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Morning Update: El Cajete Fire Grows To 1,315 Acres

on June 17, 2017 - 9:39am

Smoke rises in the sky from the Cajete Fire, which has burned more than 1,000 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


This morning's update just came in on the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez west of Los Alamos:

  • Start Date and Time: June 15 at 10:45 a.m.
  • Start Location: North of Jemez Springs, El Cajete Mine , MM 33 in the Sierra de los Pinos area
  • Cause of Fire: Unknown
  • Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
  • Acres Burned: 1,315
  • Ownership: US Forest Service
  • Structures Threatened: Yes
  • Structures Burned: 0


Jemez Ranger District Implements Stage 1 Restrictions

on June 17, 2017 - 9:38am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As crews continue to battle the Cajete Fire along N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe National Forest has now implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on the southwestern side of the forest.

The Stage 1 restrictions cover the entire Jemez Ranger District and the southwestern corner of the Cuba Ranger District south of the Ranchos del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

The decision to impose restrictions was initially based on a rash of abandoned and unattended campfires combined with hot, dry conditions and the number of visitors expected over Father’s Day weekend.

Pinon Park Pool Staff Refresh Emergency Training Skills

on June 17, 2017 - 8:50am

White Rock Fire Station #3, Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Emergency Management Division Chief Ben Stone, right, visit Pinon Park Pool Thursday for a staff information session. All lifeguards at Pinon Park Pool are Red-Cross certified and trained to deal with a range of emergency situations. The visit from LAFD reiterated the importance of continuously practicing their training and being prepared for any event. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Echo Amphitheatre Temporarily Closed Due To Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 7:59am

Echo amphitheater is a natural amphitheatre about 17 miles west of Abiquiú and 4 miles up the road from Ghost Ranch in Rio Arriba County. Courtesy photo

USFS News:

CANJILON—Fire officials responded Thursday night to a fire started in sagebrush within the Echo Amphitheatre parking area in the Carson National Forest near Abiquiu.

The fire is human caused and has been fully contained with minimal heat remaining.

Public safety is the number one priority and the Echo Amphitheatre day use area and campground will be closed until further notice as fire managers continue to monitor the fire.

Scenes From Friday's Elks Club Tournament

on June 17, 2017 - 7:19am

The Elks Golf Tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course and benefits the Make A Wish Foundation. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Scene from Elks Golf Tournament, which benefits the Make A Wish Foundation, Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Scene from Elks Golf Tournament, which benefits the Make A Wish Foundation, Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Tonight's Wildfire Update: Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:13pm

The Cajete Fire runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

Location: 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 appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River.

Start Date: June 15, 2017     

Cause: Under investigation    

Size: 700+ acres    

Containment: 0 percent

Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and

Update: Public Urged To Avoid Area Of Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:21am

Cajete Fire. Courtesy image

SFNF News:

Fire officials are urging the public to avoid the area of the Cajete Fire underway 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 appears to have 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.

Start Date: June 15, 2017

Cause: Unknown

Size: 700

Bike Flow Trail By No Means A Done Deal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:32am
The June 8 Parks and Recreation Board meeting was crowded with community members waiting to give their input on the proposed bike flow trail. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the public packed the room Thursday night for the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board meeting and even spilled out into the hallway. The turnout seemed to suggest recreation is a prized commodity by this community.

“We want to have recreational opportunities for everyone,” said a member of the public.

The hot topic was the proposed bike flow trail that

Pinon Park Pool Offers Summer Swim Lessons

on June 15, 2017 - 7:09am
Swim lessons taking place at Pinon Park Pool last year. Courtesy photo
PPP News:
“Pinon Park Pool is the perfect place for your kids to learn to swim outdoors this summer,” Manager Jeremy Goettee said.
Swim lessons start next week and cater to participants of all ages and abilities, from introducing babies to water, to small children becoming comfortable immersing their faces, to learning basic swim strokes, and advanced-level learning butterfly, diving, and water safety techniques.
“This year, we are limiting class sizes to just six participants to optimize the

Fishing Report June 15

on June 15, 2017 - 6:57am
The Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Dam was stocked with more than 2,400 rainbow trout last week and the fishing is good. Courtesy photo
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
I’m always telling anglers to check on the streamflows below El Vado Dam and Abiquiu Dam on the Chama River.
The flow below El Vado Dam Monday was 198 cubic feet per second. This is a great time to fish in this location with the flows being much lower than before. Already a couple of 20 - inchers have been caught here.

Upcoming CaveSim Adventure At Nature Center

on June 15, 2017 - 6:36am
Try out caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo


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.

To add to the adventure, the Classic Air Medial helicopter will land at 9:30 a.m. at the nature center.

Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

on June 15, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the Secretary met with state

Maness Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on June 14, 2017 - 3:54pm
Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
Lauraine Maness was the top predictor at 3 seconds off her predicted time in the weekly pace race held on the trail off State Route # 501 (West Jemez Road) across from the Laboratory’s S-site. 
Other accurate predictors were: Zach Leonard with a 5 second differential, Jackie Marr recording 12 seconds off, and Sonja Behnke with a 15 second difference.
On the 1 mile paved course Isolina Viloria was the top finisher at 10:08 and 6 year old Adrian Medin was the first male with a time of 10:19. 
Lyle Cunningham was the best finisher on the 3 mile

Braxton Porter Practices Swing At Local Golf Course

on June 14, 2017 - 8:50am

Braxton Porter, 8, practices her swing at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche Supercar To Cross The Block At Russo And Steele Monterey Auction

on June 14, 2017 - 8:41am


This Porsche 911 GT3 RS once owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld is going up auction. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele


SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche 911 GT3 RS is up for bid Aug. 17-19 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction in Monterey. Calif.

In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, commonly now known as the 997.1 GT3. In addition to a new 415 PS (305 kW) 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the vehicle featured "zero lift"

SFNF: Report It ... Don’t Ignore It

on June 14, 2017 - 7:26am

SFNF News:

EL RITO — Each year the El Rito Ranger District hosts thousands of visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, a small number of these visitors behave badly and cause big problems for the forest. Fire prevention patrols in the forest find abandoned or unattended campfires almost every day.

Abandoned campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. Every large wildfire begins as a small fire. In 2011 the Wallow wildfire in Arizona burned 522,000+ acres. One small campfire left unattended burned an area 28 miles by 28 miles.

June is high fire season at the El

Another Rough Weekend On The Jemez Ranger District

on June 13, 2017 - 3:49pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Sometimes called the Albuquerque metropolitan area’s “backyard” because of its proximity to the state’s largest city, the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hosts thousands of visitors on any given weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Unfortunately, a small minority of those visitors can cause huge problems for the forest. Once again, fire prevention patrols on the Jemez District found 13 abandoned or unattended campfires this past weekend.

“We’ve been lucky so far, but we are now officially in our fire season,” Jemez District

New Mexico Tourism: Nine ‘Father-friendly’ Adventures

on June 13, 2017 - 2:18pm


SANTA FE – With Father’s Day right around the corner, the New Mexico Tourism Department has compiled a list of trip ideas designed with dads in mind.

The “New Mexico True Detours for Dad” is a roundup of nine “father-friendly” adventures that will be pitched to outlets around the country to inspire summer travel for fathers and families.

To see what trips made the list of New Mexico True "Detours for Dad” and view “The Guide,” visit

“Our state is a mecca for the things that dads love most,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.

Small Streams And Tributaries Have Good Fishing

on June 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

Photo by George Morse/

Photo by George Morse/

Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With the temperatures soaring here in the Espanola Valley and the big rivers still swollen with runoff, escaping the heat and finding good fishing in flowing water was a challenge. There are several viable options for local anglers. Head to the high country and fish the smaller headwater streams and tributaries where runoff has peaked and the water levels are falling.

Los Alamos-based anglers can head to the Jemez Mountains where the water is dropping fast.

Scenes From Los Alamos Girl Scouts Twilight Camp

on June 11, 2017 - 6:39am

Girls Scouts Twilight Camp was held at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area this week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Emily Green, left, and Alice Pearson attended Twilight Camp at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Sarah Haaser, left, and Rachel Pearson at Twilight Camp. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Getting ready for dinner Friday night at Twilight Camp are, from left, Isabella Aguilera, Amelia Ingles and Anna Kerstiens.Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Preparing Friday night's dinner at Twilight Camp. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Rodeo de Santa Fe Kids Exceptional Rodeo June 17

on June 11, 2017 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: Friendly Face On Area Trail

on June 11, 2017 - 6:23am

Daily Postcard: A relatively new face carved in a rock along an area trail. Photo by Lori Kelley

Reminder: Gilman Tunnels Are Temporarily Closed

on June 9, 2017 - 5:44pm
The Gilman Tunnels on FR 376 are closed. Courtesy/NPS
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― The Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors heading out for a weekend break that the Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 are closed to motorized and foot traffic while crews remove loose rock and stabilize the cliff walls around the tunnels.
The work should be completed by mid-August.
“We regret that the timing for this work happened during our busy recreation season, but the safety of the public is always our first priority,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley

Scenes From Los Alamos Cub Scout Day Camp

on June 9, 2017 - 7:52am

Ammon Cardon in the Flag Class Thursday at Cub Scout Day Camp at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club as den leader Lisken Mason looks on. More than 120 Cub Scouts and some of their siblings are participating in the annual event along with more than 50 volunteers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Paul Rightley teaches flag etiquette Thursday at Cub Scouts Day Camp at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club. Photo by Maire O'Neill/​

Joseph Dale with a bug box he built Thursday at Cub Scout Day Camp. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Jason Waterbury teaches Jace Kerstiens, left,

Sipapu Fishing Clinics, Saturdays Through Sept. 2

on June 9, 2017 - 7:34am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
VADITO  Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is once again hosting its popular weekly series of free fly fishing clinics with Solitary Angler. 
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 2 (with the exception of July 22) Solitary Angler certified instructors provide a free 90-minute “Quick Start” fly casting class to the public at Sipapu.
Participants receive one-on-one, hands-on instruction during the free Saturday clinics.