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Y Youth Summer Job Application Deadline March 11

on March 7, 2019 - 7:54am
YMCA News:
The deadline to turn in applications for The Family YMCA’s summer Youth Conservation Corps trail repair program is 8 a.m. Monday, March 11.
Applications turned in before this date are appreciated.
Applications may be turned in at the Los Alamos and Española YMCA teen centers by close of business Friday, March 8, or delivered by Monday, March 11 to The Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos. The Y is open on weekends and applications may be dropped off March 9 and 10, during business hours at 1450 Iris St.
The Y is hiring up to 30 positions.

Los Alamos Golf Course Spring Opening!

on March 6, 2019 - 4:05pm

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

on March 6, 2019 - 2:56pm
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, March 18.  
Exact dates will be dependent on fuel conditions on site.
Up to 500 acres near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Watershed, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

Valles Caldera To Restrict Vehicle Access

on March 5, 2019 - 4:35pm

Recent snow scene at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Effective immediately, Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin restricting vehicle access along the preserve’s main entrance road. Due to warming temperatures, melting snow is impacting road conditions and high water levels on the East Fork Jemez River are threatening to overtop the road. Visitors may still access the preserve on-foot via the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trailheads, and through access points at pull-outs along N.M. 4.

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and

Registration Opens For PEEC’s Summer Camps

on March 2, 2019 - 2:11pm
Registration is open for Backpacking Adventure for Teens, Living Earth Adventure Program and both sessions of Nature Odyssey. Space is limited and the camps are filling up quickly. Courtesy/PEEC
Registration is open for PEEC's June Summer Camps. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Registration is open for all four of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s June summer camps.
These camps give youth entering fourth through 12th grades the opportunity to get outside this summer to explore the incredible outdoors of the Pajarito Plateau.

March 2019 Edition Of Prism Now Online

on March 1, 2019 - 7:24am

Click the image below to read the March edition of Prism.

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass Project Progresses

on February 28, 2019 - 1:51pm

Accessing the Canyon Rim Trail as well as the Entrada Business Park will be easier with the addition of an underpass. Construction on the underpass is expected to begin in 2020. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

For those who utilize the Canyon Rim Trail and dare to cross N.M. 502 at its trailhead to access trails on the opposite side or the Entrada Business Park, Los Alamos County is offering an easier, safer method that doesn’t involve darting across the 50 mph state highway when it seems the coast is clear.


Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 28

on February 28, 2019 - 1:40pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
One of the signs of spring is the sound of flocks of sandhill cranes as they circle high in the sky above the Espanola Valley.
That sound was heard last week as flocks of cranes that had spent the winter at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande south of Socorro began their migration north to their breeding grounds north of the Arctic Circle in North America and Siberia. They will stop on the way along the North Platte River in Nebraska, where they gather by the thousands.

Freshman P.E. Swim Program At Aquatic Center

on February 27, 2019 - 3:16pm


Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools to host LAHS Physical Education swimming curriculum at the Walkup Aquatic Center Monday through Friday, March 4 to March 21.

The main pool will be set-up short course for the duration of this program.

Students will learn Water Safety Skills including Reach, Throw, Don't go; Community CPR, Learn-to-Swim and Conditioning.

Note: Pool space will be limited and locker rooms will be very busy 15 minutes prior to and after each session while the students are participating in this program.

For additional information,

With Community’s Help ... Los Alamos Can Become Hockeyville USA!

on February 22, 2019 - 7:36am

LAHA News:

Fans of Los Alamos can help the Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHA) make our community the next Hockeyville USA.

The association is participating in a contest, sponsored by Kraft, to show the Los Alamos ice rink embodies the spirit of Kraft Hockeyville USA with a grand prize of $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL exhibition game.

With help from the Los Alamos Historical Society, the hockey association has prepared an entry story for the contest about the long, compelling history of hockey in Los Alamos, which dates to the days of the Los Alamos Ranch

Daily Postcard: Coyote Stands On Rock At Bandelier

on February 22, 2019 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: A lone coyote peers down from his rocky vantage point at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Los Alamos Hockey’s History Of Energetic Volunteers

on February 21, 2019 - 3:57pm
Los Alamos Ranch School students playing hockey on the pond. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society
Los Alamos Historical Society

Hockey has been part of Los Alamos for more than 100 years.

One of the most iconic historic pictures in the community’s history is of a match at the Los Alamos Ranch School, with the students at the prestigious all-boys prep school playing hockey on a pond—in shorts, which they wore year ‘round. The Los Alamos History Museum proudly displays a set of hockey shin guards from those active boys.

Los Alamos, of course, is most famous as

Scouts BSA Program Now Available In Los Alamos

on February 21, 2019 - 6:48am

Members of Scouts BSA Troop 2 at a recent meeting. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

This  month, the Boy Scouts of America began accepting girls from fifth grade through high school into a newly named program called Scouts BSA, which allows girls the opportunities boys have, including becoming Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The move comes a year after girls from first to fifth grade were allowed to join Cub Scouts.

The Scouts BSA program is now available in Los Alamos.

Stewart Bill To Create Wildlife Corridors To Protect Animals, People Heads To Senate Floor

on February 21, 2019 - 6:39am
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to create wildlife corridors to protect animals and people on New Mexico roads is headed to the Senate floor after it passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
“Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” Stewart said. “By using overpasses and underpasses, among other tools, we can keep animals off our roads and ensure drivers and their passengers get where they’re going safely.”
SB 228 authorizes the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 21

on February 21, 2019 - 6:11am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather this week turned sharply colder. There was snow, but it was hit-or-miss. Here in the Espanola Valley there was very little, while nearby Los Alamos was buried. One area that has been really slammed with snow is Chama. They have already had over 100 inches of total snowfall and more is still on the way.
It’s been crazy not just here, but around the world. There was snow in Hawaii.

Powder Piles Up At Pajarito Mountain

on February 20, 2019 - 3:39pm
Snow piles up at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/PM
Snow is ready for skiers at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/PM
Pajarito received 17 inches of new snow in the past two days with 14 inches Tuesday alone. And the Open Snow is calling for 8 more inches of snow in the next five days.
Refer to the Snow Report for the most up-to-date information on what trails and lifts are open. Images
Upcoming activities
Beer & Bands this Saturday
Beer & Bands is back Saturday Feb. 23 featuring live music from Felix Dos Gatos.

Ice Rink Opens 4 p.m. For Hockey Practice Only

on February 19, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open at 4 p.m. today for hockey practice only.

Adult skate and public skate will resume Wednesday ... presuming no significant additional snowfall occurs overnight.

YMCA Announces Delays And Cancellations

on February 19, 2019 - 10:27am

Y News:

Due to weather conditions, The Family YMCA is scheduled to open at noon today. There will be no morning Child Watch and Fitness Class is expected to begin at noon … weather permitting. Check back for updates and stay safe.

Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications Now Available

on February 18, 2019 - 2:57pm
NMGF News:
SANTA FE Federal, state and local government agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations can apply for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grants to enhance recreational use of side-by-sides, ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles on public lands.
Law enforcement agencies can apply for grants to conduct OHV patrols and enforce the provisions of the OHV Act (66-3-1001 NMSA). Projects promoting OHV safety or mitigating impacts from OHV use may also qualify for grants.
Funds for these grants are user-generated revenues from OHV registrations, collected in the state’s Trail Safety

Pajarito Is Open For President’s Day Today

on February 18, 2019 - 6:43am

Scene early this morning at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam


Pajarito is open for President’s Day today and Open Snow is calling for 23” of new snow in the next five days with 4” in the next 24 hours.

Pajarito will re-open Wednesday through Sunday. Refer to the Pajarito Snow Report for the most up-to-date information on what trails and lifts are open. This report is updated at 6 a.m. daily.

Lift ticket prices are valid through March 18th.

SFNF Plans La Cueva Prescribed Burn

on February 17, 2019 - 10:28am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the La Cueva area 7 miles northwest of the village of Pecos if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather remain favorable.
Ignitions on the 372-acre La Cueva unit will treat up to 240 acres per day, and conclude by Feb. 28. Firefighters will use hand ignitions on piles of slash to reduce the risk of wildfire, provide community protection and improve forest health.
Prescribed fires are one of the most

Bird Walk To Lower Pueblo Canyon Wetlands Saturday

on February 14, 2019 - 7:47am
Song Sparro. Photo by Mouser Williams
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center this Saturday, Feb. 16 for a bird walk to the Lower Pueblo Canyon Wetlands.
This trip is part of PEEC’s new series of monthly birding outings and both experienced birders and those who are simply curious or just starting out are welcome. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Jeff and Cheryl Heikoop will lead Saturday’s walk. Participants will travel about four miles round-trip with no significant vertical elevation gain.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 13

on February 13, 2019 - 8:55am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
There were several days recently with strong winds. This time of the year the wind can be a major factor when it comes to fishing lakes that have not frozen over. It pays to check on the weather if you are planning a fishing trip. It can be spring one day and winter the next.
More lakes will open to fishing March 1 in Northeast New Mexico. The Charette Lakes, Clayton Lake and Maxwell Lake 13 will open for fishing.
Morphy Lake State Park near Mora has been closed for months for repairs on the dam.

New Class Trains For Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol

on February 11, 2019 - 9:31am
Volunteer Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol group photo in front of Aspen House on Pajarito Mountain, back row from left, instructors Bart Daly, Kathy Brooks, Greg Cagle, patroller Jonathan Doorn and candidates Hermann Geppert-Kleinrath, Malcolm Burns, Jon Dempster and Eva Tourangeau. Front row from left, candidates Kelsey Beisman, Fritz Devendorf and instructor Roman Gallegos. Photo by Verena Geppert-Kleinrath
Celebratory gathering in the lodge, from left, Patroller Allison Chan and candidates Jon Dempster, Malcolm Burns, Dana Duke, Kelsey Beisman, Eva Tourangeau and Hermann Geppert-Kleinrath.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 10

on February 10, 2019 - 10:38am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamod Daily Post
The weather in February here in the Southwest can vary between periods of spring-like warmth with winter returning at times. The buds on the elm trees in the Espanola Valley are starting to swell and that’s one of the first signs that spring is around the corner.
There is usually a warm stretch of weather in February so it is best to call ahead to check on ice conditions. The good news is that several lakes still have good ice fishing conditions and another lake was just opened up for ice fishing.
Heron Lake near Tierra