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Meet Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

on March 24, 2017 - 11:54am
Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich takes the lines less traveled. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charlotte “Charlie” Ulrich, a ninth grader at Los Alamos High School, has been invited to ski at the North America Junior Freeride Championships April 5-9 at Kirkwood Mountain, Calif. Ranked third in North America in the 12-14 year-old female ski category, she is in her second year of training and competing with the Taos Winter Sports Team and has been sponsored this season by Head-Ski.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

Ulrich began skiing at Pajarito Mountain

Pinon Park Pool Memberships Now Available

on March 24, 2017 - 6:42am

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

NMG&F: Special Hunter Education Camp Offered At Philmont Scout Ranch

on March 19, 2017 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
 
CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn a hunter education certification.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 17, accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
 
Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
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SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

Los Alamos Sportsmens Club Hosts First Cowboy Shoot Of The Year March 18

on March 16, 2017 - 4:43pm
LASC News:
 
The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its first “Cowboy Shoot” of the year at at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits. 
 
This SASS ruled event occurs every third Saturday of each month March until November (weather permitting).
 
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required/encouraged to shoot in these events.

PEEC: Last Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes Of Season

on March 16, 2017 - 3:59pm
Each snowshoe hike explores a different part of the Valles Caldera and allows participants to explore, observe, and learn about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Winter is winding down, but there is still time to explore the Valles Caldera in the snow.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) are partnering to offer two educational, family-friendly, hikes this month.
 
These Saturday hikes will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Guided Hike With Jean Dewart This Sunday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:04am
View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
 
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
 
To hike Ancho to Blue Dot with PEEC, register online at www.peecnature.org.
 

Petroglyphs Discussion And Mesa Prieta Field Trip

on March 13, 2017 - 8:14pm
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE ― The rich cultural history and significance of rock art and petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Valley, and an exploration of those artifacts, make up two must-attend events sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in April.
 
“Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change,” a public talk by Polly Schaafsma is 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 at SAR. Then 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, see examples of petroglyphs as you explore “Mesa Prieta: 100,000 images, 7,500 years of Rock Art,” a field trip to Mesa Prieta, north of Santa Fe.
 
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On The Job In Los Alamos: Y Instructor Nalani Kimball

on March 12, 2017 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Family YMCA Instructor Nalani Kimball leads a Power-Up fitness class Thursday morning at the Family YMCA on Iris Street in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

House Passes Memorial To Protect Chaco Canyon

on March 11, 2017 - 10:31pm

Kin Bineola is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archeological site 12 miles from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtedy/NPS

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Tonight, House Memorial 70, the Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), passed the New Mexico House of Representatives in a 31-28 party-line vote.

HM 70 requests that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) respect their established relationship with tribal entities by consulting with tribes on any hydraulic fracking operations around the historic Chaco

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
 
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

Sipapu Offers Events And Extra Hour Of Skiing

on March 11, 2017 - 7:04am
Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced that operating hours will change with Sunday's Daylight Saving Time, providing skiers with an extra hour on the slopes. 
 
Sunday, March 12 through Saturday, March 18, lifts will turn 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sunday, March 19 through Sunday, March 26, Sipapu will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
 
Sipapu will then be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekends only, April 1 and 2 and April 8 and 9. For the latest conditions, visit Sipapu’s snow report
 
Springtime means sunny, bluebird days, great skiing and fun

Angel Fire Bike Park Opening And Demo Daze Details

on March 7, 2017 - 7:44am

Local Trampoline Flips Into Backyard Arroyo

on March 6, 2017 - 2:59pm

A trampoline was spotted today in a backyard arroyo off 47th and White Street in Los Alamos. It's speculated that the fierce winds from last night carried it out of a local residents yard. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Atomic City Road Runners Club Begins 44th Season

on March 5, 2017 - 7:26am
SPORTS News:
  • 2017 Pace Race Season Begins April 4
 
The 44th season of the pace race series conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Los Alamos Co-operative Market on East Road (State Route # 502).
 
The Club meets Tuesdays through early October at various locations throughout Los Alamos County.
 
For more information call 505.672.1639 or visit the Club’s website at www.atomicrunners.com.

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Restoration Projects

on March 4, 2017 - 7:22am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest is inviting members of the public to provide comments by March 16, 2017, on two proposed forest restoration projects in the mountains near Santa Fe. 
 
Both projects are part of a larger multi-agency collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFFC), which takes a landscape-scale approach to improving forest resilience and mitigating wildfire risk near the City of Santa Fe.
  • The Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project is located in forests east of the community of Hyde Park Estates, near Hyde Park Memorial State

Registration Open For Y Youth Soccer Ages 4-7

on March 4, 2017 - 7:02am

Soccer Season Starts Soon! Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s Little Youth Soccer is an introductory program for youth ages 4-7 that would like to learn the basics of soccer, team participation, and to play a few casual games.

Registration for this program opened March 1. Players will meet twice per week for practice and games, April 17 through May 25.

Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed. There is a coaches training clinic 6-7:30 p.m., March 10 in the Y Gym.

To register your child for soccer, come by the Y at 1450 Iris St. Cost is $62 / $41 for Y Members.

Youth Summer Job Applications Close March 13

on March 3, 2017 - 7:48pm

Trail work crew getting busy last year. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

  • Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) Starts Work In June 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Bandelier Corps trail crew closes at 10 p.m., March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 16-24.

Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website at www.laymca.org, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Espanola YMCA teen centers. Two reference forms, within the packet, are required if youth did not work for the Y last year.

Burn Planned On Jemez Ranger District Sunday

on March 3, 2017 - 7:31pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  If conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn Sunday, March 5 on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Zumba Fundraiser At Chamisa 6 p.m. Today

on March 3, 2017 - 9:24am

COMMUNITY News:

Chamisa Elementary School is hosting a Zumba Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. today to benefit 6th graders attending the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experience) event at Glorieta.

Water and snacks will be provided. Door prizes will be given. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Contact Zumba instructors Rhonda Cionek or Natalie Smith for tickets at rhondacionek@msn.com or nsmithla@gmail.com.

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Students Learn To Ski And Snowboard At Pajarito

on March 2, 2017 - 4:26pm

Students get a lift up the mountain Wednesday during their training class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fifth graders get some assistance to reach the top of Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A student takes a spill in the snow. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Pajarito Mountain has taught youngsters how to ski and snowboard for many years but for the last three years, business has skyrocketed at the Snowsports School.

Not only does the school coordinate with all five elementary schools in Los Alamos to

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