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Beginning Fencing Starts Tuesday at the Y

on September 30, 2012 - 11:20pm
The new YMCA Beginning Fencing class will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 for those with no previous fencing experience.
Enrollment is for anyone above the age of 10. The class will cover basic footwork, fundamental blade skills, rules of engagement and some bouts.
All necessary equipment is provided by the YMCA. Registration cone be done at the YMCA front desk or on-line at
For more information or questions, contact Tom Hill, 672-1058

'Mozart on the Rocks' at Bandelier Begins 4 p.m. Today with Tailgaiting at White Rock Visitor Center!

on September 29, 2012 - 10:06am


Staff report

The community is invited to gather for "Mozart on the Rocks: Opera at Bandelier" with tailgaiting and music.

This special event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 with tailgating at the new White Rock Visitor Complex on N.M. 4.

Starting at 5 p.m., Atomic City Transit will transport guests to Bandelier with an introduction to the evening's performance provided by the Los Alamos Opera Guild while in transit.

At the Bandelier Amphitheater, a complimentary wine tasting will be hosted by the Don Quixote Distillery & Winery.

The performance will include The Three

Open Gym Pickleball Canceled

on September 29, 2012 - 8:28am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division has canceled the Open Gym Pickleball program due to lack of participation.

This program was held 1 – 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at White Rock Baptist Church.

For additional information, contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173, or

Pajarito Mountain Snow, Ullr Fest, Beer Co-op Debut

on September 28, 2012 - 7:44am

By Greg Kendall

Pajarito Mountain Snowmaking to be Limited

Snowmaking will be limited at Pajarito Mountain this season as last year’s water collection proved lack-luster with disappointing snowfall totals and low water density in the snowpack, said Pajarito Mountain's Clay Paris. 

The new water retention snowmaking pond at the top of the ski hill has been repaired, however, the pond remains at a low water storage level due to the lack of a good spring runoff, Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said. Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the snowmaking pond is “good to go” for

Autumn Turns Aspens Golden

on September 27, 2012 - 10:37am

Aspens are turning to gold in the mountains around Los Alamos. Photo by Alan Kirk

Photo by Alan Kirk

Photo by Alan Kirk

Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 9:51pm



Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical

Pajarito Trail Fest Runs This Weekend

on September 20, 2012 - 7:07am

View from Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo


Kick into Fall with the 6th annual Pajarito Trail Fest, which is happening Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, with 10 Km and 15 Mile trail runs scheduled for Saturday and a Dirty Du Trail Duathlon Sunday.

Trail Runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event also will feature kids' fun runs with a Toddler 100-yard dash starting at 11:30 a.m. and Big Kid Challenge, which includes run up/down on marked course on Beginner Slopes.

Dirty Du Duathon starts at 10 a.m.

Kinkead & Kluegel Top Predictors in Lollipop Pace Race

on September 20, 2012 - 6:59am
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There was a tie for the best predictor of the figure eight cross country race through the canyons near the round-about at twilight time. 
Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel both were 66 secs off their times, and Georgia Pedicini was a close second with 69 secs off the time.
Winners of the one mile were Georgia Pedicini, 14:32 and Roy Cope, 18:53. The three mile winners were Ted Romero, 24:12 and Nikol Strother with 24:17.
Everyone earned a lollipop for their efforts on this difficult course.
Next pace race: Big Rock Loop at

Valles Caldera Expands Rabbit Mountain Access

on September 20, 2012 - 6:57am

Valles Caldera Trust News:

The Valles Caldera Trust has expanded public access and use to the Rabbit Mountain area of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  

Free  hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing will now be available on all existing logging roads and trails including Coyote Call trail.

Rabbit Mountain is bordered by New Mexico Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, and the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Access to the expanded area is possible from Forest Roads 289, 268 and 36. Overnight camping, the use of motorized vehicles, or any other outdoor recreation activity except

Public Invited to Comment on Future of Transportation to Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 6:29am
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with sign on N.M. 4. Photo by Rod Torrez 
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument. 
The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process.
Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort and park staff will be there to answer

Colorado's Chimney Rock to Become National Monument

on September 20, 2012 - 6:02am

Chimney Rock, Colo. Courtesy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colo., Wednesday praised the decision by President Obama to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument. The president will use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to make the designation.

"Chimney Rock contains the rare combination of a spectacular geologic formation with extraordinary cultural, historical and archeological significance. Coloradans have made it clear that those attributes should be matched with national monument status," Bennet said. "It will be an extraordinary boost for the region and the state.

Atomic City Transit Proposes Pilot Ski Hill Bus Route

on September 18, 2012 - 11:10pm

Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley presented plans for a computer-aided dispatch system and a pilot program for a route to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. The service to Bandelier National Monument runs March through November. The pilot service to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill would run from December through February. As described, bus service would be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The Ski Hill route would start at the Visitor's Center in White Rock,

YMCA Fall Adult Volleyball League Registration Underway

on September 16, 2012 - 5:16am
The Family YMCA is taking registrations for the Fall Adult Volleyball League.
Games will be 1-4 p.m. Sundays Oct. 7 through Nov. 18 at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.
This is a casual 4 on 4 co-ed league for ages 16 and older. Price per player is $20 or $15 for Y members.
Get some friends together, choose a captain and witty team name, and come down to the Y to play some fun volleyball matches.
Scholarships available thanks to The Family YMCA annual fundraising campaign.
For more information, call, click, or stop by. Contact YMCA Sports and Adventure

Candia Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 15, 2012 - 9:49am

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A cool evening greeted the 27 runners and walkers who participated in Tuesday's one mile and three mile pace race courses, which had everyone climb up through the Quemazon subdivision.

The one milers looped back around to the bottom of Quemazon Road while the three milers headed onto the Perimeter Trail for a while and then headed down Pipeline Road back to the bottom of Quemazon Road.

All finishers were treated to watermelon for their efforts.

On the short course, Felix Candia had the best prediction, only being off by 39 seconds (normalized to


Sept. 29 Fall Fiesta and Mozart on the Rocks: A Big Day at Bandelier

on September 8, 2012 - 9:39am

Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House. Courtesy/BNM


From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 29, Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park.

The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture."

Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people

PEEC Offers Second Hike in Fire Recovery Series

on September 6, 2012 - 7:58am

The Upper Crossing at Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” Sunday, Sept. 16. The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required. 

Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. 

The hike will first go about 1.5 miles to the rim of Frijoles Canyon, through moderate burn damage and one badly flood-damaged site.

Bob Weeks Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 6, 2012 - 6:46am
Bob Weeks was only 3 seconds off his prediction at Tuesday's pace race.
There were many good predictions in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres. There were 28 people who competed. The course was a fairly-flat one mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way.
One could run any number of loops but with a requested predicted time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.
The fastest for 1 mile were Duncan Fuehne (6:49), Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel (both 13:43). The faster 3-mile runners were Roxana

National Park Service to Host Two Public Meetings

on August 31, 2012 - 8:07am
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
In an effort to inform the public and solicit input regarding the plan/EA, NPS will be hosting two public meetings.
The format of the public meetings will include a brief (30-minute) open house followed by a presentation about the project and a question/answer session.
Park staff will be available to discuss the plan/EA and answer questions.

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building Construction Begins Tuesday

on August 31, 2012 - 7:52am


The start of construction for the Golf Course Community Building begins Tuesday, Sept. 4.  

Contractor Gerald Martin will be fencing off the southern half of the parking lot.

Patrons to the golf course will be allowed to park in a single row of angled spaces in the main lot and in the overflow parking lot on the west side of the driving range.  

There is existing signage directing traffic to the overflow parking lot. The contractor will be using a portion of the overflow parking lot as a staging area for their equipment. 

The contractor is required to abide by the county

Fencing Classes Resume at YMCA

on August 30, 2012 - 11:50pm
The fencing classes at The Family YMCA will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for beginning fencing and 7:30 p.m. for the advanced class.
A beginning class for students starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 2. The class will focus on basic footwork and blade skills.
Register at The Family YMCA at 662-3100 or The cost is $24 per month for Y members or $36 per month for fencing program only members. All equipment is provided by the Y.
For additional information, contact Tom Hill (672-1058).
Financial Assistance is available thanks to the

Officials Break Ground on Golf Course Community Building

on August 25, 2012 - 10:58am

Breaking ground at a ceremony Friday morning for the new Golf Course Community Building at the Los Alamos County Golf Course are from left, contractor Cameron Cheney, project architect Ross Small, County Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers, citizen Jason Rodgers, project sponsor Dennis McCloskey, Councilor Fran Berting, Councilor David Izraelevitz, former Councilor Mike Wheeler, golf pro Donnie Torres, golf champion Evie Griggs and Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  

A crowd gathers at the golf course Friday for the groundbreaking

Candia Has a Perfect Prediction

on August 24, 2012 - 11:20pm
Courtesy photo
Roxana Candia was perfect in her prediction/finish of 23.30 and was also the fastest female on the 3 mile course, which was held in the La Senda area of White Rock.
Ted Romero was the top male runner in the 3 mile race at 19:47 and had an excellent prediction of 8 seconds off.
Other noted predictors were: Matt Fair at 9 seconds off; Steve Shook with a 12 second differential; Katie Gattiker at 26 seconds off; and Tom Sandford recording a 33 second delta.
On the 1 mile course Sue Kinkead was the top female finisher at 10:28 and

Public Scoping Underway for Bandelier Transportation Plan

on August 23, 2012 - 1:43pm

Bandelier NP News:

The National Park Service has initiated the process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.

Over three decades, a number of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges at Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the park entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

Recent fires and flooding have reduced available parking in Frijoles Canyon, creating more challenges to transportation at the park.