Public Safety

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


New Mexico Health Department: Revised Testing Criteria For COVID-19 … Guidelines Relaxed To Allow More People Tested

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today is providing revised testing criteria announced by Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel during Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Tuesday afternoon news conference.  
Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregant


Los Alamos JJAB Resource Specialists Are Here To Help

JJAB News:

Youth and their families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

While there are resources in our community, the JJAB Resource Specialists are the connective tissue able to help coordinate them.

JJAB Resource Specialists are available to offer short-term assistance (if a youth or family need just one or two resources) as well as still being able to provide normal intensive case management. Services are available to youth, ages 5-18, and their families that live or attend school in Los Alamos County. JJAB’s goal is to provide as much assistance


COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 31, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Tuesday 31 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Many states now seem to be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points drop below the dashed lines matching their growth over the past two weeks. This is very good news. But the disease is still spreading, as new cases appear everywhere. The growth in New York now has a doubling time even longer than 4 days. Its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day


Los Alamos County Social Services Manager: Keep Up Good Work On Social Distancing, Practice Self-Care, Help Others

Social Services Manager Donna Casados


As Los Alamos County wraps up another week under the State of New Mexico’s “Stay At Home” executive order, Social Services Manager Donna Casados commented upon the current situation and commended the community on taking positive, proactive steps to comply with the order.

“We’ve observed that many of our residents are taking the order seriously,” Casados said, noting that the mitigation measure of social distancing remains the best course of action when individuals must take care of urgent business or tasks that require them to move


NM Tourism Dept. Prepares To Focus On Recovery Efforts

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — In response to the significant economic impact due to COVID-19, the New Mexico Tourism Department will review the first phase of the department’s planned recovery strategy for the tourism industry through a webcast scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2.

The webcast will feature NMTD leadership and staff, along with  representatives from the Department of Workforce Solutions, Department of Finance & Administration, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The panel will review immediate assistance offered through the CARES Act, grant funding


Scene: Shoppers Outside Smith’s Marketplace This Morning

A line forms at 7:15 a.m. today at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos with 25 people allowed in the store at a time. Within a couple of moments of this photo another 25 people were allowed in and at about 7:20 a.m. a third group of 25 people were permitted inside to shop. Smith’s Marketplace and Smith’s in White Rock set aside 7-8 a.m. daily for senior citizens 60 years of age and older to shop and the person who took this photo said only a few people in line this morning look less than 60 years old. Courtesy photo


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Postponed

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, is postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

DEA will reschedule Take Back Day for a date shortly after the health crisis recedes and national emergency guidelines are lifted.

The health and safety of our communities is a top priority for DEA. Given the overwhelming public response to past Take Back events and the anticipated large turnout for April’s event, DEA determined it would be prudent to suspend the event until safety concerns are mitigated.


Udall, Heinrich: Coronavirus Bill Includes Direct Payments, Major Unemployment Insurance Expansion For New Mexicans


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week.

The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.

The direct payments will