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PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet. Hiking


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Strong Kids Classic Honors Ed Griggs

FAMILY YMCA News:
As part of the Family YMCA Annual Campaign, its 2012 Golf Tournament is set for a 1 p.m., Shotgun Start/Scramble Held at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday, June 9. Registration is now full for this year’s event.

The Family YMCA’s third Annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament has changed its official name to the Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.

“Ed was a great man and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him in this way,” YMCA Executive Director Linda Daily said.

Matt Schmidt,


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Bandelier ‘Get Outdoors Day’ is Fee Free!

BANDELIER News:

Saturday, June 9, will be the first celebration of “Get Outdoors Day,” meant to encourage healthy, active outdoors fun.

Also known as GO Day, it will be a fee free day in National Park areas nationwide.

At Bandelier National Monument, Superintendent Jason Lott will be sponsoring a family hike, meeting at 8 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead.

Along with Lott’s family, participants will hike out along the established trail and come back on an off-trail return route that is being considered to make the trail a loop.

Trails Foreman and long-time ranger Dale Coker will be part of the group,


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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain’s Summer Season

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

Courtesy/LAC

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen “Satch” Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the “Satch Cowan Trail.”
The Committee emphasized

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Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:
    • Registration:

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Thousands Cycle Through Red River Rally

Photo by Gary Warren

Nearly 30,000 motorcycle riders rallied at Red River over the Memorial Day weekend.

The annual springtime event jump starts the tourist season in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado region.

Red River is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its scenic location and mild climate.

Centrally located in the north central mountains of New Mexico, Red River is the closest resort area to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a short drive from Southern Colorado.

At 8,750 feet above sea level, Red River is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and surrounded by 1.5 million


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Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150


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When the Wind Blew the Kites Flew

The wind was spotty during the Kite Festival Saturday at Overlook Park but when the wind blew, the kites sure flew. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

This colorful butterfly kite was a crowd pleasing delight. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Debi Garcia of Albuquerque performs triage on the family’s kite. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

When the wind didn’t blow it was time for a picnic for the Allen Madsen family of White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Up big fellow, up! Oh for even a small breeze… Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

 
 
 

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Bandelier Closure for Bridge Installation is Thursday

BANDELIER News:

Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument, just announced that the main Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed Thursday, May 24, for installation of a temporary bridge across Frijoles Creek.

This closure had originally been expected to occur today or tomorrow.

“The bridge is being brought from Michigan, and we now expect it to be ready to install on Thursday, May 24,” Lott said. “Other parts of the park, including the Tsankawi section and trails that begin at locations outside of the canyon, such as Burnt Mesa and Cerro Grande, will remain open for


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Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Event Wraps Up Proudly

Robert Carr crosses the finish line in the half-marathon. He set a new course record Saturday. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Chris Houghten, left, and Robert Carr compare notes after the finish of the half-marathon. Carr finished first and Houghten was second in the event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Runners coming down the Perimeter trail in the half-marathon race. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Cyndi Wells passes water to the runners at Aid Station #1 near the junction of the Perimeter and Mitchell trails. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Half-marathon

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Nearly 600 Entrants in Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

A massive registration for today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs took place Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church in which nearly 600 runners signed up for the race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The Seventh Annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs got underway early this morning at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

This growing international event drew nearly 600 runners, 40 percent of whom traveled from British Columbia, Mexico and 29 U.S. states beyond New Mexico.

The event consists of three races: half-marathon, 50K (31 miles) and 50 miles.

“The longest distances


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Canyon Rim Trail Footbridge Beckons Walkers

The footbridge on the Canyon Rim Trail beckons walkers in Los Alamos. The wildflowers are abundant with Indian Paintbrush on the eastern end, Banana Yucca in the center, and a great clump of Purple Vetch at the western end. A great way to spend a morning… Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com


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United Skates Celebrates 50 Years

The First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (adjacent to Sullivan Field) has hosted the Friday night skate program called “United Skates” for 50 years.  May 11th was the true golden anniversary of the skate program.

Photo by Don Casperson.

The Early Session – 3rd graders and younger with parents. Photo by Don Casperson.

Doing the limbo on skates!  Photo by Don Casperson.

Read the earlier story HERE.


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Girls Track and Field Wins State!

The Hilltoppers Girls Team with their State Championship banner and trophy. The girls team took the 4A state title for the fourth straight year, despite only having a #3 seed going in. “The overall ‘theme’ of the State Meet was that all our athletes came through with spectacular performances when it really counted. All us coaches couldn’t be more proud of them!” Asistant Coach Blake Wood said. Photo by Blake Wood

Amy Neal hands off to Chase Ealey in the 4×100 m relay final. Chase Ealey was 4A high point athlete of the meet, winning individual State Championships


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Geological Society Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Today

LOS ALAMOS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society is 7:30 p.m., today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The speaker is Dr. Catherine Plesko.

The Society’s May 2012 field trip is set for the Ojo Caliente area Saturday, May 19. The group will meet at 7:50 a.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot and will visit the Joseph mine and a large pre-pueblo Native American site.

Plan on bringing rock breaking equipment, storage items to protect small specimens, a hand lens, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, eye protection, camera and whatever else may be needed


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Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run Results

Start of the Race. Courtesy photo

Editor’s Note: Story Updated May 14, 2012

ACRR News:

The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race was held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 for the Alzheimer’s Association starting and ending at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and running the streets just North of downtown Los Alamos. Below are the results:

Men 5Km, 19 and under
1,Chris Buntain,00:22:14.01,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 20-29
1,James Keane,00:27:35.62,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 50-59
1,Gregory Buntain,00:44:25.00,Los Alamos;

Men 5Km, 60-69
1,Steve Shook,00:31:37.59,Los Alamos;
2,Ted Williams,01:10:19.00,Los


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Practice Taiji at Ashley Pond

Join a local group practicing Taiji and Qigong three times a week at Ashley Pond.

There is no charge for the program and no previous experience is necessary.

 

 

 

When: June through October

  • Mondays 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Ashley Pond

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older

  • No previous experience is necessary

What: Taiji

Follow along. Beginning with a walk around the pond, followed by simple stretching and the Taiji Qigong 18 Form routine. Go over the Yang-style 24 Form Taiji sequence twice, with limited instructions. Ending with another


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Dick Knows Trails

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager, Dick McIntyre and Open Space Specialist, Craig Martin, review trail building plans and schedules. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Dick McIntyre has been involved in the creation of several impressive community trail systems. On the wall in McIntyre’s office are a host of photos displaying trails he has had a hand in creating. His latest project, the Canyon Rim Trail, is only partially completed, with the first of three major segments in use.

In August of 2010, the first segment of the Canyon Rim opened to the


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Hilltopper Sports Update

Hilltopper Softball vs Los Lunas, loss, 0-9; vs Del Norte, loss 1-5 – The Hilltoppers have been eliminated from the State Championships.

Track & Field, Boys and Girls are District Champions!

Hilltopper Softball vs St. Pius X, win, 5-4

Hilltopper Baseball vs Miyamura, 1st game, loss, 0-4, 2nd game loss, 1-5

Hilltopper Tennis, Girls are District champions!


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