Recreation

Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

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BANDELIER News:

Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical assistance


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Pajarito Trail Fest Runs This Weekend

View from Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Kick into Fall with the 6th annual Pajarito Trail Fest, which is happening Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, with 10 Km and 15 Mile trail runs scheduled for Saturday and a Dirty Du Trail Duathlon Sunday.

Trail Runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event also will feature kids’ fun runs with a Toddler 100-yard dash starting at 11:30 a.m. and Big Kid Challenge, which includes run up/down on marked course on Beginner Slopes.

Dirty Du Duathon starts at 10 a.m. Sunday and includes a 4.5 km run, 14 km


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Kinkead & Kluegel Top Predictors in Lollipop Pace Race

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ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:
 
There was a tie for the best predictor of the figure eight cross country race through the canyons near the round-about at twilight time. 
 
Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel both were 66 secs off their times, and Georgia Pedicini was a close second with 69 secs off the time.
 
Winners of the one mile were Georgia Pedicini, 14:32 and Roy Cope, 18:53. The three mile winners were Ted Romero, 24:12 and Nikol Strother with 24:17.
 
Everyone earned a lollipop for their efforts on this difficult course.
 
Next pace race: Big

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Valles Caldera Expands Rabbit Mountain Access

Valles Caldera Trust News:

The Valles Caldera Trust has expanded public access and use to the Rabbit Mountain area of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  

Free  hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing will now be available on all existing logging roads and trails including Coyote Call trail.

Rabbit Mountain is bordered by New Mexico Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, and the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Access to the expanded area is possible from Forest Roads 289, 268 and 36. Overnight camping, the use of motorized vehicles, or any other outdoor recreation


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Public Invited to Comment on Future of Transportation to Bandelier

 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with sign on N.M. 4. Photo by Rod Torrez 
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument. 
 
The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process.
 
Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort and park staff

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Colorado’s Chimney Rock to Become National Monument

Chimney Rock, Colo. Courtesy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colo., Wednesday praised the decision by President Obama to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument. The president will use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the designation.

“Chimney Rock contains the rare combination of a spectacular geologic formation with extraordinary cultural, historical and archeological significance. Coloradans have made it clear that those attributes should be matched with national monument status,” Bennet said. “It will be an extraordinary boost for


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Atomic City Transit Proposes Pilot Ski Hill Bus Route

Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley presented plans for a computer-aided dispatch system and a pilot program for a route to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. The service to Bandelier National Monument runs March through November. The pilot service to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill would run from December through February. As described, bus service would be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The Ski Hill route would start at the Visitor’s Center in White


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YMCA Fall Adult Volleyball League Registration Underway

FAMILY YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA is taking registrations for the Fall Adult Volleyball League.
 
Games will be 1-4 p.m. Sundays Oct. 7 through Nov. 18 at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.
 
This is a casual 4 on 4 co-ed league for ages 16 and older. Price per player is $20 or $15 for Y members.
 
Get some friends together, choose a captain and witty team name, and come down to the Y to play some fun volleyball matches.
 
Scholarships available thanks to The Family YMCA annual fundraising campaign.
 
For more information, call, click, or stop by. Contact YMCA Sports and Adventure

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Candia Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

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ATOMIC ROAD RUNNERS News:

A cool evening greeted the 27 runners and walkers who participated in Tuesday’s one mile and three mile pace race courses, which had everyone climb up through the Quemazon subdivision.

The one milers looped back around to the bottom of Quemazon Road while the three milers headed onto the Perimeter Trail for a while and then headed down Pipeline Road back to the bottom of Quemazon Road.

All finishers were treated to watermelon for their efforts.

On the short course, Felix Candia had the best prediction, only being off by 39 seconds (normalized to the


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Sept. 29 Fall Fiesta and Mozart on the Rocks: A Big Day at Bandelier

Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House. Courtesy/BNM

BANDELIER News:

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 29, Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park.

The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture.”

Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to


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