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SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

LAPD: Hunting Season In Full Swing

on November 3, 2017 - 7:24am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind residents that the fall hunting season is in full swing and will continue through the spring.

Hunting Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

If you feel uneasy about outdoor recreation during hunting season, follow these common sense rules and (with a few fashionable swaths of hunter blaze orange fabric) you can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place and plan your recreation activities accordingly.
  • Wear bright clothing (like hunter blaze orange).

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Extreme Youth Football Team Goes To State

on October 31, 2017 - 2:19pm

Los Alamos Extreme Youth Football Division 2 team is headed for the state competition Nov. 11-12 in Santa Fe after finishing second in the Zia Bowl last weekend. They took second place in a tough final game against the Capital Jaguars. With only three returning players from last year, coaches congratulated the players for playing with so much heart and qualifying for state. Courtesy photo

Youth football commissioner Zeke Villegas presents the third place trophy to Los Alamos Extreme Division 1 flag football team at the Zia Bowl. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extreme Division 1 team.

Y Youth Basketball Registration Extended To Nov. 3

on October 31, 2017 - 9:20am
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 that would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation, and to play a few games.
 
Registration for this program is open until Nov. 3. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet there twice a week for practice Nov. 6 – Feb. 2.
 
Games are Saturdays Dec. 9 – Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

Scenes From Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on October 26, 2017 - 9:36am

View of the prescribed burn Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

View of prescribed burn near Las Conchas. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Unavailable For Two Days In November

on October 26, 2017 - 6:00am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be unavailable for two days in November.
 
The Monument is unavailable for public visitation Nov. 1 at the request of the Cochiti Pueblo, which manages the Monument in cooperation with the BLM. The Monument also will be unavailable Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
 
For more information, contact Monument Manager Jamie Garcia at 505.761.8787.

Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 24

on October 24, 2017 - 2:52pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Chama below Heron Dam was my destination last week. The fishing conditions were noticeably different from the last time I had been there a month ago. The streamflow was much lower and they were no longer releasing water from beneath Heron Dam. Surprisingly, there were other anglers on the water.

I hiked downstream a ways from the dam. The fishing was kind of slow, so I went a little farther downstream than usual. Still, no fish.

A pool behind a large boulder in the middle of the river looked promising and there were some

Girl Scout Troop 10384 Hosts Activity Day Nov. 10

on October 24, 2017 - 7:31am

COMMUNITY News:

 

Girl Scout Troop 10384 is hosting Activity Day 1:30-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at the Unitarian Church.

Activity Day is a day full of fun and educational activities for children ages 4- 9. The troop will teach children about the environment, animals and other household activities.

During Activity Day, certain scouts will hold stations teaching about specific things including plant life cycles, baking, caring for pets and other topics.

 

Sipapu Starts Making Snow ... 19 Days To Ski Season!

on October 23, 2017 - 4:27pm

Even Chuck the dog is all excited to kick off ski season. Courtesy/Sipapu

SIPAPU News:

  • The Race to be the First in New Mexico to Open Has Begun!

VADITO – The sprint to open New Mexico's ski slopes has officially begun. Sipapu Ski Resort started making snow at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 through 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.  Mountain crews anticipate making more snow this week as the resort prepares for opening day, Saturday, Nov. 11. 

Sipapu’s crews were able to use 17 snow guns and make snow on intermediate and beginner trails Butterfly, Thumper and Lower Bambi and plan to continue these efforts

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Valles Caldera Begins Prescribed Burn Wednesday

on October 23, 2017 - 4:04pm
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate a prescribed burn project Oct. 25, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
 
The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National

Portion Of Main Trail At Bandelier Closed For Helicopter Operations Oct. 23-27

on October 23, 2017 - 6:34am

BANDELIER News:

Beginning this morning, Oct. 23, and continuing for about four days, parts of the popular Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument will be closed for visitor safety during operations in which a helicopter will be carrying many sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project.

From 6 a.m. today through the completion of that part of the work around Oct. 27, the Main Loop Trail will be closed from the northern edge of Tyuonyi Pueblo to the top of the stairs at Long House.

Fall Color Road Bike Ride Oct. 29

on October 23, 2017 - 6:13am

The bike ride Sunday will pass through Jemez Springs, where cottonwoods showcase their brilliantly yellow leaves. Photo by ©Phillip Noll/ravenmountain.com

PEEC/LAM News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a road ride Sunday, Oct. 29 from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back.

Join Ross Lemons on a paved ride to enjoy fall colors, great company and colorful geology.

This trip is a bicycle ride on paved roads from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back.

Daily Postcard: Fall Afternoon On The Chama River

on October 23, 2017 - 4:42am

Daily Postcard: The Chama river glistens in the afternoon sun. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

Abiquiu Glows In Fall Afternoon Sun

on October 22, 2017 - 9:15am

Echo Amphitheater north of Abiquiu. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

True blue New Mexico sky above Echo Amphitheater. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The landscape near Abiquiu shows off its color against the true blue sky. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

It just doesn't get much bluer than this. The fall sky surrounds Echo Amphitheater. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Stable Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 22, 2017 - 9:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have started operations on the 1,950-acre Stable Mesa prescribed burn, blacklining the perimeter of the treatment area. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable, the expectation is to complete ignitions this weekend.

The Stable Mesa unit is located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Scenes From County's Dr. Seuss Halloween Carnival

on October 22, 2017 - 5:46am
Donut bobbing during the Los Alamos County Dr. Seuss Halloween Carnival Saturday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A youngster plants a star on a sneetch during the Carnival. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
How many fish? Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Snacking on popcorn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Ball goes into the hat for a prize. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scenes From County's Annual Pumpkin Splash

on October 21, 2017 - 8:42pm
Kids score future jack-o-lanterns during Los Alamos County's Annual Pumpkin Splash today at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from today's annual County Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from today's County Pumpkin Splash at the Aquatic Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the

Boy Scouts Annual Cub Scout Push Mobile Results

on October 19, 2017 - 10:53am
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo
 
BSA News:
 
The Sangre De Cristo District of Boy Scouts of America held their annual cub scout push mobile Oct. 14 near Ashley Pond.
 
Cubs from several local packs including 20, 22, 222, 422 and 522 participated. Packs furnished their own pushcarts to race against each other in four person teams. The teams battled each other on a cone lined course. Victors enjoyed donuts and juice afterwards.
 
Results:
 
Wolves and Tigers
Team Doom Riders - 3:05.42
Team Banana Cookies - 3:12.52
Team Wolfies - 4:06.13
Team Juno – 5:57.11*
 
Bears
Team No

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

on October 19, 2017 - 6:33am
NPS News:
 
Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects this week. The prescribed burn are within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
 
The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National Park Service officials hope to decrease the potential for future high-intensity fires by

Family YMCA Gets New Exercise Equipment

on October 19, 2017 - 5:39am

Technicians work on essembling new exercise equipment Wednesday at the Los Alamos YMCA including three new treadmills, two AMT machines and two elliptical machines at the Y on Iris Street. Courtesy photo

One of the new AMT machines now at the Y. Courtesy photo

One of the new elliptical machines now availble for use at the YMCA. Courtesy photo

Two of the new treadmills now at the Y. Courtesy photo

Parks And Rec Board Learns About Recreation CIPs

on October 19, 2017 - 5:32am

The public listens to the update on the recreation CIP projects during the Parks and Recreation Board meeting Oct. 12 in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

The Parks and Recreation Board learned about the capital improvements projects (CIP) to be added to the County’s recreational offerings during its regular board meeting Thursday, Oct. 12.

The Los Alamos County Council approved $11.4 million in County CIP funds at its Aug.

35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Oct. 27-29

on October 19, 2017 - 5:28am
Taos Balloon Rally. Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
TMBR News:
 
TAOS The 35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29 at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally field on Albright Street behind the Taos County Courthouse.
 
The free weekend event, which will include three ascensions, food, vendors and entertainment, is expected to draw more than 35 balloons and visitors from all over the southwest.
 
The event kicks off at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with the daily Dawn Patrol and will continue with a Mini Mass Ascension at 8:15 a.m.

YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Through Oct. 24

on October 19, 2017 - 5:23am
 
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 who would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation, and to play a few games.
 
Registration for this program is open until Oct 24. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet there twice a week for practice Nov. 6 – Feb. 2. Games are Saturdays Dec. 9 – Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.

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