Lagoon and Pier: Fishermen fish from a pier at one of the three lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, Ariz. The large cottonwood trees surround the picnic area in the distance. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Campground: Our campsite in the campground at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. There are tent sites as well as cabins to rent while staying at the park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
By GARY WARREN
Formerly of Los Alamos
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is just outside of Cottonwood, Ariz. on the Verde River.
One may wonder the origin of the name Dead Horse
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Century Bank’s Tim Branch hands a Backcountry Film Festival sponsorship to PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell. Courtesy/PEEC
Century Bank is again sponsoring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) showing of the Backcountry Film Festival from the Winter Wildlands Alliance.
The screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with the streaming link live for 72 hours for ticket-holders.
And exciting news just in! Thanks to Century Bank, ticket holders will receive one free drink from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill plus a discount code for 15 percent off their food and drink
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Pajarito Mountain Cafe is open 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday exclusively for outdoor seating on the patio or takeout. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
Pajarito Mountain Cafe has launched a new online food ordering system.
Guests may visit www.pajarito.ski/eat to order food online. The system will alert guests when the food is ready.
The cafe is open 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating on the patio or takeout, guests can enjoy a variety of options from the menu.
Pajarito Mountain hopes to open the mountain for winter
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Alicia Blumenthal takes her granddaughters Lily Mockler-Wood, 6, and Emma Mockler-Wood, 7, for a ride Tuesday on beloved horse Sam at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 4475 West Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is adding Skater Development Sessions to its schedule starting Jan. 18 through Feb. 14.
The Sessions are available by reservation via phone only, with no more than 10 people per session.
Reservations can be made one day in advance and will be limited to four individuals or one household if calling for a family larger than four.
To make a reservation for a skate session, call the Ice Rink 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 505.662.4500; voicemails and emails will not be accepted as confirmed
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By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The drought in New Mexico continues. The weather has been cold enough to expand the ice-fishing opportunities here, but very little snow to go along with the cold weather.
The latest storm saw much of Northern New Mexico receive only a little bit of snow, while the City of Hobbs down in Southeastern New Mexico received eight inches of snow.
The storms have been very fickle and hit-or-miss (mostly missed) this winter.
Our neighbor to the north, Colorado, is also suffering from drought, particularly Southwestern Colorado.
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MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 18: A national day of service … ‘A day on, not a day off’… Courtesy image
…SFNF Offices Closed for Federal Holiday
SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites Monday, Jan. 18 to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 18 for the federal holiday, resuming virtual business hours Tuesday, Jan. 19.
This year is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed on the third Monday
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New Mexico Game and Fish will raffle a permit to hunt one Gould’s gobbler. Courtesy/SFGC
One authorization to hunt Gould’s turkey will be raffled by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department (NMGF) with the assistance of the New Mexico National Wild Turkey Federation.
The winner will receive a permit to hunt one Gould’s gobbler, as well as a spring turkey license with two tags for open units.
Tickets must be purchased on or before March 13, 2021.
All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management
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Prescribed burn underway today in Pacheco Canyon. File photo
SANTA FE – Favorable conditions today allowed fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest to proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District.
The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration project that was instrumental in keeping the lightning-caused Medio Fire from crossing Forest Road (FR) 102 and threatening significant values at risk, including the Santa Fe ski basin and municipal
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Los Alamos Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips Garners 2021 Top 50 Kids Coach Award For Third Straight Year
Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson last July on the practice putting green at Los Alamos County Golf Course. 2021 marks Phillips’ third year in a row winning the Top 50 Kids Coach Award. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Community Services Department congratulates Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips for once again being named as a Masters Kid Coach – 2021 marks the third year in a row that he has won the Top 50 Kids Coach Award.
“I have been fortunate to work with Michael
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The Aquatic Center will be closed beginning Tuesday for HVAC system repairs. Courtesy/LAC
Starting Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Larry H. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for HVAC system repairs in order to maintain COVID-19 safety measures and state requirements.
With the increased COVID-19 air circulation requirements, Aquatic Center staff have been closely monitoring the HVAC system to help ensure a safe environment for our swimmers. The air circulation requirements have moved past acceptable levels and require the facility to be closed for the safety of patrons and staff.
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NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez
ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Activities Association, in partnership with the NFHS Network and PlayVS, will be expanding the game titles offered for the 2021 Esports Season to include FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21.
Previously, the NMAA Esports line-up included only League of Legends, Rocket League and SMITE.
Two of the most popular sports titles in the world, FIFA and Madden, boast real professional football and soccer players on their actual professional teams.
NFHS Network Vice President Mark Koski
EA’s long-running sport simulation franchises
SANTA FE — Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels, resulting in safety concerns and to prevent property damage during launching and loading of boats.
Low precipitation and above average temperatures have resulted in extremely low water levels at several state park lakes causing boat access ramps to be closed.
State Parks is using this opportunity to rehabilitate and improve on the existing ramp.
The south boat ramp, which is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is still open at this time. Boaters are encouraged to check with the
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The previously planned Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District may begin as early as next week if forecasted favorable conditions indeed occur. File photo
SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including forecasted snow over the weekend, to implement the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District as early as next week.
The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration
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Hockey practice is underway at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink with three sessions an evening for various age groups. The sessions practice social distancing and face mask wearing and COVID-19 guidelines that allow for 10 skaters on the ice at a time, including coaches and players. The Pee Wees had the first session Tuesday evening as Coach Blake Nolen has his players practicing several routines. Here Logan Nolan is practicing his slap-shots, while the coach watches. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Adis Back hits a slap-shot during practice. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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…Swiader will oversee management, protection, productivity of 1.6 million acres
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) welcomes Erin Swiader as Acting Forest Supervisor behind former Forest Supervisor James Melonas, who left the SFNF in November to become Forest Supervisor for the National Forests of North Carolina.
Swiader comes to the SFNF from the Northern Region where she is Chief of Staff. Headquartered in Missoula, MT, the Northern Region manages nine national forests and the Dakota Prairie Grasslands across five states.
As Acting Forest Supervisor, Swiader
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The Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Thursday with exclusively outdoor seating. Courtesy/Pajarito
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
- Pajarito is awaiting a visit from Mother Nature to provide needed snowfall to open the Ski Area!
Pajarito Mountain will be opening its cafe for regular hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 7.
Henceforth, the cafe will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating, guests can enjoy a variety of treats from Pajarito Cafe’s revamped menu.
The Pajarito Mountain Cafe features an outdoor deck with stunning views of the surrounding
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Tourism Dept. Enters Next Phase Of Recovery Readiness With Production Of Immersive Media For Public Lands
…Initiative will audit and optimize Google presence for more than 200 outdoor recreation spaces
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) is moving into the next phase of its Recovery Readiness Initiative to provide New Mexico public lands with multimedia production and technical assistance to enhance online visibility of the state’s outdoor recreation spaces.
Since its launch in August, NMTD has worked with 44 New Mexico destination marketing organizations and tourism industry partners to grow virtual tourism through the production of 360 media, including
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NMSP: Large Pressure Ridges Formed In Ice Force Changes To Lake Access At Eagle Nest Lake State Park
New Mexico State Parks, a Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, announces Eagle Nest Lake is closed to ATV traffic, effective immediately.
In addition, the Six Mile Day Use Area is closed. Ice fishing is limited to the main area of the lake due to dangerous ice conditions.
Large pressure ridges have formed in the ice creating open water, weak spots and hazardous conditions. Pressure ridges that have been identified are being marked with cones, but anglers are warned to be aware that not all hazards may be marked.
As a reminder, State Parks are open for day-use
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Doña Ana Mountains feature 15 miles of mountain biking trails. Courtesy photo
White Sands National Park has hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking and sledding. Courtesy/VLC
‘Visit Las Cruces’ News:
LAS CRUCES — Outdoor adventure is a way of life in Las Cruces—where wide open spaces and a mild year-round climate provide the perfect setting for people to be active, while staying safe and socially distanced.
“Visit Las Cruces” recommends safe outlets to fight cabin fever, including exploring the Top Socially Distanced Hiking Trails around Las Cruces followed by some authentic