Recreation

Bandelier Advising of Upcoming Closure May 22 or 23

Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, has announced that the main visitor area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed for at least part of the day on either Tuesday, May 22 or Wednesday, May 23. 

“We will be having very large pieces of equipment working in the canyon that day to install an interim crossing of the creek,” he said. “We are not certain yet which day, or at what time, this work will happen, but we want to minimize the impacts on our visitors.” 

Anyone planning a visit to the park on either of those days should keep an eye on information sources for updated information


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Chamber Golf Tournament to Benefit United Way

On Friday, May 11, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico (serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties).

The tournament will be a “shot gun start” at 1pm at the beautiful Black Mesa Golf Course. Black Mesa is ranked 4 nationally and are pleased to be able to invite the public.

You need not be a Chamber of Commerce member to play.

United Way’s mission is to engage human and financial resources to improve the quality of life of the people in the communities they serve in Northern New Mexico.United Way reports that 22 local, direct-service


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Hasbrouck Wins Bandelier Photo Contest

Richard T. Hasbrouck of Truchas won first place in the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art competition. His winning photo was among 96 entries submitted by 33 photographers and artists from across the United States and exhibited at Fuller Lodge recently. Hasbrouck, a retired electrical engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, won an annual park pass, a copy of the award-winning movie Sky Island, narrated by Meryl Streep and N. Scott Momaday and he and his family also will receive a personal tour of Bandelier National Monument guided by Park Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy/Richard


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McKenna Places in Top 3 in Bandelier Photo Contest

Photographer Arin McKenna with her award winning photo received an annual park pass and a Bandelier movie for her second place win in the Bandelier photo contest. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Local County Reporter Arin McKenna came in second among 33 photographers and artists from across the United States who submitted 96 entries in the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art Contest.

During an unveiling event of the winning entries at Fuller Lodge Friday night, McKenna, who writes and photographs for the Monitor, won an annual park pass along with a copy of the award-winning


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Springtime 2012: 50 Hikes in the Los Alamos Area

COUNTY News:
 

Many years ago, Frances Arnold, Carol Carlson and Maxine Ellis created a 50 Hikes trail list for friends who wanted to explore our beautiful mesas, canyons, and mountains. The Santa Fe National Forest later adopted the list as a convenience for visitors.
 

Despite subsequent publication of a number of hiking books for the area, the list still serves its purpose as a quick introduction to the east side of the Jemez Mountains. As years go by, changing conditions require that the list be revised periodically.

This edition of 2012, updated by Dorothy Hoard and Craig Martin,


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Classic Cars Take Tour Through Bandelier

All lined up in the Bandelier parking lot, these classic cars drew a lot of admirers Friday. The cars were Cord and Auburn automobiles from the 1930s and made in America. They were quite ahead of their time with front wheel drive, supercharged V8 engines, very aerodynamic styling, concealed door hinges … some even had headlights that turned direction along with the front wheels when turning a corner. These special automobiles were very expensive in their day, costing more than the average house (car $2,700, house $2,000). The Cord Auburn company went out of business around 1937-1938.

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New Restroom Facilities for Park and Trail

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has completed two new restroom facilities. The restrooms will be put into operation on Wednesday of this week.  Dick McIntyre, Parks Division Manager reports that the restrooms were planned and budgeted as part of the Canyon Rim Trail development. 

The first restroom is found at East Park next door to the new Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The second restroom is at the other end of the completed section of the Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Ranked Among Nation’s Top Hunting and Fishing Spots

Courtesy/outdoorlife.com

Los Alamos is ranked 28 among the “35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.,” according to OutdoorLife magazine.

The publication says about Los Alamos: “Stay close to home for walleyes, catfish, bass and trout, in waters like Abiqui Lake, Rio Chama and Rio Grande. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve runs a lottery program for monster elk.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen” feature is an OotdoorLife institution: “Readers love to argue the merits of their burgs based on our rankings; local newspapers


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Atomic City Road Runners To Begin 39th Season

 
 
The Atomic City Road Runners (ACRR) will open the 2012 season at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3 at the Canyon Rim Trail off East Road (Route # 502).
 
ACRR is a family-oriented running and walking club that meets every Tuesday during the Daylight Saving Time season for a pace race in which members predict their own time. 
 
Anyone can be a winner if his/her finish time is closest to that predicted.
 
Members who participate in at least 10 runs get a special club T-shirt at the end of the season, (Members who choose to sponsor a race receive double credit for that

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