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Actions Expected At County Council Meeting July 27

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers inside the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Items on the agenda include a public hearing on an ordinance to zone a parcel of land identified as Tract RM, Eastern Area 3, as Professional-Office (P-O).

According to agenda documents, this parcel of land is a vacant 0.28-acre lot at 3292 Trinity Dr., that will solely be used as a parking lot for two adjacent properties: the apartment complex at 3301 Canyon Road and the Clendenen Business Building at 3250 Trinity Dr.

Additional Agenda


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Heinrich, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Bill Following SolarWinds, Colonial Hacks

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined several of his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery.

The legislation is in part a response to the hack of IT management firm SolarWinds, which resulted in the compromise of hundreds of federal agencies and private companies, and the May 2021 ransomware attack on the Colonial


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State Disburses Over $63 Million To Local Governments

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announces that $63 million of the American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) has been distributed to eligible local entities.

“DFA is pleased to be the conduit working with the U.S. Treasury to get this money out to local governments,” DFA Cabinet Secretary Debbie Romero said. “We have been preparing for this knowing how important it is to get the funding distributed efficiently and effectively.”

“Working in collaboration with the New Mexico Municipal League, city managers and governing bodies, allowed DFA to expedite the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 273 New Cases, Totaling 208,243 With 2 New Deaths And 196,373 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Thursday announced 273 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 71 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Curry

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U.S. Sen. Luján Leads Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Infrastructure Of National Laboratories

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 14 of his colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to address the needs of Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in ongoing infrastructure efforts.

The network of 17 National Laboratories across the United States advance critical missions for the Department and additional investments in restoring and modernizing National Lab infrastructure will support scientific and economic competitiveness while creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

Joining Sen. Luján in the letter


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Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


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School Board Appoints Erin Green To Fill Vacancy

Staff Report

In a unanimous vote, the Los Alamos School Board this evening chose Erin Green to fill the District 5 seat, left vacant when Dawn Jalbert resigned from the Board.

Green will serve out the rest of Jalbert’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021. She will need to run for election in November if she wishes to retain the seat.

Screen shot via Zoom from Monday’s League of Women Voters School Board Candidate Forum


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Heinrich, Luján Welcome $5M+ In Investment Support For New Mexico Rural Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming investments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, and the City of Belen.

USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities.

“Access to clean drinking water is a human right. We must do all we can to provide safe


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Governor Lowers Flags In Mourning For New Mexico Firefighter Janet Tracy Killed In Apparent Accident

From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this morning ordered state flags to half-staff in mourning for Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter in Sierra County who was killed Tuesday in an apparent accident on duty.
According to New Mexico State Police, Tracy, 59, was providing aid to a crash victim south of Truth or Consequences on Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by fire apparatus driven by a fellow volunteer. She reportedly sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I’m shaken by this horrific incident,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Volunteer

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