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Scenes From County's Annual Pumpkin Splash

on October 21, 2017 - 8:42pm
Kids score future jack-o-lanterns during Los Alamos County's Annual Pumpkin Splash today at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from today's annual County Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from today's County Pumpkin Splash at the Aquatic Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the

Boy Scouts Annual Cub Scout Push Mobile Results

on October 19, 2017 - 10:53am
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Courtesy photo
 
BSA News:
 
The Sangre De Cristo District of Boy Scouts of America held their annual cub scout push mobile Oct. 14 near Ashley Pond.
 
Cubs from several local packs including 20, 22, 222, 422 and 522 participated. Packs furnished their own pushcarts to race against each other in four person teams. The teams battled each other on a cone lined course. Victors enjoyed donuts and juice afterwards.
 
Results:
 
Wolves and Tigers
Team Doom Riders - 3:05.42
Team Banana Cookies - 3:12.52
Team Wolfies - 4:06.13
Team Juno – 5:57.11*
 
Bears
Team No

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

on October 19, 2017 - 6:33am
NPS News:
 
Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects this week. The prescribed burn are within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
 
The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National Park Service officials hope to decrease the potential for future high-intensity fires by

Family YMCA Gets New Exercise Equipment

on October 19, 2017 - 5:39am

Technicians work on essembling new exercise equipment Wednesday at the Los Alamos YMCA including three new treadmills, two AMT machines and two elliptical machines at the Y on Iris Street. Courtesy photo

One of the new AMT machines now at the Y. Courtesy photo

One of the new elliptical machines now availble for use at the YMCA. Courtesy photo

Two of the new treadmills now at the Y. Courtesy photo

Parks And Rec Board Learns About Recreation CIPs

on October 19, 2017 - 5:32am

The public listens to the update on the recreation CIP projects during the Parks and Recreation Board meeting Oct. 12 in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

The Parks and Recreation Board learned about the capital improvements projects (CIP) to be added to the County’s recreational offerings during its regular board meeting Thursday, Oct. 12.

The Los Alamos County Council approved $11.4 million in County CIP funds at its Aug.

35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Oct. 27-29

on October 19, 2017 - 5:28am
Taos Balloon Rally. Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
TMBR News:
 
TAOS The 35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29 at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally field on Albright Street behind the Taos County Courthouse.
 
The free weekend event, which will include three ascensions, food, vendors and entertainment, is expected to draw more than 35 balloons and visitors from all over the southwest.
 
The event kicks off at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with the daily Dawn Patrol and will continue with a Mini Mass Ascension at 8:15 a.m.

YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Through Oct. 24

on October 19, 2017 - 5:23am
 
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 who would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation, and to play a few games.
 
Registration for this program is open until Oct 24. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet there twice a week for practice Nov. 6 – Feb. 2. Games are Saturdays Dec. 9 – Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 18

on October 18, 2017 - 9:55am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The fall foliage is transitioning from the mountains to the valleys. The cottonwoods are starting to show off their golden glory.
 
We’ve had several frosts here in the Espanola Valley and the hummingbirds have quit coming to my feeders. I’m waiting to hear the first calls of migrating sandhill cranes as they fly down the Rio Grande Valley on their way to their wintering grounds at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro.
 
This year’s Festival of the Cranes will be held there Nov.

SFNF: Two Prescribed Burns Proceed

on October 18, 2017 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
 
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout.

Aquatic Center Hosts Pumpkin Splash Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 3:44pm

COUNTY News:

This Saturday, Oct. 21, the public is invited to join in on the Annual Pumpkin Splash and Halloween Carnival 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walkup Aquatic Center.

This year’s  theme pays tribute to Dr. Seuss. To kick off the festivities, the bounce house will be set up outside the pool, and various carnival games with great prizes will entertain the kids. Pumpkins will float in the pool, allowing participants to swim around and find just the right one to take home with them. The pumpkin retrieval itself starts at 11 a.m.

Tickets are on sale at the front desk of the Aquatic Center,

County Council Receives Update On MPNHP

on October 16, 2017 - 8:59am

Los Alamos Site Manager of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Charlie Strickfaden provides an update on the park during the Oct. 10 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

​Work is progressing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), the Los Alamos County Council learned during its regular meeting Oct. 10. The park's Site Manager Charlie Strickfaden gave a short presentation to the Council about the park. 

​In his presentation, Strickfaden identified the draft version of the park's purpose:  “Managed in partnership by the

John Bretzke Of Los Alamos Finishes 50th 1/2 Marathon!

on October 12, 2017 - 7:36am
John Bretzke of Los Alamos gave himself a 12-year goal to run a half marathon in every state in the U.S. and he completed that goal in 11 years, Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
John Bretzke of Los Alamos with family and friends at the finish line of his 50th 1/2 marathon Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Bretzke of Los Alamos set a 12-year goal to complete a half marathon in every state in the nation. He accomplished that goal in 11 years, Sept.

Last Day This Year For Bandelier Shuttle Buses Oct. 15

on October 11, 2017 - 12:24pm
BANDELIER News:
 
After a busy spring, summer, fall, and Balloon Fiesta, during which the shuttles carried thousands of visitors between White Rock and the Bandelier Visitor Center, this year's shuttle season is about to draw to an end. 
 
Sunday, Oct. 15 will be the last day of shuttle bus service to the park until next spring. 
 
"Every summer since the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, the buses have made a huge difference in visitors' experience here.

Los Alamos Chess Teams Host League Competition

on October 11, 2017 - 8:12am

Los Alamos High School Chess Team members, from left, Donald Poston, Andrew Watson, Andre Popa-Simil, Timothy Martin, Victor Popa-Simil. Henry Poston and Max Corliss competed in the Northern Schools League Competition held Monday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Not pictured are Do Vo, Chance Challacombe and Gus Yeager. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Homeschool Chess Players from Los Alamos who competed in Monday's Northern Schools League Tournament pictured with their Coach Jeff Goettee, back row from left, Sean Pierce and Ethan Pierce, front row, Derek Rodriguez, Desmond Garcia

Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 10

on October 10, 2017 - 3:24pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The heavy rains we had last week dramatically raised streamflows across Northern New Mexico. In some streams, the flow is two-to-three times what they would normally be at this time of year.

This is great news for the fish, which will benefit from the heavier flows and murkier water. They will be more difficult to catch and will have a lot more food to feed on.

Pajarito Mountain Extends Bike & Hike Weekends

on October 10, 2017 - 12:28pm
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Peter Dickson
 
PAJARITO News:
 
Experience the Beautiful Fall Colors, and Participate in the Pajarito Trailfest, Sat. Oct 21!
 
Pajarito Trailfest is Sat., Oct. 21, a trail run and mountain bike event benefiting the University of New Mexico Ski Team and Southwest Nordic Ski Club Trail Initiative. There will be a 10k, 25k, 1.5k, and 3k running events. New at this year's event is a mountain bike "mini tour." 
 
To register and for more information, click here, or log on to Pajarito's website (skiPajarito.com) for additional information.
 
Pajarito has

YMCA Wants You To Take A #SelfieWithSomeoneNew

on October 10, 2017 - 6:59am
Courtesy photo
 
YMCA News:
 
In the spirt of bringing people and community together, The Family YMCA is launching a social media campaign called, #SelfieWithSomoneNew.
 
The initiative is aimed at bringing individuals and communities together in service of a better us. Inspired by the Y’s “Us” national advertising campaign, #SelfieWithSomeoneNew is an opportunity to highlight how the Y uniquely brings people together.
 
“In these divided times,” said CEO Linda Daly of The Family YMCA, “we must continue to bring people together, find common ground and bridge divides.

Bandelier Welcomes Artist In Residence For October

on October 10, 2017 - 6:25am
Lisa Grossman, Bandelier National Monument's Artist in Residence in October. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument is happy to introduce this month's Artist in Residence, Lisa Grossman. In the two weeks she will be here, she is planning to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. She wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.
 
Grossman was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas City in 1988 to

Ski Area Is The Place To See Fall Colors Close By

on October 8, 2017 - 7:13am

Spectacular view Saturday from Ma Bell on the west side of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area of the Los Alamos fall colors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The view from the deck outside the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge Saturday morning looking up the Beginner Hill toward Lumberyard. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The fall colors at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area are in their prime and General Manager Tom Long is inviting the community to come and see them.

Just a few miles from the Los Alamos townsite, the ski area

Nineteen New Mexico True Adventures To Experience During 2017 Balloon Fiesta

on October 7, 2017 - 4:56am
Courtesy/NMTD
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department created a list of 19 things for travelers to do during Balloon Fiesta week, to encourage extended stays for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that travel to see New Mexico’s sky burst with color in early October.

The list, titled “19 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta,” showcases the wide variety of cultural activities and authentic experiences visitors can encounter before, during and after the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
 
Suggestions include “Fill Your Tank”

Letter To The Editor: Young Life Thanks You

on October 5, 2017 - 8:04am
By RYAN GILBERT 
Young Life Area Director
 
We had our annual Young Life Golf Tournament Sept. 22, a rowdy Par 3 event.
 
I wanted to thank the businesses and individuals who helped us to raise nearly $4,500! All the money raised goes to helping us take teens camping, either for a weekend or a week next summer, where it has been heard “that was the best week (end) of my life!"
 
A Special Thank You to:
  • Jemez Agency
  • Knecht's NAPA Automotive
  • Los Alamos Home Improvement
  • NUSENDA Credit Union
  • Pasta Paradiso
  • Preventech
  • SOS (Southwest Office Solutions)
  • White Rock Presbyterian Church for sponsoring a

County: 100 Days Of Summer Declared A Success!

on October 5, 2017 - 8:01am

This photograph is an entry in the 100 Days of Summer Photo Contest. Courtesy photo

Sarah Matthews is the winner of Los Alamos County's 100 Days of Summer Photo Contest. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Community Services Department would like to thank the community of Los Alamos for making the inaugural 100 Days of Summer program a great success.

With more than 100 participants, the County was pleased with the level of excitement and involvement. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, residents were encouraged to “Get Out.

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 4

on October 4, 2017 - 8:21am

The Conejos River Valley. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Cumbres Pass scenery. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

 

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The recent rainfall has muddied rivers and raised water levels in lakes and reservoirs. Once the water clears, the fishing should be good. The rain also benefits the vegetation, as perennial plants, grasses and trees that are starting to go dormant now will have a moist and favorable environment for their roots. Surprisingly, we have not had a frost yet here in the Espanola Valley.

It’s time to start

Ortiz-Acoste Top Predictor In 2017 Final Pace Race

on October 4, 2017 - 7:28am

Denisse Ortiz-Acoste was the best predictor in the final weekly pace race of the season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo

Runners in the final weekly pace race of the season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo

Runners in the final weekly pace race of the season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

 
Denisse Ortiz-Acoste was the best predictor in the final weekly pace race of the season held on the Canyon Rim Trail recording a 3 second error off her predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: 
  • Jesse Woodroffe at 4 seconds off;

Valles Caldera Geology Field Trip With Fraser And Cathy Goff Oct. 21

on October 3, 2017 - 4:52pm
Geologists Fraser Goff and Cathy Goff on a hike near La Mosca. Fraser wrote the book on Valle geology and Cathy is an internationally known geologist. Photo by David Schiferl
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore six areas in the Valles Caldera, Saturday Oct. 21, with geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff.
 
This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the volcanology of the preserve and see little-known geothermal springs with the person who literally wrote the book on the Valle's geology.
 
Explore in the Valles Caldera.

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