Weekly News & Updates From Los Alamos County
Published May 27, 2022
Upcoming Events
Pueblo Canyon Trail conceptual plan public meeting
Los Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) is working with Design Office, a professional consulting service to provide a conceptual design and layout to enhance and expand existing biking trails within Pueblo Canyon. The Community Services Department is considering the following bike trail projects:

• A seven-mile International Mountain Biking Trail located in Pueblo Canyon,
• A connector trail that would allow bikers to travel from the roundabout on San Ildefonso Road to the Aquatic Center,
• A bike skills park located in Pueblo Canyon,
• A six-mile National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) trail loop located near the Y intersection on NM502 and
• Improvements to an equestrian trail in Bayo Canyon near the North Mesa stables.

CSD invites interested community members to join a public meeting on June 1, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. This meeting is a continuation of the meeting held the first week of May. Additional information about the project can be found on the Community Services Department Projects Page.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or One tap mobile :
US: +13462487799,,83224281920# or +16699006833,,83224281920#
Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 832 2428 1920
International numbers available: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kcDjKbhwBm
Public meeting—North Mesa Shared-Use Gymnasium
On Wednesday, June 1, the County Public Works Department together with the Los Alamos Public Schools will hold a public meeting to seek input and discuss planning efforts for a proposed shared-use gymnasium project at North Mesa.

The project proposes the development of a shared-use gymnasium located at the Los Alamos Middle School that will support County recreation programs and allow Los Alamos Public Schools’ programmatic use during school hours. Currently, the project is in the Pre-Design and Programming or “Planning” Phase to determine the facility location, size, and related budgetary needs for construction.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Use the following link to join the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84618628570
Or Telephone: US: +1 720 707 2699
Webinar ID: 846 1862 8570

Public input during this planning phase is important, providing the community a great opportunity to help shape the project’s direction and providing the County Council and the School Board with the community’s view of the project.

A summary of items to be discussed include:
• Evaluation of three sites at the middle school campus
• Programming options for facility features, amenities, and size
• Budgetary considerations for facility options

For more information about the project visit the Public Works projects webpage.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email comments or questions by June 8, 2022, to the Public Works Department at lacpw@lacnm.us or call 505-662-8150
Piñon Park Maze art dedication
The Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board and the Community Services Department invite the community to the dedication of Piñon Park Maze, by Carrie Quade, on Thursday, June 2 at the Piñon Park Splash Pad, in White Rock at 2:00 p.m. The Piñon Park Maze was an Art in Public Places project that was completed in late 2021. It is a 3D high-density urethane (HDU) interactive wall maze that contains three individual mazes at varying heights, that run across the length of the 30-foot wall. “The different levels providing interaction and enjoyment for all age visitors within the White Rock and Los Alamos communities was the goal of this piece,” states Carrie Quade.
June 14 next Council regular session
The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is a regular session and will take place on June 14th, at 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos.

The full agenda packet and Zoom link to join the meeting are posted online. View the complete agenda packet for this meeting here.
County opens some trails for public access; Stage 3 fire restrictions remain in place
Los Alamos County Fire Chief and Fire Marshal are opening some County owned trails for public access during Stage 3 fire restrictions beginning Friday, May 27. Now that the Cerro Pelado fire is more than 90% contained, Fire Department officials have had an opportunity to evaluate the County trail network and determined some trails can be opened for limited access.
Atomic City Transit – holiday closure and peak service suspension
Atomic City Transit will not operate on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular service will resume Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Peak service for Route 1, Route 6, and Route 2 will be suspended until further notice.

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.

For the specific route service schedules, please visit our website.
Concrete and asphalt recycling operations halted until further notice
Los Alamos County Eco Station has reached its capacity to store concrete and asphalt materials and will not be able to accept them until further notice.
The County Environmental Services Division is working on a new contractual agreement with an outside vendor to continue concrete and asphalt recycling operations. Until this contract is in place, the Eco Station will be unable to accept concrete or asphalt for recycling or disposal.
The following list includes potential disposal sites for asphalt and concrete. Please contact the businesses in advance to ensure they can accept your concrete and asphalt for disposal:
  • GM Emulsion – Phone (505) 471-9981, located near Santa Fe Airport Road, Accepts Concrete and Asphalt, NO FEE.
  • Associated Asphalt – Phone (505) 438-0390, located at 85 Paseo De River, Santa Fe, Accepts Asphalt Only, NO FEE.

Thank you for your patience as the County works to secure a way to continue providing this service locally. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Environmental Service, please contact (505) 662-8163 or solidwaste@lacnm.us.

33rd /34th Streets and Arkansas Avenue roadway and utility improvements project delayed
The 33rd/34th Streets and Arkansas Avenue Roadway and Utility improvements project has been delayed and will be re-advertised in the Fall/Winter of 2022 with construction anticipated in the early Spring of 2023. This project delay is the result of nationwide material shortages needed for the required utility work. Additionally, contractors are experiencing labor shortages which are affecting projects across the region. Delaying this project will provide additional time for an awarded bidder to schedule material deliveries and labor resources.

For more information, questions, or concerns, please call or email the Public Works Department at (505) 662-8150 or lacpw@lacnm.us
Second week in June Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week
(Center) Los Alamos County Chair Randall Ryti hands to Fortis Brown a signed Proclamation recognizing the second week of June as the Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Week. They are joined by the Los Alamos Teen Director George Marsden, New Mexico State Senator Leo Jaramillo, Los Alamos County Councilor Melanee Hand, and the Friends of Los Alamos Pride supporters.
County in need of Personnel Board members
Los Alamos County is still accepting applications for eligible candidates to be appointed immediately to complete the terms of three vacant seats on the Personnel Board. Interested Los Alamos residents who do not hold public office and who are not employed by the county government may submit an online application by visiting the County’s Boards and Commissions webpage and selecting Personnel and then selecting “apply.” Applications will be accepted now until the vacancies are filled.
Tidbits and Treasures
Gentle Walk with Los Alamos Nature Center
June 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center
2600 Canyon Road

Join Los Alamos Nature Center for a hiking experience where the emphasis is on the discovery, not the mileage gained. Participants should bring water, good hiking shoes or boots, appropriate layers, and anything else you need to be comfortable while hiking outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the walk may be canceled.

Email publicity@peecnature.org to request to join the Gentle Walks Google Group for more information on hike locations and other details. If a walk is canceled, the notifications will be sent out to this email group by about 8 a.m. on Fridays.

The Gentle Walker group explores trails of around three miles, meandering from one item of interest to another. The group spends a bit of the time in silence, either sitting or walking to get a sense of the landscape. The group meets at 9 a.m. on Fridays at the nature center and returns between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Hawk Hangouts is a success
On May 19th, hundreds of "tweens" gathered at Ashley Pond Park to play laser tag, listen to music, and throw a few water balloons, thanks to the foresight and collaboration of several community organizations. This was the first of what will be many congregations of "Hawk Hangouts," an initiative to keep middle school youth connected and engaged with each other and the community by providing a space just for them. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park and is open to incoming 7th graders and current 7th and 8th graders.

Los Alamos County Community Services Department has taken on the charge of providing these activities in connection with Los Alamos County Library, Social Services, Teen Court, YMCA, Teen Center, Youth Activity Center, and other community members to begin developing these programs. Originally called the "tweens" or "Middle School Initiative" – the youth surveyed have requested the name "Hawk Hangouts."
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