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DPU Reminds Residents To Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

DPU reminds residents to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters.

This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.

Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard. 

“Make sure your gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” he said. “Clearing your meters of snow


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

By REID PRIEDHORSKY
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


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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

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

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


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

COUNTY News:

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


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County Discoveries Action Team Meets Jan. 23

COUNTY News:

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


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Los Alamos County To Challenge EPA MS-4 Ruling

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

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


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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/ladailypost.com

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

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


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