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Daily Postcard: Discovering Bandelier

on April 4, 2017 - 6:33am
 A group of young people from Los Alamos enjoy a day at Bandelier National Monument during their Spring Break last week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Updated Map For Motorized Travel On Santa Fe National Forest Now Available

on April 3, 2017 - 11:47am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.

National forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year.  Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM.

Southwest Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting April 12-13

on April 2, 2017 - 7:55am

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains, 110,000 of which are within Santa Fe National Forest boundaries. Courtesy/SWJM

SWJM News:

SANTA FE – Members of the public are invited to the 2017 “all hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico April 12-13, 2017, at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC).

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore

Five Fun Ways To Celebrate National Park Week

on March 31, 2017 - 6:27am
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23.
 
Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at www.nationalparkweek.org.
 
"Our National Parks are our national treasure," Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said. "My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach.

Famous Equestrian Teaches Jumping, Games, At Los Alamos Rodeo Grounds April 8-9

on March 30, 2017 - 10:37am

Robert Taylor works with local riders on their mounted games technique during his 2014 clinic. He will be back April 8-9 at the Rodeo Grounds for another session. Participants and observers are welcome. Courtesy photo

LAPC News:

Los Alamos Pony Club will be hosting nationally renowned equestrian trainer and instructor Robert Taylor over the weekend of April 8 and 9. Community members are welcome to come and observe the event or participate in the mounted activities.

Taylor, of TaylorMade Stables in Maryland (link) will be in town to coach both show jumping and mounted games competitors of

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group To Reintroduce Sportsmen’s Act

on March 30, 2017 - 10:12am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Measure Provides Access To Public Lands, Protects Outdoor Traditions

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he’s championed to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

“The number one issue for sportsmen across the country

Letter To The Editor: Response To Splash Pad Debate

on March 29, 2017 - 10:14am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to respond with a different perspective to the Splash Pad project proposal than that of the letter recently sent in by Martha Jones (link).
  • While I do agree that as a taxpayer in town, it would be nice to have a say in how money is spent, I have to disagree with her assertions that this is a bad idea for the following reasons:
  • Cost - the grand total for this project is $720,000 with a $36,000 per year maintenance cost ($3,000 per month). When compared with the other projects the County is looking at, this is extremely low.
  • Ms.

Take 5 ... 5,000 Steps On National Walking Day

on March 29, 2017 - 8:29am

Y News:
  • Y and American Heart Association Host April 5 Event

The Family YMCA will host a free walking event, Take 5 With the Y, 5,000-Steps, in celebration of National Walking Day April 5, which is an American Heart Association health awareness promotion. A knapsack and new water bottle will be given to the first 70 registering for the free 5,000-step walk that starts at noon, April 5, at the Y.

The walk will begin on the sidewalk at the Y, 1450 Iris St., and proceed up Central Ave.

Letter To The Editor: Splash Pad Bad Idea

on March 29, 2017 - 7:09am
By MARTHA JONES
Los Alamos

I just read in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) that the County Council is considering building a splash pad park in White Rock. My initial response was “Boy the County can’t wait to spend our tax dollars on nonsense once again.” The worse part of it is that they want to borrow more money to get this project and others done. It seems to me that we haven’t learned anything from watching our national government take us the citizens into debt that could possibly collapse our economy.

Do you realize that the splash pad area is such a bad idea and let me share the

Public Works Director Philo Shelton Briefs Kiwanians On Upcoming Recreation Bond Election

on March 28, 2017 - 11:16am
Philo Shelton briefs Kiwanians on the upcoming bond election. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Puzzled by all the discussion and promotion about an upcoming Los Alamos County bond election on potential recreation projects? Signs are popping all over the County again. Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton—who is also Second Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos—gave the club a briefing early this year on an election that the County Council is planning in May.

Bradley Johns Achieves Rank Of Eagle Scout

on March 28, 2017 - 6:46am

Bradley Johns of Los Alamos achieves the rank of Eagle Scout. Photo by Tim Neal

COMMUNITY News:

Bradley Johns of Troop 222 in Los Alamos recently achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded more than 100 years ago and only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.

For his Eagle Project, Johns rebuilt the switchback section of the trail in Walnut Canyon.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise At Pajarito

on March 28, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Dawn Patrol - Sunrise on the trail Bruce's Boulevard and Daisy May. Photo by Eric Schaller

Pajarito - Spruce Lift at Bruce's Boulevard. Photo by Eric Schaller

County Testing Parks And Golf Course Sprinklers

on March 27, 2017 - 7:57pm

COUNTY News:

Over the next few weeks, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division crews will be out and about testing the sprinkler systems at the athletic fields, parks and the Golf Course during daylight hours.

This is part of the PROS Division’s annual water audit to check for any sprinkler head adjustments, broken sprinklers or lines needing repairs/replacement. Once the systems are checked out, staff will place the sprinklers on a timed system for early or evening irrigation.

Direct questions to the Parks Administrative Office at 505.662.8159 or the Golf Course Pro Shop at

VCNP Applications For 2017 Livestock Program

on March 27, 2017 - 8:20am
A range rider moves cattle within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is seeking applications for its 2017 livestock grazing program.
 
The preserve is mandated by Congress to allow the grazing of livestock to the extent the use furthers scientific research or interpretation of the preserve’s ranching history.  
 
The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a one-year special use permit to a private operator to graze approximately 250 Animal Units per Month (AUMs) on the preserve during a four-month period

Letter To The Editor: Truthiness, Or Fun With Election Hype

on March 26, 2017 - 10:45am

By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

Brace yourself. Here comes the media storm of exaggerations, illogics, sentimentalism, tirades and irrelevancies about the looming bond measure.

But coping with it can be fun when you play “The Truthiness Game”.

The idea? Spot a statement that seems to make sense but just might not be true. It’s easier if you already know it’s fishy. Then try to determine just how true or false it is.

Assign a percentage value to how true it sounds (truthiness) and then another value for how accurate it really is (truth). Subtract the truth from the truthiness and you have your score.

Volunteers Needed To Improve And Maintain Trails

on March 26, 2017 - 6:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring on the Santa Fe National Forest means it’s time to get out and work on trails, getting them ready for the heavy use of the summer recreation season. 
 
Volunteer opportunities are waiting for anyone interested in donating some time and a little manual labor to benefit the forest.
  • Saturday, April 15 – Work will continue on the reroute of a steep and unsustainable leg of the original Borrego Trail, which is part of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Forest staff and volunteers plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 – Forest staff and volunteers will

‘Forest Your Health’ Hosts Hike On SFNF April 8

on March 25, 2017 - 7:45am

Window Rock Trail. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The health benefits of outdoor recreation will be the focus Saturday, April 8, when the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics sponsor a hike on the Window Rock Trail as part of a health initiative called “Forest Your Health”.

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride equestrian along area trails.

Meet Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

on March 24, 2017 - 11:54am
Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich takes the lines less traveled. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charlotte “Charlie” Ulrich, a ninth grader at Los Alamos High School, has been invited to ski at the North America Junior Freeride Championships April 5-9 at Kirkwood Mountain, Calif. Ranked third in North America in the 12-14 year-old female ski category, she is in her second year of training and competing with the Taos Winter Sports Team and has been sponsored this season by Head-Ski.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

Ulrich began skiing at Pajarito Mountain

Pinon Park Pool Memberships Now Available

on March 24, 2017 - 6:42am

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

NMG&F: Special Hunter Education Camp Offered At Philmont Scout Ranch

on March 19, 2017 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
 
CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn a hunter education certification.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 17, accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
 
Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
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

Los Alamos Sportsmens Club Hosts First Cowboy Shoot Of The Year March 18

on March 16, 2017 - 4:43pm
LASC News:
 
The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its first “Cowboy Shoot” of the year at at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits. 
 
This SASS ruled event occurs every third Saturday of each month March until November (weather permitting).
 
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required/encouraged to shoot in these events.

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