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Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

LAMS Boys Tennis Sport Meeting Aug. 22

on August 18, 2017 - 3:29pm

Pueblo De San Ildefonso Golf Tournament Sept. 16

on August 17, 2017 - 7:15am

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

on August 16, 2017 - 3:47pm

Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

A graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument recently honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their 10 weeks of summer work. 

The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Big Wall Climbing

on August 16, 2017 - 2:50pm

Join adventurer Forest Altherr for a rockin’ presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Community members and especially stone monkeys are invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22 to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

Altherr has been exploring the cracks, crevaces and faces of Yosemite's largest granite slabs

David Kratzer Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 16, 2017 - 7:49am

David Kratzer is the best predictor the weekly pace race Tuesday in Quemazon. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

David Kratzer is the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race Tuesday in Quemazon recording 4 seconds off his predicted time.

Other accurate predictors include:
  • Kris Tuggle with a 25 second difference;
  • Heather Hughes at 30 seconds off;
  • Tamara Jurado with a 46 second differential; and
  • Tad Hughes at 79 seconds off.
 
Leyton Stuhan, 11, was the first finisher in the 1 mile run at 10:49 and Mariela Saenz was the best female with a time of 11:49.
 
On the 3 mile course,

Transition From Summer To Fall Offers Optimal Fishing

on August 16, 2017 - 6:50am
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The walleye fishing at Abiquiu Lake turned on last week, with fishing rated as very good. One lucky angler caught a 29-inch walleye. Because the water level is higher this year at Abiquiu, a lot of previously dry land has been flooded. When this happens the fertility of the water increases, particularly in the shallower water.

 

This is where the walleye will be feeding. Early morning, late afternoon and evening will be the best times to fish.

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Bandelier Hosts Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show Aug. 18-20

on August 15, 2017 - 3:39pm
Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy/Hubbell Trading Post
 
NPS News:
 
From Friday, Aug.18, through Sunday, Aug. 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show.
 
It will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the park Visitor Center. Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell's trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Open House On Cuba Ranger District Wednesday

on August 14, 2017 - 4:06pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Anyone who has ever wondered what natural resource specialists are working on in the Santa Fe National Forest, what tools archaeologists or firefighters use and has a fourth grader starting school this month can receive a free interagency recreation pass that’s good for an entire year for their family? 

Everyone is invited to the Cuba Ranger District’s Open House 1-3:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Come learn what is happening with forest plan revision, timber management, recreation, wildlife, archaeology, and much more on your national forest!

Mountain Bike Director Hired For Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain And Other MCP Resorts!

on August 14, 2017 - 9:16am
Hogan Koesis
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Officials with Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) has announced the appointment of Hogan Koesis as its new Mountain Bike Director for its collection of resorts, including Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Hesperus Ski Area. 
 
The new position was created at MCP to spearhead its efforts to improve the mountain bike offerings at its various resorts, to help build mountain bike parks, and to catapult Purgatory back into the spotlight of mountain bike championship events and world class riding.

2017 Los Alamos County Fair And Rodeo: Brewer Arena

on August 13, 2017 - 4:22pm

The 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Brewer Arena. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Arena Arena. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Brewer Arena. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Brewer Arena. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Arena Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo at Brewer Arena.

Students Already Busy With Athletics And Activities

on August 13, 2017 - 3:27pm

LAHS Varsity and Junior Varsity Scrimmage Aug. 8 at Sullivan Field. Courtesy/LAPS

Topper Band Aug. 2 on the practice field. Courtesy/LAPS

Topper Band Aug. 2 on the practice field. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Even though school does not start until Thursday Aug. 17, Los Alamos secondary students are already busy with athletics and activities. This is after a summer filled with camps and clinics. 

The football team and band have completed two full weeks of grueling practice. The ROTC students and Solar Eclipse team are in full production mode.

Scenes From 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo

on August 13, 2017 - 9:41am

Proud to be an American ... as the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo gets underway Saturday at Brewer Field. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Scene from Saturday's barrel racing event at Brewer Field. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Barrel racing scene Saturday at Brewer Field. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Barrel racing scene Saturday at Brewer Field. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Barrel racing scene Saturday at Brewer Field. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

All horses welcome at the rodeo! Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Family Fun Gets Underway Today At 2017 Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo ... Festivities Through Sunday

on August 11, 2017 - 9:41am
The 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Courtesy/LA MainStreet

 

COUNTY News:
 
As summer vacations begin to wrap up, Los Alamos—the place where discoveries are made and the palce of “100 Aha Moments”—offers one more opportunity for families to get outdoors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend trip with the Annual Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo kicking off today and running through Sunday.
 
“The County Fair and Rodeo is always a fun-filled time for families to enjoy right before the start of the school year,” said Kelly Stewart, marketing specialist

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on August 10, 2017 - 10:50am

Lisa Shin, president of the PAC 'A Better Way For LA' makes her feelings known at Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Community members pack Council Chambers for Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

Council Chambers was packed with community members eager to share their opinion Tuesday evening about Council’s proposal to spend Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds on several recreation projects.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Interior Department Announcement On Sabinoso Wilderness Access

on August 9, 2017 - 4:28pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed an announcement from the Department of the Interior (DOI) that Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico to be included as part of the wilderness.

Last year, the Wilderness Land Trust purchased the Rimrock Rose Ranch in order to donate the land to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so it can be added to the

Cub Scout Adventure Day Aug. 19

on August 9, 2017 - 1:28pm

Ted Williams Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 9, 2017 - 9:32am
Ted Williams was the top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race near the County ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon. Courtesy photo
 
An enthusiastic crowd participates in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Williams was the top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race near the County ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon with a 27 second differential off his predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: 
  • Roxana Bujack at 29 seconds off
  • Jackie Marr recording a 33 second difference;
  • Ryan Smeltzer at a 46

PEEC Provides Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 9, 2017 - 8:20am

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a guided, family-friendly backpacking trip Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This family backpacking adventure will last two days and one night.

Adults and families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation.

The trip location will be determined nearer to

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 8

on August 8, 2017 - 10:31pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It seems like that with a few exceptions, the fishing has hit the summer doldrums at many of the lakes in Northern New Mexico. Slow-to-fair fishing has been reported from popular destinations like Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains, Hopewell Lake near Tres Piedras, Morphy Lake near Las Vegas and Eagle Nest Lake.

All of these lakes experience heavy weed growth in the summer and that makes the popular technique of fishing on the bottom with Power Bait or salmon eggs difficult.

Letter To The Editor: Three Ideas, Two Concerns On Rec Projects

on August 8, 2017 - 4:23pm
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors,

 

With the upcoming discussion tonight of the continued want for recreational projects in Los Alamos I have three suggestions:
 
1)  Any LANL contract could incorporate an item from the bidder toward community development. LANL is just as interested in attracting the best and the brightest and, if it's true that adding recreational facilities will accomplish this, then it's appropriate for them to have some skin in the game.  It is not a "punishment" as I've heard a Councilor say, but an honor and smart business.
 
2)  Some thought

Bandelier Launches Restoration And Replacement Projects In Frijoles Canyon This Fall

on August 8, 2017 - 8:52am

These ladders leading to Alcove House are among the ones that will be replaced. Courtesy/NPS Photo

BANDELIER News:

 
For anyone who has ever wondered if the ladders leading up the cliffs in Bandelier National Monument are replaced regularly, the answer is yes. And the proof will be easily seen this fall, when the park maintenance and preservation crews will replace the long ladders leading up to Alcove House, as well as the shorter ones that provide access to the smaller caves in the cliffs. As might be expected, that means that the ladders will occasionally be closed during the work.
 

Letter To The Editor: About That Rec Bond Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am
By DELIA CRUZ-MURPHY
Los Alamos

As a parent, I have already lived through not having a: splash pad, a rec pool, or improvements to the ice rink. When it comes down to it you get creative with things to do with your kid(s) when living in Los Alamos.

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Letter To The Editor: Election Results Matter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:28am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I'm a little surprised that Megan Fox thinks the 47 percent to 53 percent vote against the Rec. bond was not really a defeat (link). Six percentage points matter. To put it in perspective, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the NM popular vote 48 percent to 40 percent. By Ms. Fox's logic, it would be "a little bit of a stretch" to say that Ms. Clinton won NM's electoral votes.
 
As far as the Rec Bond, it was defeated, period. What that means is no bond issue for these projects, a narrow question.

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