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Public Meeting to Focus on Community Trail Plan

on May 4, 2013 - 8:08am



Los Alamos County has enlisted the assistance of Trail Solutions, a program of the International Mountain Bike Association, to assess the County Trail Network and develop a revision of the community trail network plan.

The plan will be the focus of a public meeting held from 5:30-7 p.m., May 8 at Fuller Lodge. The open house format will provide an opportunity to view and comment on specific projects called out by the plan, and to provide comments on the general concepts presented in the plan.

“We developed the first trail network plan back in 2005. The usage

Bandelier: Alcove House Open ... Kiva Remains Closed

on May 4, 2013 - 7:27am
The climb to Alcove House requires four sets of ladders ascending some 140-feet. Courtesy/BNM
BNM News:
The Alcove House site at Bandelier National Monument reopened Friday May 3 after Monument staff closed it April 10 due to concerns over the structural stability of the archaeological site.
The reconstructed kiva in Alcove House remains closed until further notice. Visitors must follow closure guidelines for their safety.
The public should expect another closure in late fall when crews will repair the cracks in the walls of the structure.
A few weeks ago, staff from

Go Climb a Wall at the Y

on May 2, 2013 - 7:54am
YMCA News:
Climbing is a whole body workout that results in an exhilarating accomplishment and the Climbing Wall at The Family YMCA has some new classes, programs and prices to get you introduced, get you in, and get you climbing for less.
Adult Climb Time for any level of climber - beginner to advanced ages 18+. 9 to 11 a.m. Friday mornings during YMCA Child Watch. $20 per month (plus Child Watch fee if needed) / $10 for Y members with Child Watch free as always. Bring your own gear or use ours.
Little Geckos – ages 3-5 with parent. $30 per month / $20 for Y members.

Reglien Best Predictor in Pace Race

on May 1, 2013 - 8:04am
ACR News:

Twenty two runners and walkers participated in Tuesday night's pace race on West Road, starting and ending at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 
The goal was to predict their times for completing a one mile or three mile course. Unfortunately, timer problems precluded recording the finish times for the last eight runners. 
The best predictor was Jennifer Reglien with an adjusted error of 51 seconds. On the one mile course, the fastest male was Richard Thompson III (8:30) and the fastest female was Patricia Burnside (8:56.)
On the long course, Ted Romero was the fastest

Leanne Smith Wins Dog Jog

on April 30, 2013 - 8:38am

First place winner Leanne Smith at Saturday's Dog Jog. Courtesy photo

FOS News:

Leanne Smith took first place in the 3.1-mile race at the 17th annual Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog Saturday, April 27 in White Rock.

The event is open to all participants with or without a dog and at any pace in both the 3.1 mile competitive run and 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.

The annual Dog Jog is coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps, and the Atomic City Roadrunners as a fund raising benefit for the Friends of the Shelter.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 246 East


'Run the Caldera' Celebrates 'The Year of the Coyote'

on April 26, 2013 - 8:04am



Coyotes are a species unique to the North American continent and range from New England to Alaska and as far south as the Panama Canal.

One found its way into New York City’s Central Park. Another once sauntered into a Chicago fast food eatery during the lunch hour. The Aztecs dubbed the prairie predator “coyoti,” which science later Latinized with the more formal classification of Canis latrans.

Whatever the name, the coyote is the theme of the Eighth Annual "Run the Caldera," the weekend of June 8 to 9 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.


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