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No Adult Hockey Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:37am


Sunday, Feb. 3,  the Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s Adult Hockey program is canceled for the evening.

For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.

YMCA Beginning Fencing Classes Start Feb. 5

on January 30, 2013 - 6:29am


The new Los Alamos Family YMCA Beginning Fencing class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.5.

The class is intended for those with no previous fencing experience. Enrollment is for adults and children above the age of 10.

Parent/child pairs are encouraged.

The class will cover basic footwork, fundamental blade skills, rules of engagement and some bouting. All necessary equipment is provided by the YMCA.

Registration cone be done at the YMCA front desk or on-line at

For further information or questions, contact Tom Hill, 672-1058

Dance Classes Starting at Family YMCA

on January 28, 2013 - 12:14pm


The Family YMCA offers a several dance classes for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Community members are welcome to stop by and “try-out” any class once at no charge.

Starting Feb. 2, the Beginners Flamenco dance class will be working with a Traditional Flamenco guitarist.

It is a great time to join the class.

Other classes include:

  • Belly Dance (ages 10-up) 1-2 p.m., Saturdays
  • Bharatanatyam (all ages) Classical South India Dance 4-5 p.m., Sundays
  • Flamenco for Beginners (ages 10-up) 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Saturdays
  • Ballet for Beginners (ages 8-up) 4-5 p.m.,

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

Dr. Paul Bauer Featured Speaker at Jan. 26 Los Alamos Geological Society Banquet

on January 23, 2013 - 8:34am

LAGS News:

Dr. Paul Bauer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society's 2013 Banquet.

The community is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, and at 7 p.m., Bauer will present his talk.

Titled “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” Bauer’s presentation is a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, with an emphasis on the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape.

It will include some

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas

on January 20, 2013 - 9:33am

At left, the ruins of Tyuonyi Village at Bandelier National Monument and Beach Day at Dry Tortugas. Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service


Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas
By Kirsten Laskey

In a perfect example of coincidence, Glenn Simpson, acting administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument, is preparing to leave the park’s canyons and mesas for the islands and coral reefs of Dry Tortugas, a National Park in the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clark, an employee at Dry Tortugas, traveled to Bandelier National Monument for a temporary

'Meetup' With Others to Experience Interesting Events

on January 20, 2013 - 7:19am

Meetup group members enjoy a tasting event Saturday at Don Quixote Winery & Distillery in White Rock. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Staff Report

The Chamber of Commerce is providing an online service to community members who are looking to meet other people and experience a variety of events with others.

The service is built on the popular social network, “” and more than 40 people have signed up so far. The web address for the group is

There is a bit of expense involved to set up a Meetup group, so the Chamber is sponsoring the group to

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm


On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Suspends Operations

on January 14, 2013 - 9:05pm

PMSA News:

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area suspended operations until additional snowfall is received.

Once adequate snowfall arrives, the Ski Area will reopen as soon as possible.

The Business Office will be closed today and tomorrow, Jan. 15.

Bandelier Staff Leave Early Due to Snow

on January 14, 2013 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
Bandelier National Monument authorized an early-release for all non-essential staff at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 14.
The Monument has been experiencing light to moderate snowfall all day, with some accumulation on the roads.
At 1:30 p.m., the conditions on N.M. 4 were still acceptable for safe driving, but snowfall is continuing to intensify.
Although the Visitor Center will close early, the Monument will remain open with no fees being collected to allow visitors to continue to access and enjoy the park in the snow.
Visitors are advised to

Aquatic Center Open Boating for Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts

on January 10, 2013 - 6:01am

YMCA Offering Endurance Training for Cyclists

on January 9, 2013 - 9:39am


Are you looking for some training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or do you just want to work on your own cycling endurance?   

The Family YMCA is offering an Endurance Training for Cyclists Class. Each class will have a 2-hour riding component and a 1/2 hour of core conditioning. 

In addition, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Proper bike fit;
  • Clothing and equipment;
  • Nutrition and hydration,
  • Aches and pains-preventing them and what to do if you have them;
  • Weekly training recommendations; and
  • How to design your own training plan.

Classes begin Jan.

Turf Covers Meant to Protect Against Winter's Wrath

on January 7, 2013 - 1:15pm


If you drive by the golf course on a regular basis you may have noticed that a number of the golf course’s greens were covered prior to the first snows of the season. 

These turf covers are meant to protect the golf greens from the wrath that winter conditions can sometimes bring. The covers provide protection from both Crown Hydration and Desiccation.    

Crown Hydration typically occurs during a day or two of daytime warm up causing the melting of snow or the water from rainfall to rapidly refreeze during cold night temperatures. 

When these events occur ice

Mesa Elite Fitness Brings CrossFit to Los Alamos

on January 6, 2013 - 11:23am

Fitness experts John and Suzanne Wilcox own Mesa Elite Fitness and CrossFit Los Alamos in Central Park Square and are opening an auxiliary fitness facility on DP Road later this month to accommodate their growing roster of clients. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Suzanne Wilcox is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

John and Suzanne Wilcox are in the true sense a Los Alamos power couple. She is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor and he is a group fitness coordinator and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon

on January 3, 2013 - 7:29am

The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ January meeting will feature adventures into the secret places of the Grand Canyon, like the narrow slot of Muav Canyon. Courtesy/LAM


Grand Canyon National Park is big, but not that big. It is almost exactly the size of Santa Fe County, and, with 5 million visitors per year, draws five times the crowds.

Many places in the southwestern desert are far more remote. How can there be places in the Park that are hardly visited from one year to the next?

There are indeed such places, remote slot tributaries protected from casual visit by sheer

Celebrate New Years Eve in the Valle Grande

on December 30, 2012 - 11:24am


Visitors can get an early start on 2013 at the Fourth Annual New Years Eve Fireworks Celebration in the Valle Grande.

The festivities commence at 5 p.m. and include skiing, snowshoeing, bonfires and end beginning at 8 p.m. with a fireworks display.

Ticket reservations are required for all the events and include reserved parking, a skiing/snowshoeing permit, food and a raffle ticket for a door prize.

Parking space is limited for this unique celebration, so please car pool. No pets are allowed on the Preserve, only working assistance animals are allowed.

Check in and


Los Alamos County Ice Rink Offers Holiday Activities

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am



The Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road has announced the following holiday schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Noon – 6 p.m. Public Skating
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ice Resurfacing
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adult Hockey

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Friday, Dec. 28

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Saturday, Dec. 29

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Bandelier Releases Holiday Schedule

on December 18, 2012 - 7:01am


With the new snow, and holidays coming up, the rangers at Bandelier are hoping people will come and enjoy the park.

"Winter days can be beautiful in Bandelier," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "Over the holidays, with everyone looking for places to go with family and friends, we hope they'll come on down."

The shuttle buses have ended until next March, so visitors can now drive directly to the Visitor Center area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, gift shop and snack bar are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the canyon area.


Mountaineers Share Adventures From at Least Four Continents

on December 10, 2012 - 10:07am

Cholatse and Taboche Peaks, both above 21,000 feet, and Ngozumba glacier. About a mile below the peaks lies the village of Gokyo, one of the highest inhabited places in the world. Photo by Don Krier.


The community is invited to join Los Alamos Mountaineers as they celebrate another great year with a potpourri of their 2012 accomplishments.

The "Annual Potpourri Event" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Fuller Lodge will tell of member adventures from as far afield as the Khumbu in Nepal.

During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings, and members had

Craig Martin Addresses Post-Las Conchas Fire Trail Rehabilitation Dec. 12

on December 4, 2012 - 11:50am

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps re-route a section of the Valle Canyon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 to get an update on the status of post-Las Conchas Fire trail rehabilitation from Open Space and Trails Specialist Craig Martin.

Craig Martin

Craig Martin began his career in Los Alamos as a freelance writer.  He has written many books and magazine articles on local outdoor recreation and history, including a wonderful, comprehensive guide to trails in and around Los Alamos and White Rock. 

This book in particular should be on

YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Registration Now Open

on December 3, 2012 - 12:58pm

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for the YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Program for Boys and Girls ages 6-18.

This scholastic wrestling program focuses on development of agility, strength, flexibility, and self-confidence in a fun, yet challenging environment.

Folkstyle wrestling is based on controlling an opponent with a series of holds, takedowns, throws, and body position.

Season: December and January

Times: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday / 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday

Location: The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St.

Cost per Month: $65 / $50 for Y members (Scholarships available thanks the

Race Volunteers Needed

on November 29, 2012 - 11:30am

YES Corp youth on a campout last year. Courtesy/YMCA


  • Event to Support Youth Programs

Race guides, set-up and registration volunteers are needed to assist with The Family YMCA’s Holiday Half Marathon and Festive 5K set for Dec. 8.

Helpers are asked to call the Y as soon as possible at 662-3100 so staff may plan for needs. Volunteers can work from one to three hours in shifts starting at 7:30 a.m. for this event that will benefit youth programs.


In 2011, the Y served a total of 3,067 youth and teens in 77 youth programs.

The Y provides scholarships to

Tiger Trot Raises Nearly $10,000 for Aspen Elementary

on November 27, 2012 - 5:58am
Duncan Fuehne and Thomas Chadwick. Courtesy Photo

Final results are in for Aspen Elementary School's Tiger Trot fundraiser held in October - the event raised early $10,000 for the school.
The Aspen Elementary School PTO would like to thank the local businesses who provided prizes and incentives for the top fundraising kids and staff. 

"Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, Charla Glasco, CB Fox, Home Run Pizza, Bob's Bodacious BBQ, The Coffee House, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Reel Deal Cinema, REMAX, Metzger's, Pyramid Cafe, Subway, LA Fitness, Dixie Girl Restaurant, Hill Diner

Hike Ancho Rapids to Red Dot Dec. 1

on November 26, 2012 - 5:52am

Ancho Canyon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Paul Arendt for a winter hike in White Rock Canyon 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the bottom of Piedra Loop where hikers park for the Red Dot Trail and car pool to a parking area three miles south of White Rock.

From this second parking area, the hike will proceed eastward - eventually dropping into Ancho Canyon. Hikers will proceed along Ancho Canyon until its terminus at Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande.

There will be some interesting rock formations to observe in the lower portions of Ancho Canyon, as