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Los Alamos Golf Course Opens Saturday

on February 13, 2015 - 7:40am

Deadline For Special Use Authorization On Santa Fe National Forest Feb. 15

on February 12, 2015 - 8:28am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest will implement a key change to the process of obtaining a Special Use Authorization.

Starting this year, the Santa Fe National Forest will require all proposals for outfitter and guide services for the year to be submitted no later than Sunday. Proposals received after that date will not be accepted for this calendar year. This date coincides with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish deadline for inclusion in the outfitter pool for state license tag drawings without penalty.

A Special Use Authorization is required when any use or

Celebrate The Seasons At Fire And Ice Restoration Festival

on February 11, 2015 - 8:40am

SW Jemez Mnts Landscape Restoration Project. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs will host the Fire and Ice Restoration Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 28 at the Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. 

This free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special guests include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. 

Activities scheduled throughout the day include a chain saw carving competition and

Senators Murkowski, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

on February 10, 2015 - 5:48am

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Bill Aims To Enhance Opportunities For Hunters, Anglers, Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Access to public lands is the number one issue for America's sportsmen and women.

SFNF Waives Fees Presidents Day Weekend

on February 9, 2015 - 3:13pm

Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities over the Presidents Day weekend Feb. 14-16. 

Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Remaining fee waiver dates in 2015:

  • June 13, National Get Outdoors

Bandelier Celebrates 99 Years Wednesday

on February 9, 2015 - 9:26am

Old entrance sign for Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument has two special events this week including the park's 99th anniversary Wednesday and three fee-free days over the Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Feb. 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson used the power provided to him by the Antiquities Act to authorize a little-known, remote area in a little-known, remote state to be protected as Bandelier National Monument.

Council Tables Decision On Los Alamos County Open Space Management Plan

on February 6, 2015 - 2:10pm

From left, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Manager Randy Smith present details of the Los Alamos County Open Space Management Plan to Council during today's noon meeting in Council Chambers. ScreenShot/LADP 

P&Z Commissioner Phil Gursky speaks during public comment advising Council that the plan is in conflict with existing County plans and cautioned them about designating the entire land as W-1 (scenic open lands district). ScreenShot/LADP

PRB Open Space Subcommittee member Kevin Holsapple encourages Council to approve the

Bandelier: Call For Artists For Park Centennial Logo

on February 5, 2015 - 12:33pm

The 'Bandelier Turkeys' are the park's logo and now the park is looking for a logo for its Centennial in 2016. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

In 2016, Bandelier National Monument will mark its 100th anniversary, and artists are invited to submit entries for a logo for the celebration. The logo will be used on many centennial items, as well as on the Bandelier Annual Pass for 2016

“This is an opportunity for all who love Bandelier to be an integral part of the centennial celebration," Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Pajarito And Sipapu February Events

on February 5, 2015 - 10:59am

Right now at Sipapu. Courtesy/Sipapu

Right now at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/Pajarito webcam

SKI EVENT News:

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort are hosting a number of events in February.

February's biggest and best events from each ski area include:

PAJARITO

  • 6th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Feb. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A charity event to help raise funds for men and women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.
  • K2 Demos for Women Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Women's K2 Ski Demos plus ski clinics with Pete Giuliani, a PSIA Certified Level 3 alpine and

Skijoring In Los Alamos Captured On Video

on February 4, 2015 - 12:48pm

Watch video Here of rider Megan Reader and skier Amy Engle skijoring on North Mesa. Videographer/Joanna Casson

 

By AMY ENGLE
Los Alamos

The last storm to hit New Mexico dumped almost eight inches of snow in Los Alamos. Being a bit snow-starved this year, a group of horse enthusiasts at the stable area on Los Alamos' North Mesa decided to take the opportunity to enjoy a high-octane horse-powered sport: skijoring.

In skijoring, a horse (or in this case, pony) pulls a person on skis or even a snowboard. Skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving. Many U.S.

Bandelier Seeks Written Or Online Comments On Possible Fee Changes

on February 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavates in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park's entry fees. 

Snow limited the number of people attending the public meetings earlier in the month, but there is still time for anyone interested to submit comments by mail or online. 

Current entrance fees, which allow re-entry into the monument for up to seven days, are $12 per private vehicle or motorcycle and $6 per person/bicycle.

President's Budget Request For National Parks Includes $3 Billion For Conservation, Preservation, Recreation

on February 3, 2015 - 1:08pm

BANDELIER News:

President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 – the centennial year of the National Park Service (NPS) – includes $3 billion for the bureau’s critical conservation, preservation and recreation mission.

This provides a boost of $432.9 million toward the NPS’s essential programs and operations. The NPS was established in 1916 to administer America’s national parks, monuments, and related areas. In 2016, its 100-year anniversary, the system preserves 405 areas, 23 national scenic and national historic trails and 60 wild and scenic rivers.

The budget proposal would

Derby Dames Host New Skater Practice Monday

on February 3, 2015 - 11:11am

Los Alamos Mountaineers Share Adventures Climbing 20 Miles Of Sangre Peaks

on February 2, 2015 - 10:35am
Climber in the Sangres. Courtesy photo

LA MOUNTAINEERS News:

Everyone is invited to join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge for an exciting presentation by Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody – two local, active LAM members.

At the northern end of Colorado's Alamosa Valley, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range ends in a compact, 20-mile-long line of peaks. This beautiful ridge line dominates the view to the East for anyone driving through the little town of Villa Grove on the way to Poncha Pass. 

Over the years, many Mountaineers on their way to climb

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Jemez Mountain Trail Races Registration Opens

on February 2, 2015 - 9:38am

Participants take off in a previous Jemez Mountain Trails Races event. Courtesy photo

JMTR News:

The 10th Annual Jemez Mountain Trails Races (JMTR) are scheduled for Saturday, May 23.

Registration for the half marathon (13.1 mile), 50 kilometer, and 50 mile options are now open. These races fill up quickly. Register soon at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=30749

The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a wonderful community event that takes full advantage of our beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.

YMCA Programs Cancelled Through Saturday

on January 30, 2015 - 3:04pm

YMCA News:

Due to the weather, the following YMCA programs/classes/sports are cancelled today and Saturday:

  • Jr. Wrestling;
  • Youth Basketball Practice;
  • Youth Basketball Games;              
  • Youth Basketball Photos;
  • Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts – Youth;
  • Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts – Adult;
  • Youth Climbing Class – Level 2; and
  • Youth Climbing Class – Level 3.

Bandelier Has Closed For Today

on January 30, 2015 - 8:46am

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that it is now closed for today due to the snow storm falling on the area.

 

Learn To Identify Birds And Participate In Great Backyard Bird Count

on January 29, 2015 - 11:06am
Can you identify this raptor? If not, birder Dave Yeamans can help. The upcoming PEEC presentation 'What is that Bird?' will help you learn to identify local birds. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, "What is that bird? Can anybody help me figure out what I'm seeing?" Avid birder Dave Yeamans will give it a try in a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.

The program, which has been very popular in the past, will last about an

County Dessert Dance Events Feb. 4, 11, 12

on January 29, 2015 - 7:36am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will host annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge in February.

The Daddy/Daughter event is Wednesday Feb. 4, the Mother/Son event is Wednesday Feb. 11 and the Family Dance is Thursday Feb. 12. All events are 6-8:30 p.m., and includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital photo keepsake.

The event is limited to 80 participants. Sign up beginning Jan. 12 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

Ballroom & Swing Dance Classes At YMCA

on January 28, 2015 - 10:46am

YMCA News:

New Ballroom and Swing dance lessons are available at the Family YMCA beginning in February.

The Y has opened registration for two new instructional dance classes: Ballroom Dance and Swing Dance. Each program is taught in a group setting where participants will be matched with a partner to learn technique, footwork, and movement to the music.

In February, Ballroom Dance class will focus on the Waltz, with subsequent months focused on Foxtrot, Tango, or Latin styles. The Swing Dance class will be dedicated to West Coast style Swing during the next few months.

Classes will be

Scenes From Pajarito Mountain's Season Opening

on January 25, 2015 - 12:26pm
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened Saturday for the first time this season and is open today. Photo by Robert Beberniss  
 
Eager skiers line up for the chair lift Saturday. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
 
Skiers try out Pajarito Mountain Saturday. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
 
Skiers and snowboarders of all ages hit the slopes Saturday. Photo by Robert Beberniss 
 
View from Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
 
Opening day draws big turnout. Photo by Robert Beberniss
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Dealing With And Enjoying Winter At Bandelier

on January 24, 2015 - 9:46am

New snow on the mesa tops and San Miguel Mountains at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

Snow falling on the canyon walls and Ponderosa Pines in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

With the steep entrance road, stairs among the cavates, and other potential hazards for visitors, sometimes on wintry days the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier National Monument around the Visitor Center just cannot avoid being closed to allow the staff to clear away the snow.

Just like school districts, Bandelier has to decide very early in the morning whether there must be a delay or closure,

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Opens Saturday!

on January 22, 2015 - 3:10pm

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

 

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu
 

PMSA News:

 

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area (PMSA) just announced that after picking up seven inches of snow Wednesday, the Los Alamos Ski Area will open most of its mountain this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Mountain officials are reporting a 26-inch base on powder and packed powder conditions.

High Flyers Soar At Gravitational Invitational

on January 22, 2015 - 7:00am
High Flyers (in silver) receive their trophy, front row from left Emily Smith, Violet Henderson, Elizabeth Merrill. Ashley Smith and Ashley Hammond. Back row from left, Megan Martinez, Anna Kirkland and Kwai Moya Lopez. Not pictured, Cammie Pressett, Valarie Valdez and Aubri Telachy. Photo by Chris Smith

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics picked up another Team Trophy last weekend when it won third place at the Gravitational Invitational meet in Albuquerque.

Teams from as far away as El Paso to the south and Taos to the north competed in Levels 2 thru 10. Team scores are

Valles Caldera Preserve Becomes New Unit Of NPS

on January 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

NPS News:

DENVER — On Dec. 19, 2014, Congress designated the Valles Caldera National Preserve a unit of the national park system. Another six new national park units were also authorized recently by Congress. When fully implemented, these will bring the total number of National Park Service (NPS) units to 408.

Located in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico, the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of three super volcanoes in the United States and is known for its rich geologic and cultural history, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

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