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Big Brothers/Big Sisters Golf Tournament Saturday

on July 19, 2013 - 9:36am

BBBS News:

Saturday will mark the second year for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at The Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course (LAGC).

The main focus of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Fundraising endeavors ensure the group has increased capacity to respond to increased needs in this community.

Roll with the Derby Dames Saturday

on July 18, 2013 - 7:22am
Los Alamos Derby Dames battle on the track during a home scrimmage. Photo by Skip Wecksung/Courtesy of the LA Derby Dames


Roller Derby hits the track at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the M'atom Bombs host Clovis Roller Derby at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

Come cheer on the Los Alamos Derby Dames at this all ages, family friendly event.  

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Tickets are on sale now from local roller girls and will be available at the Los Alamos Derby Dames booth at Friday's Summer Concert at Mari Mac Shopping Center.

'El Matador' Wins Mini-Sumo Robot Competition - See Video

on July 16, 2013 - 1:00pm
Mini-Sumo Robots lined up before Saturday's competition began. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report:

The Hive held its first Mini-Sumo robot competition Saturday, July 13. The competition was fierce, but the champ ended up being "El Matador" created and programmed by Allan Saenz and Nathan Burnside.

Prior to Saturday's competition, the Hive in White Rock held a three-night course to help competitors build their robots.

'Canes of Power' Showing at Bandelier July 20

on July 16, 2013 - 9:58am
Three Laguna Canes. Photo by Silver Bullet Productions at Laguna Pueblo


Saturday, July 20 at noon, Bandelier will present the very special documentary, "Canes of Power" in the theater at the park Visitor Center.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the Governors of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the Federal government. Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821.

Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film "Canes of

Pajarito Mountain: What A Difference Two Years Make!

on July 15, 2013 - 11:58am

The land around Pajarito Mountain suffered some serious scorching in the Las Conchas Fire, as evident in this August 2011 panorama. Photo by George Lawrence

Two years later, much of the mountain is a green oasis, surrounded by the burned and recovering portions of the National Forest. Photo by George Lawrence.

By Bill Priedorsky:

Just two years ago, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area was a mess. The flames were out, but smoke was still rising, and the Las Conchas Fire had taken its toll.

The steel haul rope and chairs of the Spruce lift, oldest on the mountain, were lying on the grass.

Areas of Santa Fe National Forest Reopen

on July 12, 2013 - 7:55am

USFS News:

SANTA FE--The Santa Fe National Forest reopen portions of the forest at 8 a.m. today, July 12.

Fenton Lake and Monastery Lake will reopen as well. NM Game and Fish properties along the Pecos River will remain closed. 

The Forest will lift the full closure and move into Stage I fire restrictions. However, some areas of the Forest will remain closed due to impacts by wildfires or potential for flooding. Visit for a complete list of trails and campgrounds that will remain closed.

“Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge,

Valles Caldera Resumes Recreational Activities Today

on July 12, 2013 - 7:45am

Bandelier Eases Fire Restriction, Offers Programs

on July 12, 2013 - 7:42am
Bandelier cliff dwelling. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott announced that, in concert with the re-opening of other public lands in the area, the restrictions at the park due to high fire danger will be lowered to Level I this weekend.

 As of 8 a.m. Friday, campfires will be permitted in the fire grills in Juniper Campground. The campground and all the park trails have been open all along, including overnight backpacking in the Bandelier Wilderness.

Backpackers will still not be able to camp in canyon bottoms, due to flood danger

Play Dirty at Mudfest Volleyball Tournament

on July 11, 2013 - 8:33am
Mud flies at last year's High Mountain Mudfest. Photo by Sal Zapien/


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Ninth Annual High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, July 20 at the North Mesa Mud Pits.

The tournament is Adult Coed Competitive with games starting at 9 a.m. Teams must have 6-12 players who are 18 and older with at least four women per team. The cost is $130 per team and the deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, via email at


Bandelier Offers Ranger-Guided Walks at Tsankawi

on July 10, 2013 - 10:13am
This ladder is part of the trail at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS 


Bandelier National Monument will be offering ranger-guided evening walks at the park's Tsankawi section 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Water, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for cool weather or a possible rain shower are recommended.  

Participants will have the opportunity to view petroglyphs and cavates, while hearing the story of the Ancestral Pueblo people who occupied Tsankawi's mesas and canyons.

Each of these walks will

Forest Remains Closed This Weekend

on July 5, 2013 - 9:12am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—“The Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to public access through the Fourth of July weekend,” Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said.

The isolated rain showers received over the past week have helped to reduce fire danger and forest officials are considering which parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be safe to open next week.

“Rainfall and a decrease in fires, does not mean the forest will reopen unless all conditions are safe,” she added.

After the Forest reopens, fire emergency closures will remain in effect for the protection of public health and

Beat the Heat With Warm Water Weekend

on July 3, 2013 - 7:23am
Community members are invited to cap off the upcoming holiday with a Warm Water Weekend at the Aquatic Center. Courtesy photo

Bandelier Weekly Nightwalks in Frijoles Canyon Begin July 5

on July 1, 2013 - 8:01am

Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS


Starting Friday, July 5, Bandelier National Monument will be offering the popular Nightwalks each week (weather permitting) until the end of August.
"The Nightwalk is a very beautiful, timeless, and unusual experience, walking silently with a ranger in the dark in Frijoles Canyon" Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. "We encourage visitors to take the Main Loop Trail in the daytime to learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here, and then come back in the evening to see their homes in a very different way."
Numbers of

Splash 'n Dash #1 Results Announced

on June 30, 2013 - 8:11am
A swimmer waits for her starting time. Courtesy photo
A race to the finish. Couratesy photo

TMC News:

The annual Splash ‘n Dash series began June 26 as a training event for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which occurs Aug. 17.

Splash ‘n Dash will occur every other Wednesday leading up to the Los Alamos Triathlon.

New this year is an even shorter course for the youngest athletes - a 100-yard swim followed by a quick run along the Canyon Road sidewalk.

The following are the results of Splash ‘n Dash #1:

Number Name: Long Course Swim 400 Yd Run 5K Final Time

A1 Matt Gonzales 05:45 0:22:43

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: It Only Takes 20 Seconds for a Child to Drown

on June 29, 2013 - 8:15am


ABIQUIU LAKE - Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, yet the number of deaths by drowning could be reduced drastically if everyone would wear a life jacket.

Statistics show that 89 percent of those who drown at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

Swimming in open water is different and more difficult than in a swimming pool.


Meet New Born Goats at PEEC July 2

on June 26, 2013 - 6:53am
Cuddle with baby goats July 2 at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC Tuesday, July 2 for your chance to meet week-old goats. Both Los Alamos and the Jemez are home to goat farms, and their owners will be at PEEC with some new borns.

This program is part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings and is free to PEEC members and just $5 per family for non-members. Drop in any time between 6:30-8 p.m.

Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch, and Debbie Wood of Second Bloom Farm will bring mom and baby goats to PEEC.

LAFD: Public Safety Highest Priority At Fireworks Display

on June 25, 2013 - 9:25am

Fire Chief Troy Hughes




Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented this morning on public safety and the upcoming fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.


The County contracts with the Kiwanis to provide the fireworks for the popular, family-friendly annual event held at Overlook Park in White Rock each Independence Day. At this point, the fireworks display is scheduled to go on as planned; however, Hughes stressed that many public safety and fire-wise considerations have been taken into account in the early planning stages.


“We worked closely for

Free Bridge Lessons For Kids This Summer

on June 25, 2013 - 8:42am
Cliff Rudy, left, and Bob  Walker from the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club play Bridge with  Cory Liechty, left, and Rebekah Lockhart, both 5th graders at Pinon Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for students in Grades 4-12. These lessons are also being sponsored by the County Recreation Department.

Classes for kids in Grades 4-7 are being held at the White Rock Library 10:45 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Classes for students in grades 7-12 are being offered 1:30-3 p.m. Fridays in the downstairs

Current Trail Conditions and Closures

on June 24, 2013 - 9:20am


At 8 a.m. today, all trails on the Santa Fe National Forest have closed due to fire danger.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Sections of the Perimeter Trail (visit and Parks/Open Space & Trails/Trails Network to link to a land ownership map for details)

  • Mitchell Trail above (north of) the Perimeter Trail
  • Rendija Trail, Pajarito Trail, Cabra Loop
  • Guaje Ridge Trail, Guaje Canyon Trail
  • Pipeline Road
  • Quemazon Trail from about 0.6 miles above the trailhead
  • Cañada Bonita Trail (Guaje Canyon Trail)
  • Water, Valle, Pajarito Canyon trails and the Nail Trail


Great Back Yard Campers View the Moon

on June 23, 2013 - 7:55am

Jim Foxx is helping kids look through a telescope at Saturday's Great Back Yard Campout at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

Great American Backyard Campout Saturday at Bandelier

on June 20, 2013 - 9:53am
Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Thousands of people around the nation will gather to take part in a one-night event called the "Great American Backyard Campout" Saturday, June 22. 

Join the staff at Bandelier National Monument for food and fun activities 6-9 p.m. at Juniper Campground. Visitors are encouraged to camp in Juniper Campground or arrive just to participate in the event. 

Activities include:

  • 6-7 p.m. – Did you say free food? Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be grilled by monument staff and offered free of charge.

County Horse Show Registration Open

on June 18, 2013 - 6:23am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division presents the Los Alamos County Horse Show at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Brewer Arena.

Horse Show registration forms are available at the Aquatic Center or visit The deadline for pre-registration is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Return all registration forms to the Aquatic Center.

  • Pre-Registration: $5 class entry per participant (by July 17)
  • Late Registration: $8 class entry per participant (after July 17)
  • Family Registration: $30 per family. Families are three or more participants.

Taiji in the Park Has Moved

on June 17, 2013 - 8:50am


Taiji in the Park has been moved to the lawn behind Fuller Lodge due to constructions at Ashley Pond.

The times are still the same. The group meets 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 8-9 a.m. Thursdays and 10-11 a.m. Saturdays.

The community is invited to these free events. For more information, contact instructor Kok Heong McNaughton at 920-6808 or

Hey Kids - Join the Tennis Fun

on June 17, 2013 - 8:10am




Los Alamos Tennis is Growing – Come Join the Fun!
By Lloyd Wilton

Tennis is the second most popular sport in the world, and for some concrete reasons.

Tennis season is primarily played in the summer and played by all ages and skill levels. Players of all ages chase the summer to compete and have fun. Secondly, the sport is challenging and with anything challenging it is highly rewarding. 

Finally, tennis is life-long, you can start as many professionals and non-professionals do at age 5. This is not necessarily a time you must start and that is the beauty