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GirlForce Initiative Offers Free Jazzercise Classes

on November 27, 2017 - 5:37am

The Jazzercise program in Los Alamos is part of a national Jazzercise Initiative that began offering free classes to young women, ages 16-21 and has decided to continue the free program though 2018. Courtesy image

JAZZERCISE News:

Young women ages 16-21 are welcome to attend the local Jazzercise classes in White Rock and Espanola for free, as part of their GirlForce initiative. The program was launched in 2017 and has been continued throughout 2018.

“What it all boils down to for me is that Jazzercise is a place where people find that being true to their bodies by getting seriously

Top Finishers Announced In 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot

on November 26, 2017 - 9:10am

2017 CROP/Turkey Trot News:

 

The 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot held Nov. 19 at Los Alamos Middle School drew approximately 220 participants who ran or walked either the 2.57 mile or 1.7 mile courses.
 
Top 23 finishers in the 2.57 mile course:
 

1. Sam Crooks              16:18

2. Josh Woodward       16:59
3. Jacob Thompson      17:02
4. Quinn Abfalterer      17:16
5. Ryan Smeltzer          17:18
6. Nicole Strother         18:06
7. Richard Hensley       18:32
8. Aaron Jackson          18:37
9. Gus Yeager               18:49
10. Zack Medin             18:53
11. Vikki Saga            

Fishing Report: Nov. 21

on November 25, 2017 - 6:17am
By GEORGE MORSE 
​Sports and Outdoors 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After a brief period of cold weather with temperatures dropping down into the teens here in the Espanola Valley and in some mountain towns single digits, the weather has fallen back into a pattern of dry with above-average temperatures. This is not good news for the ski areas or for the winter snowpack. Some ski areas will open on a very limited basis with a base of man-made snow. Others are still waiting for more snow.

Fusion Multisport Helps Locals Get Out Of Doors

on November 24, 2017 - 12:05pm
Fusion Multisport is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is located at 106 Central Park Square. For more information, call 505.662.5000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

BUSINESS News:

Brad and Rose Nyenhuis bring a lot of expertise to their business, Fusion Multisport.

They opened the story four years ago, Nov. 21, 2013. Rose said, “We were living in the Chicago area but were looking for a business opportunity that would enable us to live near mountains. We found this town…there are so many athletes and there wasn’t a sports store.

Bandelier Concession Closed Until March

on November 21, 2017 - 11:18am

Entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The retail and food and beverage concession operation at Bandelier National Monument will close beginning today and is expected to reopen in March 2018.

There is no other food and beverage option at the monument. Other park services, including the trails and Visitor Center, remain open as scheduled.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band.

Large Screen Gaming Of Super Smash Bros. Tuesday

on November 20, 2017 - 9:21am
Free Super Smash Bros. video game tournament Tuesday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on Canyon Road. Courtesy image
 
PEEC News:
 

Ever wondered what it would be like to play an eight-player Super Smash Bros. tournament on a 10’ x 20’ screen?

 
Find out Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the Los Alamos Teen Center and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will project the video game onto the planetarium dome at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera

on November 20, 2017 - 6:27am

VCNP News:

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.   

These freshly cut trees will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Entrance Station, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Trees will be available through Dec. 17 unless sold out earlier. 

Visit the Los Amigos website, Facebook page or call the Entrance Station 505.670.1612 to check on tree supply before you drive to the preserve.

Nature Yoga And Trail Run Sunday

on November 18, 2017 - 9:36am

Nature Yoga and Trail Run Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A Nature Yoga and Trail Run is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This weekly workshop helps participants learn to connect with nature through yoga and trail running. Come for the run, come for yoga, or attend both.

During yoga, enjoy breathtaking views of the Los Alamos canyons, skies, and wildlife. Watch the clouds float by as you flow your body, breath, and spirit through guided yoga sequences geared toward your specific needs and goals as a student.

Bandelier Open Thanksgiving & Celebrates OptOutside

on November 18, 2017 - 8:42am
Bandelier invites visitors to take a walk on the Main Loop Trail and celebrate OptOutside Friday, Nov. 24. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.
 
Then Friday, Nov. 24, the park will join in the growing nationwide observance of OptOutside.

Pajarito Mountain Delays Opening To Dec. 16

on November 18, 2017 - 8:30am

SKI News:

Unseasonably warm temperatures and a dry fall have delayed the opening dates for ski areas across the west and officials at Pajarito Mountain announced they also are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24. The mountain is now scheduled to open Saturday, Dec.16.

“Due to this abnormal weather pattern of warm temperatures and dry weather, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but are confident that we can open Dec. 16,” said Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long.

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

YMCA Hosts Free Thanksgiving Day Workout

on November 16, 2017 - 7:38am
Zumba at the Y. Courtesy photo
 
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA is hosting a free Zumba workout 9-10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, in the Y gymnasium.
 
To help individuals prioritize their health during the holidays, the Y welcomes all ages in the community to come move, groove and laugh during this workout. Y membership is not required.
 
The public is encouraged to spread the holiday spirit and encourage friends and family to join in the fun. Doors open at 8:45am on the north side of the building, 1450 Iris St.
 
Special hours at the Y during the holiday:
  • 5:30 a.m.

Purgatory Ski Resort Set To Open Saturday

on November 15, 2017 - 6:29am

James and Tonia Coleman opening day 2016 at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

DURANGO, Colo. – With more snow in the forecast this week, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience Saturday, Nov. 18 at Purgatory Resort. Ski and mountain bike on the same day, at the same resort. 

Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 18 with Lifts 1 and 2 operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to the trails Westfork and El Diablo, PLUS Lift 4 will provide lift-served mountain biking, weather permitting.

Small Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on November 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.

The 248-acre treatment area is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Get One Free

on November 14, 2017 - 8:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors. 
 
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov
 
Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF

Secretary Zinke And BLM Invite Sportsmen To Enjoy Upcoming Deer Season At Sabinoso Wilderness

on November 14, 2017 - 7:17am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
TAOS, NM  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have announced that the Sabinoso Wilderness – which contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife – is for the first time ever accessible to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.
 
The 16,000-acre Sabinoso was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the general public.

100 Days Of Winter Kicks Off This Week!

on November 13, 2017 - 10:19am

COUNTY News:

“Get Out. Get Active.” That's the continuing theme for this collaborative program from Los Alamos County Community Services, with lots of fun things to see and do in the community all winter long.

Check out the full booklet of information on the Community Services webpage here, and learn how to win prizes from local retailers every week.

Pick up a booklet at County facilities, including Mesa Public Library, White Rock Library, Ice Rink, Aquatic Center, Golf Course and the Customer Care Center in the Municipal Building lobby, as well as any of the local visitor centers and

On The Job In Los Alamos: Power Up Class At YMCA

on November 12, 2017 - 6:12am

On the job in Los Alamos is YMCA Fitness Instructor Emily Schmidt leading a Power Up Class Thursday afternoon at the YMCA Express in Central Park Square. Besides Power Up, Schmidt teaches a variety of fitness classes including TRX and yoga. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Parks & Recreation Board Presents Recommendations On Tennis Courts Plan

on November 11, 2017 - 7:29am

Parks and Recreation Board Chair Melanee Hand presents the board's recommendation regarding the local tennis courts to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Council requested in January the board evaluate issues and form recommendations for the following items: a location for a tennis court facility, the appropriate number of courts and appropriate community support.

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
 
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
 
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
 
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

Scenes From NNMYF All Stars Weekend

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am

Eight teams played at  the Northern New Mexico Youth Football All Stars Weekend at St. Michael's in Santa Fe Nov. 4-5 including this Blue Crush team that won their game 19-0 Saturday against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extreme Division 2 youth football players were part of the All Stars Blue Crush team which won their game 16-7. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes youth football players were part of the Division 3 Blue Crush All-Stars team who won their game 13-12 against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes Division 4 players were part of the

Sipapu Ski Resort’s Opening Day Postponed

on November 7, 2017 - 3:57pm

Sipapu Snow Castle Feb. 18. Photo by Albert Graves/Courtesy Sipapu Ski Resort

SKI News:

VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced the ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures. 

The resort was originally scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 11, one of the earliest openings in resort history. 

Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow is in the forecast  for tonight,Tues., Nov.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 7

on November 7, 2017 - 3:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There have been a lot of birds of prey migrating down the Rio Grande recently. I’ve seen several large raptors like red-tailed hawks and northern harriers circling the bosque. A sharp-shinned hawk actually killed a bird in our back yard. Eagles should start to show up around Abiquiu Lake soon and thre are usually some that spend the winter along the Rio Grande. Keep an eye out for them.

Last week I took a cue from one of our readers and fished the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The fishing was excellent.

CROP Hunger Walk And Turkey Trot Nov. 19

on November 7, 2017 - 10:21am
The planning committee for the Nov. 19 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot includes, from lef, top, Becky Chamberlin, Jeanne Butler, Ted Williams, Cynthia Biddlecomb, Lynn Wysocki-Smith and Wendee Brunish. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is two weeks away. In these final days, T-shirts have been designed and ordered, prize turkeys and pies will soon be ordered, the route is planned and the venue is reserved.
 
All that is needed now are walkers, runners and donors to register and start raising funds in support of eradicating

Hike To Scenic Window Rock For Your Health

on November 7, 2017 - 5:39am

The Window Rock formation on the Española Ranger District. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics are sponsoring a hike Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Window Rock Trail, as part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health. 

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride horses along area trails.

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