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Scenes From Thursday's Broomball At Ice Rink

on January 6, 2017 - 9:36am

Players wear tennis shoes and push the ball down the ice with brooms during Thursday's broomball game at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from Thursday's broomball game at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by John McHale/

Score! Photo by John McHale/


Players gathered Thursday evening for a rousing game of broomball at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Broomball is a game that incorporates some hockey and soccer strategies.

Bandelier Encourages Travelers To Get A Pass

on January 6, 2017 - 8:23am

2017 Interagency Annual Pass and Bandelier Pass. Courtesy/NPS


About now, many people begin making plans for travels in the new year. According to Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, “The more than 400 areas in the National Park System are great places to go, and visits are even better if you have an annual pass to get in free at either a particular park or for areas all over the country.”

Two annual passes available at Bandelier can be purchased by anyone.

Purgatory Resort: New General Manager Colin McBeath

on January 5, 2017 - 10:26am

New Purgatory Resort GM Colin McBeath

DURANGO, Colo. – Purgatory Resort officials announced the appointment of Colin McBeath as its new general manager.

McBeath was most recently the general manager at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa in Alaska and has more than 20 years of international and national experience as a general manager and hotel manager for groups such as the Sheraton, Kimpton Hotels, Fairmont and Ritz.

“Purgatory is a fantastic year-round family destination led by a great ownership and leadership team.

PEEC Partners With Valles Caldera National Preserve To Offer Snowshoe Hike Saturday

on January 5, 2017 - 9:16am
Youth enjoying a snowshoe hike on a beautiful winter day. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Would you like to explore the Jemez Mountains by snowshoe? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to offer educational, family-friendly hikes this winter.
The next hike is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, and will be led by a VCNP ranger and a PEEC representative.

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Skate Lessons Begin

on January 5, 2017 - 8:50am
The second session of ice skating lessons begins this month at the Ice Rink. Saturday classes begin Jan. 7 and the Tuesday and Wednesday classes begin the week of Jan. 8. Space is limited so register now.
Beginning youth ice skating lessons (Snowflakes) will introduce skaters to the basic skills of properly lacing skates, skating forwards and backwards, how to properly fall and stop.
Advanced youth ice skating lessons (Polar Bears) will work on improving your skating skills and introduce new moves.

Dream Jobs At The Family YMCA

on January 5, 2017 - 8:46am
YMCA News:
Do you love being creative? Organizing? Talking to people? Helping others? Working out? Want to make an impact?
While need drives job seekers, it is satisfaction that turns most into job keepers. Aligning your talent, your knack, or enjoyment with a position that pays the bills is one key to job satisfaction that could develop into a career, as was the case with many current Y staff.
The Y has open positions at the front desk, after school program and Los Alamos Teen Center that could be the beginning of a wonderful career.
Jocelyn Hayes Chapman came to work at

Scenes From New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade

on January 1, 2017 - 11:43am
The first skier sets his torch at Saturday night's annual New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. It was a great event with snow falling lightly as the skiers prepared to head down the mountain. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Skiers set their torches at Saturday night's annual New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Spectators gather to watch the skiers set their torches at Saturday night's annual New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Skiers start down the mountain with their torches at Saturday night's

Los Alamos Mountaineers: 2017 Climbing School

on January 1, 2017 - 6:01am

Happy New Year ... Make Resolutions Stick In 2017!

on January 1, 2017 - 5:59am

YMCA News:

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA of the USA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year.

This year, The Family YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by

Snowshoe Hike In The Valles Caldera Saturday

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am
Young snowshoers on the move. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter. A VALL ranger and a PEEC representative will lead a 2 – 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike. Along the way, participants will have the chance to learn tricks and tips to navigating by snowshoe, understand how plants and animals adapt to cope with winter, and explore the complex geology of the Jemez mountains.

The first hike is10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Valle Grande Entrance Station.


Udall: Designation Of Bears Ears National Monument

on December 29, 2016 - 7:43pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, praised President Obama's decision Wednesday to create the Bears Ears National Monument.
The region of Southern Utah has been important for Native Americans for millennia, and it is also an area where Udall's ancestor, Jacob Hamblin, once worked to build relations between Mormon pioneers and Native American Tribes.
"The Bears Ears region

Letter To The Editor: Rebuttal Of Letter By Fairbanks And West

on December 29, 2016 - 7:34pm
Los Alamos

In response to the Letter to the Editor by Tom Fairbanks and Elizabeth West (link):

Firstly, the Mesa Meadow presentations were completely out of order. Tennis courts at Mesa Meadows was NOT in the Bonding package. Tennis courts at JFK-Mesa Field was the ONLY venue in it! No other.
Next, several years ago, I had determined that courts could be built in Mesa Meadows without being on pool land. This was confirmed by the consultants more recently. Mesa Meadows is county land and not these residents' backyards.

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Road Closures On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 29, 2016 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a seasonal road closure order for several Forest Service roads and areas on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District that are susceptible to damage under severe weather conditions. The order is in effect until Dec. 31, 2022, unless rescinded earlier.
The closure order will protect public health and safety, natural resources and infrastructure during periods of extreme soil moisture and heavy snowfall. Closures usually occur in the winter months between January and April.
The closures restrict the use of four-wheel and

Cold Weather Doesn't Stop Local Jogger

on December 28, 2016 - 7:40am

Cold weather doesn't stop this jogger from his daily routine Tuesday on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BLM Announces Call For Nominations To Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board

on December 28, 2016 - 7:35am

BLM News:

The Bureau of Land Management today issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

To be considered for selection, nominations must be received via email by Feb. 10, 2017, or postmarked by that date. The BLM published its request for nominations in the Federal Register.

Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management.

The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an

Letter To The Editor: Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark

on December 28, 2016 - 7:30am
Los Alamos

It absolutely amazes me about what can be presented at a County Council meeting to defeat something. A case in point: the petition and rhetoric of a group at the Dec.  20, 2016, County Council meeting who spoke about the location of additional tennis courts in the area next to the current Los Alamos High School tennis courts (i.e., ‘Mesa Meadow’).

The action by this group of people demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the status of the tennis issue and the location of the new courts that the consultants were presenting to council to be included in

YMCA: Join A Cause For Community

on December 27, 2016 - 7:00am
YMCA News:
When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive help in trying times.
A place where adults can find life balance; children can reach their full potential; seniors can be active and find camaraderie; and families can connect and strengthen relationships. By becoming involved with The Family YMCA individuals have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being and connect with the community, all while participating in their favorite program or activity at the Y.
“The Family YMCA is a community that is

Bandelier Open Regular Hours Through Saturday

on December 26, 2016 - 9:49am

Bandelier is open regular hours today through Saturday. Frijoles Canyon, Tsankawi and all park trails are open to recreation from dawn to dusk. Backpacking permits must be obtained at the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center for any overnight stays in the park’s backcountry. Courtesy image

Second Annual Red River Skijoring Races Jan. 14-15

on December 26, 2016 - 8:25am

Skijoring in Red River. Courtesy photo



RED RIVER The 2nd Annual Red River Skijoring races in Red River, NM are Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15.

The races start each day at high noon on River Street. This year there also will be an Exhibition Division in which kids and adults can participate.

In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It is like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all Skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 37 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting.

Family YMCA Meets Scholarship Fundraising Goal

on December 26, 2016 - 7:34am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s 2016 goal to raise $140,000 for financial assistance scholarships was met this year. The tally today stands at $145,148 donated by 381 donors and corporate partners.

“We are so thankful to our community members for supporting each other and our teens,” Y CEO Linda Daly said.

According to Daly, in 2016 the Y has provided 286 individuals (up from last year’s 275) in 136 families with assistance. Of these 286 individuals, 160 were youth and 126 were adult members.

“But the true impact is on the individual, ” she said, and shared the story of an anonymous Y

YMCA Brings Wellness Support To Bandelier

on December 25, 2016 - 8:28am
Bandelier staff members who took part in the Family YMCA education and wellness program. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

December concludes a year of on-site corporate wellness presentations to staff at Bandelier National Monument by staff at The Family YMCA. Bandelier staff members who took part in the education and wellness program.

Y Wellness Director Stacey Castille said Jason Lott inquired about bringing wellness support to Bandelier last January. Y Instructor Emily Schmidt created the majority of the wellness curriculum and activities.

Each month through the summer, Y staff members provided

High Flyer Gymnastics Takes Home Five Gold Medals

on December 24, 2016 - 11:23am
High Flyers Level 4 gymnasts have successful first meet of the year. Courtesy photo
HFG News:
High Flyers Gymnastics had a successful launch of its 2017 competitive season, taking home five gold medals at the Zia Winter Fiesta Dec. 3 in Santa Fe.
Siena Rolfe placed first all-around in the Level 4 middle age division with a 35.0, beating out her nearest competitor by .45. In the same age division, Emily Smith placed first on balance beam with a score of 9.05.
Sarah Worley took the gold medal on balance beam in the older Level 5 age division, while Mairen Hoch scored an

Y Foyer Gets A Makeover

on December 24, 2016 - 9:36am
A donor tree and ‘word wall’ highlight the refurbished YMCA foyer. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

In early December, The Family YMCA completed a makeover of its foyer to highlight its Heritage Club donor recognition piece. The tree’s metal leaves name donors to the Y’s endowment program.

The idea of a tree is that it represents a seed that is planted and eventually grows to provide shade, produce oxygen and give a home to living creatures, Y Senior Program Director Diana Martinez said.

”An endowment program is like planting a seed for the future and for others,” she said.

County Council Takes Action On Recreation Projects

on December 22, 2016 - 12:24pm
A crowd packs Los Alamos County Council Chambers Tuesday evening, many weighing in on the discussion of a recreation project list up for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary, and
County Councilor James Chrobocinski

We’re pleased to share that the County Council voted Tuesday to finalize a list of recreation projects for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election.

Bandelier Closed Due To Weather

on December 22, 2016 - 11:13am

Bandelier entrance sign. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier has closed today due to the winter snow storm and will not open again until at least 10 a.m. Friday. 

Also, the Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 25, but, weather permitting, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be normal days with the park and Visitor Center open.