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Free Entries For Atomic Man Duathlon

on June 8, 2017 - 4:10pm
Two lucky athletes or relay teams will get to race the Atomic Man Duathlon for free.  
How will this work you ask? At 10 a.m., on race morning, the race director or his designee will pull two numbers from a hat (one solo Little Boy competitor or relay team + one solo Fat Man competitor or relay team). 
No need to be present at the drawing to win, all you have to do is register for this great local race! So delay no more & go to this registration link at New Mexico Sports online:

Letter To The Editor: Response To Ms. Redondo

on June 8, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos
We have four local outdoor pools all offering swimming lessons now. Some of the pools are happy to offer lessons to nonmembers. If you or a child in your life can't swim call now!
There are morning lessons, evening lessons, and reasonably priced private lessons. Many teens in the community have taken the time to become Water Safety Instructor certified because they love teaching kids to swim. 
My daughter is one of these teens. Only 42 percent of American children have the aquatic skills they should. Please support our local teens and pools.

Pajarito Celebrates SummerFest June 10

on June 8, 2017 - 2:54pm
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area’s most popular event, SummerFest is this Saturday, June 10. Pajarito kicked off its summer season Memorial Day weekend with lift-served mountain biking and hiking and features exciting events all summer.
Brewfests, Live Music and More Great Events!
SummerFest is the first of several events happening at the Los Alamos ski area this summer and one of Pajarito’s biggest events of the year.

Strother Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on June 8, 2017 - 2:26pm
Courtesy photo
ACRC News:
William Strother, 8, was the best predictor in the weekly pace race held in White Rock on the upcoming Atomic Man Dualthlon course with a 60 second error. 
Other accurate predictors were: Pavel Semin at 62 seconds off, Bob Weeks with a 78 second differential, and Sue Elkins recording a 120 second difference as well as the first female finisher on the 1 mile course.
Diego Leonard, 7, was the top finisher on the 1 mile course at 9:11.
On the 3 mile course Aaron Jackson was the top finisher recording a 24:39 and Sanna Sevanto was the first female

Nothing To Do? ... So Not True! Los Alamos County Hosts 100 Days of Summer Program

on June 8, 2017 - 10:29am
The 100 Days of Summer kicked off May 26 and runs through Sept. 8. Los Alamos County Image
Los Alamos Daily Post

“There’s nothing to do” is a commonly stated phrase, especially in small towns. The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is striving to prove this statement wrong through its 100 Days of Summer Program.


The program kicked off May 26 during the Los Alamos County Summer Concert; its purpose is to educate locals on the multitude of  local programs and activities in town so they will stay in the County rather than venture elsewhere in search

Fishing Report: Conditions Deemed Fair-To-Good

on June 8, 2017 - 6:43am

The fishing on the Chama River below El Vado Dam is fair-to-good. Courtesy Photo​

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Grande and streams flowing out of the Sangre de Cristo mountains are still running high. The Pecos River may be your best bet. Despite heavy flows, the fishing has been fair to good. Fly fishers should go with nymphs or San Juan worms. Flows in the Red River are still heavy. The Red River above Questa received a stocking of bigger-than-average trout last week.

Streams in the Jemez mountains are in better condition as the runoff has already peaked and streams are

Summer And Fall Field User Meeting June 28

on June 8, 2017 - 6:38am
The Summer and Fall Field User Meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 28 at the Parks Division Conference Room in Building 5 at 101 Camino Entrada.
Bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured to the meeting. Mandatory attendance is required. Anyone unable to attend, should designate someone to attend in their place.
Direct questions to Kim Trujillo at 505.662.8159. Forms can be obtained on the County website

Exploring The White Place Near Abiquiu

on June 7, 2017 - 2:23pm
Scene from the White Place near Abiquiu. Photo by George Morse/
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
All throughout Northern New Mexico are hidden natural wonders that will reward someone willing to seek them out and expend a little shoe leather.
In the beautiful landscape surrounding the small village of Abiquiu lie many of these little pockets of unique formations sculpted over the eons by the relentless effects of wind and water.
Abiquiu is known around the world as the home of the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Efforts For Local Recreational Facilities Continue

on June 7, 2017 - 7:17am

During the public comment period at Tuesday's County Council meeting, Shelby Redondo urges Councilors to use exisiting Capital Improvement Project funds to proceed with a multi-generational pool. The pool was one of the projects proposed in the recreation bond that voters failed to pass during last month's special election. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


​The recreation bond may have failed to pass during May's special election, but the effort to bring recreational facilities to the County persists.

Letter To The Editor: To Los Alamos County Council

on June 6, 2017 - 7:26pm
Los Alamos

Open Letter to the Los Alamos County Council:

I am asking the County Council to please consider using Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funds to construct a multigenerational pool.

Although the bond did not pass, nearly half the voters supported the Council’s proposal to provide healthy recreational alternatives. Even those who opposed the bond were not necessarily opposing the rec facilities. Their main concern was not to have their property taxes increased.

One of the most vocal opponents of the bond actually signed the petition two years ago supporting the

Abandoned Campfire + Fire Season = Potential Disaster

on June 6, 2017 - 9:23am

Example of what can quickly happen when a campfire is not completely extinguished. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

  • Unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire

SANTA FE – The good news is that last weekend there were only four abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest, a significant decrease from the 41 discovered over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The bad news is that two of the four escaped the fire ring and could have kicked off a wildfire if they had not been found in time and extinguished. 

As conditions on the forest get warmer and drier, please remember that

County Bike Flow Trail Project Update Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 8:33am


The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting aan update on the Bike Flow Trail Project.

Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Community Event June 10-11

on June 6, 2017 - 6:31am

Shotgun ranges at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club will be open for the public Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is opening its shooting and archery ranges Saturday and Sunday to offer people a chance to learn the basics of how to safely handle, load, shoot and maintain their firearm or shoot their bow.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Club in Rendijo Canyon. Rendija Road is off San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.

Additionally, the Club is sponsoring a

Scenes From Special Olympics Golf Tourney

on June 4, 2017 - 6:18pm

Donnie Torres, left, registers players for the Special Olympics Golf Tournament with Art Montoya and Addy Montoya. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Art Brown, left, and James Merhege swap stories before Friday's Special Olympics Golf Tournament. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Getting everyone set up for Friday's Special Olympics Golf Tournament were, from left, Jenny Gonzales, Gabe Rau, Karen Rau and Jamie Sweers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Jim Evans is loaded up and ready to go Friday morning at the Special Olympics Golf Tournament.

Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

on June 3, 2017 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact.

LA Triatomics Mutli Sport Club Upcoming Events

on June 2, 2017 - 9:27am
The Splash N Dash fun race series takes place Wednesday June 7 and 21 and July 5 and 19 at the Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
There are three courses. For adults the long course consists of a 400 yard swim followed by a 3 mile run. The short course is a 200 yard swim followed by a 1.9 mile run. For youth, there is a 100 yard swim followed by a 1.3 mile run. The race series is free and open to swimmers and runners of all ages and abilities. The first swimmer starts at 7 p.m.
The Atomic Man Duathlon is Sunday, June 25. Start/Finish for this race is at

On The Job In Los Alamos: NPS Employees At Bandelier National Monument

on June 2, 2017 - 6:27am
On the job in Los Alamos: National Park Service employees Joanie Budzileni, Jorge Maldonado and Josh Hines make sure visitors enjoy their day at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Hilltopper Basketball Academy Camp June 5-9

on June 1, 2017 - 11:28am

Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

on May 31, 2017 - 1:26pm
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven.

Pinon Park Pool Offers Free Swim Days!

on May 31, 2017 - 1:10pm

Pinon Park Pool will host free swim days Sunday and Monday. Courtesy Photo


Pinon Park Pool is holding the first of its open-to-the-public free swim days Sunday and Monday in White Rock.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to try out the pool for free with no guest passes or membership required,” said Leilani Christensen, president of Pinon Park Pool Association’s Board of Directors.

Anyone can visit the pool and enjoy the crystal-clear water, diving board, slides, kiddie pool, outdoor play area, snack bar, and lounging and picnic facilities 1-6 p.m.

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

Marr Has Perfect Prediction In Weekly Pace Race

on May 31, 2017 - 6:41am

Participants are briefed in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo

Participants in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo

Participants in the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road. Courtesy photo


Jackie Marr had a perfect prediction in the weekly Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race Tuesday on American Springs Road with a time of 19:08 in the 1 mile distance.

Other accurate predictors were:
  • Felix Candia at 1 second off;
  • Zach Medin recorded a 5

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way For LA Responds To 2017 Recreation Bond Election Results

on May 30, 2017 - 5:23pm

By A Better Way For LA
Lisa Shin, President
Lisa Brenner, Vice-President 
Patrick Brenner, Treasurer

The results of the Rec Bond vote speak to a community, which is both eager to invest in itself and concerned about its economic future. We understand the disappointment of the advocates for the Rec Bond. We applaud and commend their many hours spent on this project. We are grateful for their vibrant participation in the democratic process.

Now, we must work together to achieve a fiscally responsible and mutually beneficial end goal.

Partnership Between Y, Bandelier And UNM-LA Creates Class To Enhance Understanding For Federal Jobs

on May 30, 2017 - 4:07pm


A partnership between the Y, Bandelier and UNM-LA has created a new college credit class this summer that can help people understand and apply for federal jobs.

The Environmental Technology course, “Introduction to Conservation and Land Management,” is 3-5 p.m. Fridays, June 16 to July 21.

Introduction to Conservation and Land Management, taught by Bandelier's Chief of Resource Management Jeremy Sweat, was created for participants in the Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) through The Family YMCA, but also is being offered to all UNM-LA students.

The course will begin with a

Final Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 29, 2017 - 8:12am

USFS News:

TAOS – The Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

  • Location: Hondito Canyon, 4 miles southwest of Tres Piedras and 2 miles North of Las Tablas
  • Size: 7,020 acres, size changed due to accurate GPS mapping
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: May 15, 2017

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to minimize exposure.