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  • Caldera hosting youth and adult fly fish clinics in Sept.

    A pair of fly fishing clinics, one for youth and one for adults, will be the weekend of Sept. 15 at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Volunteers from New Mexico Trout will conduct fly fishing clinics for youth Sept. 15 and adults Sept. 16 at the caldera.
    The clinics, which will both be at 8:30 a.m. allow for up to 20 participants. Those taking part will have the opportunity to fish the headwaters of the East Fork of the Jemez River on the VCNP.
    Participants will spend a half-day learning about equipment, tackle, knots, stream insect sampling and identification.
    Participants will be allowed time to practice their casting in the morning and then head for the fishing areas in the afternoon.
    Those wanting to take part should bring a lunch and be prepared for inclement weather.
    VCNP said on its website that the clinics are very popular, so those interested in taking part should sign up early.
    Those with rod, reel and tackle are advised to bring those, however, there will be some equipment available for those clinics. Also, those aged 12 and over must have a valid New Mexico fishing license.
    This youth clinic is designed for kids between the ages of 8-16 and the adult clinic for those 16 years and older. Participants will meet at the Valle Grande Visitor Center.

  • Seeing stars in America's backyard

    One of Bandelier National Monument’s most striking features is its night sky.
    The light of a full moon is almost brilliant enough to read by and a moonless night reveals an endless array of stars.
    Although Bandelier closes at dusk, you do not have to be a camper to experience the park’s nighttime treasures.
    The summertime Nightwalks and Night Sky programs have long been popular, but nocturnal offerings have been stepped up a notch since Night Sky Ranger Geoff Goins arrived.
    Bandelier’s first Night Sky Fiesta is scheduled to Sept. 10-12. Goins describes the event as “the Night Sky program on steroids.”
    The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 with a showing of Ian Cheney’s “The City Dark” in the Bandelier amphitheater, which Goins’ characterizes as “a story of Earth’s disappearing night sky.”
    The film documents Cheney’s journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.
    Daytime activities Sept. 10-11 include solar viewing through Bandelier’s new solar telescopes, which are specially filtered for safe viewing of the sun. The telescopes will be set up from noon-3 p.m. Scale model solar system walks start at 1 p.m. both days.

  • Crews take down trees at Pajarito

    Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Wednesday, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Los Conchas Fire.

    In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

    Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in large numbers. The main trail to Cañada Bonita is open, but hazard tape and signage warn users to be cautious if they continue on the trail.

    Recreationists who choose to hike the Cañada Bonita trails this weekend are advised to stay on the main trail, keep dogs on leash and watch for crew members guarding the work area on both ends of the trail segment. Users may be directed to wait if a tree is coming down in the vicinity.

  • Cone Zone 8-30-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution within construction work zones.
    The information provided is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may be subject to change.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3

    Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north. Utility water line work also continues on 43rd Street. Expect flagging operations during ongoing project.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements

    The southbound lane will remain closed until Thursday. The contractor plans to switch traffic control on Thursday to allow for southbound travel.
    The northbound lane will be closed to allow for the demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the east side of 20th Street.
    Pedestrians will need to use the west side of the street.
    Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive

  • Community Calendar 8-28-15

    Friday
    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Iguanas, roots rock band from New Orleans. 7 p.m. at Rover Park in White Rock. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Robotics Night. 5-7 p.m. at the Bradbury Museum, as part of Fourth Fridays. Includes robots of all different sizes, shapes and uses from LEGObots and SumoBots to Bomb Squad and Hazardous Material robots.

    Conversations in Clay. Aug. 14-Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Saturday
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Tuesday
     Classic Air Medical. Pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team will discuss the work of the helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community. Free. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.

    Conversations in Clay. Aug. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Setting Up

    United Blood Service workers and volunteers were setting up the gymnasium at the Los Alamos First Baptist Church ahead of Thursday’s first day of blood drive efforts. The church is located at 2200 Diamond Drive. The blood drive will run through 7 p.m. today for those who want to donate.

  • Local Briefs 8-28-15

    Court will be closed next week

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court clerk’s office will be closed the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 4.
    The court’s office said the reason for the closure is for training of staff that week.
    The Municipal Court will also be closed Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.
    Payments due during the period of the closure can be mailed to the Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite C, Los Alamos N.M. 87544. Some court payments may also be made online at citepayusa.com.
    The court clerk’s office will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 8.

    Hitchcock movie to screen for Free Film Series

    The 1955 film, “To Catch a Thief,” will be screened at Mesa Public Library Sept. 3 as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    The film, which stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, was directed by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It will be screened at the upstairs meeting room of the library.
    For more information about the Free Film Series, call Mesa Public Library at 662-8247.

    Islamic nations topic of talk in Albuquerque

  • Unemployment down in county

    Unemployment in the state ticked up last month, but local unemployment numbers fell from the previous month, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions.
    Los Alamos continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment anywhere in the state, with its rate of just 4.4 percent, nearly a full percentage point better than any other county.
    According to the state, 373 of the county’s workforce of nearly 8,400 were seeking work last month. That was down 25 people from the states adjusted numbers for June.
    The percentage was also the same figure the county reported one year ago.
    In the entire state, the rate was 6.5 percent, seasonally-adjusted. That was up from June’s figure of 6.4 percent.
    Among the state’s metropolitan areas, only Farmington’s rate rose from June to July.
    Intestingly, job losses from last month were largely confined to a few counties. McKinley County saw one of the worst tumbles over the month, increasing its unemployment rate by half a percent, although part of that may be due to a jump of job-seekers in the county by more than 1,200 people.
    Nationally, July’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.

  • Creative District to host Fourth Friday

    Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos this afternoon.
    Ahead of the Summer Concert Series, which starts at 7 p.m., Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    As the name implies, Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and promotes special offerings from participating local businesses.
    The Bradbury Science Museum will feature Robotics Night: This evening features the return of one of our most popular events.
    The event includes robots of all different sizes, shapes and uses from LEGObots and SumoBots to Bomb Squad and Hazardous Material robots.
    Robotics Night runs from 4-6 p.m.
    Also today, Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum features an investigation into the history and future of artificial intelligence.
    Those interested can learn about Alan Turing, his work as a mathematician during World War II, and the test named after him.
    Participants can run a Turing Test and see if they can tell if the answers are coming from a real person or an artificial intelligence.
    That will also start at 4 p.m. today.

  • Opening Night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team starts is 2015 season tonight. The game will be at 7 p.m. in Jacona against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.