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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

Letter To The Editor: In support Of Rec Bond

on April 16, 2017 - 7:54am
By TOMMY OLDHAM
7th Grader
White Rock

My name is Tommy and I am a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School. I support the Los Alamos Recreation Bond fully. I am involved in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League. These are only two organizations out of a whole bunch of others that could benefit from the bond passing.

There are a lot of projects on the bond, one of them is a Recreation Center, which would include gym space, a track and an indoor ice rink. Yes, we do have an ice rink, but some of the time we are unable to use it when we need to.

National Park Week At Bandelier And Throughout System April 15-23

on April 15, 2017 - 10:42am
Entrance sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
All across the country, National Park Service units are celebrating National Park Week April 15-23. For parks that charge entrance fees, including Bandelier National Monument, both weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23, will be fee free days, with no entry fees being charged.
 
During both weekends, everything in the bookstore in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15 percent, and select items in the Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be on sale.
 
At 1 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Spend Now, Repay Forever...

on April 15, 2017 - 9:07am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos
 
Here we go again! Those aren't leaves on our trees, they're banknotes – and we have a lot of trees!
 
We're told that we cannot afford to replace the HVAC in the Mesa Public Library; staffing, hours, and frequency of warm water weekends at Larry Walkup only goes down; infrastructure generally crumbles around us; but obligating ourselves to $20 million to build and operate some high-maintenance new toys is a great idea! http://www.ladailypost.com/content/voters-consider-multi-generational-pool
 
It's such a good idea that it must be in the same exalted class of

7th Annual Run For Her Life Race Results

on April 15, 2017 - 6:45am
Hadassah News:
 
All proceeds in Sunday's 7th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Races at East Park in Los Alamos were donated to Breast Cancer research.
 
In the 5K race, the top female finisher was Tammie Nelson with a time of 23:15 and the first male was Scott Valdez recording a 20:12. 
 
Erica Baron had a 40:12 for best female finisher in the 10K distance and Nathan Knapp was top male with a time of 40:12.
 
Race Results

Men 5K, 19 and under:

  • 44:19.30 Emmitt Tibbitts, White Rock
Men 5K, 20-29
  • 33:21 Daniel Livingston, Los Alamos
Men 5K, 30-39
  • 53:55 Michael Fensin, Los Alamos
Men

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed April 16-17

on April 15, 2017 - 6:05am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near White Rock is closing Easter Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17.
 
These closures will allow members of the Cochiti Pueblo exclusive access to the monument for traditional cultural and religious activities. The Monument will reopen to the public Tuesday, April 18 during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the entrance gate closing at 6 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Rio Puerco Field Office Manager John Brenna at 505.761.8700.

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond Thoughts

on April 14, 2017 - 6:48pm

By Resident of Los Alamos

My property taxes have doubled for my half duplex in the past seven years. At the current rate of increase they double again in 10 years. My retired years will be funded by personal investments, social security, and not a pension fund.

I am speaking in behalf of all who live in town who will not have a pension fund and live off of social security. With the increase of our water rates, sewer rates and current bonds that the County will never retire, I am against a new recreational bond.

There are several large buildings in town that are empty.

Daily Postcard: Blue Dot Trail

on April 14, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: Scene from a recent hike along the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Voters To Consider Multi-Generational Pool

on April 13, 2017 - 10:27pm

A rendering of the potential multi-generational pool. Courtesy Image ​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is one of the projects included in the Los Alamos recreation bond. If voters pass the bond, the pool would offer features for infants to senior citizens to enjoy.
 
While all the features are conceptual at this point, Community Services Director Brian Brogan said typical characteristics for these pools include zero depth entry, water slides and lazy rivers.

Zach Medin Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 13, 2017 - 8:37am
Zach Medin is the top predictor in Tuesday's weekly pace race along the pollution control plant road. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo
 
 
SPORTS News:
 
Zach Medin is the top predictor in the weekly pace race Tuesday on the pollution control plant road at the bottom of Main Hill Road with an 11 second difference from his predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: Scot Halverson and John Ullmann tied at 13 seconds off, Nicholas Parra-Vasquez with a 19 second differential, Ian Cunningham at 24 seconds off and Kevin Love recording a 26 second difference.
 
On the 1 mile course 8 year old

Los Alamos Golf Course Temporary Schedule Announced

on April 12, 2017 - 5:40pm

Golf Course News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed for State Varsity High School Matches until 3 p.m. Monday, then open after 3 p.m. for regular play. The Pro Shop will be open regular hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

The course will be closed all day Tuesday for routine Spring golf course maintenance. The driving range and the Pro Shop will not be open Tuesday.

Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant inside the Golf Course Community Building will remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner both days.

David Kratzer And Mariela Saenz Are Top Predictors In First Pace Race Of 44th Season!

on April 12, 2017 - 7:33am
After a day filled with snow showers and wind Tuesday, April 4, the weather turned sunny and bright for the beginning of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th Annual Pace Race, which drew a large crowd of enthusiastic runners and walkers. Courtesy photo
 
David Kratzer and Mariela Saenz were the top predictors in the opening pace race of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th season Tuesday, April 4 along the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

David Kratzer and Mariela Saenz were the top predictors in the opening pace race of the Atomic City Road Runners 44th season Tuesday, April 4.

Local Young Adult Patrollers Ski Silverton Mountain

on April 11, 2017 - 5:02pm
Members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol and advisors show their exuberance over the weekend on the streets of Silverton, Colo., from left, Ethan Aulwes, Kai Coblentz, Steve Maez, Elyse Phillips, Eric Schaller and Justin Holmes. Photo by David Phillips
 

 

View of the front side of Silverton Mountain from the lift. Some members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol hiked all the way to the Billboard, the microwave reflector barely visible in the clouds. Photo by Eric Schaller

 
Young Adult Patrollers Elyse Phillips and Ethan Aulwes hike out of the bottom of

Have Coffee With New Los Alamos Game Warden

on April 11, 2017 - 10:29am
Cpl. Amos Smith is the new Los Alamos Game Warden. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Drop in to the Los Alamos Nature Center 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., April 15, to meet the new Los Alamos Game Warden.
 
Cpl. Amos Smith will be ready to chat and answer questions from community members about the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
 
Enjoy a cup of coffee and talk with the local warden about wildlife questions ... discuss hunting, fishing, depredation, bear complaints, how to report poachers and anything else about Game and Fish. 
 
Cpl.

Tuff Riders Bike And Outdoor Gear Swap June 10

on April 11, 2017 - 9:36am

Bikes and gear went quickly in the first few hours of last year’s swap. Courtesy photo

TUFF RIDERS News:

The 6th Annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap, a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Tuff Riders, is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10 at 170 Central Park Square, three doors down from Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op.

This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed or garage. Those looking for gear to help enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price.

SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

on April 11, 2017 - 8:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

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

Fort Union National Monument Announces Junior Ranger Day April 16

on April 10, 2017 - 2:52pm
NPS News:
 
Watrous -- Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Junior Ranger Day celebration Sunday, April 16.
 
Come out for a family-friendly day of events that include a black powder demonstration and a scavenger hunt. The black powder artillery demonstration starts at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. families will be led on a scavenger hunt through the fort, looking for a variety of natural and man-made objects found in the park.
 
Throughout the day, 4th grade students can pick up an Every Kid in a Park Pass from the rangers, which gives them and their families a free annual pass to

County Bike Flow Trail Project Presentation Thursday

on April 10, 2017 - 8:30am

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting a talk on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott And Dr. Olivia Carril Share Science Project Data

on April 9, 2017 - 7:09am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

Find out what scientists are learning about the ecosystems in Bandelier.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss findings in recent science projects conducted in our local national monument including the first-ever survey of native bees in Bandelier, and likely the first systematic survey ever conducted on the Pajarito Plateau.

Dr. Olivia Carril. Courtesy photo

It is estimated that there are between 1,000 and 1,400 bee species in New

Kathak Dance Recital At Y Express April 15

on April 9, 2017 - 6:48am

YMCA Little Youth Soccer Registration Ends April 11 - Season Starts April 17

on April 7, 2017 - 10:53am
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 ends April 11. Players will meet twice per week for practice and games, April 17 – May 25.
 
Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.
 
Cost is $62 / $41 for Y Members. Please contact Jeremy Smith, the Sports & Adventure Director with any questions. As always, financial assistance is available thanks to the YMCA Annual Campaign.

Sipapu Ski Resort First To Open Last To Close

on April 7, 2017 - 7:51am
The lodge at Sipapu Ski Resort. Photo by Albert Graves

SKI News:

Known as the New Mexico ski resort that is first to open and last to close, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort will once again achieve that status for the 14th consecutive year. The last weekend for operations is this Saturday and Sunday.

Ski for a great cause! Sipapu is offering FREE lift tickets Saturday and Sunday with a donation of any amount to the La Jicarita Food Basket, a local organization dedicated to stopping hunger in Northern New Mexico. All donations will be taken at the Ticket Office in exchange for a free lift ticket.

Splash Pad Project Part Of Recreation Bond

on April 6, 2017 - 7:02pm
Mock-up of proposed Splash pad. Courtesy/LAC
 
Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis

Recreation Bond Projects: Part One

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

White Rock has received several new additions over the years from the visitor center to the new branch library. It may receive another new feature, if voters pass the $20 million general obligation bond in May. A splash pad is one of five proposed projects the bond would help fund.

During its regular meeting Feb. 14, County Council approved a special election for the bond.

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

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