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Spring Break Visitation Soars At Bandelier

on March 21, 2018 - 2:12pm
Frijoles Canyon in 1917. Courtesy/NPS
Visitation is rising along with spring temperatures. During the months of March and April, Bandelier National Monument is a popular destination for spring break travelers. Why not arrive early, before 10 a.m. to avoid crowded parking lots?
A walk along the Main Loop Trail in the morning and a shorter wait for a climb up one of the ladders might be a bit more relaxing. If arriving after 3 p.m. is a better option, then your visit must conclude by sunset, at about 7 p.m.
The café in Frijoles Canyon, while not open yet, will

Purgatory Celebrates Spring With New Festivities & More Fun On The Slopes

on March 21, 2018 - 2:04pm
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort has many great events, festivities and activities for all ages throughout the rest of March, with the biggest party of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 31 with pond skimming and a free Aerosmith tribute band concert.  
Purgatory is open daily through April 1 with lifts turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After April 1, Purgatory will be open weekends (Fridays through Sundays) as conditions allow. For more information on operations, visit the website,


Ski-Easter Celebration – March 24

Purgatory kicks off Easter week

Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 21, 2018 - 1:25pm
DOI News:
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration

Purgatory Receives 8 inches Of Fresh Snow

on March 17, 2018 - 10:11am

Purgatory Resort is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort


It's a beautiful blue bird day in Durango, Colo., after the latest storm produced 8 inches of snow at Purgatory Resort and another 10 inches possible this weekend.
Fun St. Patrick's Day festivities are planned at Purgatory. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, guests can enjoy a clam bake with Steamworks Brewing on the ski beach, the McDonald's Cardboard Derby on the tubing hill, a scavenger hunt, and more.
Purgatory has 98 out of 99 trails open and 100 percent of lifts operating.

Los Alamos Golf Course Expands Operating Hours

on March 14, 2018 - 11:02am


Spring is here and it’s time to get out and get active! The Los Alamos County Golf Course is expanding operating hours as the days get longer and weather continues to improve.

To schedule tee times, go to the County website:

For more information, call 505.662.8139. We hope to see you out on the course!

Aspen Elementary School Spring Fling Carnival Friday

on March 14, 2018 - 10:51am
The community is invited to Aspen Elementary School's Annual Spring Fling Carnival, which is slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m., Friday.
​An exciting evening is planned, full of fun and food as well as the famous Spring Fling cake walk and silent auction.
​Items for the silent auction include: the chance to have DK & the Affordables play for your private party, a private wine tasting from Total WIne & More for you and your friends or someone to come and clean your house. There will be more than 100 items or certificates for you to bid on.
​Pyramid Cafe will have

Weekly Fishing Report: March 14

on March 14, 2018 - 8:19am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
Spring is just a week away. This very dry and warm winter will be history and was likely history-making in terms of how dry it has been and how meager the snowpack was. Because of the lack of moisture, it will be a good idea to water your outdoor plantings (trees and shrubs) and perennial flower beds.
If you suffer from allergies, you’re starting to sneeze because of the tree pollen from elm and juniper is starting to show up in the pollen counts.

2018 Pace Race Season Begins April 3

on March 14, 2018 - 7:57am
ACRR News:
The 45th season of the pace race series conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road, N.M. 502.
The Club meets Tuesdays through early October at various locations throughout Los Alamos County.
For more information, call 505.672.1639 or visit the Club’s website

This Week At Pajarito

on March 13, 2018 - 7:34am

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.

For the snow report and ticket information, click here.
Upcoming Events: (click here for our calendar):
The 70th Annual Skiesta is March 17 at Pajarito. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

NPS Park Ranger Chris Judson Retires After 47 Years

on March 12, 2018 - 8:00am

National Park Service Ranger Chris Judson retired Friday following 47 years of service, 42 of them at Bandelier National Monument and the other five at Yellowstone National Park. By Sunday, she was already volunteering at the Manhattan Project Office and said she also will volunteer at Bandelier with curatorial projects, which have been on hold for several years because nobody has had time to work on them.

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.

YCC Job Applications Open At The Family YMCA

on March 10, 2018 - 8:33pm

Class Of ‘98 Launches Topper Trot ... Open To Public

on March 10, 2018 - 9:17am

LAHS Class Of ‘98 Reunion News:


To all Los Alamos area friends and supporters ... the 1st ever Topper Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, presented by the Class of ‘98 is now open for registration.


The event is July 7 in Los Alamos as part of the Class of ‘98 reunion activities.


This specific activity is open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit the LAPS Foundation.


Register here: 

70th Anniversary Skiesta Saturday March 17

on March 9, 2018 - 12:06pm

Sipapu Hosts 15th Annual Cardboard Derby Saturday

on March 9, 2018 - 10:59am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
VADITO  This Saturday, Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual spring competition, the 15th Annual Cardboard Derby, Sipapu’s most popular family-friendly competition. Saturday, March 10, guests race their hand-built cardboard vessels down the mountain for a chance to win one of dozens of great prizes.
Guests build their own vessel using only cardboard, duct tape, string or twine, and paint. Then they race down the mountain on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

Bandelier March Activities For Year Of The Bird

on March 9, 2018 - 10:38am
White-throated swift. Courtesy/NPS


This is the third month of the worldwide Year of the Bird, and the staff at Bandelier chose white-throated swifts as the bird of the month.
So far the swifts haven't returned to Frijoles Canyon, but they could show up any day! One day the sky is quiet, and the next day there are suddenly small birds whizzing around, looking for insects. Besides the swifts, there will soon be violet-green swallows also animating the canyon skies.
The theme for March is pollinator and native plants.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Restore And Rebuild National Parks

on March 8, 2018 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks.
The National Park Restoration Act will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems in New Mexico’s 15 national parks, improving facilities for the more than 1.7 million yearly visitors to the parks.
“From the ancient wonders in Chaco Culture National Historical

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Finishes Strong In Leadville Loppet And Chamalauf At Wolf Creek

on March 8, 2018 - 7:26am

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Siobhan Niklasson is all smiles in the 12km freestyle race during the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Clay Moseley racing 12km freestyle during the Chamalauf event. Courtesy photo

Southwest Nordic Ski Club members Zach and Levi Gibson ski with their mom, Lindsay, during the Chamalauf event in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo


The Southwest Nordic Ski Club competed in the Leadville Loppet held Feb. 17 and in the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek.

Both events took place in Colorado.

County Community Services: Spring Into Adventure!

on March 5, 2018 - 4:50pm


“Get Out. Get Active” is the continuing theme for this collaborative program from the Los Alamos County Community Services Department, with a lot of fun things to see and do in the community during spring.

Check out the full booklet of information at Community members can pick up booklets at County facilities, including Mesa Public Library, White Rock Library, Ice Rink, Aquatic Center, Golf Course, and the Customer Care Center in the Municipal Building lobby, as well as any of the local visitor centers and many of local businesses.

Keep up with the fun

This Week At Pajarito

on March 5, 2018 - 2:45pm

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Events Planned At New Mexico Historic Sites

on March 5, 2018 - 7:39am
NMHS News:
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites will host the following series of public events this spring:
Saturday, March 24 ... 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Mexico Art Auction
  • Coronado Historic Site
All cultures art auction of old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits go to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, the event will start with a preview of auction items between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Star, 288

Rock Formations In Pueblo Canyon

on March 5, 2018 - 7:25am

The guardians of Pueblo Canyon stand tall in the Sunday morning sunshine. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Unusual rock formations in Pueblo Canyon almost look man-made. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

New Mexico True blue sky Sunday morning in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Weekly Fishing Report: March 4

on March 4, 2018 - 7:24am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
Despite the cold temperatures that New Mexico had last week, most lakes did not refreeze and have open water for bank fishing. The exception is Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton. It iced over and is closed to fishing.
If the weather warms up this week as it is forecast to do, the ice may melt and Lake Maloya will once again have open water for bank fishing. Call ahead to 575.445.5607 to check on conditions.
The snowstorms last week helped a little bit to increase the snowpack.

North Mesa Soccer Field Parking Lot Improvements Underway

on March 4, 2018 - 6:50am


Los Alamos Public Works, Traffic and Streets crews in conjunction with Parks Staff have begun working on the North Mesa Soccer Field (Flint Field) Parking Lot.

The work has begun and is anticipated to be completed by the end of March weather permitting.

This work will incorporate a new entry, over lot drainage as well as pedestrian access improvements. Approved by Council for FY18 Budget these improvements also include irrigation upgrades, turf enhancement and safety needs.

During this improvement project there will be no vehicular access to the parking lot.

Thank you for

SFNF Seeks Volunteers To Improve National Forest

on March 2, 2018 - 9:51am
Santa Fe National Forest seeks volunteers for projects from trail maintenance to data collection. Photo by Ross Hardage/SFNF
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Spring is near, which means it’s time for volunteers to plan for support of projects with Forest Staff on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
From trail maintenance to data collection, volunteers provide an invaluable service to summer recreation, and to forest health and sustainability.
The opportunities include:
  • Volunteer Wilderness Rangers for the Pecos/Chama River/San Pedro Parks Wildernesses - one weekend a month during the warm