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Letter To The Editor: Thankful For The Council

on December 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank each member of the County Council for their dedication and commitment in deciding how to best use the current CIP funds during last
night’s council meeting.
 
Through your hard work and creative thinking you were able to stretch limited dollars into much needed recreational facilities. Now our community can look forward to improvements to the golf
course and ice rink. Young children can enjoy a splash pad in White Rock geared for them.

Pajarito Ski Area Is Making Snow!

on December 6, 2017 - 11:52am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is making snow and will continue to do so until its Dec. 16 opening date. According to Manager Tom Long, the temperatures are cooperating but Mother Nature hasn't done her part with providing snow. Long said 1.6 million gallons of water from the snow-making water pond is being used judiciously so as to have coverage for a run from top to bottom, the beginner area and the new Magic Carpet area. Courtesy/PMSA

Despicable Me 3 Dive-In Movie Dec. 8

on December 5, 2017 - 8:29am

Los Alamos Young Racers Attend UNM Ski Race Camp

on December 4, 2017 - 3:46pm

Young ski racers from Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe attended the UNM Ski Team sponsored race camp last weekend at Red River Ski Area. Courtesy photo

Scenes From North Mesa Stable Park Holiday Event

on December 4, 2017 - 7:30am

Horses at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables greet visitors Sunday evening during the annual Holiday Celebration hosted by North Mesa Stable Owners. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate Sunday evening at the Stidham family's stables, from left, Mia Littleton, Annika Fox, Hanna Stidham and Sage Wilcox. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

​Sherry Carmichael adds the finishing touches to her decorations Sunday at North Mesa Stables Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A horseshoe wreath hangs at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables at

Local Dog Walking Group Strolls Around Downtown

on December 2, 2017 - 2:43pm

A local dog walking group gathers at 11:30 a.m. today at Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square for their Saturday walk, which begins with a stroll around Ashley Pond before they head down Central Avenue passed the Municipal Building, over to Iris Street and finally back to Pet Pangaea. With their walk finished, the excitement was visible in the dogs as they waited for an employee to step out onto the sidewalk in front of the store and give them each a special treat.

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

Los Alamos County Named Bicycle Friendly!

on November 30, 2017 - 12:38pm

COUNTY News:

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFC) award, joining more than 400 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Los Alamos County joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists.

Bandelier Main Loop Trail Closed For Helicopter Work

on November 29, 2017 - 2:24pm
Helicopter carrying thousand-pound bags of dirt and rocks for work on the Frey Trail in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction. 
 
This project will continue Monday, Dec. 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 29

on November 29, 2017 - 2:20pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather remained unseasonably warm and dry last week. There are reports of changes in the weather for this coming week. Temperatures may drop to what would be normal for this time of year.
 
The fishing picked up at Abiquiu Lake last week and there were finally reports of trout being caught. This could be due to the recent stocking of fingerling rainbow trout. Larger predatory fish can be attracted to the area where these fish were stocked.

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Do It Right ... Right Now!

on November 28, 2017 - 10:17am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos

Aug. 8, 2017 the Los Alamos County Council voted to just do a small kiddie pool for $5 million instead of using the entire $7,816,000 that was in the projected budget for a multi-generational pool.  

Since then the county staff did the research as requested by the council and has now presented a design for the $5 million, they had to leave out the lazy river and the water slide and it is now just a zero-entry, warm water pool with some water sprays.

The extra $2 million will bring back the lazy river and water slide.

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.

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