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Aquatomics Seeks Fond Memories Of Bill Hudson

on December 22, 2016 - 9:39am
Los Alamos Aquatomics will be hosting the second annual Bill Hudson Memorial Open Jan.  28-29. 
Many Los Alamos residents have fond memories of Hudson as a respected icon who left a rich legacy for the community to continue.
In his farewell letter to the community Aug. 9, Hudson said:
“When the swimming pool opened in 1951, I was offered the job of managing the pool and scheduling its use. First, I started swimming lessons … From these programs came my first competitive team, consisting of three students, two boys and one girl.

Scenes From Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

on December 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Officials gather early this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge. The Canyon Rim Trail is an asphalt-surfaced 7,600-foot trail south of N.M. 502 between the guard tower and the East Road Fire Station. A parking area at the east trailhead accomodates 10 vehicles. Reach the trailhead by traveling east on East Road (N.M. 502)  about 1.8 miles from downtown Los Alamos. The trailhead is on the south (right) side of the road about 200 yards before you reach the entrance to the Pajarito Cliffs Site, Entrada, and the Holiday Inn Express.

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Holiday Closures

on December 21, 2016 - 2:48pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. 
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, respectively.
Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices and select vendors through Friday, Dec. 23. Fourth-graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass are entitled to a free Christmas tree permit. For more information, review the press release issued Nov. 9 at
For additional

Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting Today!

on December 21, 2016 - 8:17am

Council Oks List Of Rec Projects For Bond Election

on December 20, 2016 - 9:43pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5-2 to approve a list of recreation projects and directed staff to develop a ballot question in the amount of $20 million for a May 2017 all mail ballot. The list includes Ice Rink improvements, Softball Field improvements at Overlook Park, a new Recreation Center with Ice Rink, a new Multi-generational pool and a Splash Pad at Pinon Park in White Rock. Council also voted to direct staff to develop a plan for advertising and promoting the bond. Councilors David Izraelevitz and Steven Girrens voted against the measure. Photo by Carol A.

Final Los Alamos County Council Meeting Of 2016 Underway ... Recreation Topic Draws Huge Crowd

on December 20, 2016 - 7:08pm

Recreation enthusiasts of all ages pack Los Alamos County Council Chambers this evening for the final Council meeting of the year. Council is considering eight recreation projects for a 2017 bond election and members of the community have turned out to speak on the various projects. The meeting is about to open up for public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members fill Council Chambers this evening for the final Council meeting of the year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local hockey players turn out for this evening's meeting. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Golf Course Club House Holiday Schedule

on December 20, 2016 - 6:46am


The Los Alamos County Golf Course Club House announces its holiday schedule:

Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant hours:

  • Dec. 24 - open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec 25 - closed.
  • Dec. 31 - open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 - closed.

The Golf Shop will be closed:

  • Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

True Tennis Players Even In 20 Degree Weather!

on December 19, 2016 - 7:43pm

Avid tennis players from left, Merete Nieto, John Gregory, Richard Henderson and Bob Nolan brave 20 degree weather Monday morning to play at Pinon Courts in White Rock. Courtesy photo


If there is any question about the seriousness of tennis in Los Alamos, just see that four local players, Bob Nolen, Richard Henderson, John Gregory and Merete Nieto, played Monday morning in 20 degree weather at Pinon Courts in White Rock.

There are about 25 retired adults who play three times a week. They alternate between Los Alamos and White Rock.

The Los Alamos Tennis Club

Los Alamos County Council To Review Final Report On Eight Proposed Capital Improvement Projects Tuesday

on December 19, 2016 - 4:55pm
The Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) team, the group contracted to scope, develop concepts and put together cost estimates for the County’s proposed recreation projects, will give its final presentation at the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday, Dec. 20 meeting.
The DPS team will give detailed opinions of probable costs as well as projected operations and maintenance costs for the eight proposed recreation projects.

The report the County Council will review and discuss is available at:

The Dec. 20 County Council meeting is 6 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Multiple Organizations Voice Support For New Recreation Center

on December 19, 2016 - 4:53pm
Los Alamos
Dear County Council and Los Alamos Community,
We are writing this letter to highlight the many diverse groups, organizations, and likely participants who support the construction of a new multi-use recreation center in Los Alamos.
We are extremely excited and optimistic that the Council and the Los Alamos Community will enthusiastically support the new Recreation Center as an anchor for the CIP Bond and for recreation in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities.
The Recreation Center will be a place for our youth, athletes, families, seniors,

Jemez Mountain Trail Races Registration Opens

on December 16, 2016 - 5:12pm
Race start. Courtesy photo
JMTR News:
The 12th Annual Jemez Mountain Trails Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Registration for the 15 Miler, 50 kilometer, and 50 mile options are now open. Two changes for this years races are (1) registration for the 15 miler opens December 16, and (2) the 50k and 50mile races will be run in the counter-clockwise direction.
These races fill up quickly. Register soon at:
The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a wonderful community event that take full advantage of our beautiful

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Councilor O'Leary

on December 16, 2016 - 5:10pm
Los Alamos
I want to thank Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary for her excellent 'behind the curtain' articles on the Recreation Bonds.
While my preferred options did not make the final cut (I still think we need something more than two tennis courts and one small playground on North Mesa) I do support the Bonds for new and improved recreation opportunities in the County.
The Councilors three articles make a very good case for making investments in our recreation facilities.

Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run Saturday

on December 16, 2016 - 2:31pm
Students from the Los Alamos High School will be playing holiday tunes for the runners at the Second Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run this Saturday, Dec. 17. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the Second Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run this Saturday, Dec. 17 to raise money for the LAHS band program. The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos High School will be playing holiday tunes for the runners.

Costs are

LAHS Student Places 2nd In Youth Clay Competition

on December 16, 2016 - 10:02am

Los Alamos High School student Alison Pimentel took second place for girls in the New Mexico State HIgh School Trap Competition Dec. 4 in Belen. Courtesy photo


Alison Pimentel of Los Alamos took second place for girls and fourth overall in the New Mexico State High School Trap Competition Dec. 4 in Belen.

Seven shooters from Los Alamos were among 58 students from throughout the state who participated, including Pimentel, Sam Bond, Kevin Dors, Michael Chigaev, Derek Laintz, Bryan Dors and Michael Patchett.

The team is sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club and 4-H.

Mountaineers Popular Potpourri Program Wednesday

on December 16, 2016 - 7:12am
Tour of Mont Blanc. Courtesy  Photo


This year, the Mountaineers Potpourri is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Fuller Lodge.

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru and skiing Mt. Shasta! This “potpourri” of exciting, diverse adventures by Los Alamos Mountaineers will be featured in this month’s club meeting.

Potpourri is a heavenly stew, consisting of one part potluck and six parts 10-minute talks, simmered slowly in a delicious sauce of conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers
meeting of the year.

O'Leary: Recreation Bond Project Series Part 3; Managing Spinning Plates

on December 15, 2016 - 4:50pm
Vice Chair, Los Alamos County Council

Caveat: Information included in all of these articles are my own views as an individual Council member and does not represent a formal opinion of the County Council.

When I worked in the corporate world, a particularly good boss used to compare the job of a senior manager to the ancient art of plate spinning. To do a good job, you need to have the right number of plates and you need to keep them all spinning at healthy speeds.

Joaquin Prescribed Pile Burn Continues On Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts

on December 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue the Joaquin prescribed pile burn on Thursday, Dec. 15, if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable. 
The 60-acre treatment area sits on the boundary between the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Bandelier Offers Special Walks On Winter Solstice

on December 13, 2016 - 6:45pm
Sunrise at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice. Courtesy/wikipedia
For Ancestral Pueblo farmers, keeping track of the changing of the seasons was crucial for knowing when to plant and harvest.
In many places it appears that they made markers aligned with the sunrise and sunset on the winter and summer solstices, the shortest and longest days of the year. This year Bandelier National Monument will offer ranger-guided walks to observe possible solstice markers among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon.
On Dec.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on December 13, 2016 - 6:44am

Prescribed pile burn planned as early as Wednesday on the SFNF's Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning a prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District.

The 20-acre Ojitos prescribed pile burn, located just northeast of Rancho Del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, may begin as early as Wednesday, Dec. 14, only if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Fire managers expect to complete ignitions in one day.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Pajarito Mountain Announces Holiday Season Hours

on December 12, 2016 - 9:34am

Pajarito Mountain will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for the holiday season. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

Pajarito Mountain will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for the holiday season beginning Dec. 16 through Jan. 2.

With the kids out of school, this is a great time to bring the whole family up to the mountain to make memories. The snowmaking crew is working hard to open more terrain and snow is in the forecast for this evening.

Power Passes and Power Products can be purchased through Dec. 16. Power Products include the Power Card (the ultimate discount card, valid at all of the partner resorts),

O’Leary: Citizens Identify Recreation Projects As Priority For Today

on December 11, 2016 - 9:24am
Vice Chair, County Council

Caveat: Information included in all of these columns are my own views as an individual Council member and does not represent a formal opinion of the County Council.

On Dec. 20, the County Council will make a final determination on which recreation projects to recommend to the voters for completion through proceeds of a May 2017 bond election; with the plan to supplement the bond proceeds with existing capital improvements funds if the bond passes.

Jewell's Nationwide Tour Underway Highlighting Progress On Conservation, Energy, Tribal Issues

on December 11, 2016 - 6:34am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
USDI News:

USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities To Improve Water Quality And Restore Wildlife Habitat

on December 11, 2016 - 6:28am
USDA News:
DES MOINES, IOWA  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.
“The Conservation Reserve Program is an extremely popular voluntary program that offers producers and landowners a wide variety of opportunities to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat

Proposed Joint Fossil Regulation Announced For Interior Department’s Managed Lands

on December 11, 2016 - 6:24am
USDI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a proposed rule to further facilitate implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009.
The proposed rule provides standards for a coordinated approach to the management of paleontological resources on lands managed by four Interior Department Bureaus: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS). It will also clarify how these bureaus manage paleontological resources to ensure they are available