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Community Effort Brings Back Pajarito Canyon Trail

on November 3, 2013 - 11:22am
On Saturday, 22 volunteers spent the day roughing in the remaining 1,800 feet of a rebuild of the Pajarito Canyon Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
Community Effort Brings Back Pajarito Canyon Trail

Hikers, runners, and mountain bikers looking for a challenging trip near Los Alamos have an option that hasn’t been available since 2000.

On Saturday, 22 volunteers spent the day roughing in the remaining 1,800 feet of a rebuild of the Pajarito Canyon Trail. The trail now connects the east side of Pajarito Mountain to West Jemez Road with about 5 miles of trail.

While the lower,

Registration Opens for Aligned Core Conditioning Class

on October 30, 2013 - 9:11am
Sports Alignment Coach Jessica Kisiel is launching an Aligned Core Conditioning Class next week.
Class Description: Joint position is the foundation of strength. Training, if done incorrectly can contribute to poor posture and ingrain compensated movement patterns that can lead to joint deterioration, muscle imbalances and pain. In this class, participants will learn how to get straight and strong. Class will consist of body weight and dumbbell exercises for mobility, stability and strength. Correct form and controlled movement will be emphasized. 
When: Wednesdays

Paint Spill Removal Underway at Bandelier

on October 30, 2013 - 8:31am

Construction crew digging up dirt soiled with paint and hauling it down to N.M. 4. Courtesy/NPS

Trees will be left to naturally shed the layer of paint. Courtesy/NPS


San Bar Construction Corporation continues work to remove paint associated with a September 2012 vehicle accident within Bandelier National Monument’s boundary. Crews began work last Monday and are expected to continue into this week. There will be no road closures during removal operations.

The paint spill is a result of a tractor-trailer accident that occurred Sept.

Update on Condition of Los Alamos Trails

on October 29, 2013 - 9:51am


Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin has completed his assessment of trail conditions following the Friday the 13th storms.

Trail Conditions as of Oct. 17:

Due to flooding and construction work on the Los Alamos Reservoir, the road to the reservoir is currently closed.

Floods damaged a section of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Look for trail detour signs that lead across an entry road to the New Mexico Consortium Building to avoid the damaged and hazardous section of trail.

Floods washed away most of the canyon bottoms

Try Hockey Free Day Nov. 23

on October 29, 2013 - 7:39am


LAHA News:

Co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHA), this is a chance for youth of all ages to try ice hockey on for size. LAHA volunteer coaches will be available to assist with equipment fitting, helmet and skate fitting, and on-ice activities. 

Sessions begin at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 for all youth 18 and under and at 5 p.m. for girls 18 and under. Be sure to get there early to try on equipment and talk with the coaches prior to going out on the ice.

Tickets are available at the Aquatic Center, or contact the Recreation Division to be emailed a free

Free Guided Field Trip to Visit Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Project

on October 28, 2013 - 2:52pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest is hosting two free field trips 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 8-9 for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains. The field trips include travel to various locations in the forest and hear from specialists engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape. 

All are welcome but reservations are required. Spaces are limited and it is first come, first served. Following your confirmed reservation, you will receive detailed instructions on meeting time and location.

County Rink Offers Ice Skating Lessons Free Day

on October 28, 2013 - 12:44pm



Have you ever been curious about ice skating lessons? Los Alamos County Ice Rink is giving you the chance to meet our skating instructors and staff to try a free mini-skating lesson. Instructors will also be doing skills testing so students will know at what level of lesson to register.

Skating lessons begin at 1 p.m., Saturday Nov. 16 for all skaters 10 years of age and under and 1:45 p.m. for skaters 11 through adult. Be sure to get there early to try on skates and meet with instructors prior to going out on the ice.

Tickets are available at the Aquatic Center

Los Alamos Golf Course Entrance Temporarily Closed Beginning Oct. 28 ... Use Maintenance Entrance Off San Ildefonso Road

on October 26, 2013 - 9:55am

The public must used this maintenance entrance off San Ildefonso Road for about two weeks, beginning Monday, Oct. 28 while work is underway on the main parking lot off Diamond Drive. Courtesy/LAGC

LAGC News:

Beginning Monday, Oct. 28, the main parking lot and ENTRANCE will be closed to the Los Alamos Golf Course so that the Clubhouse/Community Building contractor can continue important site work. 

This week they have tied in utilities to the new building along with island work and new curbing.

Los Alamos Golf Course Serves as Extraction Site for Injured Biker

on October 21, 2013 - 9:13am
A rescue helicopter landed at the Los Alamos Golf Course Sunday afternoon, as it was the closest extraction site for a man injured in a motorcycle accident north of Gauje Pines Cemetery. The helicopter landed on the driving range and remained for about an hour. Once Los Alamos Firefighters rescued the man, they transported him to the golf course and air lifted him to St. Vincent's in Santa Fe. "This was the first time the golf course has been used as an extraction point in all the years that I've been here ... we were glad to help," golf pro Donnie Torres said.

Santa Fe National Forest Recreation Sites Reopen

on October 20, 2013 - 10:06am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest has begun its process of reopening developed recreational facilities that were closed during the government shutdown. 

We expect to reopen developed sites this weekend after employees have had the chance to evaluate the cleanliness and safety of each individual facility and open locked gates and restrooms. During the fall, we normally winterize and close some developed recreation sites, therefore some places will remain closed for the season. Other areas are still closed due to impacts from flooding.

The following recreation sites will

Los Alamos Gymnast Suyana Ferreria Captures Nine Gold Medals

on October 20, 2013 - 8:50am
Suyana Ferreira takes the gold on beam. Photo  by Laura Trader
Elyse Phillips earns an 8.45 on bars. Photo Laura Trader


In an unprecedented win, Suyana Ferreria of Los Alamos earned nine gold and one silver medal for the Atomic Tumblers at their first away meet of the season.

Sixteen Atomic Tumblers attended the meet at Taos, seven gymnasts competed in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic (JO) Program, seven in the USA Gymnastics Xcel Program, and two, Suyana Ferreria and Anna Clark, competed in both.

The Xcel Program is an alternative to the JO Program, allowing

White Rock's Cañada del Buey Trail Officially Opens

on October 19, 2013 - 9:38am

Los Alamos Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz talks to Pinon and Chamisa Elementary School students during Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony of the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The Cañada del Buey Trail Project involves about 2,100 feet of trail, beginning just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard. The project includes a 10-foot wide asphalt multi-use path along the north side of the Cañada del Buey from the existing N.M. 4 multi-use path to Bonnie View Drive. Between Bonnie View and Rover, along Longview Drive, the multi-use path is on

Bradbury Presents Spooktacular High Tech Halloween

on October 18, 2013 - 7:13am


The whole family can have a “spooktacular” good time 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Bradbury Science Museum’s High Tech Halloween. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Some of the most popular demonstrations on cryogenics and robotics along with new interactive shows involving magnets, optics, dry ice bubbles, and much more.

Immerse yourself in adventure tunnels, then make your way over to the creepy crawly critters to get a glimpse at snakes, millipedes, spiders, and even live owls!

Bandelier Has Re-Opened

on October 18, 2013 - 6:26am

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument re-opened at noon Thursday after having been closed by the 16-Day government shutdown. The reopening comes just in time to celebrate Sunday's National Archeology Day and National Wilderness Day.

"It's a great time of year to come to the park," Superintendent Jason Lott said. "The canyon is bright with autumn colors, the weather forecast is calling for a classic New Mexico October day, and it will be a great chance to learn about two of the most important aspects of Bandelier, wilderness and archeology."


Y offers 'Try-Us-Free' Week

on October 16, 2013 - 7:04am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is offering a special, “Try-Us Free,” week to anyone who lives or works in Los Alamos from Oct.19-26. The Y is also waiving the joining fee to their wellness facility from Oct. 15 throughout the rest of the month.   

 The Y’s CEO Linda Daly announced the free week as an outreach.

“The Y wants to support individuals in stressful times, to help them find a balance,” Daly said. “As an organization, we must also work to balance our resources in support of community, and this free week is one way we can help.”

 “We want to encourage anyone who is feeling stressed to

Annual Yum Walk/Run Is Oct. 26

on October 9, 2013 - 8:20am
Runners and walkers gather for the Yum Run/Walk in 2012. Photo by Greg Kendall/
The Annual Yum Run/Walk 5k, 10K, and 1K is starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in front of Ruby K’s Bagel Shop downtown Los Alamos off Central Avenue right across from the Post Office.
The 5K will be 2 loops around the downtown area and the 1K will head down Central Avenue Westbound and return. The 10K is mainly a trail run that will be a short loop downtown and then head down the trail behind the Aquatic Center and return to Central Avenue.
The 5K and 10K Runs

Rattler Spotted on Rendija Canyon Trail

on October 8, 2013 - 7:59am

Los Alamos resident Kei Davis was out for an afternoon hike Monday walking from the paved parking lot in Rendija Canyon before the Sportsmen's Club (Orienteers parking lot) and on the way back heard, then spotted this rattlesnake just off the trail. 'It's not clear from the photo but just over half its length is off the ground, ready to strike,' Davis told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'It was just being defensive, not offensive. Truly a normal encounter with no harm done on either side.' Photo by Kei Davis

10th Annual 26-Mile Trail Sale Oct. 19-20

on October 7, 2013 - 9:05am

Drive up and see the fall colors while shopping for treasures up and down the Jemez Valley. Yard sale spots will also form at local businesses and larger, group locations along N.M. 4. Courtesy photo


The Jemez Valley at the peak of the fall colors is the beautiful backdrop for the 10th annual 26-Mile Trail Sale set for Oct. 19-20.

The event is a yard sale shopper’s dream that meanders along N.M. 4 from San Ysidro to Sierra Los Pinos. Sellers will be set up multi-vendor locations in business parking lots along N.M. 4 as well as individual yard sales.

Scenes From Balloon Fiesta 2013

on October 7, 2013 - 8:44am

The 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kick off Saturday with more than 500 hot air balloons representing 20 countries. The fiesta runs through Oct. 13 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The hot air balloon competitive flying starts today with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 20 countries participating in the 42nd event, as each flies their nation’s flag from their balloon.

Sunset Hay Rides UN-CANCELLED ... The Popular Event Is Back On!

on October 5, 2013 - 6:55am


The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division’s Sunset Hayrides are back on!

The event is moved from Friday to Saturday, Oct. 19 and is supported by the Los Alamos County Sherriff’s Posse Lodge, the Los Alamos Stable Owner’s Association, the Los Alamos Pony Club and the Los Alamos 4-H Club.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center for the 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. rides.

Fees: $5 / adult, 18 & over
$2 / youth, 4 - 17
$1 / child, under 4
Limit: 100 participants per hour

Contact the Recreation Division at 662-8170 for additional information.

Pedicini Top Predictor in Final Pace Race of Season

on October 3, 2013 - 11:33am
ACR News:
Georgia Pedicini was only 9 seconds off her predicted time in the Cooper Pace Race held on the Canyon Rim Trail in the Atomic City Roadrunner's final race of the season. 
Other accurate predictors were:
  • Lauraine Maness with a 12 second differential;
  • Jennifer Reglien recording 18 seconds off; and
  • Jackie Marr at 21 seconds from her estimated time.

Fastest finishers on the four distances offered in the race were:

  • Paul Elkins at 12:54 in the 1 mile;
  • Linda Vance with a 14:27 in the 1.5 mile;
  • Rose Nyenhuis recording a 14:36 in the 2 mile; and

No Quarter Doubles Disc Golf Tournament Oct. 12

on October 3, 2013 - 9:33am

LADG News:

The No Quarter Doubles Disc Golf Tournament is set for 10 a.m., Oct. 12 at North Mesa Disc Golf Course in Los Alamos.

Registration deadline: Oct. 10

Advanced Division: $35/team (Female, male, mixed)

Amateur Division: $25/team (Female, male, mixed)
Minimum 3 teams per division.

3 Round, 9 Hole format of play:
Round 2: BEST SHOT
Round 3: BEST HOLE

Cash payout for top places!

Register online at

Additional prizes provided by: Los Alamos Disc Golf

To sponsor the event or volunteer, email

Public Comments Requested for Replacing Frijoles Canyon Section of Park's Electrical System

on October 2, 2013 - 9:56am


The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the process to plan an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the Frijoles Canyon section of electrical systems at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations. The current electrical system is approximately 50 years old. It has exceeded its life expectancy of 30-40 years, and is in need of replacement.

Further, the existing lines were

Taos Pueblo Shares Traditions With Visitors

on September 28, 2013 - 7:33am

Staff Report:

Taos Pueblo is celebrating their annual feast day Sept. 29 and 30 in honor of the Pueblo’s patron saint, St. Jerome (San Geronimo.)

The two-day celebration is open to the public. In preparation for the feast day week, the Pueblo is closed Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 but reopens at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

The culturally rich two-day celebration begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 with Vespers in the San Geronimo Chapel, followed by a traditional foot racing dance. Festivities continue Monday, Sept.


Forest Service Seeks 8-minute Feedback

on September 26, 2013 - 7:49am


SANTA FE—Forest Service and contract employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Santa Fe National Forest roads want to know about your visit to the national forest as part of a recreation visitor program.

The interviewers gather basic visitor information. All responses are totally confidential. In fact, a person’s name is never written anywhere on the survey. The basic interview lasts about eight minutes.