Sports & Rec

BLM Asks Public’s Help Preventing Human-Caused Wildfires

BLM News:

BOISE, Idaho – The arrival of vacation season and increasing wildfire activity with hot, dry summer weather in the West is prompting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ask the public to help prevent wildland fires, the majority of which are caused by people.

The Southwest and Alaska are currently experiencing fire activity, with numerous large wildfires occurring, and other states may experience significant wildfire activity over the next few months.

“Every year, human-caused wildfires comprise approximately 87 percent of all wildfire ignitions across the country, posing


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Get Off-The-Beaten-Path In Durango’s Animas River Valley

The Animas River Valley in Durango, Colo. Courtesy photo

DURANGO News:

DURANGO, Colo. — Visit Durango announces news from the Animas River Valley, as several local businesses share new offerings.

From reimagined farm-to-table dining and long-awaited spirits, to an extensive renovation of the historic Trimble Hot Springs and tiny-home vacation getaways, the Animas River Valley now offers more reasons to explore Durango off-the-beaten path.

Follow the picturesque San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway (Hwy 550) north toward Purgatory Ski Resort, 27-miles from downtown Durango. Along the way,


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Purgatory Activities, Mountain Bike Trails Open Saturday

Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride on Lift 1 at Purgatory Resort. Ride round-trip, or hop off at the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

DURANGO, Colo. — Purgatory Resort opens Saturday, June 20 for the summer season.

The resort will be 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.

New this season, Purgatory will offer two activity sessions daily: a morning session 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and an afternoon session 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Summer activities will


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Be Bear Aware: Keeping Our Black Bears Safe

This black bear was photographed in Water Canyon in the summer of 2016. Photo by Craig Martin

By JENNA STANEK
PEEC Volunteer

Los Alamos County is home to a unique subspecies of black bear, the New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus amblyceps).

The New Mexico black bear is the official state animal of New Mexico and occurs in Colorado, New Mexico, western Texas, eastern Arizona and southeastern Utah.

Grizzly bears, also called brown bears, no longer occur in New Mexico. The color of the black bear can vary from black, brown to cinnamon. Cinnamon colored black bears are the most common color we see


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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Summer Operations Canceled

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area remains closed due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Courtesy/PMSA

PAJARITO News:

Pajarito will not be conducting operations this summer due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions and concerns about being able to cover costs due to these restrictions.

This includes the resorts’ chairlift operations for hiking and downhill mountain biking, as well as the Pajarito Mountain Cafe and retail store. 

“We are disappointed to not be able to offer mountain biking and our usual activities,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “However, even while our


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New Mexico Game Commission Meets Virtually June 25

NMGF News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet virtually Thursday, June 25.

The full agenda and other information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website before the meeting.

If you are interested in participating and providing comments, you are encouraged to pre-register to attend the meeting on the Zoom Webinar platform. More information, including how to join the meeting by phone, is available on the Department’s website.

The New Mexico State Game Commission meeting will also be available to view via a live webcast on the Department’s website. Webcast


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Bayo Canyon Trailhead Closed 7 A.M. To Noon Thursday

The Bayo Canyon Trailhead at the San Ildefonso roundabout is centrally located on the Los Alamos Trail Network. Trails lead in all directions. To the east are the Bayo Benches and Bayo Canyon. The Dot Grant Trails are just through the tunnel and connect with the Perimeter Trail. To the south, across the roundabout, the East Fork Trail leads to destinations in Pueblo Canyon and to the downtown area. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Bayo Canyon Trailhead will be closed 7a.m. to noon to enable Southwest Fire Defense to safely bring down two dead pine trees.

Direct questions to the Open Space and Trails


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County Mud Volleyball Event Moved To July 25

Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament rescheduled to July 25. File photo

COUNTY News:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Los Alamos County Recreation Department has rescheduled the Mud Volleyball Tournament to July 25.

This annual event was originally scheduled for June, however, after some research and careful consideration, the recreation department hopes to see 10 teams of at least six players register and be ready to get dirty in July.

Check out the Los Alamos County Recreation Program and Events page for updates: https://losalamosnm.us/government/departments/community_services/parks_recreation_and_open_spaces/programs


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Community Invited To Take Virtual Helicopter Ride With Classic Air Medical At Summer Family Evening Wednesday

Join PEEC and Classic Air Medical for a virtual Summer Family Evening event. The live-stream will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 and registration is required. Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring this and all of PEEC’s Summer Family Evening events in 2020. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to take a virtual helicopter ride with Classic Air Medical at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening.

This live-streamed event is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Participants will learn about the important work that Classic Air Medical does as an air medical transfer service. Del Norte Credit Union


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Los Alamos Preseason Practice Gets Underway

As preseason practice gets underway Monday morning, Los Alamos High School Head Football Coach Garett Williams screens each player this morning before they can participate in the preseason workouts. This safety precaution applies to all sports in preseason workouts and the participants must follow social distancing while practicing. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Head Football Coach Garett Williams leads his players Monday morning in workout routines. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAHS Girls Head Wrestling Coach Emily Tew shows the preseason wrestlers maneuvers


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 16, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The big news for Northern New Mexico anglers this week is the opening up of most developed campgrounds in Carson National Forest and Santa Fe National Forest.

The Forest Service also will begin picking up trash and the restrooms will reopen. Most campgrounds reopened Monday so anglers can now spend the night or nights close to the areas they like to fish.

Group camping areas remain closed. Campfire restrictions are in effect under Stage Two fire restrictions.

Most New Mexico State Parks are open for day use only and there is still no overnight


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Heinrich Delivers Speech On Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate Floor in support of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday 80-17 to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill—a major step forward in it becoming law. 

VIDEO: Heinrich Delivers Speech On Great American Outdoors Act [DOWNLOAD HD LINK HERE]

“We can all understand why investing in restoring and expanding opportunities in our parks and public lands has to be a part of our national recovery. These are the places where


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Posts From The Road: Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

Tunnel Vision: When driving to the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial is in the Black Hills of South Dakota, visitors pass through tunnels, which open to a view of Mt. Rushmore. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Grand View Terrace: Grand View Terrace features the flags of all U.S. states and territories. The walkway leads to an open view of Mt. Rushmore. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial is in the Black Hills of South Dakota about 30 miles from Rapid City.

The memorial features a large sculpture of four U.S.


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New Mexico Fishing Report For June 12

Ben and Kathy Newton from Logan own Ute Lake Fish N Fun bait shop. Courtesy photo

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.

In this week’s fishing report,


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