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Jemez Mountain Trail Races Registration Opens

on November 30, 2013 - 10:03am

Courtesy/JMTR

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: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=24422.

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/ladailypost.com
 
The crowd mingles following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
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

COUNTY News:

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

TRIATOMICS News:

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

Courtesy/PMSH

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

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

Courtesy/LAGC

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

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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

STATE News:

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

Courtesy/USDA

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

COUNTY News:

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

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Taking Flight

on November 16, 2013 - 7:12am
Jorge Ayarza from Colombia is teaching students about catching and handling birds with mist nets. Here the students are having a hands-on experience with the soft bags that are used to safely transport birds from the nets to the data collection area. Photo by Stephen Fettig
 
Maria del Pilar González Barroso from Mexico and Diego Alejandro Cueva from Colombia view a Townsend’s Warbler just before releasing it back into the wild. Photo by Stephen Fettig
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Taking Flight
By ROBERT DRYLA

Particular thanks to Bandelier National Monument, Stephen Fettig, and the Park

Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team Holds Recruitment Night

on November 15, 2013 - 7:44am
Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team. Courtesy photo

PMFT News:

The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team will have a Recruitment/Registration Night at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at Pajarito Mountain Lodge. Learn more about the team and sign up if you’re ready.

The group will watch the team movie from last season, so everyone can see what the team is all about. The team will then answer any questions. If you decide you want to join the team, there will be an opportunity to go over the Team Handbook, sign all of the necessary forms, and pay this year's tuition. The price went down this year.

Volunteers Needed for Red Dot Trail Maintenance Day Nov. 16

on November 14, 2013 - 8:22am
Matt McKinley posted signs around White Rock and the big red dot points the way to the trail work. Photo by Craig Martin

The trail in the lower half of this scene was raked with a McLeod; the trail is difficult to find in the unworked section in the upper half. Photo by Craig Martin

By CRAIG MARTIN
Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist

When I last hiked down the Red Dot Trail a few months ago I thought to myself, “Man this is rough; I really must be getting old.”

That’s true enough, but the trail could use a little loving care, too.

Hive Announces Events and Survey

on November 14, 2013 - 7:35am

HIVE News:

Mini-Sumo Robot Competitions take place 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 14 at 4711 Quemazon in Los Alamos.  

There are two competitions—one for “entry level” and one for “advanced.” The advanced competition is open to all mini-sumos, even if the builders did not attend the recent robot-building class.

Visit http://www.pelowitz.com/larobotics/ for more information.

The Hive and Los Alamos Entrepreneur Network have generated a survey seeking community input for future directions for the organizations. Take the survey at http://goo.gl/7PiMLn  to provide your input.

The Hive will hold its

Sign Up Open for YMCA Youth Basketball

on November 8, 2013 - 11:22am

YMCA News:

The YMCA Youth Basketball Program is open to all youth in first- sixth grades. Teams are divided based on the elementary school where a child attends, or nearest to their home, so youth can practice and play with friends and classmates. 

Grades one and two will be on co-ed teams. Girls and Boys will be separate on the older teams.

Teams are coached by parents and volunteers who have had YMCA Volunteer training, background check, and a coaches training from the Los Alamos High School basketball coaches.

Forest Waives Day Use Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

on November 8, 2013 - 8:42am

USFS News:

SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is joining other Federal agencies in waiving its day use fees over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. Members of the public, veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families are invited to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the great outdoors. 

No fees will be charged at Battleship Rock and Spanish Queen Picnic Areas on the Jemez Ranger District. The fee waiver does not apply to campgrounds.

"We wholeheartedly salute the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have

November Events at Bandelier

on November 6, 2013 - 1:58pm
Domesticated turkeys. Courtesy/BNM
 
BANDELIER News:

The leaves are changing color, the Sandhill Cranes can be heard migrating overhead, and the brisk fall weather make it a perfect time to explore Bandelier National Monument. Join us for fun and exciting activities in the month of November. For more information about these upcoming events, contact the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center at 505.671.3861 x 517

 Nov. 9-11: Fee Free Veterans Day Weekend

The National Park Service would like to honor our brave veterans by offering fee free entrance to everyone over the upcoming weekend.

Scenes From Ruby K's Yum Run

on November 5, 2013 - 7:44am

A group of 141 participants take off on Central Avenue near Fuller Lodge in the 9th Annual Ruby K's Yum Run Oct. 26. The 1K, 5K and 10K races raised about $5,200 for local food bank LA Cares. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Photo by Jim Nesmith

Registration Opens for CROP Walk & Turkey Trot

on November 4, 2013 - 7:41am
The 2013 Los Alamos CROP Walk & Turkey Trot Organizing Committee is hard at work getting this year's event together. Committee members top row from left, Ted Williams, Jeanne Butler, Gil Butler, Cynthia Biddlecomb and bottom row, Lynn Wysocki-Smith, Elisa Enriquez and Wendee Brunish. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in front of Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive. Runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs are invited to participate. Sign up on line at www.cropwalk.org, or register the day of the event. For more information, call  Lynn Wysocki-Smith 661.9619 or Elisa Enriquez

Yum Run Raises $5,200 for LA Cares

on November 4, 2013 - 6:58am

YUM RUN News:

The 9th Annual Ruby K's Yum Run, to benefit LA Cares was deemed a great success. The morning of Oct. 26 brought beautiful weather and 141 participants in the 1K, 5K and 10K races. 

With the help of about 40 very appreciated volunteers, LA Cares raised about $5,200 to help its mission.

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