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Dave Rice Discusses Ancient Sites Near Los Alamos at Mountaineers Meeting May 21

on May 13, 2014 - 7:52am
Ancilent cliff swellings. Photo by Dave Rice
Native American site. Photo by Dave Rice


For those who like to get off the beaten path, there are endless discoveries awaiting.

Outdoor adventurist Dave Rice has spent more than 50 years exploring the outdoors and following his interest in Native American archaeology. At the May meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Rice will describe several sites that are easily accessible from Los Alamos and the discoveries a visitor might find there.

Rice’s presentation, titled “Ancient Relics,” is 7:30 p.m.

Family Fun and Games at Valles Caldera

on May 13, 2014 - 7:47am
Valles Caldera News:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host a free evening of stories, games and activities 5-10 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the staging area.
Visitors may sit around the campfire, if wind conditions and fire restrictions allow. There will be stumps to sit on, and visitors may also bring chairs or blankets.
The Staging Area is 16 miles, or about a half hour drive from Los Alamos, located off N.M. 4.
Three more campfire events are planned for June 28, July 12, and Aug. 23.

Sipapu Resort / Los Alamos County Partnership Pondered for Pajarito Ski Hill

on May 9, 2014 - 2:31pm

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort managing partner James Coleman, left, and Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess at Wednesday's public meeting at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge where discussion of a partnership took place. Sipapu is a family friendly resort 20 miles southeast of Taos that offers year-round activities. Sipapu and Los Alamos County presented the possibility of partnering together to take over the struggling Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill.

Bandelier Inviting Public to Help Build Monument Foundation Document May 13

on May 9, 2014 - 10:49am

Entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


The staff at Bandelier National Monument is inviting everyone interested in the monument’s future to attend one or both of two public meetings Tuesday, May 13 to help with preparing a Foundation Document. 

This is the first step in considering the monument’s future planning and study needs.

The first meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, upstairs in meeting room 1.

The second is 6–7 p.m. in White Rock at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview Dr.

These meetings will

Los Alamos Golf Course Schedules Set for 2014

on May 9, 2014 - 9:36am

Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy/LAGC

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course has set schedules for a number of the most popular programs as well as new programs for the upcoming 2014 golf season. 

Get Golf Ready is designed to teach everything a person will need to play golf in just a few lessons. The professional staff at Los Alamos will show you that there are lots of ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. Each session will focus on the various golf skills you will use while playing.

Bandelier Announces Winners of 2015 Annual Pass Photo/Art Contest

on May 6, 2014 - 4:21pm

Cavate entry ladder in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument wins first place award. Photo by Kevin Schaffer


Earlier this year, Bandelier National Monument invited photographers and other artists to submit images to compete to be used on the 2015 Bandelier Annual Pass. 

Of more than 140 images submitted, judges had the challenging task of paring them down to the top four. As it turned out, all the finalists had submitted photos taken among the Ancestral Pueblo sites in Frijoles Canyon, and all live either in the Los Alamos area or Santa Fe. 

Finalists include:

  • First

Andy Sutton Wins 2014 Dog Jog!

on May 4, 2014 - 11:29am

Andrew Sutton jogging with Lucy the chihuahua won the 2014 Dog Jog with a time of 21:54. Courtesy/FOS

2014 Dog Jog in White Rock. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

A large crowd turned out for this year's Dog Jog held in April in White Rock. Andrew Sutton won the jog with a time of 21:54.

The Dog Jog raises much needed funds for the Friends of the Shelter (FOS), a Los Alamos-based humane organization dedicated to helping animals in northern New Mexico.

Dog Jog Results:

1. Andrew Sutton, 21:54;

2. Mark Medlock, 22:13;

3. Kyle Butler-Moore, 23:03;

4. Kimberly Chodorowski, 24:37;

5. Aden Stanek,

Los Alamos Ski Club Meetings Scheduled to Address Skiing Future

on May 3, 2014 - 8:45am

LASC News:

  • Meeting to discuss and vote on a proposal to transfer club assets to a private/public partnership for continued operation and improvement of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will be held May 15 with two informal informational meetings May 5 and May 10 with representatives from the partnership on hand to answer questions.

As a result of the recent drought years and changing skier demographics, the financial viability of Pajarito Mountain has been seriously challenged.

Derby Dames Host Regional Mashup 6 p.m. Today

on May 3, 2014 - 7:23am
The Los Alamos Derby Dames will host a Regional Mashup at 6 p.m., today at the Ice Rink. The event is free and will conclude with an after-party at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. The Dames were on hand at the opening of 'Things with Wings' Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Mountaineers Practice Canyoneering Techniques Prior To Zion National Park Trip

on April 30, 2014 - 12:21pm
Los Alamos Mountaineer
Sarah Gustafson descends on a Tyrolean Traverse during a canyoneering workshop April 18 at the Los Conchas trailhead.
Photo by John Sarracino
Peggy Reneau of the Los Alamos Mountaineers descends on a Tyrolean Traverse during a canyoneering workshop April 18 at the Los Conchas trailhead.
Photo by John Sarracino
Rich Carlson discusses proper rigging for a double rappel with Los Alamos Mountaineers members Mike Altherr and Dave Hand while Sarah Gustafson, Melanie Hand and other LAM members look on during a canyoneering workshop April 18 at the Los Conchas trailhead. Photo by

McClellan Top Predictor in Ruth Demuth Memorial Pace Race

on April 30, 2014 - 7:27am
ACR News:
Laura McClellan was 1 second off her predicted time in the weekly pace race held on North Mesa, which honored longtime Atomic City Roadrunner (ACR) member, the late Ruth Demuth. 
Other top predictors were Ted Williams at 3 seconds off, Nikol Strother recording a 5 second differential as well as the top finisher on the three mile course at 20:40, Ted Romero at 6 seconds off and the first male in the three mile distance with a time of 21:38, and Linda Vance recording 8 seconds off.
On the one mile course, Morela Vargas had the best time of 12:33. Bob Weeks

Chamisa's Annual Atomic Glow Run May 17

on April 27, 2014 - 9:12am
The annual Glow Run is Saturday, May 17 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
The race begins at 7 p.m., but everyone should show up a bit earlier to pick up their t-shirt and glow sticks. Registering early (by May1) guarantees you a t-shirt and glow stick.
There will be a 1 mile course and 5k course. 1 milers start at Chamisa and run down Meadow to Overlook Road, cross the street and run back to Chamisa taking small detour through Joya Loop.
The 5k racers will run the Meadow-Rover loop around White Rock.
For more information, call 505.672.9007 or

2014 Racing Southwest Jemez Cruise April 27

on April 26, 2014 - 9:08am
Drivers relax with their cars at the 2013 Jemez Cruise. Photo by Jin Ngo. Courtesy/

Racing Southwest News:

Racing Southwest’s annual Jemez Cruise is Sunday, leaving Bernalillo from the Santa Ana Star Casino’s parking lot at 11 a.m. Many different makes and models of cars will participate in this event.

The group’s estimated arrival time in Jemez Springs is 11:45 a.m., where the group will stop for about two hours for lunch. The local restaurants in Jemez Springs are ramping up for the onslaught of perhaps 800 drivers, according to Los Ojos proprietor Olga Appell.


Aquatic Center Hosts Dive-in Movie Friday

on April 24, 2014 - 10:21am
Viewers watch a Dive-in Movie at the Aquatic Center. Courtesy/LAC


The Walkup Aquatic Center is hosting a movie party in the pool 7-9 p.m. Friday. The film is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

The water will be warmed up for viewers to enjoy a theater-like experience while in the pool. Popcorn, treats, beverages, and glow sticks for everybody are included in the admission fee.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Aquatic Center. The event is limited to 125 participants, so get your tickets early.

Valles Caldera Trust Board Meets 1 p.m. Today

on April 24, 2014 - 6:57am

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust Board will meet at 1 p.m., today, April 24 at its administrative offices in Jemez Springs.

Items on the agenda include an update on the search for a new executive director, presentations on restoration activities and planning, as well as weather status, stream flow and post-fire successional recovery. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information on this and other Valles Caldera meetings, go to

Registration Opens For Los Alamos County Recreation Summer Camp Programs

on April 23, 2014 - 10:23am

Los Alamos County Bear Camp activities. Courtesy/LAC


Registration for the Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division’s Summer Camp Programs will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 26.

The lobby of the Walkup Aquatic Center will be opened at midnight for parents to wait inside.

The Bear Camp program is for youth entering Kindergarten through 6th grade and Bear Camp Unplugged is back and this traveling program is geared toward older campers and designed to be in a more independent atmosphere. Both programs will be 7:30 a.m.

Hike Oak Canyon From Jemez Historic Site

on April 22, 2014 - 8:00am
Ranger Marlon Magdalena leads a hike up Oak Canyon from the Jemez Historic Site in 2013. Magdalena is leading the hike this Sunday as well. Photo by Matthew J. Barbour, manager of Jemez Historic Site


At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27 rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (a.k.a. Church Canyon). The hike begins at Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument). This is a strenuous hike of about 1.5 miles over rough terrain and hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a sack lunch.

Rangers will do their best to identify the species of flora and fauna


JoAnna O'Neill of Los Alamos Young Guns Top Female Shooter at High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot

on April 19, 2014 - 7:36am
JoAnna O'Neill was the top female shooter and ranked in second place overall at the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Young Guns members from left, Shelby Chavez, Josh Smith, Sam Stringfield, David Smith, and Kes Luchini at a recent Sportsman's Club event. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Young Guns, a team of high school level shooters from Los Alamos, placed second in the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot, which had shooters from 12 high schools.

Team members' scores out of 50 shots were as follows: Josh Smith

Local Nine-Year Old Places Well at Snowboard Nationals

on April 18, 2014 - 8:51am
Cade Van Etten competing at the USASA National Championships. Courtesy/USASA
Cade Van Etten takes a flying leap during the USASA National Snowboarding Championships. Courtesy/USASA

Local snowboarder Cade Van Etten, age 9, placed 16th out of 40 in his age group at the USASA National Championships April 8 in Copper Mountain, Colo. This is an amazing showing, since Cade competes in the 13 and under category. He is competing against kids up to four years older than he.

Van Etten would like to thank his Los Alamos supporters for their contributions and support.

Laura McClellan Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 17, 2014 - 6:36am

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

ACR News:

Good running weather accompanied 32 runners and walkers on Tuesday night's pace race that started and ended at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 

Five runners achieved estimated running times with an error under 25 seconds. Best predictor was Laura McClellan (9 sec.), followed by Heidi Bjorklund (18 sec.), Liz Mcdonald (21 sec.), Nikol Strother (22 sec.) and Roy Cope (24 sec.).

Fastest female and male runners on the one mile course were Patricia Burnside (8:59) and Paul Elkins (14:12). Fastest female and male runners on the 3 mile course were Strother

Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier April 19-27

on April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

View of Long House, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and nearby cavates, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


All over the country, units of the National Park System will be celebrating National Park Week from April 19-27, including fee free days April 19-20 and Bandelier is joining in the festivities.

“Spring is a terrific time to be at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Walkup Aquatic Center Busy 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday

on April 10, 2014 - 1:44pm

The Walkup Aquatic Center will be very busy with kids Friday. Courtesy/LAC


The Walkup Aquatic Center will host 275 4th and 5th grade recreation swimmers 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 11. The pool will be extremely busy during that time period.

Both the obstacle course and the diving boards will be open.

Kids will pack the pool 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday at the Walkup Aquatic Center. Courtesy/LAC

Renowned Canyoneer to Speak at Los Alamos Mountaineers Meeting April 16

on April 9, 2014 - 9:49am
Los Alamos Mountaineer member rappelling in Birch Hollow Canyon outside Zion National Park. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
A group of Los Alamos Mountaineers preparing for a rappel in Birch Hollow Canyon, outside Zion National Park. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

The April program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a free talk by Rich Carlson, regarded as perhaps the most renowned canyoneer in the United States.

Carlson will present his talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Fuller Lodge, following the business portion of the Mountaineers’ meeting.

SFNF’s Coyote Ranger District Office Opens

on April 7, 2014 - 12:42pm

SFNF News:

District Ranger Andrew Vigil, from Santa Fe National Forest, announced this week that the Coyote Ranger Station has reopened. 

The office, located on New Mexico Highway 96 in Coyote, has been closed since early December when a break in the sprinkler system caused severe flooding throughout the building. Since then, employees have been working out of neighboring offices in Cuba and Espanola. 

The flood damage was so extensive that several walls, insulation, and flooring had to be removed to allow the interior to dry out.

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental