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Bradley Johns Achieves Rank Of Eagle Scout

on March 28, 2017 - 6:46am

Bradley Johns of Los Alamos achieves the rank of Eagle Scout. Photo by Tim Neal

COMMUNITY News:

Bradley Johns of Troop 222 in Los Alamos recently achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded more than 100 years ago and only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.

For his Eagle Project, Johns rebuilt the switchback section of the trail in Walnut Canyon.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise At Pajarito

on March 28, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Dawn Patrol - Sunrise on the trail Bruce's Boulevard and Daisy May. Photo by Eric Schaller

Pajarito - Spruce Lift at Bruce's Boulevard. Photo by Eric Schaller

County Testing Parks And Golf Course Sprinklers

on March 27, 2017 - 7:57pm

COUNTY News:

Over the next few weeks, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division crews will be out and about testing the sprinkler systems at the athletic fields, parks and the Golf Course during daylight hours.

This is part of the PROS Division’s annual water audit to check for any sprinkler head adjustments, broken sprinklers or lines needing repairs/replacement. Once the systems are checked out, staff will place the sprinklers on a timed system for early or evening irrigation.

Direct questions to the Parks Administrative Office at 505.662.8159 or the Golf Course Pro Shop at

VCNP Applications For 2017 Livestock Program

on March 27, 2017 - 8:20am
A range rider moves cattle within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is seeking applications for its 2017 livestock grazing program.
 
The preserve is mandated by Congress to allow the grazing of livestock to the extent the use furthers scientific research or interpretation of the preserve’s ranching history.  
 
The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a one-year special use permit to a private operator to graze approximately 250 Animal Units per Month (AUMs) on the preserve during a four-month period

Letter To The Editor: Truthiness, Or Fun With Election Hype

on March 26, 2017 - 10:45am

By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

Brace yourself. Here comes the media storm of exaggerations, illogics, sentimentalism, tirades and irrelevancies about the looming bond measure.

But coping with it can be fun when you play “The Truthiness Game”.

The idea? Spot a statement that seems to make sense but just might not be true. It’s easier if you already know it’s fishy. Then try to determine just how true or false it is.

Assign a percentage value to how true it sounds (truthiness) and then another value for how accurate it really is (truth). Subtract the truth from the truthiness and you have your score.

Volunteers Needed To Improve And Maintain Trails

on March 26, 2017 - 6:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring on the Santa Fe National Forest means it’s time to get out and work on trails, getting them ready for the heavy use of the summer recreation season. 
 
Volunteer opportunities are waiting for anyone interested in donating some time and a little manual labor to benefit the forest.
  • Saturday, April 15 – Work will continue on the reroute of a steep and unsustainable leg of the original Borrego Trail, which is part of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Forest staff and volunteers plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 – Forest staff and volunteers will

‘Forest Your Health’ Hosts Hike On SFNF April 8

on March 25, 2017 - 7:45am

Window Rock Trail. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The health benefits of outdoor recreation will be the focus Saturday, April 8, when the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics sponsor a hike on the Window Rock Trail as part of a health initiative called “Forest Your Health”.

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride equestrian along area trails.

Meet Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

on March 24, 2017 - 11:54am
Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich takes the lines less traveled. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charlotte “Charlie” Ulrich, a ninth grader at Los Alamos High School, has been invited to ski at the North America Junior Freeride Championships April 5-9 at Kirkwood Mountain, Calif. Ranked third in North America in the 12-14 year-old female ski category, she is in her second year of training and competing with the Taos Winter Sports Team and has been sponsored this season by Head-Ski.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

Ulrich began skiing at Pajarito Mountain

Pinon Park Pool Memberships Now Available

on March 24, 2017 - 6:42am

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Letter To The Editor: Signs Of The Times – A New PAC In Town

on March 22, 2017 - 7:12am

NMG&F: Special Hunter Education Camp Offered At Philmont Scout Ranch

on March 19, 2017 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
 
CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn a hunter education certification.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 17, accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
 
Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

Los Alamos Sportsmens Club Hosts First Cowboy Shoot Of The Year March 18

on March 16, 2017 - 4:43pm
LASC News:
 
The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its first “Cowboy Shoot” of the year at at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits. 
 
This SASS ruled event occurs every third Saturday of each month March until November (weather permitting).
 
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required/encouraged to shoot in these events.

PEEC: Last Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes Of Season

on March 16, 2017 - 3:59pm
Each snowshoe hike explores a different part of the Valles Caldera and allows participants to explore, observe, and learn about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Winter is winding down, but there is still time to explore the Valles Caldera in the snow.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) are partnering to offer two educational, family-friendly, hikes this month.
 
These Saturday hikes will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Guided Hike With Jean Dewart This Sunday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:04am
View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
 
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
 
To hike Ancho to Blue Dot with PEEC, register online at www.peecnature.org.
 

Petroglyphs Discussion And Mesa Prieta Field Trip

on March 13, 2017 - 8:14pm
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE ― The rich cultural history and significance of rock art and petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Valley, and an exploration of those artifacts, make up two must-attend events sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in April.
 
“Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change,” a public talk by Polly Schaafsma is 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 at SAR. Then 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, see examples of petroglyphs as you explore “Mesa Prieta: 100,000 images, 7,500 years of Rock Art,” a field trip to Mesa Prieta, north of Santa Fe.
 
Presented in

On The Job In Los Alamos: Y Instructor Nalani Kimball

on March 12, 2017 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Family YMCA Instructor Nalani Kimball leads a Power-Up fitness class Thursday morning at the Family YMCA on Iris Street in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

House Passes Memorial To Protect Chaco Canyon

on March 11, 2017 - 10:31pm

Kin Bineola is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archeological site 12 miles from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtedy/NPS

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Tonight, House Memorial 70, the Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), passed the New Mexico House of Representatives in a 31-28 party-line vote.

HM 70 requests that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) respect their established relationship with tribal entities by consulting with tribes on any hydraulic fracking operations around the historic Chaco

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
 
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

Sipapu Offers Events And Extra Hour Of Skiing

on March 11, 2017 - 7:04am
Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced that operating hours will change with Sunday's Daylight Saving Time, providing skiers with an extra hour on the slopes. 
 
Sunday, March 12 through Saturday, March 18, lifts will turn 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sunday, March 19 through Sunday, March 26, Sipapu will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
 
Sipapu will then be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekends only, April 1 and 2 and April 8 and 9. For the latest conditions, visit Sipapu’s snow report
 
Springtime means sunny, bluebird days, great skiing and fun

Angel Fire Bike Park Opening And Demo Daze Details

on March 7, 2017 - 7:44am

Local Trampoline Flips Into Backyard Arroyo

on March 6, 2017 - 2:59pm

A trampoline was spotted today in a backyard arroyo off 47th and White Street in Los Alamos. It's speculated that the fierce winds from last night carried it out of a local residents yard. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

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