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YCC Completes Full Mile of Trail Reconstruction

on August 16, 2013 - 7:41am
Filling the gully with rocks. Courtesy photo
Bringing in fill material. Courtesy photo

YCC News:

The Los Alamos Youth Conservation Corps crew had its last week in Los Alamos Canyon the week of Aug. 8, completing a full mile of reconstructed trail from the newly restored Reservoir.

There is only 0.4 miles left before reaching the old Knapp Trail that goes up and out of the canyon. This will be the project for YCC 2014.

Miles Standish from the Forest Service came out the last day and cleared the big fallen trees off the trail with the chainsaw, while the crews continued to progress up

LAHS Marksmen Train With Champions

on August 14, 2013 - 7:28am
LAHS NJROTC precision rifle team members pictured with Olympian Lone Wiggers are from left, David Murphy, Tessa Snyder,  JoAnna O’Neill, Noah Marriott  and Samuel Wolfe. Courtesy photo
LAHS Marksmen Train With Champions
By JoAnna O'Neill
Five member of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision rifle team traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this month to participate in a summer training camp sponsored  by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
David Murphy and Samuel Wolfe participated in the three-position camp and were joined by Noah Marriott, Tessa Snyder, and JoAnna

Camp May Is Open

on August 13, 2013 - 4:08pm

The new amphitheater at Camp May features a concrete stage and aluminum bench seating. Courtesy/LAC


Camp May is open to the public following renovations to picnic areas, camp sites and a new amphitheater.

The new amphitheater features a concrete stage with aluminum bench seating. Improvements to picnic and camping areas included the installation of 21 new picnic tables and 17 new fire rings on new concrete slabs, along with bear-proof trash containers.

There are four picnic/day use areas and 14 campsites that can be reserved at the Aquatic Center.

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS

on August 12, 2013 - 1:37pm

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS
  • Public Input Requested

JEMEZ SPRINGS --- The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released a 10-year plan for the proposed stewardship of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (preserve.)

The Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) details a number of actions aimed at reducing the potential for severe burning and moving the forest to a more sustainable and resilient condition.

Tami Martinson of Los Alamos Scores Second Career Hole In One

on August 12, 2013 - 1:29pm

LAGC News:

Tami Martinson of Los Alamos scored her second career hole in one Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. 

Witnessing her great shot were husband Drew Martinson, along with Wayne and Lynn Taylor. 

Martinson was playing from the red tees on the 15th hole, which measures 146 yards and she hit a 6 iron for her perfect shot.  

Paulina Burnside Nails Pace Race Prediction

on August 8, 2013 - 7:57am
Pace Race runners round the bend in Tuesday's race. Courtesy photo


Pace racers try to predict their run and walk times for known course  lengths. Tuesday night, Paulina Burnside aced her prediction on the three mile Turkey Trot course in the Bayo Canyon/North Mesa area.

One and two mile courses also were available, but two of the next three best predictions were also on the longest course. Bill Rice, Roxana Candia and Paul Elkins had respective errors of 24, 28, and 30 seconds.

Fastest finishers for the one mile course were Patricia Burnside (9:29) and Elkins (14:50),

Young Guns Shooting Program Holds Raffles

on August 7, 2013 - 8:01am
Young Guns practice at the Los Alamos Sportsman's Club in Rendija Canyon. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Sportsman's Club Young Guns, the club's youth shooting development program, is holding two raffles to raise funds for their activities.

Young Guns was established three years ago by Mike O'Neill and Rex Crooks, and currently has 28 active male and female members, ages eight to 18. More than a dozen coaches work with the young shooters at their practices.

The Young Guns have won state level competitions for the last two years in trap, skeet, five-stand, and international

Is Bandelier the 8th Wonder of the World?

on August 1, 2013 - 7:25am

VirtualTourist News:

Voting is now open at VirtualTourist for the favorite 8th wonder of the World and Bandelier National Monument is on the list of possiblities.

Voting is open June 3 through Sept. 30. Vote here.

Kratzer is Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on August 1, 2013 - 6:19am
Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

David Kratzer was only two seconds off his predicted time in the weekly pace race held at Pinon Park in White Rock.

The Watermelon Run attracted more than 30 participants including the Triatomics Youth Group and all ran a fast three-mile course.

Other accurate predictors included Ted Romero who was four seconds off and also was the top finisher in the three mile run with a time of 19:38. Roxana Candia had a six second differential followed by Tom Sandford at 12 seconds off.

Jacob Thompson was the fastest finisher on the one mile course at 6:27 and Reynie Benelli was

Frijoles Canyon Expected to Re-Open After Flood Event

on July 27, 2013 - 11:34am

Bandelier's Entrance Road is covered in mud. Photo by Luke Gommermann/NPS

Mud and debris flow into parking lot. Photo by Luke Gommermann/NPS

BNM News:

Around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, July 25, law enforcement rangers began receiving warnings that heavy rains would soon cause flooding in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. 

“Staff drove down into the canyon to make sure protection was in place including closing a gate that protects Bandelier’s Visitor Center from high water, “Chief Ranger Tom Betts said. 

By 12:30 a.m., staff observed water flowing into the canyon at a height

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Valles Caldera Birthday Celebration This Weekend

on July 25, 2013 - 7:47am
East Fork of the Jemez in the Valles Caldera from the air. Photo by Greg Kendell/


JEMEZ SPRINGS–The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Valley Storytelling Jamboree 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 27 and 28 at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the Preserve’s main entrance.

There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree, so bring your family and friends for a day of fun and entertainment by some of the area’s most talented storytellers.

The Jamboree will anchor the 2013 Preservation Act Celebration that will commemorate

Coyote Family Takes Up Residence in Bayo Canyon

on July 24, 2013 - 12:13pm
This coyote pup lives with his family at the mouth of Bayo Canyon. Hikers should avoid the area until the family moves on. Photo by Melissa Bartlett

Staff Report

Melissa Bartlett was hiking Tuesday near the mouth of Bayo Canyon where it comes out near the Sewage Treatment Plant. 

She came upon a den of coyotes including three adults and two cubs. The adults are aggressive to dogs and quite bold with humans. They are being protective of the den, which is close to the dirt road. 

“I suggest avoiding hiking, biking and dog walking there until the coyote family has moved out of the area,”

Local Horse Show Winners Announced

on July 24, 2013 - 7:58am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division presented the Los Alamos County Horse Show Saturday, July 20 at Brewer Arena.

Los Alamos County Horse Show 2013 Overall winners:

  • 9 and Under First Place, Sammy Balsamo

  • Second Place, Bella Blair

  • 10-13 First Place, Marion Balsamo

  • Second Place, Mireya Martinez

  • 14-18 First Place, Juliet Balsamo

  • Second Place, Julia Montoya

  • Adult First Place, Lisa McClellan

  • Second Place, David Ramsay

For a full list of Class’s and categories, visit For additional information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173 or

Valles Caldera Trust Seeks Public Input

on July 23, 2013 - 8:26am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGSThe Valles Caldera Trust is asking for public input as the staff continues its efforts to establish a comprehensive strategy for future public access on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The trust is preparing a Transportation Recreation and Suitability Study (TRSS) to develop the permanent transportation and recreation infrastructure beyond the future visitor center. A critical piece of that study is to acquire public feedback on several topics related to transportation, recreation and infrastructure development.

“Ever since we began the public access and use

Rio Grande Turns Into Rusty River

on July 21, 2013 - 7:57am

The water flowing in the Rio Grande below Overlook Park in White Rock Saturday afternoon looked more like rust colored mud. A local hiker spotted the interesting sight and contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to take photos to share with our readers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Big Brothers/Big Sisters Golf Tournament Saturday

on July 19, 2013 - 9:36am

BBBS News:

Saturday will mark the second year for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at The Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course (LAGC).

The main focus of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Fundraising endeavors ensure the group has increased capacity to respond to increased needs in this community.

Roll with the Derby Dames Saturday

on July 18, 2013 - 7:22am
Los Alamos Derby Dames battle on the track during a home scrimmage. Photo by Skip Wecksung/Courtesy of the LA Derby Dames


Roller Derby hits the track at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the M'atom Bombs host Clovis Roller Derby at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Come cheer on the Los Alamos Derby Dames at this all ages, family friendly event.  

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Tickets are on sale now from local roller girls and will be available at the Los Alamos Derby Dames booth at Friday's Summer Concert at Mari Mac Shopping Center.

'El Matador' Wins Mini-Sumo Robot Competition - See Video

on July 16, 2013 - 1:00pm
Mini-Sumo Robots lined up before Saturday's competition began. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

The Hive held its first Mini-Sumo robot competition Saturday, July 13. The competition was fierce, but the champ ended up being "El Matador" created and programmed by Allan Saenz and Nathan Burnside.

Prior to Saturday's competition, the Hive in White Rock held a three-night course to help competitors build their robots.

'Canes of Power' Showing at Bandelier July 20

on July 16, 2013 - 9:58am
Three Laguna Canes. Photo by Silver Bullet Productions at Laguna Pueblo


Saturday, July 20 at noon, Bandelier will present the very special documentary, "Canes of Power" in the theater at the park Visitor Center.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the Governors of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the Federal government. Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821.

Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film "Canes of

Pajarito Mountain: What A Difference Two Years Make!

on July 15, 2013 - 11:58am

The land around Pajarito Mountain suffered some serious scorching in the Las Conchas Fire, as evident in this August 2011 panorama. Photo by George Lawrence

Two years later, much of the mountain is a green oasis, surrounded by the burned and recovering portions of the National Forest. Photo by George Lawrence.

By Bill Priedorsky:

Just two years ago, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area was a mess. The flames were out, but smoke was still rising, and the Las Conchas Fire had taken its toll.

The steel haul rope and chairs of the Spruce lift, oldest on the mountain, were lying on the grass.

Areas of Santa Fe National Forest Reopen

on July 12, 2013 - 7:55am

USFS News:

SANTA FE--The Santa Fe National Forest reopen portions of the forest at 8 a.m. today, July 12.

Fenton Lake and Monastery Lake will reopen as well. NM Game and Fish properties along the Pecos River will remain closed. 

The Forest will lift the full closure and move into Stage I fire restrictions. However, some areas of the Forest will remain closed due to impacts by wildfires or potential for flooding. Visit for a complete list of trails and campgrounds that will remain closed.

“Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge,

Valles Caldera Resumes Recreational Activities Today

on July 12, 2013 - 7:45am

Bandelier Eases Fire Restriction, Offers Programs

on July 12, 2013 - 7:42am
Bandelier cliff dwelling. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott announced that, in concert with the re-opening of other public lands in the area, the restrictions at the park due to high fire danger will be lowered to Level I this weekend.

 As of 8 a.m. Friday, campfires will be permitted in the fire grills in Juniper Campground. The campground and all the park trails have been open all along, including overnight backpacking in the Bandelier Wilderness.

Backpackers will still not be able to camp in canyon bottoms, due to flood danger

Play Dirty at Mudfest Volleyball Tournament

on July 11, 2013 - 8:33am
Mud flies at last year's High Mountain Mudfest. Photo by Sal Zapien/


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Ninth Annual High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, July 20 at the North Mesa Mud Pits.

The tournament is Adult Coed Competitive with games starting at 9 a.m. Teams must have 6-12 players who are 18 and older with at least four women per team. The cost is $130 per team and the deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, via email at