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Learn Fly Fishing Basics Saturday At Ashley Pond

on May 22, 2019 - 8:46am
Join Jim O’Donnell for a fly-fishing class offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/PEEC photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn the basics of fly-fishing this weekend with local fly fisherman Jim O’Donnell. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering this class 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond.
 
O’Donnell will teach the group the mechanics behind proper fly-fishing, including how to tie a fishing knot and cast a line. This class is suitable for both children and adults.

Purgatory Kicks Off Summer With Skiing This Weekend

on May 22, 2019 - 8:07am
Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo
 
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort will add its name to a short list of U.S. resorts spinning lifts during Memorial Day weekend when it opens for a bonus weekend of skiing this Saturday and Sunday.
 
May 25 will not only mark the kickoff to summer but also the first time in resort history Purgatory has opened for skiing on the last weekend in May.

After picking up 8” of snow through Monday morning (with up to two feet expected through Thursday according to OpenSnow), Purgatory officials announced today it will open Lift 1, an expected

All Hands All Lands Burn Team Mobilizing May 23-30

on May 22, 2019 - 8:01am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together since September 2018 using prescribed fire across over 4,700 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

Scenes From 2019 White Rock Kite Festival

on May 20, 2019 - 7:23am

The skies over the weekend above Overlook Park in White Rock were filled with kites for the annual Kite Festival sponosred by the Los Alamos Arts Council. The Arts Council has been sponsoring fun events in Los Alamos for the past 52 years. To learn more about the Arts Council, visit their open meeting at 6 p.m., June 1, at Fuller Lodge. There will be food, music and other fun stuff at the meeting. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Melia Arbuckle is delighted to get her kite air born. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A young attendee is running after the shadow of a very large kite.

Scenes From Community Bike Party

on May 18, 2019 - 10:17am

From left, Rhiannon Laakso-McIntyre of Beanie's Bike Shop, Public Works Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan and Julie Aldersebaes take part in the Los Alamos County's Community Bike Party Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The event was part of Bike to Work Week, which started Monday. The bike party featured a bike rodeo, refreshments and a demonstration of how to use a bike rack. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Co+Op Market Outreach Coordinator Kate Gallaugher stands beside the Honesty brand bike the co+op raffled during the Community Bike Party.

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.

 

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In And Around Town: May 16, 2019

on May 16, 2019 - 12:26pm
 
  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 May 16
 
Free Legal Workshop for Seniors
The Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is a joint project of the NM Aging and Long Term Services Department and the State Bar of New Mexico. LREP is presenting a Free Legal Workshop for Seniors 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Tuff Riders Bike & Outdoor Gear Swap Saturday

on May 16, 2019 - 7:38am
TUFF RIDERS News:
 
The 8th Annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 and at a different location this year: the Pueblo Gym at 1900 Diamond Dr.
 
This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed or garage, and participating helps support the Los Alamos Tuff Riders.
 
Those who are looking for gear to help them enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price. The Tuff Riders will have knowledgeable volunteers, including bike mechanics, on hand to help.
 
The swap isn’t limited to

Roxana Candia Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on May 16, 2019 - 7:07am
Participants gather Tuesday evening in the Quemazon Development for the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race. Courtesy/ACRR
 
Participants gather Tuesday evening in the Quemazon Development for the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Roxana Candia was the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race Tuesday evening in the Quemazon Development with a 9 second differential off her predicated time as well as the top female finisher on the 1 mile course with a recorded time of 8:53.  
 
Other accurate predictors:
  • Zach Medin at 11

Let’s Go Fly A Kite With Los Alamos Arts Council!

on May 15, 2019 - 5:53pm

Scene from a past Kite Festival. Courtesy photo

Scene from a past Kite Festival. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Come one, come all! It’s time to fly kites! Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 22nd Annual Kite Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to the Spiro Soccer Fields at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The arts council  will hold Kite Building workshops noon to 2 p.m. Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19.

Los Alamos Arts Council volunteers will help children build kites, or just give them guidance in designing a kite if they are of the age that they just want to color.

After the kite is

Help Wanted: Volunteers For Trail Workday On SFNF

on May 15, 2019 - 4:55pm

Volunteers are need for a June 9 workday that will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invite the community to show one of their popular trails a little love by volunteering for a trails workday Sunday, June 9.

The June 9 workday will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos.

SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

on May 15, 2019 - 11:19am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
 
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

BLM Rescinds Authorization For Vegetation Removal In Wilderness Study Areas Following SUWA Lawsuit

on May 15, 2019 - 7:43am
Cedar Ridge, within the Desolation Canyon Wilderness Study Area on the Tavaputs Plateau, where the Bureau of Land Management had planned to remove pinyon pine and juniper trees via heavy machinery. Courtesy (c) Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
 
BLM News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew a 2018 decision authorizing the destruction of more than 2,500 acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees within the Desolation Canyon and Jack Canyon Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) in the Tavaputs Plateau region of eastern Carbon County, Utah.  
 

Weekly Fishing Report: May 15

on May 15, 2019 - 6:32am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Driving down to Albuquerque last weekend, it was impossible not to notice just how green the landscape was. After 50 years in New Mexico, it was hard to remember when, if ever, it had been this way. Parts of the landscape were a shimmering emerald where last year they were a dusty brown.

On the return trip from Albuquerque the skies opened up and there was a big, beautiful double rainbow around Santa Domingo Pueblo. The landscape turned a beautiful color as the light from the setting sun took on a golden glow.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Delays Start Of Summer Hours; Opening Of Backcountry Vehicle Route

on May 14, 2019 - 6:57pm

Daylight shines through where the spring runoff washed out a culvert. Nathan Plants/NPS

A section of the main route through the center of the preserve has been marked as unsafe to travel across. Photo by Nathan Plants/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Due to seasonal staff hiring delays and road damage from spring runoff, Valles Caldera National Preserve will delay the start of its extended summer hours and will offer a reduced vehicle route.

A backlog in government background clearances has delayed the arrival of seasonal National Park Service staff needed to operate the extended hours

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Temporary Closure Order For East Fork Trail 137 During Restoration Project

on May 13, 2019 - 11:42am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued an order temporarily closing a 3-mile segment of Forest Trail 137, also known as the East Fork Trail, to protect public health and safety while crews work on a 178-acre unit of the Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

The closure starts at the East Fork Trailhead off N.M. 4 and extends thre miles to the east. The restricted area includes the picnic area at the East Fork Trailhead and 300 feet on either side of that 3-mile segment of the trail.

Crews will be conducting

PEEC: Full Moon Hike May 17

on May 13, 2019 - 6:52am
Join PEEC for a full-moon hike and potluck at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Beth Cortright from last spring’s full moon hike at Tsankawi Ruins. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Take a full moon hike Friday, May 17 with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart Friday.
 
Before the hike, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road for a social potluck dinner. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon!
 
PEEC will provide water,

Daily Postcard: Panoramic View From Main Hill

on May 13, 2019 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: Panoramic view recentlly from Anderson Overlook off Main Hill Road. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Rolling Thursday May 16

on May 10, 2019 - 6:46pm

Bandelier National Monument shuttles start back up Thursday for the 2019 season. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument and the parking lot in Frijoles Canyon is filling up! The wait is over ... shuttles will start back up this Thursday, May 16. 
 
The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from this May 16 through Oct 16. Starting at 9 a.m., they leave the White Rock Visitor Center every half hour on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.
 
Every run stops at

Snow Covers Valles Caldera National Preserve Today

on May 10, 2019 - 5:57pm

A May snowstorm today covers the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Nina Thayer

YMCA Hires Reichelt As Member Services Director

on May 9, 2019 - 3:55pm

Dianna Reichelt

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA has hired Dianna Reichelt in the position of member services director. Reichelt begins her new new position May 13. 

Reichelt has been the Reach and Rise director with the Y since 2015. She said that she loves Northern New Mexico and has made it not only her passion, but her life’s work, to serve the individuals who live in this area.

Reichelt resides with her husband Daniel, son Owen and their three dogs, and is looking forward to continuing the high level of care provided to Y members and guests.

Leonard And Buck Tie In Weekly Pace Race

on May 9, 2019 - 8:52am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:

Diego Leonard, 9, and Sydney Buck, 12, tied for best prediction at 6 seconds off their predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on Arizona Avenue and the Perimeter Trail area.

Other accurate predictors were: Aaron Jackson at a 12 second differential; Leeza Trudolyubov, 7, 15 seconds off; Laura McClellan with a 20 second difference; and Logan Nolan, 9, at 27 seconds off.

Levi Gibson, 8, was the top finisher in the 1 mile distance with a time of 7:42 and Libby Nolen, 12, was the first female at 9:01.

On the 3

Weekly Fishing Report: May 9

on May 9, 2019 - 7:33am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Streamflows in Northern New Mexico remain very high and fishing is difficult in the major rivers.
 
The streamflows in the smaller tributaries is high but appears to be dropping slightly. Some snow is forecast for later this week at very high elevations above 10,000 feet, so places like Hopewell Lake and the Canjilon Lakes will likely still be hard to reach and possibly still iced over. Streamflows are likely to stay high for at least another two weeks, but some of the smaller streams are offering good fishing now.
 
The

SFNF Plans Burn On Cuba Ranger District

on May 7, 2019 - 3:11pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to conduct a prescribed burn today on the Jacquez unit of the Moya treatment area on the Cuba Ranger District.
 
The 1,140-acre unit is just west of the community of Llaves and east of the community of Lindrith. The Jacquez unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.
 
Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and

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