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Los Alamos Golf Course Opens Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

on December 23, 2013 - 9:18am

LAGC News:
The Los Alamos Golf Course will open Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The standard restrictions for this time of year will apply with carts permitted on paths only and tee times begining between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day. To protect the course, it will close back down after that.

Due to early snowfall, workers were unable to establish three pin locations on each green. By keeping the course closed for January, it will alleviate repetitive foot traffic that would have a detrimental effect on the greens

The course will open up again in February or March when it warms up and course

Winter Banners Go Up On Central Avenue

on December 22, 2013 - 6:36am

County crews place winter banners on the light poles along Central Avenue in downton Los Alamos Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Valles Caldera's Dennis Trujillo Concludes 39 Years of Public Service

on December 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Dennis Trujillo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera Trust executive director scheduled a small employee gathering ostensibly to share some holiday spirit with coffee and cake.

Many employees would be leaving for vacation this weekend so it was important that they hear what executive director Dennis Trujillo had to say, because when they return in January, he will no longer be leading their way.

“The public lands and the conservation of our natural resources have been my career’s work, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a career doing what I love,” Trujillo said.

Pecos/Las Vegas District Seasonal Road and Campground Closure

on December 21, 2013 - 7:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Jan. 6, 2014, a number of roads and campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed for the winter. 

These locations often become impassable and hazardous during winter months due to significant snowfall which can make the terrain muddy, snow packed, and icy. It is necessary to close these roads and campgrounds for public safety and to protect natural resources and infrastructure. 

Using any type of four-wheel motorized vehicle, two-wheel motorized vehicle, or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the closed

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk at Bandelier Saturday

on December 18, 2013 - 8:05am

The rising sun on Winter Solstice casts shadows aligned with the walls of the entry to Tyuonyi Pueblo. Courtesy/NPS

BNM News:

All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones, and the horizon. 

At Bandelier National Monument, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes, and one of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. 

This Saturday, Dec.

Crossfit On-Ramp Classes Begin January 2014

on December 17, 2013 - 6:55am

Buy a Tree, Ski for Free or Howl at the Moon this Weekend at the Valles Caldera

on December 11, 2013 - 4:00pm


VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — A packed weekend schedule of winter fun awaits visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve this weekend. Visitors can cross country ski or snowshoe in the moonlight or daylight and then take home a Christmas Tree.

The first of four scheduled Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing events is this Saturday, Dec. 14. Visitors can enjoy extended hours to experience the magic of the Preserve after the sun goes down. Purchase your Skiing and Snowshoeing Permit at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop as late as 8 p.m. and enjoy the full moon,

New Golf Course Building Nears Completion; County Seeks Food & Beverage Contractor

on December 10, 2013 - 9:51am

A panoramic photo of the new Golf Course Community Building, set to open in Los Alamos in spring 2014, features the building against a magnificent backdrop of the Jemez Mountains, with its large wrap-around deck overlooking the golf course and new outdoor seating options. The County is currently seeking interested bidders to provide food & beverage services at the facility’s dining area with catering for the new community meeting space on the western side of the building. Courtesy/LAC

LAGC News:

Work is wrapping up on a new Golf Course Community Building located on the north side of Los

K2 Women's Weekend Raises Funds for Cancer Services

on December 9, 2013 - 7:06am
Participants at a previous Women's Weekend at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/

The sixth annual K2 Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain is a non-profit event that raises funds for breast and cervical cancer services in New Mexico by bringing women together to improve their snowsports skills and have fun.

All abilities encouraged. The event is Feb. 7-9. Registration closes Jan. 23.

Last year, more than $10,000 was raised to provide financial assistance for breast and cervical cancer services incurred by New Mexican women and men.

For online event

Column: Valles Caldera National Preserve Suspends Open Hiking

on December 7, 2013 - 9:27am
'Temporarily Closed' signs atop barb wire fences greet the public at the top of hiking areas on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Greg Kendall

Los Alamos Daily Post

It was incredibly disheartening news to read that the Valles Caldera National Preserve Trust Board had suspended open hiking before it even began. I looked forward to hiking up to the Caldera Rim of Canada Bonito without having to stop at the sharp barbed wire fence that carries the "Valles Caldera National Preserve - Temporarily Closed" signs. Alas, it is not to be.

Jemez Mountain Trail Races Registration Opens

on November 30, 2013 - 10:03am


JMTR News:

The Ninth Annual Jemez Mountain Trails Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014. Registration for the 50 kilometer and 50 mile races open Dec. 1. The half marathon (13.1 mile) option will be open for registration Feb. 1, 2014. These races fill up quickly. Register soon at:

The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a wonderful community event that takes full advantage of our beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.

Fusion Multisport Officially Opens in Los Alamos!

on November 26, 2013 - 4:37pm
Fusion Multisport owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis, with help from their friends, cut the red ribbon officially opening their new business Monday afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The crowd mingles following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of Fusion Multisport in downtown Los Alamos. Owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis moved from Indiana in October to open their new business.

"We're just excited ... the response from

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Presents Skate with Santa and Elves Dec. 14-15

on November 26, 2013 - 10:10am

Images courtesy of R. Cowdry


Santa Clause is coming to the ice rink and taking time during his busy holiday schedule to bring his elves to help him greet boys and girls and hand out candy canes. Santa and his elves will

pose for pictures on and off the ice.

Come visit Santa and his elves 4-6 p.m., Saturday Dec. 14 and 3-5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15. Admission for the event is $6.50 at the door, $2.50 for children under 5. Admission includes skate rental. Passes will not be accepted for this special event.

For more information about “Skate with Santa and his Elves,” visit

Los Alamos Triatomics Club 2013 Christmas Lights Runs Take Off Dec. 2

on November 26, 2013 - 7:47am


The Los Alamos Triatomics Club 2013 Christmas Lights Runs begin Dec. 2. Here’s an opportunity to check out the Christmas lights around town and get in a little exercise to burn off that extra slice of Thanksgiving pie.

Runners will wind through Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out the holiday lights. The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic. Non club members are welcome to join in the runs, which are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday night until Christmas or there are ice patches on the streets.

This year, Monday

Pajarito Mountain Edges Closer to Opening

on November 26, 2013 - 7:09am



Pajarito Mountain received about five inches of snow Sunday, which totals about a foot out of the recent storm. Over the weekend, Manager Tom Long and his staff have been track packing the area and evaluating the conditions. They will begin tilling and grooming if enough snow exists to support that activity.

They will begin making snow now to cover some thin places. There is not quite enough snow to open, but it's getting close.

Check back for updates and the opening day announcment anticipated soon.

Los Alamos Golf Course Parking Lot Re-opens

on November 25, 2013 - 9:32am


LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course parking lot has re-opened. To get to the golf shop once you've parked your car, walk toward the 9th green (located on the east end of the parking lot) then follow the signs around the building to the entrance. 

The driving range will close down for a few days beginning as contractors begin work on the new drainage line. The weather may delay this process so there may be days the range will be open.

Contact the golf shop for updated information before going out to practice at 505.662.8139. 

It's that time of year when players who have


Cut Your Own or Buy One: Christmas Tree Sales Begin Friday at Valles Caldera

on November 25, 2013 - 6:49am

Courtesy photo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS---Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 24, visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve can either cut their own Christmas tree or purchase a precut tree while supplies last.

Tree cutting permits and precut trees will be sold 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Valle Grande Staging Area (VGSA.) Visitors can cut their own trees for a permit fee of $10. A map and directions to the cutting area will be provided with your permit.

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

National Forest Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Begin Nov. 25

on November 22, 2013 - 5:57am


USFS News:

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos, and Las Vegas will begin selling Christmas Tree cutting permits Nov. 25.

Trees may be cut between Nov.25 and Dec. 24. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, please purchase your permit ahead of time, because all Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Cost is $10 per tree (up to 10 feet). For trees taller than 10 feet, an additional permit must be purchased. The tags are also good to dig up a living tree.

For Christmas tree maps, guidelines, Forest

Holiday Events in Taos

on November 22, 2013 - 5:42am

Staff Report

TAOS—Many people are opting to reduce stress associated with the holidays and spend them at a new destination such as Taos, New Mexico especially with the Town’s unique “Yuletide in Taos” events taking place Nov. 29–Dec. 31.

Taos was named one of Yahoo’s! top five “Best Destinations for Your Christmas Vacation” in the U.S. (November 2013) and one of Travel and Leisure’s top picks for “Best Places to Spend Christmas” (October 2013).

Beginning Nov. 23, shoppers can start their holiday shopping while saving on sales tax with tax free shopping at participating downtown stores. Tax

Free Days and Christmas Tree Sales Highlight Valles Caldera's Winter Calendar

on November 21, 2013 - 9:38am

Snowshoeing on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCNP

Horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides offer visitors an hour long excursion through the Valles Caldera's winter landscape. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

Jemez Springs – Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of activities and events at the Valles Caldera National Preserve this winter. In addition, two free trail access days will be offered. Dogs are permitted on the K9 Trail and non-groomed areas.

Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area.

North Pole Workshop/Luminaria Walk Dec. 6

on November 18, 2013 - 1:15pm


Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables. Dress warmly, wear your walking shoes, and enjoy the North Mesa Stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights. Afterwards join us at the Posse Lodge for professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.

Join us 5-7 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 at the Posse Lodge. The event is free! Photos with Santa will be a $5 donation to benefit the recreation Scholarship fund.

For more information about “North Pole Workshop,” visit the website at

NPS Names Intermountain Regional Director

on November 18, 2013 - 11:55am

Sue Masica will lead one of seven National Park Service regions. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has named Sue Masica as the Service’s Intermountain regional director, responsible for leading 6,000 employees and 91 national parks visited by more than 42 million people annually. Masica, who serves as the Alaska regional director, assumes her new position in Denver in January.

 “Sue has an incredible track record of tackling tough issues and finding innovative solutions,” Jarvis said.

Valles Caldera Modifies Hunt Lotteries

on November 16, 2013 - 10:55am

VCNP News:

  • New Format Expected to Boost Participant Numbers

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The Valles Caldera Trust has made dramatic changes to its elk and turkey hunt lotteries, which are expected to deepen the pool of applicants during these difficult economic times.

The Trust will combine a reduction in lottery application fees with a one ticket per hunt code purchase limit to attract more participants. The Trust will also eliminate multiple-ticket discount purchases. The changes are effective immediately and will apply to the 2014 hunting seasons.

“In the past, every ticket had an equal chance of

Bustos, Clark and Ferreria Strike Gold for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics

on November 16, 2013 - 7:18am
Suyana Ferreira earning the gold on paralell bars. Phoro by Laura Trader

Ashley Bustos earns silver on the balance beam. Photo by Loui Janecky

LASG News:

Ashley Bustos, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreria of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics placed first in the all-around competition in their divisions at a meet Nov. 2 in Rio Rancho. The gymnasts brought home 19 medals for their team.

Twenty-two Atomic Tumblers attended the meet in Rio Rancho, eight gymnasts competed in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic (JO) Program, six in the USA Gymnastics Xcel Program, and four gymnasts, Anna Clark, Suyana