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Letter To The Editor: County Snow Removal Crews Deserve Our Thanks And A Raise

Los Alamos

I write to express my appreciation to county snow removal crews.

This season, they have worked both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and now they’re working again overnight. It is hard work, the hours are bad, and it takes a lot of time and expertise.

I am currently sitting in my pleasant living room while the snow stays comfortably outside.

I think it is important for citizens to keep in mind that the reason they are warm and safe at home is other human beings. There are lots of people performing essential labor that’s easy to forget about when done right.

In this case, it’s


Los Alamos County On 2-Hour Delay Today


Due to heavy snow overnight, Los Alamos County facilities and services are on a 2-hour delay this morning.

Crews are working on clearing main roadways and public parking lots.

Residents are asked to avoid traveling on roads to allow the Traffic and Streets Division crews time to conduct snow removal operations.


BPU Approves Partnership To Bring Solar And Wind Renewable Energy To Los Alamos

An example of what the wind farm will be in Eastern New Mexico will look like. Courtesy photo

The solar panels located on the former landfill site in Los Alamos. The solar field being constructed by Uniper is in Central New Mexico. Courtesy/DPU

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been negotiating a contract for renewable power that appears to be an all-around win.

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Uniper Global Commodities for 15 megawatts of energy from wind and solar projects in New Mexico was unanimously passed


County Council Discusses 2020 Strategic Plan

Los Alamos County Councilors, various County department directors and members of the public discuss the Council’s strategic plan for 2020 Tuesday night in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. This plan includes a number of priorities, which touch on housing, transportation and parking, local business environment, commercial use, social services, infrastructure and open spaces. Other subjects Council agreed need to be address include appropriate County services, communication and working with Los Alamos National Laboratory and other partners. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


County Monitoring Weather Conditions … No Changes For Facilities Or Services Yet


Update 6:15 a.m.: The Chamber of Commerce breakfast set for 7:30 this morning featuring County Manager Harry Burgess with a recap of 2019 has been canceled due to the UNM-LA delayed opening. LANL and Schools are on delayed opening.

No changes for County facilities or services at this point; however, the current forecast for snow indicates the storm that had been expected overnight may now begin moving in from the south to arrive in Los Alamos around 10 a.m. today.

Snow and Ice crews in the County Traffic Division are monitoring the situation to keep local roads safe today.

The County


Canceled: Chamber Business Breakfast Thursday


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce business breakfast scheduled for Thursday morning and featuring County Manager Harry has been canceled due to weather conditions.


County Discoveries Action Team Meets Jan. 23


The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Discoveries Action Team (DAT) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and visit with County Staff and team members while enjoying a free lunch, followed by a recap of 2019 accomplishments and reports from project champions and current projects moving ahead in 2020.

The Discoveries Action Team is open to all County residents, businesses and organizations. Volunteers donate time and talent to Place-Making (enhancing Los Alamos


Los Alamos County To Challenge EPA MS-4 Ruling

County Manager Harry Burgess


County officials have announced their intent to challenge a recent ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring Los Alamos County to obtain and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS-4 permit.

In addressing the need for this challenge, County Manager Harry Burgess cited significant legal concerns about how the EPA’s decision was reached. Burgess also expressed serious concerns about the fairness of the EPA ruling which would unfairly place the costs of cleanup and monitoring upon the citizens


DPU: Waterline Repair Underway On N.M. 4

A worker on the job today at the scene of a waterline leak that is under repair on N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene today on N.M. 4 where a waterline leak is under repair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU News:

Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are repairing a waterline on N.M. 4 that broke last weekend. 

Crews continue to work on the shoulder with no interruption to water services in the northeast bound lane leaving White Rock at the bend heading toward the townsite.

A lane may be dropped later today that will require a flagging operation


Community Invited To Diversity Week Events Jan. 19-24

International dances will be performed during Diversity Week Jan. 19-24. Courtesy photo

Book Club readings 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

One Los Alamos News:

One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 19-24, 2020, proclaimed by the County, with a series of art and cultural events.

All events are free and open to all.

One Los Alamos Books by Women of Color Book Club:

  • 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central, Rooms 2&3, 3rd floor

This is an ongoing book club open to all. Can’t always commit to a book club? You


Audit Gives Highest Rating To Los Alamos County

Los Alamos County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio


Los Alamos Daily Post

An independent audit conducted for the Los Alamos County FY2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report delivered some good news to Council.

Janet Pacheco Morton of Morton Accounting Services presented the audit findings at the council meeting Tuesday night, and County Deputy CFO Melissa Meyer presented financial highlights for the FY2019 CAFR. Council unanimously accepted the report.

Pacheco Morton said the audit issued a clean opinion for the County’s financial


County Sells 1010 Central To LAPS Credit Union

The future site of Los Alamos Public  Schools Credit Union at 1010 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post


The Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union is getting a new home – right next to the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the sale of 1010 Central Ave., a stretch of green space that runs along the parking lot in front of the Municipal Building, during its regular Tuesday night meeting.

The sale price, according to agenda documents, is $360,950.


Los Alamos County Council Pays Tribute To Retiring Atomic City Tours Owner Georgia Strickfaden

Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden her popular yellow tour van. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
At the Council meeting Tuesday, retiring Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, center, holds a proclamation that designated Wednesday as Georgia Strickfaden Day. Joining Strickfaden, from left, County Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Affordable Housing Projects On DP Road Slated To Begin This Month

A rendering of the affordable apartment complex planned for development on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC


Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus

Los Alamos Daily Post

This coming year will see a lot of building activity on DP Road. The two affordable housing projects – Canyon Walk and The Bluffs apartment complexes – are slated to begin construction.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that grading work by Bethel Developments, Inc. on the Canyon Walk apartment


Jan. 19-25 Proclaimed Diversity Week

From left, Christina Olds, Dr. Madhavi Garimella and Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz hold up a proclamation, which declares Jan. 19-25 Diversity Week in Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation, which declares Jan. 19-25 as Diversity Week.

Councilor David Izraelevtiz presented the proclamation, which read:

WHEREAS: Our community’s success depends upon making everyone living in Los Alamos County feel welcome and included; and

WHEREAS: We are fortunate to have a rich and diverse culture here


Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport. Military aircraft are a somewhat familiar sight at the airport; Humphres said typically the airport sees one to two military flights a month


Master Gardener Classes Start Tuesday Feb. 4

Basket of Gold (Alyssum montanum). Courtesy/LAMG


For anyone desiring inspiration for this year’s garden or landscaping, now is the time to register for the Master Gardener course offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through April 25, 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday in Fuller Lodge, and are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening.

Each of the 13 classes will be taught by specialists from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos County Agent – Carlos Valdez. A few of the numerous