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Run For Her Life 5K And 10K Races April 9

on February 28, 2017 - 11:21am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The 7th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Race is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 9, starting at East Park off East Road (NM502) in Los Alamos.
 
All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research.
 
For more information call 505.672.1639 or visit: www.atomicrunners.com/runforherlife_registration2017.pdf

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Special Night Of Extended Hours

on February 27, 2017 - 5:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be offering extended hours for winter recreation Saturday, March 11.
 
Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 pm with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
 
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Exchange Program

on February 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol welcomed two patrollers from Snowmass Ski Patrol, Aspen, Colo. From left,  Pajarito Ski Patrol Director Bill Somersault and members Ryan Carlson, Wendi Ackerly, Denny Hjeresen, Jerry Doughty and Mike O'Neill. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Eric Schaller and Chris Mooney recently participated in an exchange program with patrollers from Aspen Highlands Ski Area.
 
Two patrollers from Aspen Highlands, Ryan Carlson and Jerry Doughty spent a day at Pajarito Mountain and then the Pajarito patrollers visited Snowmass and Aspen

Power Of Pets: Giant Slalom Ski Race March 5

on February 27, 2017 - 10:48am

Fort Union National Monument Receives Funding

on February 26, 2017 - 8:03am

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE News:

WATROUS -- Fort Union National Monument in Mora County, has received funding for new visitor center exhibits as part of a three-year project funded from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) with a phase completed each year.

Fort Union National Monumen is a ruined adobe and brick fortification along with a seperate earthwork fortification. Originally begun as a post in 1851, it was established by Lt. Col.

Registration Opens For YMCA’s Little Youth Basketball

on February 25, 2017 - 6:30am

SPORTS News:

The Family YMCA’s Little Youth Basketball is an introductory program for youth in grades K-1st who would like to learn the basics of basketball, team participation, and to play a few casual games.

Registration for this program is open until Thursday, March 2. Players will meet twice per week for practice and games, March 7 – April 13, except during Spring Break.

Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents needed.

To register, come by the Y at 1450 Iris St. Cost is $62 / $41 for Y Members.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present West Canyon Traverse - An Arizona Adventure Program Feb. 28

on February 23, 2017 - 4:34pm
Ron Morgan on the Cummings Mesa saddle. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Last May, six Mountaineers did a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado. This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route.

From there they descended into West Canyon and followed

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

Los Alamos Golf Shop Hours Announced

on February 22, 2017 - 3:36pm

Ice Rink Closes For Season At 5 p.m. Today

on February 21, 2017 - 3:20pm

Illustration of a meltng ice rink. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

Due to the warm and sunny weather of late, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is closing today for the season.

Public skating will run until 5 p.m. today and then the 2016-2017 Ice Rink season will be over. Staff will be working at the Rink over the next couple of weeks taking out the ice and preparing the facility for spring and summer activities.

Direct questions to the PROS Administrative Offices at 505.662.8170.

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

Sipapu Ski Resort Hosts Popular Family Event

on February 16, 2017 - 10:12pm
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO   Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual President’s Day weekend celebration, February Fun Fest! 
 
It’s Sipapu’s most popular free family event, Feb. 18-20, which includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more!
 
“February Fun Fest and our trademark snow castle is just another way that Sipapu shows its commitment to families. It’s a free event that our founding family, the Bolanders, started years ago.

Council Okays Special Election For Recreation Bond

on February 16, 2017 - 3:46pm

County Councilor James Chrobocinski makes a motion to approve the special election for the $20 million recreation bond, which passed unanimously. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The special election will be held May 23.

If voters approve the bond, Council anticipates utilizing up to $13.5 million of Capital Improvement Project funds in order to supplement the bond proceeds

County Council Pushes RV Park Idea Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin discusses establishing a downtown gateway RV Park during Tuesday night's County Council meeting held in Council Chambers.

The Council unanimously approved inviting Martin and other interested individuals to work with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee to further vet the idea of a RV park and include strategic tourism master planning.

 

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
 
PEEC News:
 
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Ice Melts As Season Draws To Close At Local Rink

on February 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

As the days grow warmer the ice is beginning to melt at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. This happens each year around this time explains Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson. The rink typically closes for the season near the Presidents Day weekend or the week after. 'The user groups work with us very well this time of year. It is always safety first certainly, and sometimes we reschedule activities for later in the day as needed,' Wilson said. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink.

Mountain Students Help Build Eagle Scout Project

on February 13, 2017 - 2:04pm

Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27 helped William Jean build this GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean got help building a GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project from Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean wanted to give older students at Mountain Elementary School something fun to do on their playground, which would also help build physical fitness.

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on February 13, 2017 - 10:11am

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 8.

The program hopes to

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In Valles Caldera

on February 11, 2017 - 8:16am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes. The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Extended Hours

on February 11, 2017 - 8:07am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering extended hours for winter recreation today. Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 p.m. with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
 
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books.

Los Alamos County Little League Registration Opens

on February 11, 2017 - 8:04am

Courtesy photo

STAFF REPORT

Young people ages 4-18 are invited to register for the 2017 Los Alamos County Little League Season. Little League consists of T-Ball for boys and girls 4-7 years old, baseball for boys 7-18 and softball for girls 7 and up. Players are divided into divisions by age.

Registration is $100 ($5 discount for additional siblings). Parents who volunteer receive a $25 refund at the end of the season. Each child receives a regular season uniform.

FREE to first-timers: Little League is anxious to encourage those who haven’t signed up before to do so, so this year the fee

Local YAPS Attend National Ski Patrol Jamboree

on February 7, 2017 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Young Adult Patroller (YAP) Kai Coblentz is lowered in a sled during high-angle rescue training last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. The compressed gas avalanche tool injects gas under the pack and the pipe is used as an anchor. Courtesy photo

A belayer's eye view of the 'knife ridge' as YAP Kai Coblentz remains visible in the orange high angle rescue device far down below at the end of the rope during a training exercise last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four young adult patrollers (YAP) from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol

Los Alamos County Council Votes On Recreation Bond Election Resolution At Regular Meeting Feb. 14

on February 6, 2017 - 9:04pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a $20 million recreation bond package with a mail-in ballot this May. If the bond vote passes, the Los Alamos County Council voted at its Dec. 20 regular meeting to supplement the bond with an additional $13.4 million in County funds to build a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a multipurpose activity center that houses two gymnasium spaces, a running track and indoor ice arena, as well as golf course and softball field improvements.

The next step in the process is for the Council to vote

Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Hosts Archery Night

on February 3, 2017 - 2:37pm
Archery coach Kathy Brooks demonstrated the correct stance at the youth archery program at the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Tuesday night. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
If you were to stop by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club on Youth Archery Night, you would be surprised to find a large group of elementary - and middle school-aged archers along with their parents ready to shoot their bows indoors.
 
What used to be a sport dominated by men in camouflage, has become a popular activity for many boys and girls here in Los Alamos, many

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