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Bandelier Seeks Summer Youth Work Crew Applicants

on April 28, 2017 - 6:28pm
Bandelier Preservation Corps crew with National Park Service preservationists. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
For several summers, crews of young people have done valuable service for Bandelier National Monument, working on trails, archeological sites, and other projects. 
 
The Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps are organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and supervised by park staff. Both crews are now seeking applicants for this summer.
 
Bandelier Conservation Corps members will work on trails and other park improvements, performing

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.
 

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
 
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
 
Current conditions include temperatures

Transforming Empty Parcel Into Rec Center

on April 27, 2017 - 12:01pm
Rendering of proposed recreation center on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One side of DP Road is a blank slate; a plot of land with a purpose yet to be determined. However, if voters pass the Recreation Bond question next month, this parcel could transform from an undefined space to the site of a new community recreation center.

Conceptual designs for the recreation center propose that it include two gymnasiums, an indoor walking/running track running the perimeter of the building, team locker rooms and a multi-use arena that would house a half-year

Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

on April 27, 2017 - 11:02am
Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will be surprised to see the many recent

Aquatic Center Hosts Open Water Nights

on April 27, 2017 - 8:28am

It is quite a sight to see kayaks floating around Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com   

Daniel Creveling practices the Eskimo Rollover maneuver that is used to right a kayak that has capsized. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

AQUATIC CENTER News:

 

The last Tuesday of each month, the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center hosts open water night and boaters are welcome to practice their boating skills.  

 

The night begins with a thorough scrub down and rinse of the boats, then it’s into the water.

 

Open water meets the last Tuesday of the month during the

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

on April 26, 2017 - 4:24pm
SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures,

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

on April 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M.

Unique Collaboration Results In New UNM-LA Class Focusing On Federal Lands

on April 26, 2017 - 7:27am

Jeremy Sweat, Chief of Resource Management at Bandelier, will teach Introduction to Conservation and Land Management. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

This summer UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a new one credit college course focusing on federal conservation and environmental policy.

Underground Ranger At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on April 25, 2017 - 5:40pm

Gunsight Cave. Photo by Doug Thompson

Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Retired Park Ranger Doug Thompson is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The talk is held in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. The author will be available after the talk to sign his books.

Thompson has written a book about his adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but the book relates far more than simply his experiences in the park.

Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

Daily Postcard: Golfers Swing Into Spring

on April 24, 2017 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: Golfers swinging in the spring season last week at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier: It's Time To Get Outdoors!

on April 22, 2017 - 10:54am

Bandelier National Monument: It’s the weekend and time to get outdoors! ‘The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.’ –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy/ NPS

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

Golf Course Improvements Long Overdue

on April 21, 2017 - 5:10am
Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Sam Logan, left, and Head Golf Pro Donnie Torres. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are long overdue. The last major capital improvements to the course occurred in 1970 and its irrigation system is 30 years old.

If passed, the $20 million recreation bond would provide an estimated $4.5 million to fix up the golf course.

Letter To The Editor: Vote No On Recreation Bond

on April 21, 2017 - 4:49am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Once again it appears that a number of our fellow Los Alamos citizens feel compelled to spend our tax dollars to benefit a limited number of county residents.
 
In this particular case, the Recreation Bond Proposal is being championed by several special interest groups. These include supporters of the already-once-defeated recreational (now called multi-generational) pool, local hockey enthusiasts, softball players, and golfers.
 
Although I certainly don't disagree with the concept of our collective taxpayer dollars funding the county's recreational

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

Trujillo-Rondeau Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 19, 2017 - 7:30am
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau is the top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau had a 1 second error from her predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race Tuesday on the Canada del Buey Trail in White Rock.
 
Other accurate predictors are Blake Hovde with a 4 second differential, Ted Romero at 7 seconds off, and 5 participants with a 9 second difference: Lyle Cunningham, Heather and Tad Hughes, Sanna Sevanto and

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