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Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday Sept. 28

on September 19, 2019 - 10:10am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:45 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Sept. 28 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

The six planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

Ice Rink Improvements Public Meeting Sept. 25

on September 19, 2019 - 9:17am

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Fuller Lodge to review and comment on preliminary designs for the Ice Rink Improvements Project.

The presentation  begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

Improvements include a new locker room and restroom and improvements to the existing building.

Residents can provide written comments the night of the meeting. 

Public comment will continue to be accepted through Friday, Oct. 4 and shared with the design team.

Those unable to attend the meeting, presentations will be available for viewing

Teddy Atkins Has Perfect Prediction In Pace Race

on September 18, 2019 - 9:34am

Runners take off Tuesday in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race on the trail behind the Aquatic Center. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

 
Teddy Atkins had a perfect prediction Tuesday in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race on the trail behind the Aquatic Center.
 
Other accurate predictors: 
  • Mark Bjorklund at 3 seconds off;
  • Sean Thomas with a 7 second differential;
  • Tony Borek recording a 11 second difference;, and
  • Roxana Candia and Cliff Stanley with a tie at 15 seconds.
 
In the 1 mile course:
  • Leeza Trudolyubov, 7, is the top finisher with a time of 10:14; and
  • Logan

NMG&F: Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned For Whitewater Creek

on September 18, 2019 - 9:19am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek are scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the Department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their native range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the intersection of the Gold Dust Trail (FS Trail #41) with Whitewater Creek and continues upstream to the headwaters. The closure does not affect the Catwalk National Recreation Area.
 
The Department will apply

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Meets With Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change

on September 16, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with professional athletes with Protect Our Winters (POW) visiting Capitol Hill to discuss the effects of the climate crisis on the winter sports industry. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, participated in a hearing titled, “The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action.”

The committee heard from professional winter athletes about the impact the climate crisis is having on winter sports,

Learn Swimming With Mountain Club

on September 16, 2019 - 8:16am

Mountain Club News:

If you are thinking about taking a dip in the pool, Mountain Club is right here for you.

Swimming is perfect for both physical and mental health, including weight loss, stress-relief, and reducing the risk of heart disease. It helps you feel healthier and happier, inside and outside.

Health benefits of swimming:

Not only swimming is a life-saving water skill, but also regular exercise is crucial for staying in shape.

  • Muscles: swimming is a full body workout that engages muscles from your head to toes.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 15, 2019

on September 15, 2019 - 7:47am

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

After a week of unseasonably warm weather for late August and early September the weather turned noticeably cooler today. It felt more like September.

The streamflows have held up well throughout the summer and the trout have come through  in good shape. Fall angling, with its cooler temperatures and beautiful colors, promises to be excellent.

One spot I would like to point anglers to is Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. This little lake received a stocking Sept. 4 of 120 big rainbow trout that averaged 18.7 inches in size.

Forest Service Hiring For 2020 Field Season

on September 13, 2019 - 4:03pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Interested in a temporary job on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) next summer? Starting Monday, Sept. 16, the Forest Service will be accepting applications for temporary spring and summer jobs on www.usajobs.gov. The application period closes Sept. 25. 

The SFNF will be hiring seasonal employees to work in fire, recreation, range, wildlife and fisheries, archaeology and timber.

Temporary employees are an essential part of the Forest Service workforce during the busy spring and summer field season each year.

Volunteers Needed For Community Playground Build

on September 11, 2019 - 7:57am

Aspen PTO is seeking volunteers to help assemble and install this Navigator Climber and two other pieces of equipment Oct. 5 during a Community Playground Build. Courtesy/Aspen PTO

Aspen PTO is seeking volunteers to help assemble and install this Topsey Turvey and two other pieces of equipment Oct. 5 during a Community Playground Build. Courtesy/Aspen PTO

ASPEN PTO News:

Aspen PTO has purchased three new playground pieces for Aspen Elementary School's playground and is seeking volunteers to join in a community build to assemble and install the pieces Oct. 5 at the school. 

It took a lot

High Flyers Announces New Coach Tharien Bramhill

on September 10, 2019 - 7:47am

New High Flyers head coach Tharien Bramhill leads a group of Level 2 gymnasts during a recent practice. Bramhall comes to Los Alamos from California and brings more than 25 years of experience coaching both men’s and women’s gymnastics. A former gymnastics school owner and director, Bramhill has coached all gymnastics levels from preschool recreational students through optional and elite competitors. He assumed the head coach position in August and will be working fulltime at High Flyers Gymnasitics at 1900 Diamond Dr., to ensure high quality instruction, safety and continuity in all

Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am

 

Courtesy photo

FORT UNION News:

WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.

The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.

After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie.

YMCA Taps Emily Schmidt Health & Wellness Director

on September 8, 2019 - 9:44am

Emily Schmidt is new Y Health & Wellness director. Courtesy/YMCA

 

YMCA News:

 

We are pleased to announce that Emily Schmidt has accepted the position of Health and Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; she will begin her new position on October 7. 

 

Schmidt is energetic and outgoing and has been with the YMCA since 2006 as a senior wellness instructor, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach. 

 

She has been involved in the wellness industry for more than 15 years developing and executing exercise and wellness programs and holds professional certification through the Athletics

SFNF Plans Multiple Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 8, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions this fall to conduct prescribed burns across the forest to remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems.

Depending on conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, the forest’s window to implement these prescribed burns is Sept. 16 to Nov. 30.

The SFNF will issue additional notifications about each project based on fire managers’ expectations for

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Saturday Oct. 5

on September 6, 2019 - 4:39pm

Horizontal rock art panel on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The community is invited to join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards Saturday, Oct. 5, to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.

The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

The Glorieta rock art tour is free and open to the public, but if you plan to attend, please register in advance by calling the

Trio Of Ducks Spotted In Front Of Y Getting Steps In

on September 6, 2019 - 8:45am
A trio of ducks get their steps in this morning in front of the YMCA on 15th Street. Photo by Christopher Fresquez
 
Photo by Christopher Fresquez

Explore Geology Of Valles Caldera Saturday Sept. 14

on September 6, 2019 - 7:23am

Local geologists Cathy and Fraser Goff will lead a PEEC van tour Sept. 14 of the geology of the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/PEEC

VCNP News:

The community is invited to join local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 on a PEEC field trip driving through Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Participants will examine the volcanology and geothermal springs of the 1.25-million-year-old Valles Caldera — the world’s type example of a resurgent caldera.

The trip will consist of six stops and take most of the day. Participants will meet promptly at 9 a.m.

County Unveils Initial Designs For Recreational CIPs At Public Meeting

on September 5, 2019 - 9:04am
Members of the public weigh in on the multi-generational pool schematic design Aug. 28. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

What started out as ideas and a few rough conceptual drawings is now becoming a reality. The Los Alamos County recreational capital improvement projects are taking form and progressing into the design stages.

The status of the splash pad, multi-generational pool and Los Alamos County Golf Course irrigation system was unveiled to the public during a meeting Aug. 28 at Fuller Lodge.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 5, 2019

on September 5, 2019 - 7:07am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The weather has been hotter than normal for late August and early September. I would bet that right now that’s making it tough for elk and deer hunters during the early archery season.

This time of year I like to cruise the Forest Service roads looking for blue grouse, which are excellent eating. I’ll get out and walk spots where I have bagged grouse in previous seasons. If I happen to come across a tassel-eared squirrel or a cottontail rabbit, I’ll also try to harvest them.

Ferenbaugh; Medin Best Predictors In Pace Races

on September 4, 2019 - 7:43am

Runners stretch at the starting line in preparation for the Atomic City Road Runners weekly Pace Race Tuesday on Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Courtesy/ACRR

Runners take off Tuesday in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly Pace Race in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

Charles Ferenbaugh and Zachary Medin are the best predictors in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly Pace Races Tuesday in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

Ferenbaugh was 1 second off his predicted time in the 1 mile race and Medin was 7 seconds off in the 3 mile race.

Other good predictors are:

Bobbie

Santa Fe National Forest: More Abandoned Campfires – Some Campers Still Don’t Get It

on September 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Although the forest-wide numbers have improved over the summer season, fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) found at least a dozen abandoned campfires over the Labor Day weekend, bringing the year’s total for that one district alone to a whopping 164 abandoned campfires.

“And that’s 164 unnecessary opportunities for a wildfire to get out of control and threaten firefighter and public safety,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley said. “Someone’s carelessness puts lives, property and natural resources at unnecessary risk.”

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Jemez Springs Two-Mile Art Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 1

on August 31, 2019 - 10:26am
Festival News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — For the second year in a row, Jemez Springs will transform into a two-mile long art venue during the second annual “I Heart Jemez Arts” festival, over Labor Day weekend - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
 
The free event will feature artist demonstrations, hands on workshops and art sales by Jemez Valley artists.
 
The festival encompasses two miles of art along N.M. 4, starting from the Shangri La West Gallery and continuing north to the Jemez Springs Plaza.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae In Cochiti Lake: Santa Cruz Day-Use Area Closed To Swimming Effective Immediately

on August 30, 2019 - 10:41pm
Army Corps of Engineers News:
 
COCHITI LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Santa Cruz day-use area is closed to swimming due to the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Cochiti Lake.
 
The Cochiti Swim Beach remains closed.
 
"The safety of our visitors is our top priority, so we are monitoring conditions at the lake closely with visual spot checks and water sampling,” said Trevor Wallin, USACE-Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake project office manager.

Redondo Meadow Fire Continues Burning In Jemez

on August 30, 2019 - 6:11pm

The Redondo Meadow Fire continues to burn today to the north and east away from the homes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

Santa Fe Watershed Burn Planned For Mid-September To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on August 30, 2019 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed on the Española Ranger District as early as Monday, Sept. 16.
 
The exact date will depend on fuel conditions on site.
 
Up to 350 acres north of Nichols Reservoir near Granite Point in the lower Watershed will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. The burn will be completed in one day.
 
The Santa Fe

Kiwanis Continues Support Of PEEC Family Nights

on August 30, 2019 - 9:28am
PEEC’s Executive Director Katie Bruell accepts a check from members of the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Committee. Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will continue to support PEEC’s monthly Family Nights. From left, Linda Daly, Rita Bronson, Melissa Mackey, Bruell and Philo Shelton. Courtesy/Kiwanis
 
PEEC News:
 
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is impacting the lives of children and families throughout the world and here at home in Los Alamos.
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) wishes to thank the Kiwanians for continuing to make Family Nights at the Los Alamos Nature Center possible

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