Sports & Rec

Dogs Welcome On SFNF But Owners Have Responsibilities

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEM – With many more visitors than usual taking advantage of recreation opportunities on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), it’s a good time to remind everyone that dogs are always welcome, but owners are responsible for the safety of their pets and other visitors.

A recent incident on a trail near the Santa Fe ski basin where “two curious and bold terriers” off leash encountered two dogs on leash caused an unpleasant confrontation between the dog owners.

Fortunately, neither humans nor animals were injured but tension was definitely high.

With campgrounds


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Y Hosting ‘Virtual’ 4th Of July 5K Family Fun Run

Scene from previous Y annual 4th of July Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

The Family YMCA has held an annual 4th of July Family Fun Run, called the “Firecracker 5K” since 1999, and this year’s will be the 21st event, but in a modified format.

While the Y cannot hold their traditional 5K due to health concerns, in support of healthy living and social responsibility, the Y this year will host its first ever Virtual Firecracker 5K Family Fun June 28 to July 4.

The “fun” walk/run has traditionally drawn all ages and abilities to Los Alamos to compete against the clock. Because this is a virtual race,


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Former Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott Selected To Lead Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Jason Lott

NPS News:

OHAHA, Neb. – National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced today the selection of Jason Lott as permanent superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri. 

Lott has been serving as the acting superintendent since January following the retirement of Larry Johnson. 

“I am pleased to welcome Jason as superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways,” Frost said of the selection. “Jason is an exceptional leader and he will work to develop strong relationships with the local communities and park stakeholders.”

Commenting on his appointment,


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Capulin Volcano National Monument To Reopen

Visitor access increasing June 15 at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

CVNM News:

CAPULIN – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Capulin Volcano National Monument (CVNM) is increasing recreational access.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning June 15, Capulin Volcano National


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 9, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

More State Parks and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties were opened to anglers this past week to the point where it is better to list the locations that are still closed to anglers.

Fenton Lake State Park, a popular destination with Los Alamos and Albuquerque anglers, is one of the few remaining State Parks that are still closed.

The Department’s Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Area near the Colorado border north of Tres Piedras remains closed.

Monastery Lake near the town of Pecos, Morphy Lake near Las Vegas and the Rio


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Gorham Scout Ranch Hosts New Virtual Program

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA News:

CHIMAYO — Maintained and staffed by the Scouters of the Great Southwest Council, Gorham Scout Ranch is a nationally accredited Scouts BSA summer camp for boys and girls enrolled in scouting programs across New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

Located in the western foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Gorham Scout Ranch is committed to providing memorable and impactful experiences in a variety of ways each and every summer in its unique and enriching setting.

Because of this commitment, Gorham Scout Ranch is excited to announce a digital alternative


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Orval Hart Receives Mid-Year Community Asset Award

Capt. Orval Hart in his Civil Air Patrol uniform receives a mid-year Community Asset Award. Courtesy photo

Orval Hart, center right, of Los Alamos at a 2009 award ceremony for winning the road race at the World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Hart also took home first place overall that year. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Champions of Youth Ambitions
Los Alamos

I always believe in admitting when you make a mistake. We all make them, so admit it, apologize, and set out to make things right. If it becomes a habit and part of your character, apologizing won’t be an insurmountable obstacle.


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LAPS: An Engaged And Connected Community Is A Thriving Community … Get Out, Get Active, Keep Learning

LAPS News:

For the second summer in a row, Los Alamos Public Schools invites you to get out, get active and keep learning by participating in the LAPS Summer Challenge.

This challenge is meant to help school-aged children and their families take advantage of all that our community has to offer. There’s even a chance to win a prize!

Although summer activities will look different this year and many local organizations are still closed, we encourage participants to stay active and follow current safety guidelines while outdoors.

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the official LAPS Summer Challenge

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Bandelier Increases Recreational Access To Frijoles Canyon

Bandelier is increasing recreational access beginning Monday to Frijoles Canyon. Frijoles Canyon.

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

During this first phase,


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Ray Romero Tapped To Coach LAHS Girls Basketball Team

New LAHS Girls Basketball Coach Ray Romero in 2014 coaching EVHS girls basketball. Courtesy photo

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

After a year away from coaching, Ray Romero returns to the hardwood as head coach of the Los Alamos  High School Girls Basketball Team.

Romero served as an assistant coach of the Lady Hilltoppers during the 2018-2019 season under then coach Lanse Carter.

Romero took the 2019-2020 season off so he could follow his daughter Kaitlyn Romero during her senior year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She played four years for the Lady Skyhawks,


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New Mexico Fishing Report: June 3

A double-crested cormorant feeding on a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach. Courtesy/NMGF

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

With state parks reopening,


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Aquatic Center Reopens June 8 To Lap Swimming; Reservations Begin Friday

COUNTY News:

The most current Public Health order, issued June 1, 2020, states that “Public swimming pools may open but such facilities are limited to lane-swimming and lessons with up to two students only.” 

As a result, the Walkup Aquatic Center will open beginning June 8, 2020 for lap swimming only for swimmers 13 years and older. 

Twenty-one short course lanes (water walking lanes 1, 3 and 4, lane #2 is ADA accessible with lift) will be available to reserve in 45 minute increments. Precautionary safety measures including modified hours of operation, enhanced cleaning procedures, strict


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The Family YMCA Is Reopening Monday June 8

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA we will reopen June 8 in compliance with state health orders.

The organization is taking a week before to prepare the facility and fully train staff in new protocols, especially around cleaning and sanitation.

“The safety of our members, participants and staff is our number one priority,” Y Chief Operations Officer Chris Daniels said. “Our staff created and our Board has approved a phased reopening plan that will be updated as regulations evolve.”

Daniels said the reopening plan has a phased approached


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National Trails Day® Takes Place Saturday June 6

American Hiking Society News:

America’s Largest Trails Event Continues to Preserve Trails and Fight for Access to Green Spaces During Pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – This Saturday—June 6—people in every state will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.

During the pandemic, people across the country have been realizing and appreciating the powerful health benefits of spending even a few minutes outside every day. Yet, racism rears its head even in the outdoors, evident not only in the fact that people of color, especially Black folks, are often not safe outdoors but also,


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 1, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: Lake and park schedules are changing often during the COVID-19 pandemic so call ahead for the latest information.

The fishing opportunities for New Mexico anglers continue to expand after more State Parks are opened up for day use only.

Nine more State Parks opened May 30 for day use only this weekend. Five more State Parks will open for day use today, June 1 to bring the total number of State Parks reopened to 31 since being closed March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There is still no overnight camping allowed at State Parks.


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Posts From the Road: Caprock Canyon State Park

Badlands: A close view of the badlands within Caprock Canyon State Park show the beauty of this remote area of the Texas panhandle. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Texas Bison: Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the Texas state bison herd. Thirty two bison were introduced to the park in 1997 and the herd has grown to more than 150 bison today. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Caprock Canyon State Park is in a rural area of the Texas panhandle near the farming and ranching community of Quitaque. The nearest large city is Amarillo, which


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LAFD Rescues Hiker On Trail Near Rim Road

Los Alamos Firefighters rescue a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road. LAFD explained that the man was running on the trail and aggravated an old knee injury. He called for help and LAFD hiked in and carried him out on a stokes basket without incident. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road who was running and aggravated an old knee injury. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing a man Friday on a trail near Rim Road who was running and aggravated an old knee injury. Photo by Andy Phelps

Scene from local firefighters rescuing


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District To Expand Phased Reopening Of Area Lakes

USACE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Albuquerque District has announced that two USACE-managed lakes in New Mexico have begun a phased reopening, and the boat ramp at Abiquiu Lake opened May 30.

USACE-Albuquerque District-managed campgrounds remain closed and are scheduled to reopen at a later date.

USACE-Albuquerque District recreation actions are being coordinated with New Mexico State Parks (NMSP) as well as Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). USACE will not precede state actions. At lakes with shared recreation management, such as Conchas and Santa


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Bandelier Begins Increasing Access To Frijoles Canyon

The Narrows of Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Monday, June 8, Bandelier will


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Temporary Restricted Use Of LA Mesa Trail To Benefit Aspen Ridge Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Community Services announced this morning that beginning Friday, May 29, a portion of the LA Mesa Trail near the eastern edge of Los Alamos will be reserved for use only by Aspen Ridge residents.

This restriction on the trail use will allow Aspen Ridge residents the opportunity to walk on this trail while still isolating from others. The reservation of the trail will occur 8-11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The reserved use of the trail for these residents during the COVID-19 pandemic came about as a result of a suggestion from a resident, and with the cooperation


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