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Spaces Available for Shark’s Tooth Ridge Trip

on September 24, 2013 - 7:53am

Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

During the Cretaceous Period, much of New Mexico was beneath the sea. Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at a site aptly named Shark’s Tooth Ridge near Cabezon, N.M

Local Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) trip to the site Saturday, Sept. 28. The group will meet at PEEC just before 8 a.m. to carpool to the site. Those who live in Santa Fe or Albuquerque can alternatively meet the group at 9:30 a.m. in San Ysidro, which is near the site.

Join Mountaineers on Hiking Adventure from Pajarito Mountain Through Valle Grande

on September 22, 2013 - 8:47am

The Mountaineers welcome participants on a Sept. 28 hike from Pajarito, through the pass between Pajarito and Cerro Grande (shown here), then through the Valle Grande to N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAM

LAM News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a special hike Saturday, Sept. 28 through the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
 
The adventure will start in the morning at the bottom of the Aspen lift, ride to the top, then continue down the back of Pajarito Mountain to the floor of the Valle Grande.

Free Guided Trips to Southwest Jemez Mountains

on September 22, 2013 - 7:29am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will be hosting several free field trips for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains.

Oct. 11 and 12, three field trips will be scheduled each day. Choose from a full day or a half day trip. The group will travel to various locations in the forest and hear from the specialists who are engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape.

Each day, there will be one all day trip and two half day trips.

Registration Opens for YMCA Dance Classes

on September 22, 2013 - 7:21am

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for October Dance Classes at The Family YMCA.

The YMCA will be having an Open House for the Hip Hop for Kids class 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

This class is open to Boys and Girls ages 8-13. Students will learn the latest dance moves in a fun and creative environment. Technique is taught through choreographed routines to contemporary music by Melissa Belice. Cost is $40 per month or $20 for Y members.

Turkish and Middle Eastern Dance will be taught by Neslihan Ceren-Zeytun at the main YMCA facility from 1-2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Flooding Closes Areas of SFNF Through Dec. 30

on September 21, 2013 - 10:33am

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

Recent heavy rainfall in the Pecos/Las Vegas area of the Santa Fe National Forest has required that certain roads and sites be closed for public safety. 

Several forest roads are impassible due to washouts, debris such as trees and branches along roadways, and plugged culverts. There are also a few bridges that were jammed up with debris and sustained damage. 

Forest personnel continue to assess the damage but are unable to reach some areas due to impassable roads.

Bandelier Again Collects Entrance Fees; Public Lands Day is Fee Free

on September 21, 2013 - 10:02am

A member of the Bandelier maintenance staff works to clear the main trail of mud left by Sept. 12, 13, and 14 flash floods. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Since the Frijoles Canyon section of Bandelier National Monument closed last weekend due to the effects of three flash floods in three days, park employees have been working hard to clean up the mud and damage. 

On Thursday, Sept. 19, it was cleared sufficiently to allow the shuttle buses to start bringing visitors, and by Friday enough of the area was open to begin charging entrance fees.

Frijoles Canyon Re-Opens After Flooding

on September 20, 2013 - 8:49am
Bandelier staff clean up after the recent flood. Courtesy photo

Bandelier News:

Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument reopened to the public Thursday. Bandelier staff began cleanup over the weekend and continued early this week to clear debris off the Main Loop Trail and the visitor parking lot.

The public should expect a few changes in visitor services due to flooding:

  • Bandelier National Monument is not charging entrance fees until further notice
  • The public can only access Frijoles Canyon via a shuttle service provided by Atomic City Transit.

YMCA Holds Dance Classes

on September 19, 2013 - 8:54am

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Jennifer Reglien Best Predictor in Pace Race

on September 19, 2013 - 7:56am
Pace racers of all ages turned out to run the 'Bridges Loop' course Tuesday. Courtesy photo

ACR News:

Jennifer Reglien was the best predictor at 15 seconds off in the weekly pace race held Sept. 17 on the “Bridges Loop” course on the trails behind the Aquatic Center.

Other top predictors were Karen Thorn at 20 seconds off her predicted time and Mariela Saenz and Paul Elkins tying at a 48 second differential. The top finisher in the one mile course Rose Nyenhus with a time of 7:28 and three-year-old Diego Leonard was the top male at 11:16. On the three mile course, Roxana Candia had the

Little Forest Fall Fiesta Saturday

on September 18, 2013 - 7:49am
Festival fun last year at a previous Little Forest Playschool Fall Fiesta. Courtesy/Little Forest Playschool

LFP News:

Little Forest Playschool Annual Fall Fiesta is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Everyone is invited to Little Forest for some great family fun.

There will be raffle drawings, a petting zoo, the popular Alpine Slide, bouncy houses, a bubble pit, crafts, tattoos and face painting. 

The Fall Fiesta benefits Little Forest Playschool, a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The money raised goes toward Little Forest's operating budget.

 

 

Bandelier Plans to Re-Open Frijoles Canyon Thursday

on September 17, 2013 - 10:58am

 

Trail Debris: The high water left stacks of tree trunks, branches, and rocks; here the debris blocks a trail from the main parking lot. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Road: The force of the water eroded away the shoulder from a section of the park entrance road. Photo by Sally King/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Thursday morning Sept. 19, unless there is another flood in the meantime, the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier National Monument will re-open after being closed for a week. 

Visitors will finally be able to catch the shuttle bus in White Rock and see the results of the recent record-breaking

Fun in Leaps and Bounds at Dog Obedience Classes

on September 17, 2013 - 7:17am
Kayleen Lederman and Owen doing an agility course. Courtesy photo.

LADOC News:

Do you have a couple of youngsters in the house with energy to burn? Is one of them a dog? If so, the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club has a couple of great classes to engage them both.

For kids just starting out with dog training, the “Parent Free” class is a great choice. As the name suggests, this is a kids-only class that teaches responsible dog ownership, basic manners (for the dogs), dog handling and other fun activities.

For youngsters with more experience, there is a new “Introduction to Agility” class,

Registration for Flag Football Now Open

on September 17, 2013 - 7:13am

Fusion Multisport Opening in Downtown Los Alamos!

on September 15, 2013 - 12:46pm

New business owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis anticipate opening Fusion Multisport in late October or early November in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
She's a runner. He's a cyclist. They both love downhill skiing. Together Rose and Brad Nyenhuis own Fusion Multisport set to open in late October or early November in downtown Los Alamos.
 
The 2,200-square-foot store at 106 Central Park Square, facing Central Avenue, will specialize in products and services for:
  • Runners - free computerized gait analysis, full line

Valles Caldera Welcomes Back Two Trustees

on September 15, 2013 - 8:54am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust board of trustees has rescheduled its meeting in public to Sept. 26 at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque instead of the originally planned Sept. 19 date in Espanola.

The meeting is pushed back a week to accommodate the return of Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. C. Kenneth Smith to the board of trustees. The White House recently announced President Barack Obama's intent to nominate both former trustees for reappointment to the board. Their previous terms expired in January 2013.

By statute each trustee position is filled with a

Bandelier Bridge To Be Reinstalled Tuesday

on September 14, 2013 - 9:16am

Installation of bridge created by Cadillac Fabrications in May 2012. Courtesy photo

Bandelier News:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Bandelier National Monument will be re-installing the steel bridge that allows vehicles to cross Frijoles Creek.

A crane, accompanied by trucks carrying the two halves of the bridge and the crane's counterweights, is scheduled to arrive in the Visitor Center area about 7 a.m. and by about 10:30 a.m. the procedure should be finished.

It will then take a couple of days for the park maintenance staff to prepare the bridge approaches and the areas across the creek for use.

Bandelier Sustains Flooding – Set to Reopen Monday

on September 13, 2013 - 2:10pm

Bandelier flooding. Photo by Sally King

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument experienced two large flood events, one late afternoon Thursday, Sept. 12 and the other this morning. 

Flooding in Frijoles Canyon prompted Superintendent Jason Lott to close the monument for the safety of visitors due to debris on trails and the potential for flooding throughout the weekend.  Bandelier staff will begin clean-up efforts as soon as rains subside and hope to re-open the monument by Monday, Sept. 16. 

This morning, heavy rains caused flash flooding more severe than any recent flooding the

Bandelier is Closed Due to Flooding

on September 13, 2013 - 11:30am

Staff Report

Park Superintendent Jason Lott just confirmed that Bandelier National Monument is closed due to flooding. The park will likely be closed Saturday as well, he said.

"Our Flood Protection Plan has been effective ... there has been no damage to our buildings or archeological areas that we are aware of at this time," Lott said.

Lott added that no injuries have been reported as a result of this morning's flooding and that all personnel are accounted for.

Heron Lake Has Water!

on September 11, 2013 - 10:43am

Heron Lake. Courtesy photo

 

By RUTH and DOUG LIER,
Volunteers for Heron Lake special events
 

We enjoyed a beautiful long weekend camping at Heron Lake State Park, a two hour drive north of Los Alamos. Heron Lake has water!

The Park Ranger reports the water level has risen several inches in the past two weeks when they ceased releasing water from the Heron Lake dam into the Chama River flowing into El Vado lake.

The late summer wild flowers are abundant In the park, plenty of water to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

Weekly Pace Race Cancelled Due to Weather

on September 11, 2013 - 8:47am
ACRR News:
 
Atomic City Road Runners Club has announced that this week's pace race scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10 near the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area was cancelled due to rainy conditions. 
 
The trail that was to be utilized for the race was totally flooded by rain water.
 
Next week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 and will be the “Bridges Loop” on the trail into the canyon behind the Aquatic Center on Canyon Road.  1 and 3 mile trail courses will be available and a 1 mile paved course on Canyon Road for strollers and those who prefer a paved course will also be available.
 
For

Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements ... A Gift to the Community

on September 10, 2013 - 10:08am

Gathered Monday evening on the Cañada del Buey Trail along Longwiew Drive near Rover Boulevard, from left, Tony Fox (WRMPIC), Paul Andrus (Housing and Special Projects manager) Steve Foltyn, (WRMPIC) Darby Martinez (administration support), Robert Repass, Ray Alcouffe, Dan Saxton, David Sherrill WRMPIC members), Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (Community Services director), Katy Korkos (WRMPIC vice chair), Denny Erickson (WRMPIC chair), Steven R. Parks (WRMPIC) and Ann Laurent (CEDD director). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladilypost.com

Staff Report

Members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation

Yum Run Supports Work of LA Cares

on September 10, 2013 - 7:53am
Rosmarie Frederickson, vice president of LA Cares, left, with June Gladney, treasurer, at Ruby K's Bagel Café. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By MANDY MARKSTEINER

LA Cares runs the food bank in Los Alamos. They feed 65-75 families a month. Families receive a box of staples like rice, noodles, and beans.They can “shop” for specialty items. LA Cares also provides rent and utility payment assistance for people who have fallen behind and are in danger of having their utilities shut off or losing their housing.

“Everyone assumes that all the people in this town are wealthy, but last year we helped

Impromptu Gathering Called for Corvette Owners

on September 9, 2013 - 7:58am

Staff Report

There will be an impromptu gathering of all Los Alamos Corvette owners at 196 El Rayo on Barranca Mesa at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Green chile cheeseburgers, Nathan's quarter pound hot dogs, and all the fixing will be on the menu.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet and lie about our cars,” organizer Mike Luna said.

All Corvette owners, past, present and future are welcome. Attendees are encouraged, but not required to bring a side dish. RSVPs are requested. For more information, contact Luna at hotcorner_sports@hotmail.com or at 661-9988.

Travel to Area Known for Cretaceous Age Shark Teeth

on September 7, 2013 - 6:26am
Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was.

Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at a site aptly named Shark’s Tooth Ridge near Cabezon, N.M.

Local Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) trip to the site Saturday, Sept. 28. The group will meet at PEEC just before 8 a.m. to carpool to the site.

Landscaping Underway on Cañada del Buey Trail

on September 5, 2013 - 2:16pm

The landscaping phase of the Cañada del Buey Trail Improvements is underway today along the Longview Drive portion of the project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Paving of the pathway along Longview Drive is now complete. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Landscaping is underway on the Cañada del Buey Trail today along Longview Drive in White Rock.

The scope of the County's improvement project includes approximately 2,100 feet of trail, beginning just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard.

The 10-foot wide asphalt

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