State Engineer Issues Order Protecting Ranchers’ Water Rights … Begins Issuing Licenses


  • Engineer’s office begins issuing licenses affirming ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Engineer issued an order to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

The Engineer’s office has begun issuing licenses pursuant his order to ranchers that confirm the ranchers’ longstanding beneficial use of water to sustain their livestock. Last year, certain watering areas were closed off in Lincoln National Forest after a potentially endangered mouse was discovered.

“One of my top priorities is to protect the water


Reminder: Gilman Tunnels Are Temporarily Closed

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


County To Host Community Bike Ride

Route Map: ‘Dump the Pump Day’ celebrates bicycle transportation, starting at 11:30 a.m., Thursday from the Ashley Pond Pavilion. Courtesy/LAC


More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it.

Invite your family, bring your friends and join us on a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day May 19, but was postponed due to snow. Therefore,


Summer Family Evenings At The Los Alamos Nature Center – Rattlesnake Museum

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center on June 14 to learn more about snakes and other reptiles. Photo by Bob Myers
PEEC News:
Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles.
To help explain how humans can cohabitate with our scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, Director of the International Rattlesnake Museum, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. He will bring reptiles from the museum and be available to share his knowledge. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center


Sipapu Fishing Clinics, Saturdays Through Sept. 2

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. Instructors provide a quick


Dogs Welcome On Santa Fe National Forest … But Owners Have Responsibilities

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Last week, a visitor to the Santa Fe National Forest was resting on a rock by the trail after hiking up Tesuque Peak Road from the Aspen Vista Picnic Site. 
His idyllic afternoon took a turn for the worse when an 80-pound pit bull – running free – charged him with teeth bared. The hiker had the wherewithal to thrust his walking stick between his face and the dog’s jaws. Then the dog took another try, knocking the 74-year-old 150-pound man off the rock. 
Fortunately, bruises and cuts from the fall were the extent of his injuries,


Scenes From Senior Appreciation Night At Los Alamos Nature Center

Rosa the Milk Snake had a lot of admirers gathered at the Los Alamos Nature Center during last week’s Senior Appreciation Night. Photo by Felicia Orth

The vinegaroon even made friends! Photo by Felicia Orth

Illuminating Octavius the tarantula. Photo by Felicia Orth

Rick Wallace, the Planetarium volunteer who ran fractal shows all night during last week’s Senior Approciation Night event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Felicia Orth

Leo Rose, facilitated the graduates holding the vinegaroon, a large fierce-looking arachnid that does not bite, although


Train It New Mexico Offers Vegetation Management

TINM News:
Train It New Mexico would like to extend an opportunity to attend a two-day training on vegetation management June 12-13 at the Days Inn, 2900 Cerrillos in Santa Fe. 
In the training, several modules will provide an understanding of the importance of working with mechanical operations to obtain the best results when using herbicide to enhance parks, airports, public spaces, and many other areas. 
We go over the identification of weeds, including identification of weeds from infancy through maturity. This results in a thorough understanding


Fishing Report: Conditions Deemed Fair-To-Good

The fishing on the Chama River below El Vado Dam is fair-to-good. Courtesy Photo​

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Grande and streams flowing out of the Sangre de Cristo mountains are still running high. The Pecos River may be your best bet. Despite heavy flows, the fishing has been fair to good. Fly fishers should go with nymphs or San Juan worms. Flows in the Red River are still heavy. The Red River above Questa received a stocking of bigger-than-average trout last week.

Streams in the Jemez mountains are in better condition as the runoff has already peaked and streams are dropping and


Exploring The White Place Near Abiquiu

Scene from the White Place near Abiquiu. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
All throughout Northern New Mexico are hidden natural wonders that will reward someone willing to seek them out and expend a little shoe leather.
In the beautiful landscape surrounding the small village of Abiquiu lie many of these little pockets of unique formations sculpted over the eons by the relentless effects of wind and water.
Abiquiu is known around the world as the home of the late artist Georgia O’Keeff


Amateur Naturalist: Springs And Crusty Lichen

Iron bacteria growing in a small drainage pool. Photo by Robert Dryja
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
The natural and urban worlds exist in close proximity to one another in Los Alamos. Finger-shaped mesa tops are separated by canyons. Urban Los Alamos is built on the mesa tops. The canyons in contrast are filled largely with forest toward their mountain origins. The canyons would be considered to be large parks or preserves in other parts of the country. An initial impression is that the canyons still are mostly in a natural state after nearly seventy


Letter To The Editor: A Responsibility And Opportunity For Los Alamos

Los Alamos
With the recent withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change, cities and towns around the country are developing independent plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As our community’s very existence is predicated on science, we should be among them. A very simple and effective way that we can reduce our carbon footprint would be to use a portion of the now available CIP funds to install solar panels on our larger county facilities.
The Municipal Building, White Rock library, Pajarito Cliffs site, even the Nature Center are situated


Scenes From Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home

Los Alamos Firefighters at the scene of this evening’s lightning strike at a home on Los Pueblos. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that everyone in the home got out without injury. He said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Fire Inspector John Kelley speaks with the homeowners at the scene of this evening’s lightning strike at their home on Los Pueblos. Photo by


NWTF Applauds Zinke’s Appointment Of Sheehan As U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Deputy Director

NWTF News:
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The National Wild Turkey Federation praises Secretary Zinke for naming Greg Sheehan as deputy director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Sheehan, current director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah resident, knows the importance of wildlife conservation because of his roots as a dedicated hunter, fisherman and wildlife photographer.
“The NWTF applauds this appointment and we are encouraged to know that someone with his leadership and commitment to wildlife will be deputy director


Los Amigos De Valles Caldera Marks 10 Years With Celebration And Grand Opening Of Bookstore

LAVC News:
SANTA FE  Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the nonprofit support organization for the Valles Caldera National Preserve announced today it will be holding a celebration June 24 of its 10-year anniversary at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
“We want to invite everyone to join us at the Valles Caldera on June 24 to mark our 10-year anniversary and to be a part of the grand opening of our new bookstore on the preserve” Board Chair Peggy Gautier sid. “Proceeds from the bookstore will support the educational, scientific, historical, and