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Dr. Steinhaus: Hats Off To You!

on May 31, 2019 - 11:32am
Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos High School senior picnic and paint fight. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools

Every LAPS school year is filled with triumphs and challenges, and the 2018-19 school was no exception. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of every staff member in our district, this has been a wonderful year filled with learning, teaching, thriving and even some fun. 

As we finish out this week, take a breath … and take pride in our accomplishments this year.

Annual Hawk To Hilltopper Event At Urban Park May 31 ... Let The Famous Shaving Cream War Begin!

on May 30, 2019 - 6:15am
Scene from a previous shaving cream war at Urban Park. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos County Recreation Division announces the annual Hawk to Hilltopper event noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Urban Park.
The event is a celebration for 8th grade students transitioning to high school. Students will be treated to a BBQ lunch, inflatable toys and the famous shaving cream war.
The event will end with the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) hosing off the students after the shaving cream war.
The event usually ends around 2 p.m.

Heinrich Secures Commitments From Interior Secretary David Bernhardt To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 30, 2019 - 6:08am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured key commitments from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt following his visit to Chaco Canyon.
"I invited Secretary Bernhardt to New Mexico to see firsthand how special Chaco Canyon is and I’m pleased with the outcome of his visit. The Secretary had the opportunity to meet with local tribal leaders who are united in protecting the area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 29

on May 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The crazy weather continues here in the Southwest. The temperature dipped  perilously close to freezing last week and some people complained about losing some tomato plants.

Fortunately, it didn’t appear to damage the fruit crop. It looks like a great year. Cherries should be the first fruit to appear at the Farmers Market.

The wind at times was terrible last week and makes for difficult fishing conditions. Mornings are usually calmer than afternoons and evenings.

The fishing is pretty good in the larger lakes and reservoirs.

Abandoned Campfires Down 64 Percent From 2018

on May 28, 2019 - 5:46pm


USDA News:

SANTA FE – Fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest found approximately 30 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Still too many, Deputy Fire Staff Officer Terrance Gallegos said, but a big improvement over the 84 abandoned campfires found over the same weekend in 2018.

The 64 percent drop in abandoned campfires – the leading human cause of wildfire – may be attributable to a concerted effort by the forest’s fire prevention team to teach visitors how to properly extinguish a campfire.

SFNF staff hand out brochures and post

Prescribed Burn Near Penasco Begins Wednesday

on May 28, 2019 - 4:53pm

Prescribed burn begins Wednesday in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco. Courtesy photo


SFNF News:


SANTA FE – The Burn Team is working closely with the New Mexico Land Office and other partners to reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests and woodlands in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco.


Depending on weather and site conditions, the team will mobilize and begin burning May 29 through June 1.


Smoke may be visible from Picuris Pueblo, Penasco, Ojo Sarco, Dixon, Taos and surrounding areas.

Scene From Fly Fishing Workshop Saturday At Pond

on May 27, 2019 - 3:28pm

Jim O'Donnell and assistant Andy Thran instruct participants in the second annual Fly Fishing Workshop Saturday morning at Ashley Pond, sponsored by PEEC. Photo by Austen Batt

Daily Postcard: Bandelier Shuttle In White Rock

on May 27, 2019 - 5:38am

Daily Postcard: A stream of visitors exists the Bandelier Shuttle Sunday afternoon near the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Bandelier National Monument is a big draw for tourists and locals alike during Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scenes From 14th Annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

on May 26, 2019 - 7:28am
Runners in the 14th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs take off at the start of the 50-k race at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Posse Lodge. It is one of three runs that include a 50 mile, 50k and 15 mile race. The finishes for all three races throughout the afternoon were at the Posse Lodge. Photo by Ken Hanson
Runners arrive at the Pajarito Ski Lodge Aide Station for water, snacks and encouragement from some of the many volunteers. Photo by Jenn
The Musgrave sisters stop for a quick bite Saturday at the Ski Lodge Aide Station during the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.

Santa Fe National Forest Warns Visitors About Bad Road Conditions Across Cuba Ranger District

on May 26, 2019 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Unseasonal weather on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, including snow earlier in the week, has created treacherous road conditions across the Cuba Ranger District. 

The latest round of moisture on top of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff has left many Forest Service roads and trails waterlogged, muddy and, in many instances, underwater.

District staff are taking a look at conditions across the Cuba District and considering road closures under a seasonal closure order that protects public health and safety, natural resources and

Annual Splash N Dash Series Begins May 29

on May 24, 2019 - 8:23am

Scene from a previous Splash n Dash event. Courtesy/Triatomics

Scene from a previous Splash n Dash event. Courtesy/Triatomics

Scene from a previous Splash n Dash event. Courtesy/Triatomics

Triatomics News:

The Los Alamos Triatomics Multisports Club ( invites athletes to participate in the annual Splash n Dash series (swim+run) starting Wednesday May 29. 

This year, the club is hosting six Splash n Dash events continuing past the Los Alamos Triathlon. The additional dates for Splash n Dash events are June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7.

This event is excellent

SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

on May 24, 2019 - 8:05am
Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
SUWA News:
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle (ORV) use.

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

on May 24, 2019 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million

SFNF Offices Close For Memorial Day Monday

on May 23, 2019 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday.
Last year, SFNF fire personnel found 84 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend in spite of Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibited campfires and other activities.
This year, after a winter with above-average moisture and snowpack, conditions on the forest are much different, and there are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 23

on May 23, 2019 - 7:27am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Winter simply doesn’t want to let go this year. It has turned cold and it could even freeze this late in the spring. That would be a bummer because it looks like a bumper crop of fruit this year.
The weather should warm back up quickly The rivers are still swollen with runoff and with snow still falling at high elevations, it looks like we could be well into June before they start dropping. It’s been on heck of a year with the weather and it’s still not over.
The prime fishing seems to be in the smaller lakes, as nearly

Gibson Best Predictor; Top Finisher In Pace Race

on May 23, 2019 - 6:44am
Runners gather for the ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier. Courtesy/ACRR
Runners take off in the ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier. Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
Levi Gibson, 8, is the best predictor and top finisher in the 1 mile distance in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race with a 6 second differential and a time of 7:32 Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
Other accurate predictors include:
  • Aurea Rojas at 8 seconds off;
  • Mariela Vargas recording a 26 second difference;
  • Diego Leonard and

Summer Kicks Off With Summerfest At Pajarito June 8

on May 23, 2019 - 6:19am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area kicks off its summer season 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 with lift-served mountain biking and hiking.
The mountain will feature some exciting new events and fun activities all summer long.
Pajarito Mountain features 1,200 verticle feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails. The 30-trail system is built and maintained almost entirely by local volunteers from Los Alamos.

Pinon Park Pool Lifeguards Prepare For Opening Day

on May 22, 2019 - 9:59pm

Pinon Park Pool staff learned how to use spider straps on spinal backboards to secure a ‘victim’. Barry Bertin, RN, formerly of Classic Air Medical, gave the demonstration. Pinon Park Pool is ready to open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 104 Bryce Ave. in White Rock. Learn more at Courtesy photo

Learn Fly Fishing Basics Saturday At Ashley Pond

on May 22, 2019 - 8:46am
Join Jim O’Donnell for a fly-fishing class offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/PEEC photo
PEEC News:
Learn the basics of fly-fishing this weekend with local fly fisherman Jim O’Donnell. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering this class 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond.
O’Donnell will teach the group the mechanics behind proper fly-fishing, including how to tie a fishing knot and cast a line. This class is suitable for both children and adults.

Purgatory Kicks Off Summer With Skiing This Weekend

on May 22, 2019 - 8:07am
Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort will add its name to a short list of U.S. resorts spinning lifts during Memorial Day weekend when it opens for a bonus weekend of skiing this Saturday and Sunday.
May 25 will not only mark the kickoff to summer but also the first time in resort history Purgatory has opened for skiing on the last weekend in May.

After picking up 8” of snow through Monday morning (with up to two feet expected through Thursday according to OpenSnow), Purgatory officials announced today it will open Lift 1, an expected

All Hands All Lands Burn Team Mobilizing May 23-30

on May 22, 2019 - 8:01am
USDA News:
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together since September 2018 using prescribed fire across over 4,700 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

Scenes From 2019 White Rock Kite Festival

on May 20, 2019 - 7:23am

The skies over the weekend above Overlook Park in White Rock were filled with kites for the annual Kite Festival sponosred by the Los Alamos Arts Council. The Arts Council has been sponsoring fun events in Los Alamos for the past 52 years. To learn more about the Arts Council, visit their open meeting at 6 p.m., June 1, at Fuller Lodge. There will be food, music and other fun stuff at the meeting. Photo by John McHale/

Melia Arbuckle is delighted to get her kite air born. Photo by John McHale/

A young attendee is running after the shadow of a very large kite.

Scenes From Community Bike Party

on May 18, 2019 - 10:17am

From left, Rhiannon Laakso-McIntyre of Beanie's Bike Shop, Public Works Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan and Julie Aldersebaes take part in the Los Alamos County's Community Bike Party Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The event was part of Bike to Work Week, which started Monday. The bike party featured a bike rodeo, refreshments and a demonstration of how to use a bike rack. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Co+Op Market Outreach Coordinator Kate Gallaugher stands beside the Honesty brand bike the co+op raffled during the Community Bike Party.

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.