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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. 

The

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

Famine To Feast Volunteers Aid Cajete Fire Effort

on June 19, 2017 - 7:54am

Fire Chief Lee Taylor shakes hands with Famine to Feast co-founder Jaret McDonald and thanks all the volunteers for their efforts to collect supplies for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast volunteers deliver supply for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call the Los Alamos Police Dispatch Center at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast News:

Cajete Fire Evening Update: 424 Personnel ... 1,400 Acres Burned ... 80 Percent Contained

on June 19, 2017 - 1:08am

Cajete Fire smoke plume Friday in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has burned 1,400 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. There are now 424 personnel battling the blaze, which this evening is 80 percent contained.

Location:

  • The Cajete Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Reopens Monday

on June 19, 2017 - 12:43am

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Following the emergency closure prompted by the Cajete Fire, Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume its normal hours of operation and visitor services 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 19.

All summer activities will be available to visitors, including the 35 daily backcountry vehicle permits issued on a first come, first served basis. In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their projects and business within the preserve.

However, all access to the Banco Bonito area of the preserve will remain closed until further notice.

More Campfires Left Abandoned In Forest ... Meanwhile Cajete Fire Bill In Four Days Reaches $1.4 Million

on June 18, 2017 - 10:58pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As more than 300 people continued to battle the 1,400-acre Cajete Fire that sparked last Thursday from an abandoned campfire, the already-overloaded fire team on the Santa Fe National Forest was forced to respond to more abandoned campfires today.

As of 2 p.m., at least three had been reported to the dispatch center.

With record high temperatures, no moisture and possible lightning strikes in the forecast, Northern New Mexico is a tinderbox.

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 1,367 Acres Burned, 65 Percent Contained ... N.M. 4 Reopens At Noon Today

on June 18, 2017 - 11:55am

Image from a Goes-16 satellite shows smoke Saturday from large fires active in New Mexico and Arizona. The El Cajete Fire in the Jemez has burned 1,367 acres since igniting Thursday and is now 65 percent contained. Courtesy/Wildfire Today NASA

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has now burned 1,367 acres since it erupted Thursday morning in the Jemez. Today fire crews are patrolling and monitoring the established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve the line on the southern perimeter.

A team of firefighters will repel today

Abandoned Campfire Sparked El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 10:14pm

An abandoned campfire sparked the El Cajete Fire Thursday in the Jemez. Photo by Jason Wardlow Herrera 

SFNF News:

Fire investigators have determined that it was an abandoned campfire that sparked the El Cajete Fire, which has consumed more than 1,300 acres since erupting Thursday in the Jemez.

The El Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

Update: 300 Personnel Working On El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 3:19pm

El Cajete Fire boundary map. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

The latest news on the El Cajete Fire is that more than 300 personnel are working on it. Also, there will be a community meeting on the El Cajete Fire at 6 p.m. today at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, 6 Riverview Court, La Cueva.

The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios.

The fire area runs along the East Fork of

Hotshots Practice Near Bandelier

on June 17, 2017 - 2:56pm
Hotshots getting in some practice Friday evening near Bandelier. Photo by Greg Belyeu

El Cajete Fire From N.M. 285 Friday Night

on June 17, 2017 - 11:26am

View of the El Cajete Fire last night from N.M. 285. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

LAPS Stands Ready To Assist El Cajete Fire Evacuees

on June 17, 2017 - 11:19am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) stands ready to assist residents being evacuated from their homes due to El Cajete Fire near Jemez Springs.

With more than 200 people displaced, LAPS expresses empathy and understanding of this difficult situation. The Los Alamos Middle School is availble to provide relief for evacuees who may need a place for respite, showers and bathrooms.

All support activities will be coordinated with Los Alamos County, New Mexico Emergency Operations and the Red Cross.

Direct questions to the School District Office at 505.663.2222.

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