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Eco-Tourism Bonanza: Make LA America’s Zip-line Capital

on June 18, 2012 - 12:31pm

Multiple zip-line example. Courtesy photo

By William T. Sellers

As a recent Los Alamos resident returning to New Mexico after 17 years, the lab was a major business client of mine during the 1980s and 1990s.

Compared with those days, Los Alamos has come a long way.

Yet, from attending the latest capital improvement projects meeting I must confess: the end result was a bit of a disappointment.

I have long heard from local business and community interests, going back to my early days and then today, on the need for local investments that “create their own synergies.”

From my perspective,

LA Skateboard Competition Set for June 23

on June 14, 2012 - 9:01am

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the LA Skateboard Competition at 11 a.m., Saturday June 23 at the Los Alamos Skate Park. 

The competition consists of Two 90-Second Runs in the Park and an Ollie Competition. 

Following the events will be a demonstration from the BZ Skate Team from Beyond Waves in Albuquerque.

Fees are $5 pre-registration and $8 on-site registration the day of the competition. 

Registration forms are available at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or online at www.losalamosnm.us

Contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173 or lacrec@nm.us for

Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

"We want to expand the trail system to include beginner

PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

on June 10, 2012 - 6:15am

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet.

Strong Kids Classic Honors Ed Griggs

on June 6, 2012 - 10:37am

FAMILY YMCA News:

As part of the Family YMCA Annual Campaign, its 2012 Golf Tournament is set for a 1 p.m., Shotgun Start/Scramble Held at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday, June 9. Registration is now full for this year's event.

The Family YMCA’s third Annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament has changed its official name to the Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.

"Ed was a great man and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him in this way," YMCA Executive Director Linda Daily said.

Matt Schmidt,

Bandelier 'Get Outdoors Day' is Fee Free!

on June 6, 2012 - 10:12am

BANDELIER News:

Saturday, June 9, will be the first celebration of “Get Outdoors Day,” meant to encourage healthy, active outdoors fun.

Also known as GO Day, it will be a fee free day in National Park areas nationwide.

At Bandelier National Monument, Superintendent Jason Lott will be sponsoring a family hike, meeting at 8 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead.

Along with Lott’s family, participants will hike out along the established trail and come back on an off-trail return route that is being considered to make the trail a loop.

Trails Foreman and long-time ranger Dale Coker will be part

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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain's Summer Season

on June 4, 2012 - 6:44pm

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

on May 31, 2012 - 11:04pm

Courtesy/LAC
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen "Satch" Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the "Satch Cowan Trail."
The Committee emphasized in the motion and in comments before the

Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

on May 31, 2012 - 12:18am

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:

Thousands Cycle Through Red River Rally

on May 29, 2012 - 6:52am

Photo by Gary Warren

Nearly 30,000 motorcycle riders rallied at Red River over the Memorial Day weekend.

The annual springtime event jump starts the tourist season in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado region.

Red River is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its scenic location and mild climate.

Centrally located in the north central mountains of New Mexico, Red River is the closest resort area to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a short drive from Southern Colorado.

At 8,750 feet above sea level, Red River is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and

Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

on May 23, 2012 - 8:01pm

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150 Ancestral

When the Wind Blew the Kites Flew

on May 23, 2012 - 8:27am

The wind was spotty during the Kite Festival Saturday at Overlook Park but when the wind blew, the kites sure flew. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

This colorful butterfly kite was a crowd pleasing delight. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Debi Garcia of Albuquerque performs triage on the family's kite. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

When the wind didn't blow it was time for a picnic for the Allen Madsen family of White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Up big fellow, up! Oh for even a small breeze... Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
 
 
 

Bandelier Closure for Bridge Installation is Thursday

on May 22, 2012 - 12:09pm

BANDELIER News:

Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument, just announced that the main Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed Thursday, May 24, for installation of a temporary bridge across Frijoles Creek.

This closure had originally been expected to occur today or tomorrow.

“The bridge is being brought from Michigan, and we now expect it to be ready to install on Thursday, May 24,” Lott said.

Canyon Rim Trail Footbridge Beckons Walkers

on May 17, 2012 - 2:56pm

The footbridge on the Canyon Rim Trail beckons walkers in Los Alamos. The wildflowers are abundant with Indian Paintbrush on the eastern end, Banana Yucca in the center, and a great clump of Purple Vetch at the western end. A great way to spend a morning... Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

United Skates Celebrates 50 Years

on May 17, 2012 - 12:35pm

The First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (adjacent to Sullivan Field) has hosted the Friday night skate program called "United Skates" for 50 years.  May 11th was the true golden anniversary of the skate program.

Photo by Don Casperson.

The Early Session - 3rd graders and younger with parents. Photo by Don Casperson.

Doing the limbo on skates!  Photo by Don Casperson.

Read the earlier story HERE.

Geological Society Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Today

on May 14, 2012 - 11:43pm

LOS ALAMOS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society is 7:30 p.m., today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The speaker is Dr. Catherine Plesko.

The Society's May 2012 field trip is set for the Ojo Caliente area Saturday, May 19. The group will meet at 7:50 a.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot and will visit the Joseph mine and a large pre-pueblo Native American site.

Plan on bringing rock breaking equipment, storage items to protect small specimens, a hand lens, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, eye protection, camera and whatever else may be

Dick Knows Trails

on May 11, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager, Dick McIntyre and Open Space Specialist, Craig Martin, review trail building plans and schedules. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Dick McIntyre has been involved in the creation of several impressive community trail systems. On the wall in McIntyre's office are a host of photos displaying trails he has had a hand in creating. His latest project, the Canyon Rim Trail, is only partially completed, with the first of three major segments in use.

In August of 2010, the first segment of the Canyon Rim opened to the public.

Forest Hosts Public Field Trips Into Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Area

on May 9, 2012 - 10:00pm
SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News

The Santa Fe National Forest is hosting three educational field trips into the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration project area.

These field trips are designed to provide on-the-ground information about the project. Participants will be guided through the area to see and learn about existing conditions, desired conditions, ecosystem function, treatments that have been accomplished, and engage in interactive conversation with Forest personnel about the project.

“We are in the process of drafting a proposal to treat approximately 110,000 acres of

Bandelier Advising of Upcoming Closure May 22 or 23

on May 9, 2012 - 4:26pm

Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, has announced that the main visitor area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed for at least part of the day on either Tuesday, May 22 or Wednesday, May 23. 

“We will be having very large pieces of equipment working in the canyon that day to install an interim crossing of the creek,” he said. “We are not certain yet which day, or at what time, this work will happen, but we want to minimize the impacts on our visitors.” 

Anyone planning a visit to the park on either of those days should keep an eye on information sources for updated

Chamber Golf Tournament to Benefit United Way

on May 7, 2012 - 1:59am

On Friday, May 11, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico (serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties).

The tournament will be a “shot gun start” at 1pm at the beautiful Black Mesa Golf Course. Black Mesa is ranked 4 nationally and are pleased to be able to invite the public.

You need not be a Chamber of Commerce member to play.

United Way’s mission is to engage human and financial resources to improve the quality of life of the people in the communities they serve in Northern New Mexico.United Way reports that 22

Hasbrouck Wins Bandelier Photo Contest

on May 7, 2012 - 12:50am

Richard T. Hasbrouck of Truchas won first place in the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art competition. His winning photo was among 96 entries submitted by 33 photographers and artists from across the United States and exhibited at Fuller Lodge recently. Hasbrouck, a retired electrical engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, won an annual park pass, a copy of the award-winning movie Sky Island, narrated by Meryl Streep and N. Scott Momaday and he and his family also will receive a personal tour of Bandelier National Monument guided by Park Superintendent Jason Lott.

McKenna Places in Top 3 in Bandelier Photo Contest

on April 28, 2012 - 10:33am

Photographer Arin McKenna with her award winning photo received an annual park pass and a Bandelier movie for her second place win in the Bandelier photo contest. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Local County Reporter Arin McKenna came in second among 33 photographers and artists from across the United States who submitted 96 entries in the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art Contest.

During an unveiling event of the winning entries at Fuller Lodge Friday night, McKenna, who writes and photographs for the Monitor, won an annual park pass along with a copy of the award-winning

Springtime 2012: 50 Hikes in the Los Alamos Area

on April 27, 2012 - 7:06am

COUNTY News:
 

Many years ago, Frances Arnold, Carol Carlson and Maxine Ellis created a 50 Hikes trail list for friends who wanted to explore our beautiful mesas, canyons, and mountains. The Santa Fe National Forest later adopted the list as a convenience for visitors.
 

Despite subsequent publication of a number of hiking books for the area, the list still serves its purpose as a quick introduction to the east side of the Jemez Mountains. As years go by, changing conditions require that the list be revised periodically.

This edition of 2012, updated by Dorothy Hoard and Craig Martin,

Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog is Saturday

on April 25, 2012 - 11:10pm

Classic Cars Take Tour Through Bandelier

on April 22, 2012 - 9:23am
All lined up in the Bandelier parking lot, these classic cars drew a lot of admirers Friday. The cars were Cord and Auburn automobiles from the 1930s and made in America. They were quite ahead of their time with front wheel drive, supercharged V8 engines, very aerodynamic styling, concealed door hinges ... some even had headlights that turned direction along with the front wheels when turning a corner.

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