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Free Activities for Families Saturday at YMCA

on April 23, 2013 - 7:27am
Kids create seed balls at the Family YMCA. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

In support of families keeping children physically active, The Family YMCA will offer free activities 10 a.m.- noon Saturday, April 27 for Healthy Kids Day.

Y’s across the nation are participating in “Get a JUMP on Summer.” Outdoor fun will include a variety of jumpy-hop-tastic activities, as well as unique crafts and healthy snacks.

Participants also have an opportunity to get a bit dirty making seed balls for future planting at Los Alamos Middle School.

‘Atomic Man Duathlon’ Gears Up for Competition April 28

on April 22, 2013 - 7:19am


Named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s top 10 “best small towns to visit” (April 2013), Los Alamos is host to the Atomic Man Duathlon – one of the best and most highly anticipated sporting events in New Mexico.

Now in its ninth year, the Atomic Man Duathlon is scheduled for April 28.

The Duathlon’s intermediate “fat man” course consists of a 10K run (twice around a 5K loop), followed by a 40K bike race; and concluding with a 5K run around one loop. The shorter “little boy” course is comprised of a 4K run; 15K bike race; and finishing with another 4K run.


Y: Outdoor Exploration Creates Kids Who Care

on April 21, 2013 - 9:05am
Kids at iCARE summer camp share their animal tracking journals. Photo by Sylan Argo
Community Programs Director at The Family YMCA

The Family YMCA’s iCARE programs are about letting kids play outside and get dirty while helping them learn about and appreciate the great outdoors.

A few years ago, the Y adopted an internal philosophy of sustainability called “iCARE” - a philosophy that engaged youth to think about their impact on the earth. 

At the same time that the Y’s national iCARE philosophy was taking form, parents needed a Wednesday-only program here in Los Alamos.

Y Camp Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring this Summer

on April 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

Y Camp activities. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Los Alamos –The Family YMCA is offering Y Camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

Our Y Camp offers youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Nearly 50 percent of U.S.

Bandelier National Monument Celebrates National Park Week

on April 18, 2013 - 10:59am

A look from the mesa top affords a breathtaking view of Frijoles Canyon, as well as a bird's-eye view of Long House. Sally King/NPS


BNM News:

  •  National Park Week at Bandelier - Crafts, Stars, Fee Free Days and More
Beginning Saturday, April 20, Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas around the country will be observing National Park Week. With more than 400 areas, there's a lot to celebrate.
Of course Bandelier is always a great place to visit, and special events during that week will make it even better.
Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, will be

Los Alamos Hikers Explore Alabaster Cave

on April 17, 2013 - 9:16am
PEEC group explores Alabaster Cave. Photo by Beth Cortright
Guide Tony Hinojosa shows the group around Alabaster Cave. Photo by Beth Cortright.


The group must have looked like a sight for sore eyes to any drivers who happened to glance over while speeding down the highway between Cuba and San Isidro, New Mexico.

Down a fine, almost powdery, sandy trail the group hiked, their heads covered with helmets with headlamps strapped to them and knee pads Velcroed around their legs.

If the drivers looked hard and long enough, the scene would have become even more fascinating


Alcove House Unstable, Unsafe and Closed Until Further Notice

on April 12, 2013 - 9:31am







The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.


Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks. In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.


The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.

Wednesday, April 10, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an

Biking Tibet in the Days of 'Red China'

on April 12, 2013 - 8:23am

Tim Goering and Dave Colbert took a bike trip through China and Tibet in 1986, just when it was opening to Westerners. Qomolanga (Mt. Everest) from Tibet, in a photo taken on a return trip 20 years after their expedition. Courtesy/LAM


The April meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers features a slide show by Tim Goering and Dave Colbert about a mountain biking trip to China and Tibet in 1986.  

They biked across China and Tibet to Nepal, riding across Inner Mongolia, northern and central China, and from Lanzhou across Qinghai province and Tibet.

They finished their

Forest Announces Release of New Motor Vehicle Use Map

on April 11, 2013 - 2:24pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Monday, April 15, the Santa Fe National Forest will release the Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows the public where it is legal to drive motorized vehicles on the forest.

The map is a result of work that began over six years ago in response to National Guidelines known as the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring all national forests in the country to evaluate their motorized system of roads and trails.

“After years of extensive analysis and public involvement, the MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) displays the forest’s designated network of roads and trails for

Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

on April 11, 2013 - 2:06pm


SANTA FE – The Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (SWJMCFLRP) will present a monitoring project update Friday, April 12 at Santa Fe Community College.

A complete day of presentations is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall auditorium, Room 216.

In 2009, Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to fund and encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

In 2010 The Southwest Jemez Mountains Project was among the first selected to

Kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier Closed for Assessment

on April 11, 2013 - 12:59pm

The stonework on the kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier National Monument may have become unstable, so Alcove House is closed today while an assessment is done of the situation. Check back to for more information on the results of the assessment. Courtesy/BNM

PEEC Amateutur Naturalist: Turkey Vultures Return to Los Alamos Ice Rink

on April 11, 2013 - 7:34am
PEEC Amateutur Naturalist
By Robert Dryja

The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is known for swallows returning each year.

There even is a website dedicated to this event. 

Turkey Vultures are one of Los Alamos’s earliest returning birds, but they’re not quite as endearing as the swallows.

Turkey Vulture. Photo by Bob Dryja

Four Turkey Vultures were seen migrating through the area or returning to their roost high in a tree near the Los Alamos Canyon ice rink on March 16, 2013. 

The road by the ice rink forms a loop and heads up the north side of the canyon.

Fight Breast Cancer at Run for Her Life April 14

on April 10, 2013 - 9:43am
Runners race for the finish line during the 2012 Run for Her Life. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Put on your running (or walking) shoes. At 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14 the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah, the Los Alamos Jewish Center and Atomic City Roadrunners will present the third annual Run for Her Life.

The event is a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

This is the only race specifically targeting breast cancer to be held in Los Alamos.

LANL Trails Near TA 70, 71 Being Rerouted

on April 6, 2013 - 9:05am



LANL News:

  • Compliance ensures long-term use

Trails on Los Alamos National Laboratory property in White Rock, between Pajarito Acres and Bandelier National Monument in Technical Areas 70 and 71 are being rerouted to protect sensitive resources.

Trail user should expect to see signs that indicate new routes and trail use requirements.

Unlike other Department of Energy (DOE) sites, LANL allows backcountry use by hikers and equestrians but the privilege comes with requirements, primarily that resources such as plants, animals and culturally significant areas

Registration Opens for Summer Video/Animation Classes

on April 6, 2013 - 6:25am

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is offering Summer Video and Animation classes for children in second through ninth grades.

New, this summer, will be a Beginning Video session, open to second through sixth graders, called "A Peek at PEEC" in which the students will create a short documentary at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Also new this summer, are two sessions (session 1 and 2) geared towards the home-schooled students in town.

All classes arefocused on fun. Students make music videos, news shows, documentaries, commercials and comedies.

Beginning Classes learn basic camera

State of the Preserve Report Published

on April 4, 2013 - 8:27am



VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGSThe Valles Caldera Trust 2012 State of the Preserve Report details the journey of an overused, exhausted landscape to its improved condition and provides a peek at the road ahead.

The report, released Thursday, is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures unique to the trust, and provides baseline data, which aids the strategic management of the preserve.

However, the report also points out that some of the resources Congress believed would contribute to financial self-sufficiency were either overestimated

Learn About YMCA Express Through Orientations

on March 29, 2013 - 9:45am
YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is offering free orientations to its new Y Express facility beginning at noon today.

One of the Y's wellness coaches will introduce community members to the Functional Training room at the Y Express, discuss and demonstrate proper use of the functional training and cardio room machines and give attendees an opportunity to try out the equipment.

Anyone unable to attend a scheduled orientation may schedule an individual orientation.

These orientations are free to the public, Y membership is not required and there is no need to register. 

Several days and times are

Los Alamos Historical Society's April Lecture: 'Bandelier Trails: Before & After'

on March 27, 2013 - 1:29pm

Dale Cocker

LAHS News:

Bandelier's Trails Program Manager Dale Coker will present, “Bandelier Trails: Before & After” at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Coker's April lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Coker will take the audience on a journey where he presents and annotates his Bandelier National Monument photo album, entertaining questions along the way. 

He will begin with a short history of the trail system in Bandelier and then talk about the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the trails and give an update on current conditions.

About the

Puppy Kindergarten Classes Begin April 3

on March 26, 2013 - 7:15am


Photo by Sue Barns

Calling all puppies!

Puppy Kindergarten classes are about to begin at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club.

These fun, informative classes for puppies ages three to six months help to start puppies off on the right paw and build a solid foundation for their future.

Puppies learn basic commands and build confidence by playing on agility obstacles and socializing with other puppies.

Puppy raising problems and concerns are addressed in the class, which meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for six weeks starting April 3. 

A few slots remain and the cost for

Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

on March 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world - Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in

Ribbon Cut on New Multi-Use Covered Arena

on March 24, 2013 - 9:24am

Molly Blair enjoys a cookie at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new multipurpose arena Friday. Molly's miniature horse Bella hopes for a bite of Molly's cookie. Photo by Greg Kendall/
County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Los Alamos Pony Club Leader Lisa Reader prepare to cut the ribbon for the new arena. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A crowd gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, March 22 for the newly completed multi-use covered arena in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.

Designed as a place to ride

Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

on March 23, 2013 - 8:34am
Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call "plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.

Much Anticipated Mud Kitchen Coming to PEEC!

on March 23, 2013 - 8:19am
Young engineers construct a fort at the PEEC Nature Play area. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The weather is warming up and that means it’s time to build more forts at PEEC where fort-building area now includes a mud pie kitchen, complete with mud muffin tins, shovels and spatulas.

Whether you are an architect or mud chef, plan to be at PEEC from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 5 for First Friday Forts.

PEEC’s Nature Play area is fun for kids of all ages.

Smithsonian Magazine Ranks Los Alamos #8 of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013

on March 22, 2013 - 11:31am

Bandelier. Photo by Scott S. Warren/SM



Los Alamos comes in number 8 of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013, according to Smithsonian magazine.

In its April 2013 edition, the magazine states:

"What makes a small town big on culture?

Valles Caldera: Elk Hunting Lottery Closes March 20

on March 19, 2013 - 7:45am


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations with between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occuping the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging.

Hunts on the Preserve are designed to pay homage to man's oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands.