Conchas Lake State Park Closes Boat Ramps For Safety

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels, resulting in safety concerns and to prevent property damage during launching and loading of boats.

Low precipitation and above average temperatures have resulted in extremely low water levels at several state park lakes causing boat access ramps to be closed.

State Parks is using this opportunity to rehabilitate and improve on the existing ramp.

The south boat ramp, which is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is still open at this time. Boaters are encouraged to check with the


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


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/

Adis Back hits a slap-shot during practice. Photo by John McHale/



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


Pajarito Mountain Opens Cafe At Lodge Thursday Jan. 7

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Thursday with exclusively outdoor seating. Courtesy/Pajarito


  • 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


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


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


‘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


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