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BLM Field Office Offers Forest Product Permits Online

on August 18, 2019 - 7:35am

BLM News:

 

TAOS As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office has begun a pilot program offering permits for fuelwood and Christmas trees online.   

 

“The BLM works to maintain healthy forests and woodlands that include abundant opportunities for harvest and use of forest products,” Taos Field Manager Mark Jackson said. “We are pleased to offer this pilot program enabling members of the public to purchase fuelwood and Christmas tree permits online.”

 

The BLM has long offered permits to members of the public for harvest of

Posts From The Road: Sculptures In Borrego Springs

on August 18, 2019 - 6:52am
Perhaps the most popular of the works in the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif., is a 350-foot serpent with the head of a dragon and tail of a rattlesnake. The large piece appears to cross the road as it arches and dips its way across the desert floor. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Two horses scuffle as one of the horses stands high on its rear legs. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
By GARY WARREN
Formerly of Los Alamos

Scattered amongst the desert at Borrego Springs, Calif. are metal sculptures, which were created by California sculpture artist Ricardo Breceda.

The sculptures are

SFNF: Final Update For 1,011 Acre Cueva Fire Unless Significant Activity Occurs

on August 17, 2019 - 7:53pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Following Thursday’s successful firing operations, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has concluded all ignitions on the Cueva Fire.

No future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area. For the next several days crews will continue to monitor fire activity within the containment lines and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) managed the lightning-caused Cueva Fire by adding low-intensity fire to reduce fuel loadings and create a more fire-resilient

Cueva Fire Completes Firing Operations, Objectives

on August 17, 2019 - 7:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said Friday objectives for the Cueva Fire have been successfully met with Thursday’s firing operations. Ignitions have ceased, and no future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area.
 
Crews will continue to check containment lines, assess archaeological sites within the planning area and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area. 
 
Taking advantage of favorable conditions to improve conditions on the ground, the SFNF managed the

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 294 Acres

on August 15, 2019 - 9:43am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers resumed firing operations Wednesday within the planning area of the Cueva Fire.
 
An expected decrease in monsoonal thunderstorms over the next week will bring warmer, drier weather. Anticipating these more favorable conditions, fire managers will continue to assess the terrain and values at risk within the planning area.
 
Start date: Aug. 6, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8, north of Gallina
 
Size: 294 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine

Ted Romero Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 15, 2019 - 7:33am
Runners gather for the ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on the Lower Water Canyon Trail in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on the Lower Water Canyon Trail in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero was the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race Tuesday on the Lower Water Canyon Trail in White Rock with at 6 second differential from his predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Ryan Smeltzer at 29 seconds off as well as the top finisher on the 3 mile course at 23:34;
  • Charles Ferenbaugh and Cliff Stanley

SFNF: Conejos Fire Met Objectives, Smoke Continues

on August 14, 2019 - 12:53pm
Firing operations on the Conejos Fire added low-intensity fire to the ground to consume needle litter and woody debris, leaving the ponderosa pine forest more resilient to wildfire, climate change, and insects and disease. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE While the Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is still putting up some smoke, primarily from a 10-acre interior pocket of mixed conifer where it continues to smolder and creep, fire managers say they are pleased with the outcome on 800 acres that had not seen beneficial

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 14, 2019

on August 14, 2019 - 7:42am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Abiquiu Lake has been closed to fishing by the Army Corps of Engineers due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom. The toxin can cause health issues in humans and be fatal to pets.

Thanks to some vigorous stocking by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are two areas in Northern New Mexico that look like they’ll be hotspots this week.

The first is the Canjilon Lakes. There are plenty of good-sized trout swimming around here. The Department stocked 1,061 rainbow trout Aug. 7 that averaged 13.4 inches in size.

Blue-Green Algae Closes Access To Abiquiu Lake

on August 13, 2019 - 7:54pm
Example of blue-green algae bloom. Courtesy/www.epa.gov
 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
 
ABIQUIU LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the boat ramp and the swim beach, are closed after tests showed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir.
 
The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals.
 
Closure signs are posted at the lake’s public access points.
 
The lake is still open for camping but public lake

2019 Hilltopper Golf Tourney Saturday Sept. 14

on August 13, 2019 - 2:27pm

Scenes From 2019 Los Alamos County Rodeo

on August 13, 2019 - 8:42am

The cowboys arrive at Brewer Arena Saturday afternoon for the start of the 2019 Los Alamos County Rodeo, a two-day event hosted by the County of Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Department. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The colors mark the opening of the 2019 rodeo. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Cowboys pause to offer a prayer for a safe rodeo. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A cowboy throws a rope to catch a calf and after caught the cowboy releases the rope and calf. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Another cowboy throws a rope to catch a calf.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Gabriel Dufal Of France Experiences Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade

on August 12, 2019 - 10:16pm

Rotary Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal from Lyon, France sits next to the Rotary Club inflatable as Rotarians Linda Hull, President Phil Dabney, Mike Katko and LeAnne Parsons wait to begin Saturday morning for the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Dufal is registered as a junior at Los Alamos High School during his year of study here. Photo by Rotarian and float driver Bob Hull

LATC 3rd Annual Joel M. Williams Memorial Tennis Tournament Aug. 17-18

on August 12, 2019 - 8:15am

Santa Fe National Forest Releases Draft Forest Plan For Public Comment ... Meeting In Los Alamos Sept. 23

on August 11, 2019 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has published its draft revised land management plan and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register, initiating the formal 90-day public comment period, which ends Nov. 7, 2019.
 
The revised land management plan will guide management of 1.6 million acres across six counties in northern New Mexico for the next 10 to 15 years.

SFNF Update: Conejos Fire Grows To 500 Acres

on August 10, 2019 - 8:25am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE Favorable conditions Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations.
 
Through the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa
 
Size: 500

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

on August 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.

Start date: August 6, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8

Size:  5

Portion Of Santa Fe Rail Trail Closed Until November

on August 9, 2019 - 9:28am
SFC News:
 
SANTA FE A portion of the Santa Fe Rail Trail is now closed until November 2019 to improve a 1.5 mile section of the trail.
 
The portion of trail that will be closed is between Avenida Eldorado (mile post 4.86) and Spur Ranch Road (mile post 3.5).
 
The closure is part of the fourth phase of the trail improvements, which includes trail surface and drainage improvements within the railroad right of way of the Santa Fe Southern Railroad. Trail users should plan to use an alternate route during the trail construction and closure.
 
Phase four of the project will cost

It’s Los Alamos County Fair And Rodeo Time!

on August 9, 2019 - 8:46am

Photo by Leslie Bucklin/County

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to head downtown Saturday for the the Annual Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m., then stay to meander through Ashley Pond Park with its fair booths, bouncy houses and exhibits (at Mesa Public Library).

Also, shop the beautiful artwork offered during the 39th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. There will be plenty of food vendors on site so stay and enjoy a picnic lunch by the pond.

Los Alamos County Councilors will once again host a booth featuring County projects,

Forest Road 376 Closed At MM 5.3 For Public Safety

on August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has closed Forest Road (FR) 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, approximately 4 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and 3 miles south of Porters Landing.
 
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue. SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.
 
The work to replace the

Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Seasons

on August 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
 
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 8

on August 8, 2019 - 8:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
There’s some really good news coming from the Chama-Tierra Amarilla area. Water levels at Heron Lake are the highest they’ve been in many years and the marina at Willow Creek is now open again.
 
In years past, Heron was a popular destination for sailboats and boaters from all over the state could moor their boats at the Willow Creek Marina. Low water levels forced the closure of the marina and low water levels made the launching of sail boats difficult.
 
The heavy snowpack this past winter and subsequent heavy spring runoff

Rover Park Play Lot Closed For Wasp Removal

on August 7, 2019 - 3:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has advised that the Rover Park Play Lot on Rover Boulevard in White Rock is closed until Friday.

The County Parks Division is removing wasps from the play lot, and for safety reasons, does not want children in the area during the removal operation.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Closed Due To Impassable Road From Thunderstorms Tuesday

on August 7, 2019 - 2:16pm

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed due to impassable road. Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Due to thunderstorms Tuesday, the road to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is impassable.

The Monument is closed starting and updates will be posted to www.blm.gov/visit/kktr.

For more information, contact the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office at 505.761.8700.

About BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

Alamo Fire In Bandelier Grows To 40 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:56pm

A lightning-caused fire reported Sunday has consumed approximately 40 acres in the Bandelier Wilderness. Courtesy/BNM

Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

A lightning-caused fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the Bandelier Wilderness.

The fire has been low, slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees. Rain was received at the fire site Sunday evening and again early this morning.

Weather forecasts predict that afternoon thunderstorms will continue in the area throughout the week

Due to the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain, park managers will be

Conejos Fire Grows To 225 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:16pm

Firing operations add low-intensity flames to the Conejos Fire to reduce dead and down fuels and improve forest health. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drier-than-expected Monday gave fire crews the opportunity to resume firing operations and complete an additional 40 acres on the east side of the Conejos Fire.

The plan for today, Aug. 6, is to take advantage of a break in the weather to continue firing operations today and Wednesday as conditions allow to remove heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

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