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Celebrate Fourth Of July On Santa Fe National Forest But 'Know Before You Go'

on June 30, 2017 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is ready to welcome the large number of visitors who traditionally celebrate Independence Day weekend in the great outdoors. 
 
But if you decide to take advantage of the recreational opportunities on the SFNF, it’s always good to “Know Before You Go” (https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go).
 
The SFNF remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas with established fire rings and grills.

Los Alamos Nature Center's Summer Holiday Hours

on June 30, 2017 - 7:52am
Water Canyon is one of the beautiful hikes that is part of the second Passport to the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Tuesday, July 4, which is a great time to use the free Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike.
 
Take your Passport to the Pajarito Plateau with you, find the rubbing plates, and get even closer to your next prize. There are different prizes for hiking two, five, eight, 12 and 16 trails in the passport booklet. It is fun for all ages.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will resume regular hours 10 a.m.

They’re Back! Tent Caterpillars Munching Aspens Again

on June 29, 2017 - 3:09pm

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – If you drive up New Mexico State Highway 475 (the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin) anytime soon, you will probably notice something going on in the aspen groves that create one of the most popular vistas on the Santa Fe National Forest.

To the casual observer, the aspens may appear to be dying.

Newnam Best Predictor In This Week's Pace Race

on June 29, 2017 - 8:13am
ACRR News:
 
Almost 40 runners and walkers took to one, two, three or four mile pace race courses on Barranca Mesa. All finishers were treated to cool watermelon and cold grapes.
 
In the one mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca Roads, Brian Newnam had the best prediction, only 1 second off his prediction for an adjusted delta of 3 seconds off.
 
Other good predictors were Katie Gattiker with an adjusted delta of 21 seconds, Diego Leonard with an adjusted delta of 39 seconds, Kieran Gattiker with an adjusted delta of 42 seconds, and Leeza Trudolyubov with an adjusted

Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walk July 3

on June 29, 2017 - 8:12am
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
The recent rains have brought out a variety of different flowers, transitioning our landscape into the colors of summer. At 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead this year’s first summer Wildflower Walk.
Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
 
These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.

Topper Football Youth Camp July 10-11

on June 28, 2017 - 5:45pm

Weekly Fishing Report: June 27

on June 27, 2017 - 8:52pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has been liberally stocking lakes and streams in Northern New Mexico with good-sized rainbow trout averaging over 16 inches in size. Anglers looking to catch a big, hatchery-raised rainbows should have a great time this summer.

The news this week is the opening date for fishing the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal. The opening date for fishing these ponds is Saturday (July 1). Fishing at Shuree is limited to artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook.

SFNF Reminder: No Off-Road Vehicles Allowed In Designated Wilderness

on June 27, 2017 - 12:27pm

All-terrain vehicle. Courtesy/articcat.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Call them what you will – four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) – but remember that off-road vehicles of any kind are always prohibited within congressionally designated wilderness areas.

This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land to be managed as “an

Y Reaches 79 Percent Of Fundraising Goal

on June 27, 2017 - 9:07am

Y News:

A divorced father living in Los Alamos travels 750 miles one way on a Friday then drives back Sunday, once a month to visit his children.

His ex-wife attends college and is taking an intensive summer course, which allowed the kids to stay with dad this summer. It is the only time he gets to see his children for more than a weekend. Due to unanticipated medical expenses, finances are tight and he can’t take a month off work. His kids were awarded YMCA Annual Campaign scholarships to Y Camp.

The award of assistance from Annual Campaign donations, he said, “is really a wonderful and

Los Alamos Tennis Clinic Fundraising Event

on June 27, 2017 - 7:46am

Fishing With Worms Lands 25-inch, 5.43 Pound Trout

on June 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

George Morse with the 25-inch, 5.43 pound brown trout he caught on a nightcrawler Sunday in the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam. Courtesy photo

 

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

I sometimes hesitate to tell people what I was using when I catch a big fish. On Sunday, fishing in the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam, I hooked and landed one of the biggest trout I’ve ever caught. The 25-inch, 5.43-pound brown trout put up a valiant fight and with the help of a nearby fly fisherman (Jack from Albuquerque), who had a net, I was able to land the fish.

It was the first fish

Wardlow Herrera Wins Charity Boxing Bout By TKO

on June 25, 2017 - 5:45pm

Ceiling lights form a halo over Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera as he makes Los Alamos proud Saturday night fighting in Rumble 911, a charity event to raise money for Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte. He won his heavyweight bout against Freddy Martinez of the Santa Fe Fire Department in three rounds by Technical Knockout. Photo by JoAnna O'Neill

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and his son Jordan, center, greet supporters prior to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte 911 Rumble Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.

Final Cajete Fire Update

on June 24, 2017 - 12:25pm

Aftermath of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

This will be the final update issued on the Cajete Fire winding down in the Jemez.

Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters today are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along N.M. 4.

Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents.

Los Alamos County Where's Waldo Day

on June 24, 2017 - 7:41am

Los Alamos County Chief Surveyor Jason A. Romero, right, spots Waldo, (Recreation Specialist Eric Peterson) Friday wandering around Ashley Pond during the County's 100 Days of Summer Fun! Courtesy photo

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. 18

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,

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