Weekly News & Updates From Los Alamos County
Published July 15, 2022
Upcoming Events
Open Boating at Aquatic Center July 19 & 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.
Next Council meeting on July 19 to be work session
The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is a work session and will take place on July 19th, 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.
White Rock draft Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan
Various meetings for locals to learn about the Plan and weigh in
Los Alamos County's Community Development Department (CDD) will hold three meetings to present the draft Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) Plan to redevelop three locations in White Rock to stimulate economic and community development. The three properties include the area adjacent to the Del Norte Credit Union, the Longview neighborhood, and the vacant McDonalds/Time Out Pizzeria.

According to CDD Project Manager Sobia Sayeda, the first meeting will be virtual and held on Wednesday, July 20 at 12:30 p.m. CDD staff and its consultant Site Southwest will present the draft Plan to the MRA steering committee. While the public may join the meeting via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89242243802 there will not be an opportunity for public comment.
Summary of Findings for the Community Services Master Plan Survey
The Los Alamos County Community Services Department has been working with a professional consulting team to develop an Integrated Community Services Master Plan that will help identify and assess existing programs, services, facilities, and gaps, and look at future needs within the community.

The Community Services Department would like to invite the community to two Zoom meetings, one on July 20th at 5:30 p.m. that will focus on the summary findings of the community survey completed in May, and the other on July 21st at 5:30 p.m. which will focus on the results from the Level of Service and Condition Assessment of CSD facilities and amenities.

Below are the links and information for both meetings:
July 20, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86857934061
July 21, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84314403142
Los Alamos Triathlon is July 23
Participate in one of the oldest, continuously running triathlons! This is a sprint triathlon with a unique format of bike, swim, and run; and is held at a starting elevation of 7,400 ft. The course is challenging with a rolling bike course that starts in town and takes you along an open course surrounded by forest and mountain vistas, returns to the Aquatic Center for a 400-meter swim, and ends with a slight uphill run.
The registration deadline is fast approaching. If you register before July 18th you will avoid paying an additional $15 late fee. There will be no race day registration.

For more information, please contact the Recreation Division at (505) 662-8170.
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.
Atomicon coming to Los Alamos Library July 30th
Los Alamos is a small town but has a mighty love for comic books, superheroes, gaming, anime, movies, and fandoms. Adult, youth, and family activities abound at this day-long event. There will be a ton of fun activities, and games, and there will be a costume contest!
Canyon Rim Trail partial closure due to construction activities
The Canyon Rim Trail and Parking lot will be closed for corrective work to the trail from July 13 through July 19. The trail closure will begin at the intersection with Entrada Drive and will extend south of NM 502 (East Road) to the trail T-Intersection and parking lot area. Access to the underpass will not be permitted during this time.

The Department of Public Works thank the community in advance for their continued cooperation and patience.

For additional information, contact the Public Works Department office at (505) 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.
Preservation work scheduled at Fuller Lodge
Over the next few months, crews with R&M Construction will be performing maintenance on the exterior of Fuller Lodge. On Wednesday, July 13 crews will begin mobilizing equipment to the site with work to follow shortly thereafter. The work will consist of re-painting window frames around the main building (not including the wing additions), repairing the colored mortar joints between the logs, tuck pointing of the chimney and stone wall mortar joints, and re-sealing logs including some minor repairs where needed. Some scaffolding will be visible at times, along with workers on the roof or in bucket trucks. Impacts on visitors and events at the Lodge will be minimized to the extent possible.

Please direct inquiries to the project manager, Wayne Kohlrust at (505) 709-0510 or lacpw@lacnm.us This maintenance work is needed periodically to protect and preserve one of the County’s valued treasures.
Tidbits and Treasures
Traditional Stories from Northern New Mexico
This program is free to the public and will be held in person at Fuller Lodge on Thursday, July 28th from 7 to 8 p.m.

Paulette Atencio is an independent folklorist and author who delights audiences with cuentos (stories) learned growing up in Penasco, NM, and a lifetime traveling northern and central New Mexico. She has been a professional bilingual storyteller for over twenty years and is a registered Chautauqua speaker for the New Mexico Humanities Council. These centuries-old folktales impart wisdom passed down over hundreds of years, focusing on traditions of the Southwest and universal themes of humor and morality. 

Atencio has published two collections of stories including Cuentos from Long Ago and Cuentos from My Childhood: Legends and Folktales of Northern New Mexico.
Books sales by Samizdat and book signing by Paulette Atencio following the program.

Questions? Please call (505) 662-8257 or email jessica.jenkins@lacnm.us.
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