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Update on the LCMA/Verizon Application for a Cell Tower
April 14, 2021
 
We are very pleased to report that last night, shortly before 10 pm, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved by a vote of 4-1,  our appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of our request for a 70' stealth cell tower.  This means that our cell tower project can move forward as requested.  This is a huge win for the greater Las Campanas community, and this new stealth tower will provide owners, visitors, employees and workers with enhanced cellular services for your convenience, work-at-home, safety and security.
 
A key factor in the Commissioner's decision was the overwhelming support by the Las Campanas Community.  Over 400 letters of support were received by the County, and dozens of owners participated in the series of community meetings and public hearings.  Everyone should share in this acknowledgement for a job well done!
 
A special thanks goes out to the Las Campanas Cellular Committe including Margaret Hoban, Dennis Little, Kay Lee, Al Antonez and Robert Kiely for persevering through the challenging (and long!) approval process.
 
We are grateful to our District 2 Commissioner Anna Hansen not only for her emphatic "yes" vote but also for her leadership in getting the motion passed, and to Constituent Services Liaison Sara Smith for guiding us through the difficult County process.  Please feel free to send a note of appreciation to:
 
 
Going forward, the process will be obtaining the final order, permitting, then groundbreaking, construction, inspection, test and finally turn-up of services.  Although we do not have an estimated completion date yet, we will keep you appraised of progress as we move towards in-service.
 
Additionally, the Cellular Committee is in search of 1-2 new members with experience in residential or commercial construction, permitting or inspections as we move into the permitting and construction phase.  Should you have interest in volunteering, please contact Cellular Committee Chair Robert Kiely rkiely@lascampanasowners.com.
 
 
 
 
UPDATE on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
April 22, 2021 Update
 
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new framework for opening the New Mexico economy on a county-by-county basis.  This "Red-to-Green" framework allows counties that qualify to improve their standing and therefore further ease restrictions.  Good news!  Santa Fe County, as of March 24, 2021 has moved into the TURQUOISE framework!   
 
To view the Turquoise framework, click TURQUOISE
 
To view the full revised Public Health Order, click April 9, 2021 Emergency Public Health Order   which includes the restriction levels for each framework.  To read the Red-to-Green framework, click RED TO GREEN - and now Turquoise.
 
The Las Campanas Master Association Administration office will remain closed.  We are still required to operate under the current restrictions of the Reopen New Mexico COVID-Safe Practices.  We are limiting exposure by allowing staff to telecommute, although some staff will be in the office during normal business hours (8 am to 5 pm - [Friday 'til 4:30 pm]).  Members of the public will now be allowed to enter the building, but by appointment only.  We will have a reduced number of administrative staff on site to ensure that normal operations continue, but we will rely on your emails or phone messages to communicate and reply to your concerns.  The new maximum for mass gatherings has moved up to 150.  However, indoor limitations on social distancing remain.  This will require most LCMA meetings to remain virtual only.  Things are improving, so stay tuned!
 
The New Mexico Department of Health has submitted a draft plan to the CDC on administering a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines.  To read about the plan click Vaccine Information.  The state is also accepting pre-registrations to receive the vaccine.  To learn more and to pre-register, click Vaccine Registration.
 
As of today, there have been 195,990 confirmed cases in New Mexico as determined from 3,195,857 tests.  There have been 13,889 total hospitalizations and 120 individuals are currently hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.  177,428 are reported as "recovered". There have been 10,041 confirmed cases in Santa Fe County.  There have been four thousand and twenty-three (4,023) deaths reported in New Mexico that are related to COVID-19 - one hundred and forty-five in Santa Fe County.  
 
LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL UPDATES
 
News and developments are fluid.  We are encouraging people to check on the appropriate websites for the latest and most reliable information:
 
Santa Fe County website for COVID-19:  SF County COVID-19
New Mexico Department of Health: NMDOH COVID-19
New Mexico Department of Health: County Specific Data
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  CDC COVID-19
 
We will keep you informed.