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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Introduces Bill To Increase Access To Federal Lands

on June 23, 2017 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce introduced a bill Tuesday to increase access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting.
 
The Make Public Lands Public Act will amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to increase public access to federal lands by maintaining and restoring existing roads, trails, and rights of way.
 
“In New Mexico and across the west, private, state, and federal lands are intermingled, resulting in a checkerboard issue that diminishes access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and

PEEC: Summer Family Evening Offers Hands-on Fun

on June 23, 2017 - 7:46am
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center June 28 for an evening of hands-on experiments courtesy of Explora Museum. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Investigate nature through hands-on activities at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. The Explora Museum of Albuquerque will share a variety of nature experiments that teach conservation principles. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

 This Summer Family Evening is a great way to delve hands-first into nature with the Explora Museum.

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Anniversary Event July 22

on June 23, 2017 - 7:32am
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:
 
DUe to the Cajete Fire, the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera anniversary event schedule for Saturday, June 24 has been rescheduled.
 
The Los Amigos de Valles Caldera anniversary event is now set for July 22. Watch for more details about this event soon.

Chamber Holds Golf Tournament Aug. 8

on June 23, 2017 - 7:29am

CHAMBER News:

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Chamber Golf Tournament Benefitting United Way of Northern New Mexico Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

Early registration is $400 per foursome until Aug. 4, after that date registration is $500 per foursome. Individual golfers can register for $125. Registration includes breakfast, golf, cart and lunch. Sign up now at losalamoschamber.com/events.

Sponsorships are available for holes, beverages, lunch, breakfast and at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

Three Mountaineers’ Stories: Staycation Ideas June 27

on June 23, 2017 - 7:17am
One of the magnificent views from San Juan Basin. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Everyone looking for ways to make summer exciting and accessible is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, June 27, to hear a trio of talks about staycation ideas.
 
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will share three of their favorite local expeditions. To start, Sue Barns guidesthe audience through the San Juan Basin.

Local Swimmers Brave Alcatraz Sharkfest Competition

on June 23, 2017 - 7:10am
Nathan Romero, a lifeguard at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos, competing June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest swimming event. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos native Daniel Preston competes in the Alcatraz Sharkfest event. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY 
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Locals Nathan Romero and Daniel Preston were strangers until a unique swimming competition tied them together. Both competed June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest.

Hines Is Bandelier Employee Of The Quarter

on June 23, 2017 - 6:58am

Josh Hines has received the first Bandelier Employee of the Quarter Award. He has been a maintenance worker at Bandelier National Monument since May 2016. Superintendent Jason Lott said Hines was nominated and selected by his peers for his exceptional contributions to Bandelier's mission, support of his co-workers and for being an outstanding member of the Bandelier team. Courtesy/NPS

Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

Daily Postcard: Glorious Day At Camp May

on June 22, 2017 - 8:07am

Daily Postcard: Photographer Avery Neal says it's always a good day to hike at Camp May; much cooler and always beautiful. Photo by Avery Neal

Stargazing And Free Camping At Bandelier

on June 22, 2017 - 8:05am
Camping at Juniper Campground, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
PEEC News:
 
This Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, will be a great opportunity to get out, go camping at Bandelier, and take a good look at the starry heavens, as the park celebrates their Third Annual Night Sky Fiesta and also the Great American Campout.
 
For the Night Sky Fiesta, visitors will have the chance to do both daylight and nighttime astronomy. Astronomy volunteers will have solar scopes set up on the back porch of the Visitor Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SFNF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Across Entire Forest Friday

on June 22, 2017 - 5:40am

Help prevent forest fires … make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.’ –Smokey Bear

SFNF News:

  • Violations Punishable Up To $5,000 For Individuals; $10,000 For Organizations; Imprisonment Up To Six Months

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 23.

Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Jemez Ranger District, where the Cajete Fire sparked last week from an abandoned campfire near Sierra de los Pinos,

Scenes From Chamber Breakfast On MPNHP

on June 21, 2017 - 4:11pm

Panel members on hand this morning at UNM-LA for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast discussion on the Manhattan Project National Historic Park, from left, Linda Deck, Linda Matteson, Charlie Strickfaden, Kristin Henderson and Ellen McGee. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck and Manhattan Project National Park Site Manager Charlie Strickfaden at this morning's Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Marketing Manager Ryn Herrman, left, and small

Maness Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on June 21, 2017 - 4:04pm
Pace Race runners head out Tuesday at Fireman’s Park near the Mitchell Trailhead. Courtesy photo

 

Courtesy photo

 
ACRR News:
 
Lauraine Maness was the best predictor in Tuesday's weekly pace race that started at Fireman’s Park near the Mitchell Trailhead with a 12 second differential of her predicted time.
 
Other accurate predictors were: Linda Vance at 13 seconds off, Sophia Pieck recording a 15 second difference, Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau at 16 seconds off, and Laura Woodroffe with a 25 second difference.
 
On the 1 mile course the top finisher was Susua Hangor at 7:40 and the fastest

Cajete Fire Update: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect ... Burned Area Closed

on June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline working the Cajete Fire today anticipate minimal fire activity. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak.

The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas.

Call For Volunteers For Splash N Dash + Atomic Man

on June 21, 2017 - 7:31am
SPORTS News:
 
An old school registration for the Atomic Man Duathlon is 6:10-6:50 p.m. today at at splash n dash.
 
Bring the filled out registration form with the appropriate $ amount in cash or check to help things run smoothly. Modern day registration with credit card payment will be available through Friday at New Mexico Sports Online at http://www.newmexicosportsonline.com/Duathlon/Atomic-Man-Duathlon-2017/55195
 
Volunteers needed:
  • For splash n dash thsi evening, two more people are needed to help with timing and one person is needed to mark the course; and
  • For Atomic Man

Weekly Fishing Report: June 21

on June 21, 2017 - 7:21am
Courtesy photo
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Anglers looking to catch a big trout should have some success thanks to the State Game and Fish Department. The Department stocked big trout in several locations throughout Northern New Mexico last week.
 
One lake that should be really hot is Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains. The Department stocked 142 rainbow trout averaging 16 inches, along with over 1,500 catchable-size rainbow trout averaging 10 inches.
 
The big news at Fenton Lake is the rare opportunity to catch a good-sized Rio Grande

Pajarito Celebrates Solstice With 100 Days Of Summer

on June 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

Pajarito bike trail. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

Blue skies today above Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

A wildflower grows on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Stacey Glaser/Pajarito Mountain

PAJARITO News:

There are blue skies today at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos. Pajarito is celebrating the Summer Solstice with the 100 Days of Summer Celebration.

The weather is looking great for this fun event!

Enjoy lift-served mountain biking and hiking 4-7 p.m., and a New Mexico-inspired menu is available 4-7 p.m. at the Pajarito Mountain Café.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Cajete Fire Burn Area

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

Closure burn area map. Courtesy/nmfireinfonews.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order for the approximately 1,400 acres on the Jemez Ranger District burned by the Cajete Fire.

The restricted area includes: all lands, roads and trails within the fire perimeter (depicted on the closure map), Trail #137 between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead, and segments of Forest Road (FR) 270 south of the fire and FR 4G, 4GA and 4GB on the northwestern point of the burned area.

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

PEEC: Upcoming CaveSim Adventure! June 24

on June 20, 2017 - 6:51am
Try your hand at caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Ready to test your spelunking skills? Delve into a simulated world of caves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This is the perfect opportunity to crawl through 60-foot tunnels, observe vertical rope climbing demos, and practice rescue missions. The electronic simulator will track your movements so you can learn what it takes to access some of the most remote places on Earth.

Registration Opens For Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run

on June 20, 2017 - 6:47am

Participants in a previous Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

Scene from a previous Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run Tuesday, July 4. The 5K is open to all ages who want to walk, run or jog in this festive event.

Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in kid, youth, adult, adult 60+ and dog jogger. The best costumed participant will win bagels-for-a-year from Ruby K’s.

Final Evening Update On Cajete Fire: Size: 1,412 Acres ... Containment: 85 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

SFNF News:

Note: This is the last evening update. Future updates will be sent out once a day.

Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Scenes From 19th Annual Butterfly Run

on June 19, 2017 - 3:07pm
Runners take off at the start of the Butterfly Run June 18 at the Pojoaque Wellness Center. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos High School boys track and field coach Stephen Montoya was fourth in the 10-kilometer race at the Butterfly Run. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com/ladailypost.com
 
Lindsey Montoya, a coach at Los Alamos Middle School, took second in the women’s division of the 10-kilometer run at the Butterfly Run. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

 

By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The 19th annual Butterfly Run hosted by

Cajete Fire Update: Containment Holding At 80 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:54am

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline Sunday night observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. 

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. 

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White Rock Senior Center Offers Dance Lessons

on June 19, 2017 - 10:51am
WRSC News:
 
WHY DANCE?
  • Greatly reduces risk of dementia
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Increases mobility without joint damage 
  • Increases balance control and centering
  • Increases bone mass and muscle
  • Aids in effort to lose weight
  • Eases levels of depression
 
Monday, July 10, 2-4 p.m., the White Rock Senior Center will begin offering social dancing lessons for seniors on Monday afternoons. The classes will be held in the Activity Building  in the Los Alamos County Complex.
 
Our participants will enjoy a no-pressure atmospher in air-conditioned comfort, on a dance floor that

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