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Two Easter Egg Hunts Offered This Weekend

on March 30, 2018 - 7:47am
Hunters rushing for eggs at last year's annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

COMMUNITY News:

Saturday, in conjunction with Wildfire Day, the Los Alamos Fire Department and Elks Lodge will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt with 20,000 eggs at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Sunday, New Beginnings Fellowship and the Los Alamos County Golf Course will sponsor an Eggstravaganza at 1 p.m. with many fun activities including an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. for various age groups.

Celebrate The Great Outdoors This Spring In Los Alamos

on March 29, 2018 - 10:26am
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos, NM is a hub for outdoor adventures and “Aha Moments” and, as the gateway to three National Parks, it’s theplace to be this spring. With National Parks Week, Earth Day and more, Los Alamos has activities and attractions for all nature lovers and history buffs. 
 
“Spring is the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor getaway, unplug and get back to nature,” County Marketing Manager Kelly Stewart said. “In and around Los Alamos, opportunities to explore and celebrate nature abound.

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Easter Sunday

on March 28, 2018 - 8:02am
Pasqueflowers, also known as Easter flowers, are one of the signs of spring found on local trails this time of year. Visit the nature center to find a trail and learn more about local flora and fauna. Photo by Terry Foxx
 
PEEC News:
 
This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center is open 1-4 p.m. Easter Sunday, a great day to visit and look for signs of spring at the nature center or on area trails.
 
The nature center also is open 7-8 p.m. for a special Flat Earth Debate in the planetarium.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks To Close 12 Days Per Year For Cultural Observances, Routine Work

on March 26, 2018 - 8:23am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In keeping with the administration’s priorities of being good neighbors and respecting the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is announcing that the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be closed 12 days throughout the year, to allow for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.  
 
The closure, which will remain in effect for two years, was announced today in the Federal Register.

Forest Hosts Pellet Mill Ribbon Cutting Event April 4

on March 26, 2018 - 7:29am
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Walatowa Timber Industries in Jemez.
 
The purpose is to commemorate the project for the restoration benefits it will provide the Santa Fe National Forest, and the economic development opportunities it will bring communities in the Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs area.
 
The event is at 3795 Sawmill Road on N.M. 4 in Jemez Pueblo.
 
Partner organizations include Walatowa Timber Industries, Pueblo of Jemez, Jemez Community Development Corporation, and the Santa

County Council Hears Update On Local Ballfields

on March 25, 2018 - 9:45am
Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan discusses the ballfield assessment Tuesday night with Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
To meet multiple users’ needs on the County ballfields, moveable fencing may be the answer, according to an assessment the Parks and Recreation Board conducted.
 
Community Service Department Director Brian Brogan and Parks and Recreation Board Chair Stephanie Nakhleh presented the assessment during the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting

Forest Service Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour April 28

on March 24, 2018 - 6:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards 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 Tour is free and open to the public.
 
The tour will begin at at 9:30 a.m. April 28 at Pecos Ranger Station, 32 South Main Street, Pecos, NM. RSVP by calling the Pecos Ranger Station at 505.757.6121.

Friends Group Sells Raffle Tickets For Cow Elk Hunt On Ted Turner Ranch

on March 23, 2018 - 7:43am
COMMUNITY News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library in Jemez Springs will raffle off a limited number of tickets for a chance to hunt on media mogul Ted Turner’s 590,823 acre Vermejo Park Ranch.
 
Only 500 tickets will be sold beginning this Saturday, March 24 during Jemez Springs’ Cabin Fever Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt at one of the most beautiful locations in New Mexico and a great way to support the Jemez Springs Public Library at the same time,” said Suzanne Swetnam, president of Friends of Jemez

Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn Starting Soon To Reduce Risk Of High-Severity Wildfire

on March 23, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as April or May on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. 
 
Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2018 - 9:09am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
On the first day of spring here in the Espanola Valley, the apricot trees are beginning to bloom. Sunday was a raw and nasty day, with strong winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow.
 
Fortunately, the timing was good, as the track meets and softball games that happened Saturday didn’t have to deal with those harsh conditions.
 
Springtime sports and fishing trips can be something of a gamble this time of year, as the weather can be warm and sunny, then turn nasty and cold in the blink of an eye.

NM Gets $22 Million For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 22, 2018 - 8:37am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday $22,031,929 in funding to New Mexico to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
 
The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. To date, more than $20.2 billion in funds, which are authorized by Congress, have been distributed to U.S. states and territories.
 
New Mexico apportionments include

Spring Break Visitation Soars At Bandelier

on March 21, 2018 - 2:12pm
Frijoles Canyon in 1917. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Visitation is rising along with spring temperatures. During the months of March and April, Bandelier National Monument is a popular destination for spring break travelers. Why not arrive early, before 10 a.m. to avoid crowded parking lots?
 
A walk along the Main Loop Trail in the morning and a shorter wait for a climb up one of the ladders might be a bit more relaxing. If arriving after 3 p.m. is a better option, then your visit must conclude by sunset, at about 7 p.m.
 
The café in Frijoles Canyon, while not open yet, will

Purgatory Celebrates Spring With New Festivities & More Fun On The Slopes

on March 21, 2018 - 2:04pm
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort has many great events, festivities and activities for all ages throughout the rest of March, with the biggest party of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 31 with pond skimming and a free Aerosmith tribute band concert.  
 
Purgatory is open daily through April 1 with lifts turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After April 1, Purgatory will be open weekends (Fridays through Sundays) as conditions allow. For more information on operations, visit the website, skiPurg.com.

 

Ski-Easter Celebration – March 24

 
Purgatory kicks off Easter week

Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 21, 2018 - 1:25pm
DOI News:
 
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
 
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration

Purgatory Receives 8 inches Of Fresh Snow

on March 17, 2018 - 10:11am

Purgatory Resort is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

 
It's a beautiful blue bird day in Durango, Colo., after the latest storm produced 8 inches of snow at Purgatory Resort and another 10 inches possible this weekend.
 
Fun St. Patrick's Day festivities are planned at Purgatory. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, guests can enjoy a clam bake with Steamworks Brewing on the ski beach, the McDonald's Cardboard Derby on the tubing hill, a scavenger hunt, and more.
 
Purgatory has 98 out of 99 trails open and 100 percent of lifts operating.
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Los Alamos Golf Course Expands Operating Hours

on March 14, 2018 - 11:02am

GOLF COURSE News:

Spring is here and it’s time to get out and get active! The Los Alamos County Golf Course is expanding operating hours as the days get longer and weather continues to improve.

To schedule tee times, go to the County website: http://bit.ly/2uKEkvI

For more information, call 505.662.8139. We hope to see you out on the course!

Aspen Elementary School Spring Fling Carnival Friday

on March 14, 2018 - 10:51am
 
ASPEN PTO News:
 
The community is invited to Aspen Elementary School's Annual Spring Fling Carnival, which is slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m., Friday.
 
​An exciting evening is planned, full of fun and food as well as the famous Spring Fling cake walk and silent auction.
 
​Items for the silent auction include: the chance to have DK & the Affordables play for your private party, a private wine tasting from Total WIne & More for you and your friends or someone to come and clean your house. There will be more than 100 items or certificates for you to bid on.
 
​Pyramid Cafe will have

Weekly Fishing Report: March 14

on March 14, 2018 - 8:19am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Spring is just a week away. This very dry and warm winter will be history and was likely history-making in terms of how dry it has been and how meager the snowpack was. Because of the lack of moisture, it will be a good idea to water your outdoor plantings (trees and shrubs) and perennial flower beds.
 
If you suffer from allergies, you’re starting to sneeze because of the tree pollen from elm and juniper is starting to show up in the pollen counts.

2018 Pace Race Season Begins April 3

on March 14, 2018 - 7:57am
ACRR News:
 
The 45th season of the pace race series conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road, N.M. 502.
 
The Club meets Tuesdays through early October at various locations throughout Los Alamos County.
 
For more information, call 505.672.1639 or visit the Club’s website www.atomicrunners.com.

This Week At Pajarito

on March 13, 2018 - 7:34am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.

For the snow report and ticket information, click here.
 
Upcoming Events: (click here for our calendar):
 
The 70th Annual Skiesta is March 17 at Pajarito. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

NPS Park Ranger Chris Judson Retires After 47 Years

on March 12, 2018 - 8:00am

National Park Service Ranger Chris Judson retired Friday following 47 years of service, 42 of them at Bandelier National Monument and the other five at Yellowstone National Park. By Sunday, she was already volunteering at the Manhattan Project Office and said she also will volunteer at Bandelier with curatorial projects, which have been on hold for several years because nobody has had time to work on them.

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
 
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
 
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.

YCC Job Applications Open At The Family YMCA

on March 10, 2018 - 8:33pm

Class Of ‘98 Launches Topper Trot ... Open To Public

on March 10, 2018 - 9:17am

LAHS Class Of ‘98 Reunion News:

 

To all Los Alamos area friends and supporters ... the 1st ever Topper Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, presented by the Class of ‘98 is now open for registration.

 

The event is July 7 in Los Alamos as part of the Class of ‘98 reunion activities.

 

This specific activity is open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit the LAPS Foundation.

 

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3Q7KYQK 

70th Anniversary Skiesta Saturday March 17

on March 9, 2018 - 12:06pm

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