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Fort Union Tours Of First Fort And Arsenal Site Sept. 7

on August 30, 2019 - 9:22am
NPS News:
WATROUS Fort Union National Monument invites you to join our annual First Fort and Arsenal Tours.
This event is at 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. These will be guided tours only, departing from the Monument visitor center. Travel down the Santa Fe Trail to the first Fort Union in the heart of Jicarilla Apache country.
The First Fort and Arsenal site are open to the public only once a year, so visitors can have an opportunity to discover the origins of Fort Union, and the Arsenal that supplied the army in the Southwest.

Weekly Fishing Report Aug. 29, 2019

on August 29, 2019 - 8:59am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Despite the hot weather, hunting season is less than a week away. The archery seasons for elk and deer will open Sunday in many of northern New Mexico’s big-game hunting units.
The hot weather may make for tough hunting conditions. Hunters will have to make an extra effort to get the meat cooled down and packed out quickly to prevent spoilage should they be fortunate enough to harvest an animal.
It’s a bit early for the bull elk to be bugling a lot as they do during the rut.

Daily Postcard: Upper Crossing In Frijoles Canyon

on August 29, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Recent trail work above Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon makes this location far more accessible at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King

Annual Ullrfest On Pajarito Mountain Sept. 21

on August 28, 2019 - 5:43pm

Golf Course Advisory Subcommittee Meets Thursday

on August 27, 2019 - 11:22am

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Exciting Things Lie Ahead

on August 27, 2019 - 8:31am
Executive Director
Many exciting things lie ahead at your local senior center. The Betty Ehart Senior Center will turn into a mini mall 1-4 p.m., Tuesday,
A variety of businesses will be on hand to discuss projects, programs and products available in and around our community.
Many program partners and a few new faces will be on hand to answer questions about available resources for families.

SFNF: Cueva Fire Meets Objectives, Reduces Fuel Loads

on August 27, 2019 - 7:43am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE After successful aerial ignitions Friday, low-intensity fire continued to burn through concentrations of fuel on the Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the weekend.
As woody debris and other fuels within the planning area are consumed, the Cueva Fire is producing less smoke with low to moderate smoke impact expected as the burn area continues to cool.
Fire managers took advantage of the lightning-caused fire to reintroduce fire to the landscape to restore forest health and reduce the risk of future

Smoke Continues In Redondo Meadow In The Jemez

on August 26, 2019 - 5:54pm
Smoke continues to billow in La Cueva as seen here from the Redondo Meadow road today in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
This sign is posted by the mail boxes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

Mountaineers: John Smedley’s Epic Adventures Aug. 27

on August 26, 2019 - 5:21pm

Los Alamos Mountaineers News:

The community is invited to hear about John Smedley’s adventures climbing Mt. Whitney and rafting the Grand Canyon at the Tuesday, Aug. 27 Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The talk starts about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Mountaineers’ meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend.

Smedley will discuss the approach his group took to climbing Mt.

Smoke Billows In The Jemez This Morning

on August 25, 2019 - 9:48pm
Smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
Another view of smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara

SFNF: Managers Plan More Activity On Cueva Fire

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drying trend and increase in fire behavior have given fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) an opportunity to add additional acres to the Cueva Fire by using aerial ignitions to consume unburned fuels within the planning unit.

Crews from New Mexico State Forestry will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter.

During this period, increased smoke will be visible and may impact surrounding areas.

Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fall 2019: Fire And Fuels Program Kick-Off

on August 25, 2019 - 6:07am
FSG News:
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) Fall Fire and Fuels program kicked-off the 2019 field season with a crew member training.
Sixteen FSYC crew members ages, 18 to 25, attended the three-day training Aug. 19-23, at Cottonwood Gulch Foundation’s basecamp in Thoreau, N.M. The two crews are now spend the following 11-weeks working on U.S Forest Service (USFS) lands and learning from USFS specialists.
The FSYC program is a work-earn-learn program for young women and men to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Forest Road 376

on August 24, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 to accommodate work on a blocked culvert that poses a threat to public health and safety.

The closure order will be in effect today to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier

The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris could lead to road failure and have made it an immediate public safety issue.

The restricted area on FR 376 begins at the gate north of the Gilman Tunnels and extends 4.7 miles

Bandelier Fee Free Day Sunday Celebrates National Park Service 103rd Birthday

on August 23, 2019 - 8:50am


Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday! 

Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day.

“The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

SFNF: Slight Increase In Cueva Fire Behavior

on August 23, 2019 - 7:13am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Outflow winds from a thunderstorm increased fire behavior on the Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), adding an additional 108 acres and moderately increasing smoke to the west and south of the fire.
The SFNF took advantage of the lightning-caused Cueva Fire to add low-intensity fire to the ground to reduce fuel loadings and create a more fire-resilient landscape.
Ignitions within the planning area ended one week ago Aug.

Daily Postcard: View On Pajarito Mountain

on August 23, 2019 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: View early this morning toward Chair 4 on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/mountain webcam

Three National Park Superintendents Present Status Report To Los Alamos County Council

on August 22, 2019 - 8:42am

From left, Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Superintendent Kris Kirby, Valles Caldera National Perserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos and MPNHP Education Specialist Valerie Glowinski. Photo by Linda Matteson/LAC  
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local three National Parks enjoy a lot of successes; however, the parks also face lengthy to-do lists and many challenges.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Superintendent Kris Kirby, Valles Caldera National Preserve

Marr Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 22, 2019 - 7:05am
Runners prepare for the weekly pace race Tuesday at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds. Courtesy/ACRR


ACRR News: 

Duane Marr was the top predictor at 12 seconds off his predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds on North Mesa.

Other accurate predictors are:
  • Cliff Stanley with a 27 second differential;
  • Mary Snow at 36 seconds off;
  • Jackie Marr recording a 39 second difference;
  • Ted Atkins at 51 seconds off;
  • Levi Gibson, 8, is the first finisher in the 1 mile distance with a time of 7:48;
  • Anna Ferenbaugh, 10, the best

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 22

on August 22, 2019 - 6:57am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This time of the year fishing for trout slows down in most of our lakes and reservoirs as the water warms up.
The trout seek cooler water temperatures and move to deeper water. The exceptions to this are high mountain lakes where the temperature stays cooler. Even here, the best fishing is often found during low-light periods like evenings and early mornings when the surface of the water is cooler.
The Canjilon Lakes and Hopewell Lake are good examples of lakes at high elevations that will continue to be stocked with trout

Great American Duck Race Aug. 22-25

on August 22, 2019 - 6:33am
DNM News:
The 40th annual Great American Duck Race begins tonight and runs throough Sunday, Aug. 25 at Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming.
There will be food, arts and crafts vendors, live music and of course, the best duck racing action on wet and dry tracks in the United States.
“Racing through the Stars” is already racing through the Internet space as the 2019 theme and official logo with many events that share the “space” theme in 2019.
This year’s theme was the work of Jerran Duty.

Rotary: Girl Scout Video Project Benefits Bandelier

on August 21, 2019 - 2:49pm

At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Rotarian and Girl Scout leader Laura Loy, left, introduced members of Troop 10635 as they presented two videos the troop created about preserving the archaeological ruins at Bandelier National Monument. The Scouts, including Megan Harden, Kaya Loy, Emily McLaughlin and, not pictured, Marissa Mieirdierks, attend Los Alamos Middle School. A 30-second video will run soon at Reel Deal Theater; the other, a two-minute video, will be featured at the Bandelier Visitors Center. The video production, a 50-hour project, which was funded by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Parks & Recreation Board Hosts Special Public Meeting On Recreation Capital Projects At Fuller Lodge Aug. 28

on August 21, 2019 - 2:33pm


The public is invited to attend a special Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Fuller.

The purpose of the public meeting Lodge to review and comment on preliminary designs for three recreation facility projects that include the Kiddie/Mutigenerational Pool at the Aquatic Center, Piñon Park Splash Pad and Golf Course Irrigation Improvements.

Presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period for each project.

In the interest of managing time, the projects will be presented in the following order and approximate

NPS: $1.17 Million To Preserve American Battlefields

on August 21, 2019 - 2:27pm
Cannon Manassas National Battlefield. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service announced Tuesday that $1.17 million in Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants for 16 battlefields across 10 states.
Grants will help preserve endangered battlefields representing more than 500 years of American history. Historians and preservationists will use these funds to assist in research, documentation and interpretive planning.
“As the nation’s steward of history, the National Park Service seeks to preserve and interpret all Americans’ stories, from the lesser

The Family YMCA Announces New Sports, Youth & Family Director Espinoza

on August 20, 2019 - 5:02pm

Sharleen Espinoza

Y News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA announced that Sharleen Espinoza has accepted the position of Sports, Youth & Family director; she will begin her new position immediately.

Espinoza has worked for The Family YMCA since 2012, first as a Welcome Center representative and then as the Member Services coordinator before leaving last year to continue her education.

The Y said that she is passionate about coaching youth sports and has extensive coaching experience working with elementary-aged children through young adults.

Scenes From Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites Hike

on August 20, 2019 - 8:02am

Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites: The Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument is on N.M. 4, some 12 miles from the main section of Bandelier National Monument and where hikers can walk the same trails used by the Ancestral Pueblo people. The hike includes a 1.5 mile walk along a mesa, viewing of cavates, petroglyphs and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. Ladders are a required part of this trail. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Flower along the trail. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

View along the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites trail. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

View along the Tsankawi Prehistoric