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Snow Shoeing In Corral Canyon In The Jemez

on December 30, 2018 - 7:12am

Snow Shoeing Saturday in Corral Canyon in the Jemez. Corral Canyon is about 12 miles from the intersection of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. Photo by Peter Walsh

Skiers Flock To Pajarito Mountain For Opening Day

on December 29, 2018 - 1:29pm

Scene of season opening today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. General Manager Tom Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that this has been one of the best opening days in a number of years. ‘It is fantastic!’ Long said. Courtesy/webcam

Scene today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/webcam

Scene of season opening today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/webcam

Scene of Justin Porto of Los Alamos being helped down earlier today with others from a lift that incurred a technical issue. General Manager Tom Long told the

Western National Parks Association On Shutdown

on December 29, 2018 - 9:11am

WNPA News:

TUCSON, Ariz.—Due to the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed most of its park facilities.

Until the shutdown ends, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has ceased operations at its park stores in 71 national parks.

WNPA understands the impact this will have on our NPS park partners, visitors to national parks, and our mission, which is to advance education, interpretation, research, and community engagement to ensure national parks are increasingly valued by all.

January 2019 Edition Of Prism Now Online

on December 29, 2018 - 7:27am

Click on the image below to read the January issue of Prism.

Moonlight Astronomy Hike And Potluck Jan. 15

on December 28, 2018 - 9:50am
Spring moonlight hike to Tsankawi Ruins. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:

Join PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a night hike and potluck dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the classroom for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates, and utensils. Participants should bring a dish to share.

At about 6:30 p.m., the group will carpool to the Blue Dot Trailhead for a short night hike along the White Rock Canyon Rim Trail to observe the night sky.

The hike will be

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present: ‘A Southern Californian’s Forays Into Ice And Alpinism’

on December 28, 2018 - 9:11am
Jonathan Regele during a climbing adventure. Coutesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
LOS ALAMOS MOUNTAINEERS News:

Hear about how Jonathan Regele fell in love with ice and alpinism — even though he grew up in southern California — at  7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The Mountaineers meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and open to all.

As a kid who grew up in southern California, snow was a novelty to Regele.

With 14 Inches Of Snow And More Coming, Pajarito Mountain Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday!

on December 27, 2018 - 4:27pm

Scene at Pajarito Mountain taken Wednesday. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain/Tom Long

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Get those skis and snowboards ready ... Pajarito Mountain kicks off the ski season this Saturday, Dec. 29.

Pajarito will have approximately 80 percent of its terrain open, including the locals’ favorites like the Fab Four serviced by five lifts. Pajarito received 14 inches of snow with this latest storm, for a total of nearly three feet of snow during the month of December.

“Despite the fact that we had to delay our opening, Mother Nature came through for us with 14 inches of snow

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 26

on December 26, 2018 - 8:44pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The weather forecast was for snow and very cold temperatures to move into New Mexico this week and it looks like they were right on the money. We had about three inches of snow here in Espanola and the drive to Santa Fe was an adventure with traffic backups. Very cold temperatures are forecast for at least the next four days and lows in some of the mountain valleys will likely fall below zero.

Very cold temperatures are not unexpected for this time of year.

Bandelier National Monument Closes To All Visitors

on December 24, 2018 - 10:20am

BANDELIER News:

During the federal government shutdown, Bandelier National Monument is closed to all visitors. Also, during the federal government shutdown, the Bandelier website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions.

Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities.

For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities or road

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Close For Holidays

on December 24, 2018 - 9:09am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest main office and all Ranger District offices will close in observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 

Closed for Christmas Holiday: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. All offices will resume normal business hours Wednesday, Dec. 26. Closed for New Year’s Holiday: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Offices will resume normal business hours Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Recreation sites will remain open. Please observe “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you

Valles Caldera Closed During Government Shutdown

on December 23, 2018 - 7:27am

All access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed due to the government shutdown. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Due to the lapse of federal appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, all access to Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed for the safety and protection of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

BLM Announces Appointment Of Tim Spisak As State Director For New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas And Kansas

on December 22, 2018 - 8:10am
New BLM State Director Tim Spisak
 
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management today announced the appointment of Tim Spisak, a 34-year career BLM employee, as state director for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.  
 
Spisak, who has been serving as acting New Mexico State Director since October, previously served as the BLM’s Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management.
 
In making the announcement, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed said, “Tim Spisak is a true professional with decades of experience contributing

Weekly Fishing Report Dec. 20

on December 20, 2018 - 3:18pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
New Mexico seems to be out of the major storm track for now and temperatures are hovering to near or a little above normal. It would be great if we could get some more snow to help build the snowpack.
 
Although several lakes are now ice-covered, none are reporting ice that is thick enough to allow for safe conditions for ice fishing.
 
This is the time of the winter to build a good base for the snowpack.

Opening Day Delayed At Pajarito Mountain

on December 20, 2018 - 10:58am

Courtesy/pajarito mountain

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Due to unseasonably warm daytime temperatures and a lack of sufficient snowfall, officials at Pajarito Mountain announced they are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21.

The mountain will open as soon as conditions permit.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but we’re confident that we can open very soon. The ski area has a great base, but we just need one more significant snow storm to open,” Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said.

If There’s A Gene For Skiing, Los Alamos Folks Have It!

on December 20, 2018 - 10:07am

Fresh snow awaiting skiers! Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Skiing is one of those activities that seems to permeate the DNA of Los Alamos people. From the days of the Ranch School to today’s competitive ski team, thousands of locals have enjoyed hitting the nearby slopes.

According to John Wirth and Linda Aldrich in Los Alamos: The Ranch School Years, “Skiing was practiced at Los Alamos from the start, well before the modern sport caught on nationally... A favorite pastime was ‘skijoring,’ whereby a boy on skis holding a

Pajarito Mountain Delays Ski Area Season Opening

on December 19, 2018 - 10:34pm

Pajarito Mountain News:

Due to unseasonably warm daytime temperatures and a lack of sufficient snowfall, officials at Pajarito Mountain have announced they are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21. 

The mountain will open as soon as conditions permit.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but we’re confident that we can open very soon. The ski area has a great base, but we just need one more significant snowstorm to open,” Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said.

Holidays Hours & Winter Solstice Walks At Bandelier

on December 19, 2018 - 4:57pm
Shadow at Tyuonyi Entrance on Solstice Morning. Courtesy/Bandelier
 
BANDELIER News:
 
First on the list is Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, shortest day of the year and the point on the calendar when the days begin to lengthen again.  
 
The Sunrise Walk meets at 7 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk meets at 1:30 p.m. on the back porch. The times are a reminder that sunrise and sunset happen at different times in the bottom of the 400-foot-deep canyon than they do in the wide open landscapes on the mesa tops. 
 
No signups are required for these walks, but

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Closed Christmas, New Year’s Day And Jan. 6

on December 19, 2018 - 9:17am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In keeping with the administration’s priorities of being good neighbors and respecting the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands, the Bureau of Land ­­Management (BLM) will be closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 6.
 
The closures allow for the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Day, but also for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.
 
The BLM manages the monument in close cooperation with the Pueblo, which requested the closure. This closure is one of 12 scheduled throughout the year.
 
The scheduled

Daily Postcard: The moon Above Bandelier

on December 19, 2018 - 8:11am

Daily Postcard: The moon is framed in a cloudy sunset at Bandelier National Monument. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Trails are open dawn to dusk 365 days a year, but Bandelier is alerting visitors not to let the short days of winter catch them unaware and to be sure to leave the park before dark. Also, strong winds and hazard trees because of recent fires and forest die-back have left some areas of the park potentially dangerous during times of high winds.

Local Shed Hunters Help Local Needy Families

on December 18, 2018 - 3:45pm

Local shed hunters Shawn Amburgey and Cory Miller held a fundraiser Saturday to raise funds for needy families in the community. Courtesy photo

New Beginnings Church News:

Local shed hunters Shawn Amburgey and Cory Miller held a fundraiser Saturday to raise funds for needy families in the community.

Amburgey, lead pastor at New Beginnings and also an antler buyer, paid cash for deer and elk antlers donated by fellow shed hunters. The proceeds were then given to the church to help families with utility payments, food and gifts for Christmas.

This was the first year of this event and they

Scenes From Luminaria Walkabout At Stables

on December 18, 2018 - 9:02am

Warren and his dad Alex Parga get acquainted with Stella during the annual Luminaria Walkabout Sunday at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Sydnee Etuk leads Lola around the stables. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Hanna Stedham on Prince and Sage Wilcox on Shorty show off their Holiday Lights. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

It just does not look quite like Rudolph, but it has a red nose. Actually it is Cheryl Lucero's miniature horse. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Gerry and Georgia Strickfaden tend to their luminaro outside of the barn.

Daily Postcard: View Of Beginner’s Hill At Pajarito

on December 18, 2018 - 7:55am

Daily Postcard: A view this morning of Beginner’s Hill at Pajarito Mountain in a screen shot captured by the webcam from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Pajarito Mountain is scheduled to open Dec. 21 for the 2018/19 season. Hours and dates of operation are subject to change with the weather: Lifts 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Business & Ticket Office open, Old Lodge 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday and Retail Shop open. Courtesy/www.pajarito.ski

Daily Postcard: Doe And Buck Spotted At Bandelier

on December 17, 2018 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: A doe and buck are spotted during a walk Saturday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Daily Postcard: Early Morning At Pajarito Ski Area

on December 15, 2018 - 7:29am

Daily Postcard: View this morning of Pajarito Ski Area as captured by the webcam from the top of the lodge. Courtesy/Pajarito

Daily Postcard: Cross-Country Skier At Valles Caldera

on December 14, 2018 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: A cross-country skier glides through History Grove at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCNP

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