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Weekly Fishing Report: July 11

on July 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the weather continues to be hot and dry with widely scattered thunderstorms, the fishing in the lakes and rivers is slowing down as the water warms and streamflows drop. This time of the year the best fishing is often to be had early in the morning or late in the evening.

One of the better spots to try would be the Rio Grande. The streamflow has dropped to less than normal from the Colorado state border all the way down to Velarde. Spinners like the Panther Martin are a good choice under the present conditions.

Morse: The Brown Trout In New Mexico

on July 11, 2017 - 10:09am
Brown trout, like this 25-incher from the Rio Chama, thrive and reproduce naturally in many of New Mexico’s rivers and streams. Photo by George Morse
 
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After nearly 50 years of angling in New Mexico, I have seen a lot of changes in the fishing regulations concerning the number of fish an angler could keep (the daily limit). The first year I moved here (1968) the daily limit was a very liberal 12 fish-per-day for trout.
 
A few years later, there was an interesting change in the bag limit.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From YMCA

on July 10, 2017 - 8:30am
By FAMILY YMCA
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank everyone who helped make The Family YMCA's 5K Fun Run on July 4 such a fun and successful event. We had over 200 participants that ran, walked, and jogged with costumes, dogs, and kids in strollers.
 
Thank you to the sponsors - Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe. 
 
Over 40 items we donated by local businesses for top finishers and random door prizes.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Will Be Unavailable For Visitation For Three Days

on July 7, 2017 - 8:40am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the Pueblo de Cochiti (Pueblo), announces that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (Monument) will be unavailable for public visitation July 13 and 14, as well as July 25.
 
These three days and future days will allow the BLM to assess and work on special projects within the Monument, ultimately providing visitors with a more enjoyable recreation experience, and the Pueblo will have access to the Monument on days that are significant to them.
 
The Monument was created in 2001 with a provision that

More Scenes From LAPD VS LAFD Softball Game

on July 6, 2017 - 7:20am

Los Alamos Police Department team supporters including fans of Uncle Det. Matt Lyon at Tuesday's annual 4th of July softball game against the Los Alamos Fire Department. This year the LAFD won the game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone keeps score at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe pitches at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Fire Department softball players at Tuesday's game against the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Drowning Victim Recovered From Cochiti Lake

on July 5, 2017 - 8:02pm
NMSP News:
 
SANDOVAL COUNTY -- Today, the body of Ariel Gonzalez-Vasquez, 34, of Albuquerque was recovered from Cochiti Lake.
 
Gonzalez-Vasquez was reported to have been in the water swimming when large waves and wind made the swimming difficult and he sank and never resurfaced.
 
The New Mexico State Police were asked to assist with a possible drowning victim Saturday at Cochiti Lake, just south of Santa Fe. At approximately 6:30 p.m., July 1, the Sandoval County Sheriff's Department requested the assistance of the NMSP Dive Team to locate the victim within the lake.

Scenes From LAPD VS. LAFD July 4 Softball Game

on July 5, 2017 - 9:00am

Softball players from Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department after Tuesday's game which LAFD won. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes following the annual Independence Day softball game between the two departments. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts is off and running at Tuesday's softball game between local police and firefighters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes up to bat at Tuesday's

Best Place To Fish During Holidays? Off Beaten Path

on July 5, 2017 - 8:31am
A section of the Rio Grande between Pilar and Velarde is a great fishing spot. Courtesy Photo​
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The fishing on holidays like July 4 can be crowded. Campgrounds fill up fast and the shores of the lakes and easily-accessed spots on the river can be lined with anglers.
 
One way to get away from the crowds and to find some room to fish is to invest in some shoe leather and hike to less-accessible areas of rivers.
 
Even stretches of river like the Rio Grande between Pilar and Velarde long the highway will have portions of the
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Scenes From Bandelier Naturalization Ceremony

on July 5, 2017 - 8:14am

Fifteen newly-sworn United States citizens at Bandelier National Monument Tuesday with Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, second from right, who was the guest speaker. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Maestas, left, representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Banderlier. Courtesy photo

Some of the new United States citizens being sworn in at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Representing VFW Post 8874

Scenes From Today's Family Y Firecracker Fun Run

on July 4, 2017 - 1:53pm

Two of the Incredibles, aka Matt Schmidt and his son Adam, zoom through today's Family YMCA's 5K Firecracker Fun Run and Walk in downtown Los Alamos. Prizes were awarded to the top male and female finishers in Kid, Youth, Adult, Adult 60+, and Dog Jogger categories. The best Costumed Participant will win Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. ​Runners and walkers started in the YMCA parking lot, turned north on 15th St.

NMSP: Positive Identification Made For Missing Hiker Paris Shane Wallace

on July 4, 2017 - 10:28am
NMSP News:
  • The Office of the Medical Investigator has confirmed and positively identified the body recovered in the below search and rescue mission as that of Paris Shane Wallace.
 
On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colorado, who wanted to report her husband was missing. Mrs. Wallace stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos, NM area. Her last contact with him was the day prior, June 13, 2017, around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Wallace stated she expected Mr.

Tennis Lessons Behind UNM-LA Every Wednesday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:26am

Los Alamos Triatomics Announces Upcoming Activities

on July 4, 2017 - 7:53am
SPORTS News:
 
Thanks to everyone who raced, volunteered or both at last Sunday's Atomic Man Duathlon. Here is a schedule for upcoming activities.
 
1.) Tuesday Night Time Trials-Next Tuesday there will not be a time trial on the July 4th holiday. The next time trial will be Tuesday July 11 on the White Rock to top of Ancho Canyon course at 6 p.m. 
 
Meet at 5:50 p.m., on the bike path at the intersection of Monte Rey Drive North and State Road 4 to get your name on the list.

Video Highlights Importance Of National Monuments

on July 3, 2017 - 8:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country.
 
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act.

Senators Introduce Strongest Legislative Package Of Sportsmen’s Priorities In Years

on July 3, 2017 - 8:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only hours ahead of their departure for the Fourth of July recess, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 1514, a strong package of bills that would benefit fish and wildlife habitat nationwide, while funding critical watershed restoration efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and improving access for recreational shooters on public lands.

The legislation would:

  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act—a grant program through which each federal dollar invested is matched an average of

Topper Football Youth Camp July 10-11

on July 2, 2017 - 7:21am

YMCA 5K Fun Run July 4

on July 2, 2017 - 7:11am
 
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 that 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. All participants will get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes.
 
The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th St. to Canyon Rd., west on Canyon Rd.

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

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