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LA Mountaineers Climbing School Starts March 26

on February 26, 2013 - 8:27am
2012 Climbing School students learning to lead at Gallows Edge near White Rock. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

2010 Climbing School student starting a rappel at the Playground near White Rock.
Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

 

LA MOUNTAINEERS News:

Many people learn how to rock climb the hard way. If you ask them how they learned to climb, their answers might include “my buddy, Ernie,” “it was a great day, but,” and “the best thing in my life.”

You may also hear phrases like “but I kept at it anyway,” “after that I went back and bought better (shoes, harness, rope),” and “we didn’t really know what we

Ice Rink Officially CLOSED for the Season

on February 25, 2013 - 2:28pm

COUNTY News:

The warmer weather is resulting in severe melting on the north side of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink and gapping between the ice and the boards.

Due to these unsafe ice conditions, the Ice Rink is officially CLOSED for the season.

 

Valles Caldera Trust Awarded $545,000 For Solar Powered Shuttle System

on February 23, 2013 - 12:40pm

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS—Valles Caldera Trust has been awarded a $545,000 federal grant that will allow visitors to tour the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the quiet comfort of a solar powered all-electric shuttle bus.

The grant is one of 29 awarded nationally by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority.

The grant will fund the purchase of an all-electric 26-passenger ADA-compliant shuttle bus to replace two gasoline-powered 12-passenger vans currently in use.

Construction of a solar photovoltaic

Ryan McGarvey Band Plays Skiesta March 2

on February 22, 2013 - 9:23am

Ryan McGarvey

SKIESTA! News:

Come see what's in the air at Pajarito Mountain March 2 during the 65th annual winter celebration Skiesta!

The event includes snow games for all ages, local craft beer and live music featuring Ryan McGarvey.

In a relatively short amount of time, McGarvey has not only gained a national and international fan base, but also admiration from his personal idols.

McGarvey has shared the bill with such top name act's as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, The Fabulous Thunderbirds among many others.

His debut CD release "Forward In

Boy Scout Museum Society Meets Feb. 26

on February 18, 2013 - 8:08am

LABSMS News:

There will be a meeting of the Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church, 1967 18th St.

The agenda has a short report on the Raton Scout Museum and discussion and appointment of planning, membership and finance committees.

All Cub Masters, Scoutmasters and Explorer Advisors are urged to attend, as well as committee members and all interested citizens.

At the previous meeting the following officers were elected:

  • Vernon Kerr, President
  • Leonard Scheel, Vice-president
  • Kennth Thomas, Secretary
  • Robert

Senators Reintroduce Measure to Make Valles Caldera a National Park

on February 12, 2013 - 3:28pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation today to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service (NPS.).
 
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000.
 
"Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse is Back: Join the Nation’s Fastest Growing Sport!

on February 2, 2013 - 7:57am

LAYLAX News:

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse (LAYLAX) is looking for players and volunteers for the Spring, 2013 season. Lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport in the country, and LAYLAX is working on growing the lacrosse community in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. 

LAYLAX was started by a small group of volunteers who worked to bring lacrosse to Los Alamos for the first time. The group met over the summer and fall of 2011, applied for and received an equipment grant from US Lacrosse, and was able to get the program up and running for its first season last spring.  

The hope was to

K2 Women's Weekend Raises Funds for Cancer Services

on February 1, 2013 - 10:38am

Valles Caldera Trust Recaps Record Year

on February 1, 2013 - 8:14am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – A year of recovery, restoration and new beginnings was highlighted by record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012.

The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)

The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

One of the new beginnings was the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director.

PEEC Adds Fourth Camp to Summer Outdoor Adventures

on January 31, 2013 - 10:01am

Last year's Medicine Hawk's Mountain School participants learn about primitive camouflage. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering 4-6th grades, one week for students entering 7-8th grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children 12 or older.

The new camp, titled Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills, will be run by Rourke McDermott, and will be held Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9 in the Jemez Mountains. 

Pajarito Mountain Re-opens Saturday!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:43am

Panaramic shot of Pajarito Mountain Ski lifts. Courtesy/PMSA

PMSA News:

The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain Saturday, Feb. 2 as it re-opens for skiing.

Significant snowfall from the recent storm has resulted in very good snow conditions on the mountain, so lift operations will resume with Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts on Saturday.

All facilities, including the Cafe, Rental Shop and Snowsports School will be open as well.

Guided Hike at Valles Caldera this President’s Day

on January 31, 2013 - 9:07am

The Valles Caldera Rim. Photo by Yvonne Delameter

LAVC News:

Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike of Cerro la Jara at the Valles Calder Preserve. The hike will take place 10 a.m – noon, President’s Day, Feb. 18.

The group will meet at the Valle Grande Staging Area for registration, snowshoe rentals, and hot refreshments. Arrive as early as 9 a.m. to secure snowshoes, as equipment is limited.

Adult rentals are $15 and youth rentals are $10. The cost is  $20 for Los Amigos members and $25 for non-members. The fee includes full-day trail permit.

RSVP to Jim

No Adult Hockey Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:37am

COUNTY News:

Sunday, Feb. 3,  the Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s Adult Hockey program is canceled for the evening.

For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.

YMCA Beginning Fencing Classes Start Feb. 5

on January 30, 2013 - 6:29am

FAMILY YMCA News:

The new Los Alamos Family YMCA Beginning Fencing class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.5.

The class is intended for those with no previous fencing experience. Enrollment is for adults and children above the age of 10.

Parent/child pairs are encouraged.

The class will cover basic footwork, fundamental blade skills, rules of engagement and some bouting. All necessary equipment is provided by the YMCA.

Registration cone be done at the YMCA front desk or on-line at www.laymca.org.

For further information or questions, contact Tom Hill, 672-1058

Dance Classes Starting at Family YMCA

on January 28, 2013 - 12:14pm

FAMILY YMCA News:

The Family YMCA offers a several dance classes for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Community members are welcome to stop by and “try-out” any class once at no charge.

Starting Feb. 2, the Beginners Flamenco dance class will be working with a Traditional Flamenco guitarist.

It is a great time to join the class.

Other classes include:

  • Belly Dance (ages 10-up) 1-2 p.m., Saturdays
  • Bharatanatyam (all ages) Classical South India Dance 4-5 p.m., Sundays
  • Flamenco for Beginners (ages 10-up) 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Saturdays
  • Ballet for Beginners (ages 8-up) 4-5 p.m.,

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

Dr. Paul Bauer Featured Speaker at Jan. 26 Los Alamos Geological Society Banquet

on January 23, 2013 - 8:34am

LAGS News:

Dr. Paul Bauer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society's 2013 Banquet.

The community is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, and at 7 p.m., Bauer will present his talk.

Titled “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” Bauer’s presentation is a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, with an emphasis on the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape.

It will include some

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas

on January 20, 2013 - 9:33am

At left, the ruins of Tyuonyi Village at Bandelier National Monument and Beach Day at Dry Tortugas. Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service

 

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas
By Kirsten Laskey

In a perfect example of coincidence, Glenn Simpson, acting administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument, is preparing to leave the park’s canyons and mesas for the islands and coral reefs of Dry Tortugas, a National Park in the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clark, an employee at Dry Tortugas, traveled to Bandelier National Monument for a temporary

'Meetup' With Others to Experience Interesting Events

on January 20, 2013 - 7:19am

Meetup group members enjoy a tasting event Saturday at Don Quixote Winery & Distillery in White Rock. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Staff Report

The Chamber of Commerce is providing an online service to community members who are looking to meet other people and experience a variety of events with others.

The service is built on the popular social network, “Meetup.com” and more than 40 people have signed up so far. The web address for the group is www.meetup.com/Los-Alamos-Yours-to-Discover.

There is a bit of expense involved to set up a Meetup group, so the Chamber is sponsoring the group to

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Suspends Operations

on January 14, 2013 - 9:05pm

PMSA News:

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area suspended operations until additional snowfall is received.

Once adequate snowfall arrives, the Ski Area will reopen as soon as possible.

The Business Office will be closed today and tomorrow, Jan. 15.

Bandelier Staff Leave Early Due to Snow

on January 14, 2013 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument authorized an early-release for all non-essential staff at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 14.
 
The Monument has been experiencing light to moderate snowfall all day, with some accumulation on the roads.
 
At 1:30 p.m., the conditions on N.M. 4 were still acceptable for safe driving, but snowfall is continuing to intensify.
 
Although the Visitor Center will close early, the Monument will remain open with no fees being collected to allow visitors to continue to access and enjoy the park in the snow.
 
Visitors are advised to

Aquatic Center Open Boating for Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts

on January 10, 2013 - 6:01am

YMCA Offering Endurance Training for Cyclists

on January 9, 2013 - 9:39am

FAMILY YMCA News:

Are you looking for some training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or do you just want to work on your own cycling endurance?   

The Family YMCA is offering an Endurance Training for Cyclists Class. Each class will have a 2-hour riding component and a 1/2 hour of core conditioning. 

In addition, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Proper bike fit;
  • Clothing and equipment;
  • Nutrition and hydration,
  • Aches and pains-preventing them and what to do if you have them;
  • Weekly training recommendations; and
  • How to design your own training plan.

Classes begin Jan.

Turf Covers Meant to Protect Against Winter's Wrath

on January 7, 2013 - 1:15pm

LA GOLF COURSE News:

If you drive by the golf course on a regular basis you may have noticed that a number of the golf course’s greens were covered prior to the first snows of the season. 

These turf covers are meant to protect the golf greens from the wrath that winter conditions can sometimes bring. The covers provide protection from both Crown Hydration and Desiccation.    

Crown Hydration typically occurs during a day or two of daytime warm up causing the melting of snow or the water from rainfall to rapidly refreeze during cold night temperatures. 

When these events occur ice

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