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Pinon Park Pool Association Questions Need For White Rock Splash Pad

on May 1, 2017 - 6:45pm
Pinon Park Pool Association members at site of proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo
 
PPPA News:
 
Board members of Pinon Park Pool Association have questioned the need for a Splash Pad in White Rock, proposed as part of the Los Alamos County 2017 Recreational Bond.
 
Pinon Park Pool is a private outdoor pool that has been a part of the White Rock community for over 50 years. Located on Bryce Avenue, just east of Rover Boulevard, Pinon Park Pool is less than a mile from the proposed Splash Pad site at Rocket Park.
 
Quote from Leilani Christensen, President of the Board of

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need Or Want A Bicycle Flow Trail?

on May 1, 2017 - 4:02pm
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos

If you didn't see the announcement for the Parks and Recreation Board meeting April 13 regarding a proposal for a “Bicycle Flow Trail”, or if you saw it and thought it wasn't important to you because you aren't a bicyclist, or you are a bicyclist and thought any bike trail is a good trail, I'm here to tell you that you should pay attention to this proposal. It will affect the entire community and has some ramifications that may raise some alarm in your mind.

There was another County meeting regarding the bicycle flow trail April 26, at Fuller Lodge.

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

PEEC: Lions And Hikers And Bears, Oh My!

on May 1, 2017 - 8:38am
Black bears are frequently seen in the local mountain community and it is important to know how to safely live and hike among these large mammals. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak, one of the leading experts in large carnivore behavior, will share tips for hiking safely in bear country. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Bear sightings are common in our mountain town.

Letter To The Editor: 2017 Rec Bond

on April 30, 2017 - 6:20am
By MELANEE HAND
Los Alamos
 
This message reflects my personal view about the upcoming 2017 Rec Bond and does not represent a statement or position from any other organization where I am involved, including the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board. I currently serve as the chair of the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board.
 
On Feb. 14, Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond. The special election will be
held through mail-in ballots due May 23, 2017.
 
Please consider supporting Los

Sledding At Urban Park In Today's Snow

on April 29, 2017 - 6:49pm

Clare Reardon and her dad sledding today at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Closed Today Due To Hazardous Conditions

on April 29, 2017 - 9:28am

BANDELIER News:

With all the snow and hazardous road conditions, Bandelier will be closed all day (Saturday April 29).

Weather permitting, Bandelier anticipates reopening Sunday.

Bandelier Seeks Summer Youth Work Crew Applicants

on April 28, 2017 - 6:28pm
Bandelier Preservation Corps crew with National Park Service preservationists. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
For several summers, crews of young people have done valuable service for Bandelier National Monument, working on trails, archeological sites, and other projects. 
 
The Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps are organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and supervised by park staff. Both crews are now seeking applicants for this summer.
 
Bandelier Conservation Corps members will work on trails and other park improvements, performing

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.
 

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
 
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
 
Current conditions include temperatures

Transforming Empty Parcel Into Rec Center

on April 27, 2017 - 12:01pm
Rendering of proposed recreation center on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One side of DP Road is a blank slate; a plot of land with a purpose yet to be determined. However, if voters pass the Recreation Bond question next month, this parcel could transform from an undefined space to the site of a new community recreation center.

Conceptual designs for the recreation center propose that it include two gymnasiums, an indoor walking/running track running the perimeter of the building, team locker rooms and a multi-use arena that would house a half-year

Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

on April 27, 2017 - 11:02am
Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will be surprised to see the many recent

Aquatic Center Hosts Open Water Nights

on April 27, 2017 - 8:28am

It is quite a sight to see kayaks floating around Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com   

Daniel Creveling practices the Eskimo Rollover maneuver that is used to right a kayak that has capsized. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

AQUATIC CENTER News:

 

The last Tuesday of each month, the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center hosts open water night and boaters are welcome to practice their boating skills.  

 

The night begins with a thorough scrub down and rinse of the boats, then it’s into the water.

 

Open water meets the last Tuesday of the month during the

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

on April 26, 2017 - 4:24pm
SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures,

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

on April 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M.

Unique Collaboration Results In New UNM-LA Class Focusing On Federal Lands

on April 26, 2017 - 7:27am

Jeremy Sweat, Chief of Resource Management at Bandelier, will teach Introduction to Conservation and Land Management. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

This summer UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a new one credit college course focusing on federal conservation and environmental policy.

Underground Ranger At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on April 25, 2017 - 5:40pm

Gunsight Cave. Photo by Doug Thompson

Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The talk is held in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. The author will be available after the talk to sign his books.

Thompson has written a book about his adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but the book relates far more than simply his experiences in the park.

Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

Daily Postcard: Golfers Swing Into Spring

on April 24, 2017 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: Golfers swinging in the spring season last week at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier: It's Time To Get Outdoors!

on April 22, 2017 - 10:54am

Bandelier National Monument: It’s the weekend and time to get outdoors! ‘The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.’ –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy/ NPS

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

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