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Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
 
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
 
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
 
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Burnish And Nolan Tie For Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 22, 2017 - 6:21am
ACRR News:
 
Wendee Brunish and Jacqueline Nolan were both 3 seconds off their predicted time in the weekly pace race held on the Sach Cowan/Quemazon Nature Trails for top prediction. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 22 second differential as well as fastest female on the 3 mile course with a time of 32:37, Sue Elkins recording a 30 second error, and Paul Elkins with a 48 second difference.
 
Nikol Strother was the best finisher on the 1 mile paved course at 7:20 and 8 year old William Strother was the fastest male with a time of 9:33. Brian Newnam was the top

YMCA: Don’t Let Fear Of Falls Hold You Back

on September 22, 2017 - 6:06am
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Each year on the first day of fall, national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) join together for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in Los Alamos County.
 
Friday, Sept. 22, The Family YMCA is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Los Alamos to unite to raise awareness to prevent falls among older adults.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S.

Lightning Strikes Los Alamos Golf Course Trees

on September 21, 2017 - 9:43am

Lightning struck a tree around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Tee 12 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Reports are that a golfer near the strike was knocked off his feet but uninjured and the sound from the strike heard over in Quemazon. The lightning appears to have jumped to a smaller tree a few feet away. Excavated dirt is visible at the base of the tree where the lightning exited at the ground. Photo by Kerry Habiger

Los Alamos County Golf Pro Jim Phillips stands on Tee 12 Monday near where it appears the same lightning bolt that hit the tall tree at left, also struck this smaller tree growing a few

Canada's Paralympic Swim Team Visits Bandelier

on September 21, 2017 - 7:15am

The Canadian Paralympic Swim Team visited Bandalier National Monument Tuesday where they met with Superintendent Jason Lott, far left. The team is in Los Alamos training for the upcoming 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City. Photo courtesy NPS

 

Countdown On For Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain!

on September 20, 2017 - 12:31pm
Pajarito fall colors starting to show. Photo by Marci Partin
 
Photo by Marci Partin
 
 
SKI PAJARITO News:
 
With fall in the air, now is the time to view the changing colors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Pajarito Mountain this Friday through Sunday!  
 
Pajarito is hosting its popular, annual festival, Ullr Fest Saturday, Sept. 23. New this year, there will be FREE mountain bike lessons, a meet and greet with Pajarito’s new mountain bike director Hogan Koesis, and a free guided hike as part of the annual event’s festivities. 
 
Ullr Fest celebrates the coming winter by featuring New Mexico

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

Letter To The Editor: Old Smith's Building

on September 18, 2017 - 2:06pm
By KATHY WILLCUTT
Los Alamos
 
Has anyone considered looking at the Old Smith's building with the eye for a recreation facility?
 
Could it house gymnastics, some basketball courts, even an indoor ice skating rink? It has utilities. It has parking. It is large and tall. Perhaps even air conditioned.
 
Perhaps the creative minds in this community could think of a great community use for it. There is interest in more recreation facilities.

Valles Caldera Hosts Fall Star Parties

on September 18, 2017 - 7:38am
NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting two star parties this fall 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 
 
To minimize light pollution, gates will close 1.5 hours after the event begins, so late arrivals risk not being able to participate.
 
These star parties will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will provide short talks, telescopes for viewing, and youth activities.

Scenes From Knights Of Columbus Golf Tournament Luncheon At Cottonwood On The Greens Friday

on September 16, 2017 - 7:33am

The Knights of Columbus hosted its annual golf tournament Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Gathered for the luncheon at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr., following the tournament, from left, Art Brown, James Merhege, Randy Vaughn and Myron Koop. The annual tournament raises money for educational scholarships for Los Alamos High School seniors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Father John Carney, center, reunites with friends Pawel and Dorota Listwan, owners of Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant Friday at the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament.

Daily Postcard: Marguerite Daisies Line Trail

on September 16, 2017 - 6:08am

Daily Postcard: Yellow marguerite daisies line the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The Cañada del Buey Trail is about 2,100 feet long and begins just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMED Confirms ‘Boil Water Advisory’ To Be Issued By Chaco Culture National Historic Parks Water System

on September 15, 2017 - 8:08pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required “boil water advisory” for the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to notify all water system users of this finding.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water

Canadian Paralympic Swim Team Conducts High Altitude Training At Aquatic Center

on September 15, 2017 - 6:16pm

The Canadian Paralympic Swim Team arrived at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center Friday in Los Alamos as part of their high altitude training trip. They have been concentrating most of their practice time at the Chavez Center in Santa Fe, but scheduled several days of swimming in Los Alamos. Besides Friday, they will return to the Aquatic Center three more times next week for training before heading back to Canada to begin their competition season.​ Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby Skate School

on September 15, 2017 - 5:04pm
 
LADD News:
 
The Los Alamos Derby Dames are offering skate school again!
 
Beginning with orientation Oct. 10 and extending through Dec. 17, sessions will be 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays. 
 
Loaner gear will be available, but the supply is limited so participants are encouraged to purchase their own gear- we'll help! No prior experience with either skating or sports in general is necessary- that's what school is for. The fee is 100$ per person for the entire nine-week course, and a 50% discount is offered if you bring a friend! 
 
Want more information?

Hanford Site Manager Selected For MPNHP

on September 15, 2017 - 10:18am
Becky Burghart
 
NPS News:
 
DENVER — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Becky Burghart has been selected as the Site Manager for the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
 
Burghart is the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, which is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range, home of the Trinity site where the world’s first atomic bomb explosion occurred in July 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.
 
She started her career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde National

Valles Caldera Entrance Road Improvements Continue

on September 15, 2017 - 9:52am

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will continue making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting Monday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 28. 

The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays; one lane of the road will remain open while the road work occurs over the next two weeks. Flagmen will control the flow of traffic keeping all visitors and staff safe.

The road improvements will start at the

Trout Are Plentiful In Chama River

on September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm
The Chama River flows through a beautiful canyon above El Vado Lake. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
Fish are biting including these three rainbow trout caught this morning in the Chama River. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
The Chama River Canyon below Heron Dam. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It had been over a month since I had last gone fishing. I needed to get away and I needed to catch some fish. I also needed to give my legs a workout after too many weeks of sitting and writing stories about high school sports.

House Natural Resources Committee Passed Sportsmen’s Package

on September 14, 2017 - 9:08am
Congressman Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.
 
“The tradition and culture of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting is under attack all across the West. Here in New Mexico, we are all too familiar with the impacts of decreased access and overly burdensome regulations on federal lands. It is vital to protect the lifestyle and rights of sportsmen and women,” Rep. Pearce said.

Sonja Behnke Best Predictor In Tuesdays Pace Race

on September 14, 2017 - 8:18am

Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
 
For Tuesday's pace race, Sonja Behnke predicted well and was only 9 seconds off for her predictions for 3 miles.
 
There were 28 people who competed in the weekly pace race. The course was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.
 
The fastest female and male runners for 1 mile were Savannah Strothers (9:06) and Brian Newman (10:26). For 2 miles, the fastest were Tamara Jurado (21:05) and Linda Vance

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 12

on September 12, 2017 - 3:35pm
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is much to appreciate along the roadsides of Northern New Mexico this time of year. Because we’ve had some good rainfall, there is an abundance of wild flowers blooming along the road.

On a recent drive to Tres Piedras the roadside was filled with beautiful purple asters and colorful Gaillardia, also known as blanket flowers. The chamisa is blooming and the combination of purples, reds and yellows make for a dazzling display along the roadside.

The aspen trees haven’t started to change color.

Sign Up Now For Knights Of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament Set For Friday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament is 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  The funds raised from this tournament will be used to award numerous scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.

For more than 18 years this tournament has attracted sponsors and golfers from Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico and has awarded an estimated $138,000 in scholarship money.

Community Invited To Attend Local Tae Kwon Do Fall Belt Promotion Test At LAHS Gym Saturday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN SCOTT
Los Alamos

Have you ever considered taking martial arts lessons, but been unsure if you’re able to dedicate the time, or even have the energy for such an endeavor?

The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association (USATMA) has local branches that meet 8-10 a.m.

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