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SFNF: Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 25; 4th Graders May Get One Tree Free

on November 13, 2019 - 10:22am
SFNF permits to cut own Christmas tree go on sale Monday. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and at all Ranger District offices
 
As part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass, downloadable at www.everykidoutdoors.gov.
 
Accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18,

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 13

on November 13, 2019 - 5:51am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has turned sharply colder, especially in Eastern New Mexico. Anglers should be aware that several waters in the northeast are now closed to angling for the winter.
 
Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Clayton Lake are closed to protect migrating waterfowl.
 
Birdwatchers will enjoy these locations. Waterfowl are not the only birds that may be viewed. Raptors, including bald eagles, follow these flocks of waterfowl as they migrate south.
 
A nice road trip or perhaps overnight stay this time of year is a

Family YMCA Announces Fall & Winter Programs

on November 11, 2019 - 4:56pm

Here are listings and details for The Family YMCA's Fall and Winter programs, along with a coupon. Courtesy/YMCA

PEEC: Full Moon Hike And Potluck Dinner Wednesday

on November 11, 2019 - 2:59pm

PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart host a full moon hike and potluck dinner Wednesday. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Photo by Beth Cortright

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and avid hiker Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday Nov. 13 for a full moon night hike and potluck dinner.

Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils.

Parks & Rec Reviews Recreation Capital Projects Nov. 14

on November 9, 2019 - 6:03am
COUNTY News:
 
The public is invited to attend the Parks and Recreation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building. 1000 Central Ave.
 
The board will review designs for three recreation facility projects that include the Kiddie/Multigenerational Pool at the Aquatic Center, Piñon Park Splash Pad and Golf Course Irrigation Improvements.
 
For those unable to attend the meeting, presentations will be available for viewing Nov. 14 on the Public Works Projects webpage:

Bandelier Will Be Fee Free On Veterans Day

on November 9, 2019 - 5:59am
Bandelier National Monument is entrance fee free Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Courtesy/BNM
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Veterans Day is a time to honor all those who have served in the nation’s military.
 
To commemorate, Bandelier and other National Park areas all over the country that regularly charge entrance fees, will be fee free on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
 
As usual on fee free days, the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will be offering a 15 percent discount on everything at the park store in the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon Monday as well.
 
Honoring

Thousands Of New Mexicans Call For Wildlife Protections In Santa Fe; Carson National Forest Plans

on November 8, 2019 - 6:05pm
S360 News:
 
SANTA FE A diverse coalition of New Mexico conservation organizations, sportsmen and women and public land advocates, called for stronger protection of critical wildlife habitat, clean water and wildlife migration corridors in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.
 
The group delivered more than 23,000 public comments to the U.S. Forest Service calling for improvements to the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests’ land management plans.
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico Wild, National

PEEC: Nature Center Family Fun Tuesday Evening

on November 8, 2019 - 2:49pm

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club.

 

PEEC News:

 

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for an evening of family fun.

 

The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.

 

Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors:

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SFNF Waives Fees On Veterans Day

on November 8, 2019 - 2:37pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Americans who have served in the armed services.
 
All SFNF offices will be closed that day in observance of the federal holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.
 
The Forest Service participates in fee-free days with other federal agencies to commemorate holidays and encourage Americans to visit their public lands. Veterans Day is the final fee-free day for 2019. The next fee-free day will be Martin Luther King, Jr.

In And Around Town: Nov. 7, 2019

on November 7, 2019 - 4:18pm
 
  
In and Around Town:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com
 
THURSDAY Nov. 7
 
The Republican Party of Los Alamos Meets
Room 505, Building 5 at UNM-LA. At 6 p.m., the public is invited to hear from guest speaker Anastacia Golden Morpher, Republican candidate for New Mexico Congressional District 3. A light supper will be provided. At 6:40 p.m., all registered Republicans are invited to the RPLA Central Committee's business meeting.

YMCA Holds Special Veterans Day Workouts Nov. 11

on November 7, 2019 - 8:17am

YMCA News:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation Oct. 8, 1954, which stated, “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose”.

In that spirit, the Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG) is joining hands with The Family YMCA to support Team Red, White & Blue’s 2019 version of “WOD for Warriors.”

Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) is a nonprofit organization that helps veterans connect to their community through physical

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 7, 2019

on November 7, 2019 - 7:00am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Most of the stocking activity last week took place in Southern New Mexico.
 
This is part of the “Winter Trout Water” program of the State Game and Fish Department.
 
Rainbow trout are stocked in ponds, lakes and rivers in the southern part of the state during the cooler months of the year to provide trout fishing in areas where trout are not normally found. These waters become too warm during the summer months for trout to survive.
 
There are not a lot of fishing reports this time of year as a lot of outdoor enthusiasts

TrapFree New Mexico Map Details Cruel Incidents

on November 6, 2019 - 8:33am
WEG News:
 
SANTA FE — Monday, conservation and animal protection groups as part of the TrapFree New Mexico coalition have released a map detailing trapping incidents around the state.
 
The map shows trapping’s toll all across New Mexico, demonstrating that trapping is an ongoing problem for companion animals, endangered species and law enforcement alike.
 
The trapping incident map includes detailed descriptions, locations, dates, and photos of events involving family dogs, Mexican gray wolves and illegally set traps.

Local Elks Lodge Supports Los Alamos Ice Hockey

on November 5, 2019 - 3:59pm

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge presents an $858 check in proceeds from a fundraising dinner in September to the Los Alamos Hockey Association last week during a special gathering. From left, Presley Haight, Elks Exalted Ruler Tim Haight, LAHA President Bob Nolen, Elks Head Chef Steve Remde and Matthew Haight. The Elks plan on hosting another fundraising dinner for LAHA before the season is over. LAHA is naming the Elks the title sponsor for its first time Hull Hockey Camp, Nov. 22-24 at the Los Alamos County Rink as well as a title sponsor for the historical Holiday of Hockey Festival, Dec.

Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

on November 4, 2019 - 1:25pm

Courtesy image

STATE NEWS:

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

on November 3, 2019 - 6:40am
Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
 
HECHO News:
 
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
 
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
 
The resolution encourages the U.S.

Daily Postcard: Morning View From Pajarito Lodge

on November 2, 2019 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: View early this morning from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/Webcam

SFNF Fuelwood Permit Sales At Pueblo Of Jemez Welcome Center Saturdays Only In November

on November 1, 2019 - 8:50pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Sales of Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, will be limited to Saturdays only for the month of November.
 
Normally, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, located at 7413 N.M. 4 on Jemez Pueblo, has a Forest Service employee onsite Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays seasonally to sell permits and provide visitors with information about the forest.

CrossFit Los Alamos Keeps Cranking Out Champions

on November 1, 2019 - 3:03pm
Kelly Gill competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
 
Shawn McGrane competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
 
Kim Granzow competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
 
 
By JOHN WILCOX
Owner of CFLA
CrossFit-Level 2 Trainer
 
During the weekend of Oct. 26, six local athletes competed in two different weighlifting events in Albuquerque.
 
Kim Granzow, Kelly Gill and Shawn McGrane competed in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness.
 
Granzow competed in

Environmental Services Division: Consequences Can Be UnBEARable

on November 1, 2019 - 7:24am

Black Bear. Courtesy/turpentinecreek.org

COUNTY News:

Bears hibernate not because of the cold but because there is a lack of food during the winter months.

To get the 20,000 calories a day while fattening up before hibernation, a bear would need to eat about 200 ounces of acorns, 78 pounds of blueberries, nearly 25,000 tent caterpillars or 25 cups of birdfeeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds.
 
Bears are not out to cause problems. Black bears are very smart and will do their best to take advantage of all the easy-to-get-at calories we make available such as accessible garbage,

Sipapu Resort Makes Ski History Today

on October 31, 2019 - 5:12pm

Sipapu Resort opened for the season today – making ski history in opening nearly a month ahead of its usual schedule. Sipapu is recognized for having the longest ski season in New Mexico, being the first to open for the season and one of the last to close. Sipapu is the seventh ski resort to open in the U.S. this season. ‘The slope conditions are not your normal early season conditions,’ Sipapu general manager John Paul Bradley said. ‘With the cold temps and natural snow adding to snowmaking efforts, my first run on Thumper today was a legitimate great run!

New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage Of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

on October 31, 2019 - 6:59am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION  News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates Wednesday to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon.
 
Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act would withdraw 316,076

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 31, 2019

on October 31, 2019 - 6:32am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has turned sharply colder and it won’t be long until the small, higher elevation lakes in Northern New Mexico will begin to freeze over.
 
A local angler recently reported ice forming on Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras. The ice would melt off during the day. The Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and others will soon be frozen.
 
The fishing can be quite good at this time before the lakes become unfishable.

Sipapu Makes History With Earliest Opening Thursday

on October 30, 2019 - 7:55am
Courtesy/Sipapu
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is opening Thursday, Oct. 31 for its earliest opening day ever.
 
Cool temperatures at night and early season snow (including 8-inches for the month of October) allowed the resort to open the mountain more than three weeks ahead of schedule.
 
The Halloween opening marks the first time Sipapu has opened for skiing and snowboarding in the month of October and the 17th consecutive time it has been the first resort to open in New Mexico.
 
“We’ve had Nov.

Fort Union Hosts Dark Sky Star Party Nov. 2

on October 27, 2019 - 11:31am
The Milky Way and a sky full of stars as seen above the adobe ruins at Fort Union National Monument. Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic
 
FUNM News:
 
WATROUS Join Fort Union National Monument, your backyard International Dark Sky Park, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, for the first star party of the winter season.
 
Step out onto the high-prairie and immerse yourself in the stories and the starlight of a natural dark sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
 
This program, weather permitting, will

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