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BLM Updates Mineral Cost Recovery Fee Schedule

BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a final rule, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which updates the cost recovery fees that the BLM charges for processing certain actions undertaken by its mineral programs.
Specifically, this final rule updates the fees charged to recover costs incurred in processing certain documents associated with oil, gas, coal, and solid mineral activities on public lands, including fees associated with mineral patent adjudications. Consistent with updates to the fee schedules in prior years, this final rule increases


Topper Girls Volleyball Win Match Over Taos 3-0

The Hilltoppers came out swinging (literally) Tuesday night against the Taos Tigers. The Toppers had 39 Kills and 15 Blocks for points. Los Alamos also excelled from the service line tallying only 5 service errors vs. 13 aces on the night. The Back Row only had 6 service errors and 5 dig errors. This coupled with 25 ‘3’ ball passes set the stage for a great evening. Elise Olivas played a fabulous game on defense and made solid decisions on offense to facilitate this win. Natalie Gallegos led the way with 24 Kills on 38 attempts with only 2 errors. Eden Schmierer had 7 Kills on 22 attempts


Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 14, 2019

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There will b a big change in the weather coming later this week. A strong cold front will hit Hew Mexico, dropping temperatures dramatically, especially on the eastern side of the state.

There may be some snow in the mountains, but the big difference will be the drop in temperatures. Night time and early morning temperatures will drop down into the teens and twenties, with highs in the forties and fifties.

The drop in temperature will likely turn on the trout fishing in the lakes, especially on the eastern side of the state. It will be a good time


Multi-jurisdictional Prescribed Fire Planned For Cerro Del Aire Collaborative Forest Restoration Project

USDA News:
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the Taos Field Office (TFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have been preparing the multi-jurisdictional Cerro del Aire landscape, seven miles from Tres Piedras for a prescribed burn since 2016.
This Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project is aimed at protecting soil integrity, maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities. The checker-boarded ownership of the land in the project area makes implementing forest


Fort Union Artist-In-Residence Gives Painting Demo

NPS News:
WATROUS Fort Union Artist in Residence Melissa Weinman will give a painting demonstration at the national monument at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
A member of Oil Painters of America, Melissa enjoys painting near mountains and rivers and their dramatic majesty. “I’m attracted to all subjects that are translucent and changing, therefore I’m drawn to paint fruit and flowers, water and clouds, and the figure. I aim to capture my subjects through a palpable sense of atmosphere, masterful drawing, and luscious paint handling,” Melissa says.


Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Oct. 14 & 17

SFNF News:
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day and will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Oct. 15.
SFNF offices also will be closed Thursday, Oct. 17, to accommodate an all-employee meeting, resuming regular business hours Friday, Oct. 18. This means there will be no sales of fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products on Thursday.  
As fall colors near their peak, SFNF officials anticipate a large number of visitors


LAHS Girls Soccer Kick For The Cure Fundraiser Oct. 19

LAHS goalkeeper Annika Fox. Photo by Nate Limback

One in eight American women—more than a quarter of a million women and men this year—will likely develop breast cancer.

The Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Program aims to help halt this deadly disease through their annual Breast Cancer Awareness month fundraiser.

Teams are collecting donations and hosting halftime penalty kick fundraising shootouts at boys’ and girls’ home games Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sullivan Field.

No registration is required for shootout participation—just show up and shoot against our Topper


Topper Varsity Soccer Wins 1st Game District Play

The Topper Girls Varsity Soccer Team wins the first game of district play 3-0 Tuesday against the Taos Tigers at the Taos Eco Park. The Toppers dominated the game with strong defense and relentless offense, with goals coming from Alyssa Parker, Tara McDonald, and Kaya Krantz. Kaitlyn McGrane also had a strong game with 8 shots on goal. Scheduled for three games this week, the team faced Moriarty in their second District game Thursday and will travel to take on Aztec Saturday. Pictured is Kaya Krantz taking a shot on goal. Photo by Nate Limback

Olivia Bell completes a pass upfield. Photo by


Hilltoppers, Gallegos Hammer Sundevils

Los Alamos’ Nadia Gallegos and Espanola’s Kiana Duran battle at the net while their teammates intently look on in the Hilltoppers’ 3-0 victory over Espanola Oct. 8 at Espanola. Los Alamos evened its record at 7-7 with the victory and is 2-0in District 2-4A. Photo by George Morse/
All eyes are on the ball as it floats in the air among five Los Alamos players. Photo by George Morse/
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos High School volleyball team evened its overall record at 7-7 and picked up its second


13th Annual Elementary Mile Run Friday Oct. 25

Scene from a previous Elementary Mile Run. Photo by Blake Wood


The 2019 Elementary Mile Run begins at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Los Alamos County Golf Course, 4244 Diamond Dr.

For safety reasons all runners must register for a number. Go to (see 2019 Elementary Mile tab on the left side) and do one of the following:

(Preferred):  Use the 2019 Elementary Mile Registration link to complete the form and pick up your number on race day! 

Print and complete the waiver and bring


Prescribed Fire Planned For Little Coyote Creek

USDA News:
ANGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have been preparing the area around Little Coyote Creek for the return of fire since 2008.
The burn will take place on state trust land near Black Lake. This burn builds on years and millions of dollars of investments aimed at maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities. This burn area was identified as a high priority in the Enchanted Circle


New Mexico Tourism Department Invites Balloon Fiesta Guests To Make Chile A Family Affair

Balloon Fiesta guests can explore Albuquerque to collect limited-edition chile-themed decals. Courtesy photo
NMDT News:
SANTA FE Fans of all things New Mexico chile will have another way to display their pride during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
The New Mexico Tourism Department invites guests of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and New Mexico residents to participate in a scavenger hunt for limited-edition chile decals so families can show that chile is truly a family affair.
“Chile is a point of pride for many New Mexico residents


Increased Wait Times At Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument During Balloon Fiesta Week

BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is experiencing longer than normal wait times during Balloon Fiesta Week (Oct. 5-14). 
As balloonists and spectators make plans to visit the Monument, please plan excursions accordingly, as long wait times at the entrance are reaching from 90-120 minutes due to limited parking.  
The BLM and Pueblo de Cochiti are asking that visitors be patient during this time or consider visiting other popular areas in the ear vicinity.
New Mexico is home to spacious scenic destinations such as El Malpais


Annual Los Alamos Ski Swap At LAMS Oct. 19

New and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets and ski clothing are for sale 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Los Alamos Middle School. Courtesy photo

Ski Swap News:

Need some new gear for this coming winter? Come to Los Alamos Middle School 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 for the Los Alamos Ski Swap.

New and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets and ski clothing will be for sale.

Drop off equipment for resale 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Pick-up for unsold equipment and payment for sold equipment is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct 20.

Proceeds from the Ski Swap benefit the Los Alamos


Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety In Mind

NM Fire Information News:
SANTA FE As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors.
Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from an unattended fire, gunfire ricochet, or a vehicle’s exhaust system can ignite dry grass.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help not only hunters but to all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying


Udall Secures Protections For Chaco Canyon Area In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), has lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)


Hilltoppers Varsity Volleyball Prevails Over Moriarty Pintos In Start Of District Playoffs Tuesday Night

Hilltoppers Varsity Volleyball Team had an exciting start to the district playoff Tuesday night at home against the Moriarty Pintos with a 3-1 win. Topper Natalie Gallegos had another great game with 7 block kills and followed by Michaela Gonzales and Nadia Gallegos both with 4. In total the Toppers finished the night with 51 total kills from Natalie Gallegos, Eden Schmierer, Michaela Gonzales, Elise Olivas and Ariel Edkin. Next week the Toppers’ are on the road against the Espanola Sundevils. Pictured Elise Olivas sets the ball in the third set. Photo by Nate Limback

Natalie Gallegos


Los Alamos Athletic Directors Honored At Conference

LAHS Athletic Director Ann Stewart and LAMS Athletic Director Daren Jones honored at NMAA/NMADA Conference. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools athletic directors attended the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) and the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association (NMADA) Fall Conference last weekend in Albuquerque and received three prestigious awards.

Los Alamos Middle School Athletic Director Daren Jones received NMADA’s award for the New Mexico Middle School Athletic Director of the Year;

Los Alamos High School received NMAA’s 2nd place award in Class 4A for


Mary Snow Best Predictor In Final Pace Race Of 2019

Participants group up Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail for the final Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race of the 2019 Season. Courtesy/ACRR
Participants head out Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail for the final Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race of the 2019 Season. Courtesy/ACRR 
ACRR News:
Mary Snow was the top predictor at 2 seconds off her predicted time in the final Atomic CIty Road Runners final Pace Race of the 2019 season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail.
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Beth Davenport with a 6 second differential;
  • Zach Medin recording a 7 second difference;


Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 2, 2019

Pinion trees spotted Sunday in the Tres Piedras area are loaded with nuts. Photo by George Morse/

Pinion nuts gathered Sunday in the Tres Piedras area. Photo by George Morse/



Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

One of the more unique experiences that you can do during the fall in New Mexico is gathering of pinion nuts.

These were a staple food of the Native Americans and Puebloan peoples that inhabited this area. The name comes from the Spanish word pinionero, that was the name for the nuts of the stone pine. which grows in Spain and other