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Bandelier Increases Recreational Access To Frijoles Canyon

Bandelier is increasing recreational access beginning Monday to Frijoles Canyon. Frijoles Canyon.

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

During this first phase,


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Ray Romero Tapped To Coach LAHS Girls Basketball Team

New LAHS Girls Basketball Coach Ray Romero in 2014 coaching EVHS girls basketball. Courtesy photo

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

After a year away from coaching, Ray Romero returns to the hardwood as head coach of the Los Alamos  High School Girls Basketball Team.

Romero served as an assistant coach of the Lady Hilltoppers during the 2018-2019 season under then coach Lanse Carter.

Romero took the 2019-2020 season off so he could follow his daughter Kaitlyn Romero during her senior year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She played four years for the Lady Skyhawks,


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New Mexico Fishing Report: June 3

A double-crested cormorant feeding on a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach. Courtesy/NMGF

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to continue COVID safe practices; it is a great time to mend equipment, stock tackle boxes and prepare for upcoming fishing trips.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will continue to share tips and tricks to help you be ready and to safely go on your next adventure.

Check out the latest stocking report

With state parks reopening,


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Aquatic Center Reopens June 8 To Lap Swimming; Reservations Begin Friday

COUNTY News:

The most current Public Health order, issued June 1, 2020, states that “Public swimming pools may open but such facilities are limited to lane-swimming and lessons with up to two students only.” 

As a result, the Walkup Aquatic Center will open beginning June 8, 2020 for lap swimming only for swimmers 13 years and older. 

Twenty-one short course lanes (water walking lanes 1, 3 and 4, lane #2 is ADA accessible with lift) will be available to reserve in 45 minute increments. Precautionary safety measures including modified hours of operation, enhanced cleaning procedures, strict


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The Family YMCA Is Reopening Monday June 8

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA we will reopen June 8 in compliance with state health orders.

The organization is taking a week before to prepare the facility and fully train staff in new protocols, especially around cleaning and sanitation.

“The safety of our members, participants and staff is our number one priority,” Y Chief Operations Officer Chris Daniels said. “Our staff created and our Board has approved a phased reopening plan that will be updated as regulations evolve.”

Daniels said the reopening plan has a phased approached


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National Trails Day® Takes Place Saturday June 6

American Hiking Society News:

America’s Largest Trails Event Continues to Preserve Trails and Fight for Access to Green Spaces During Pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – This Saturday—June 6—people in every state will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.

During the pandemic, people across the country have been realizing and appreciating the powerful health benefits of spending even a few minutes outside every day. Yet, racism rears its head even in the outdoors, evident not only in the fact that people of color, especially Black folks, are often not safe outdoors but also,


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 1, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: Lake and park schedules are changing often during the COVID-19 pandemic so call ahead for the latest information.

The fishing opportunities for New Mexico anglers continue to expand after more State Parks are opened up for day use only.

Nine more State Parks opened May 30 for day use only this weekend. Five more State Parks will open for day use today, June 1 to bring the total number of State Parks reopened to 31 since being closed March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There is still no overnight camping allowed at State Parks.


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Posts From the Road: Caprock Canyon State Park

Badlands: A close view of the badlands within Caprock Canyon State Park show the beauty of this remote area of the Texas panhandle. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Texas Bison: Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the Texas state bison herd. Thirty two bison were introduced to the park in 1997 and the herd has grown to more than 150 bison today. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Caprock Canyon State Park is in a rural area of the Texas panhandle near the farming and ranching community of Quitaque. The nearest large city is Amarillo, which


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LAFD Rescues Hiker On Trail Near Rim Road

Los Alamos Firefighters rescue a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road. LAFD explained that the man was running on the trail and aggravated an old knee injury. He called for help and LAFD hiked in and carried him out on a stokes basket without incident. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road who was running and aggravated an old knee injury. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road who was running and aggravated an old knee injury. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District To Expand Phased Reopening Of Area Lakes

USACE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Albuquerque District has announced that two USACE-managed lakes in New Mexico have begun a phased reopening, and the boat ramp at Abiquiu Lake opened May 30.

USACE-Albuquerque District-managed campgrounds remain closed and are scheduled to reopen at a later date.

USACE-Albuquerque District recreation actions are being coordinated with New Mexico State Parks (NMSP) as well as Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). USACE will not precede state actions. At lakes with shared recreation management, such as Conchas and Santa


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Bandelier Begins Increasing Access To Frijoles Canyon

The Narrows of Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Monday, June 8, Bandelier will


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Temporary Restricted Use Of LA Mesa Trail To Benefit Aspen Ridge Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Community Services announced this morning that beginning Friday, May 29, a portion of the LA Mesa Trail near the eastern edge of Los Alamos will be reserved for use only by Aspen Ridge residents.

This restriction on the trail use will allow Aspen Ridge residents the opportunity to walk on this trail while still isolating from others. The reservation of the trail will occur 8-11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The reserved use of the trail for these residents during the COVID-19 pandemic came about as a result of a suggestion from a resident, and with the cooperation


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New Mexico Fishing Report For May 27, 2020

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to stay home, mend equipment and prepare for the upcoming fishing season.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will be sharing tips and tricks to help you be ready to go on future adventures. Each week we will feature some different flies, lures, activities or cooking recipes that can be done at home. 

In this week’s report, we will discuss how easy it is to become an angler, and the joy, and responsibility, that


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SFNF Issues Closure Order For Forest Road 10

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for an 11-mile segment of Forest Road (FR) 10 to protect public health and safety while crews replace 24 culverts and resurface the road. 

The closure order will be in effect until July 31 unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area on FR 10 begins at the gate adjacent to the Paliza Group Campground and extends north approximately 11 miles to the gate at the boundary of the Sierra Los Pinos subdivision.

Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and any others


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Weekly Fishing Report: May 24

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The coronavirus pandemic has New Mexico anglers posting questions all over the Internet and on Facebook looking for a place to wet a line and catch some fish.

This Memorial Day weekend some of the most popular waters remain closed, while others have just been recently opened after being closed for over a month.

The Weekly Fish and Stocking Report published by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish no longer reports fishing conditions at specific waters throughout the state.

The last stocking report was on March 13 and none have been published


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NM Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet Postponed

Courtesy/NMHOF

NMHOF News:

The 2020 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame celebration weekend, including the annual induction banquet, has been postponed until April 2021, due to the uncertainty surrounding New Mexico’s reopening from COVID-19.

The NMHOF Board of Directors unanimously voted on the move. 

The Charity Golf Classic is scheduled for April 10, 2021 at Twin Warriors Golf Club with the banquet slated for April 11, 2021 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“The safety and health of our attendees in our main priority,” Board President Dick Johnson said. “We also want to make it the


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New Mexico Wild Launches New Online Hiking Guide Featuring More Than 100 Trails In New Mexico Wilderness

NMW News:

ALBUQUERQUE — In anticipation of an eventual easing of stay-at-home instructions, New Mexico Wild has launched an online Hiking Guide featuring descriptions of more than 100 trails, at least one in each Wilderness area in the state.

The New Mexico Wild Hiking Guide is the first known online resource dedicated exclusively to hiking trails in New Mexico’s Wilderness areas.

“The past few months have been difficult on all of us. Using this online Hiking Guide to find new wild places to explore once it is safe to do so will help us all recover mentally,” said Tisha Broska, deputy director at


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BLM: Recreate Responsibly, Safely Memorial Day Weekend

BLM News:

WASHINGTON— With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) asks visitors to follow state and local public health guidance, come prepared, be flexible, and respect other users as well as natural and cultural resources on public lands.
The BLM provides great opportunities for visitors to enjoy America’s open spaces – and to reflect on the sacrifices made by the United States Armed Services veterans who died serving our country.
“This Memorial Day, please take time to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation and the

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State: Be Safe, Respectful While Enjoying The Outdoors

Photo by Jay Hemphill

EDD News:

SANTA FE — As outdoor lands and some recreational areas reopen in New Mexico, state officials are reminding residents to be respectful of these places and continue to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Restrictions under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health emergency begin to ease, and that means the phased-in reopening of state parks, trails, and public areas. To enjoy these beautiful places, it’s essential that the public practices responsible recreation, in accordance with updated outdoor recreation guidelines issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan


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New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report: May 20

Dustin’s favorite colors for kokanee lures are pink, orange, green, silver and gold. Small to medium size spinner rigs with beads work well. Courtesy photo

The spinner is fished about 1.5-feet behind a dodger. Try using a similar color dodger/spinner combination. Courtesy/NMGF

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to stay home, mend equipment and prepare for the upcoming fishing season.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will be sharing


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