Weekly News & Updates From Los Alamos County
Published June 17, 2022
Upcoming Events
Council work session June 21
The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is a work session and will take place on June 21st, at 6:00 p.m., Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos. This will be an in-person/Zoom hybrid meeting.

View the complete agenda packet for this meeting here.
Public meeting for Golf Course improvements Project
County staff invites the community to participate in a public meeting and provide input on the Golf Course Improvements Project on Wednesday, June 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Golf Course Clubhouse Community Room, 4244 Diamond Drive.

The community also has the option to attend the meeting virtually via the following Zoom link: https://lacnm.pw/golfmeeting

On May 3rd, Council approved a contract with iConsult LLC (dba iCon Golf Studio and Grass Roots Golf Design) for golf course design services. Services for the project are separated into two phases. Phase 1 includes the assembly of design drawings and construction documents for improving Holes 4 through 18, while Phase 2 includes the development of design concepts for improvements to Holes 1 through 3, the driving range, and other improvements such as practice area and cart path upgrades.

Questions/comments call the Public Works Department at 505-662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us
Community briefing on COVID-19 status
Los Alamos County is undergoing a surge of infections of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variants. As of June 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has measured the impact of illness in Los Alamos County as “medium,” although just barely.
Los Alamos County officials announced that they will hold a virtual briefing regarding the community’s COVID-19 status on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from the county, Los Alamos Public Schools, and retired epidemiologist William Athas, Ph.D. Members of the public can join using the following Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86100315742. After a brief presentation, meeting representatives will answer questions from the public. 
The latest county-specific data that were used by the CDC to arrive at the community-level designation are discussed in the County's COVID-19 newsletter by Athas. He states that “the current Omicron wave may not necessarily have peaked in the county and further near-term case increases may occur,” since nearly six months have passed since the January Omicron surge, and “waning immunity in county residents vaccinated or previously infected may continue to provide a reservoir of population susceptibility for the immune-evasive BA.4/BA.5 variants.” To read this issue and to subscribe to future issues visit https://lacnm.com/subscribe.
Los Alamos County officials continue to encourage individuals to utilize tools to protect against COVID-19: Facemasks (N95 and KN95) and social distancing, Testing, Vaccines and boosters, and Treatments. Visit the following websites for additional information:
Los Alamos County website at https://lacnm.com/COVID for information on vaccines and testing in the community; the CDC website for suggestions to protect against COVID-19 at the various community levels; and the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://cv.nmhealth.org for additional information on vaccines/boosters, testing and treatments throughout New Mexico.
Let the Library help you find the perfect read for Pride Month!
The staff of Los Alamos County Library System is pleased to present Read Books with Pride: An Evening of LGBTQ+ Literature on Thursday, June 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. From today's most acclaimed queer poetry to lesbian romance set right here in Los Alamos, join us for a night of reading recommendations. You are invited to share your own book suggestions or just come to listen.

Literary works to be discussed include The Game by Jan Gayle, an enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance that plays out at Los Alamos’s own County Golf Course; a collection of narratives entitled Gender Euphoria: Stories from Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex Writers by Laura Kate Dale; queer poetry by Lambda Literary Awards winners and finalists; and more. The program will be facilitated by library staff member Samuel Buelow, who holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington.

This program is free to the public and is being offered in a hybrid format, both in person and on Zoom. Registration is required for either option. Visit the library’s event calendar for more information or to sign up. In-person attendees, please join us in the upstairs conference room at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. Questions? Please call (505) 662-8257.
Councilors to be at Farmers Market on June 23
Have something you want to discuss with our County Councilors? Two members of Council will be at the Farmers Market on Thursday, June 23rd, 9:00–11:00 a.m. The Farmers Market is located at Ashley Pond Park next to the Justice Center parking lot.
The Racial Equity and Inclusivity Task Force meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

A published agenda is available on: https://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament
Have a mud-slinging good time at this round-robin mud volleyball tournament on June 25th! Adult co-ed competitive: 6 to 10 teams of 6 to 12 players. Each team must have at least 3 women & 3 men.

8:30 a.m., North Mesa Park
$130/team, Ages 18+
Registration Deadline: June 24
FREE Admission for spectators

Footwear is required, and the use of duct tape is highly recommended to keep shoes on. For more information, please contact the Recreation Division at (505) 662-8170.
County administrative offices to close Monday in observance of Juneteenth
The Los Alamos County administrative offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth.  
Last February, the County Council adopted a change to the County’s personnel rules to add Juneteenth and Indigenous People’s Day as observed County holidays to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. This Monday, Los Alamos County will join other federal, state and local governments and organizations to commemorate June 19, 1865 or Juneteenth, the day when enslaved people in Texas learned of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 
While the County’s administrative offices, Environmental Division and Atomic City Transit services are closed on Monday, June 20, the following facilities will be open during holiday hours:

· White Rock and Mesa libraries will be closed on Sunday, June 19, but open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday

· Walkup Aquatic Center 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday

· Golf Course the back 9 is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; however front 9 is closed.
Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center will be closed on June 20

The Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center will be closed on June 20th in observance of Juneteenth.

There will be no residential or commercial trash and yard trimming collection service provided on Monday, June 20. If the observed date falls on your normal collection day, place your materials out on Wednesday, June 22.
Tidbits and Treasures
Environmental Services is hosting a Recycle Fashion workshop to help participants design and create costumes for the show on July 16. If you are interested in attending, please bring your recycled art supplies. We will have supplies available for your use as well.

We are gladly accepting old hats, t-shirts, art deco pieces like feathers, ribbons, buttons, lids, or other fun items that we can use to adorn our recycled creations. Please bring them to the Eco Station at 3701 E. Jemez Road.
For more information about the Recycled Fashion Show, visit https://www.losalamosnm.us/.../environmental.../Events_
Bandelier shuttle buses now required for park visit
All visitors who would like to visit Frijoles Canyon including the visitor center, park store, café, and Pueblo Loop Trail, will be required to take a shuttle between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Outside those hours, visitors may drive directly down into Frijoles Canyon. The shuttle bus will carry visitors from the White Rock Visitor Center to the Frey Trailhead (across from Juniper Campground) and then to the park visitor center. Shuttles run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. There is no charge for riding the shuttle but fees to enter the National Parks still apply. All visitors are required to check in with a ranger when they arrive in the park.
These are exceptions where visitors are not required to ride the shuttle:
1. Visitors can drive in before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m.
2. Bicycles
3. Anyone with Handicap Placard
4. Anyone seeking an Overnight Backcountry Permit
5. ALL Commercial Groups
6. Educational Groups in a Bus or Van
7. Anyone on Official Park Business
8. Campers going ONLY to Campground (Shuttle Stop into Canyon at Campground)
Library System offers a Music and Movement program at no cost to the public.

Outdoor musical fun for ages 0-6 and their caregivers! Music and Movement (M&M) is great for brain and body development. We use songs, scarves, bells, rhythm sticks, and more to count, clap, sing, jump, and wiggle together.

Our library system offers Music and Movement four times each week.

We hold the program outside as often as possible. From March to October, we'll be at Ashley Pond bandstand on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We'll meet in White Rock on Wednesdays either on the placita in front of the library or under the sheltered cement area at Piñon Park, near the splash pad. You can see both spots from the library parking lot. 

For more information, please visit our website or call Mesa Public Library's Service Desk at (505) 662-8258.
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