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70th Annual Skiesta At Pajarito March 17

on February 19, 2018 - 3:17pm
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta.

Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain.  The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Since it’s very humble beginnings, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included!).

This year there will be beer from six New Mexico Craft Breweries, a costume contest,

CrossFit Los Alamos Hosts 14 Teams Across State

on February 19, 2018 - 1:26pm

Competitors hang from the pull up bars and bring their knees to their chest at a recent competition at CrossFit Los Alamos held in conjunction with 30 other sites around the country. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com

 

Everyone got into the spirit at CrossFit Los Alamos. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ MONTAÑO

Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

 

Great music, huge crowds, delicious food, and healthy competition were on display at CrossFit Los Alamos for the inaugural New WODs (Workout of the Day) On The Block competition Feb.

Celebrate How Presidents Shaped National Parks

on February 19, 2018 - 9:08am

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is on a small island in the Potomac River. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated Oct. 27, 1967. Courtesy/NPF

National Park Foundation:

As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape the nation’s public lands.

The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these trailblazing Presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

For example, President Lincoln set aside a large section of the Yosemite Valley for public use – the first time that had ever been

SFNF: President’s Day Holiday Closure, Feb. 19

on February 18, 2018 - 9:58am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
In honor of President’s Day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Feb. 19.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter,

President’s $1 Billion Budget Proposal For BLM Supports Access To Public Lands For Multiple Uses

on February 18, 2018 - 6:57am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of securing America’s energy dominance, President Trump has proposed a $1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Land Management that will provide resources to promote energy development on public lands while expanding access to recreation and conservation areas.
 
The President’s proposal provides resources to support the Administration’s goals and meets the BLM’s multiple-use and sustained yield mission in other areas.

Pajarito Mountain Gets 5 Inches Of Fresh Snow!

on February 15, 2018 - 12:12pm

Pajarito Mountain received several fresh inches of snow overnight. Photo by George Duke
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos received 5 inches of powder Wednesday night to freshen up the slopes.
 
Pajarito is open today through Monday, Feb. 19 for the holiday weekend.
 
Children seven and younger, in fourth and fifth grades or age 70 and older, can ski for free. Lift tickets are $24 for everyone else.
 
For more information, visit https://www.pajarito.ski/.

PEEC: Guided Eight-Mile Hike In White Rock Canyon

on February 14, 2018 - 8:16am

Thunderbird Rock. Photo by Paul Arendt

 

PEEC News:

 

Saturday, Feb. 17, Paul Arendt will lead an eight-mile loop hike connecting the Red Dot Trail to the Blue Dot Trail in which participants will see petroglyphs, springs and the beauty of White Rock Canyon in the winter.

 

This rugged outing begins at 9 a.m., and takes the group about six hours to complete the loop. Space is limited, and registration is required for this hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

 

Arendt, a local hiker and mountaineer, will lead the group down the Red Dot Trail, upriver

Purgatory Resort Gets 15 Inches – It's A Powder Day!

on February 14, 2018 - 7:47am
Scene Tuesday at Purgatory Resort. Photo by Scott Smith
 
SKI News:

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., received 15 inches of snow over the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past three days and 95 percent of its trails are now open as a result of all this fresh powder.

Another 14 inches is in the forecast for today and Thursday.

Purgatory has great activities planned for Valentine's Day, including a special prix fixe dinner at Purgy's, and an Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour.

Bandelier Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds Friday during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-19, is the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird.
 
Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument - or both. Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.
 
Everyone is encouraged to count the birds in their backyard (or another favorite location) for at

Bandelier National Monument Makes List Of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems To Visit In 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 7:00am

Talus Houses Cliff Dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument comes in at number 2 on the list of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems to visit in 2018.

Bandelier covers roughly 50 square miles of New Mexico wilderness and is home to the remains of ancient settlements built between the years 1150 and 1550, out of soft, volcanic rock.

Explore ancient artwork carved into caves and other pueblo relics dotted in more remote areas of the monument to get a sense of how their creators might have lived.

See the full list here

Los Alamos Nature Center Open For Holidays

on February 12, 2018 - 4:14pm
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
This Wednesday is a great time to fall in love with nature or just rekindle this relationship, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help.
 
The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valentine's Day, a great day to visit the animals or use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a good Valentine's Day hike.
 
The nature center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and President's Day as well as 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.

This Week At Pajarito

on February 12, 2018 - 12:35pm
MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open.
 
The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open for daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Los Alamos Golf Course Opening Friday Feb. 16!

on February 11, 2018 - 1:32am

Los Alamos County Golf Course opens for play Friday. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

With this winter's unseasonably warm weather, Los Alamos County Community Services Department staff is working to open the Golf Course earlier than expected.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 16, the Golf Course is open for play (weather and course conditions permitting). The community is invited to come on out and enjoy the fresh air.

Check out the County website for more information about the Golf Course and to book tee-times here.

Los Alamos Police Chief Addresses Sportsmen’s Club Annual Banquet

on February 9, 2018 - 8:46am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone answers questions Thursday evening at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club annual banquet. Sgambellone addressed club members on crime statistics for the County, LAPD's active shooter training program and concealed carry issues. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club President Steve McKelvey, left, listens to guest speaker LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone Thursday evening at the Club's annual banquet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Newly-elected officers for Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club, from left, President Steve

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 9

on February 9, 2018 - 8:21am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some snow and very cold temperatures over the weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more. Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass over the weekend, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50-percent of normal.
 
If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource

YMCA: Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again

on February 9, 2018 - 8:20am
New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up. Courtesy photo
 
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, The Family YMCA urges everyone in Los Alamos to get a blood pressure screening.
 
Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.
 
High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or

County Refreshes Neighborhood Parks

on February 8, 2018 - 8:04am
Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton points out the improvements planned for the pocket park on Walnut Street. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Parks and Recreation Division Manager Chris Wilson checks out the park on Ridgeway. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos pocket parks are prized possessions; they are enjoyed by joggers, hikers, bicyclists and dog walkers, plus the tot lots with playground equipment are hot spots for young children and their parents.
 
Parks and Recreation Division

Pajarito Young Adult Ski Patrollers Attend Jamboree

on February 8, 2018 - 6:53am

Young Adult Ski Patrollers from Pajarito Mountain, Sandia Peak, Loveland, Hesperus, Powerhorn and Winter Park pose with Telluride Ski Patrol Snow Safety Supervisor Jon Tukman around a compressed gas Avalauncher on a high ridge at Telluride. Photo by Eric Schaller

Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrollers, from left, Jon Doorn, Elyse Phillips and Natalie Aulwes celebrate the gift of a 105mm Howitzer spent shell casing that was given to them by the Telluride Ski Patrol. The high explosive round was used to make the slopes safer for the skiing public at Telluride Ski Resort.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 29, 2018 - 9:24am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at SouthwestFreerideSeries.com or here.
 
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

10th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Benefit At The Tub

on January 26, 2018 - 10:23am
Courtesy photo
 
K2WW News:
 
The 10th annual K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund will go on despite the lack of snow.
 
In place of events Feb. 9-10, a DJ dance party is at 5 p.m. Feb. 10, at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. The event will feature the Co-Op’s tasty brews and flavorful food from Los Alamos’ own Secret City Kitchen.
 
Help fundraise by participating in the auction and raffles for cool prizes and merchandise.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 26

on January 26, 2018 - 6:13am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some snow and very cold temperatures last weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more.

Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50 percent of normal.

If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource Conservation Service (link)

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Bandelier

on January 26, 2018 - 5:59am

On the job are staff at Bandelier all happy to be back and welcoming visitors after the government shut down. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
 
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
 
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Bandelier National Monument Welcomes Visitors After Government Shutdown

on January 24, 2018 - 5:16pm

Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, the staff at Bandelier National Monument is happy to be back on duty and welcomes visitors to come and visit the park. The winter has been very dry, so most trails are open and clear of snow.

A few very determined hikers have gone out overnight backpacking, but the short days and low night temperatures encourage most people to stick to dayhikes. Birdwatchers and photographers are enjoying the quiet days and the low angle of the sunlight. 

“It’s a good time to visit Bandelier, with this year’s mild weather and sunny

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