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Bandelier Launches Restoration And Replacement Projects In Frijoles Canyon This Fall

on August 8, 2017 - 8:52am

These ladders leading to Alcove House are among the ones that will be replaced. Courtesy/NPS Photo

BANDELIER News:

 
For anyone who has ever wondered if the ladders leading up the cliffs in Bandelier National Monument are replaced regularly, the answer is yes. And the proof will be easily seen this fall, when the park maintenance and preservation crews will replace the long ladders leading up to Alcove House, as well as the shorter ones that provide access to the smaller caves in the cliffs. As might be expected, that means that the ladders will occasionally be closed during the work.
 

Letter To The Editor: About That Rec Bond Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am
By DELIA CRUZ-MURPHY
Los Alamos

As a parent, I have already lived through not having a: splash pad, a rec pool, or improvements to the ice rink. When it comes down to it you get creative with things to do with your kid(s) when living in Los Alamos.

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Letter To The Editor: Election Results Matter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:28am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I'm a little surprised that Megan Fox thinks the 47 percent to 53 percent vote against the Rec. bond was not really a defeat (link). Six percentage points matter. To put it in perspective, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the NM popular vote 48 percent to 40 percent. By Ms. Fox's logic, it would be "a little bit of a stretch" to say that Ms. Clinton won NM's electoral votes.
 
As far as the Rec Bond, it was defeated, period. What that means is no bond issue for these projects, a narrow question.

Letter To The Editor: No Means No

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am
By GRAHAM MARK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Council,
 
Please do not continue planning or funding county projects that were voted down in the last election. Incredibly, the “No” vote is being re-interpreted by believers in alternative facts to mean “OK.” Funding was one issue in that election, and financing seems the only issue being considered today, as if that's all that matters. But there are other things in life than money—for example, representative democracy.
 
You, the council, should not get to override the voting population. The county as a whole spoke last fall.

YMCA Little Youth Soccer Registration Is Open

on August 8, 2017 - 7:53am
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Registration is open for the YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer Program. Practices & Games will be two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock from Aug. 29 – Oct 6.
 
Volunteer Coaches and Team parents needed. We keep the teams small (6-8 players) so all get plenty of skills practice and play time. Price includes team jersey for players to keep.
 
Age Groups: 4-5  &  6-7
Register: July 18 - Aug. 23
Season: Aug. 29 - Oct. 6
Days: Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs (your choice)
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: LA & WR (also your choice)
Cost: $63 / $42 for Y Members

Letter To The Editor: Follow Up On Rec Projects Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
In recent letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Joyce Anderson, Stephanie Nakhleh and Megan Fox have each suggested that a subset of the recreation bond projects should be undertaken despite the rejection by the public of the bond needed to finance them. They each offer slightly different interpretations on the meaning of the "no" vote. Did it mean that people only wanted one or some but not all of the projects? Did they want none of the projects because of the increase in future maintenance costs? Did they just not want to finance the projects with a bond?

Letter To The Editor: Timing Of Proposal Divisive

on August 8, 2017 - 7:30am
By ELLEN WALTON
Los Alamos

 

The recent defeated recreation bond issue and subsequent proposal by Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski to go ahead with some of the projects in that bond has become unnecessarily divisive. It is impossible for anyone to interpret exactly what that bond election said about the voters’ view on each project. The outcome of the vote on the ballot issue presented to us said that we reject a tax increase to fund a large group of recreation projects.

 

We also know that the bond issue for the proposed leisure pool or now alternatively named multi-generational pool

Los Alamos High School NJROTC News

on August 8, 2017 - 7:28am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets participate in the annual Sail Academy this summer at Cochiti Lake. Courtesy photo

NJROTC News:

The summer has been full of activities for the Los Alamos High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

First, six LAHS cadets participated in the 2017 Area 9 West Sail Academy June 11-16 at Cochiti Lake: Austin Estrada, Andres Vigil, Richard Thompson, Ryan Garcia, Stephen Gulley, and Andrea Soto, the only female cadet from LAHS.

What's At The End Of The Rainbow? Sipapu

on August 7, 2017 - 2:51pm

A rainbow fills the sky over Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Photo by Albert Graves/Sipapu

Aerial view of Sipapu. Photo by Albert Graves/Sipapu

SIPAPU News:

Rainbows and beautiful green slopes color Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. And visiotrs get a sneak peek of the Lodge addition, which will open this winter.

Sipapu offers fun adventures this summer, including a great trout fishing pond, fly fishing on the Rio Pueblo River with free casting clinics Saturdays, as well as disc golf and hiking trails.

 
This weekend, Aug.

Letter To The Editor: Responsible Local Government Listens To Their Voters

on August 7, 2017 - 2:26pm
By MEGAN FOX
Los Alamos

I’d like to weigh in from the “other side” on this Rec Bond topic.

To say the Rec Bond was “defeated” last year is a bit of a stretch. It was nearly a tie, 47 percent of those who voted were in favor of proceeding with all Rec Bond projects and the associated costs, and 53 percent of those who voted were opposed, for a variety of reasons. Many of those who opposed were in favor of improving or building some of the proposed Rec Bond projects, but were opposed to the huge bundle of all the projects together.

Some voters who voted against the Rec Bond were in favor of

Hubbell Trading Post Comes To Bandelier

on August 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Hhandcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is bringing its Navajo Rug Trunk Show to Bandelier National Monument 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20.

Visitors will experience the culture and heritage of the Navajo people with hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, a Western National Parks Association (WNPA) partner park and the oldest continuously-operating trading post in the Southwest.

Authentic Navajo

Letter To The Editor: Clearing Up Confusion On Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 1:52pm
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

Recent letters to the editor reveal some confusion about the results of the May 2017 Rec Bond election. To be clear, the Rec Bond question was whether to raise property taxes to proceed with five recreation projects. By a narrow vote, the town declined to support a property-tax increase. However, many citizens—those who voted for the bond and quite a few who voted against it—made it very clear that they want to see individual projects move forward.

Some of the most vocal critics of the Rec Bond pleaded with Council to find “a better way” to fund the

Letter To The Editor: Before Voting Thursday ... Read Ski Club President's Memo

on August 7, 2017 - 12:18pm
By VALERIE WOOD, Vice President
Los Alamos Ski Club

Before voting on Thursday, Aug. 10, current members of Los Alamos Ski Club should take the time to read the memo sent to them by Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn. This information has been compiled and analyzed extensively by multiple members of the LASC Boards of Directors over the last three years.
 
The current proposal by Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership is being drafted into a contract that protects Pajarito Mountain as a multiple-use year-round recreational area that will remain open to the public.

Registration Open: YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer ... Players, Coaches, Team Parents Needed

on August 7, 2017 - 11:45am

THE FAMILY YMCA News:

Registration is open for The Family YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer Program.

Practices and games are Aug. 29 to Oct. 6, two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock.

Volunteer coaches and team parents are needed. The teams are kept small (6-8 players) so all kids get plenty of skills practice and play time. Price includes team jersey for players to keep.

Schedules:

  • Age Groups: 4-5 & 6-7
  • Register: July 18 - Aug. 23
  • Season: Aug. 29 - Oct 6
  • Days: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesdya/Thursday (your choice)
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: LA & WR (also your choice)
  • Cost:

Letter To The Editor: Questions On Rec Project Funding

on August 7, 2017 - 10:37am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
In the past few days there has been a lot of uproar here in the Los Alamos Daily Post and on social media about the County Council's efforts to move forward and fund some of the recreation projects that would have been funded had the Rec Bond passed in May.
 
Cries of ignoring the will of the people are hanging in the air this morning as people slug it out on social media, and members of the County Council are being excoriated for their efforts to make much needed improvements to the town.

Letter To The Editor: Unfathomable That Council Would Even Consider Proceeding With Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 8:22am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Councillors:
 
After the bond for the five recreation projects was defeated in the recent election, it seems unfathomable to me that the County Council should consider proceeding with these projects anyway. It is especially galling to attempt to move forward so soon after the election and to use every last bit of available funding.
 
Going forward risks cementing into people's hearts and minds the belief the Council is deaf to the citizens.

Heinrich: Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force

on August 7, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, highlighted the strength of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.
 
According to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico. 
 
“Outdoor traditions—both new and old—are not only integral to our

Shin: To Councilors James Chrobocinski And Susan O'Leary: Don't Splash Our Cash!

on August 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
By LISA SHIN, President
A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

On August 8, 2017, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election which failed on May 23, 2017.

The following are my recommended actions:

I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields.

PEEC: Guided, Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 4, 2017 - 6:00am
Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Adults and families will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 will then be spent hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry.

Hilltopper Softball Academy Fundraiser Aug. 11

on August 3, 2017 - 11:40am

Evening Programs At Bandelier Aug. 3-20

on August 3, 2017 - 7:36am
Courtesy photo
 
BNM News:
 
In between thunderstorms, it's great to be out under the stars on August evenings, and Bandelier will be offering many evening programs over the next two weeks. 
 
They're presented at the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, weather permitting, and both campers and non-campers are welcome.  
 
Upcoming topics include: 
  • 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8/3  Night Sky – talk and telescope viewing 
  • 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8/4  Leaping Lizards!  (reptiles)  
  • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/5  Imagining Wilderness    
  • 8 p.m. Sunday 8/6  Songs of the Night (night sounds)  
  • 8 p.m.

Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

on August 2, 2017 - 8:10am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
 
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
 
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
 
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it.

Desert Disc Golf Land Of Enchantment Open Aug. 4-6

on August 2, 2017 - 7:53am

Desert Disc Golf News:

Desert Disc Golf, the largest New Mexico-based disc golf supply store, has announced that it will serve as the Premiere Sponsor of the Land of Enchantment Open, a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) B-Tier event Aug. 4-6 at the Towa Golf Club at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. 

Since 2012, Desert Disc Golf has been supplying New Mexico disc golf enthusiasts with sporting goods products.

Savanna Strother Top Predictor In weekly Pace Race

on August 2, 2017 - 7:19am

Courtesy/ACRR

Courtesy/ACRR

SPORTS News:

Savanna Strother, 9, is the best predictor in the weekly pace race Tuesday in Walnut Canyon on North Mesa with a 15 second difference off her predicted time.

Other accurate predictors are:

  • Ted Romero at 19 seconds off;
  • Mark Bjorkund with a 20 second differential;
  • Anna Teterovskaya recording 23 seconds off; and
  • Pavel Trudolyubov with a 29 second difference.
 
On the 1 mile course 11-year-old Leyton Stuhah was the best finisher at 7:09 and Becky Chamberlin was the top female with a time of 8:39.
 
Aaron Jackson was the first on the 3 mile course

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