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Thursday April 9, 2020

The Los Alamos Police Department is announcing that one burglary from the Quemazon area on April 1st was solved yesterday as a result from work done by our Criminal Investigations Section, and assistance from the Community. Three Juveniles will have charges forwarded to the Office of Juvenile Probation and Parole in connection with this crime. All property associated with this case has been returned to the victim.
The Los Alamos Police Department is continuing to follow up on leads related to the other recent burglaries and wants to remind the Public to be vigilant in contacting us on suspicious activity and visiting our link of recent surveillance footage; https://vimeo.com/user111050420
The Commercial Burglaries which occurred on March 28th have a reward of over $2,000.00 for any information which may lead to apprehension of the suspect(s) involved.
All other burglaries have a reward of up to $500.00. Reporting individuals may call L.A. Crime-stoppers at (505) 662-8282.

 

Wednesday April 8, 2020

-Los Alamos County would like to remind residents using County parks, trails and other open spaces of the importance of maintaining social distancing within these areas as much as possible. Mass gatherings are still prohibited as outlined in the State of New Mexico's executive order. No more than five individuals should be gathered in parks or using trails. County Parks' crews have installed signage about social distancing and mass gatherings in parks.
"Voluntary compliance with the executive order will help us keep our parks open for all to enjoy," said Beverley Simpson, Emergency Manager, "at a time when other counties are closing parks, we would like to be able to keep ours available. We understand the need for residents to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, but we need to follow the Governor's orders, too."
Residents are also reminded that County Code, Chapter 6 regarding Animals states that animals that are off the owner's premises need to be on a leash

 

Tuesday April 7, 2020

- Los Alamos County Public Works - Traffic & Streets, will begin a pavement preservation project along North and South San Ildefonso Road and on North Mesa Road.
Work hours will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.
A flagging operation will be used to move vehicles safely through the work zone. Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down and obey all traffic control devices.
Questions or concerns regarding this project may be sent to Scott Halder, Los Alamos County Streets Superintendent at (505) 663-1937 or scott.halder@lacnm.us

New Mexico has 686 cases of Covid-19 and the death toll remains at 12. 21,825 people have been tested. 133 people have recovered.
President Donald Trump has signed off on a federal disaster declaration for New Mexico, freeing up funding to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts.
The declaration allows the state to start asking for federal dollars up front - up to 50% - for approved projects to help with the response efforts.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a series of public health orders aimed at getting people to stay home to curb the spread. On Monday, she extended closures of non-essential businesses until April 30 and further limited the number of people who could be inside supermarkets, hardware stores and other businesses to 20% of the maximum capacity. Liquor stores have closed, and car dealerships can only sell on line.
The amended public health order also says lodging facilities, including RV parks, cannot operate at more than 25% maximum capacity, down from 50%.
At the end of March, the environment department conducted more than 100 inspections of restaurants and food establishments that are operating under new rules. Most were complying.

 

Monday April 6,2020

Online registration for Kindergarten for 2020-2021 at Aspen, Barranca, Chamisa, Mountain, and Piñon Elementary will be available on Monday, April 6, 2020 through the Los Alamos Public Schools' website. Registration is an important step to ensure that your child is placed in a kindergarten class for the upcoming school year.
To enroll your child, simply visit the LAPS Registration page at laschools.net/registration. From the Registration page, choose the Kindergarten tab to begin the application.
Children who turn five before 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2020, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. The first day of school is August 13, 2020.
In addition, the applications for the NM PreK Lottery will also open on Monday, April 6, 2020. We currently have a NM PreK program at Piñon elementary. We hope to receive funding to offer additional NM PreK programs in Los Alamos for the 2020-2021 school year. There is a maximum enrollment based on available funding so applications will be entered into a lottery for acceptance into the program. The lottery opens at 8:00 a.m. and will be accessible at laschools.net. Lottery selection will be made in June 2020.

For questions or more information, please contact Sandra Osborn at s.osborn@laschools.net or 505-663-2228.

 

Friday April 3, 2020

The Los Alamos Police Department wants the Los Alamos Public to be aware that there have been 15 victims of burglaries within the last 6 days.

On March 27th on North Mesa there was one victim of an auto burglary where the suspect used a stolen credit card and we have uploaded a video to the link provided below.  LAPD Investigations section believes the vehicle to be 2013 White Honda Civic 2-door. Anyone with information related to this suspect may be eligible for up to a $500.00 reward.

In the early morning hours of March 28th seven local businesses were burglarized, the reward for information leading to the arrest of these suspects is $1850.00.

In the early morning hours of April 1st there was a vehicle burglary in the Quemazon neighborhood.  There is a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of these suspects.

Also, in the early morning hours of April 1st there were five vehicle burglaries and one residential burglary in the White Rock area.  We have uploaded a video to our link that shows five juvenile suspects.  The suspects were on foot and a bike early that morning.  The suspects were targeting unlocked vehicles and unsecured homes.  We ask anyone with information on this group of juveniles to call LA crime-stoppers and there is a $500.00 reward.

Please visit our link at: https://vimeo.com/user111050420 to see the videos

Tips can be made at (505) 662-8282.

"The Los Alamos Police Department has increased patrols. We will be placing crime alert cards on any residence, vehicle, or business that is unsecured to warn and remind citizens to secure their property and remove valuables from sight and access."

"Also, any suspicious vehicle or group will be stopped and investigated by our officers.  Especially, late at night.  We want to ask parents of teenagers to monitor and be aware of your children's where-a-bouts in the evening."

"The Los Alamos Police Department is aggressively patrolling in the evenings.  Last night, a felon was apprehended by patrol officers in possession of a firearm and in possession of illicit drugs."

"Two separate groups of teenagers were also located by officers last night. Individuals in one group were in possession of alcohol and the other group had individuals in possession of marijuana."

"It is imperative that our community stays safe during this Public Health Emergency, and we can do so by partnering together."

 

 

Thursday April 2, 2020

- 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," stated Utilities Manager Philo Shelton.  However, for customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills, he adds that the Customer Care Center is available to discuss options, including possible financial assistance programs. 

Shelton also reminded more fortunate customers to consider donating to the Utility Assistance Program.  The UAP program is administered by the DPU and is used to assist qualifying customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills.  One hundred percent of money donated is used to help qualifying customers. Contact the Customer Care Center for details on how to donate to the UAP to assist Los Alamos customers in need.

The Customer Care Center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone or email:  505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us

 

 

Wednesday April 1, 2020

As of yesterday the state had Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 315 with 5 deaths and 26 recoveries. Los Alamos has no confirmed cases. Infections statewide are doubling roughly every 3.5 days - a slower rate than major urban hot-spots, health officials said. To help slow the spread of infection, health officials are expanding testing to asymptomatic people who come into close contact or live with people who have tested positive. Nursing home residents or people who have congregated in large groups also are eligible

 

Tuesday March 31, 2020

March 31 Council meeting: format changes due to COVID-19
The Los Alamos County Council meeting scheduled in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. will be using a format that complies with the recent New Mexico Department of Health's public health emergency order governing mass gatherings because of COVID-19.
Public in-person attendance Tuesday evening will not be allowed. Minimal County staff will be in attendance to present items and most Councilors will be participating by phone. The agenda has been streamlined to focus on time-sensitive matters. Members of the public interested in watching the meeting can view the agenda and live-stream the meeting from home using this link and accessing the meeting tonight:
http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
The meeting will also be broadcast live on cable television on PAC-8, the local community station.
The County encourages public comment via e-mail at lacmanager@lacnm.us. Citizens are asked to type PUBLIC COMMENT in the subject line of the e-mail. Within the body of the e-mail, individuals should include a name, address, whether the comment pertains to a specific item on the agenda, and the comment. Public comments about items will be accepted prior to the meeting, to be read into the meeting at the appropriate time. In addition, the e-mail address will be monitored during the meeting for comments to be received during the live proceedings and read into the record when the Chair calls for public comment.

 

Monday March 30, 2020

On Saturday March 28th between 1am and 2am several Los Alamos businesses were targeted in a spree of burglaries.

The following businesses were burglarized;

China Palace Restaurant

Daniel’s Cafe

GRACIE BARRA Los Alamos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Petree Garden Center and Florist

Subway

Top Nails & Spa

Viola’s restaurant

The suspects utilized a light in color 4-door sedan with a sunroof. The suspects also stole a white van belonging to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu business.  A suspect driving the stolen van used it as a battering ram to access several of the businesses causing extensive damage.  The van was recovered outside Los Alamos County and the above businesses mentioned are reporting thefts from inside their establishments.

Two Los Alamos police officers responded to the Subway restaurant within minutes of the front of the business being destroyed.  The suspects left the area using the stolen van and suspect vehicle.  The Los Alamos police department has created a link of several surveillance footage feeds that we are asking the public to view.  LAPD is offering a $250.00 reward for anyone who may identify the suspects or the suspect vehicle.  Caller can call L.A. Crime stoppers at (505) 662-8282.  Callers may remain anonymous.

https://vimeo.com/user111050420

 

 

Weekend  March 28, 2020

Public Education Department Sec. Ryan Stewart, Indian Affairs Department Sec. Lynn Trujillo, Child Youth & Families Sec. Brian Blalock, and Early Childhood Education & Care Sec. Elizabeth Groginsky held a joint teleconference Friday morning to announce that K-12 schools in New Mexico will remain closed through the end of the current academic year..
Stewart said the department have been collaborating with the governor’s office and health officials monitoring the COVID-19 virus spread and ever since PED had to announce the temporary closure a few weeks ago. He said they were hoping they would see clear signs that it would be safe to return to normal operations on April 6.

He said the decision is in line with CDC guidance which suggests that longer closures are needed to stop the spread.

He said the announcement is not being taken lightly and has a tremendous impact on families and communities.

 

Dear LAPS Parents and Families

 

In light of the PED Secretary’s announcement today that “there is a strong likelihood that school will be closed for the remainder of the year”, we have a plan to help you and your children.  It is called innovative LA learning. The idea is to keep the minds of LAPS students engaged with creative, age-appropriate and constructive activities. While this is a time of uncertainty and challenge, it is a moment in history filled with unlimited opportunities for new learning. In fact, the amazing LAPS staff have already come up with constructive ways to work from home while being productive and sharing joy and humor.

 

innovative LA learning uses creative solutions and flexibility to help students meet important learning goals. The teaching will include lessons that are shared with students synchronously and asynchronously.

 

Timeline

 

March 23-27: While teachers and principals were on Spring Break, district leadership worked on 1) planning for remote learning and technology support; 2) reviewing strategies in the LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative, 3) contacting families that need help with internet access and computing devices, 4) updating websites, and 5) collecting learning resources for teachers, parents and students.

 

March 30-April 3: LAPS staff will be 1) developing additional learning strategies and roll-out details, 2) providing professional development for staff, 3) developing additional communications, 4) beginning one-on-one checking in with students and families and 5) distributing learning packets and computing devices to parents, as needed.

 

April 6: Begin daily implementation of innovative LA learning with these suggestions for daily student time: 

  • Pre-K: 30 minutes on developmentally appropriate learning activities, 15 minutes listening to a story
  • Grades K-1: 45 minutes on developmentally appropriate learning activities, 20 minutes listening to stories
  • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes on developmentally appropriate learning activities, 20 minutes reading
  • Grades 4-6: 90 minutes on lessons including specials - art, music and library, 30 minutes reading
  • Grades 7-12: 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours max in a day)                               

 

It’s Not All About Screens - Social emotional learning is even more important during this shift to more learning time at home. It can be easy for students to spend a lot of time in front of screens. As much as possible, we will provide students with tasks that get them up and moving and away from their devices. We will also make adjustments based upon Maslo's Hierarchy of Needs. If a student is worried about safety and food, it will be very difficult for them to concentrate on school work.

 

Teacher and Principal Office Hours - In addition to asynchronous and live classes, our  principals and teachers will post times for daily office hours. This enables students and parents to contact their teacher for help as they’re doing their schoolwork, and it helps our teachers maintain regular schedules.

These are exceptional times that require patience and understanding from students, parents, staff and community members. We are going to be gentle with ourselves and students, forgiving, and adjust along the way. We are a continuous improvement school district. Keeping the learning going at home requires major adjustments for teachers and students. Knowing the LAPS staff, we will rise to the challenge. Next week, please watch for communications from your school principal and teachers.  

 

 

Friday March 27, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 30, Chartwells and Los Alamos Public Schools will begin serving free breakfast along with free lunch as part of the Free Emergency Meals program for any child 18 and under. Meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. Single pick up times are Monday through Friday from 11 am - 1 pm at Aspen Elementary, and 12 pm - 1 pm at Chamisa and Piñon Elementary Schools.
Volunteers have been distributing free lunches since March 16. Since the program started, an average of 205 lunches have been handed out.

 

Thursday March 26, 2020

Water crews with the Los Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will drop the east northbound lane on Diamond Dr. just past the Sandia intersection to repair a water transmission line. Work is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. No interruption of water services is anticipated.
Motorists should expect some delays and are urged to use caution when driving near the construction zone. DPU officials thank the public for its patience during this time.

 

Wednesday March 25, 2020

The Los Alamos Community Foundation is committed to helping our community's nonprofit organizations now more than ever during these unprecedented times. No matter what their mission, all of our nonprofits will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And all of these organizations need additional resources.
Some of our nonprofits have had to cancel their largest fundraising events of the year. Some are ramping up their capacity to continue serving on the front lines of our community's needs. Others are dealing with an overall decline in revenue from many of their regular income sources, including the sales of tickets, goods, and fee for services.
If you can afford to support our nonprofits financially, now is the time to.
Allow us to make two suggestions for your philanthropy:
1. Give directly to your favorite organization. If there is a nonprofit whose services you use regularly, or whose work you particularly appreciate, make a contribution to them directly, as soon as possible. Send a check in the mail, or give through their website. Make your gift as unrestricted as possible, to allow that organization to put the funds to use how they need it most.
2. If you want to help but aren't sure how or where to give, we have you covered. LACF has created two Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds. One fund is focused on supporting nonprofits that are located in or serving Los Alamos County, the other fund is for the greatest need of nonprofits located in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. For more details, visit our website:
https://www.losalamoscf.org/giving/covid-19-nonprofit-emergency-response/
LACF is seeding these emergency response funds with a contribution of $5,000. We are waiving all administrative fees, and covering all credit card fees, so that 100% of your contribution will go directly to the nonprofit community.
Please consider giving to an organization that you know is in need, and consider making a contribution to one of the Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds. The Los Alamos Community Foundation will ensure that the funding gets out the door as soon as possible, and into the hands of those who are best equipped to put it to good use.

 

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Yesterday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced a sweeping new public health order that aims to keep most residents at home, prohibits public gatherings of more than five people and halts nonessential business activity that can't be done from remotely, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor said the new restrictions, which take effect this morning, are the rough equivalent of a shelter-in-place order, carried out through the administration's authority to limit private and public business activity.
The announcement marked a sharp change in tone by the governor, who said too many people were engaging in unnecessary, risky social interactions that could lead to a spike in coronavirus infections that might overwhelm the health care system and make it impossible to attend to acute cases with respiratory problems.
Positive tests increased to 83 cases, with nine hospitalizations and three people that are experiencing acute respiratory problems requiring ventilator equipment. The contagion is spreading in Albuquerque and Santa Fe on its own without links to travel and outside infection. As of Monday New Mexico had a total of 83 positive tests for COVID-19 with the following breakdown by county.
Bernalillo County: 38
Doña Ana County: 10
Lea County: 1
McKinley County: 2
Sandoval County: 7
San Juan County: 3
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 12
Socorro County: 2
Taos County: 3
Chaves County: 4
The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, additional restrictions enacted by order of the secretary of health Thursday are intended to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated by social distancing and isolation. Certain businesses are mandated closed; others have been instructed to limit operations. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Here is message from out LAPS superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus delivered yesterday after the Governor's press conference.
While students are on Spring Break, we are developing a plan to expand age-appropriate learning activities, provide needed computing devices and to check-in with students. We will:
Provide meaningful learning experiences that connect to students' home lives, interests, and identities;
Leverage the assets of home-based learning, rather than trying to recreate school; and
Support learning that is relevant to our students with resources that are available at home and with meaningful family engagement, when possible.
We are using telephone calls and email surveys to identify students who do not have internet connectivity. If you do not have internet access in your home, please call 505-663-2227. Leave your name, your student's name, and the best number to reach you.
Students without an internet connection or a computing device will be contacted with offers of assistance.
Our goal is equity for all students.

 

Monday March 23, 2020

North Road at the intersection of Diamond Drive remains closed due to a water break that occurred Thursday morning. Traffic to and from Quemazon is rerouted on Sycamore. Other traffic impacts include a southbound lane drop on Diamond which includes the closure of the bike lane and sidewalk on the west side of Diamond. Temporary repairs are estimated to be complete by early this week.
According to Traffic and Streets Division Manager Juan Rael, county crews made progress on repairing this section of Diamond and North Rd. However, due to the severity of the break and the amount of erosion that occurred, additional repairs are needed before the county can open up this section of road again.
Repairs to the area will continue into early this week. Permanent repairs to the waterline will be scheduled by DPU crews in the spring. Motorists should expect some delays and are urged to use caution when driving near the construction zone.

 

Weekend March 21, 2020

While toilet paper may be in short supply in many stores, citizens may be tempted to use other products. “Don’t do it,” is the warning from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). 

 

Flushable wipes, baby wipes, wet wipes, moist towelettes may all claim on the packaging that they are safe to flush down the toilet, but only toilet paper won’t clog sewer lines, according to Deputy Manager Jack Richardson. “These products don’t disintegrate, which leads to sewer back-ups that are costly and a hazard to public health.”

 

Other items that should not be flushed include:

·        Feminine products

·        Dental Floss

·        Q-tips or Cotton Balls

·        Diapers

·        Condoms

·        Paper Towels or Tissues

·        Cigarette butts

·        Pills

 

 

Friday March 20, 2020

UNM-LA to Close Campus Buildings and Operate Remotely
In response to guidance from UNM President Stokes, information from government officials, and the current situation, the UNM-LA campus will close campus buildings, but remain "open" with employees working from home.
All operations will be handled remotely using phone, email, and online technology. UNM-LA classes, and student services, will continue but with a different delivery system. This complete shift to remote operations becomes effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19 and will continue until further notice.
Campus buildings and facilities will be locked and secured until further notice. No public access will be available, but authorized employees will be allowed limited access on an as-needed basis in the coming weeks.
Our continued goal is to create a safe and healthy place for our community and an environment for our students to learn, innovate, and achieve.
Rooney commented on the process of UNM decision making, "We are all striving to maintain social distance and 'flatten the curve,' as we also attempt to remain calm during chaos, adaptable during change, and united during times of uncertainty."
Students and employees are reminded to check your UNM email regularly for updates and guidance.

 

Thursday March 19, 2020

New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel will strengthen her previously issued public health order to include additional mandatory closures and guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico.

The new public health emergency order, which will take effect Thursday, March 19, prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. The order  will be signed tomorrow,

The order mandates the following:

Restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries and other food establishments must close to dine-in customers; take-out and home delivery are permitted
Indoor shopping malls must close
Recreational facilities, health clubs and resort spas must close
Theaters must close, including movie theaters
Flea markets must close
Important stipulations within the order include:

Typical business environments that are not engaged in the provision of an essential service should limit operations to the greatest extent possible and minimize employee contact.
“Typical business environments” are defined as businesses, governmental organizations, political subdivisions and other entities engaged in commercial, industrial, charitable or professional activities.
Hotels, motels and other places of lodging shall not operate at more than 50 percent of maximum occupancy. This restriction does not apply to operations providing lodging to health care workers who are engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents or those businesses providing temporary housing to individuals employed and working in New Mexico.
In addition to the above stipulations, these places are exempt from the order and may remain open:
Grocery stores and pharmacies
Shelters
Courthouses
Banks
Correction and detention facilities
Hospitals and other health-care facilities
Places of worship (during regular hours)
Restaurants with exterior entrances that are situated in shopping malls may offer delivery and takeout services.
ON HOARDING: The order, in an effort to limit hoarding, directs grocery stores and other retailers to limit the sale of over-the-counter medications, durable medical equipment, baby formula, diapers, sanitary care products and hygiene products to three packaged items per individual.

INTENT: The new public health order is a means of temporarily limiting person-to-person contact in New Mexico. The order should be construed narrowly; the overriding guidance to New Mexicans is to avoid contact with others in all scenarios except those essential to public health, safety and welfare.

The order is in effect until April 10, 2020, but can be extended as needed.

 

Wednesday March 18, 2020

Los Alamos County announced additional plans for limiting the impact of COVID-19. These plans address County employees and provision of services.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18:
1. Employees providing essential services who have the ability to work from home (telecommute) are being given assigned work and County-issued laptops. Department Directors have identified employees that fall within this category, including any employee who may be at higher health risk if they contract COVID-19.
2. Employees providing essential services who have a job that requires them to be in the field, such as public safety or utilities' workers, will report to work as scheduled.
3. All other employees who provide non-essential services, as defined and determined by Department Directors and with approval from the County Manager, will remain at home. They will be on special Emergency Paid Leave status, must be in contact with their Supervisor daily, and could be recalled to work at any time.
Customer service windows within County facilities will be closed to over-the-counter transactions and information about how to interact with County employees will be provided via phone or e-mail. Individuals should not travel to County facilities without first phoning the department they wish to visit to inquire about their current level of services, restrictions on visits, and any other information they can share about their transaction. In many cases, services are available on-line and members of the public will be directed to these resources. If an in-person visit is urgent and necessary, an appointment will be scheduled by phone or e-mail.
Burgess said the County will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and make further adjustments to services, hours of operation, or other considerations as needed. He asked for the community to support these additional steps taken with the County's workforce as much as possible.

 

Tuesday March 17, 2020

Including the above additional cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 21 positive tests for COVID-19 after 1270 tests.
Bernalillo County: 14
Sandoval County: 2
Santa Fe County: 3
Socorro County: 2
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into each of the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
The Department of Health and the governor encourage all New Mexicans to practice social distancing procedures: stay home, particularly if you are sick.
Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19.
New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
People without those symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for testing. 

 

Monday March 16, 2020

the total number of positive COVID-19 tests in New Mexico - 17 as of Monday morning.
Los Alamos County Council Chair Scott provided updates Sunday morning regarding the County's policies for limiting the impact of COVID-19.
1. Additional closures of frequently used public historic and recreational facilities.
County Manager Harry Burgess said that Community Services staff will be working today on implementing closure plans for the following facilities, which will take effect tomorrow (Monday, March 16):
Both public libraries, the Aquatic Center, Fuller Lodge, History Museum, Teen Center, both Youth Activity Centers, the Nature Center, Golf Course pro shop, and Fuller Lodge Art Center; all programs, classes and activities in those facilities are cancelled. The two senior centers will be closed with all programs cancelled but home meal deliveries will continue. Also, lunch meals will be provided via drive through as was implemented on Friday. The Senior Center will still provide transportation to medical appointments and delivery items such as prescriptions. Individuals should contact the Senior Center directly for these services.
Additionally, the two Visitor Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as the National Park's Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center, located in the Community Building, will all be closed beginning Monday.
Burgess said the closures will be in alignment with the Schools closures, which remain in place until April 6, unless otherwise modified.
Burgess further stated that Community Services staff and those organizations under contract to operate certain County facilities, such as the Nature Center and Fuller Lodge Art Center, would still be at work this week. "I've asked our Staff and contractors to use this time to do some deep cleaning within each facility, as well as consider creative options to provide alternative programming or delivery of services," he said.
2) Ask local organizations, even those exempt from Governor Lujan's list, to discontinue meetings and other programming as health care professionals continue to monitor the progression of the pandemic.
3) Emphasize to the community the importance of self-isolation efforts in compliance with those provided in the NM Department of Health Website (cv.nmhealth.org); the County urges anyone returning from out of state to read and follow these guidelines. In particular, "that individuals who have traveled outside of the state be in self-isolation for a period of 14 calendar days." The County will continue public outreach encouraging the community to review these and other recommendations on the CDC website, which is frequently updated.
Scott reiterated the State Department of Health's message that any individual who thinks they may have been infected with the Coronavirus should call the Coronavirus emergency hotline at 855-600-3453 rather than going into a clinic or doctor's office.
Burgess agreed with Scott and urged the community to be vigilant with good hygiene and voluntary compliance to stay home and avoid large gatherings.
"Practice social distancing of six feet, cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough, and don't travel unless it's absolutely necessary.
Although community facilities are closing, Burgess said that parks and trails will remain open.
County crews will be diligent in making sure that facilities in those areas, such as public restrooms, are kept clean, along with frequent trash pick-up.
In addition, Atomic City Transit buses will continue to provide public transit and Dial-A-Ride services without further reduction in services at this time. ACT suspended express routes last week - these routes primarily served the after-school population on weekdays - and the change was made in alignment with School closures. However, Burgess said bus service may be re-evaluated in the future with the potential for further adjustments to be made.
"We encourage individuals who need to transact business with the County to do so by phone or using on-line services," he said,
Scott said that Burgess and his staff will continue to provide more detailed operational information as spread of the Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation. She encouraged residents to review information posted by the County using the new "quick link" on its website (https://www.losalamosnm.us/).
Scott asked the community to pull together during this time of national crisis.
"This is the time where our community has and will need to continue to show how much we care for each other including reaching out to those who might need additional assistance," . Again, don't forget to take care of yourselves, stay connected, take a walk outside, and show extra kindness - we're Los Alamos!"

 

Sunday March 15, 2020

While the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers were notified by the County today, that their buildings will close for the short term. The senior center food and transportation services remain operational. A daily drive thru, pick up lunch can be reserved at each center and leaving a message, by 10am. The drive thru lunch will be available from 12pm to 1pm. White Rock is 672-2034 and Los Alamos is 662-8920. The Home Delivered Meal program continues as usual, and more people will be added to the routes as the week progresses.
Those wishing to make donations can leave items in boxes by the entry way. Items include easy to make meals, boxes milk or juice, individual bars of soap and small bags of dog or cat food. Smith’s or Co-op gift cards can be mailed to 1101 Bathtub Row for needs yet known. We appreciate your time, kindness and patience. Questions can be left at 662-8920 and your calls will be returned throughout the day.
“Our staff is working to implement services by request,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, LARSO Executive Director. “My biggest fear is that our people will be scammed by folks that appear to want to help. Seniors shouldn’t give money or let anyone into their home that they don’t know. The plan is for seniors to call the centers and request help to acquire groceries or prescriptions according to Lauritzen. The hope is that seniors aren’t in urgent need, but that as needs arise, the vetted, background checked and insured staff will be at the ready to help.” Their LAVA/RSVP volunteer programs also has a segment of volunteers with the same qualifications. Lauritzen wants to ensure that her employees are working, so that they can still get paid, which is a severe concern for many.
Those wishing to become members of the senior center, that are 60 and older can call and request a membership return call. “Some things will take a little bit of time, so we ask for patience during such a quick transition, said Lauritzen.” We will need to do some paperwork, if you are new to the centers, since a face to face meeting isn’t possible at this time. Our centers will NEVER call you for personal information and you are always welcome to call our main numbers to verify. Depending on the need for information, it may require a day or two to respond, but the centers will keep local media, social media and their website updated at all times. Many small businesses and non-profits can’t offer employees insurance, so getting a paycheck is imperative.
During this difficult time, help our local food establishments by purchasing gift cards. Ask restaurants if a pick up option is available and order by phone or email. This will help ensure their staffs stay employed too.

 

Friday March 13, 2020

New Mexico's governor announced Thursday that K-12 schools will close for three weeks beginning Monday in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Public health officials also banned mass gatherings that involve 100 or more people in spaces such as stadiums or auditoriums as a way to limit the spread of the virus.
The moves came as the state confirmed a sixth positive test for coronavirus for a woman in her 50s from Santa Fe County who recently traveled to Italy, where more than 800 deaths have been linked to COVID-19.
Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said the extended schools closure is designed to guard against the spread of COVID-19 within communities. Five of the six infections in New Mexico have a confirmed travel link, and a possible travel component is under investigation of a woman in her 40s from Bernalillo County who also tested positive Thursday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The order against gatherings came from Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel and provides exemptions for people at airports, mass transit sites, shopping malls, homeless shelters, courthouses, health care facilities, places of worship, weddings and funerals.
Albuquerque Academy, a private high school, already closed Thursday after someone associated with the school came into contact with an infected person.
State health officials are emphasizing concern for the elderly who are considered the most vulnerable to effects of the virus, distributing signs at nursing homes that discourage most visits.
A couple of colleges planned to extend spring break while others considered options for expanding the use of online courses.
New Mexico has opened a medical hotline, (855)-600-3453, to help people assess symptoms and seek care with precautions against new transmission. Nonessential state workers have been instructed to work from home if possible.
State health officials say the local capacity to test for coronavirus infections has tripled to about 7,400, as nonprofit TriCore Reference Laboratories announced it had begun processing diagnostic tests of respiratory specimens for COVID-19.

Thursday March 12, 2020

- Four people in New Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state's first known cases of infection, prompting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to declare a public health emergency on Wednesday and advise that all large public events be postponed to limit the spread of the virus.
She said a husband and wife in their 60s in Socorro County tested positive, along with a woman in her 70s in the Albuquerque area and a woman in her 60s from Santa Fe County.
The infected couple recently traveled to Egypt, while both women recently returned from trips to New York City.
State Epidemiologist Chad Smelser said the infections appear to be a result of travel and not transmission within local communities.
Lujan Grisham, a former state Health Department secretary, reiterated the importance of washing hands and minimizing contact with other people where coughing or sneezing can enable transmission.
During her press conference Wednesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham asked New Mexicans who believe they have coronavirus to call the New Mexico Department of Health hotline at (855)-600-3453 or their doctor.
The Governor said going physically to see their doctor puts others, including healthcare professionals and their staff at risk. People are advised to stay at home and "self-isolate" if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms include fever, cough or trouble breathing.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

Wednesday March 11, 2020

Yesterday was candidate filing day for running for office in this election cycle. The following county offices are open for election in 2020, each county office with a four year term: -County Council (3 positions) and -County Clerk. Six people filed to run for the three county council seats. Republican David Reagor, Democrat Denise Derkacs , Democrat Greg White, Libertarian James Rickman, Democrat Rodney Roberson, and Democrat Sean Williams .
Current County clerk Democrat Naomi D. Maestas is running for reelection.

 

Tuesday March 10, 2020

Fire managers from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division may begin pile burns at Hyde Memorial State Park provided that conditions, including snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts remain favorable. Implementation may occur as early as March 9, 2020 and continue through March 14, 2020.
Current snowfall in the area makes this an optimal time to burn the woody debris piles from prior thinning projects as it will help prevent flames from spreading to the surrounding vegetation. The project to remove the piles before it becomes fuel for future wildfires, is a collaboration between EMNRD, the State Parks Division, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Santa Fe National Forest Española Ranger District.
Smoke may be seen from Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Highway 475/Hyde Park Road, could be temporarily closed if visibility is compromised. Hyde Memorial State Park will remain open to the public, but visitors are advised to obey all traffic signs and/or trail closures.

 

Monday March 9, 2020

The Los Alamos Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications requesting up to $1,500 to fund competitive youth sports activities in Los Alamos County.
Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that build leadership skills in youth through achievement in competitive team sports. Youth served by the program must be located in Los Alamos County and/or attend Los Alamos public schools, and be between the ages of 5-18 years old.
Please visit the foundation's website to complete an application. Applications are due by 5pm on April 15, 2020. Selected recipient(s) will be notified by May 31, 2020. Funds awarded should be utilized in full by May 31, 2021.

 

Friday March 6, 2020

- projectY cowork Los Alamos, the local coworking space located at 150 Central Park Square, is currently seeking public feedback on facilities, amenities, and meeting/event space that remote workers, new entrepreneurs, students, non-profit organizations and others may either need or desire.
Hatchform is conducting a short survey on behalf of projectY, accessible at https://forms.gle/de6RwLkWcEoL3U7r9 until March 20. The public is encouraged to fill out the survey for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Rose Chocolatier.
For questions, please contact projectY cowork at 505-661-4862 or christina@losalamos.org.
Since its inception in June 2016, projectY cowork has hosted hundreds of entrepreneurial events attracting individuals from across Northern New Mexico. In addition to various membership options and punchcard passes to the workspace, projectY also allows non-members to reserve its 10-person conference room and event space for after-hours and weekend use. For more information, visit www.projectYLosAlamos.com.

 

Thursday March 5, 2020

The New Mexico State Land Office and the State Game Commission signed an easement agreement that allows hunters and sportspeople with a valid license through the Department of Game and Fish to access 8.8 million acres of state trust land.
For easement access, Department of Game and Fish will pay the SLO $800,000 -. Over the course of the easement, Department of Game and Fish will partner with State Land Office for $200,000 worth of projects aimed to enhance sportsperson access to state trust land. Projects can also be done to improve wildlife habitats.
Other improvements to the easement are based on feedback received from sportspeople across the state and are aimed at enhancing the hunting experience in New Mexico. They include:
A pilot program for dispersed and roadside camping, A pilot program for backpacking, An increase in the number of days hunters are allowed to scout on state trust land from 7 days to 14 days
A provision that the Commissioner consult with the Department of Game and Fish Director prior to using her authority to withdraw land from the easement.
For years, camping on state trust land for hunters has only been allowed in a small number of designated areas. The new pilot program will be used to assess how to best move forward with more permanent opportunities for licensed hunters to camp on those lands.

 

Wednesday March 4, 2020

 Starting now and continuing through the summer, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations to include seatbelt enforcement. There will also be random DWI checkpoints throughout the county during this time frame. The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers for the next few months. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos can also call the Los Alamos County Police Department directly at 662-8222 to report impaired or reckless drivers in our community. Please give yourself extra time to get to and from your destinations to ensure we all have a great summer.

 

Tuesday March 3, 2020

For the first time in the 20-year history of the U.S. Snowshoe Racing National Championships, three women from New Mexico swept the podium. Michelle Hummel and Amber Zimmerman of Albuquerque and Whitney Spivey of Los Alamos placed first, second, and third, respectively at the 2020 event, which was held at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado, on February 29.
Hummel completed the hilly, high-altitude 10-kilometer event in 49 minutes, 21 seconds. Zimmerman was close behind, finishing in 51:30. Spivey placed third in 57:30. Of the 41 participants, nearly a quarter (10 women) were from New Mexico.
The top five finishers in the event earned spots on the U.S. National Snowshoe Racing Team, which means they will have the opportunity to compete in the 2021 World Championships in Argentina. The New Mexico contingent brings experience to this event: Hummel recently won the 2020 World Championships in Myoko, Japan. Spivey placed seventh at the 2016 World Championships in Vezza d'Oglio, Italy.
To qualify for the national championships, athletes had to compete in a snowshoe race earlier this winter.
Snowshoeing running is a rapidly growing sport in New Mexico. People interested in learning more about the sport can register for a clinic on March 7 through the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Register online at losalamos.unm.edu/community-education in the Outdoor Recreation section. National team member Whitney Spivey is the instructor.

 

Monday March 2, 2020

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all U.S. and state flags to fly at half staff from sundown Sunday through sundown Monday to coincide with services for SPC Lewark, the Mountainair soldier who died serving his country in Djibouti.
SPC Lewark died Feb. 13 at Camp Lemonnier while deployed as a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard to the Horn of Africa.
As a guardsman, he earned the Army Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. At home, he served his community as a Mountainair police officer and volunteer firefighter in Torrance County.

 

Friday February  28, 2020

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While there remain no cases in New Mexico, the virus has spread to 11 countries outside of China, and 'community spread' has increased or been detected in several countries, including South Korea, Iran and Italy.

Community spread means that cases have been confirmed with no travel to China and no known contact with another case of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week published a Level 3 Travel Warning advising US citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea. This is the same warning level as China.
The Department of Health has plans in place for how to accommodate many issues related to any spread of this virus to include in-hospital patient overflow, as well as plans for alternate sites to care for patients. NMDOH is also actively monitoring the hospital bed capacity in New Mexico and the availability of facemasks, respirators, and other personal protective equipment needed by medical personnel for infection control.
The NMDOH continues to ask all persons returning from travel to China and now South Korea to call our 24/7/365 "Epidemiology Hotline" at 505-827-0006 for guidance on how to protect yourself and your community from the novel coronavirus, even if you are not sick.
We also encourage healthcare providers to call NM DOH regarding ill returning travelers from China and South Korea. Healthcare professionals who suspect COVID-19 should immediately notify infection control personnel at their facility and contact the New Mexico Department of Health at: (505) 827-0006.
It is again important to note that there are no confirmed cases reported from New Mexico. NMDOH to date has monitored about 30 travelers returning from China, and none have developed symptoms of COVID-19.
Stay informed with the NMDOH dedicated novel coronavirus webpage that is updated in real time : https://cv.nmhealth.org/.

 

Thursday February 27, 2020

House Bill 44, the New Mexico Work and Save Act, creating a voluntary, state-sponsored savings program for small business, self-employed, and nonprofit employees in the private sector, was signed into law by the Governor. Sponsored by Representative Tomas Salazar, Representative Christine Chandler, Senator Michael Padilla, and Senator Bill Tallman, House Bill 44 addresses the statewide gap in retirement saving by encouraging employers to offer their employees access to a retirement savings plan. Currently, 62 percent of private sector workers in New Mexico work for businesses that do not currently offer a retirement plan.
New Mexico's retirees are in a financial crisis, with 50 percent of all older New Mexicans relying on Social Security income for more than half of their family income. Social Security benefits average only about $1,160 per month or $13,900 a year in New Mexico which is at or near the poverty line for many families. House Bill 44 seeks to help all New Mexicans build a solid financial foundation for themselves and their families. The web-based retirement plan marketplace will be maintained by the New Mexico Work and Save Board.
The retirement plan marketplace established by House Bill 44 will go into effect no later than July 1, 2021.

 

Tuesday February 25,2020

The Los Alamos Police Department Victim Assistance Program was established in 2015 through the funding of Violence Against Women Act and VOCA Grants. The program position was created as a contract and was later integrated into the Police Department as a county employee. The Victim Assistant of Los Alamos County is different than other police based victim assistance programs in that victims are not required to have a police report with Law Enforcement to get services from the Victim Assistant. The Victim Assistant provides crisis intervention and follow-up services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, assault, battery, harassment and related issues.
The duties of the Victim Assistant are to provide the community with:
" Resources as needed to include
o Collaboration with local and neighboring agencies
o Legal Process
o Emergency Shelter
o Treatment Programs
o Education Programs & Financial Aid
" Assisting with understanding and filing Protection Orders
" Attend court proceedings for support and follow-up
" At requests and when safe to do so, comes on scene to provide immediate victim assistance
" Financial assistance through the New Mexico Crime Victim's Reparation Commission;
For immediate assistance with emotional crisis, mental health, or substance use concerns, the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line or Peer to Peer Warmline and can be accessed for support.
If assistance is needed, the Victim Assistant can be contacted at (505) 663-3511.

 

Monday February 24, 2020

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will reroute and replace a failed section of sewer. Beginning this week, new public sewer main pipelines between Pine Street and the existing main on the north side of Quartz Street will be installed.
Work will begin Monday, Feb. 24 and will continue for 30 days with crews working Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. At times, traffic will be restricted to one lane at the very short construction zone in Quartz Street. DPU's contractor will maintain access to residents' homes at all times. No sewer service interruption is anticipated. For safety reasons, the Pine Street Playlot may be partially closed while repairs are underway.

 

Friday February 21, 2020

Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Projects Los Alamos Community Development Is here to help you!
Get answers to your code, permitting, and Planning and Zoning questions on Saturday, February 22
9:00 a.m. until noon at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Does your project need a permit? It all depends on the Los Alamos and the International Building codes. Put broadly, construction projects that could impact public and personal safety require permits. Types of permit-required construction include structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical. Each might require its own permit and series of inspections.
Good general contractors know when and how to pull permits, but New Mexico State allows homeowners to pull their own permits. This is an opportunity to talk to the County's Building and Planning division to find out if you need one, how to begin the process, or to ask general building questions. Refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday February 20, 2020

 Beginning today through next Tuesday February 25th, the Traffic and Streets Division of Public Works will be working on Canyon Road, between 15th Street and the Aquatic Center. Crews will be clearing vegetation along the medians and sidewalks. A flagging operation will be in place from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, during the weekdays.
Vehicle and pedestrian traffic are urged to slow down and use caution in this work zone.

Wednesday February 19, 2020

According to the Los Alamos Reporter, A new era for Christian Scientists in Los Alamos County begins on March 1st when they re-locate from the former WAC dormitory to new premises.
The Christian Science Society has held Sunday and Wednesday services in Los Alamos since the Secret City's early days. To provide space for their services and reading room, in the 1950s the Society leased and later purchased the building used during the Manhattan Project as the WAC dormitory. It is one of the few original structures remaining from Manhattan Project days. In September of last year, the Society sold the building to Los Alamos County.
In December the Society purchased Uli's space at 800 Trinity Drive. Until remodeling of their new church home is finished, local Christian Scientists will continue to conduct regular Sunday services and Wednesday meetings in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit their web site at www.cssocietylanm.org

 

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Near Tsankawi Mesa are the ruins of a stone house that has long been known as Duchess Castle. In 1917, Verra von Blumenthal, a Russian handicrafts promoter, and Rose Dougan, an early female pilot, built a home on the ancient Pueblo site and worked to support potters from nearby San Ildefonso Pueblo. Join JJ Mortensen, Kit Ruminer, and Rory Gauthier as they present "Duchess Castle," the next event in the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series tonight in Fuller Lodge at 7pm.
The speakers have interesting connections to the Duchess Castle history and have long been interested in the topic. Rory Gauthier participated in the original archaeological survey of the Tsankawi unit in 1988 and served as Bandelier National Monument's archaeologist from 2001-2014. He retired from the National Park Service following a 30-year career as an archaeologist, chief ranger, and law enforcement ranger at several southwestern parks. Gauthier will interpret the history of the ancient ruins near Duchess Castle.
Since retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory, JJ Mortensen has worked part time at the White Rock Visitor Center and volunteers with Kit Ruminer as a Site Steward for Bandelier National Monument's Tsankawi section. In the 1970s, she and her husband, Fred, visited Duchess Castle for the first time, and since then she has wanted to know more about the site and the women who lived there.
Around the time that von Blumenthal and Dougan were active in New Mexico history, Kit Ruminer's grandparents moved to Santa Fe, a fact that adds to her interest in the two women and their times. She volunteers at Bandelier and the Museum of Indian Art and Culture as well as teaming with Mortensen as a Site Steward for Tsankawi. Mortensen and Ruminer will introduce the audience to the women of Duchess Castle.

 

Monday February 17, 2020

President's Day    No Live Shows

 

Friday February 14, 2020

Here are the lowlights of the police reports February 5 through 11.
One was arrested for a municipal court warrant
One was held on an arrest order
One was arrested for receiving ot transferring a stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing an officer
One was arrested for disorderly conduct
One was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant
One was arrested for DWI
One was arrested on a municipal court warrant and possession of a controlled substance.
There was a report of sexual assault
There was a report of fraud
There was a suicide attempt

 

Thursday February 13, 2020
Los Alamos parents with children who are four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2020 may apply for a half-day New Mexico Preschool Program for the 2020-21 school year. Los Alamos Public Schools currently has a NM PreK program located at Piñon Elementary.
There is a maximum enrollment based on available funding so applications will be entered into a lottery for acceptance into the program. The lottery opens on April 1 at 8:00 a.m and will be accessible at laschools.net. There is no cost to parents or students selected to attend, and transportation is available to those residing within the school zone.
The District preschool programs are half-day programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and are in session for three hours per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be used for staff training, planning, and parent meetings.
The District also has an opportunity to apply for additional NM PreK programs. At this point, we do not know how many spots will be funded by the state. If additional spots are funded, they will be located at schools in the townsite. Below are the essential steps in the funding process:
Step 1: The New Mexico Legislature will need to appropriate additional funds for New Mexico Preschool programs. The Legislative Session ends on Thursday, Feb. 20, and the Governor has until March 11 to sign or veto legislation passed in the last three days of the session.
Step 2: After the Los Alamos Public Schools staff seek input from the community, they will submit an application for additional PreK funding. Depending upon parental input and state guidelines, our application may be for Barranca, Aspen and/or Mountain Elementary Schools. We do not know how quickly the state will be reviewing and approving the application for Los Alamos Public Schools.
Step 3: If the LAPS application is approved, we will identify classroom space, order materials and recruit high-quality licensed early childhood teachers.
LAPS staff are hopeful and planning ahead; thus, the PreK lottery application process will open on April 1 through the district website. All interested parents of eligible children who live in Los Alamos County are encouraged to apply. Parents will be notified in June if they are selected for placement in one of the PreK programs.

Wednesday February 12, 2020

According to the Los Alamos reporter : Los Alamos Police Department held its annual awards banquet Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge.
The following awards were presented to Department personnel:
Civilian of the Year - Kate Stoddard, Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager
Public Service Aide of the Year - Paul Sena, Animal Shelter Manager
Detective of the Year - Det. Matt Lyon
Officer of the Year - Cpl. John Harris
Detention Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Erika Martinez-Bustos
Operations Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Ben Irving
Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. James Rodriguez
In addition the following awards were awarded for outstanding achievements:
Sgt. Chris Ross - Life Saving Commendation and Medal of Valor
Cpl. Jemuel Montoya - Medal of Valor
Sgt. Tim Lonz - Medal of Valor
Cmdr. Oliver Morris - Medal of Valor
Cmdr. Preston Ballew - Medal of Valor
Deputy Chief Jason Herrera - Medal of Valor

 

Tuesday February 11, 2020

The office of Congressman Ben R. Lujan, would like to invite Vietnam Veterans you to join him, as he holds a Vietnam War Veterans 50th Year Commemoration Pinning ceremony, for all Vietnam Era Veterans in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities. The ceremony will take place on: Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, in Los Alamos. Doors will open at 2:30 pm to sign in, and no RSVP is required to attend.
The event will honor our Vietnam Era veterans and the families of Vietnam Era veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

Monday February 10, 2020

Knoze Jr. Corp will be honored with the "Star Business of the Year" award from the Small Business Development Center at UNM-LA. The Star Businesses will be recognized on the floor of the New Mexico legislature. The company is grateful with supports from local communities and visions that the world will accept AllerPops for Allergies just as it accepts penicillin for pneumonia.
Knoze Jr.'s founder, Cliff Han, invented AllerPops three years ago and started his company. AllerPops are a revolutionary prebiotic lollipop that that gives people all-natural allergy relief that lasts for months. Current medicine for allergies only relieves symptoms temporarily with significant side effects. AllerPops target the cause of allergies, resulting in lasting relief with minimal side effects.

Friday February 7, 2020

The Los Alamos Public School's Board met for a work session last Thursday, Jan. 30.
Spelling Bee winners James Hudlemeyer, Penelope Barry-Hoffman and Veronica Parra were recognized with certificates presented by School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim.
School Resource Officers (SRO) Sergeant Chris Ross, Corporal Jay Eakins, Officer Samantha Terrazas and Corporal John Harris were also recognized as part of SRO Appreciation Month.
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updated the board on next steps for Strategic Planning for the district. There are eight focus areas in the LAPS Strategic Plan: Student Well-Being, Student Learning, Teacher and Staff Excellence, Fiscal Responsibility, Quality Facilities, Innovative Leadership, Communications and Collaboration, and Integrated Technology. Each of these areas have a lead person who will update the School Board on the progress of projects under their focus area.
LAPS Construction Manager Herb McLean recommended to the board an option for building a flexible space at Barranca Elementary that could serve as a classroom or office space in order to accommodate additional students and six new staff. The board unanimously approved construction of the new space
The next School Board meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the School Board Room located at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite V. Members of the County Council plan to attend and listen to a presentation about options regarding the North Mesa Property. The public is invited to attend.

 

Thursday February 6, 2020

The state House of Representatives approved a budget plan Wednesday to increase annual state spending by more than a half-billion dollars to expand early childhood education programs, boost teacher salaries and shore up health care for the poor.
The House-approved bill contains a 5% pay increase for public school teachers as the state struggles to retain and recruit educators, a 4% boost for school staff and a 3% bump for state employees.
The budget proposal would increase state spending on Medicaid amid a push to enroll more eligible patients by the administration of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, but leaves out funding for her initiative to provide tuition-free college to in-state students.
Democratic House speaker Brian Egolf predicted that the state Senate will insert funding for the tuition-free college after that proposal undergoes revisions. A budget plan is due on the governor's desk by Feb. 20.
Annual public school spending would increase to $3.45 billion amid a push to extend the school year at many school districts. General fund spending on Medicaid would increase by more than $50 million to nearly $1.1 billion - including new support for mental health care and addiction treatment.

 

Wednesday February 5, 2020

- Last week some White Rock customers of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities noticed that their drinking water looked cloudy or white. Department officials indicate that this discoloration is due to trapped air in the water pipes. While it is aesthetically unpleasant, the water is safe and poses no health
DPU's water crews were repairing a major water main break on the shoulder of New Mexico State Road 4 for several weeks in January. Repairs were completed on January 27 and the newly repaired line was recharged with water on January 28 and introduced into the White Rock water distribution system. According to officials this resulted in excessive trapped air in the water main causing some customers to experience cloudy water. The situation will clear itself, but to speed things along DPU crews on Monday, Feb. 03, began flushing water through fire hydrants at various locations in White Rock.
DPU officials thank customers for their patience and recommend flushing home plumbing lines by running all the taps with cold water for several minutes. Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505-662-8333

 

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Geo-Test, Inc. will be performing two asphalt cores in the slow lane on the eastbound lane of NM 502/Trinity Drive on Tuesday February 4 starting at 9:00 am through 11:00 am. Lane closure will include signs and barrels to allow for continuous travel through the area. Traffic is urged to slow down in the construction zone and obey all traffic control devices

 

Monday  February 3, 2020

projectY cowork Los Alamos will host a new TED "Talko" Tuesday, a free event open to the public every third Tuesday of the month. The coworking space will stream 2-3 talks under a specific theme from the popular Technology Entertainment Design (TED) series, featuring expert speakers discussing education, business, science, tech and creativity topics. February 18th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at projectY, the talk will focus on diversity in honor of Black History Month and to also coincide with the recent Diversity week held in Los Alamos.
Along with a group discussion after the streamed talks, local food vendor Muy Salsas has partnered with projectY and will be selling tacos for $0.99 each during the event.

 

Friday January 31, 2020

The board of the Living Treasures of Los Alamos has selected three Treasures for 2020, and they hope you will save the date for the ceremony. The honorees for this year's celebration are Linda Burns, Don Casperson, and Lois Eddleman. This year, nominees will be honored on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The Living Treasures of Los Alamos will celebrate its 21st anniversary, continuing the 1999 vision of Rosalie Heller and Karen Nilsson Brandt. The program assembled an all-volunteer board and the work began to seek out the first treasurers for our community. The board wanted to honor senior citizens who have worked to build community. The first event was held in April 1999, when Winifred Amsden, Alice and Foster Evans, and Betty Lillienthal were recognized for their contributions.
The nomination process is challenging, but the results are stellar contributions of service, time, and talent. These contributions have helped to form the very foundation of Los Alamos, and often have created many of the long-standing programs we know today. The history and stories of each nominee will be captured and highlighted for the 2020 ceremony.
You can learn more about the Los Alamos Living Treasures program, by visiting the organization's website at www.losalamoslivingtreasurers.org.

 

Thursday January 30, 2020

- Los Alamos County and their consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave). The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, located east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Rd and San Ildefonso Rd. The land is owned by the School District. The overall goal is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.
Preliminary work on three design concepts began in December by engaging an appointed Steering Committee in a workshop to explore housing types and options. The public meeting tonight to review these concepts is the next step. The consultant will be presenting the information and collecting public feedback in a formal presentation, which includes a survey of participants as part of the process.

 

Wednesday January 29. 2020

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for 2019 which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories combined are referred to as Part I Offenses.
Through the fourth quarter of 2019, officers responded to a total of 92 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 32% decrease as compared to 135 offenses in 2018. Violent crime decreased 20% from 25 offenses in 2018 to 20 in 2019. Property crime decreased by 35% from 110 in 2018 to 72 in 2019. The total of 92 Part 1 Crimes is believed to be the lowest recorded crime rate in the Department's history.

 

Tuesday January 28,2020

Traffic and Streets will be performing right-of-way maintenance along Canyon Road between the Los Alamos Jewish Center and 15th Street.  Work will commence January 28th and end January 31st. Crew will be setting up a flagging operation starting at 8:30 am each day and ending by 3:30 pm.  Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down in this area and follow all traffic diversion devices and to watch for crews working in the area as well as pedestrian traffic.

 

Monday January 27, 2020

New numbers for fiscal year 2019 show Los Alamos National Laboratory's big impact on New Mexico's economy, as the Laboratory employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries and contracted with small businesses statewide for $288.6 million.
In FY 2019, which ended September 30, the Laboratory spent $396 million in procurement contracts with New Mexico businesses. Of those, $289 million went to contracts with small businesses (up from $269 million in FY 2018). In addition, the Laboratory significantly increased its contracts with businesses categorized as disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran owned, and HUB-zone located from FY 2018. A single business may qualify for more than one category.
With 56 percent of Laboratory employees living outside of Los Alamos County, much of their salaries-a collective $548 million-are spent in their home communities.
In FY 2019, the number of Laboratory employees reached 12,041, up from 11,743 in FY 2018. As of the end of FY 2019, 41 percent of Laboratory employees were native New Mexicans.

 

Friday January 24, 2020

Quality New Mexico is proud to announce the 2019 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) recipients. These four organizations are role models in customer and employee satisfaction and engagement, sound operational management, innovation, and favorable outcomes. They exemplify the result of commitment, progress, and dedication to organizational excellence.
The Roadrunner (Progress) level reflects that the recipient demonstrates progress in building sound and systematic processes and attaining improved outcomes. The 2019 Roadrunner Recognition Recipients are:
     Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, Los Alamos
The NMPEA is a multi-tiered assessment and awards process assisting New Mexico organizations along their path to achieving and sustaining performance excellence. Performance excellence reflects Level 1 Adobe, Level 2 Piñon, and Level 3 Roadrunner Recognitions as key stages to achieving the pinnacle of performance-earning the prestigious Level 4 Zia Award. New Mexico

 

Thursday January 23, 2020

Los Alamos County and their consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study on Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave). The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, located east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Rd and San Ildefonso Rd. The land is owned by the School District. The overall goal is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.
Preliminary work on three design concepts began in December by engaging an appointed Steering Committee in a workshop to explore housing types and options. The public meeting on January 30 to review these concepts is the next step. The consultant will be presenting the information and collecting public feedback in a formal presentation, which includes a survey of participants as part of the process.

Tuesday January 21, 2020

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 please check gates if meters are in the backyard.
More importantly, snow and ice on the natural gas meter can be dangerous. Castillo points out that if snow and ice block the vent on the meter's regulator, gas could be expelled back into the home. Use a broom instead of a shovel to clear snow off the regulator, meter, and associated piping. If customers smell gas, Castillo instructs them to immediately call the Customer Care Center at 505 662 8333 Mon. - Fri. from 8 - 4 p.m. and after hours the Police Department at 505 662 8222.

 

Monday January 20, 2020

County administration offices are closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If this is your trash day, put your roll cart at the curb Wednesday instead. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center are closed. Other County facilities may be closed or have shortened hours of operation. Check the county website before you you plan to visit the library, pool or ice rink.

 

Friday January 17, 2020

Due to the weather and snow, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed, Los Alamos Public Schools are closed, Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers are closed, Magistrate Court is closed.   Los Alamos County is on a Two hour delay.

 

Thursday January 16, 2020

Due to expected heavy snow, the Lab is on a delayed opening Thursday, Jan. 16. Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

UNM-LA is on a 2 hour delay. The Chamber of Commerce breakfast is cancelled.

Los Alamos Public Schools are on a 2 hour delay

 

Wednesday January 15,2020

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is pleased to announce that Monther Jubran will serve as the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jubran, who has been teaching Accounting and Tax at UNM-Los Alamos, has extensive experience in academia, public accounting and private industry.
As Vice President of Finance, Administration and Coaching for a seed investment company, Jubran helped start-ups accelerate growth, develop their marketing strategies and monetize on their business models.
The SBDC at UNM-LA is part of the New Mexico SBDC network, which is a nationally accredited association providing statewide business resources. It is the state's largest small business assistance program offering no-cost consulting, low-cost training and market research for businesses at all stages of business development.
Typical areas of assistance include business start-up and registration, business planning development, customer service, marketing, business funding, incorporation, proposal preparation, human capital planning, business computing, record keeping, regulatory issues, quality management, productivity enhancement and trade name searches.
Jubran is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Memphis.
Located in the lower level of building 7 on the UNM-LA campus, the SBDC is generally open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For further information, call 505-662-0337.

 

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Both Sandia Corporation and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory published recruitment and brand awareness advertisements in Physics Today and Scientific American in 1956-1964. In those advertisements the laboratories mobilized tropes, symbols, and art of an "American Southwest Imaginary."
Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, will review a sample of advertisements when he speaks in Fuller Lodge Tonight at 7:00 p.m. His lecture is titled "Nuclear Weapons are a Southwestern Thing: Los Alamos and Sandia Magazine Advertisements, 1956-1964."
Pfeiffer will examine a sample of advertisements to suggest how nuclear weapons laboratory advertising responded to US nuclear weapon projects, while also seeking to shape the circumstances and outcomes of some projects. In particular, he will discuss the ways in which Los Alamos and Sandia mobilized images of the American Southwest in efforts to recruit workers, shape mass attitudes positively toward nuclear weapons work, and respond (or not) to geopolitical and sociocultural changes varying from shifts in American gender ideologies to the challenges of the nuclear explosive test moratorium of 1958-1961.
Martin Pfeiffer is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His main research focus at the moment is nuclear semiotics: the ways in which we create, negotiate, and circulate meaning about, around, and through nuclear weapons. Pfeiffer, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Monday January 13, 2020

Here is the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather summary for the month of December. For the second month in a row, temperatures were slightly above average. Winter was off to a great start in November with above average snowfall, but December was much drier with several sunny days
and light precipitation. Winter storms between Christmas Eve and December 28 resulted in all of the month's snowfall of 4.2 inches which is only 34% of normal.
The 2019 weather Summary In Los Alamos, temperature was slightly above average and
precipitation was slightly below average.
The Mean temperature: 48.8°F (101% of normal).
Total precipitation: 17.99 inches (95% of normal).
Total snowfall: 47.6 inches (83% of normal).
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is predicting below-average temperatures and equal chances for above or below precipitation for January. The CPC is predicting above-average temperatures
and equal chances for above or below average precipitation for January to March.

 

Friday January 10, 2020

Forty people will be recognized this Saturday, as Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, sponsor the 11th annual Community Asset Awards. The annual event, strives to highlight the good work done by many people throughout our community.
Six businesses have been nominated, along with a variety of individuals. Those include; Aspen Copies, Fleur de Lys, Morning Glory Bakery, Pig & Fig, Rigoberto's and Unquarked. The many individuals represent, the arts, banking, Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Police Department, Smith's Market Place and many community volunteers. They also run the gamut from youth to senior citizens.

 

Thursday January 9, 2020

The 14th annual chili bowl cook off is March 7 at the Santa Claran Event Center. It is time to become a sponsor, support and/ or enter the contest to be voted the best red chili, green chili and salsa in the valley. Individuals, groups and businesses can all participate. It is all to benefit the San Martin de Porres Soup kitchen. For all the details to participate email smdpsoupkitchen@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday January 7, 2020

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, January 8 from 9 am - 3 pm at Piñon Elementary School.
LAPS is looking to fill several substitute positions including regular substitute, licensed substitute, office substitute, substitute nurse, substitute custodian, substitute bus driver, substitute bus assistant and a long term substitute. Some positions require additional licensing. Pay ranges from $14.41 to $29.47 per hour, depending upon the position.
Human Resources staff will be available to assist with the application process and applying for a substitute license. Applicants are encouraged to bring direct deposit, W-4, emergency contact and physician information to the job fair.
For more information about the job fair and career opportunities with Los Alamos Public Schools, contact Trey Pereyra at 505-663-2245 or r.pereyra@laschools.net. You can also view our current job postings at www.laschools.net/careers.