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Local Young Adult Patrollers Ski Silverton Mountain

on April 11, 2017 - 5:02pm
Members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol and advisors show their exuberance over the weekend on the streets of Silverton, Colo., from left, Ethan Aulwes, Kai Coblentz, Steve Maez, Elyse Phillips, Eric Schaller and Justin Holmes. Photo by David Phillips
 

 

View of the front side of Silverton Mountain from the lift. Some members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol hiked all the way to the Billboard, the microwave reflector barely visible in the clouds. Photo by Eric Schaller

 
Young Adult Patrollers Elyse Phillips and Ethan Aulwes hike out of the bottom of

Have Coffee With New Los Alamos Game Warden

on April 11, 2017 - 10:29am
Cpl. Amos Smith is the new Los Alamos Game Warden. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Drop in to the Los Alamos Nature Center 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., April 15, to meet the new Los Alamos Game Warden.
 
Cpl. Amos Smith will be ready to chat and answer questions from community members about the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
 
Enjoy a cup of coffee and talk with the local warden about wildlife questions ... discuss hunting, fishing, depredation, bear complaints, how to report poachers and anything else about Game and Fish. 
 
Cpl.

Tuff Riders Bike And Outdoor Gear Swap June 10

on April 11, 2017 - 9:36am

Bikes and gear went quickly in the first few hours of last year’s swap. Courtesy photo

TUFF RIDERS News:

The 6th Annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap, a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Tuff Riders, is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10 at 170 Central Park Square, three doors down from Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op.

This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed or garage. Those looking for gear to help enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price.

SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

on April 11, 2017 - 8:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Fort Union National Monument Announces Junior Ranger Day April 16

on April 10, 2017 - 2:52pm
NPS News:
 
Watrous -- Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Junior Ranger Day celebration Sunday, April 16.
 
Come out for a family-friendly day of events that include a black powder demonstration and a scavenger hunt. The black powder artillery demonstration starts at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. families will be led on a scavenger hunt through the fort, looking for a variety of natural and man-made objects found in the park.
 
Throughout the day, 4th grade students can pick up an Every Kid in a Park Pass from the rangers, which gives them and their families a free annual pass to

County Bike Flow Trail Project Presentation Thursday

on April 10, 2017 - 8:30am

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting a talk on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott And Dr. Olivia Carril Share Science Project Data

on April 9, 2017 - 7:09am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

Find out what scientists are learning about the ecosystems in Bandelier.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss findings in recent science projects conducted in our local national monument including the first-ever survey of native bees in Bandelier, and likely the first systematic survey ever conducted on the Pajarito Plateau.

Dr. Olivia Carril. Courtesy photo

It is estimated that there are between 1,000 and 1,400 bee species in New

Kathak Dance Recital At Y Express April 15

on April 9, 2017 - 6:48am

YMCA Little Youth Soccer Registration Ends April 11 - Season Starts April 17

on April 7, 2017 - 10:53am
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA’s Little Youth Soccer is an introductory program for youth ages 4-7 that would like to learn the basics of soccer, team participation, and to play a few casual games.
 
Registration for this program ends April 11. Players will meet twice per week for practice and games, April 17 – May 25.
 
Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.
 
Cost is $62 / $41 for Y Members. Please contact Jeremy Smith, the Sports & Adventure Director with any questions. As always, financial assistance is available thanks to the YMCA Annual Campaign.

Sipapu Ski Resort First To Open Last To Close

on April 7, 2017 - 7:51am
The lodge at Sipapu Ski Resort. Photo by Albert Graves

SKI News:

Known as the New Mexico ski resort that is first to open and last to close, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort will once again achieve that status for the 14th consecutive year. The last weekend for operations is this Saturday and Sunday.

Ski for a great cause! Sipapu is offering FREE lift tickets Saturday and Sunday with a donation of any amount to the La Jicarita Food Basket, a local organization dedicated to stopping hunger in Northern New Mexico. All donations will be taken at the Ticket Office in exchange for a free lift ticket.

Splash Pad Project Part Of Recreation Bond

on April 6, 2017 - 7:02pm
Mock-up of proposed Splash pad. Courtesy/LAC
 
Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis

Recreation Bond Projects: Part One

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

White Rock has received several new additions over the years from the visitor center to the new branch library. It may receive another new feature, if voters pass the $20 million general obligation bond in May. A splash pad is one of five proposed projects the bond would help fund.

During its regular meeting Feb. 14, County Council approved a special election for the bond.

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

Letter To The Editor: Zero = A Lot? PAC Math

on April 6, 2017 - 9:39am
By DAVID NORTH
Los Aamos
 
If "a lot of these projects are going to be self-sufficient" as claimed by a board member of the PAC pushing the rec bond, why do consultants to the County say all five will lose money?

That "self-sufficient" quote appeared in a March 23 front-page Los Alamos Daily Post article. Anticipated annual costs include $546,210 for the rec center, $298,376 for the leisure pool, $37,432 for the splashpad, and $60,695 for the baseball fields. That's a tidy $942,713 total.

The losses will have to be covered by the County every year for as long as the facilities exist.

LAHS NJROTC Cadets Competing In Junior Olympics

on April 5, 2017 - 10:55am

Two cadets from LAHS NJROTC are heading to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to compete in the 2017 Junior Olympics beginning this weekend. Samantha Miller, a senior and the Rifle Team Captain, will compete in both Women’s Air Rifle and .22 Small Bore and Jacob Torrez, a junior, will compete in Men’s Air Rifle. Their dedication and hard work to this sport has taken them to compete all over the United States, and this is just one more prestigious event in their journey.

Spring Wildflower Hike With Craig Martin Saturday

on April 5, 2017 - 9:52am
View of the Rio Grande from Red Dot Trail. Photo by Paul Arendt

Desert Verbena is one of the many wildflowers often bloombing on this hike. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
The Red Dot Trail is especially beautiful this time of year a surprising number of plant species that bloom in early spring.
 
Saturday, April 8, Craig Martin, co-author of Plants of the Jemez Mountains, will lead a three-mile hike down the Red Dot Trail and identify flowers found along the way.
 
The hike will traverse the canyon from rim to river and promises to yield as many as 30 species in bloom.

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.

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