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Los Alamos Derby Dames Skate School Jan. 6

on December 10, 2016 - 8:44am

Honoring Military Families During 'Not Forgotten Outreach Appreciation Week'

on December 10, 2016 - 8:29am
Courtesy photo


Since 2014 Taos Ski Valley (TSV) & Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) has been providing Military Families an affordable ski vacation.

The Appreciation Ski Week is a Free event, Taos Ski Valley would like to thank the men and women and Families of the Armed Services. The 4th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week is Jan. 17-22. 
We would like to invite active duty military, Gold Star families, veterans and any family member with a military ID to come ski for $30/day.

Fresh Holiday Trees At Valles Caldera National Preserve This Week!

on December 9, 2016 - 4:13pm
LAVC News:
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera's Holiday Tree forest restoration project has been so successful that we needed to cut more trees!
Unfortunately, we ran out of trees last weekend (we apologize to those who drove up and couldn't get a tree), and we were only able to cut 40 more for this week. Snow in the restoration area has prevented further cutting, so this week, ending Dec. 11, will be our last week at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 39 and 40.
The trees are mostly White Fir of varying sizes from about 4 feet to 18 feet.

Los Alamos County Capital Improvement Bond Projects Design Team To Give Final Presentation To County Council Dec. 20

on December 9, 2016 - 11:22am
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 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.
Detailed information on the projects is available at LosAlamosBondProjects2017.
The Dec. 20 County Council meeting is at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Recreation Projects & Bond Election Update: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

on December 8, 2016 - 10:29am
By Susan O’Leary
Vice Chair, County Council

At its Dec. 20 meeting, the Los Alamos County Council will vote on a list of recreation projects to include in a prospective bond election that is targeted for May, 2017.

The projects involve a combination of improvements to existing facilities and new facilities.

Join Local Birders In The 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count Dec. 17

on December 5, 2016 - 12:37pm
Enthusiastic bird watchers. Photo courtesy of Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
In the 1800’s, many in North America participated in a common holiday tradition of going out on Christmas day and competing to kill as many birds as possible.
At the turn of the 20th century, American ornithologist Frank Chapman suggested that perhaps it would be a better idea to simply count the birds rather than shoot them. Chapman enlisted the help of 26 like-minded bird enthusiasts and in December of 1900 held the first annual Christmas Bird Count.
For the last 116 years, the National Audubon Society

Ski Season Opens On Pajarito Mountain Saturday!

on December 2, 2016 - 9:59am
Pajarito Mountain making snow Nov. 30. Courtesy photo
PM News:
Pajarito Mountain kicks off ski season this Saturday, Dec. 3 with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on the Aspen Lift with access to Bruce’s Boulevard, and Lone Spruce. Additional terrain may be available as conditions permit, including beginner terrain.
“Pajarito picked up eight inches of fresh snow with this latest storm and our snowmaking team has been very productive with our snowmaking efforts recently so we’ll open with top-to-bottom skiing,” stated Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito Mountain.

Los Alamos Golf Course Closes For Season

on November 30, 2016 - 1:17pm


Los Alamos Golf Course has closed for the season effective Nov. 29.

The turf grass has entered into a dormant period and does not readily repair itself. The decision to close the golf course, at this time, has been made in an effort to protect the course and create the best possible playing conditions when it reopens.

Play will resume as soon as weather and turf conditions allow. This past year Los Alamos Golf Course experienced terrific playing conditions throughout the season. Thanks to all for understanding. 

The Los Alamos Golf Shop will remain open, new golf shop hours

PEEC Offers Guided Hike To Ojo Mica Mine

on November 29, 2016 - 8:05am
Dr. Kirt Kempter, geologist and experienced guide, has studied geology in South America and Iceland and led educational tours to a variety of local and international destinations. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Want to learn more about the geologic story of the Ojo Caliente region? Geologist Kirt Kempter will lead an easy four-mile (round trip) hike Sunday, Dec. 4 to the shimmering mica mine in Ojo Caliente.
The hot springs at Ojo Caliente have been a fixture on the New Mexico historical scene for centuries, visited by the likes of Geronimo, Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson to name a few.

Logan Briefs Kiwanis On Los Alamos Golf Course

on November 28, 2016 - 8:32am
Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Sam Logan speaks on course conditions and his future hopes for the facility. Courtesy photo
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Sam Logan, hired six months ago as manager of the Los Alamos County Golf Course, brought both experience and dreams of improvement to his new job--but it was really the local school system that brought him here.

Logan, who spoke at Kiwanis recently, was working in Colombia when he was hired by Los Alamos County. His wife and son are still in Cartagena, where his 10-year-old son is finishing the school year.

Pajarito Mountain Targets Dec. 3 For Opening Day

on November 25, 2016 - 10:15am

Snowmaking got underway Nov. 18 at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

SKI News:

A warmer and dryer than usual fall has delayed the opening dates for many ski areas throughout the west. Officials at Pajarito Mountain have announced they also must delay the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25. Mountain officials are now targeting Saturday, Dec. 3 for Pajarito’s ski season opener. 

“While Pajarito picked up four inches of fresh snow Monday night and the mountain team has had a successful snowmaking push recently, we’ve made the difficult decision

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Like Walking On Mars

on November 25, 2016 - 9:14am

A recent hike to the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, reveals a 45,000-acre (18,000 ha) wilderness area in San Juan County in the four corners area of New Mexico. Established in 1984, this wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with the exception of three parcels of private Navajo land within its boundaries. Translated from the Navajo word Bistahí, Bisti means 'among the adobe formations.' De-Na-Zin takes its name from the Navajo words for 'cranes.' Petroglyphs of cranes have been found south of the Wilderness.

Sipapu Receives 4 Inches Of Fresh Snow!

on November 22, 2016 - 5:02pm

Sipapu receives 4 inches of fresh snow overnight. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski resort

SKI News:

Coming off of a very successful opening weekend, Sipapu received 4 inches of fresh snow overnight.

Sipapu’s mountain crews will begin snow making efforts once again this evening, continuing through the rest of the week as conditions permit, mostly during night hours. More terrain and additional lifts, including Lift 1, will come online and be available as conditions permit.

For the 14th consecutive year, Sipapu was the first ski area to open in New Mexico Saturday, Nov.

SFNF Offices Closed Thanksgiving Day

on November 22, 2016 - 6:55am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Friday, Nov. 25.
Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are available at all SFNF offices and select vendors. Fourth-graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass are entitled to a free Christmas tree permit. For more information, click here:
For additional information, contact a local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300 or follow the SFNF on Facebook (

2016 Crop Walk/Turkey Trot Race Results

on November 21, 2016 - 8:33am

Participants in Sunday’s 2016 CROP/Turkey Trot on North Mesa. Courtesy photo


Approximately 170 participants ran or walked in Sunday’s CROP/Turkey Trot 2.57 mile or 1.7 mile courses out on North Mesa starting at Los Alamos Middle School.

Below are the top 24 finishers in the 2.57 mile race:

1. Quinn Abfaltorer – 17:07

2. Ryan Smeltzer – 17:12

3. Wyatt Watson – 17:35

4. Sam Crooks – 18:16

5. Tom Stockton – 8:22

6. Zack Medin – 18:42

7. Roshan Prasad – 19:03

8. Zac Tobin – 19:16

9. Erik Leonard – 19:42

10. Lyle Cunningham – 19:45

11. Rae Garinella – 20:20

12. Steve

A Mountaineer’s Story: Climbing The Alps

on November 20, 2016 - 7:03am
The magnificent Alps draw adventurers from around the world to visit, explore and build memories. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Kelly Gallagher, an adventurer who seeks to enliven everyone's passion for the Alpine mountains by sharing her experiences in the Alps, will present a talk Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. 
The presentation starts by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public, and

Sipapu Opens To Skiers Today

on November 19, 2016 - 9:56am

Snowmaking began this week on Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos as it gears up for opening day, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25. Photo by Tommy Long/Pajarito Mountain

SKI News:

It's an exciting day for skiers and riders as New Mexico opens for ski season today. The quad turns all day at Sipapu Ski Resort with skiing on Thumper. 

Crews have been working around the clock making snow for today's opening. Sipapu is the only ski resort in New Mexico to open today for the season.  

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., also opens today for the ski season.

YMCA: Free Community Thanksgiving Day Workout

on November 19, 2016 - 7:55am
Thanksgiving 2015. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA is hosting a free Thanksgiving Day workout 9-10 a.m., Nov. 24,  at the Y gymnasium.
To help individuals prioritize their health during the holidays, all ages are welcome to come sweat, groove and laugh during this workout. It is open to all community
members. Spread the holiday spirit and encourage your friends and family to join in the fun.
Doors open at 8:45 a.m. on the north end of the building.

Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday!

on November 18, 2016 - 9:01am

Sipapu preparing for opening day. Photo by Albert Graves

Sipapu ready for opening day. Photo by Albert Graves

SKI News:

VADITO – Ski enthusiasts can make their first turns of the season in New Mexico when Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort opens at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 19, signifying the 14th consecutive season that Sipapu has opened before any other ski area in the state.

While other resorts have had to delay their openings due to unseasonably warm weather this fall, Sipapu’s investment in additional snowmaking infrastructure, coupled with cooler temperatures, has helped crews make snow

Storytelling Ranger Pete Griffin Shares Tales Of Alaskan Wilderness During Talk At White Rock Library Tuesday

on November 17, 2016 - 11:34am


Pete Griffin, the Storytelling Ranger, will tell some of his tales of the Alaskan Wilderness at the White Rock Branch Library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22. He tells personal stories that blend growing up, natural history and natural resource management dilemmas.

Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a career as a wildlife biologist exploring the woods and waters Griffin loved was a natural.

School Board Approves Land Lease For Los Alamos Baseball Academy

on November 17, 2016 - 9:43am

Following Monday's school board meeting, officials gather outside for a photo, from left, School Board Vice President Jenny McCumber, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, School Board Secretary Andrea Cunningham, LAPS Operations Director Joanie Ahlers, LAHS Baseball Coach Brian Neal and real estate developer James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post 
Members of the Los Alamos School Board unanimously approved a land lease Monday for a baseball training facility to be constructed on school district property on North Mesa Road.

Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera – Help Restore Forest!

on November 16, 2016 - 11:17am
Freshly cut Christmas Trees will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Staging Area starting the Friday after Thanksgiving until Dec. 18. Courtesy/VCNP
VCNP News:
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.
These freshly cut Christmas Trees will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, until Dec.

SFNF Honors Volunteers Who Make a Difference; Special Recognition For Craig Martin Of Los Alamos

on November 14, 2016 - 5:17pm

SFNF presents Craig Martin of Los Alamos with the Golden Pulaski Award. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Volunteers who collectively donated more than 12,000 hours of time this year to help improve more than 290 miles of trail on the Espanola and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest were honored this month at the forest’s Volunteer Fiesta. 

More than 40 volunteers attended the Fiesta to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of all who donate time and energy to benefit the SFNF.

It was an historic year for trail work on the SFNF – almost 30 percent

Update On Los Alamos Youth Soccer League Meetings

on November 13, 2016 - 1:21pm
LAYSL players. Courtesy/LAYSL
LAYSL players. Courtesy/LAYSL

The Los Alamos Soccor League (LAYSL) is having team meetings next week for the Spring 2017 competitive teams. Contact the coach for more information or if you cannot make the meeting.

Girls Competitive U16/15 and U14/13 organizational meeting:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 or Thursday Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at the entrance to Sullivan Field.   
  • Contact David Fox (

Boys Competitive U15/14 tryouts:

  • Monday, Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m. at Community field; and
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4-5 p.m. at North Mesa.
  • Contact Kent Hettinga at

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Opens Tuesday

on November 13, 2016 - 10:45am

Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is scheduled to open Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

Opening Day begins with:

  • Adult – noon time skating 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.;
  • Public Skating – 1:30-3:30 p.m.;
  • Youth Stick & Puck – 3:45-5:15 p.m., and;
  • Youth Hockey Practices – 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Try “Ice Skating Lessons for FREE” day, Wednesday, Nov. 16. Everyone who comes down to try the lessons will receive FREE admission and skate rentals, a meet and greet with ice skating instructors and a mini skating lesson. Lessons are 1:30-2 p.m.