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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
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.

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day; Volunteers Needed For Trail Improvement Projects

on September 11, 2017 - 7:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – National Public Lands Day on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is Saturday, Sept. 30 and volunteers are needed to work on popular multi-use trails that need a little TLC. Or take advantage of the third fee-free day of the year to visit a favorite sites on the forest for free.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, more than 200,000 volunteers at 2,600 locations accomplished $18 million in public land improvements.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Projects To Hold Tours

on September 9, 2017 - 6:29am
MPPP News:
The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project will hold several upcoming events. 
On Sept.16 and Oct. 15 public tours will be held at the Wells Petroglyph Preserve. The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project would love to introduce the site to locals, especially those who have never visited. To sign up or read more about it - the following link can be used:
Also, on Sept. 23  we have a special Tour of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve followed by a wine tasting featuring Black Mesa Winery of Velarde with owners Lynda and Jerry Burd.

Beewood At Bandelier Visitor Center

on September 9, 2017 - 6:15am

Beeweed is nearing the end of its time to be blooming, but the ones in the Native Plant Garden behind the Banderlier National Monument Visitor Center still have some flowers. Cleome serrulata also is known as wild spinach (and lots of other names). It is edible, but is particularly well known to Pueblo people as a traditional source for guaco, black vegetable paint used for decorating light-colored pottery. Photo Courtesy NPS

Meet Bandelier’s New Wilderness Ranger Bob Loy

on September 8, 2017 - 3:24pm
Bandelier Wilderness Ranger Bob Loy. Courtesy/NPS
Bandelier National Monument recently welcomed their newest seasonal ranger, Colonel (RET) Bob Loy. 
Ranger Loy will serve as the Dorothy Hoard Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier. The position is sponsored by the Friends of Bandelier as a memorial to the founder of the organization, Dorothy Hoard, who was also instrumental in the designation of the Bandelier Wilderness. 
According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, "Many people know of Dorothy because of her guidebook to hiking in the park.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 6, 2017 - 3:24pm
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ACRR News:
Lynn Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Kwage Mesa Trail on North Mesa at 28 seconds off her predicted time. 
Other accurate predictors are Sonja Behnke with a 30 second differential, Cara Gattiker, 8, recording a 36 second difference, Pasha Trudolyubov, 12, at 38 seconds off and David Kratzer with a 40 second difference.
On the 1 mile course Aurea Rojas was the fastest finisher with a time of 10:08 and her husband Felix Candia was the best male at 10:14.
Ryan Smeltzer was the top finisher on the 3

Progressive Fighting Systems Of New Mexico Trains In Los Alamos

on September 6, 2017 - 7:30am

Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico athletes with the legendary Martial Arts Instructor Paul Vunak, at the 2017 Edged Weapons Seminar in California. The group trains at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Los Alamos under Sifu (Instructor) Lawrence Garcia at High Flyers. Sean Leffler, Gloria Ramos, Octavio Ramos, Ian Foti-Landis and Charlene Espinoza were all promoted to the next level in Contemporary Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. For more information visit Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico on Face Book, or call 505.450.2540. Courtesy photo

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Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 6

on September 6, 2017 - 6:27am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Early reports on the opening of grouse season indicate some hunters were successful in finding birds while others didn’t see any. Grouse hunting can be like that. The one day I went out I didn’t see a bird, while other hunters limited out in less than an hour. Grouse are scattered throughout the mountains. Harvest reports indicate some birds were harvested in the El Rito area and others around Tres Piedras.

One interesting statistic in the State Game and Fish Department’s fishing report this week is that there were no trout listed

Knights Of Columbus Golf Tournament Sept. 15

on September 5, 2017 - 5:59am

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 2

on September 2, 2017 - 1:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Before I start the fishing report, I want to remind outdoorsman that the hunting seasons for blue grouse, dove, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels began Friday in Northern New Mexico. It’s also the beginning of the first archery season for elk. Blue grouse are one of my favorite species because they are good-sized birds that are delicious eating.

You can also do some foraging for edible mushrooms. Shaggy mane mushrooms are especially common this time of year. Just be 100-percent sure of what species you are picking.

Valle Grande Fog, Wildflowers And Orbwebs With Dew

on September 2, 2017 - 7:09am

Early morning fog lifts from the Valle Grande, revealing a dew-covered grassland with orb webs strung from shrubby cinquefoil, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell with dew in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell and a sneaky aster with dew in the grassland of the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Orb web with dew in the early morning in the Valle Grande grassland, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A.

Fidel Gutierrez Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 18

on September 2, 2017 - 6:36am

Ultra Santa Fe Trail Race May Increase Traffic On NM 475 Saturday

on September 1, 2017 - 5:02pm


SANTA FE – Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest Saturday should be prepared for more traffic than usual on N.M. 475, the road to the Santa Fe ski basin, due to the Ultra Santa Fe races and the three-day holiday weekend.

The Ultra includes four different races that begin and end at Ski Santa Fe. The 50-miler, 50-kilometer and 13-miler all take place on single-track trails and the 1-miler is a vertical dash up the ski slope following the path of the chairlift.

So in venturing out for a Saturday hike near Santa Fe, be prepared for more congestion and less parking than usual on a

SFNF: Closure Order For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Extended For Safety Reasons

on September 1, 2017 - 3:59pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the closure of a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety as fire crews continue to work on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section, and

Top Campsites For Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend

on September 1, 2017 - 7:33am
Labor Day is just a few days away, and public campgrounds, hotels, and Airbnbs are almost fully booked up, creating fierce competition for the last available spots.
Enter Hipcamp []—a startup that solves this problem by creating new campsites on beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. Hipcamp has just compiled a list of their top 100 unbooked campgrounds across the nation under $100. 

Each campground linked below contains multiple discrete campsites:

Daily Postcard: An Afternoon At Fenton Lake

on September 1, 2017 - 5:06am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon clouds gather Sunday over Fenton Lake. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Labor Day Weekend At Bandelier: Cultural Demonstrators And More

on August 31, 2017 - 3:59pm
The Fragua family of Jemez Pueblo will be demonstrating their work at Bandelier National Monument over the Labor Day weekend. Courtesy/NPS
It's hard to believe, but it's already Labor Day weekend! Bandelier National Monument will have not one, but three, cultural demonstrators on the three days of the holiday weekend. All of them have been coming to Bandelier for many years to demonstrate their work, so while some visitors may have not met them before, others may enjoy the chance to see them again.
The Candelaria family from Santo Domingo Pueblo are known for their

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 30, 2017 - 7:49am
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ACRR News:
Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held under rainy conditions on the Lower Water Canyon Trail with a 4 second error. 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 5 second difference and the fastest female on the 3 mile course at 26:05, Ryan Smeltzer recorded a 18 second error off his first place 3 mile time of 23:12, Ning Xu had a 33 second differential, and David Kratzer had a 35 second error.
On the 1 mile course Alexandra Cunningham was the best finisher at 10:57 and her brother Ian Cunningham was the first male

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day

on August 29, 2017 - 10:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The SFNF expects a large number of visitors for the final holiday weekend of the summer season. If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors.   

Bear Spotted Swimming In Reservoir Saturday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:31am
A large adult brown bear was spotted about 2 p.m. Saturday swimming and walking up the bank under the rope swing at the reservoir (barely visible at far end toward the right). ‘Not a great photo of him, but people should be aware that at least one bear is active there.’ Photo by Lynn Strauss

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Bandelier Waives Entrance Fee On Founders Day

on August 25, 2017 - 7:43am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

“After an eventful first century, the agency now cares for 417 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

YMCA Flag Football Program Open For Registration

on August 24, 2017 - 4:31pm
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YMCA News:
Registration is open until September 8 for The Family YMCA’s Flag Football program for youth ages 9-12.
Coach Tony Hinojosa will teach the football skills of passing, receiving, punting, and kicking and put these together in some pick-up games with NFL Play 60 flags, jerseys and footballs.
Practices are 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 19 in Los Alamos. Cost is $40, $30 for Y members. Financial Assistance is also available thanks to donations to the Y’s Annual Campaign.
To register, or for more information about the