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Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

Daily Postcard: Golfers Swing Into Spring

on April 24, 2017 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: Golfers swinging in the spring season last week at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier: It's Time To Get Outdoors!

on April 22, 2017 - 10:54am

Bandelier National Monument: It’s the weekend and time to get outdoors! ‘The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.’ –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy/ NPS

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

Golf Course Improvements Long Overdue

on April 21, 2017 - 5:10am
Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Sam Logan, left, and Head Golf Pro Donnie Torres. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are long overdue. The last major capital improvements to the course occurred in 1970 and its irrigation system is 30 years old.

If passed, the $20 million recreation bond would provide an estimated $4.5 million to fix up the golf course.

Letter To The Editor: Vote No On Recreation Bond

on April 21, 2017 - 4:49am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Once again it appears that a number of our fellow Los Alamos citizens feel compelled to spend our tax dollars to benefit a limited number of county residents.
 
In this particular case, the Recreation Bond Proposal is being championed by several special interest groups. These include supporters of the already-once-defeated recreational (now called multi-generational) pool, local hockey enthusiasts, softball players, and golfers.
 
Although I certainly don't disagree with the concept of our collective taxpayer dollars funding the county's recreational

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

Trujillo-Rondeau Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 19, 2017 - 7:30am
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau is the top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau had a 1 second error from her predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race Tuesday on the Canada del Buey Trail in White Rock.
 
Other accurate predictors are Blake Hovde with a 4 second differential, Ted Romero at 7 seconds off, and 5 participants with a 9 second difference: Lyle Cunningham, Heather and Tad Hughes, Sanna Sevanto and

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.
 

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need More Bread And Circus In Los Alamos?

on April 18, 2017 - 5:31pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I am somewhat perplexed that the County is pushing for a "recreational bond".
 
With the county freezing hirings on critical positions in the fire and police departments and with uncertainty on whether the next national laboratory contract will be a for-profit or nonprofit, this does not seem to be the time to burden the county taxpayer with more debt.
 
Adding more facilities will require not only bond payments but added staffing and budget line items to maintain them. The result will be more of a burden on the taxpayer.

Fort Union National Monument Is Hiring

on April 18, 2017 - 4:22pm
NPS News:
 
Fort Union National Monument is hiring for summer ruins preservation help this summer!​ Applications are being accepted online through Wednesday, April 19.
 
Applicants should be very detailed in what trade and laborer skills they possess, and read the announcement completely. This is an opportunity to work with a very dedicated crew of National Park Service employees to preserve the adobe ruins of Fort Union and provide upkeep of trails, grounds and landscapes. 
 
This position is a summer seasonal laborer at the government grade of WG3 and an hourly rate of $12 to $14 per

Bandelier Hosts Artists For Fire Science & Art Collaborative

on April 18, 2017 - 8:21am

East Jemez Landscape Futures project Artists in Residence Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will host artists Kathleen Brennan from Taos and Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Ariz., through April 19.

Brennan and Skabelund are artists in residence as part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures project (EJLF), which aims to address conservation challenges posed by recent severe droughts, fires, and floods that affected many local communities in the eastern Jemez Mountains.

The goal of the EJLF project is for land managers, local

Detailed Recreation Bond Election Information Now Available Online And At County Clerk’s Office

on April 18, 2017 - 8:06am

COUNTY News:

To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has created a detailed Recreation Bond election voter information booklet. It is available for download online here, at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, the County Municipal Building and various County facilities.

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities including a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation

2017 Los Alamos Senior Olympics 5K And 10K Results

on April 18, 2017 - 7:12am
At the starting line on the Meadow Lane/Rover Boulevard loop in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Below are the results of the 5K and 10K run results of the 2017 Los Alamos Senior Olympics:
 
PARTICIPANT          5K RACE TIME          10K RACE TIME          GENDER          AGE GROUP
 
Laura McClellan               26:12                         52:53                     Female                50-54
 
Darla Thompson               27:39                        55:11                      Female                50-54
 
Beth Davenport                35:33                       

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

on April 17, 2017 - 12:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures

Make Up Baseball Camp In Los Alamos

on April 17, 2017 - 12:31pm

Fleming: Urban Bike Path Update

on April 17, 2017 - 10:58am
Courtesy image
 
By BRENDA FLEMING
Los Alamos
 
Last May, after attending a few county meetings on the plan of this town, I was a little depressed thinking about all the people making decisions about this town that don't actually live here. 
 
With a spark of activism, I wrote to the Los Alamos Daily Post what I wanted as a local mom and business owner – which was an urban bike path to connect the town's historical landmarks, small businesses and residential areas – the "oh-so-needed vein of the town" is how I phrased it – for tourists and locals alike. (read article here)
 
I emailed my

Bandelier's First Astronomy Program Of Season April 22

on April 16, 2017 - 9:33am
Bandelier National Monument's first astronomy program of the season is 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. The community is invited to join them for a Ranger talk, followed by viewing the universe through giant telescopes! Courtesy/National Park Service

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