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Guadalupe Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

on December 11, 2017 - 9:46am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Guadalupe Fire that ignited Dec. 8 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Cause: Human.

Size: 6.3 acres, 100 percent contained.

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office at 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and is contained as of Sunday, Dec 10.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged

Letter To The Editor: Splash Pools And GRT Windfalls

on December 10, 2017 - 3:10pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

We have elections for a reason,and as Terry Goldman recently opined, Council is empowered to make decisions on what to build and how to fund it subject to public input at regular intervals, i.e., election day, or at other critical times through referendum.

The question of whether to build a more elaborate aquatic center is one of those decisions we as a community make, either directly via a bond issue or via a vote bycouncil to spend our money.

Every community wants more stuff and ours is no exception.

Update: Guadalupe Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on December 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

SFNF News:

The Guadalupe Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Start Date: Dec. 8

Cause: Human

Size: 6.2 acres, 40 percent contained

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District Office 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec 8.

Resources on-scene: Three engines with

Letter To The Editor: I Applaud The County Council ...

on December 9, 2017 - 11:22am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

I applaud the County Council for finally approving improvements at the aquatic center that are not directly related only to exercise or athletics. (My surprise at the voting pattern notwithstanding!)

Some years ago, I served on a CIP citizen's committee that explored how to use an expected GRT windfall to improve the quality of life in Los Alamos. The proposals were very similar to what the Council has recently made decisions about.

YMCA Accepts Youth Conservation Corps Applications

on December 9, 2017 - 5:23am

The YMCA is accepting applications for its Youth Conservation Corps. Courtesy photo

 

Y News:

 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps trail crew will be taken until 8 p.m. March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 14-25.

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 Española YMCA teen centers. Completed applications require two letters of reference and may be turned in to the Y or the teen centers.

Applicants must be New

Jingle Bell Run Sunday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the third Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Run Sunday, Dec. 10 to raise money for the Los Alamos High School and Middle School band programs.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos High School and Middle School bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners. Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile.

Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle

Winter Arrives At Pajarito Mountain!

on December 7, 2017 - 3:31pm

Snow is falling today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/PMSA

Pajarito Mountain News:

It’s a snow day at Pajarito Mountain! The flakes started flying last night and continued into today.

The Los Alamos ski area has received 4 inches already, plus its mountain crew continues to make snow in preparation for opening day, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16.

This week, the weather pattern changed and brought colder temperatures that produced prime snowmaking conditions at Pajarito. Crews are continuing to make snow day and night as they gear up for next week’s start of the season.

“Due to

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am
Bonnie Olsen and daughter Avery showing support for recreation projects during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

After hearing the Los Alamos County Council’s decision on the recreation Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for the pool, long-time advocate for the project Shelby Redondo said, “I want to sob with relief. It’s the right thing for kids.”

Council approved all four proposed recreation CIPs during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

Letter To The Editor: Thankful For The Council

on December 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank each member of the County Council for their dedication and commitment in deciding how to best use the current CIP funds during last
night’s council meeting.
 
Through your hard work and creative thinking you were able to stretch limited dollars into much needed recreational facilities. Now our community can look forward to improvements to the golf
course and ice rink. Young children can enjoy a splash pad in White Rock geared for them.

Pajarito Ski Area Is Making Snow!

on December 6, 2017 - 11:52am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is making snow and will continue to do so until its Dec. 16 opening date. According to Manager Tom Long, the temperatures are cooperating but Mother Nature hasn't done her part with providing snow. Long said 1.6 million gallons of water from the snow-making water pond is being used judiciously so as to have coverage for a run from top to bottom, the beginner area and the new Magic Carpet area. Courtesy/PMSA

Despicable Me 3 Dive-In Movie Dec. 8

on December 5, 2017 - 8:29am

Los Alamos Young Racers Attend UNM Ski Race Camp

on December 4, 2017 - 3:46pm

Young ski racers from Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe attended the UNM Ski Team sponsored race camp last weekend at Red River Ski Area. Courtesy photo

Scenes From North Mesa Stable Park Holiday Event

on December 4, 2017 - 7:30am

Horses at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables greet visitors Sunday evening during the annual Holiday Celebration hosted by North Mesa Stable Owners. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate Sunday evening at the Stidham family's stables, from left, Mia Littleton, Annika Fox, Hanna Stidham and Sage Wilcox. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

​Sherry Carmichael adds the finishing touches to her decorations Sunday at North Mesa Stables Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A horseshoe wreath hangs at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables at

Local Dog Walking Group Strolls Around Downtown

on December 2, 2017 - 2:43pm

A local dog walking group gathers at 11:30 a.m. today at Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square for their Saturday walk, which begins with a stroll around Ashley Pond before they head down Central Avenue passed the Municipal Building, over to Iris Street and finally back to Pet Pangaea. With their walk finished, the excitement was visible in the dogs as they waited for an employee to step out onto the sidewalk in front of the store and give them each a special treat.

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

Los Alamos County Named Bicycle Friendly!

on November 30, 2017 - 12:38pm

COUNTY News:

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFC) award, joining more than 400 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Los Alamos County joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists.

Bandelier Main Loop Trail Closed For Helicopter Work

on November 29, 2017 - 2:24pm
Helicopter carrying thousand-pound bags of dirt and rocks for work on the Frey Trail in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction. 
 
This project will continue Monday, Dec. 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 29

on November 29, 2017 - 2:20pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather remained unseasonably warm and dry last week. There are reports of changes in the weather for this coming week. Temperatures may drop to what would be normal for this time of year.
 
The fishing picked up at Abiquiu Lake last week and there were finally reports of trout being caught. This could be due to the recent stocking of fingerling rainbow trout. Larger predatory fish can be attracted to the area where these fish were stocked.

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Do It Right ... Right Now!

on November 28, 2017 - 10:17am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos

Aug. 8, 2017 the Los Alamos County Council voted to just do a small kiddie pool for $5 million instead of using the entire $7,816,000 that was in the projected budget for a multi-generational pool.  

Since then the county staff did the research as requested by the council and has now presented a design for the $5 million, they had to leave out the lazy river and the water slide and it is now just a zero-entry, warm water pool with some water sprays.

The extra $2 million will bring back the lazy river and water slide.

GirlForce Initiative Offers Free Jazzercise Classes

on November 27, 2017 - 5:37am

The Jazzercise program in Los Alamos is part of a national Jazzercise Initiative that began offering free classes to young women, ages 16-21 and has decided to continue the free program though 2018. Courtesy image

JAZZERCISE News:

Young women ages 16-21 are welcome to attend the local Jazzercise classes in White Rock and Espanola for free, as part of their GirlForce initiative. The program was launched in 2017 and has been continued throughout 2018.

“What it all boils down to for me is that Jazzercise is a place where people find that being true to their bodies by getting seriously

Top Finishers Announced In 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot

on November 26, 2017 - 9:10am

2017 CROP/Turkey Trot News:

 

The 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot held Nov. 19 at Los Alamos Middle School drew approximately 220 participants who ran or walked either the 2.57 mile or 1.7 mile courses.
 
Top 23 finishers in the 2.57 mile course:
 

1. Sam Crooks              16:18

2. Josh Woodward       16:59
3. Jacob Thompson      17:02
4. Quinn Abfalterer      17:16
5. Ryan Smeltzer          17:18
6. Nicole Strother         18:06
7. Richard Hensley       18:32
8. Aaron Jackson          18:37
9. Gus Yeager               18:49
10. Zack Medin             18:53
11. Vikki Saga            

Fishing Report: Nov. 21

on November 25, 2017 - 6:17am
By GEORGE MORSE 
​Sports and Outdoors 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After a brief period of cold weather with temperatures dropping down into the teens here in the Espanola Valley and in some mountain towns single digits, the weather has fallen back into a pattern of dry with above-average temperatures. This is not good news for the ski areas or for the winter snowpack. Some ski areas will open on a very limited basis with a base of man-made snow. Others are still waiting for more snow.

Fusion Multisport Helps Locals Get Out Of Doors

on November 24, 2017 - 12:05pm
Fusion Multisport is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is located at 106 Central Park Square. For more information, call 505.662.5000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

BUSINESS News:

Brad and Rose Nyenhuis bring a lot of expertise to their business, Fusion Multisport.

They opened the story four years ago, Nov. 21, 2013. Rose said, “We were living in the Chicago area but were looking for a business opportunity that would enable us to live near mountains. We found this town…there are so many athletes and there wasn’t a sports store.

Bandelier Concession Closed Until March

on November 21, 2017 - 11:18am

Entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The retail and food and beverage concession operation at Bandelier National Monument will close beginning today and is expected to reopen in March 2018.

There is no other food and beverage option at the monument. Other park services, including the trails and Visitor Center, remain open as scheduled.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band.

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