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Pajarito Mountain Re-opens Saturday!

on January 31, 2013 - 9:43am

Panaramic shot of Pajarito Mountain Ski lifts. Courtesy/PMSA

PMSA News:

The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain Saturday, Feb. 2 as it re-opens for skiing.

Significant snowfall from the recent storm has resulted in very good snow conditions on the mountain, so lift operations will resume with Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts on Saturday.

All facilities, including the Cafe, Rental Shop and Snowsports School will be open as well.

Guided Hike at Valles Caldera this President’s Day

on January 31, 2013 - 9:07am

The Valles Caldera Rim. Photo by Yvonne Delameter

LAVC News:

Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike of Cerro la Jara at the Valles Calder Preserve. The hike will take place 10 a.m – noon, President’s Day, Feb. 18.

The group will meet at the Valle Grande Staging Area for registration, snowshoe rentals, and hot refreshments. Arrive as early as 9 a.m. to secure snowshoes, as equipment is limited.

Adult rentals are $15 and youth rentals are $10. The cost is  $20 for Los Amigos members and $25 for non-members. The fee includes full-day trail permit.

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School Board Approves $1,000 Reward for Information on Vandals

on January 31, 2013 - 9:01am
School Board President Kevin Honnell and Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie discuss vandalism at Piňon Elementary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
By Kirsten Laskey

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Piňon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

The Los Alamos Public School Board is working to make sure the Piňon Elementary School vandals are caught.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Jan.

Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band Resumes Saturday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:44am

The Squash Mountain Boys. Courtesy photo

Staff report:

The popular Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band is back! The next event will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be offered by the Santa Fe Brewing Company and from 3-5 p.m., the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque will provide the music.

Atomic City Transit is providing a new bus service to Pajarito Mountain with the last bus going down Saturday at 5:20 p.m. so people can enjoy the show and get a ride home.

Beginning as a garage rock band, the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque

Aspen Art Teacher Receives LAPSF Grant

on January 31, 2013 - 8:38am

Britt Williams


Britt Williams, art teacher at Aspen Elementary School, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Williams’ grant will impact 55 6th grade students. The students will learn about the Empty Bowls events from Gillian Sutton. 

Then, they will learn about clay process, see examples from other artists and do the preliminary sketches of their bowls. 

After constructing their bowls using slabs and forms, the students can add texture to their bowls or build up features on the bowl’s surface. 

Once their pieces have dried and been

Free Piano Recital by Beau Gerard Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:35am


This is the final in a series of Beau Gerard's Piano Recitals and Compositions hosted by Los Alamos Friends. Gerard is back from the first round of eliminations for America's Got Talent and is expected to make it to round II. 

Gerard will play his compositions on his Yamaha Grand Conservatory Piano in his living room at 3711 Trinity Ave. in Los Alamos, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. The event is free.

Light refreshments and wine will be served at 3 p.m. The piano recital will commence at 3:30 p.m. 

Drop-ins are okay until 3:30 p.m., after which there will be no

School Bond Passes By Wide Margin

on January 30, 2013 - 8:47am

Members of the ballot counting committee were hard at work in the County Clerk's Office late Tuesday afternoon tallying more than 6,000 ballots for the Los Alamos School Bond Election, which ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday. From left, John Puckett, Linda Fox, Ken Thomas, Norma Puckett, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Kim Thomas, Deputy Clerk Naomi Maestas, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Cookie Halsted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Warren Houghting cast his vote Tuesday afternoon for the School Bond. How did he vote? 'Both my wife and I voted for the bond,' he told the Los Alamos Daily