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County biennial Community Survey mailed to select households today
Los Alamos County, in partnership with its contractor National Research Center, kicks-off its biennial Community Survey. More than 2,500 postcards were dropped in the mail on Monday, Dec. 5, to randomly selected households throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Recipients are invited to partake in this survey online, or if preferred, wait for a paper copy to follow. The survey aims to provide a comprehensive picture of citizen perspectives on community livability.  READ MORE...
Fiber optic work on West Rd and Fairway
Under contract with the Los Alamos County Information Management Division, Bixby Electric Inc. will install fiber optics in the county rights-of-way on the southeast side of West Rd. between Diamond and Fairway and the south side of Fairway at the West Rd. intersection heading west approximately 300 feet. This work supports a project to bring fiber optics to the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Construction will begin Wednesday, Dec. 7, and may continue through Dec. 10.   READ MORE...
Electric Work Scheduled Near High School
The Electric Distribution Division of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be replacing a failed underground power line at Canyon Rd. and 39t St. beginning Monday, December 5.  READ MORE...
DPU & Customer Care to be Closed
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) administrative office and the Customer Care Center, located at 1000 Central Ave., Suite 130, will close during the lunch hour on Friday, Dec. 2. In celebration of the holiday season, DPU management will be hosting an appreciation luncheon for all DPU employees between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.   READ MORE...
PCNM COVID-19 testing in Los Alamos no longer available effective Nov. 30
Due to staffing reasons, Pathology Consultants of New Mexico (PCNM) will no longer provide drive through COVID-19 testing service in the Mari Mac Village shopping center parking lot located (759 Central Avenue, Los Alamos) effective immediately, November 30, 2022.   READ MORE...
Los Alamos seeking insights to improve website
– Los Alamos County awarded a contract to Granicus, LLC to redesign and host the Los Alamos County government website at https://losalamosnm.us to launch in late July 2023. The county project team is asking web users to take a short survey and share experiences (positive or negative) in navigating and finding information on the existing county website. This information will inform the team on a new design that is more user-friendly. To take the survey, individuals are instructed to visit the county's webpage at https://losalamosnm.us and click on the yellow image that says, "Help us improve our website."   READ MORE...
Electricity is Back on in Quemazon
Power went out in the Quemazon subdivision at 7:32 p.m. and was restored at 8:20 p.m.  READ MORE...
Quemazon Subdivision is Without Electricity
Power went out in the Quemazon subdivision at 7:32 p.m. Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Electric Distribution standby crews are investigating. Approximately 323 customers are without electricity. Until more information is known, the restoration time cannot be estimated. More information to follow.   READ MORE...
County Council public hearing and presentation for Chapter 16 Development Code Nov. 30
The Los Alamos County Council will hear a request from the Los Alamos County Community Development Department (CDD) to amend the Chapter 16 Development Code, with a comprehensive update through Ordinance 02-333 to be considered for adoption, during a public hearing and presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Interested community members can attend in person at 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos in the County Council Chambers, or join remotely using the following Zoom link.   READ MORE...
CommuniTree campaign helps northern New Mexico families impacted by wildfires
County and United Way of Northern New Mexico partner for “Kindled Hearts for Warm Homes” campaign Nov 22-Dec 31  READ MORE...
County Council public hearing and presentation for Chapter 18 Nuisance Code update Nov. 29
The Los Alamos County Council will hear a request from the Los Alamos County Community Development Department (CDD) to amend the Chapter 18 Nuisance Code, with a comprehensive update through Ordinance 02-334 to be considered for adoption, during a public hearing and presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Interested community members can attend in person at 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos in the County Council Chambers, or join remotely using the following Zoom link.   READ MORE...
ACT – No bus services next Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Atomic City Transit (ACT) regular bus and paratransit services scheduled in Los Alamos and White Rock on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Regular service will resume Monday, Nov. 28.  READ MORE...
Power Restored for Townsite Utility Customers
Power was restored at 3:55 p.m. in the scheduled power outage that affected much of the Los Alamos townsite. The first estimated restoration time was 3:00 but the initial repairs didn’t hold. Electric crews from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) were successful in restoring power to all Los Alamos residents on their second attempt.   READ MORE...
Planned Power Outage to Continue
The scheduled power outage affecting much of the Los Alamos townsite will continue past the estimated resolution time of 3:00 p.m. Initial repairs didn’t hold so electric crews from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are continuing to work to fix the system. A new estimate for restoration has not been set yet.  READ MORE...
Planned Power Outage In Process
A scheduled power outage is affecting much of the Los Alamos townsite. Utility customers on North Mesa, Barranca Mesa and in North Community are currently without power while utility lineworkers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) collaborate on a feeder repair.  READ MORE...
Hazard Mitigation Survey Closes Nov. 18
Los Alamos County Emergency Management (EM) Division is conducting a study to better understand the preparedness needs and risk perceptions of those who live and work in the County as part of the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process. To do so, a questionnaire has been created. EM encourages the entire community to participate in the Hazard Mitigation Survey before it closes this Friday, November 18, 2022.  READ MORE...
Presentation to the Los Alamos County Council From the Community Development Advisory Board
Input regarding the rewrite of Chapter 18 of the Municipal Code and other recommendations developed by CDAB in 2022  READ MORE...
Townsite Outage Scheduled
After Sunday’s townsite-wide power outage, Los Alamos townsite residents and businesses have been patiently waiting to find out when a system repair will take place. That repair is scheduled for Wednesday morning.   READ MORE...
Tsikumu Village Temporarily Without Water
Tsikumu Village residents are without water service while Gas, Water & Sewer (GWS) crews from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) repair a broken valve in the neighborhood. The neighborhood should expect to be without water for about three hours.  READ MORE...
Power is Restored for Los Alamos Townsite
Los Alamos townsite residents experienced a power outage this morning that lasted about a half an hour.  READ MORE...
Power is Out for Townsite
Power is out the Los Alamos Townsite. Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews are investigating and will restore as quickly as they are able.  READ MORE...
Curative COVID-19 testing closed until Monday
Curative COVID-19 PCR Rapid testing in Los Alamos County is closed today and Friday. Curative employees indicate that the testing site will reopen on Monday, Nov. 14 at the White Rock Town Hall, located at 139 Longview Dr., White Rock.   READ MORE...
Don’t Fall for Phone Scams!
If you receive a call from someone saying they need to collect a utility payment from you right away, make sure it’s a legitimate call!  READ MORE...
Utility Bills for October Delayed
Los Alamos utility customers may receive delayed bills for October. An issue with a third-party vendor who prints and mails the monthly bills was discovered by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff this week. That issue caused bills dated from October 12 forward to be omitted from the vendor’s mailing distribution.  READ MORE...
Demand Likely to Keep Heating Costs High
With colder weather ahead and inflation hitting hard, people are concerned about the fluctuating cost of natural gas and how it is going to impact their budgets this winter. While the details are complex, the overview is simple: it’s a classic story of supply and demand.   READ MORE...
Outage Started with Underground Fault
An overhead power line failure was originally thought to be the cause of an early morning power outage in Los Alamos, however an underground fault is more likely to have been the culprit.   READ MORE...
Los Alamos County art in public places featured on national map
The Los Alamos County utilizes Public Art Archives (PAA) to maintain the inventory of the Los Alamos County Public Art. In April of 2022, PAA sent out a Call for Art, to represent the 10th Anniversary of Have You Seen My Public Art? map, that highlights art that can be found throughout the United States. Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board submitted several pieces for consideration for the Have You Seen My Public Art? map project. The project received over 500 submissions and Kites of Many Colors, by Thom Norris and Eric Markow, located in the White Rock Branch Library, was selected to represent Los Alamos with 144 other works of art throughout the nation. Three other locations within the state of New Mexico are also highlighted: Hobbs, Albuquerque, and Fort Sumner.  READ MORE...
Small Business Recovery Assistance Program Launches
Economic Development Administrator Dan Ungerleider announced the launch of the Los Alamos County’s online Small Business Recovery Assistance Program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). As of today, Los Alamos small business owners who suffered financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic can visit the County’s dedicated website, ARPA.losalamosnm.us to apply.   READ MORE...
Drive Less Los Alamos
Drive Less Los Alamos
Now that the Los Alamos Public Schools are back in session and construction is underway on Canyon Road, Los Alamos County officials suggest that commuters consider taking advantage of other options to get to and from work or school.   READ MORE...
DPU Proposes Adjustments to Water Rates
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is proposing water rate adjustments spanning the next four years. Two public hearings for adjustments to the existing tiered water rates are planned.  READ MORE...
DPU Offers Introduction to Induction
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) launched a new program this week to introduce customers to the concept of cooking by induction—an idea that could have a positive impact on the environment.  READ MORE...
33rd/34th Segment Closed for Repairs
A stretch of 33rd and 34th streets will be closed to through traffic for emergency water repairs today and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  READ MORE...
Los Alamos moves to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions; County trails are open
With the increase in rain activity in the region, Los Alamos County will move to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective immediately. A revised Fire Marshal’s Order to reflect these changes will be issued on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. According to the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) officials, this action opens access to all County trails, and allows outdoor firing range activity with safety measures in place, although some “trail closure” signage may not yet be removed. Visit the websites of the Santa Fe National Forest and Los Alamos National Laboratory to find information on the status of trails under the jurisdiction of these agencies.   READ MORE...
Aquatic Center Reopens to the Public 6/3
Crews and staff worked steadily through the week to troubleshoot and find solutions to bring the Olympic pool equipment back online allowing the Aquatic Center to be reopen to the public.  READ MORE...
Aquatic Center Updates from the Project Management Team
Officials with the Los Alamos County Public Works Department realize that there have been several press releases regarding the Aquatic Center and Leisure Lagoon projects. In response to resident inquiries about why the Olympic and Therapy pools were closed again and why the Leisure Lagoon is not yet open, the Department issued additional communication to provide more detailed information.  READ MORE...
Community Art Tunnel at Canyon Rim Underpass
Those who have walked through the newly installed underpass for the Canyon Rim Trail, may have noticed some changes the last couple of weeks and definitely some changes this past weekend. Los Alamos County Community Services Department is initiating a new program called The Community Art Tunnel.  READ MORE...
Cerro Pelado fire community meeting Mon, May 16
The Great Basin Team 1 and community representatives will brief the Los Alamos community on the Cerro Pelado fire on Monday evening. The public is welcome to attend in person or virtually through Zoom.   READ MORE...
National Police Week
The Los Alamos Police Department will be holding the Annual Police Memorial Ceremony next Monday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at 2500 Trinity Dr. in the north Justice Center Parking Lot in Los Alamos.  READ MORE...
Leisure Lagoon Update
On March 31st, the County informed residents the opening of the Leisure Lagoon was postponed to late June due to supply chain issues involving vital pool equipment. Unfortunately, these supply issues continue to delay shipment of this equipment further postponing opening of the pool, possibly to mid or late August. The contractor and pool engineers thoroughly investigated alternative equipment and supply sources and found no other available options to date. Staff is working closely with the construction and design team to open the new facility as soon as possible even as recreation facilities have been closed due to the nearby Cerro Pelado fire.  READ MORE...
2022 Primary Election: Make Your “Ready, Set, Go” Voting Plans
Today marked the start of in-person early voting for the 2022 Primary Election, and County Clerk Naomi Maestas would like to let residents know that her office is working hard to make sure citizens are still able to vote while the community is impacted by the Cerro Pelado Fire. As the County moves between the "Ready, Set, Go" phases of the wildfire preparedness program, Clerk Maestas recommends citizens stay informed by visiting their webpage for up-to-date election information, and urges residents to solidify a voting plan. “Our democracy is resilient in Los Alamos County - but it is important to have flexibility and options for voters, particularly in a time of crisis. It is vital that we give confidence to our voters, that even during this wildfire emergency, they can access their ballot and let their voice be heard,” says Clerk Maestas.  READ MORE...
Cerro Pelado Fire Sunday Update: Lab and Los Alamos County to move to ‘set’ stage on Monday as precaution; there is no emergency and no evacuation
Red flag conditions (high wind, low humidity) over the last day and a half have caused the Cerro Pelado fire in the Jemez Mountains to grow to over 37,425 acres. While small spot fires are burning slowly in a few locations, including Alamo Canyon, about 3.5 miles from the Laboratory and 7 miles from the Los Alamos townsite, fire officials said Sunday that there is no cause for alarm. There is no emergency and no call for an evacuation. As a precautionary measure only, the Laboratory and the County on Sunday announced that they will move to the “set” phase of “ready, set, go” at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9, for the townsite and White Rock. “Set” means that conditions could change rapidly, and it is time to create a plan and prepare in case of an evacuation order. For frequently asked questions related to preparation, click here. The County has also posted FAQs on its webpage at lacnm.com/CerroPeladoFAQ  READ MORE...
Atomic City Transit Routes 4, 6, 2M and Peak Service Suspended Monday, May 9th
Atomic City Transit Routes 4, 6, 2M and Peak service will be suspended starting Monday, May 9th until further notice. Dial-A-Ride Service for areas not serviced by a fixed route will be provided on a space available basis. All other transit service will remain in service. Please call our office at (505) 661-RIDE (7433) for any additional information or use the ACTracker to locate your bus route in real-time.   READ MORE...
County provides list of shelter resources so residents can proactively plan
Los Alamos County remains in the "ready" phase of "ready, set, go," meaning there is no immediate emergency from the Cerro Pelado fire. However, according to Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson, residents should proactively consider where they could go, shelter animals and park vehicles if the County's status were to change and residents needed to evacuate.   READ MORE...
Los Alamos County Enters Stage 2 Fire Restrictions April 25
Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey is enacting Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective Monday, April 25, 2022.   READ MORE...
Survey Shows Mix of Positive Results and Room for Improvement
In a recent survey of Los Alamos utility customers, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) received positive scores while also finding there are areas that need work.   READ MORE...
County Services Update for Wednesday, Feb. 2
Non-essential Los Alamos County government facilities are closed Wednesday, Feb. 2 due to hazardous weather conditions that are expected to persist throughout the day. County officials offer some additional clarifications. (read more)  READ MORE...
County Responds to Increased COVID Cases: Council Meeting, County Services, More Testing
Due to an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the community, Los Alamos County Councilors will be attending the Tuesday, Jan. 11 meeting virtually. While the special session is advertised as a hybrid meeting, County officials strongly encourage members to join virtually using the Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86379958681 or by phone (720) 707-2699. Additional phone numbers and a copy of the complete agenda are available on the County's Legistar website.  READ MORE...