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Trump Administration Invests $202,660 In Preservation Technology, Cultural Heritage And Training Grants

Dwelling of Enslaved Africans at Cibula, Prince George County VA, c. 1820. With funding from this grant program, the Database of Vernacular Architecture will create the first interdisciplinary database that archives, curates, and disseminates vernacular building information in the Western Hemisphere. Photo by Willie Graham

NPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump Administration announced Monday $202,660 in grants for projects to develop or adapt techniques to preserve historical sites and cultural heritage in nine states.

“Historic preservation depends on advancements in


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Sullivan Field House Coming Down Home Stretch

The Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA on Diamond Drive is nearing completion. This shot taken Friday from the playing field north of the construction, shows workers preparing to pave the parking area in front of the building. The siding is almost completely installed now except for a few odd-shaped pieces. This siding matches the siding used on the Los Alamos High School library. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Angel Fire Resort Offers Free Lodging To New Mexicans Due To Travel Restrictions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Angel Fire Resort in Northern New Mexico. Courtesy/AFR

Outdoor recreation at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR

ANGEL FIRE News:

ANGEL FIRE — Angel Fire Resort, Northern New Mexico’s premier family vacation destination, announced Thursday the introduction of the New Mexico Beat the Heat campaign, a list of family-friendly outdoor activities and free lodging for New Mexican residents who are looking for a quick staycation getaway they can get to by car, which won’t require self-quarantining.

“We know that many people in our state had to cancel their out of state summer vacation plans due to


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Nightscapes And Sunrise In San Juan Mountains

Starry night sky Wednesday at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

Early morning scene Wednesday at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY RESORT News:

DURANGO, Colo. — Nightscapes and sunrise are a photographer’s dream at Purgatory Resort.

These photos of the starry sky above the Needle Mountains and early morning wildflowers were captured July 29.

Purgatory Resort is open for daily activities through Aug. 16. Weekend operations will run Aug. 22 to Oct. 4, with the resort open on Labor Day as well.

Summer activities include the


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Weekly Fishing Report: July 29, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The cooler temperatures and rainfall of the past week have eased the stress on the trout in Northern New Mexico’s rivers and streams.

Flows are a little better and water temperatures have cooled somewhat to temperatures that trout will find more comfortable.

One great result of the increased precipitation has been the lifting of Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Wednesday (7/29) on Santa Fe National Forest Lands and Carson National Forest Lands.

Campfires and charcoal grills will now be allowed at the developed campgrounds and other National


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NPS Pueblo Parks Group Lifting Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

NPS News:

Los Alamos, Watrous, Pecos, Jemez Springs – Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument, Fort Union National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park and Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.

“Even though the monsoons have begun, we’re still in drought conditions,” said Valles Caldera National Preserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “We ask that visitors continue to take appropriate precautions while enjoying our national parks and national forests.”

Several criteria are used to


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New Mexico State Land Office Launches New Dispersed And Backpack Camping Pilot Programs For Hunters

State Land Office News:

SANTA FE – The State Land Office today launched two new pilot programs for licensed New Mexico hunters that will create new dispersed camping opportunities in the White Peak region of Mora and Colfax Counties, as well as options for backpack camping in the Luera Mountains in Catron County.

This is the first time in decades that dispersed camping and backpacking have been permitted on state trust land.

The policy, application, and maps for each pilot program are posted on the State Land Office’s website.

The pilot programs are components of the Easement signed in March 2020


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Los Alamos County Ice Rink Project Moving Along

Progress being made recently on the Los Alamos County Ice Rink locker rooms. The project includes a new and restroom improvements to the existing building. March 3, the County Council approved a construction contract for $1,430,642 to Contreras Construction and established a total project budget of $1,850,000 – which includes design, contingency, gross receipts tax, special testing, etc. as well as the construction costs. Update as of June 30, crews have placed new locker room footings and floor. Drywall has been installed in the restrooms and taping and bedding is ongoing. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Potrero Chico Climbing Featured At Mountaineers Meeting

The limestone walls at El Potrero Chico, Nuevo León, Mexico. Photo by Phil Martin

By BILL PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers

The July Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting continues in its electronic format, consistent with the needs of this special time. It will be held at the regular time of 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

As usual, the Mountaineers meeting is held in collaboration with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This month, Phil Martin will speak on a climbing expedition to Potrero Chico.

Some call it a sport climbing paradise, others think it’s just a particularly beautiful


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Celebrates House Passage Of Amendment To Protect Chaco Canyon

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), applaude the House passage of an amendment to protect the integrity of the Chaco Canyon region.

Introduced by Luján, the amendment establishes a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling on federal lands near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

“Chaco Canyon is one of the places of greatest historical and


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Lessons Available At Los Alamos County Golf Course

Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson Wednesday on the practice putting green at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Phillips has been a local pro for 17 years and gives golf lessons in addition to his other responsibilities. The lessons are for all levels from beginners wanting to learn the game of golf to experienced players wanting to improve their game. To register and arrange for lessons, call the golf course at 505.663.1850. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Quinn Rheinheimer prepares for a swing


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SFNF: Do You Know What To Do If You Encounter A Bear?

A black bear on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — A bear encounter on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) last Friday went terribly wrong, leaving a Los Alamos woman in the hospital with a collapsed lung, several broken bones and multiple bites.

Although relatively rare, close encounters between humans and large predators like bears and mountain lions can occur on the SFNF, especially when drought conditions bring wild animals to lower elevations.

You can minimize the possibility of a confrontation by following some basic guidelines. Keep


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Luján On Passage Of Landmark Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement celebrating the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act – landmark conservation legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and restore our National Park System:

The Great American Outdoors Act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. This will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest


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LAHS’s Carl Cady Named 2020 Coach Of The Year!

On July 14 the New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) released the names of their picks for the 2020 coaches of the year. The NMHSCA has named Los Alamos High School Coach Carl Cady the 2020 Coach of the Year for Diving. Coach Cady is a longtime coach to the Toppers and has coached the Toppers to many successful seasons including a boys State Championship in 2019, the first State Championship in 15 years. The Los Alamos High School Swimming Program is open to all who would like to participate regardless of skill level. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAHS swimmer Addison Richie


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New Mexico Fishing And Stocking Report: July 22

The Department is continuing to adapt ways of working to conserve wildlife for all New Mexicans. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Department biologists and conservation officers continue to conduct wildlife surveys, contact anglers and OHV recreationists and stock fish in open waters throughout the state. The teams wear personal protective equipment for everyone’s safety while working in small groups for maximum social distancing. The Department asks the public to help keep everyone safe and healthy by following the NMDOH public health emergency order by wearing PPE while staying at


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Los Alamos County Golf Course Improvements Underway

The new sprinkler system work is well under way on the front nine, which is closed for at least the next two months. The new system is badly needed to replace the aging system and add new features to improve overall performance to the entire irrigation system. The entire project is expected to be completed in approximately four months. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Wiring is being installed to allow the irrigation system to be controlled by a computer, which monitors the need of the grass and makes adjustments to maximize performance and minimize water usage. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Weekly Fishing Report: July 21, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The monsoonal flow that brings summer thunderstorms and rainfall to the Southwest has begun.

The moisture is most welcome this summer after the record-breaking high temperatures and dry conditions that New Mexico had been experiencing earlier this summer.

These scattered thunderstorms can be fickle as to who gets moisture. It can be pouring in one location and dry just a few miles away. They can significantly raise local streamflows.

A good example recently was the Chama River above El Vado Lake. A week ago, it was a trickle at just 10.8


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Monsoons Bring Lightning And Other Dangers To Area

Chart provided by Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

It was a busy weekend for dispatchers and firefighters on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) with the onset of the southwestern monsoon season and the accompanying lightning strikes.

The Santa Fe Dispatch Center confirmed 12 active lightning starts on the SFNF since Friday with an additional two possible starts under investigation.

With the annual advent of the monsoonal weather pattern, the welcome moisture that helps reduce the risk of wildfire also is accompanied by lightning, which paradoxically causes almost 1,600


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Senators Udall, Heinrich Urge Support For Outdoor Tourism And Recreation Industry, Jobs In Next COVID Relief Package

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 10 Democratic Senate colleagues, have sent a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to include support for outdoor recreation and public land infrastructure jobs in the next COVID-19 relief package.

With supply chains stalled, retailers shuttered, parks closed, and trips and travel canceled, the $778 billion outdoor industry is uniquely impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

“The crisis before us requires targeted investment to reinvigorate our outdoor tourism economy and get Americans


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