Public Safety

Los Alamos County DPU Suspends Utility Service Shut-Offs


As of March 13, 2020, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities suspended shutting utility services off to customers for non-payment due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

Board of Public Utilities members agreed at the March 25 meeting and directed the DPU staff to continue this practice until the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Order is lifted.

“We still encourage customers to try and keep up with utility bills,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. 

However, for customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills, Shelton


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Orders Expedited Permits For Trucks Delivering Relief Supplies To New Mexicans

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Tuesday to facilitate the speedy transit of emergency relief goods across New Mexico.

Executive Order 2020-017 requires the New Mexico Department of Transportation to issue special permits to allow heavier-than-normal vehicles to traverse the state when their loads consist primarily of relief supplies. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains around the world, making it harder in some cases for New Mexicans to obtain the food, medicine and clothing they need,” Gov. Lujan


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 363, One More Death


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 48 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

The updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases are now at 363 with one additional death related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County


Dr. Robert McClees Issues Message To Local Community

CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, Updates for week 12 ending March 21, 2020. Link Courtesy/TUC


By Robert S. McClees, MD.
Diplomate ABFM
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
CEO, CMO, Owner

To our community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant healthcare challenges for all of us. No one is untouched and all are concerned.

If you have a cough, fever, trouble breathing or you think you have contracted COVID-19 then immediately call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline at 1.855.600.4353 or use the link


Los Alamos Clinic Owner Appeals To Congressman Luján

Diplomate ABFM
CEO, CMO, Owner
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
Los Alamos, NM 

Mr. Lujan,

I’m trying to stay open to serve the healthcare needs of my community. 

My supply of PPEs is extremely low  and once I’m out I will have to close my clinic as it will be unsafe for my employees. 

I have emailed the NMDOH at the email address you provided in your latest COVID-19 newsletter to get more PPEs and have not had a response.   

I called the number you provided in your newsletter to get more PPEs and they do not pick up the phone. 

Current OSHA and CDC guidelines do not allow me to reuse my PPEs.


LAFD Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Gets Underway

Los Alamos Fire Department map of the wildfire fuels reduction project area. Courtesy LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas:

  • Ponderosa Estates Range Road;
  • North Horse Stable Bench;
  • Walnut Bench, Villa Bench;
  • Lower Loma Linda;
  • Camino Redondo; and
  • Camino Uva.

Starting Thursday, April 2, LAFD crews along with crews from Santa Fe County will begin


Los Alamos Police Welcome Cpl. Joseph Dezendorf

The Los Alamos Police Department welcomes aboard Cpl. Joseph Dezendorf, sworn in to service today, April 1, in the Magistrate Court by the honorable Judge Pat Casados. Cpl. Dezendorf moved to Los Alamos with his family over a year ago from Louisiana where he worked for the state as a probation & parole officer for more than seven years. LAPD is grateful to be able to add to its ranks during this time in the community to ensure that they continue to provide the best level possible of customer service and public safety. Courtesy/LAPD


Metzger’s Is Essential And Open For Business!

Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos and the store on N.M. 4 in White Rock are essential and open for business. Courtesy photo

Metzger’s  News:

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, Metzger’s Hardware is temporarily implementing changes to store hours at both locations. 

Effective Saturday, April 4, both Metzger’s stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate the support and patience of our community as we adjust to current conditions and accommodate our staff members who have needed