Weekly News & Updates From Los Alamos County
Published July 22, 2022
Upcoming Events
Open House coming to Airport July 23
The Los Alamos Municipal Airport, in association with the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol and Experimental Aircraft Association, will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be static displays and exhibits by the New Mexico Pilots Association, Classic Air Medical, New Mexico National Guard, New Mexico State Police, Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, LANL Hazmat and Robotics, and others including food, drinks, and other activities. Please join us and invite a friend or two. During the Open House, Taxiways C and F, the aircraft runup area adjacent Taxiway C, and the North Terminal Apron will be closed. Due to the ramp and taxiway closures please use the South Apron for runups and transient parking.
Open Boating at Aquatic Center July 26
Practice time for boaters using canoes, kayaks, and rafts. The doors open half an hour earlier for boat cleaning before entry. All watercraft must be rinsed off on the patio prior to pool entry. Boaters must provide their own boats. All participants must have a wristband from the front desk before entering the pool. Life jackets are recommended for participants.
6:50 - 7:50 p.m.
Aquatic Center, (505) 662-8170
$5 per person - Doors close at 7:00 p.m.
July 26 Council meeting to be regular session
The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is a regular session and will take place on July 26th, 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.
COVID-19 community briefing on July 28
Los Alamos County officials announced they will hold a virtual briefing regarding the community’s COVID-19 status on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from the county, Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos Senior Center, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, and retired epidemiologist William Athas, Ph.D. Members of the public can join using the following Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89699155842.

After a brief presentation, meeting representatives will answer questions from the public.
County to hold virtual Open House on Chapter 16 - Module 3 Development Code
Los Alamos County Development Department (CDD) and its consultant, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS) released the last of the three modules (Module 3) to update the Chapter 16 Development Code on July 18 for the public to review. The draft document is available online at https://losalamosconnect.org/. In addition, the public is invited to a virtual open house on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from CDD and DPS will present a summary of the most significant proposed changes to Module 3 and hear public comments. Interested members of the public may join the meeting using this Zoom link
Public hearing for gas rate adjustments postponed
The first of two public hearings on proposed natural gas rate adjustments by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been moved to the next Board of Public Utilities (BPU) work session on August 3. Originally scheduled for July 20 via Zoom, the hearing was postponed due to an Xfinity internet outage that affected residents and businesses throughout Los Alamos County. If the BPU approves the rate ordinance on August 3, a second hearing will be held on August 30 at the Los Alamos County Council meeting. The rates must be adopted by the County Council before they can be put in place.

The proposed increases are intended to generate revenues needed for current operations and to build cash reserves necessary for future infrastructure needs. Large increases in costs due to inflation and supply chain shortages have negatively impacted current natural gas fund balances. If approved by Council, the first increase will take effect on Oct. 1, 2022, with subsequent increases following on October 1 annually.

The natural gas rate schedule has been unaltered since 2016 when the fixed commodity rate was decreased from $0.29/therm to $0.23/therm. Prior to that, the fixed commodity rate decreased from $0.55/therm in 2013. A variable component based on the actual cost of gas, also known as the pass-through rate, is added to the fixed commodity rate each month. Service charges for natural gas have not been changed since 2009.

More information about the proposed rates, including a detailed FAQ document, can be found online at: https://ladpu.com/rates under the folder “Proposed & Pending Rate Changes.”
Mark your calendars!
The 2022 SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR is coming to the Fuller Lodge Lawn on August 13th. Over 100 vendors will sell jewelry, fine art, pottery, skincare, clothing, plants, decor, and more! All handmade and original designs are perfect for any budget. This event is in collaboration with the Los Alamos County Fair, Rodeo, and Parade. See you there!
Pictured art by: Adrian Martinez, Hilda Aragon, Jose Garcia, Leslie Colley, Melody Monarch, Nerissa Victorino, and Ryan Roller.
Pavement preservation at airport to resume
Pavement preservation work at the airport is scheduled to resume the week of July 25th. The airport will be closed beginning at noon on Monday, July 25th to accommodate morning flights. The duration of the closure is weather dependent and if conditions are favorable, work is scheduled to be complete by or before the end of the week. Rotary wing aircraft operations will be allowed during the closure.

Geoff Rodgers, Airport Manager will be overseeing this pavement preservation project. Rodgers states, “crews suspended work during the latter part of June and early July due to the heavy monsoon rainfall events. With dryer forecasts, this important maintenance operation to preserve the runway, taxiways, and tarmac will help keep the airport in good working order. He further adds, “closing the Airport will allow the contractor to work simultaneously on all areas of the project and shorten the time needed for closure…if work proceeds ahead of schedule, the airport will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

Contact the Airport Manager, Geoff Rodgers, for any questions at 505.662.8420
Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center closed August 1
The Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center will be closed on August 1, 2022, due to Employee Professional Development Day.

Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial trash and yard trimming collection service provided on Monday, August 1. If the observed date falls on your normal collection day place your materials out on Wednesday, August 3.
Clean Up Los Alamos Day coming August 20
Environmental Services and the Environmental Sustainability Board would like to invite the community to participate in the 19th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Clean Up LA Day is where residents and businesses volunteer to pick up litter throughout the County. Volunteers are encouraged to pick a location around the community to clean and make beautiful. Locations can range from a favorite park, walking trail or around the neighborhood.

Participants will receive free trash bags, gloves, and a participation prize which can be collected at the Eco Station office beginning Tuesday, August 16 through Friday, August 19. If this time won’t work for you, please call (505) 662-8163 or email solidwaste@lacnm.us to arrange another pick up time. Additionally, a volunteer appreciation luncheon will be held at Ashley Pond from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/environmental_services_division/Events_/CULADRegistration. Individuals and groups must sign a waiver of liability, scan, and email it back to sonja.martinez@lacnm.us prior to commencing clean-up activities. Waivers will be emailed to participants upon registration.

Environmental Services will be holding a raffle for the volunteers that submit a picture of participants during the cleanup event, or a before and after picture of the area that was cleaned. Post the picture on Facebook, tag Los Alamos County Environmental Services, and use the hashtag #2022CleanupLADay. All pictures with the tag and hashtag will automatically be entered in the raffle. Raffle prizes include one of thirteen backyard compost bins.

Residents receive free disposal at the Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center on Saturday, August 20 by showing proof of Los Alamos County residency. Join us in our effort to make Los Alamos environmentally and eco-friendly by collecting litter and beautifying our community.

Last year, 164 participants collected trash and brush around the Los Alamos and White Rock community. The Eco Station and Overlook Collection Center collected approximately 19.8 tons of solid waste and 185 residents utilized free disposal day.

Environmental Services, Environmental Sustainability Board and Zero Waste Los Alamos would like to thank our generous sponsors: Enterprise Bank & Trust, Zia Credit Union, Coca-Cola of Santa Fe, and Los Alamos County.
A portion of the White Rock Visitors Center parking lot will be closed next week (July 25-29), to prepare the area for the installation of the County’s first Level 3 DC fast charger for electric vehicles.

While the 65 kW charger has not yet been delivered and will be installed at a later date, a Department of Public Utilities (DPU) contractor will be trenching in the parking lot to install electrical conduits and placing a concrete pad in preparation for the charger installation.
This is the first Level 3 charger in Los Alamos County, and currently, there are two Level 2 charge ports at the White Rock Town Hall and six at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. A second Level 3 charger will be installed at the municipal building. DPU received grant funding to procure and install the Level 3 chargers.
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