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Coed Volleyball Tournament June 24

on May 28, 2017 - 6:36am

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Memorial Day

on May 28, 2017 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 30.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.  Visitors are reminded that fireworks and explosives are prohibited on federal lands. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel and recreation staff will be patrolling over the Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor safety.

Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.

Pajarito’s Summer Begins Today!

on May 27, 2017 - 3:32pm

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

 

PAJARITO News:

 

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area kicks off its summer season today with lift-served mountain biking and hiking 1-6 p.m. and will feature exciting events all summer.

 

Pajarito Mountain offers 1,200 feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails. The 30-trail system is built and maintained almost entirely by local volunteers from Los Alamos and features dirt and North Shore-style trails ranging from beginner to expert.

 

Lift-served biking and hiking is available throughout the summer on select Saturdays and Sundays through

Scenes From Thursday’s Little League Tee Ball Game

on May 27, 2017 - 1:16pm
First baseman Jonah Byerly puts pressure on Andrew Gilbertson during the Los Alamos County Little League Tee Ball game Thursday at the North Mesa Ball Fields
. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Marlin batter Neal Somasekhaen gets a nice hit off the Tee. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Ranger second baseman is ready for any ball that comes his way. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Marlin Coach Eron Kersteins gives Kellan Bowder a fist bump for a nice hit.
Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 

LITTLE LEAGUE News:

With the Los Alamos County Little League season in full

SFNF Urges Extreme Caution On Rio Chama

on May 27, 2017 - 7:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As recreationists head into the Santa Fe National Forest for the long Memorial Day weekend, rafters, campers and others traveling along the Rio Chama should be prepared for higher-than-normal water levels and faster-than-normal flows on the river.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Rio Chama is experiencing “the most robust spring runoff” since 2005. BOR is currently releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from El Vado Reservoir into the Rio Chama in an attempt to keep up with the snowmelt.

Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Valles Caldera Begins Improvements To Entrance Road

on May 26, 2017 - 4:41pm

VCNP News:  

Jemez Springs — Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting next Tuesday. The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays and congestion while the road work occurs over the next two to three weeks.

 The road improvements will start at the preserve’s main entrance near mile marker 39 on NM State Route 4 and continue for two miles to the preserve’s entrance station.

Scenes From Annual Field Day At Sullivan Field

on May 26, 2017 - 5:50am

A group of students play tug-of-war during Field Day at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students play ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students work togther during the Field Day event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

LAPS News: 

Field Day is an annual event that brings together all fifth and sixth graders from area elementary schools for a morning of fun activities at Sullivan Field.

The students were grouped with kids they don't already know from other schools to help them get to know each other before heading to middle school.

The activities

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos ... I Will See You Around!

on May 26, 2017 - 5:04am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

Wow! What a couple days Los Alamos has experienced.

I want to first begin by thanking my fellow officers on the Republican Party of Los Alamos Executive Board. As stated in my resignation email, their hard work and diligence was uncanny and lead to great success.

James Chrobocinski was always willing to provide us with whatever we needed. Kelly Benner not only planned our events by herself, but also kept us all in line. Lisa Shin brought a new energy into the party from national campaign.

PEEC Offers Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am
Mount Taylor has a fascinating geologic story, one that can be told by Fraser and Cathy Goff. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which will include the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Big-horned Sheep Spotted In Frijoles Canyon

on May 25, 2017 - 4:26pm
Big-horned sheep were spotted today in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument by employee Rob Harper. In 2014 and again in 2016, a few dozen big-horned sheep were released just outside the southwest boundary of Bandelier. By early this year, a half dozen sheep were seen several times near the Upper Falls on the Park's Falls Trail. Courtesy/NPS

Good Weather And Great Results Characterize Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

on May 24, 2017 - 6:44pm
Dwight Rabe of Holloman AFB is the first runner of the day to cross the finish-line in Saturday's Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com​
 
Top three female finishers of the 15-mile race, from left, Amber Dagel, Madeleine Carey and Kay Ulrich. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com
 
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Friday filled with cold weather, wind, and a morning snow storm lead to near perfect conditions for the 12th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Saturday.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Bond Plea To County Council - Can't We Compromise?

on May 24, 2017 - 11:58am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos

Following the recent recreation bond election outcome, I wondered if there is a possible compromise that we could look at. 

From discussions with and reading opinions by ‘no’ voters, it sounds like there were two main issues with the bond (I realize there were others, but these seemed to be the biggest):

a) it was ‘all or nothing’ and many of them might have been happy with some of the projects, but not all of them; and

b) it was going to increase property taxes, resulting in debt for us and future generations. 

I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree with the

‘100 Days Of Summer’ Kicks Off Friday!

on May 24, 2017 - 11:37am

COUNTY News:

“100 Days of Summer” kicks off Friday on Los Alamos County.

Get out. Get active. That's the theme for this new collaborative program from Community Services, with lots of fun things to see and do in this community all summer long.

Check out the full booklet of information on the Community Services webpage here, and learn how to win prizes.

Also, booklets are availble Friday night at the Community Services table at the summer concert at Ashley Pond Park along with other free promotional items celebrating all the days of summer in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Young Guns Compete In Raton

on May 24, 2017 - 8:52am

Los Alamos Young Guns Youth Shotgun Team members, from left, Chris Garcia, Michael Patchett, Kevin Dors, Derek Laintz, Sam Bond, Cade Pimentel and Alison Pimentel competed in the New Mexico High School Amateur Trap Association Championships May 6-7 in Raton. Alison Pimentel placed second in the 16 yards handicap event, second in the 19 yards handicap event and third overall for the year. Kevin Dors placed second overall for junior varsity and Derek Laintz placed third overall for junior varsity. Photo by Kathryn Smith

Tristan Johnson Has Perfect Prediction In Pace Race

on May 24, 2017 - 7:42am

Runners in Tuesday's Pace Race gather in Rendija Canyon. Courtesy/ACRR

SPORTS News:

 
Tristan Johnson, 4, had a perfect prediction in the 1 mile race, recording a time of 14:30 in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly Pace Race Tuesday in Rendija Canyon.
 
Other accurate predictors include:
  • Heidi Bjorklund at 15 seconds off;
  • 6-year-old Julian Ortiz with a 36 second difference;
  • Jackie Marr at 51 seconds off; and
  • Nikol Strother with a  69 second difference.
 
On the 1 mile course, 7-year-old Diego Leonard was the top finisher recording 8:00 and 9-year-old Savanna Strother was the best female

Voters Reject Recreation Bond By 486 Votes

on May 23, 2017 - 10:54pm
Scene this evening in Council Chambers as community members wait for election results. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas announces election results this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The results were close but in the end Los Alamos voters did not pass the $23 million general bond election question.

 

The ballot question failed by 486 votes. There were 3,446 ballots for the bond and 3,932 ballots against it.

Voters Defeat Los Alamos Recreation Bond

on May 23, 2017 - 8:19pm

Los Alamos County voters defeat the Recreation Bond in the 2017 Special Election. The vote is 3,446 for to 3,932 against. Slightly more than half of the 13,484 registered voters cast ballots in this election, according to Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the full story at ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Crowd watches this evening in Council Chambers as the election results are announced. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Watch Live Streaming On LA Daily Post Facebook Page

on May 23, 2017 - 7:53pm

Staff Report

Watch live streaming of the 2017 Recreation Bond Election returns on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page and click video.

Voting Closes For 2017 Recreation Bond Election

on May 23, 2017 - 7:08pm

Voting has closed this evening at 7 p.m. in the 2017 Special Election on the Recreation Bond. The lobby of the Los ALamos County Municipal Building is empty at the moment. The results are expected to be announced by the County Clerk between 7:30 and 8 p.m. so check back at ladailypost.com for updates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: Walk/Drive Your YES Vote On Rec Bond To County Clerk's Office By 7 p.m. Today

on May 23, 2017 - 8:35am
By RAO GARIMELLA
Los Alamos

Today is the last day to vote on the Rec Bond. It's too late to mail it in but you can hand carry it to the County Clerk's Office.

There has been a healthy, vigorous debate on the issue but in the end I urge you to keep in mind the saying that “PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD!” 

So I encourage you to vote YES or we will all be waiting for another decade before the community has the energy to organize such a campaign again.

Letter To The Editor: Let's Support The Amenities That Make Our Community Better For Everyone!

on May 22, 2017 - 6:51pm
By Andrea and Greg Cunningham
Los Alamos

As Recreation Bond ballots are due tomorrow, we want to remind everyone to get their ballots in and encourage you to vote “Yes” on the bond.

Those opposed to the bond seem to have two main arguments against it:

  • Need: they state there is not a need for the projects that are proposed; and
  • Cost: our taxes and the cost are too high.

We feel that both arguments are incorrect as we look to the future of our community.

Pajarito Mountain Announces Upcoming Events

on May 22, 2017 - 6:39pm

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has announced several upcoming events:

  • The Pajarito Mountain Cafe re-opens for business 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and will be open at that time every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and on event days throughout the summer.
  • The Bike and Hike event of the season is 1-6 p.m., Saturday.
  • Summerfest is Saturday, June 10, with live music, bike races, a dozen New Mexico craft breweries and more. Details are available at skipajarito.com.
 

Pinon Park Pool Prepares For May 27 Opening Day!

on May 22, 2017 - 12:34pm

Pinon Park Pool staff gather Saturday for Orientation Day. Courtesy photo

PINON PARK POOL News:

Pinon Park Pool is ready for swimmers to jump in and start the 2017 swim season this Saturday, May 27, at 104 Bryce Ave., in White Rock.

Pool Manager and lifeguard, Jeremy Goettee reports, “The water looks fantastic. It’s going to be an awesome swim season this year. The new pool pump installed in 2016 is producing crystal-clear water.”

Pool members held a work party over the weekend to complete final tasks in preparation for a fun-filled summer.

Letter To The Editor: Walk Your Rec Ballot In Today Or Tomorrow ... And Please Vote Yes!

on May 22, 2017 - 11:42am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, J.D.
Los Alamos

You can still vote on the Rec Bond if you walk your ballot in today or tomorrow. I am voting yes and i hope you do, too.

In a small town like ours, a Bond question can be won - or lost - by just one vote, or a small handful of votes. Your vote will make a difference.
 
You can turn your ballot in, in person at this point, at the Municipal Building at 10th & Central, on the 2nd floor, in the County Clerk’s Office. It has to be in the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday.
 
While it’s true that property taxes would go up by about $18/

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