Ungerleider: Worth Fighting For

By DAN UNGERLEIDER
Economic Development Administrator
Los Alamos County
The past two years in Los Alamos County have exemplified the strength and resiliency of this community. Add the past month of wildfire danger and the driest conditions we have ever seen for a complete picture of how this community rises to meet the unexpected and fights for the quality-of-life Los Alamos is known for.
Los Alamos County, in partnership with the Lab and hundreds of firefighting personnel from across the country, acted quickly and worked around the clock to fight the Cerro Pelado Fire. Thank you to every person who spent long hours keeping Los Alamos safe and informed.

As a community, we turn our attention toward the coming summer. Graduation celebrations for the Class of 2022 kick off the season, signaling the start of 100 Days of Summer. However, many local businesses are still reeling from the challenges faced throughout COVID-19, which are now compounded by the Cerro Pelado Fire. The County Economic Development office continues to work directly with local businesses on programs and funding to assist those impacted by these unanticipated events. But how can you help?

As our County and the surrounding lands remain under Stage 3 fire restrictions, many are missing the escape into our backyard playground. Although the forests are closed, Los Alamos is OPEN! Take this opportunity to discover Los Alamos in a new way, and support local businesses in the process.

There is no shortage of things to do in Los Alamos. The Friday night Summer Concert Series has begun, with a special hometown visit by our own James Carothers this weekend. Tuesdays at the Pond highlight a wide variety of local talent, starting May 31 with local favorite LAHS Jazz Ensemble. Movies in the Park kick off their summer series on June 1 with Encanto, and ChamberFest is right around the corner on June 4 – help us thank the firefighters by stopping by and signing the banner!

Plan to spend the day downtown. Eat lunch somewhere you haven’t visited in a while. Find something unexpected at one of the many unique shops we have. Afterward, celebrate the start of summer by enjoying dinner on the patio of one of our local restaurants or breweries. Check out the Los Alamos Walk & Shop Guide for a list of Los Alamos and White Rock downtown restaurants and shops to discover.

Find the Community Vitality Update in this issue of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Learn about how Los Alamos County has continued to move forward with housing projects and development, securing assistance programs, and collaborating with the Lab and Schools to strengthen our economic development and secure our quality of life. With it, you will find a Bucket List of things to do in the community. Add it to your fridge and check things off over the summer, make plans with a neighbor or coworker that is new to the area, or mail it to a family member interested in visiting.

Each time you choose to eat and shop here, play here, and stay here, you help fight for the quality-of-life Los Alamos is known for.

LOS ALAMOS

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