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Bandelier Reduces Fire Restrictions to Stage I

on July 12, 2012 - 8:58pm

BANDELIER News:

Courtesy/Bandelier

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that effective this evening, Stage II Fire Restrictions no longer apply for Bandelier National Monument.

These restrictions are reduced to Stage I in light of the increase in moisture and reduction of fire danger.

Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, smoking outside of vehicles, open campfires outside of developed campsites, and fireworks are prohibited.

The use of campfires or charcoal grills is allowed in developed sites only, but not in the backcountry; in addition to vehicles, smoking is

Flooding Washes Away Bandelier's Temporary Bridges

on July 12, 2012 - 11:17am

Courtesy/Bandelier National Monument

Report about Wednesday's storm from Bandelier National Monument via Facebook:

The storm that came through this area Wednesday evening brought flooding that temporarily closed N.M. 501 and sections of N.M. 4.

The new ashy-black mud along Frijoles Creek shows how high the water was running here.

The trails are open, and lots of people are visiting, but the three temporary bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail washed away - time for wet feet!

This storm was mostly in the upper parts of the canyons - it barely

Viloria has Perfect Prediction on July 3 Pace Race

on July 10, 2012 - 6:15pm
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS CLUB News:
Weekly pace race held July 3. Courtesy photo
 
Isolina Viloria had a perfect prediction and also was the first female finisher in the 1 mile trail run on the trail behind the Aquatic Center.
 
Duane Marr had a six second differential and Anya Gonzales was 99 seconds off.
 
On the 1 mile paved course, Zachary Medin came in first with a time of 7:00. Eight-year-old Erik Leonard was first on the 1 mile trail course in 10:34. 
 
Jackie Marr was the first female on the 1 mile paved course with a time of 15:25.
 
On the 3.2 mile course held on the

Get Ready for 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon

on July 7, 2012 - 11:46am

Join the Los Alamos Recreation Division Saturday, Aug. 18, as it presents the 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon in all its glory.

The 20k bike ride is back to its old course of challenging climbs and beautiful scenery; then jump in the pool (feet first) for a 400 meter swim; and conclude with the 5K run from the Aquatic Center to the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive and then turning around and running back to the Aquatic Center.

The Los Alamos triathlon was organized by Bill and Maureen Hudson in 1975 and is the longest running continuous triathlon in the country.

Following the

County Horse Show July 7 at Brewer Arena

on June 29, 2012 - 12:46am

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY RECREATION News:

Courtesy/LAC

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division will present the Los Alamos County Horse Show at 9 a.m., Saturday July 7 at Brewer Arena.

Horse Show registration forms are available at the Aquatic Center or www.losalamosnm.us/rec.

All registration forms must be returned to the Aquatic Center. The deadline for pre-registration is 5 p.m., Thursday July 5.

Pre-Registration: $5 class entry per participant (by July 5.)

Late Registration: $8 class entry per participant (after July 5.)

Family Registration: $30 per family.

Volunteers Needed Now for Y's Firecracker Fun Run & Children's Parade

on June 29, 2012 - 12:00am

FAMILY YMCA News:

The Family YMCA needs volunteers to help with its Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run and Children’s Parade on July 4.

Sign up to help at the YMCA or call 662-3100 for more information.

Registration fee for Runners is $20 in June, $30 in July, and $10 for youth 12 & Under.

Canyon Road will be closed from 15th Street to Central Avenue from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. July 4 for the Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run.

There will be traffic control on 15th Street from Iris Street to Canyon Road and on Canyon Road from

Pool Closed Friday 7-11 a.m. for Maintenance

on June 28, 2012 - 8:55pm

WALKUP AQUATIC CENTER News:

From 7–11 a.m., Friday the pool will be shut off for servicing. Short Course Early Bird Lap Swim will be available from 5 a.m.7 a.m. Courtesy photo

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement

on June 25, 2012 - 10:40pm

VALLES CALDERA TRUST News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Public Access and Use Plan (PAUP) aimed at expanding visitor access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (preserve). The plan describes six alternatives for the development of facilities and infrastructure on the landscape including sites for a visitor center. The DEIS describes possible effects and environmental impacts each alternative may have on the preserve. A complete version of the DEIS is available at

Registration Open for Family YMCA Independence Day 5K Family Fun Run

on June 25, 2012 - 10:02pm
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Registration is open for the annual Family YMCA Independence Day 5k Family Fun Run.
 
The fee is $20 in June / $30 in July. The race starts at 8 a.m., Wednesday July 4.
 
Prizes will be given for top male and female runners as well as for top costume, stroller, dog and others chosen at random.
 
The Y needs volunteers to help with the race. Sign up on-line or at the Y at the corner of 15th Street and Iris Street.
 
The annual Children’s Parade will begin at 11 a.m., following the race.

Hikes, Talks & Walks on Tap at Bandelier

on June 22, 2012 - 1:05am
BANDELIER News:
 
An opportunity for anyone looking for a day of challenging volunteer trail work is set for Sunday, June 24 at Bandelier National Monument.
 
Volunteers, along with the Bandelier trail crew, will hike about 1.5 miles out along the trail from the Visitor Center toward mid-Alamo Canyon to reset water bars and do other needed work.
 
Be sure to call ahead to the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, to sign up. Volunteers must be at least 13, but no experience is needed.
 
Bring at least a gallon of water, as well as lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good boots.

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Roy Cope Makes Perfect Prediction

on June 19, 2012 - 10:37pm

ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:

Courtesy Photo

Roy Cope makes perfect prediction on Tuesday's pace race on North Mesa on the one mile course.

Runners had the choice to run either one mile or a true 5K, but either way their error was adjusted to a uniform error for a three mile course.

The next best prediction was made by Alexander Romero with a distance adjusted 21 second error.

11-year-old Jacob Thompson was fastest male on the one mile course with a time of 9:56. Fastest female was Ann Nichols with a time of 17:25.

14-year-old John Rees was fastest male on the 5K course with a time of

Eco-Tourism Bonanza: Make LA America’s Zip-line Capital

on June 18, 2012 - 12:31pm

Multiple zip-line example. Courtesy photo

By William T. Sellers

As a recent Los Alamos resident returning to New Mexico after 17 years, the lab was a major business client of mine during the 1980s and 1990s.

Compared with those days, Los Alamos has come a long way.

Yet, from attending the latest capital improvement projects meeting I must confess: the end result was a bit of a disappointment.

I have long heard from local business and community interests, going back to my early days and then today, on the need for local investments that “create their own synergies.”

From my perspective,

LA Skateboard Competition Set for June 23

on June 14, 2012 - 9:01am

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the LA Skateboard Competition at 11 a.m., Saturday June 23 at the Los Alamos Skate Park. 

The competition consists of Two 90-Second Runs in the Park and an Ollie Competition. 

Following the events will be a demonstration from the BZ Skate Team from Beyond Waves in Albuquerque.

Fees are $5 pre-registration and $8 on-site registration the day of the competition. 

Registration forms are available at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or online at www.losalamosnm.us

Contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173 or lacrec@nm.us for

Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

"We want to expand the trail system to include beginner

PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

on June 10, 2012 - 6:15am

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet.

Strong Kids Classic Honors Ed Griggs

on June 6, 2012 - 10:37am

FAMILY YMCA News:

As part of the Family YMCA Annual Campaign, its 2012 Golf Tournament is set for a 1 p.m., Shotgun Start/Scramble Held at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday, June 9. Registration is now full for this year's event.

The Family YMCA’s third Annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament has changed its official name to the Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.

"Ed was a great man and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him in this way," YMCA Executive Director Linda Daily said.

Matt Schmidt,

Bandelier 'Get Outdoors Day' is Fee Free!

on June 6, 2012 - 10:12am

BANDELIER News:

Saturday, June 9, will be the first celebration of “Get Outdoors Day,” meant to encourage healthy, active outdoors fun.

Also known as GO Day, it will be a fee free day in National Park areas nationwide.

At Bandelier National Monument, Superintendent Jason Lott will be sponsoring a family hike, meeting at 8 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead.

Along with Lott’s family, participants will hike out along the established trail and come back on an off-trail return route that is being considered to make the trail a loop.

Trails Foreman and long-time ranger Dale Coker will be part

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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain's Summer Season

on June 4, 2012 - 6:44pm

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

on May 31, 2012 - 11:04pm

Courtesy/LAC
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen "Satch" Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the "Satch Cowan Trail."
The Committee emphasized in the motion and in comments before the

Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

on May 31, 2012 - 12:18am

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:

Thousands Cycle Through Red River Rally

on May 29, 2012 - 6:52am

Photo by Gary Warren

Nearly 30,000 motorcycle riders rallied at Red River over the Memorial Day weekend.

The annual springtime event jump starts the tourist season in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado region.

Red River is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its scenic location and mild climate.

Centrally located in the north central mountains of New Mexico, Red River is the closest resort area to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a short drive from Southern Colorado.

At 8,750 feet above sea level, Red River is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and

Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

on May 23, 2012 - 8:01pm

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150 Ancestral

When the Wind Blew the Kites Flew

on May 23, 2012 - 8:27am

The wind was spotty during the Kite Festival Saturday at Overlook Park but when the wind blew, the kites sure flew. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

This colorful butterfly kite was a crowd pleasing delight. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Debi Garcia of Albuquerque performs triage on the family's kite. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

When the wind didn't blow it was time for a picnic for the Allen Madsen family of White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Up big fellow, up! Oh for even a small breeze... Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
 
 
 

Bandelier Closure for Bridge Installation is Thursday

on May 22, 2012 - 12:09pm

BANDELIER News:

Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument, just announced that the main Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed Thursday, May 24, for installation of a temporary bridge across Frijoles Creek.

This closure had originally been expected to occur today or tomorrow.

“The bridge is being brought from Michigan, and we now expect it to be ready to install on Thursday, May 24,” Lott said.

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