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Jacob Romero Enjoys Spoils After Kids Triathlon

on July 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

Jacob Romero, 5, enjoys the spoils after the kids triathlon earlier today at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center. Both he and his brother Noah, 8, participated in the event. Courtesy/Jason Romero

Chamber Golf Tournament Benefits United Way

on July 29, 2017 - 5:27pm

 

COMMUNITY News: 

 

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Chamber Golf Tournament Benefitting United Way of Northern New Mexico Friday, Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

Early registration is $400 per foursome until Friday, after that date registration is $500 per foursome. Individual golfers can register for $125. Registration includes breakfast, golf, cart, lunch and awards. You do not have to be a Chamber Member to participate. Sign up now at losalamoschamber.com/events

Strategic Management Solutions, LLC (SMSI) is the Silver Sponsor for the event and

Public Meeting: LANL Trails Update Aug. 8

on July 28, 2017 - 4:53pm

SFNF Issues Temporary Closure For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Due To Ojitos Fire

on July 28, 2017 - 9:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE –  The Santa Fe National Forest has closed a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety during operations on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Aug. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at N.M. 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section until the fire is controlled.

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45th Annual Tour de Los Alamos Bicycle Race Sunday

on July 27, 2017 - 7:57pm

SPORTS News:
 
The 45th Annual Tour de Los Alamos Bicycle Race is Sunday.

The race includes more than $2,900 in cash and prizes for competitive and cititzen's racers.

Online registration closes at 10 p.m. Friday. People can register in person at ProjectY 7-8 p.m. Saturday, at packet pick-up or on race day 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the parking lot at 20th Street and Trinity Drive.

Details about the event and a link to registration can be found at tdlabikerace.org

Note: Brief traffic delays will occur Sunday morning, July 30 on Trinity Drive, East and West Jemez Road and on N.M.

Bandelier Offers Abundant Mid-Summer Activities

on July 27, 2017 - 4:53pm

Bandelier National Monument offers abundant mid-summer activities. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

For anyone who's been intending to get out and make a visit to Bandelier this summer but hasn't done it yet, now is a good time. Besides it being beautiful with all the summer greenery, there are some good programs coming up. Just remember that most are outdoors and depend on the weather!

On most summer weekends there are cultural demonstrators 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the back porch of the Visitor Center.

Sewing Camp Now For Adults Begins Aug. 14

on July 27, 2017 - 7:35am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
This summer, kids from 7 to 14 came together for five weeks to learn the basics of sewing at Los Alamos Makers.
 
The camp was a success. Kids are not quite ready to become fashion designers, but they learned sewing basics like how to properly hem, make button holes and sew zippers with a machine. Most adults don’t actually know how to do that!
 
The camp was 100 percent hands-on.

Red Cap Ambassadors And Manhattan Project National Park To Meet At Community Building Thursday

on July 26, 2017 - 11:36am
By VERNON KERR
Los Alamos
 
Attention all red capped Ambassadors, you are asked to be at the pavilion on Ashley Pond at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, July 27 for the first of events for the Los Alamos Ambassadors with more to follow.
 
Every one is invited to this event, not just the red cappers.
 
In an effort for the Los Alamos Ambassadors to be fully equipped to guide visitors on Los Alamos history and how we got to where we are, Chief Park Ranger Kirk Singer will address the Ambassadors on the importance of the national park in telling the story of Los Alamos and the project to win

Weekly Fishing Report: July 26

on July 26, 2017 - 9:50am
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The best stream fishing right now is in the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake.
 
The streamflows are holding up well so far this summer and have been above normal. About the only real drawback right now is that sometimes afternoon thunderstorms can muddy the water. The Chama River below El Vado Dam has also been fishing well and streamflows there have been at a very fishable 300 cubic-feet- per-second during the week. The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is still very murky and the fishing has been slow.
 
The streamflows

Cow Fire Update: July 24

on July 24, 2017 - 8:29pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest started by lightening striking a tree about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos near Cow Creek.

Current Situation: When the tree that was hit by lightning fell, fire started creeping slowly down the slopes. Since July 18, it has been backing up and burning through grasses and heavy fuels on the ground. 

The strategy is to let the Cow Fire treat those heavy fuels to mitigate the risk of future high-intensity wildfire.

Tickets Available For Sixth Annual Opera On The Rocks Performing At Bandelier National Monument Sept. 30

on July 24, 2017 - 9:56am

Courtesy/Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera

OPERA News:

Live long and prosper! For the 6th year, The Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. is presenting Opera on the Rocks Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bandelier National Monument, National Public Lands Day.

This year features scenes from Mozart's comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio with a new adaptation that moves it into the future to a universe that looks a lot like Star Trek.

Rio Arriba County Fair Kids Rodeo 2017

on July 24, 2017 - 8:33am
 
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY News:
 
The Rio Arriba County Fair Association, Kids Rodeo Committee members will host the 3rd Annual Kids Rodeo at the Rio Arriba County Fair at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu. 
 
This fun to watch, free event to spectators, starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 28.
 
Most people associate rodeo with enormous bucking bulls, burly cowboys and lightning fast barrel racers, however, rodeo is not an adults-only sport. What sets these competitors apart is their age - youth ages 2-18 from Rio Arriba and surrounding counties will be competing in this rodeo.

Scenes From Valles Caldera Birthday Bash Saturday

on July 23, 2017 - 8:18am

 

The Valles Caldera National Preserve wore all her finery for her Birthday Bash Saturday. The Preserve celebrated its 17th birthday and 10-year partnership with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s official friends group. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A volunteer from Hawks Aloft holds a Western screech owl at Saturday's Valles Caldera Birthday Bash. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Board members of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera gather for Saturday's ribbon cutting for their new store.

Los Alamos Tennis Club Annual Tournament Renamed To Honor Joel M. Williams

on July 22, 2017 - 9:47am

Joel M. Williams

TENNIS News:

The Los Alamos Tennis Club is hosting its annual tennis tournament with one change, the name. It is being renamed for the late Joel M. Williams, who was very instrumental in tennis in Los Alamos.

The dates are July 29 and 30. Entrants will get a very good free lunch Saturday, July 29at the Urban Park Pavilion.

The tournament director is Bob Tonelli with Tony Ballard as assistant tournament director.

For further information, send an email to directors@losalamostennis.org.

Tournament Entry Form:

Secretary Zinke Announces Formation Of Made In America Recreation Advisory Committee

on July 20, 2017 - 8:12am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, center, announces Tuesday his intent to create a new advisory committee focused on expanding public-private partnerships on America's public lands. Courtesy photo
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  At an event Tuesday with members of Indiana's Congressional delegation, and representatives from America's outdoor recreation industry, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced his intent to create a new advisory committee that will focus on expanding public-private partnerships on America's public lands.
 
The Secretary

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

More Scenes From Y Camp

on July 19, 2017 - 12:52pm

Y Camp staffer helping with the all-important shoe tie maneuver. Courtesy photo

Happy campers. Staff ready to welcome kids and take on the day. Courtesy photo

S-T-R-E-T-C-H before walking and running laps. Courtesy photo

Y Camper having fun on field trip to Explora in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Enjoying a lovely hike at Camp May/Pajarito Ski Hill. Courtesy photo

Y Campers care about… Courtesy photo

Y Camp Kinders having some water fun. Courtesy photo

Jackson Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on July 19, 2017 - 10:20am
Courtesy photo
 

Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
 
Aaron Jackson was the best predictor in the weekly pace race held at the Ponderosa Campground off State Route # 4 with a 21 second differential off his predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: Bob Weeks at 27 seconds off, Ryan Smeltzer with a 28 second difference as well as the top finisher on the 3 mile course at 25:17, Michael Young recording 39 seconds off, and Zach Medin at 43 seconds.
 
On the 1 mile course 11 year old Leyton Stahan was the best finisher with a time of 9:47. 9 year old Savanna Strother was the first female

First Lowrider Day, Espanola On The Plaza Convento

on July 19, 2017 - 9:54am

First Low Rider event gathered last weekend on the Plaza in Espanola. Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Couple driving. Photo by Derrick Key

Dancing girls on the plaza. Photo by Derrick Key

Low rider family. Photo by Derrick Key

Low rider women. Photo by Derrick Key

Impala. Photo by Derrick Key

Red low rider. Photo by Derrick Key

The plaza. Photo by Derrick Key

Young low rider. Photo by Derrick Key

Weekly Fishing Report: July 19

on July 19, 2017 - 8:38am
By GEORGE MORSE
SPORTS AND OUTDOORS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The fishing for big trout should be good at the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal. It was recently stocked with 500 rainbow trout averaging just over 16 inches in length.

The shuree Ponds are Special Trout Waters where the fishing is limited to artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook. There is a two-fish limit and a 15-inch size limit.

The hotspot lately has been Eagle Nest Lake. Anglers using Power Bait have been doing very well from the bank and anchored boats. Several big fish were landed last week.

Los Alamos County Horse Show July 22

on July 19, 2017 - 6:41am
 
COUNTY News:
 
It’s time for all riders to showcase their equestrian talents in Western and English categories at the annual Los Alamos County Horse Show at Brewer Arena at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 22.
 
The Los Alamos County Horse Show offers four age categories (9 & Under), 10-13, 14-18 and Adult and many different horsemanship class categories. The fees range from $5 per youth class entry, $8 per adult class entry, and $30 per family (four or more participants from immediate family living in the same household).
 
Prizes include place ribbons, horse show t-shirts and buckles.
 

SFNF Aerial Survey Begins Soon; No Drones, Please!

on July 18, 2017 - 8:44am
SFNF News: 
  • Combination of low-flying aircraft and drones can be deadly

 
SANTA FE  The annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the 1.6- million-acre Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) begins any day and continues intermittently through Aug. 18. 
 
Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.
 
Under Federal Aviation

SFNF Declares Cajete Fire Controlled

on July 18, 2017 - 5:51am

SFNF News:

The Cajete Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District was declared controlled at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16, thanks to recent moisture that arrived with the monsoon season.

The 1,412-acre Cajete Fire, which started June 15 from an abandoned campfire, has been 96 percent contained since June 21.

Incident command determined that the uncontained 4 percent of the fire perimeter was not safe for firefighters to enter.

Community Invited To Take Tennis Court Survey

on July 17, 2017 - 8:04am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC), is conducting a tennis court survey and working with the Los Alamos County Park’s and Recreation Board to determine tennis court requirements as noted by the tennis public.

LATC also wants to help the Los Alamos High School and Junior Varsity teams in addition to the USTA League teams get the number of courts in one location that are required.

The Survey Monkey survey has 10 questions. Anyone wishing to take the survey should send an email to directors@losalamostennis.org and they will receive an invitation to take the survey.

Ancestral Pueblo People Living At Bandelier

on July 16, 2017 - 8:46am

The Ancestral Pueblo people lived in homes built of carved blocks of volcanic tuff. Photo by Sally King

BANDELIER News:

Life in Bandelier ... the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in Bandelier from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE. They built homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in mesatop fields. Corn, beans, and squash were central to their diet, supplemented by native plants and meat from deer, rabbit, and squirrel.

Domesticated turkeys were used for both their feathers and meat while dogs assisted in hunting and provided companionship.

By 1550, the Ancestral Pueblo

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