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SFNF: Prescribed Pile Burn Planned For Pacheco Canyon

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

SFNF News:

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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Scenes Of Hockey Practice At Los Alamos County Ice Rink

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

Cecelia


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SFNF Welcomes Acting Forest Supervisor Erin Swiader

SFNF News:

…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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Pajarito Mountain Opens Cafe At Lodge Thursday Jan. 7

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

NMTD News:

…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

NMSP News:

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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‘Visit Las Cruces’ Recommends Outlets To Fight Cabin Fever

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


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The Family YMCA Encourages Return To Routines In 2021

The Family YMCA spinning class aids in the physical and mental health of members. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA is encouraging members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021 and find routines that get them moving and keep them healthy. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring.

“As our community continues to recover from the various ways we have all been impacted by COVID-19, we are encouraging


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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 5, 2021

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Happy New Year!

Overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections this past year, there is an ongoing situation that will have a direct effect on the fishing opportunities for the coming year.

New Mexico is in the grip of a severe, ongoing drought that is affecting the entire state. A large portion of New Mexico from north to south is suffering from exceptional drought conditions.

Streamflows this past year were exceptionally low. The upper Rio Grande was little more than a mountain stream with flows of only about 30 cubic-feet-per


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Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review Part 2

Translucent: The beautiful hoodoos shine as if they are translucent at Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Shown is the formation ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the foreground surrounded by oranges, pinks and white hoodoos. The large rock formations tower above the nearby pine trees. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Dead Horse Point: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding red rock canyon lands. This view from dead Horse Point looking toward the east reveals canyons and geological formations within the park and the


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BLM Reinforces Importance Of Recreational Shooting

BLM News:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Thursday issued guidance designed to protect and expand recreational shooting opportunities on BLM-managed public lands.

More than 99 percent of the 245 million surface acres managed by the agency are open to recreational shooting, and this guidance will help ensure that these activities are allowed to continue wherever possible.

“Recreational shooting is a longstanding tradition for millions of Americans, and the Department is proud to support this popular pastime as a key component of the BLM’s multiple-use mission,”


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Tim And Luke Johnson Spotted RC Racing At Overlook Park

Luke Johnson, 10, and his father Tim Johnson are spotted RC racing (radio-controlled cars/trucks) their new Christmas presents Tuesday at the RC race track at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com.

The action heats up between Tim Johnson and his son Luke as they race their cars Tuesday at the RC track at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 29, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

Happy New Year.

This will be the final fishing report of 2020 – a year unlike any other for a variety of reasons.

Of course, the gorilla in the room was the COVID-19 pandemic. It led to the closure of New Mexico’s State Parks, including many of the most popular fishing destinations in the state.

Just how much New Mexicans value their fishing and other outdoor activities became quickly apparent. With sporting events and games canceled or restricted to having no fans, people flocked to the outdoors for their recreation.

Places where there was


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Scenes From Tennis Games At Urban Park Sunday

Bob Koehler returns a ball to Owen Dooley during a game of tennis Sunday at the courts at Urban Park. The day drew out a number of tennis players on various courts. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Takuma Shiina makes a great net return to Sergey Kurennay and Rachel Morneau during a game Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

B. Wakeford returns the serve from Sergye Kurennay. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Owen Dooley strokes a ball to return it to Bob Koehler. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Takuma Shiina makes a diving attempt to return the serve from Sergye


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Scenes Of Skating Underway At Los Alamos County Ice Rink

Ellen Smalley helps her son Erik with his skates as her daughter Millie looks on Sunday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 4475 West Road. The County Ice Rink has limited skate times and reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling the rink at 505.662.4500. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Elizabeth Schmidt and her daughter Lillian get the feel of the ice while making rounds Sunday at the County Ice Rink. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ellen Smalley helps her son Erik get the feel of ice skating and as a beginner he is learning quickly. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 23, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Merry Christmas!

New Mexico’s State Parks remain open for day use to New Mexico residents only.

Lakes in Northern New Mexico are starting to freeze-up, but in most cases the ice is not yet thick enough to allow ice fishing. Now is a good time to plan a trip to Southern New Mexico. The weather is usually warmer. State parks are a little less-crowded, as are National Parks and Monuments.

The state Game and Fish Department stocks many of the small municipal lakes and ponds with catchable-size rainbow trout between 9-12 inches long during the winter.


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Los Alamos County Ice Rink Opens With Limits Saturday

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink opens Saturday, Dec. 26 at 4475 West Road. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open Saturday, Dec. 26 as a “Close Contact Business” under the current Public Health Order(PHO).

Los  Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) would like to thank County Council Chair Sara Scott in her efforts of contacting the Governor’s Office, supporting us to get the ice rink open. CSD also would like to thank other members of the public who also contacted the Governor’s office to support the opening of this important outdoor asset.

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Valles Caldera Announces Holiday Closure, Winter Activities

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the Valle Grande entrance station and main entrance road Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Visitors are welcome to access the preserve on foot or bike. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26.

Winter activities include hiking or mountain biking. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk and bald eagles. Once the snows are deep enough, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to explore the preserve. The Valle Grande Bookstore,


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Conservation, Outdoor Groups Call On New Mexico Legislature To Grant Outdoor Recreation Division Budget

NMW News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Wild and dozens of other conservation and outdoor recreation nonprofit organizations have submitted a letter urging the Senate Finance and House Appropriations and Finance Committees to support the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division’s (ORD) special appropriations request of $1.025 million for the Outdoor Equity Fund and $3.22 million for the Great New Mexico Trails Package.

ORD has made the appropriations requests as emergency responses to the current public health and economic crises.

“The funds requested by the Outdoor Recreation Division


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