

DPU officials thank the public for its patience during this time. 

For more information contact the Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

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Los Alamos Police Department Cautions Coronavirus Precautions Could Lead To Increased Domestic Violence

LAPD News:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the announcement Monday of a statewide stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Many people are staying inside their homes as COVID-19 spreads across the nation. Self-isolation and social distancing is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

When people are cooped up together for a long period of time, emotions are high, people are stressed, and there is a greater risk for domestic violence.

Some Examples of Domestic Violence Include:

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling;

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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local COVID-19 Response Following State’s Stay At Home Order

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

By now most of you are aware of the new Stay at Home Instruction issued March 23 by the Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel, which states that New Mexicans “must stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety or welfare” and further prohibits most gatherings of five or more individuals indoors or outdoors.

It is essential that as a community we have and continue to take the responsibility and important steps needed to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and give our health care system the best chance possible


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Public Attendance Prohibited At Utilities Board Meeting

COUNTY News:

Public in-person attendance at the Wednesday, March 25 Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting will be prohibited in accordance with the Public Health Emergency Order Closing All Businesses and Non-Profit Entities Except for those Deemed Essential and Providing Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 issued March 23 from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email.

The BPU meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday


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Traffic Alert: North Road Remains Closed At Diamond

COUNTY News:

North Road at the intersection of Diamond Drive remains closed due to a water break that occurred Thursday morning. 

Traffic to and from Quemazon is rerouted on Sycamore.

Other traffic impacts include a southbound lane drop on Diamond, which includes the closure of the bike lane and sidewalk on the west side of Diamond.

Temporary repairs are estimated to be complete by early next week.

According to Traffic and Streets Division Manager Juan Rael, county crews made progress on repairing this section of Diamond and North Road.  However, due to the severity of the break and the amount


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Traffic Alert: North Road Closed At Diamond Drive

Traffic Alert:

The Department of Public Utilities reports that a water break, which occurred Thursday morning, forced a closure of North Road at Diamond Drive.

While the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities water crews were able to isolate the line at noon Thursday and stop the flow of water, North Road was compromised and remains closed to all vehicles. 

Traffic to and from the Quemazon community is being rerouted on Sycamore Street.

County crews will be evaluating the integrity of the affected roadways and more specifically the sub-grade material beneath the asphalt, where the water


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County Update 9 On COVID-19: Public Works ‘Still At Work’

COUNTY News:

Public Works Director Anne Laurent commented today on questions from residents wondering what kinds of services are still available. 

“At this point, it’s business as usual for Public Works,” she said, adding that they are still receiving and processing routine requests for items such as filling potholes and monitoring streetlights to ensure they are functioning properly. 

“We understand that people are at home and relying upon us to provide standard services,” she said, such as trash and recycling pick up. “We are not scaling back on the level of service or established schedules


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State Officials: New Public Health Order In Effect

Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel
STATE News:
SANTA FE – The public health order issued today, March 19 by Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel temporarily strengthens earlier orders to include additional mandatory closures and guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 disease. 
The order enacts restrictions on bars and restaurants, among other businesses. It can be viewed and downloaded HERE. Spanish version HERE. All public health orders downloadable HERE.  
Here is more information about that order:
Q: Why are gatherings of only 10 or fewer allowed? 
A: Everything the state of

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Los Alamos County Update And Document On Declaration Of Public Health Emergency Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Chair Sara Scott declared a local public health emergency today because of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, joining dozens of other local governments who are dedicating additional resources to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

“As our residents know, from the outset of COVID-19 in New Mexico, we have been actively monitoring, preparing and taking steps every day to keep our community safe,” Scott said, noting that most recently, the County implemented a policy for some employees to telecommute from home in order to reduce health risks to employees and the general


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Council Chair Sara Scott Signs Emergency Public Health Declaration Today For Los Alamos County

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

First of all, a heartfelt thank you to so many community members for taking serious steps to limit the impact of COVID-19. It is hard, but the best thing we can do now is to stay home as much as possible (including self-isolation for those who have traveled out of state); keeping our distance will continue to slow the progression of transmission and help optimize the availability of our health care system and professionals.

Today I signed an Emergency Declaration for Los Alamos County. Although the Governor has already signed a public health emergency


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County COVID-19 Update: ACT Responds To Questions On Dial A Ride In Light Of Suspended Fixed Route Services

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit would like to provide some answers to the public about frequently asked questions regarding the Dial-a-Ride service currently in operation, while fixed-route services are suspended:

Can anyone use the Dial-a-Ride service?

  • Yes. This service is currently available to the public.

Do you provide service to White Rock? 

  • Yes. We are currently providing Dial-a-Ride service to the entire County of Los Alamos.

Do I have to have a medical reason to use the service?

  • No. Service is available for anyone needing transportation within Los Alamos.

To utilize


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County Update: Public Works Ready To Roll With Snow Patrol

COUNTY News:

Public Works “ready to roll” if snow storm hits Los Alamos overnight; No reduction in snow patrols because of COVID-19

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Anne Laurent said that crews will be “ready to roll” in implementing the Snow & Ice Control Plan for the County if weather predictions for snow occur today and Thursday.

“We’ll have our Traffic & Streets crews out on major roadways, clearing snow and keeping streets open for travel,” Laurent said. “It will be ‘business as usual’ for crews in the event of any snow storm. We aren’t going to reduce our level of service.”

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Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Modifies Operation To Comply With COVID-19 Best Practices

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 226 East Road is closed to public and volunteers until further notice. Courtesy photo

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is making several changes in order to comply with COVID-19 best practices.  

The Animal Shelter will now be closed to normal public access and volunteers until further notice. 

However, there are still several animals that need a home, so the shelter will try to set up appointments allowing citizens to see the animals for possible adoption.

The Animal Shelter will allow appointments to be made to see adoptable pets 11 a.m.


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Responding To Los Alamos County’s Direction To Reduce Personnel To Curtail Spread Of COVID-19 Utilities Department Will Limit Staff Yet Continue Essential Services

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico—In response to Los Alamos County’s direction to reduce personnel to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will have limited staff effective Wednesday, March 18.

Department officials state, however, that DPU will continue to provide essential services – electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services – to the Los Alamos and White Rock communities.

Customer Care representatives are available only by phone 505.662.8333 or email CustomerCare@lacnm.us 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to verify


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County Cone Zone Report Suspended Until Further Notice

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s “Cone Zone” reports, which are published Friday afternoons via email, on the County webpage and through news releases with updates about roadwork coming up the following week, is being suspended until further notice.

The suspension is being put into place temporarily because of limited County staffing and resources focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News media will still receive information from the New Mexico Department of Transportation or other contractors if there are changes in road construction such as a change in traffic patterns or


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Los Alamos County Employees Move To Essential Services And Telecommute To Limit Impact Of COVID-19

Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has announced additional plans for limiting the impact of COVID-19. These plans address County employees and provision of services.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18:

  • Employees providing essential services who have the ability to work from home (telecommute) are being given assigned work and County-issued laptops. Department Directors have identified employees that fall within this category, including any employee who may be at higher health risk if they contract

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