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SFNF’s Coyote Ranger District Office Opens

on April 7, 2014 - 12:42pm

SFNF News:

District Ranger Andrew Vigil, from Santa Fe National Forest, announced this week that the Coyote Ranger Station has reopened. 

The office, located on New Mexico Highway 96 in Coyote, has been closed since early December when a break in the sprinkler system caused severe flooding throughout the building. Since then, employees have been working out of neighboring offices in Cuba and Espanola. 

The flood damage was so extensive that several walls, insulation, and flooring had to be removed to allow the interior to dry out.

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental

Unique Opportunity to Influence Long Term Strategic Management Plan for Santa Fe National Forest

on April 5, 2014 - 11:08am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest is beginning a four-year process to revise its Forest Plan, the guiding document that serves as a “vision” for land management activities. Once approved, the Forest Plan will guide activities for the next 10-15 years.

The public is invited to provide input and participate in the Forest Plan revision process. This unique opportunity will allow community members to influence the long term strategic management plan for Santa Fe National Forest. 

The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that addresses many activities including hunting, hiking, camping,

PGA/LPGA Professionals Provide Five Lessons to Aspiring Los Alamos Golfers

on April 3, 2014 - 11:52am

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course is bringing adults into the game of golf in a fast, fun and affordable way through "Get Golf Ready." The nationwide initiative is a series of five introductory lessons offered by PGA/LPGA Professionals in a small-group environment April 12,13, 19, 26 and 27 for $99.

“The Get Golf Ready program provides an affordable and rewarding educational experience for those who are interested in learning more about the game of golf,” said Michael Phillips, P.G.A Golf Professional, Sun Country PGA.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw State Championship Winners Announced

on April 2, 2014 - 6:35pm

Trophies were awarded to this year's Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship competitors Tuesday at the Los Alamos Knights of Columbus Hall at Trinity Drive and DP Road. From left, Grand Knight Steve Ciddio, 12-year-old 1st place champion Alicia Gonzales, Fr. Glennon F. Jones, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11-year-old 3rd place champion Eli Iramk-Bent and Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya. First place 14-year-old champion Michaela Vigil-Lujan was competing in Portales so unable to attend Tuesday's award ceremony. Photo by Carol A.

Pace Race Series Begins 41st Season

on April 2, 2014 - 3:15pm
Pace Race runners head out Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
People of all ages participated in the Pace Race Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
The Atomic City Road Runners Club opened its 41st pace race season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail with 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 mile distances available.
Cecilia Rivenburgh was the top predictor at 6 seconds off her predicted time followed by David Kratzer with a 22 second differential. Jackie Marr was 33 seconds and John Ullmann recorded a 43 second difference.
Lexi Tepley was the top 1 mile

Spring Time Splash Bouts Begin April 7

on April 2, 2014 - 12:01pm


  • Pool fun and adventures are kicking off at the Walkup Aquatic Center

Beginning Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, the Aquatic Center kicks off with the Spring Fling at the pool.

The obstacle course will be up and running 1-3 p.m. each day. The Aquatic Center also offers a discount for youth 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, the Aquatic Center is launching a new program: an in-pool egg hunt. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth – ages 16 and under – are invited to hunt for colorful eggs in the water.

Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts Named Regional Winner of Park Service’s Top Ranger Honor

on April 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Chief Ranger Tom Betts


Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts, a 34-year veteran ranger for the National Park Service (NPS), has been named Intermountain Region recipient of the Harry Yount Award.

The annual award, named after the first U.S. national park ranger, recognizes excellence in the field of “rangering.” Betts and seven other regional recipients are now the finalists for the national Harry Yount Award, which will be presented in June in Washington, DC.

Betts, himself the son of an NPS ranger, grew up in national parks from Rocky Mountain to Yosemite to Grand Teton.

Time For Los Alamos Golf Course 2014 Season Passes

on April 1, 2014 - 12:17pm

Construction on the new community club house at the Los Alamos Golf Course on Diamond Drive is coming down the home stretch. Just a reminder that March 31 was the last day that 2013 passes were good at the Golf Course. 'Many players have already purchased annual passes for the upcoming season, and judging from the start of things this spring, it looks like it’s going to be a great year, so come on in and get your 2014 passes,' Golf Pro Donnie Torres said. Find fee information for the 2014 season here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Apple Tree Grafting at Bandelier 4 p.m. Today!

on March 31, 2014 - 1:03pm

Apple tree grafting. Courtesy/wikipedia


Rory Gauthier at Bandelier National Monument announced a last-minute opportunity to watch grafting being done on the apple trees in the old orchard near the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon.

"We didn't know when the supplies would arrive, and the grafting has to be done almost immediately. So it will be done beginning at 4 p.m. today. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come." 

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

Sheriff’s Association’s High School Golf Scholarship Tournament April 10

on March 27, 2014 - 10:21am


The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association’s High School Golf Scholarship Tournament is noon Thursday, April 10 at Kirtland Air Force in Albuquerque. Lunch is provided.

The proceeds collected by each sheriff in their county are awarded to a local graduating senior. Cost for participating in the tournament is $100 per player. Businesses can sponsor a hole for $150.

For more information, contact Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at 505.500.5852 or

To view and print the registration form, click here. To view and print the sponsorship form,

Valles Caldera 2014 Elk Hunt Lottery Deadline Looms

on March 19, 2014 - 10:21am

VCNP News:

Only a few hours remain for hunters to purchase a lottery draw chance for the revamped 2014 Valles Caldera Trust Elk Hunt. Entries must be postmarked or received by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

In November 2013, the Trust announced the reduction of ticket prices and one chance, per hunt code, per hunter sales policy. (See Trust Modifies Hunt Lotteries

Applying to hunt on the Preserve is as simple as entering our lottery. Lottery chances are available at $25 each for a mature bull or either sex hunt.

Bandelier Releases Animations of Long House Pueblo

on March 16, 2014 - 9:49am

Animation of Long House site, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Long House site, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument has joined a number of parks in completing 3D laser scans of important archeological sites. At Bandelier, the scans were made of the western half of Long House Pueblo, located along the main trail near the Visitor Center and familiar to thousands of visitors. 

The three-year project began with field data collection, consisting of laser scanning of 120  meters of the ground level structures, extending 14 meters up

Santa Fe National Forest Volunteer Opportunities

on March 10, 2014 - 11:52am

A volunteer works along the Dead Dog Trail re-route. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—The public is invited to support Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District with fun and challenging trail projects. Five workdays will be held this spring to build new trail sections on the Dead Dog and Winsor Trails. Volunteers are welcome to help.

Project locations include the Dead Dog Trail, located west of Santa Fe in the Caja del Rio, and the Winsor Trail, located east of Santa Fe off of N.M. 475 between the Norski Trail and Forest Service Road 102.

Each work day is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Santa Fe National Forest Workshops to Develop Public Participation Strategy

on March 9, 2014 - 12:44pm

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest will host two workshops next week to develop a public participation strategy for the Forest Plan revision. The public is invited to participate.

  • March 11 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Española at the NM National Guard Armory, 705 Industrial Park Road; and 

  • March 12 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Rooms 2 & 3, 6401 Richard Ave.

 What is the purpose of the workshop?

  • Create a meaningful dialogue between Santa Fe National Forest staff and members of the public regarding planning and public participation

  • Develop public

Atomic City Road Runners Club Launches 41st Season April 1

on March 8, 2014 - 9:39am
Runners participating in a 2013 pace race. Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
The Atomic City Road Runners Club is kicking off its 41st season of pace races at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Canyon Rim Trailhead on East Road (N.M. 502) across from the Co-operative Market.
The season runs through early October with races conducted weekly at various sites throughout Los Alamos County. T-shirts will be available for members at the end of the season.
For more information, visit the Club’s website at  or call 505.672.1639.

Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project DEIS Available For Public Comment

on March 5, 2014 - 10:12pm


SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia announced today that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project (SJMLRP) is available for public comment. 

The DEIS seeks to authorize treatments that include:

  • Prescribed fire;
  • Mechanical forest restoration treatments;
  • Meadow and riparian rehabilitation; and
  • Archeological site protection within Santa Fe National Forest’s 110,000-acre portion of the project. 

The public is invited to attend one of three “Open House” meetings next week to learn more about

Creativity Flows Through Public Meeting on County's Trail Signage System

on March 5, 2014 - 12:32pm

County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin was determined to bring out the creativity in community members attending Tuesday evening's public meeting at Fuller Lodge on the County's Trail Signage System project. Rather than presenting a PowerPoint presentation from behind a podium, Martin set up a variety of table stations where community members could play around with clip art and mark up maps with crayons. 'I just wanted people to really tell me what they want in their trail system,' Martin said.

Register For Run For Her Life 5k and 10K Races

on March 3, 2014 - 7:33am

Runners cross the finish line at the 2013 Run for Her Life Race. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

ACR News:

The 4th annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10K Races start at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 30 at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502).
The registration form is available at: or at Fusion Multisport, the Aquatic Center and the Los Alamos Fitness Center. Specifics of the Race are on the registration form or call 505.672.1639.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to breast cancer research.

Trail Signage Plan Public Meeting March 4, Fuller Lodge

on February 26, 2014 - 10:13am

Existing Signage for Deer Trap Mesa. Courtesy/LAC

Sample Signage Proposal for Deer Trap Mesa. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos residents love their trail network, but many of them are reluctant to use it.

“The lack of signs has kept me from trying out different trails because I am unable to know if I am on the right trail or have wandered off the path,” commented a typical respondent to last year’s Los Alamos County Open Forum on the trail network.

The County’s Recreation, Parks and Open Space Division is off and running on the creation of a new trail signage system.

Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge Funding Clears Senate

on February 21, 2014 - 8:50am
Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/USFWS


SANTA FE–Senate Memorial 36 sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, cleared the Senate.

The legislation seeks to complete the final phase of funding for the Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge located along the Rio Grande River in the southern portion of Bernalillo County. Eighty acres remain to be purchased to complete the project, and the legislation will ask the federal government to make this purchase.

“This legislation is going to protect this land forever,” Padilla said.

PEEC Summer Camp Registration Opens

on February 17, 2014 - 9:19am



PEEC News:

  • PEEC Offers Fun, Educational and “Epic” Summer Camps 
for Kids Entering Grades 4 through 8

Is your child looking to have a great adventure this summer? Do you want him or her to learn about nature and the environment all the while making friends and having a lot of fun? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has announced that registration is now open for its popular summer programs: Nature Odyssey for kids entering grades 4-6, and Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) for kids entering grades 7-8.

Both day camps will run June 9-13, and

Los Alamos Golf Course Opening Friday!

on February 13, 2014 - 9:39am

Summertime view of 14th hole from green at LAGC. Courtesy/LAC

LAGC News:

With continuing mild winter weather, the Los Alamos Golf Course is planning to open the golf course Friday, Feb. 14. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through March 8, weather permitting. 

The first tee time is 10 a.m., the range will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m., due to the need to "hand pick." Weekday tee times may be made three days in advance. The first available tee time is 10 a.m.

Meet the Coaches Behind CrossFit Los Alamos & Mesa Elite Fitness

on February 12, 2014 - 12:04pm
Eight of the 10 coaches at Mesa Elite Fitness/CrossFit Los Alamos. Photo by Tara Key/Key Photography
Los Alamos Daily Post

Since moving to a larger facility at 278-A DP Road last year, Mesa Elite Fitness/CrossFit Los Alamos has grown to include 10 coaches, seven of whom are CrossFit Level 1 Trainers, including a CrossFit Weightlifting Coach. These coaches help guide clients to forge their own elite fitness, starting with nutrition and utilizing constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

The environment in the gym is filled with a sense of

PEEC Outing Promises Birding Fun for All Ages at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

on February 12, 2014 - 10:58am

Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC

Rocky Mountain sandhill crane. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC education staff and birding experts for a fun and educational day of birding for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Birding experts will be available at specific times and locations around the refuge, and participants may drop in as they desire, to receive birding help and information from them. In addition, there will be family-oriented activities involving hikes and games.