County Government

County Non-essential Facilities On Delayed Opening

View early this morning of weather conditions along Central Avenue at 15th Street in downtown Los Alamos. Screenshot from MyDrive

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Steven Lynne has ordered a two-hour delay for all non-essential county government facilities today, Jan. 17, due to hazardous weather conditions.

County crews are working to clear major roads and streets according to the FY23 Snow and Ice Control Plan

Interested individuals can check conditions of some of the major roadways and intersections in Los Alamos on the MyDrive County webpage (a live streaming video service). Read More

Atomic City Transit On 2-Hour Delay Due To Weather

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Atomic City Transit regular scheduled bus service and para transit will operate on a 2-hour delay today, Jan. 17 due to weather conditions. 

Service will begin at 7:55 a.m. today.

Route 3 regular route, 2, 1 & 6 Peak Services will remain suspended until further notice due to staffing shortage.    

Call the ACT office at (505) 661-RIDE (7433) for any additional information or use the ACTracker to locate bus routes in real-time. 

For the specific route service schedules, click here. Read More

County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Jan. 17

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board (LTAB) meets at noon Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. and virtually on Zoom.

This meeting is open to the public.

Find the agenda to this meeting here: Jan. 17, 2023 LTAB Agenda.

Find the link to this meeting here.

Webinar ID: 899 7514 3858
Passcode: 683643

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Board Of Public Utilities To Hold Regular Meeting Jan. 18

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities will hold a regular meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

This meeting will be conducted in person in Council Chambers. Members of the public may view proceedings online or attend and provide public comment via Zoom.

The complete agenda packet, Zoom link, Webinar ID and call-in mobile/phone numbers are available online here. Read More

CSD To Host Public Meetings On Integrated Master Plan

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) will be hosting three public meetings Jan. 25 and 26 to share the results from the development of the new Community Services Integrated Master Plan (IMP).

Berry Dunn, the professional consulting service that assisted in the development of the IMP will be onsite to present the recommended action plan and answer any questions. 

These meetings are in person and have Zoom access.  

The IMP was developed to assess existing programs, services, and facilities, as well as identify gaps and potential future needs. Key inputs into Read More

Los Alamos Fire Department To Host 2022 Retirement, Recognition And Promotion Ceremony Saturday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) invites the public to join its 2022 retirement, recognition and promotion ceremony of distinguished LAFD employees.  

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Crossroads Church, 97 East Road  

Light refreshments will be served.

State Sen. Leo Jaramillo will deliver a keynote address with brief remarks from Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti and Deputy County Manager Anne Laurent.

A complete listing of the 2022 retirements, recognitions and promotions, including the Phoenix and Stork Awards and the badge pinning progression, Read More

County: Hazard Branches To Be Trimmed Beginning Jan.17

COUNTY News:

To mitigate hazards and power outages, a new round of tree trimming coordinated by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Residents may see Southwest Fire Defense & Tree Services professionals throughout the townsite, White Rock, Pajarito Ski Area and Rendija Canyon.

Southwest Fire Defense & Tree Services is under contract with the Electric Distribution Division of the DPU. While DPU’s list of hazard branches covers the whole county, the current priorities are for branches in the vicinity of overhead Read More

County: Sidewalk Closure At Northwest Corner Of Diamond And Sandia Drive Tuesday Jan. 17

COUNTY News:

Tuesday, Jan. 17 weather permitting, Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will be closing the sidewalk at the northwest corner of Diamond Drive at Sandia Drive.

Southbound Diamond Drive pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the East side of Diamond Drive at the intersection of Sandia Drive and Diamond Drive.

Eastbound Sandia Drive pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the Southwest corner of Sandia Drive at Diamond Drive

Crews will be replacing a wireless communication radio. Please approach the work zone with caution and obey all traffic devices.

Vehicle traffic are Read More

Big Changes On Horizon For Mari Mac Plaza

Aerial view taken in late 2022 of the Mari Mac Shopping Center. Drone shot by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

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

After almost 10 years of speculating on Mari Mac Plaza’s fate after Smith’s relocated across the street and watching pieces of the plaza abandoned and deteriorated, Columbus Capital is stepping in with an idea to turn Mari Mac around.

Developers Jeffrey Branch and Greg Gonzales of Columbus Capital recently discussed the status of their plans with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Last year, Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Read More

County Council Discusses 2023 Strategic Priorities

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

Los Alamos County Council routinely reviews, modifies and approves a list of strategic priorities but this year something new was introduced.

During the special session Tuesday night, Deputy County Manager Anne Laurent introduced councilors to a proposed public dashboard that will track the 2023 strategic priorities and identify the progress being made toward reaching these priorities.

“In conjunction with our new website we have been looking at how to also at the same time implement a public dashboard that would go live Read More

Lunch With A Leader: Council Chair Denise Derkacs Jan. 19

Los Alamos County Council Chair Denise Derkacs

LWVLA News:

The next “Lunch with a Leader”, an event for the entire community hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA), is noon Thursday, Jan. 19, via zoom.

The leader is Los Alamos County Council Chair Denise Derkacs. She was elected to Council two years ago and has served as vice chair this past year. Prior to her election, she served for more than two years as a volunteer on the Community Development Advisory Board.

Derkacs retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 20 years of employment. She worked as a chief of staff to senior Read More

LAPD Investigates Crash At Grand Canyon & Pajarito Road

LAPD is investigating this crash that occurred this morning at the intersection of Grand Canyon and Pajarito Road on N.M. 4 in White Rock. LAFD transported one person from the scene with minor injuries to LAMC. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred this morning at the intersection of Grand Canyon and Pajarito Road on N.M. 4 in White Rock. 

The Los Alamos Fire Department transported one person with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center.

LAPD advises motorists to exercise caution when traveling near this crash Read More

Skolnik: Governmental Silence Is NOT Good Emergency Preparedness And Response

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
White Rock

One month ago, Los Alamos faced a major outage of telephone and internet services. That outage raised a number of issues related to the health and well-being of the community, including:

          • How could community members reach 911 in an emergency?
          • Where was information about the outage being broadcast?
          • Were there sites within the county at which we could use the internet or make telephone calls, despite the outage?

I was exceptionally disappointed that the County was silent on these matters during the outage, since the provision of such information to the community should Read More

County: Final Week For Biennial Community Survey

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in partnership with its contractor National Research Center (NRC), began its biennial Community Survey in early December with a mailing to 2,500 randomly selected households throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Jan. 2, the Open Participation survey began, allowing all Los Alamos County citizens to share their feedback. The Community Survey closes for everyone at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 15. All paper copies of the survey must be received by then.  

Residents who received a mailed invitation to participate are encouraged to take the survey online this week using the Read More

NCRTD Announces Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closure

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced the RTD Blue Buses will not be in service Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The exception will be the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to the Santa Fe National Forest, which will be operating on its nonwinter schedule through Jan. 16. Read More

BPU To Consider Nuclear-Powered Los Alamos

Courtesy/DPU

COUNTY News:

Energy generation comes in many shapes and sizes, some of which leave lasting carbon footprints and others that don’t. One type of future generation that aims to power cities fully without polluting the environment with carbon involves Small Modular Reactors (SMR)—or nuclear energy.

The public is invited to attend an informational workshop on the subject 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, during the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) monthly work session.

Los Alamos County is a partner in the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), spearheaded by the Utah Associated Municipal Read More

County Council To Discuss 2023 Strategic Priorities Tuesday

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is holding a special session 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

This meeting is in person and open to the public. However, for convenience, the following Zoom meeting link and/or telephone call-in numbers may be used for public viewing and participation: 

  • Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82683176848
  • Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592
    or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099
  • Webinar ID: 826 8317 6848

The purpose Read More

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