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Los Alamos Golf Operations Moves To New Golf Course Clubhouse Building

on September 23, 2014 - 4:01pm

Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Last week, golfers began checking in for their tee times, hitting balls and transacting other business at the new Golf Course Community Building.  

Other parts of the building are still closed while County staff work on tenant improvements for Pajarito Golf Group, LLC, the new Food and Beverage vendor whose lease is set to begin in early November. Pajarito Golf Group is expected to begin actual operations this winter.  

“We’re excited to be in the new golf shop serving golfers and giving residents the

Valles Caldera Hosts Jemez Mountains Elk Festival

on September 23, 2014 - 9:58am

Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – With one of the largest elk herds in the state, the Valles Caldera National Preserve is the hidden gem of the Jemez Mountains.

The 89,000-acre preserve encases New Mexico’s only Super Volcano, and is an elk paradise. To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the Valles Caldera Trust will host the sixth annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival. 

This FREE festival runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 25-28 and will feature a bugling challenge, educational booths, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and discounted van tours.

Sponsors And Participants Sought For Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Golf Tournament

on September 22, 2014 - 9:49am

CHAMBER News:

It's time to sign up to sponsor and participate in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!

The annual Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Friday, Oct. 10 on the local links of the Los Alamos Golf Course. A portion of the proceeds benefits the United Way of Northern New Mexico.

The tournament is a four-person scramble using 25 percent of team handicap and will feature prize holes, contest holes, door prizes and a silent auction. Mulligans will be available for a small fee.

Registration Open For Wuldor Tournament At ULLR Fest

on September 18, 2014 - 7:39am

SPORTS News:

Registration is open for the Wuldor Tournament during ULLR Fest Sept. 20 at Pajarito Mountain.

Wuldor is a unique mountain disc golf tournament. Entries are $15 for Pro and $10 for all other divisions. Cash payout for top of field. Divisions will be Pro/Advanced/Novice. First 20 players to register will receive player packs.

To ensure fair play, enter your Division level:

  • Pro;
  • Advanced - anyone having played in two or more prior tournaments; and
  • Novice - beginner players only.

Divisions may change based on number of registrants.

Online registration closes Sept. 19 at 9:19 p.m.

Nikol Strother Top Predictor In Tuesday's Pace Race

on September 17, 2014 - 9:56am

Atomic City Road Runners take off on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres in Tuesday's Pace Race. Courtesy photo 

Racers run along Estante Way in Pajarito Acres in Tuesday's Pace Race. Courtesy photo 

ACRR News:

Twenty four people competed in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race. The course was a fairly flat 1-mile paved loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres.

Nikol Strother was only 11 seconds off for 6 miles at Tuesday's pace race, and David Kratzer's delta time for 5 miles was 13 seconds.

One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less.

LA Mountaineers: 'Trekking Nepal Peaks for Dummies - A Himalayan Adventure' by Climber Carol Kotcheck

on September 12, 2014 - 9:57am

Carol Kotchek in the Himalayas. Courtesy/Carol Kotchek

LA MOUNTAINEERS News:

The September meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a presentation by Carol Kotchek, a staff member at the American Alpine Club who has been climbing for more than 30 years, including a number of years working classic climbs in the Yosemite Valley.

Her presentation, though, will focus on a trek up a 6,100-meter peak in the Khumu region of Nepal. Normally a climber who prefers t-shirt weather and steep rock, Kotchek says that on a whim she decided to get a taste of some Himalayan altitude.

Explore Unusual Locations With Experts Fraser and Cathy Goff

on September 11, 2014 - 9:43am
Sulphur Springs. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Two of the many Take Wing events that PEEC is offering exclusively to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign, are coming up soon and filling up fast.

Saturday, Sept. 20, donors will have the chance to visit the numerous geothermal hot springs at the unusual Sulphur Springs. Husband and wife team Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour and interpret the geology of the area, which they have studied extensively.

The Goffs will lead another tour Monday, Sept.

Opera on the Rocks Presents Don Giovanni Sept. 20

on September 10, 2014 - 3:22pm

BANDELIER News:

Be part of an unforgettable experience. This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents Don Giovanni, one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by the beauty of Bandelier National Monument.

Join music lovers of all ages Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater. Opera Alta will present an abridged performance starting at 5:30 p.m. of this classic Mozart production. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts to enjoy listening in a special venue.  

Hosts of the event

Bill Rice Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 10, 2014 - 7:39am
Courtesy/ACRR
 
Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Bill Rice was only 3 seconds off his predicted time in the weekly Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race on the Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier. 
 
A host of other participants recorded accurate prediction times:
  • Tamara Jurado was 10 seconds off;
  • Artemia Rojas recorded a 11 second differential;
  • Katie Gattiker was 13 seconds off;
  • Lauraine Maness and Nick Parra-Vasquez tied at 15 seconds; and
  • Linda Vance had a 35 second difference.
Brian Newnam was the top finisher on the 1 mile course at 12:31. Joan Williams was the fastest female with a 24:24. On

Annual Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race Sept. 20

on September 9, 2014 - 3:57pm
Winners from the 2012 Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race Nikol Strother and Chris Buntain. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Annual Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
The Race will start at the rear entrance of the Betty Ehart Senior Center off Bathtub Row and Rose Street and run on an all paved course just north of downtown Los Alamos. The course map is detailed on the registration form. Alzheimer’s Association water bottles will be given out to the first 50 participants.
 
A donation of $25 is requested.
 

Free Flamenco Classes Begin In White Rock

on September 7, 2014 - 12:44pm

Courtesy photo

PSDA News:

Beginning Flamenco Dance Class resumed Saturday, Sept. 6 at the White Rock Activity Center. 

Flamenco dance has become a popular dance form worldwide because of its powerful lines, intense percussive rhythms, and the beautiful traditional melodies that cannot help but inspire movment. It comes from Southern Spain and ties together the cultures of Western Europe, Northern Africa and South Asia in its unique blend of gypsy and folk history.

Come and learn! This class is for all men and women, ages 11 and up.

Snow Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 3, 2014 - 5:04am
ACRR News:
 
Mary Snow was the best predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Estante Way Trail in White Rock with a 15 second differential. 
 
David Kratzer was just behind her at 16 seconds off his predicted time. Other top predictors were Georgia Pedicini at 21 seconds off and Nikol Strother who also was the fastest female on the 3 mile course with a time of 21:55 with a 25 second difference.
 
The top runner on the 1 mile course was Tamara Jurado with a time of 9:12. The fastest male was Brian Newnam at 10:51. Ted Romero was the first runner on the 3 mile course recording a

Registration Opens For Pajarito Trail Festival

on September 2, 2014 - 7:42am
Erica Baron, last year's overall 10k winner heads for the finish line. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO TRAILS FESTIVAL News:

It's time to sign up for the 8th annual Pajarito Trail Festival set for Saturday, Oct 4. Registration is available for the 10k and 15 mile races at http://pajaritotrailfest.com/

Held just as the fall colors arrive, runners will traverse the resplendent Los Alamos singletrack. All runners will circumnavigate the ski hill, climbing their way to the top of Pajarito Mountain for views of the Valles Caldera and the Los Alamos townsite.

YMCA Fencing Class Begins Tuesday, Sept. 2

on September 1, 2014 - 9:46am

YMCA News:

The YMCA fencing class starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. The class is for fencers with previous experience.

There will be 30 minutes of combined class drills, followed by 30 minutes of bouting and/or individual instruction. Experienced fencers interested only in bouting should come at 7 p.m.  The next beginning fencing class for those with no experience will start in Feburary or March 2015.

For additional information, contact Tom Hill at 505.672.1058.

Learn Flag Football Skills At Family YMCA

on August 29, 2014 - 10:37am

Gattiker Top Predictor In Aquatic Center Trail Pace Race

on August 29, 2014 - 7:51am
ACRR News:
 
Katie Gattiker was the best predictor at 5 seconds off her prediction in the Atomic City Road Runners Club's weekly pace race held on the “Jim Billen” Trail in Pueblo Canyon behind the Aquatic Center with an accompanying light rain. 
 
Jessica Baumgaertel was next with a 48 second differential followed by Jackie Marr with at 92 seconds off as well as the first female on the 1 mile paved course at 14:06. Four-year-old Diego Leonard had a 93 second difference and also was the overall winner on the 1 mile paved course with a time of 12:29.
 
Nikol Strother was the fastest

Free Bridge Lessons At Pinon and LAMS

on August 29, 2014 - 6:41am
Cliff Rudy, left, and Bob Walker play bridge with Pinon Elementary students Cory Liechty, left, and a friend. Courtesy/LADBC

LADBC News:

Volunteers from the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons, starting the first week of September, to students at Los Alamos Middle School and to students in grades 3-6 at Pinon Elementary School. 

Lessons will be offered at the Middle School during lunch hours on Tuesdays. Lessons will be offered at Pinon as part of the Before School program on Thursday mornings and during lunch hours on Fridays.

LAMS Morning Walk-Run Club Seeks Members

on August 28, 2014 - 6:45am

No Major Concerns Surface at Public Meeting on Ski Area Water Pipeline Permit

on August 26, 2014 - 11:05am

Scott Price of the Sipapu Group answers questions from the audience at Monday's meeting at Trinity on the Hill as Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker and County Administrator Harry Burgess listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members gather Monday evening for the public meeting at TOTH. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

No major concerns were brought to light at Monday's public meeting on the Ski Area Water Pipeline Permit, which drew nearly 100 people.

"When we started this process in June, we looked

Valles Caldera Answers ALS Bucket Challenge

on August 26, 2014 - 9:40am
The Valles Caldera staff was challenged by Giggling Springs Hot Springs to the ALSA.org Ice Bucket Challenge. The staff in turn challenges their friends at Bandelier National Monument, The Forest Service (Santa Fe National Forest) and Fenton Lake State Park. Watch Monday's bucket challenge video here. PrintScreen/VCNP

Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public's Hands ... Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

on August 25, 2014 - 4:14pm

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said.

Bandelier's Summer End Activities Include Fee Free Day, Hikes and More

on August 22, 2014 - 9:44am

Sign at the entrance to Bandelier National Monument Courtesy/NPS

BNM News:

There's only a little over a week before summer "unofficially" ends on Labor Day, and Bandelier National Monument will be offering lots of activities to encourage people to come out and enjoy the time in between.
 
Aug. 25 is a special day at National Park areas all over the country, since it is Founders Day, the day in 1916 that the National Park Service (NPS) was established. This year it is a Fee Free Day, when entrance fees are waived at all NPS areas.

Bandelier Bans Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on August 20, 2014 - 12:15pm

BNM News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  

The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  

Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

Krohn Top Predictor In Lower Water Canyon Pace Race

on August 20, 2014 - 7:34am
Participants in Tuesday's Pace Race on the Lower Water Canyon Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
 
Rounding a curve in Tuesday's Pace Race on the Lower Water Canyon Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Burton Krohn was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Lower Water Canyon Trail off N.M. 4. He was 48 seconds off his predicted time.
 
Other accurate predictors were Mark Bjorklund with a 50 second differential, Steve Shook at 53 seconds off and Roxana Candia recording a 66 second difference.
 
The fastest runners on the 1 mile course was Heather Hughes at 11:52. Bob Weeks was the

Aquatic Center CLOSED Through Mid-November

on August 19, 2014 - 8:33am

COUNTY News:

The Aquatic Center is closed through mid-November for the HVAC upgrades project.

While the Aquatics Center is closed, services at the Aquatics Center to the public have been relocated to the Ice Rink and the Municipal Building.

NOTE: HOURS OF SERVICE HAVE CHANGED DURING THE CLOSURE:

Municipal Building Suite 150

  • Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The public can obtain park reservations, camping permits, aquatics center passes, recreation program/event registration, temporary vending permits. Phone 505.662.8170.

Ice Rink

  • Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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