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Even With Good Bike Plan, A Lot Is Up To The Cyclist

on December 26, 2017 - 2:03pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

With the Laboratory beginning work on a site-wide bike plan, the County having just received Bronze level bicycle-friendly community status, and a plethora of good road and trail riding in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, there is a lot for local bicyclists to cheer about. That said, whether one is riding for fun, utility, or both, a lot still depends on the engagement and awareness of the rider in order to get out and back with the rubber side consistently down.

A road bike in battle dress for the ride up the ski hill with appropriate gears for an old guy and a

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 26

on December 26, 2017 - 1:17pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

As recommended in earlier fishing reports, it’s time to fish the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam now that the streamflow has been lowered. Anglers are having great success using a variety of baits and flies. There were a lot of trout stocked in this section of the Chama just prior to the lowering of the streamflow (564 rainbow trout stocked Dec. 20) and these trout are much more concentrated now that the streamflow is low (less than 100 cubic feet-per-second).

One complaint other anglers make about the fishing in this area is that

Santa Teaches Kids To Ski At Parjarito

on December 26, 2017 - 9:27am
On the day before Christmas Santa shows up at Pajarito to try the new Magic Carpet and help the kids learn to Ski. While there is not much snow at Pajarito yet, they have made enough snow and put in a new Magic Carpet making it easy to learn to ski for new skiers. Photo by Mary Snow
 
Santa teaches children to ski on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Mary Snow

Pajarito Mountain Open For Daily Operations

on December 26, 2017 - 8:34am

The annual Pajarito Torchlight Parade is 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain is open for daily operations and excited for the holiday season. The new Mighty Mite Magic Carpet has been very popular with beginner skiers.

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open and lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):

Bandelier Suggests Arriving Early During Busy Holiday Season

on December 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

Bandelier News:
With the mild weather, Bandelier National Monument will be a popular destination during the holiday period from now until early January. Park staff suggest that visitors may want to consider arriving early, perhaps before 10:30 a.m., to avoid crowded parking lots. In summer another alternative is to arrive in late afternoon.
 
But with the short days, those arriving around 3 p.m.

County Council Updated On Ski Area

on December 21, 2017 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn speaks during the special session Friday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

James Coleman of Pajarito Recreation, LLC speaks Friday during the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Pajarito Ski Area opened for the winter season this past weekend but during the Los Alamos County Council’s special session Friday, attention turned to the ski area’s future and what was in store for it.
 
Part of its future entails new ownership.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
 
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

Valles Caldera Entrance Closed Christmas Day

on December 21, 2017 - 6:12am
Valle Grande Entrance Station. Courtesy/VCNP
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will close its main gate and Valle Grande entrance station Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday; the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.
 
The snow hasn’t graced the preserve just yet, so visitors still have the opportunity to hike, bike, or ride horses. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk, and bald eagles.
 
When the snows

Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Santa Fe National Forest Holiday Closures

on December 18, 2017 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday Jan. 2, respectively.

Also, the SFNF Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe will be closed 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 21 for maintenance.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices through Friday, Dec. 22 and select vendors through Saturday, Dec.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
 
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
 
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Bandelier: Holidays, Winter Solstice, Fee Free Days

on December 15, 2017 - 9:28am
Cliffs and historic structures in Frijoles Canyon with the first snowfall of 2017. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
With the holidays and 2018 approaching, Bandelier National Monument is offering news on upcoming events, both this year and next.
 
First on the list is Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, shortest day of the year and the point on the calendar when the days begin to lengthen again. Many peoples all over the world recognized the solstices and built markers into structures or found them in the surrounding landscape.

Pajarito Mountain Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday!

on December 13, 2017 - 10:20am

Pajarito Mountain kicks off ski season Saturday! Courtesy photo

 

SKI News:

 

Get those skis and snowboards ready because Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is kicking off ski season Saturday!

 

Pajarito’s new Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift  will open at 9 a.m. with access to beginner terrain, including the trails Mushroom, Run Out to Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area.

 

“Even though we had to delay our opening due to unseasonably warm and dry weather, our mountain crews were able to take advantage of colder temperatures and make sufficient snow for our opening day.” said Tom Long,

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 13

on December 13, 2017 - 10:00am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
With the cold evening and early morning temperatures in Northeast New Mexico and the Moreno Valley, lakes in this part of the state have seen ice form along the edges. Temperatures have been dropping into the teens and single digits here.
 
Eagle Nest Lake has seen this happening. Some of the ice melts off during the day and there is some bank fishing for rainbow trout. It won’t be long before the bank fishing is done as more ice forms.

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

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