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Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Community Event June 10-11

on June 6, 2017 - 6:31am

Shotgun ranges at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club will be open for the public Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11. Courtesy photo

 

BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is opening its shooting and archery ranges Saturday and Sunday to offer people a chance to learn the basics of how to safely handle, load, shoot and maintain their firearm or shoot their bow.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Club in Rendijo Canyon. Rendija Road is off San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.

Additionally, the Club is sponsoring a

Scenes From Special Olympics Golf Tourney

on June 4, 2017 - 6:18pm

Donnie Torres, left, registers players for the Special Olympics Golf Tournament with Art Montoya and Addy Montoya. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Art Brown, left, and James Merhege swap stories before Friday's Special Olympics Golf Tournament. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Getting everyone set up for Friday's Special Olympics Golf Tournament were, from left, Jenny Gonzales, Gabe Rau, Karen Rau and Jamie Sweers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Jim Evans is loaded up and ready to go Friday morning at the Special Olympics Golf Tournament.

Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

on June 3, 2017 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact.

LA Triatomics Mutli Sport Club Upcoming Events

on June 2, 2017 - 9:27am
SPORTS News:
 
The Splash N Dash fun race series takes place Wednesday June 7 and 21 and July 5 and 19 at the Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
 
There are three courses. For adults the long course consists of a 400 yard swim followed by a 3 mile run. The short course is a 200 yard swim followed by a 1.9 mile run. For youth, there is a 100 yard swim followed by a 1.3 mile run. The race series is free and open to swimmers and runners of all ages and abilities. The first swimmer starts at 7 p.m.
 
The Atomic Man Duathlon is Sunday, June 25. Start/Finish for this race is at

On The Job In Los Alamos: NPS Employees At Bandelier National Monument

on June 2, 2017 - 6:27am
On the job in Los Alamos: National Park Service employees Joanie Budzileni, Jorge Maldonado and Josh Hines make sure visitors enjoy their day at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Hilltopper Basketball Academy Camp June 5-9

on June 1, 2017 - 11:28am

Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

on May 31, 2017 - 1:26pm
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven.

Pinon Park Pool Offers Free Swim Days!

on May 31, 2017 - 1:10pm

Pinon Park Pool will host free swim days Sunday and Monday. Courtesy Photo

PINON PARK POOL News:

Pinon Park Pool is holding the first of its open-to-the-public free swim days Sunday and Monday in White Rock.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to try out the pool for free with no guest passes or membership required,” said Leilani Christensen, president of Pinon Park Pool Association’s Board of Directors.

Anyone can visit the pool and enjoy the crystal-clear water, diving board, slides, kiddie pool, outdoor play area, snack bar, and lounging and picnic facilities 1-6 p.m.

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

Marr Has Perfect Prediction In Weekly Pace Race

on May 31, 2017 - 6:41am

Participants are briefed in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo

Participants in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo

Participants in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Jackie Marr had a perfect prediction in the weekly Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road with a time of 19:08 in the 1 mile distance.

Other accurate predictors were:
  • Felix Candia at 1 second off;
  • Zach Medin recorded a 5

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way For LA Responds To 2017 Recreation Bond Election Results

on May 30, 2017 - 5:23pm

By A Better Way For LA
Lisa Shin, President
Lisa Brenner, Vice-President 
Patrick Brenner, Treasurer
 

The results of the Rec Bond vote speak to a community, which is both eager to invest in itself and concerned about its economic future. We understand the disappointment of the advocates for the Rec Bond. We applaud and commend their many hours spent on this project. We are grateful for their vibrant participation in the democratic process.

Now, we must work together to achieve a fiscally responsible and mutually beneficial end goal.

Partnership Between Y, Bandelier And UNM-LA Creates Class To Enhance Understanding For Federal Jobs

on May 30, 2017 - 4:07pm

COMMUNITY News:

A partnership between the Y, Bandelier and UNM-LA has created a new college credit class this summer that can help people understand and apply for federal jobs.

The Environmental Technology course, “Introduction to Conservation and Land Management,” is 3-5 p.m. Fridays, June 16 to July 21.

Introduction to Conservation and Land Management, taught by Bandelier's Chief of Resource Management Jeremy Sweat, was created for participants in the Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) through The Family YMCA, but also is being offered to all UNM-LA students.

The course will begin with a

Final Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 29, 2017 - 8:12am

USFS News:

TAOS – The Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

  • Location: Hondito Canyon, 4 miles southwest of Tres Piedras and 2 miles North of Las Tablas
  • Size: 7,020 acres, size changed due to accurate GPS mapping
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: May 15, 2017

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to minimize exposure.

While

Coed Volleyball Tournament June 24

on May 28, 2017 - 6:36am

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Memorial Day

on May 28, 2017 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 30.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.  Visitors are reminded that fireworks and explosives are prohibited on federal lands. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel and recreation staff will be patrolling over the Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor safety.

Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.

Pajarito’s Summer Begins Today!

on May 27, 2017 - 3:32pm

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

 

PAJARITO News:

 

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area kicks off its summer season today with lift-served mountain biking and hiking 1-6 p.m. and will feature exciting events all summer.

 

Pajarito Mountain offers 1,200 feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails. The 30-trail system is built and maintained almost entirely by local volunteers from Los Alamos and features dirt and North Shore-style trails ranging from beginner to expert.

 

Lift-served biking and hiking is available throughout the summer on select Saturdays and Sundays through

Scenes From Thursday’s Little League Tee Ball Game

on May 27, 2017 - 1:16pm
First baseman Jonah Byerly puts pressure on Andrew Gilbertson during the Los Alamos County Little League Tee Ball game Thursday at the North Mesa Ball Fields
. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Marlin batter Neal Somasekhaen gets a nice hit off the Tee. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Ranger second baseman is ready for any ball that comes his way. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Marlin Coach Eron Kersteins gives Kellan Bowder a fist bump for a nice hit.
Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 

LITTLE LEAGUE News:

With the Los Alamos County Little League season in full

SFNF Urges Extreme Caution On Rio Chama

on May 27, 2017 - 7:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As recreationists head into the Santa Fe National Forest for the long Memorial Day weekend, rafters, campers and others traveling along the Rio Chama should be prepared for higher-than-normal water levels and faster-than-normal flows on the river.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Rio Chama is experiencing “the most robust spring runoff” since 2005. BOR is currently releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from El Vado Reservoir into the Rio Chama in an attempt to keep up with the snowmelt.

Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Valles Caldera Begins Improvements To Entrance Road

on May 26, 2017 - 4:41pm

VCNP News:  

Jemez Springs — Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting next Tuesday. The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays and congestion while the road work occurs over the next two to three weeks.

 The road improvements will start at the preserve’s main entrance near mile marker 39 on NM State Route 4 and continue for two miles to the preserve’s entrance station.

Scenes From Annual Field Day At Sullivan Field

on May 26, 2017 - 5:50am

A group of students play tug-of-war during Field Day at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students play ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students work togther during the Field Day event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

LAPS News: 

Field Day is an annual event that brings together all fifth and sixth graders from area elementary schools for a morning of fun activities at Sullivan Field.

The students were grouped with kids they don't already know from other schools to help them get to know each other before heading to middle school.

The activities

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos ... I Will See You Around!

on May 26, 2017 - 5:04am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

Wow! What a couple days Los Alamos has experienced.

I want to first begin by thanking my fellow officers on the Republican Party of Los Alamos Executive Board. As stated in my resignation email, their hard work and diligence was uncanny and lead to great success.

James Chrobocinski was always willing to provide us with whatever we needed. Kelly Benner not only planned our events by herself, but also kept us all in line. Lisa Shin brought a new energy into the party from national campaign.

PEEC Offers Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am
Mount Taylor has a fascinating geologic story, one that can be told by Fraser and Cathy Goff. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which will include the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Big-horned Sheep Spotted In Frijoles Canyon

on May 25, 2017 - 4:26pm
Big-horned sheep were spotted today in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument by employee Rob Harper. In 2014 and again in 2016, a few dozen big-horned sheep were released just outside the southwest boundary of Bandelier. By early this year, a half dozen sheep were seen several times near the Upper Falls on the Park's Falls Trail. Courtesy/NPS

Good Weather And Great Results Characterize Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

on May 24, 2017 - 6:44pm
Dwight Rabe of Holloman AFB is the first runner of the day to cross the finish-line in Saturday's Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com​
 
Top three female finishers of the 15-mile race, from left, Amber Dagel, Madeleine Carey and Kay Ulrich. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com
 
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Friday filled with cold weather, wind, and a morning snow storm lead to near perfect conditions for the 12th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Saturday.

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