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Meet the Coaches Behind CrossFit Los Alamos & Mesa Elite Fitness

on February 12, 2014 - 12:04pm
Eight of the 10 coaches at Mesa Elite Fitness/CrossFit Los Alamos. Photo by Tara Key/Key Photography
Los Alamos Daily Post

Since moving to a larger facility at 278-A DP Road last year, Mesa Elite Fitness/CrossFit Los Alamos has grown to include 10 coaches, seven of whom are CrossFit Level 1 Trainers, including a CrossFit Weightlifting Coach. These coaches help guide clients to forge their own elite fitness, starting with nutrition and utilizing constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

The environment in the gym is filled with a sense of

PEEC Outing Promises Birding Fun for All Ages at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

on February 12, 2014 - 10:58am

Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC

Rocky Mountain sandhill crane. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC education staff and birding experts for a fun and educational day of birding for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Birding experts will be available at specific times and locations around the refuge, and participants may drop in as they desire, to receive birding help and information from them. In addition, there will be family-oriented activities involving hikes and games.

Fee Waived at Bandelier; Across National Park System on Presidents Day Weekend

on February 11, 2014 - 2:12pm



Saturday Feb. 15 through Monday Feb. 17, the public is invited to visit free of charge Bandelier and other national parks, monuments and many areas administered by other federal agencies throughout the United States.

The Presidents Day weekend is the second of the times in 2014 when all National Park Service sites open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.
"This should be a wonderful weekend to visit Bandelier," Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Valles Caldera Trust Names Interim Executive Director

on February 10, 2014 - 2:37pm

Dr. Tim Haarmann

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS–The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees today named Dr. Tim Haarmann interim executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

Haarmann will be in charge of day to day operations until the board selects a permanent executive director. The board will conduct a nationwide search to find a qualified replacement for former Executive Director Dennis Trujillo who retired Jan. 3.

Haarmann is currently Operations Division director on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. He is responsible for management of programs including recreation, environmental

Letter to the Editor: Pajarito Mountain - Moving Forward Toward Positive Outcomes

on February 9, 2014 - 8:16pm
Los Alamos Ski Club

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) Board of Directors held a special membership meeting to inform members and bring about a vote to transfer all or part of the Club’s assets (Pajarito Ski Area) to Los Alamos County or another third party. Unfortunately, the voting resolution was not seen by the members until just minutes before the vote was called. In addition, other potential options have yet to be discussed openly.

I respect and appreciate the significant efforts made by the LASC Board to assess options and discuss the issue with

Los Alamos Ski Club Passes Motion to Investigate Transferring Assets and Debt to Third Party

on February 4, 2014 - 7:59pm

With the intent that the Club will continue to operate in the meantime and will and will proceed with the intention to open Pajarito Mountain for the 2014-2015 season, the Los Alamos Ski Club tonight passed the motion 206-21: 'Resolved, that the membership supports the Board's efforts to ensure continued skiing in Los Alamos County by investigating transferring some, or all, of the Los Alamos Ski Club assets and debt to a third party, such as Los Alamos County, with the understanding that any final decision to transfer all, or substantially all, assets may only be made at a subsequent meeting

Los Alamos Ski Club Board President Fields Questions From Floor

on February 4, 2014 - 7:14pm

Los Alamos Ski Club President Philip Rae answers questions from the audience at Cross Roads Bible Church this evening. Audience members suggest various scenarios that might keep the operation going. The board has considered most but one audience member asked that a poll be taken of the membership whether they would buy enough season passes to keep the Ski Hill going to until next Christmas. Rae said he would draw up that question to the membership. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Council Vice

Pajarito Mountain Needs A Miracle

on February 4, 2014 - 6:38pm

Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill General Manager Tom Long says there have been just 18 days of skiing this year. "We do not believe the Los Alamos Ski Club can continue as it has done ... the number of ski passes have been declining over the years and expenses continue to increase." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

President of the Board of the Los Alamos Ski Club Philip Rae says it costs $17,000-$18,000 per month in fixed costs just to exist, adding that the operation will be insolvent in 4.5 months unless "something extraordinary happens." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Ski Club Decides Fate Tonight

on February 4, 2014 - 5:36pm

A PowerPoint presentation is set up at Cross Roads Bible Church for tonight's special meeting of the Los Alamos Ski Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd is gathering for tonight's special meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Beginning at 6 p.m., today, President of the Board of the Los Alamos Ski Club Philip Rae and Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long will begin a 30-minute presentation of the situation that has led to tonight's board meeting at Cross Roads Bible Church on East Road to decide whether to dissolve the group and transition its

Registration Opens For Jemez Mountain Trail Races Half Marathon

on February 3, 2014 - 5:48am


JMTR News:

The Ninth Annual Jemez Mountain Trails Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 24. Registration for the half marathon (13.1 mile) option is now open. These races fill up quickly so register soon at

The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a wonderful community event that takes full advantage of the beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain and through the Valles Caldera. Last year, more than 600 runners participated.

Through the registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the

Valles Caldera Trust Recaps 2013 Challenges and Successes

on January 31, 2014 - 8:29am
The Valles Caldera. Courtesy/


For the second time in less than 24 months, a downed power line dramatically changed the best laid plans of the Valles Caldera Trust. The Thompson Ridge Fire of 2013 burned more than 23,000 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve less than two years after the 2011 Las Conchas Fire scorched 30,000 acres.  

Both fires figure prominently in the trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.) 

The 2013 Annual Report to Congress (RTC) details how post-fire flooding destroyed the

K2 Women's Weekend Is On!

on January 30, 2014 - 10:22am

K2 Women's Weekend News:

The K2 Women's Weekend is happening this year just in a little different format and at Taos!

Lack of precipitation has resulted in innovation. This year, due to the lack of snow at Pajarito, K2 Women's Weekend has decided to: move the skiing portion to Taos and only ski on Saturday; encourage on-line donations via our new website; and plan a silent auction at Pajarito Mountain in March. 

The goal is to keep the fun and expand the fundraising for this very worthy cause. So don't delay. Registration has been extended to Sunday, Feb.  2


  • 6 p.m.

Los Alamos Ski Club May Dissolve - Transition Assets to County

on January 27, 2014 - 7:21am
2013 Winter Trail Map. Courtesy/PMSA
LASC News:
The Board of Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) has announced a Special Membership Meeting set for 6 p.m., Feb. 4 at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, to present to its membership a path forward that the board unanimously believes will secure and improve the future of skiing in Los Alamos County.
The board proposes to dissolve Los Alamos Ski Club and transition all assets to Los Alamos County, which, subject to County Council approval, will then take over operation of the Ski Area.

Los Alamos Golf Course Featured in ‘Wide Open Fairways’

on January 22, 2014 - 10:17am

'Wide Open Fairways' by Bradley S. Klein includes the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Golf Course is one of six courses featured in Bradley S. Klein’s “Wide Open Fairways: A Journey Across the landscapes of Modern Golf.”

Klein is architecture editor of “Golfweek” magazine and runs its national golf course rating system. In the course of writing the book, Klein visited courses in locales ranging from The Bronx to North Dakota.

Klein visited Los Alamos in 2011 just two days after residents were allowed to return to town following the Las Conchas

Registration Opens for Los Alamos Mountaineers' 2014 Climbing School

on January 21, 2014 - 7:37am

Scaling Portrillo. Courtesy/LAM


Time to rock out! Registration is open for the 2014 Climbing School presented by the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

Students in the class will learn all the particulars of climbing equipment, essential knots, rope handling, anchor building and belaying to be able to safely and confidently explore the multitude of quality rock-climbing crags in Northern New Mexico.

The Climbing School includes classroom instruction and outdoors, hands-on opportunities to put into practice what has been taught.

Bandelier Announces 2015 Park Pass Artwork Contest

on January 17, 2014 - 6:23am

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo from the cavates; second place winning photo in last year's contest. Photo by Kathryn Dannay


Bandelier National Monument has announced this year's contest for photographers and artists to submit images to be used on the park's Annual Pass.

"Bandelier sells hundreds of these passes every year, and next year it could be your photo or artwork that those hundreds of park visitors will see,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

The winner will have their photo or artwork adorn the 2015 Bandelier Annual Pass, and receive a personal tour in the park from Lott.


YMCA Offers Endurance Training For Cyclists

on January 17, 2014 - 5:44am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is offering an Endurance Training for Cyclists Class. Each class will have a two-hour riding component and a one-half hour of core conditioning. A heart rate monitor is required the first day of class. In addition, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Proper bike fit
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Aches and pains-preventing them and what to do if you have them
  • Weekly training recommendations and how to design your own training plan

Classes will be 1-30 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan.

Visit Bandelier Free on Martin Luther King Day

on January 15, 2014 - 8:41am
Cliff house at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


On Monday, Jan. 20, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of nine days throughout 2014 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

National Park Service entrance fee-free dates in 2014:

  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 15-17: The first weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug.

Scenes From Friday's Golf Course Community Building Construction Tour

on January 12, 2014 - 11:39am
County officials move from a briefing in the Pro Shop Friday morning to a tour of the Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building under construction on Diamond Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/
County Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and Councilor David Israelevitz listen at left, as Project Manager Anthony Strain, right, conducts the Friday morning tour. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Staff Report
Friday morning, County officials and media participated in a tour of the Los Alamos Golf Community Building under construction on Diamond Drive.

Join Mountaineers For Cross Country Skiing at Enchanted Forest

on January 7, 2014 - 7:46am

Cross country skier at Enchanted Forest. Courtesy/Enchanted Forest Ski Area


Here’s a chance to try cross country (X-C) skiing. Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a trip to the Enchanted Forest X-C Ski Area Sunday Jan. 12.

Visit for information about the area. The trip is suitable for beginners and expert skiers alike. There are also trails for snowshoers and dogs!

The Enchanted Forest has rentals, lessons, and a trail pass for $45. For skiers with their own equipment, a trail pass is $18.

Sign up information is found at 


Iceland Trek Featured at Mountaineers' January Meeting

on January 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Steam vents and thermal springs encountered in the highlands along the trek from Skogar to Landmannalaugar. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

Icebergs floating to the sea at Jokulsarlon. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
Skogafoss, the spectacular waterfall near Skogar at the start of the trek.
Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
The January meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a first-hand account of a six-day, 50-mile trek in Iceland by Mario Schillaci.
The public is invited to hear this presentation Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Fuller Lodge. The presentation will follow the

Tickets on Sale for Dessert Dances

on January 5, 2014 - 6:51am


The annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge will take place as follows:  

  • The Mother/Son Event is Wednesday, Feb. 5;
  • The Daddy/Daughter Event is Thursday, Feb. 6; and
  • The Family Dance is Wednesday Feb. 12.

The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child and $30 per family (includes two adults and two children.) For more information, visit or contact the Recreation Office at (505) 662-8170.


Last Skating Lesson Session Begins Next Week

on January 4, 2014 - 10:24am


The last session of ice skating lessons at the Los Alamos Ice Rink begin the week of Jan. 6.

Contact the Ice Rink at 505-662-4500 or visit the website at for additional information.

Pajarito Mountain Extends Snow Sports Program to Arizona Tribal Youth

on January 3, 2014 - 10:11am
A Pajarito Mountain ski instructor on the slopes. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Ski Area                 


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is extending the New Mexico tribal snow sports program to Arizona Native youth and their chaperones. It is a part of a healing and uniting of America further inspired by Nelson Mandela, as well as Canada’s Wilton Chief Littlechild, Honorary Chief of the Maskwacis Cree, who is pioneering the World Indigenous Games.   

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Valles Caldera Events Jan. 3-26

on January 3, 2014 - 9:20am