County Government

Board Of Public Utilities Moves Meeting To March 25

Board of Public Utilities News:

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rescheduled its March 18 meeting to occur one week later at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

While Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present to the BPU in council chambers, BPU members will participate by phone. This social distancing is to comply with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Officials encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email.  

Included on the


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Canceled: County Personnel Board Meeting March 17

COUNTY News:

In alignment with Los Alamos County’s policies for limiting the impact of COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel the County Personnel Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28.

Further announcements will be issued should the April meeting be canceled or rescheduled.


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Councilor James Robinson Discusses COVID-19 Pandemic

By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos County Council

Good morning Los Alamos,

I personally wanted to first begin by thanking all those workers in our food and retail service. The last week has brought a tremendous amount of change to our daily lives, and every one of you has handled the crowds with grace and patience.

I also would like to give thanks to our amazing community. As soon as it was announced the schools and other services were closing, social media groups were created to help organize volunteers to get those people who are in need what they require to get through this trying time.

When the need comes,


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Senior Center Buildings Close BUT Services Are Available

The Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy/BESC
White Rock Senior Center at 133 Longview Dr. Courtesy/WRSC

SENIOR CENTER News:

 

The Betty Ehart Senior Center and White Rock Senior Center buildings are closing effective Monday for the short term as a precaution to COVID-19.

However, the senior center food and transportation services remain operational. A daily drive thru, pick up lunch is available noon to 1 p.m. and can be reserved by leaving a message by 10 a.m. at each center:

Make lunch reservations by 10 a.m. at:

  • White Rock – 505.672.2034; and
  • Los Alamos – 505.662.8920.

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COVID-19: Los Alamos County Provides Updates, Announces Additional Closures Taking Effect Monday, March 16

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

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott provided updates this morning regarding the County’s policies for limiting the impact of COVID-19.

“The community has done an amazing job of taking required actions, recommendations, and caring behaviors to heart; we are making a difference,” Scott said. “However, public health concerns continue to evolve as does the context for how our community is and will be affected, including school closures and the return of community members from college and travel.”

Scott


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County Assessor’s Office Remains Open For Business

County Assessor Ken Milder

COUNTY News:

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and recent reports of closures, the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office would like to inform the public that staff will continue to conduct business and provide services without changes for the foreseeable future.

Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, the Assessor’s Office will continue coordinating with the Emergency Management Office and County Manager to align with other proactive measures being taken.

During this emergency situation, ensuring the health and well-being of the public and staff is the top


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County Addresses Contractors, Service Contracts, Facilities

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess sent a letter Friday to contractors who operate a variety of County facilities on behalf of the County, assuring them that they could continue to receive monthly compensation in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Burgess sent the letter to the executive directors of the Los Alamos History Museum, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which manages the Nature Center, the Fuller Lodge Arts Center and the Arts Council.

The executive directors expressed concerns to the County about financial impacts, should


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Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office To Limit In-Person Services in Response To COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

COUNTY News:

As a result of Governor Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a public health emergency this week, due to reported COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, County Clerk Naomi Maestas is taking proactive measures, beginning Monday, March 16, and until further notice, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office will suspend all in-person services and transactions.

Customers may drop off items in its designated drop-box located outside the Clerk’s Office, and the items will be mailed back to customers after processing. Any urgent matters needing in-person services, will be handled through appointments


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Los Alamos County Library System Addresses COVID-19

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Library System issues response to the COVID-19 Outbreak:

Los Alamos County is monitoring the current outbreak with the goal of taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the community.

At this time, the Library System is taking the following measures:

  • Furniture has been reconfigured to increase distance between seated individuals in library spaces.
  • Toys and crayons have been removed from the youth areas.
  • Borrowed item returns are being routed away from service desks and towards drop boxes to decrease the number of people handling them.

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Canceled: County Council Work Session March 17

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott made the decision earlier today to cancel the upcoming work session scheduled for March 17.

In making this decision, she noted that with the emerging situation surrounding COVID-19, it is prudent to exercise caution and support similar efforts to limit the spread of the disease.

“Given that work sessions are not a required meeting according to County Code, unlike stated requirements for twice-monthly regular County Council meetings, it seems appropriate to cancel this specific work session, especially since the limited number of


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Los Alamos Council Chair Sara Scott Addresses COVID-19

By SARA SCOTT
Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Our County is facing challenges to our health, economy and personal stress levels – concerns regarding the Coronavirus are evolving rapidly and we are all responding to new information, significant closures, and public health orders daily. As a community, this is a chance for us to show how much we care for each other.

We’ve been through challenges before and what I’ve seen from folks in town these past few weeks doesn’t surprise me – from the sincere interest by so many in what they personally can do to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to rapidly


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Postponed: Coffee With A Cop And Athletes

 

LAPD News:
The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that next week’s Coffee with a Cop and Special Olympics Athletes at Starbucks will be postponed based on precautions related to the Coronavirus.
“On Wednesday, March 11, we received an official statement from Special Olympics that they would be suspending all fundraising efforts for their athletes until March 31 at which point they will re-evaluate the situation,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.
LAPD was notified today that Starbucks also will be taking the same precautions, “to protect the health and well-being of our customers

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Los Alamos County Issues Update On COVID-19

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

County Assessing, Monitoring Impacts on County Services

The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office and County Manager continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in cooperation with the State Department of Health and new directives being issued. 

County Manager Harry Burgess said today that he expects Situation Reports from Department Directors by the end of today regarding their assessment of their department and a variety of factors that might impact County services in the near future.

Burgess said that planning is underway


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Los Alamos Municipal Court Currently Staying Open

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen

Municipal Court News:

With the latest reports of closures within the State of New Mexico, Los Alamos Municipal Court is staying open unless directed differently by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

However, there are options for individuals who do not want to appear in public:

Teen Court

Teen Court is currently postponed while the New Mexico Schools are closed. The Court will notify all those currently scheduled for Teen Court to set a new date. Those who are completing Teen Court sanctions will get an extension to comply in connection with the school closure


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Canceled: CDAB Meeting Scheduled For Monday

COUNTY News:

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) scheduled for Monday, March 16 has been canceled.

The decision was made after consulting with Vice Chair Catherine Ozment and Council Liaison James Robinson. The reason behind cancelling the meeting is COVID-19 concerns.

“While I realize the risk right now may not be high, I was not willing to potentially risk the health of board members and their families,” CDAB Chair Aaron Walker said. “In my opinion, the tasks we had upcoming on our agenda can afford to wait a month in order to prioritize health and safety measures.”

About the CDAB:


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DPU Recommends Customers Conduct Business By Phone

COUNTY News:

In light of New Mexico Governor Lujan-Grisham’s public health emergency announced Wednesday, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities encourage its customers to conduct business with the department by phone or email as much as possible.

Customer Care representatives can transfer utilities services, verify account information or utility bills, and issue banner permits all by phone. Customers can reach the department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us. Payments can be made online at https://ladpu.com/paymentus


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Los Alamos County Issues Response To Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham/NMDOH Mass Gatherings Ban Due To COVID-19

COUNTY News:

The increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus spurred the Governor and New Mexico Health Department to issue a Public Health Emergency Order to Limit Mass Gatherings. In response to this, Los Alamos County began this afternoon a case-by-case assessment of all reservations, programs and events.

“The main thing is we are following the Governor’s orders,” said Los Alamos County Communications and Public Relation’s Leslie Bucklin.

The Order, dated March 12, and lasting through April 11, 2020 is stated as follows:

“All Mass Gatherings are hereby prohibited under the


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