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Weekly Fishing Report: March 14

on March 14, 2018 - 8:19am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Spring is just a week away. This very dry and warm winter will be history and was likely history-making in terms of how dry it has been and how meager the snowpack was. Because of the lack of moisture, it will be a good idea to water your outdoor plantings (trees and shrubs) and perennial flower beds.
 
If you suffer from allergies, you’re starting to sneeze because of the tree pollen from elm and juniper is starting to show up in the pollen counts.

2018 Pace Race Season Begins April 3

on March 14, 2018 - 7:57am
ACRR News:
 
The 45th season of the pace race series conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road, N.M. 502.
 
The Club meets Tuesdays through early October at various locations throughout Los Alamos County.
 
For more information, call 505.672.1639 or visit the Club’s website www.atomicrunners.com.

This Week At Pajarito

on March 13, 2018 - 7:34am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.

For the snow report and ticket information, click here.
 
Upcoming Events: (click here for our calendar):
 
The 70th Annual Skiesta is March 17 at Pajarito. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

NPS Park Ranger Chris Judson Retires After 47 Years

on March 12, 2018 - 8:00am

National Park Service Ranger Chris Judson retired Friday following 47 years of service, 42 of them at Bandelier National Monument and the other five at Yellowstone National Park. By Sunday, she was already volunteering at the Manhattan Project Office and said she also will volunteer at Bandelier with curatorial projects, which have been on hold for several years because nobody has had time to work on them.

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
 
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
 
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.

YCC Job Applications Open At The Family YMCA

on March 10, 2018 - 8:33pm

Class Of ‘98 Launches Topper Trot ... Open To Public

on March 10, 2018 - 9:17am

LAHS Class Of ‘98 Reunion News:

 

To all Los Alamos area friends and supporters ... the 1st ever Topper Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, presented by the Class of ‘98 is now open for registration.

 

The event is July 7 in Los Alamos as part of the Class of ‘98 reunion activities.

 

This specific activity is open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit the LAPS Foundation.

 

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3Q7KYQK 

70th Anniversary Skiesta Saturday March 17

on March 9, 2018 - 12:06pm

Sipapu Hosts 15th Annual Cardboard Derby Saturday

on March 9, 2018 - 10:59am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SIPAPU News:
 
VADITO  This Saturday, Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual spring competition, the 15th Annual Cardboard Derby, Sipapu’s most popular family-friendly competition. Saturday, March 10, guests race their hand-built cardboard vessels down the mountain for a chance to win one of dozens of great prizes.
 
Guests build their own vessel using only cardboard, duct tape, string or twine, and paint. Then they race down the mountain on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

Bandelier March Activities For Year Of The Bird

on March 9, 2018 - 10:38am
White-throated swift. Courtesy/NPS
 

BANDELIER News:

 
This is the third month of the worldwide Year of the Bird, and the staff at Bandelier chose white-throated swifts as the bird of the month.
 
So far the swifts haven't returned to Frijoles Canyon, but they could show up any day! One day the sky is quiet, and the next day there are suddenly small birds whizzing around, looking for insects. Besides the swifts, there will soon be violet-green swallows also animating the canyon skies.
 
The theme for March is pollinator and native plants.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Restore And Rebuild National Parks

on March 8, 2018 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks.
 
The National Park Restoration Act will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems in New Mexico’s 15 national parks, improving facilities for the more than 1.7 million yearly visitors to the parks.
 
“From the ancient wonders in Chaco Culture National Historical

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Finishes Strong In Leadville Loppet And Chamalauf At Wolf Creek

on March 8, 2018 - 7:26am

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Siobhan Niklasson is all smiles in the 12km freestyle race during the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Clay Moseley racing 12km freestyle during the Chamalauf event. Courtesy photo

Southwest Nordic Ski Club members Zach and Levi Gibson ski with their mom, Lindsay, during the Chamalauf event in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo

SWNSC News:

The Southwest Nordic Ski Club competed in the Leadville Loppet held Feb. 17 and in the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek.

Both events took place in Colorado.

County Community Services: Spring Into Adventure!

on March 5, 2018 - 4:50pm

COUNTY News:

“Get Out. Get Active” is the continuing theme for this collaborative program from the Los Alamos County Community Services Department, with a lot of fun things to see and do in the community during spring.

Check out the full booklet of information at http://bit.ly/2D1B5DV. Community members can pick up booklets at County facilities, including Mesa Public Library, White Rock Library, Ice Rink, Aquatic Center, Golf Course, and the Customer Care Center in the Municipal Building lobby, as well as any of the local visitor centers and many of local businesses.

Keep up with the fun

This Week At Pajarito

on March 5, 2018 - 2:45pm
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Events Planned At New Mexico Historic Sites

on March 5, 2018 - 7:39am
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites will host the following series of public events this spring:
 
Saturday, March 24 ... 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Mexico Art Auction
  • Coronado Historic Site
All cultures art auction of old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits go to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, the event will start with a preview of auction items between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Star, 288

Rock Formations In Pueblo Canyon

on March 5, 2018 - 7:25am

The guardians of Pueblo Canyon stand tall in the Sunday morning sunshine. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Unusual rock formations in Pueblo Canyon almost look man-made. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico True blue sky Sunday morning in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Weekly Fishing Report: March 4

on March 4, 2018 - 7:24am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Despite the cold temperatures that New Mexico had last week, most lakes did not refreeze and have open water for bank fishing. The exception is Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton. It iced over and is closed to fishing.
 
If the weather warms up this week as it is forecast to do, the ice may melt and Lake Maloya will once again have open water for bank fishing. Call ahead to 575.445.5607 to check on conditions.
 
The snowstorms last week helped a little bit to increase the snowpack.

North Mesa Soccer Field Parking Lot Improvements Underway

on March 4, 2018 - 6:50am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Public Works, Traffic and Streets crews in conjunction with Parks Staff have begun working on the North Mesa Soccer Field (Flint Field) Parking Lot.

The work has begun and is anticipated to be completed by the end of March weather permitting.

This work will incorporate a new entry, over lot drainage as well as pedestrian access improvements. Approved by Council for FY18 Budget these improvements also include irrigation upgrades, turf enhancement and safety needs.

During this improvement project there will be no vehicular access to the parking lot.

Thank you for

SFNF Seeks Volunteers To Improve National Forest

on March 2, 2018 - 9:51am
Santa Fe National Forest seeks volunteers for projects from trail maintenance to data collection. Photo by Ross Hardage/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring is near, which means it’s time for volunteers to plan for support of projects with Forest Staff on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
 
From trail maintenance to data collection, volunteers provide an invaluable service to summer recreation, and to forest health and sustainability.
 
The opportunities include:
  • Volunteer Wilderness Rangers for the Pecos/Chama River/San Pedro Parks Wildernesses - one weekend a month during the warm

The Family YMCA's Summer Y Camp & 2018-2019 After-School Programs Registration Drive Begins Monday

on March 2, 2018 - 8:01am

YMCA News:

Registration for The Family YMCA’s Summer Y Camp and 2018-2019 After School programs begins at 8 a.m. Monday, March 5 at the Y at 1450 Iris St.

During the registration drive, March 5 through May 4, each program’s $25 registration fee is waived. Also, the Y is hosting an Early Bird Y Camp special, March 5-31, where $100 will be taken off the “All Summer” registration option.

Financial assistance applications are available for both programs and can be accessed at www.laymca.org or at the Y’s front desk.

Full fee registration begins May 5. For more information contact the Y at

100 Days Of Winter Grand Prize Winner Announced

on March 1, 2018 - 10:43am

COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Community Services Department wrapped up their collaborative 100 Days of Winter program Feb. 26. 
 
Over 1,000 programming guides were distributed throughout Los Alamos County between November and February, encouraging residents and visitors to get out and active during the winter months. With just under 200 online participants, and over 260 entries for the Grand Prize, many shared photos of the wide variety of ways they were inspired to stay local and enjoy all the Los Alamos area has to offer.
 
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner Danna

Forecast Pushes Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Into Next Week

on March 1, 2018 - 7:19am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate favorable conditions by the middle of next week to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 
 
Fire managers anticipated starting the prescribed burn Friday until the latest weather forecast prompted the decision to delay. 
 
Conditions such as fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts, collectively play a part in the decision.
 
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and

PCA: Pajarito Mountain Land Transfer Concerns Are Easy To Resolve

on February 28, 2018 - 7:14am
Pajarito Conservation Alliance News:

As many citizens are aware, the complete ownership of Pajarito Mountain is planned for transfer to a private company, Pajarito Recreation, LLC (PRLLC).
 
This has been controversial due to concerns about public access for non-skiing activities and natural resource conservation, which we have previously expressed ourselves.

We emphasize that PCA strongly supports all the uses of the mountain, including specifically downhill skiing and mountain biking as well as hiking, running, cross-country skiing, etc.

Learn About Family Scouting Opportunities March 6

on February 28, 2018 - 6:29am

County Releases RFPs For Two Recreation Projects

on February 28, 2018 - 6:28am

Public Works Director Philo Shelton

 

 By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

Four Los Alamos County recreation Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are moving forward.

 

The County release Request For Proposals (RFP) for the design of the splash pad at Pinon Park and the kiddie pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The RFP for the improvements at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also is expected to be issued next week.

 

A study continues on the shade structure at the ice rink.

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