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Bike and Gear Swap Saturday

on May 30, 2013 - 8:48am

LASA News:

With summer just around the corner, the Bike and Gear Swap, a fundraising event for the Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), is a great opportunity to sell items you no longer use, and buy equipment to help you enjoy the summer.

The Bike Swap will start promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Co-op and end at noon sharp. Mark Whitcomb will provide free bike safety checks during the Bike Swap.

If you want to sell items,drop off equipment at the Co-op Thursday or Friday between noon and 8 p.m. or Saturday from 7-7:30 a.m. Items will not be accepted after 7:30 a.m.

Y CAMP a Mythical Journey This Summer

on May 25, 2013 - 7:13am

YMCA News:

Y Camp opens June 5 and runs thru Aug. 2 at Mountain Elementary School.

Each activity station will include fun and unique activities in relation to the following weekly themes:

  • Week 1- Getting To Know You Days
  • Week 2- Outer Space Week
  • Week 3- Medieval Week
  • Week 4- Super Hero Week
  • Week 5- Red, White & Blue Week
  • Week 6- Magic Week
  • Week 7- Pirate Week
  • Week 8- Things-With-Wings Week
  • Week 9- Farwell to Summer Days

Camp will conclude with an end-of-summer show, tying all the pieces together, bringing a marvelous end to the Mythical Journey summer.

A $25 registration discount will continue

Bandelier Memorial Day Activities; Shuttle Buses Begin Friday

on May 23, 2013 - 3:24pm

Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS


The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of the summer season at Bandelier National Monument, with the shuttle buses beginning Friday, May 24, and special activities happening throughout the weekend.

"If you haven't been to Bandelier lately, this is a good time to come," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "You can catch a free bus in White Rock, relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to and from the park, and have a leisurely day with the family in Frijoles Canyon."

The shuttle buses begin running Friday morning.


on May 21, 2013 - 8:48am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is now offering INSANITY® classes!

INSANITY® is a revolutionary cardio-based total body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX interval training. Each workout is packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab and core training moves.

Each INSANITY workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your MAX! These classes are taught by Insanity-certified instructors and are available 9-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30-6 p.m.

Los Alamos Reservoir Filling Slowly [Video Attached]

on May 20, 2013 - 9:18am
View of the reservoir as it slowly fills. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Reservoir is beginning to fill with water again. 

Contractors have rebuilt the dam and have cleared out the debris and muck that resulted from the devastating 2011 Los Conchas Fire. 

The run off from winter snows has been disappointing this year and the reservoir is filling very slowly. Currently there are about three acre feet of water in the reservoir that has a capacity of approximately 25 acre feet.

Today is National Kids to Parks Day

on May 18, 2013 - 2:04pm
What better way to get ready for summer break than getting kids to parks, and getting them interested in visiting more parks?
Today, Saturday May 18, is a good day to bring the whole family to Bandelier National Monument to become Junior Rangers. Most National Parks participate in the Junior Ranger Program, which is a fun way to learn about parks, and to get rewarded for your efforts by earning a Junior Ranger patch.
At Bandelier Visitor Center, workbooks with some fun, fairly easy activities are available to complete during your visit.

Sign-ups Available For Bandelier Day Camp

on May 15, 2013 - 7:20am

Ponderosa Campground has picnic tables and grills. NPS Photo by Sally King

BNM News:

For kids who’d like to explore Bandelier National Monument with a ranger and learn about nature and the Pueblo people who used to live in the park area, this year’s Day Camp will be 8:30 to noon, June 19-22.

Campers must have completed first grade, and can only attend one year’s session. There is no charge for camp. For details and to sign up, contact Chris Judson at the park at 505-672-3861 x 513




Mountaineers Meeting Wednesday at Fuller Lodge Reviews Capitol Reef and Beyond

on May 14, 2013 - 9:51pm

Head of Sinbad Pictograph Panel in the Capitol Reef Area. Courtesy/LAM

Happy Canyon, in the Robbers Roost country is one of the wild places covered at the May 15 meeting in Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/LAM


Between Utah’s more famous and most visited national parks, centered on the less known Capitol Reef National Park, one finds challenging slot canyons, high mountains, intriguing rock art, and true solitude. 

Low visitation pressure is an invitation to backcountry exploration.

Forest Announces 2013 Season Open Recreation Sites

on May 13, 2013 - 10:18am


SFNF News:

  • Forest announces 2013 season open recreation sites; Asks public to help keep forest clean

SANTA FE – Forest recreation specialists are currently busy preparing 54 campgrounds, trail heads and picnic areas for the summer season across the Santa Fe National Forest.

Hazard tree inspections, drinking water sampling, and general maintenance to facilities brought on by winter snow are being accomplished so that visitors can once again enjoy their national forests.

However, there will be a reduction in services at some sites.

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.


The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.


Help Needed for Run the Caldera

on May 12, 2013 - 9:40am

VTC News:

Valles Caldera Trust will hold its eighth annual Run the Caldera event June 8 and 9.

The event consists of a marathon, a half-marathon and a 10K run. Everyone is invited to cheer on hundreds of runners and spend a day or two at the Valles Caldera Preserve.

Valles Caldera Trust is looking for volunteers to help with both the 10K and half-marathon on June 8 and the full marathon on June 9. Many volunteers are needed for such tasks as parking, staffing the aid station, serving food and more.

For more information about helping with the race, call Special Events Coordinator Emily

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Take Off May 25

on May 12, 2013 - 8:55am

JMTR News:

Hundreds of athletes from across the Southwest will compete May 25 in the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.

Runners have already filled the available spaces for the popular half-marathon for which there is now a waiting list. Spaces are still available for the 50-mile and 50K runs.

The competitive half-marathon, 50-mile and 50K runs take place along single track trails and dirt roads in the Jemez Mountains, including Pajarito Mountain and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The JMTR 50-mile race is regarded as one of the toughest three fifty milers in the United States.

Beginning this

Sign Up for YMCA’s July 4 Firecracker Fun Run!

on May 11, 2013 - 7:45am

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for The Family YMCA’s annual July 4 Firecracker Fun Run.

Race begins at 8 a.m. Thursday July 4 at The Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos.

Cost is $25, $10 for youth ages 13 and under, and $15 for Y members. Runners/Walkers will receive a t-shirt at check-in 7:15-7:45 a.m. July 4 and are eligible for one of the many door prizes.

Top runners in each division also will receive a prize. Strollers, costumes and dogs welcome to join the fun. Come by, call 662-3011 or check on-line @ to register or for more details.

Aspen Elementary Holds First 'Field Day' Event

on May 10, 2013 - 10:22am

Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom with PE teacher Adam Garcia at Thursday's 'Field Day' event. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aspen Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Adam Garcia organized the first school-wide outdoor "Field Day," in which all 400 Aspen students spent Thursday afternoon participating in races, hulahoop contests, water balloon relay and other field events at the school.

The Los Alamos Fire Department treated the kids to tours inside fire trucks and an ambulance.

Valles Caldera's 2013 Recreation Program Highlights

on May 10, 2013 - 8:41am


VCNP News:

Thirteen years ago, July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To celebrate that occasion and the many accomplishments of past and present staff, volunteers and contributors, we will host the second annual Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebration from July 25-28. A new addition to this year’s celebration will be the Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree July 27-28. Storytellers from across New Mexico will gather to share their tall tales and legends from the Land of

Bandelier Announces Weekend Activities

on May 9, 2013 - 11:30pm
Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM
BNM News:
Visitors to Bandelier National Monument may enjoy participating in some special programs this weekend.
Saturday May 11 all day: Bring your binoculars to Bandelier for Internationa Migratory Bird Day. Still time to sign up!
Many migratory birds have left their wintering areas to the south and are heading towards breeding sites to the north. Spring migration bird counts conducted across the continent on IMBD provide a snapshot of bird migration in progress.

The 2013 International Migratory Bird Day focuses on bird life cycles.

Take Off With Jemez Mountain Trail Runs May 25

on May 5, 2013 - 8:15am

JMTR News:

Hundreds of athletes from across the Southwest will make a run for Los Alamos to compete in the 8 annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs May 25.

Runners have already filled the available spaces for the popular half-marathon for which there is now a wait list.

The competitive half-marathon, 50-mile and 50K runs take place along single track trails and dirt roads in the idyllic Jemez Mountains, including Pajarito Mountain and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Southwest region’s only supervolcano.

Beginning this year in 2013, the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will be “cupless” to

Public Meeting to Focus on Community Trail Plan

on May 4, 2013 - 8:08am



Los Alamos County has enlisted the assistance of Trail Solutions, a program of the International Mountain Bike Association, to assess the County Trail Network and develop a revision of the community trail network plan.

The plan will be the focus of a public meeting held from 5:30-7 p.m., May 8 at Fuller Lodge. The open house format will provide an opportunity to view and comment on specific projects called out by the plan, and to provide comments on the general concepts presented in the plan.

“We developed the first trail network plan back in 2005. The usage

Bandelier: Alcove House Open ... Kiva Remains Closed

on May 4, 2013 - 7:27am
The climb to Alcove House requires four sets of ladders ascending some 140-feet. Courtesy/BNM
BNM News:
The Alcove House site at Bandelier National Monument reopened Friday May 3 after Monument staff closed it April 10 due to concerns over the structural stability of the archaeological site.
The reconstructed kiva in Alcove House remains closed until further notice. Visitors must follow closure guidelines for their safety.
The public should expect another closure in late fall when crews will repair the cracks in the walls of the structure.
A few weeks ago, staff from

Go Climb a Wall at the Y

on May 2, 2013 - 7:54am
YMCA News:
Climbing is a whole body workout that results in an exhilarating accomplishment and the Climbing Wall at The Family YMCA has some new classes, programs and prices to get you introduced, get you in, and get you climbing for less.
Adult Climb Time for any level of climber - beginner to advanced ages 18+. 9 to 11 a.m. Friday mornings during YMCA Child Watch. $20 per month (plus Child Watch fee if needed) / $10 for Y members with Child Watch free as always. Bring your own gear or use ours.
Little Geckos – ages 3-5 with parent. $30 per month / $20 for Y members.

Reglien Best Predictor in Pace Race

on May 1, 2013 - 8:04am
ACR News:

Twenty two runners and walkers participated in Tuesday night's pace race on West Road, starting and ending at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 
The goal was to predict their times for completing a one mile or three mile course. Unfortunately, timer problems precluded recording the finish times for the last eight runners. 
The best predictor was Jennifer Reglien with an adjusted error of 51 seconds. On the one mile course, the fastest male was Richard Thompson III (8:30) and the fastest female was Patricia Burnside (8:56.)
On the long course, Ted Romero was the fastest

Leanne Smith Wins Dog Jog

on April 30, 2013 - 8:38am

First place winner Leanne Smith at Saturday's Dog Jog. Courtesy photo

FOS News:

Leanne Smith took first place in the 3.1-mile race at the 17th annual Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog Saturday, April 27 in White Rock.

The event is open to all participants with or without a dog and at any pace in both the 3.1 mile competitive run and 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.

The annual Dog Jog is coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps, and the Atomic City Roadrunners as a fund raising benefit for the Friends of the Shelter.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 246 East


'Run the Caldera' Celebrates 'The Year of the Coyote'

on April 26, 2013 - 8:04am



Coyotes are a species unique to the North American continent and range from New England to Alaska and as far south as the Panama Canal.

One found its way into New York City’s Central Park. Another once sauntered into a Chicago fast food eatery during the lunch hour. The Aztecs dubbed the prairie predator “coyoti,” which science later Latinized with the more formal classification of Canis latrans.

Whatever the name, the coyote is the theme of the Eighth Annual "Run the Caldera," the weekend of June 8 to 9 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.