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Los Alamos Mountaineers Present West Canyon Traverse - An Arizona Adventure Program Feb. 28

on February 23, 2017 - 4:34pm
Ron Morgan on the Cummings Mesa saddle. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Last May, six Mountaineers did a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado. This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route.

From there they descended into West Canyon and followed

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

Los Alamos Golf Shop Hours Announced

on February 22, 2017 - 3:36pm

Ice Rink Closes For Season At 5 p.m. Today

on February 21, 2017 - 3:20pm

Illustration of a meltng ice rink. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

Due to the warm and sunny weather of late, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is closing today for the season.

Public skating will run until 5 p.m. today and then the 2016-2017 Ice Rink season will be over. Staff will be working at the Rink over the next couple of weeks taking out the ice and preparing the facility for spring and summer activities.

Direct questions to the PROS Administrative Offices at 505.662.8170.

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

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

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

Sipapu Ski Resort Hosts Popular Family Event

on February 16, 2017 - 10:12pm
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO   Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual President’s Day weekend celebration, February Fun Fest! 
 
It’s Sipapu’s most popular free family event, Feb. 18-20, which includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more!
 
“February Fun Fest and our trademark snow castle is just another way that Sipapu shows its commitment to families. It’s a free event that our founding family, the Bolanders, started years ago.

Council Okays Special Election For Recreation Bond

on February 16, 2017 - 3:46pm

County Councilor James Chrobocinski makes a motion to approve the special election for the $20 million recreation bond, which passed unanimously. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The special election will be held May 23.

If voters approve the bond, Council anticipates utilizing up to $13.5 million of Capital Improvement Project funds in order to supplement the bond proceeds

County Council Pushes RV Park Idea Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin discusses establishing a downtown gateway RV Park during Tuesday night's County Council meeting held in Council Chambers.

The Council unanimously approved inviting Martin and other interested individuals to work with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee to further vet the idea of a RV park and include strategic tourism master planning.

 

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
 
PEEC News:
 
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Ice Melts As Season Draws To Close At Local Rink

on February 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

As the days grow warmer the ice is beginning to melt at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. This happens each year around this time explains Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson. The rink typically closes for the season near the Presidents Day weekend or the week after. 'The user groups work with us very well this time of year. It is always safety first certainly, and sometimes we reschedule activities for later in the day as needed,' Wilson said. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink.

Mountain Students Help Build Eagle Scout Project

on February 13, 2017 - 2:04pm

Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27 helped William Jean build this GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean got help building a GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project from Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean wanted to give older students at Mountain Elementary School something fun to do on their playground, which would also help build physical fitness.

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on February 13, 2017 - 10:11am

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 8.

The program hopes to

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In Valles Caldera

on February 11, 2017 - 8:16am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes. The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Extended Hours

on February 11, 2017 - 8:07am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering extended hours for winter recreation today. Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 p.m. with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
 
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books.

Los Alamos County Little League Registration Opens

on February 11, 2017 - 8:04am

Courtesy photo

STAFF REPORT

Young people ages 4-18 are invited to register for the 2017 Los Alamos County Little League Season. Little League consists of T-Ball for boys and girls 4-7 years old, baseball for boys 7-18 and softball for girls 7 and up. Players are divided into divisions by age.

Registration is $100 ($5 discount for additional siblings). Parents who volunteer receive a $25 refund at the end of the season. Each child receives a regular season uniform.

FREE to first-timers: Little League is anxious to encourage those who haven’t signed up before to do so, so this year the fee

Local YAPS Attend National Ski Patrol Jamboree

on February 7, 2017 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Young Adult Patroller (YAP) Kai Coblentz is lowered in a sled during high-angle rescue training last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. The compressed gas avalanche tool injects gas under the pack and the pipe is used as an anchor. Courtesy photo

A belayer's eye view of the 'knife ridge' as YAP Kai Coblentz remains visible in the orange high angle rescue device far down below at the end of the rope during a training exercise last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four young adult patrollers (YAP) from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol

Los Alamos County Council Votes On Recreation Bond Election Resolution At Regular Meeting Feb. 14

on February 6, 2017 - 9:04pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a $20 million recreation bond package with a mail-in ballot this May. If the bond vote passes, the Los Alamos County Council voted at its Dec. 20 regular meeting to supplement the bond with an additional $13.4 million in County funds to build a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a multipurpose activity center that houses two gymnasium spaces, a running track and indoor ice arena, as well as golf course and softball field improvements.

The next step in the process is for the Council to vote

Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Hosts Archery Night

on February 3, 2017 - 2:37pm
Archery coach Kathy Brooks demonstrated the correct stance at the youth archery program at the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Tuesday night. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
If you were to stop by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club on Youth Archery Night, you would be surprised to find a large group of elementary - and middle school-aged archers along with their parents ready to shoot their bows indoors.
 
What used to be a sport dominated by men in camouflage, has become a popular activity for many boys and girls here in Los Alamos, many

Enjoy The Outdoors This Winter At Bandelier

on February 2, 2017 - 9:14am
View from the end of the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, January 2017. Courtesy/NPS
 

Trailhead area for Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail and Sawyer Mesa Trail, along State Route 4 near the junction with Forest Road 289. Courtesy/NPS

 

BANDELIER News:
 
This is an ideal time for enjoying winter in and around Bandelier National Monument, with snow at higher elevations and lots of sunny days.
 
Anyone comfortable in winter conditions can readily find a number of opportunities available in the park.

2017 Dog Jog Logo Contest Seeks Young Artists

on January 31, 2017 - 8:18am

Skier Alex Mueller Shares Adventures In Antarctica

on January 26, 2017 - 4:01pm

One of Alex Mueller's shots of the landscape in Antarctica. Mueller shared a number of his photos during Los Alamos Mountaineers' meeting Tuesday night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Alex Mueller 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Alex Mueller was in a meeting at Lawrence Livermore when he got a call; a friend asked if he would like to take the ski trip of a lifetime. So in November 2014, Mueller packed his bags, picked up his skis, flew on a plane to Argentina before boarding an ex-Russian ice breaker vessel to Antarctica.  

Mueller was among 70 travelers who

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

The Big Outdoors Program Invites Adults To Help Children Enjoy Nature

on January 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Helping children create fun experiences outside is a rewarding way to share the value of nature. PEEC staff lead backpacking trips for youth and families, one of many ways to get kids outside. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to help kids get outside? There will be an informational meeting about The Big Outdoors, a new program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
 
The Big Outdoors will give adults concerned about children’s disconnect from nature a chance

A Foot Of Snow Falls At Pajarito Ski Area

on January 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Pajarito Ski Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill
 
Pajarito Ski Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees, left, chats with Young Adult Patroller Ethan Aulwes. Photo by Sheila McClees
 
Pajarito Ski Area General Manager Tom Long. Photo by Mike O'Neill

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos

Despite a challenging start to the season due to warm weather, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now enjoying “really good snow”, including more than a foot in the past week General Manager Tom Long said Monday.  The ski area, known for its short lift lines, friendly staff and extraordinary views, opened Dec.

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