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  • Open Range Days prove successful...

    The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club welcomed the public to their club this weekend for its first Open Range Days, something club member and organizer Steve Porter called a “safe and successful event.”

    The event took place Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club. A total of four ranges were set up outside, one for pistols, one for rifles, one for archery and one for high-powered machine guns and semi-automatic weapons.

    In addition, a gun show was set up inside that featured more than 20 vendors, selling a variety of products, from guns, to ammo, as well as jewelry. Outside, a barbecue lunch was provided by Smokin Bear BBQ, which Porter described as “really good, authentic barbecue.”

    Overall, he considered the entire event a success, saying that the machine gun shoot was “excpetionally good,” and that everything from the guns they had available to the targets set up down-range were top-of-the-line.

    He expects this first-time event to be done again in the future, and that it will become even more successful the next time.

    Porter said the club is looking to add new members, and that those interested can visit la-sc.org to learn more about the club and sign up to become a member.

  • Logan brings global experience...

    Sam Logan is a man who has seen it all.

    After living in 12 countries on five continents across more than three decades, Logan landed in Los Alamos County, a place unlike any other he has lived since beginning his career in golf in the late 1980s.

    Logan took over as the general manager of the Los Alamos County Golf Course in May 2016. Though the position as a general manager is one he has held at golf courses around the world for years, the area is quite different than the places he has recently lived, - most notably Colombia, Nigeria and Mexico.

    Known around the world as a man who specializes in opening new resorts, Logan found Los Alamos to be intriguing because of the county’s desire to take the golf course in a new direction, and because of the strong school system his 10-year-old son Jack can take advantage of.

    Although his career ended up taking him around the world in the golf industry, that was never originally the plan.
    Logan was born in West Texas, and moved around a lot in his younger days, much like he has continued to do into adulthood.

    All through his childhood, he had aspirations of becoming a corporate oil attorney, and attended the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of that goal.

    However, upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and his life was forever changed.

  • Pajarito Mountain ready for...

    Los Alamos County’s unofficial kickoff to summer will take place this weekend, as Pajarito Mountain hosts its annual SummerFest this Saturday.

    Jeffrey Bold, an employee with Pajarito Mountain, described the event as a “big summer party to celebrate the end of a successful ski season, and the beginning of a successful summer season.”

    SummerFest, which has been a tradition in Los Alamos for decades, features live music, 14 microbreweries, as well as access to the ski lifts for both hikers and bikers.

    In addition, there will be fun events taking place throughout the day, such as a disc golf tournament, downhill bike race, and a poker run.

    People participating in the poker run will receive a playing card each time they go up the ski lift, and can collect an unlimited number of cards while the ski lifts are open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    At the end of the day, the poker run participants will get together and compare cards to figure out who compiled the best poker hand throughout the day.

    One of the biggest draws of SummerFest is its array of local microbreweries in the Beer Garden, which contributes to an atmosphere Bland described as a “massive beer festival.”

    For $20, people will be able to access the area, and will be given a voucher for a free pint of beer.

  • Sportsmen's club preps for...

    The Los Alamos Sportmen’s Club will be hosting its first ever Open Range Days this weekend, giving the public a unique look at what the club has to offer.

    The event will include a gun show, along with demonstration classes, open gun and archery ranges and a barbeque lunch on both days.

    In years past, the sportsmen’s club has hosted a gun show somewhere in the community each year.

    This year, however, they felt it would be a better idea to combine all of the events they sponsor into a larger happening.

    “We want to invite the public down to see what we have to offer,” club member Steve Porter said. “We want to increase public awareness of what we do and what we’re about, and hopefully increase membership.”

    The Open Range Days will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    As part of the event, the Sportsmen’s Club will have an archery range open, as well as three pistol ranges and two shotgun ranges.

    One of the things the club is most excited to be offering is the opportunity to let the public test out machine guns at the event.

  • Janecky dedicates life to LA...

    For nearly four decades, Louise Janecky has dedicated herself to the gymnastics community of Los Alamos.

    Janecky, known as Loui, has been the director and head coach of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics since 1981. All told, she has been involved as a gymnastics coach around the country since 1976.

    Recently, she has been re-elected to her position as the Region three chair of the USA Gymnastics Xcel National Committee, a position she has held since 2013.

    In this role, Janecky not only takes part in the rule-making process for USA Gymnastics, but also assists in the education of coaches and judges both regionally and nationally.

    Janecky also plays a leadership role in state and regional competitions, traveling to conventions to educate gymnastics professionals both in lectures and in hands-on coaching clinics.

    All of this in addition to her hands-on role as the head coach of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics, a role in which she completely immerses herself.

    “She cares deeply about these kids,” Los Alamos School of Gymnastics board member and parent Ann Gardner said.

    “She makes sure they work hard and holds them responsible, and she loves them to death.”

  • LAHS Athletes of the Year named

    Sienna Ahlers and Nicholas Quartieri were honored as the Los Alamos High School Athletes of the Year at this week’s Honors Convocation.

    Gene Mortensen and Mike Maez-Cote, members of the Los Alamos Sports Association, gave the awards to Ahlers and Quartieri.

    The Association is made up of members of the local Los Alamos sports media, including representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Each year, the group gives these awards to a male and female athlete who displays excellence on the playing field, going above and beyond to perform at the highest level.

    “We’ve had a pretty good look at all the athletes throughout the year,” Mortensen said at the ceremony. “So we feel qualified to pick a senior boy athlete and a senior girl athlete and name them the athlete of the year.”

    Ahlers was a standout at Los Alamos High School in soccer, and also participated in basketball and track and field in her high school career.

    According to Mortensen, she scored 58 goals throughout her varsity soccer career, and collected 39 assists. She was also first-team all-state and first-team all-district in soccer.

    She will be heading to Wingate University in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship next school year.

  • Top athletes recognized for...

    In addition to the Athlete of the Year awards, other athletic awards were handed out during the Honors Convocation.

    Along with earning Athlete of the Year recognition from the Los Alamos Sports Association, Sienna Ahlers was also presented with the Iron Athlete Award, which was given to her by Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer coach, and her father, Gary Ahlers.

    His oldest daughter Madison, a 2011 alumna of LAHS, created the award.

    She wanted to honor a student athlete who valued hard work and commitment, both in the classroom and on the playing field.

    In addition to those two awards, Ahlers was also presented with the three-sport athlete award, along with Kaitlin Bennett, Kenidee Hatler and Elizabeth Lockhart.

    Lockhart was also the recipient of a Los Alamos Golf Association Scholarship, along with Faith Koh.

    Mike Lippiatt, who presented the award, explained that the association normally only gives out one scholarship, but that they felt that both of these girls were worthy based on what they had accomplished throughout their high school careers.

  • New access points to make...

    By opening up an additional 141 access points for sportsmen across New Mexico, the State Land Office hopes to make the hunting experience more simple and convenient in the coming seasons.

    State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said that his goal in opening the additional access points is to make the hunting experience more enjoyable for the people of New Mexico.

    “We just want to make the hunting experience better,” Dunn told The Monitor Tuesday.

    Between privately owned land, state trust lands, government-owned land, as well as Indian reservations, knowing where hunting was allowed and when you had crossed over into a restricted area had been like looking at a checker board.

    By opening up these new access points for the sportsmen, Dunn hopes that it will be more like a landscape approach, and easier to understand, rather than being bound by “unreasonable legal restrictions.”

    One of the goals of this is to decrease the number of trespassing issues from hunters who were simply unaware of where they were and were not allowed to partake in their sport of choice.

    In addition to hunting, these access points will also benefit people wishing to fish, as well as campers in the state.

  • Pajarito Mountain set for Bike...

    Pajarito Mountain will open its gates this weekend for the summer portion of its schedule, known as Bike & Hike Summer 2017.

    The summer schedule, which runs from the end of May to the end of September, includes 19 dates on which bikers and hikers can hit the slopes for an entirely different experience than they will find during the winter months.

    On Saturday, the mountain will open for the first time since its winter season ended in late March.

    From 1-6 p.m., the lifts usually reserved for skiing will be turning, taking bikers to the top of the mountain for an exhilarating ride.  

    In addition, hikers can take advantage of the lifts and explore the vast system of more than 30 trails set up for cross-country hiking.

    According to the Pajarito Mountain’s official website, this opportunity allows these adrenaline seekers to “discover 1,200 vertical feet of downhill, cross country and free ride trails.”

    While visitors are on site, they can take advantage of the Pajarito Mountain Café, which will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Tickets will be available for purchase on-site. They will cost $25 for the day for those wishing to mountain bike, and $10 for those wishing to hike.

  • Derby Dames come up short in...

    In its season home opener, the Los Alamos Derby Dames fell to Albuquerque Roller Derby 212-71 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    It was the first time the Derby Dames had competed in nearly a month, dating back to April 22.

    The game remained close toward the beginning, as Albuquerque led just 27-21 10 minutes in.

    This was due to the strong work of Los Alamos’ Super-Ova, as well as strong blocking from the entire team. This blocking did not allow Albuquerque to utilize its superior speed to its advantage.

    With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, the Derby Dames continued to keep the game close. A series of penalties led to power jams for the Derby Dames, which Acute Pain cashed in for 10 unanswered points, keeping the score within striking distance at 55-45.

    Toward the end of the first half, however, Albuquerque began asserting its will as its jammers began breaking through the blocking of the Derby Dames and earning lead jammer status.

    This allowed the Albuquerque jammers to score points without allowing the Derby Dames to score, by ending jams before the Los Alamos jammers could reach the pack of blockers.