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White Rock Visitor Center to Sell Bandelier Passes

on September 5, 2013 - 7:43am

Cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The White Rock Visitor Center (WRVC) will begin selling Bandelier weekly passes, Bandelier Annual Passes and the “America the Beautiful” interagency passes Friday, Sept. 6.

Passes will initially be sold on a cash only basis. Credit card sales will be accepted beginning Sept. 16.

The WRVC will not accept checks for any pass sales. Bandelier annual passes and the interagency passes are good for one year from the month they are purchased.


PEEC Offers Rare Chance to Explore Buckman Cave

on September 5, 2013 - 7:40am

A caver explores Buckman Cave during a PEEC trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For those who seek an adventure this fall, look no further than the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) caving trip to explore Buckman Cave in Diablo Canyon.

Buckman Cave is an elusive spelunking spot outside of Santa Fe. Few locals know about it. Local outdoorsman and adventure guide Tony Hinojosa will lead the PEEC day trip Sunday, Sept 22.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. at PEEC and return by 5 p.m. The length of time in the cave will be approximately three to four hours.

Registration Open for Dog Training Classes

on September 5, 2013 - 7:30am

Kalem Smith and Bantu do agility drills. Photo by Carl Necker


Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Sept. 9.

Classes this session include: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation, Recall, the Parent Free Club (for kids), and a new Agility class just for youth.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 30. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website and at the LADOC building (246 East Road.)

Registration is

Georgia Pedicini Wins Sept. 3 Pace Race

on September 5, 2013 - 7:27am

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ACRR News:

Georgia Pedicini was 11 seconds off for 2 miles at Tuesday's pace race, and Laura McClellan's 23:28 for 3 miles was 13 seconds off her prediction.

There were 18 people who competed in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres ranging in age from 3 to 78. The course is a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way. Rain ended an hour before the race started.

One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 6 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.

The fastest for 1 mile were

PEEC Sponsors Mushroom Hike

on September 4, 2013 - 7:27am

PEEC News:

With all the rain in the area lately, crops of mushrooms have popped up all around.

Join PEEC and members of the New Mexico Mycological Society (NMMS) for a free mushroom walk at Pajarito Ski Hill at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Participants should meet at PEEC at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the Pajarito Ski Area. Four experts from the Mycological Society will be on hand to identify and interpret the different mushrooms growing after the wet summer.

The program will begin with some introductory comments from the NMMS experts, and then the participants will be divided equally into

Bandelier Superintendent to Give Updates on Monument's Transportation and Fire Management Plans at Sierra Club Sept. 4

on September 3, 2013 - 8:33am
The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus in building 2, room: 220 with guest speaker Superintendent Jason Lott from Bandelier National Monument.
Lott will give an update on the Monument's transportation and fire management plans as well as the most recent flash flood.

County Recreation Department Promotes Youth Tennis

on September 3, 2013 - 7:53am

Dance at the Y: Register for September Classes

on August 31, 2013 - 8:26am

Dance at the Y: Registration is now open for September Dance Classes at the YMCA.


Belly Dance

Traditional Middle Eastern Dance

Class starts Sept. 6.

Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Y

$60 per month / $40 for Y members.

Ages 10+

Hip Hop for Kids

Class starts Sept. 3.

Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.

$40 per month / $20 for Y members (Sept.–Nov.)

Boys and Girls age 8-13

Flamenco for Beginners

Traditional Southern Spanish Folk Dance

Class starts Sept. 7.

Saturdays 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

$60 per month / $30 for Y members

Ages 10+


Classic North India Dance

Sundays 3-5 p.m.

Ages 5+


YMCA Fencing Classes Resume Tuesday

on August 30, 2013 - 9:34am

YMCA News:

The regular schedule for fencing classes at the Family YMCA will resume Tuesday, Sept 3.

Class meets at 6:30 p.m. for those in Beginning Fencing and 7:30 p.m. for those in the Intermediate/Advanced Fencing.

A new class for beginning fencers with no previous experience starts Tuesday, Oct. 1. This is open to children 10 years of age or older as well as adults and parent/child pairs are encouraged.

For further information, contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

Action-Packed Labor Day Weekend at Bandelier

on August 29, 2013 - 12:29pm
Herrera Dance. Courtesy/BNM

Want something fun to do this weekend? Bring the whole family to Bandelier over Labor Day Weekend to participate in a number of exciting events and activities. 

Board the free shuttle from the White Rock Visitor Center to Frijoles Canyon and explore the ancestral cliff dwellings, take a hike to a waterfall, and participate in the following weekend events.    

Friday August 30: Bandelier Nightwalk ... Join a Park Ranger for a silent night walk that transports you back in time. This is the last Nightwalk offered for the season.

Registration Opens for Young Life Golf Tournament

on August 29, 2013 - 8:09am


The 3rd Annual Young Life Golf Tournament is Saturday Sept. 7, at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

Prizes will include (but are not limited to) gift certificates, clothing, golf packages, golf equipment, and various other items that will be given away. There will be a Hole in One vehicle ready to win as well! 

To register, visit

What is Young Life? Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God's love with adolescents.

Rivenburgh Best Predictor By Far

on August 28, 2013 - 7:36am

ACR News:

Cecilia Rivenburgh was the best predictor of the night, missing her prediction by only 4 seconds while running the long course. The long course was actually 2.87 miles long.

Ted Romero was the fastest finisher on the course at 22:34, which was almost two minutes better than he did last year. Bart Olinger was the next best predictor being only 105 seconds off of his prediction. The next best predictors were Lauraine Maness and Linda Vance who were 201 seconds off.

On the short course, there was a three-way tie for the best predictions.

Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Gun Show Continues Today

on August 25, 2013 - 8:57am

Scene of Saturday's Gun Show. The Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club is hosting the 17th annual gun show this weekend in the Pueblo Complex at 1900 Diamond Dr. The event is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to buy, sell, swap or browse. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Changing Light Bulbs Tall Order at Aquatic Center

on August 23, 2013 - 7:21am

It may not take a rocket scientist to change a light bulb at the Aquatic Center, but it does take some very special equipment. Photo by Mark Hartman

No Map or Permit Sales on Santa Fe National Forest Aug. 27-28

on August 22, 2013 - 9:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Aug. 27 and 28 there will be no sales of maps, permits (including fuelwood permits) or interagency recreation passes at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Santa Fe or at any of the ranger district offices in Las Vegas, Pecos, Espanola, Jemez Springs, Cuba or Coyote (the satellite location in Los Alamos remains closed.)

On those two days, all front desk personnel from the entire forest will be involved in a training session to learn a new system that will be used to sell maps, permits and other items.

Valles Caldera Expands Mountain Biking

on August 22, 2013 - 9:27am


VCT News:

  • Backcountry Shuttle Reaches 80 Miles of New Trails

Jemez Springs - A new Backcountry Shuttle has expanded the Valles Caldera National Preserve mountain biking program to more than 80 miles of trails.

The addition of bike racks to three vans will provide additional cycling access to the northern half of the preserve, which was available only once a month or during special events.

“Mountain biking was restricted to the headquarters loop trail and the Cruise the Caldera events,” VCT Recreation Specialist Lance Weinbrenner said, “Now the Backcountry Shuttles can take

Stormy Weather Can't Stop Pace Racers

on August 22, 2013 - 8:18am
Pace racers braved a thunderstorm Aug. 20. Courtesy/Ted Williams

ACR News:

This week's Pace Race on Aug. 20 turned into a guessing game due to the heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Most of the markings on the three mile run through Rendia Canyon and Bayo Canyon were washed away, so the run became partly a mystery run. In spite of that, some pace race guesses were really good. On the mystery run, Linda Vance was 15 seconds off her prediction, Karen Thorn was 30 seconds off and Ted Romero was 33 seconds off.

In the one mile, Jennifer Reglien was 63 seconds off her time, with Mariela

Bandelier’s Popular Alcove House to Re-open Aug. 26

on August 21, 2013 - 1:27pm

Alcove House kiva at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
A member of the Bandelier Vanishing Treasures crew using a special hand-held air hammer to loosen and remove cement from mortar joints in the kiva wall in Alcove House. Courtesy/NPS

Starting Monday, Aug. 26, the popular Alcove House archeological site will re-open to the public.

In April, the staff at Bandelier National Monument closed it when the reconstructed kiva inside became unstable and unsafe.

Aquatics Center Pool Maintenance Progresses

on August 21, 2013 - 11:24am

The pool at the Larry Walkup R. Walkup Aquatic Center is draining for annual maintence and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. For additional information, call the Aquatic Center at 662-8170. Photo by Denise McCoy

Relamping was completed Monday night. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The pump has been removed and is scheduled to be replaced this week. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Main pumps for the pool. Photo by Leland Lehman/

PEEC Launches Hiking Los Alamos 102 Series

on August 21, 2013 - 8:06am

Chick Keller leads a hike during the popular Hiking Los Alamos 101 series. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails, but not everyone may feel comfortable exploring them on their own.

For that reason, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in collaboration with the County Recreation Department, held a summer series, Hiking Los Alamos 101, which aimed to make Los Alamos residents and visitors comfortable and confident about hiking on Los Alamos’s trails.

The series was wildly popular, prompting the two organizations to plan a similar series

PEEC Hike up Pajarito Canyon Saturday

on August 20, 2013 - 7:57am

PEEC News:

Community members are invited to join Paul Arendt at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, as he leads a pleasant, intermediate level hike up Pajarito Canyon for PEEC.

The 2.5 hour, three mile hike will be suitable for families, so all ages are encouraged to join. Friendly dogs are welcome. Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking area on West Jemez Road, which is 0.5 miles south of the intersection with Camp May Road..

“It's really a pleasant and mild hike - good for families,” Arendt said.

Learn About Canyoneering in Zion at Mountaineers Meeting

on August 20, 2013 - 7:38am
Orderville Canyon.
Courtesy photo
The Mountaineers canyoneering expedition to Zion National Park required rappels like this 80-foot drop into Birch Hollow. Courtesy photo
Entering Birch Hollow required a 40-foot rappel, as demonstrated by trip leader Dan Creveling.
Courtesy photo

LAM News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers traveled to Zion National Park for a canyoneering adventure this July, led and organized by Dan Creveling. 

The Mountaineers will hear about the Zion adventure at their August meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. The meeting will be at Crossroads Bible Church

Aquatic Center Closed for Maintenance

on August 18, 2013 - 7:40am

The therapy pool and the Walkup Aquatic Center, drained and ready for cleaning. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is closed for public swimming for Annual Pool Maintenance and will re‑open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

For additional information, call the Aquatic Center at 662-8170 or go to

Check Out Martial Arts Classes at Family YMCA

on August 17, 2013 - 10:23am

Fee Free Day at Bandelier Aug. 25 for Founders Day

on August 17, 2013 - 7:53am

The National Park Service (NPS) was established Aug. 25, 1916, to protect and preserve the then-young system of park areas being designated for the benefit and enjoyment of people throughout the country and visitors from around the world.

Now, in 2013, there are more than 400 areas that are administered by the NPS, ranging from battlefields to coral reefs, Yosemite to the Washington Monument, Everglades to Bandelier National Monument.