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Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 24

on November 24, 2018 - 10:15am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With temperatures falling below zero in the Moreno Valley and below freezing nearly every morning everywhere else, the fishing pressure has fallen off and some lakes are beginning to ice over.

There were no reports from a number of lakes as many anglers chose to stay home, stay warm and watch football.

Most of the stocking of rainbow trout now takes place in Southern New Mexico in the Winter Trout Waters. These lakes and ponds are stocked in the late fall and winter because in the summer they get too warm to support trout.

There

2018 Winter/2019 Spring Guide To New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Now Available Free Online

on November 24, 2018 - 10:02am

This season’s guide cover features a detailed image of ‘Snow in Santa Fe’ Paul Lantz – which is on long term loan to the New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy/NMDCA

NMDCA News:

SANTA FE – The free New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Winter 2018/Spring 2019 is now available online at nmculture.org/guide.

The Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Winter 2018/Spring 2019 explores finding your story – the how and why you and your family live in New Mexico.

Valles Caldera Entrance Closed Thanksgiving Day

on November 21, 2018 - 11:24am

The VCNP entrance will be closed Thanksgiving Day, however, hiking trails along N.M. 4, including the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails, will remain open sunrise to sunset. Courtesy/VCNP 

 

VCNP News: 

 

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) will close its main entrance Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Hiking trails along N.M. 4, including the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails, will remain open sunrise to sunset. The main entrance will reopen at 9 a.m. Nov. 23.

 

“While Valles Caldera's main entrance will be closed on

Turkey Day Workout

on November 21, 2018 - 7:53am

The White Rock and Espanola Jazzercise studios are offering ‘five dollar fun’ to fuel your burn and boost your mood 9-10 a.m., Thanksgiving Day. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Jazzercize will be offering a low-cost class on Thanksgiving morning for those that want to fuel their calorie burning for the long day of food.

The class is just $5 and that includes their White Rock and Espanola locations.

“If a new customer joins after that class, they pay no joining fee and get their $5 back,” owner and instructor Tana Beverwyk-Abouda said.

Scenes From 2018 CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot

on November 19, 2018 - 11:12am

Participants in the annual Turkey Trot cross the finish line Sunday afternoon wearing the 2018 Trot t-shirts. Spokesperson Ted Williams estimates this is about the 35th annual Trot run in some sort over the years. Sunday’s event drew 178 participants. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

More participants finish the event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Penny Jurado and Jeanette Rondesu display their plumage after the event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Stan Kosiewicz announced the winners of the turkey and pumpkin pie drawings.

Game & Fish Hosts Listening Session On Trapping Rule

on November 19, 2018 - 6:00am
NMGF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will hold a listening session to hear public comments on proposed changes to the furbearer rule.
 
Proposed changes include mandatory trapper education, increasing set-back requirements, allowance for closure of areas to trapping, signage and further clarifying the definition of a trail.
 
The listening session is 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 27 at the department’s Northwest Regional Office at 7816 Alamos Road NW in Albuquerque.
 
Comments may be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,

Bandelier National Monument Open For Thanksgiving

on November 17, 2018 - 8:18am
Tyuonyi - Main Loop Trail. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Many locations throughout the area will be closed Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, but Bandelier National Monument will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Visitor Center hours.
 
Every year, many visitors, some with guests for the holiday, come to the park in the morning while their holiday feast is cooking or in the afternoon to walk it off! Frijoles Canyon is a popular place when temperatures are mild and the sun is shining.

Enchanted Forest Opens Early For Skiing

on November 16, 2018 - 5:19pm

Courtesy/Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area

Helena Mieras skiing Monday on the March Hare Trail. Courtesy/Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area

SKI News:

Red River – Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area is open for business.

“This is the best early-season skiing we’ve had in years,” Enchanted Forest’s General Manager Mike Ritterhouse asid. “We are 100-percent open with trail depths of 4 to 10 inches after the recent storm that gave us 22 inches Nov. 11-12. Conditions range from early season with potential obstacles to excellent!”

Depending on the

Taos Ranked In Top Trending Ski Destinations In U.S.

on November 16, 2018 - 4:37pm
TAOS News:
 
TAOS The Town of Taos has announce that it is the top trending ski destination in the U.S. according to a recent report from travel search and booking engine KAYAK.
 
The list ranked U.S. and Canadian destinations based on year-over-year increase in searches.
 
Taos’ 27 percent increase in searches landed it the top U.S. spot and the #3 spot in all of North America, behind Banff and Quebec City, Canada. Other U.S. destinations on the list included Big Sky, Montana, Stowe, Virginia, Jay, Vermont and Breckenridge, Colorado.

Try Hockey Free At Los Alamos Ice Rink Saturday

on November 16, 2018 - 7:57am

Go Neon This Holiday Season In Tucumcari

on November 16, 2018 - 7:32am
Courtesy photo
 
TUCUMCARI News:
 
Tucumcari, New Mexico is known as a bright and cultural stop along historic Route 66, and this holiday season, it’s the perfect spot for a festive road trip. With holiday-themed events and opportunities for holiday shopping and exploration, Tucumcari provides an ideal spot for an affordable, memorable winter vacation.
 
“With a little time off around the holiday season, it’s the perfect chance to plan a getaway,” Tucumcari Mayor Ruth Ann Litchfield said.

Get Outside With PEEC Over Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 15, 2018 - 7:33am
Get outside over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by joining PEEC for the Los Alamos Turkey Trot or a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Register for both events at peecnature.org. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Get outside and celebrate the holiday next week with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. PEEC is hosting a Los Alamos Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Enjoy the opportunity to get active in the beautiful outdoors of Los Alamos.
 
Before enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, join PEEC at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 for the fifth annual Los Alamos

Purgatory Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday Nov. 17

on November 13, 2018 - 4:50pm
Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 17 with top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on the frontside of the mountain.  
 
Lifts 1 and 2 will begin daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17 with access to the trails Westfork, El Diablo, Upper & Lower Demon, and the Bank, which also will offer several terrain park features.  
 
“We’re very excited to start the ski season at Purgatory Resort with top to bottom skiing on the six-pack this Saturday,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort.

SFNF: Gallinas Watershed Piles Burn Planned Today

on November 13, 2018 - 5:44am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles beginning today, Nov. 13, in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Jan. 31. Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.
 
Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.
 
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted

SFNF: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Slated For Today

on November 13, 2018 - 4:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 372 acres beginning today, Nov. 13, in the La Cueva area, seven miles northwest of Pecos.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Feb. 28.
 
Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.
 
These communities can expect the smoke to settle and possibly impact the area during

More Than A Foot Of Fresh Snow Falls On Sipapu

on November 12, 2018 - 1:45pm

Today's storm brought more than a foot of snow to Sipapu Ski Resort ... 13 inches to be exact. Sipapu has received a total of 31 inches so far this season with 25 inches falling in the past two weeks. Sipapu continues to make snow in preparation for the kick off of ski season as crews work to open more and more terrain for the season. Sipapu will once again be the first ski resort in New Mexico to open for the ski season. Opening day is this Friday, Nov. 16. For more information, visit Sipapu.ski. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Letter To The Editor: Flow Trail A Bad Idea In Any Canyon

on November 11, 2018 - 6:45pm
By BRUCE WARREN
North Community

I’m glad to see the equestrian community has come out against a bicycle flow trail in Bayo Canyon. However, I’m disappointed in their NIMBY attitude. If the flow trail is a bad idea in “their” canyon, it’s a bad idea in everyone’s canyons.

The County would do better to spend their time and money on much needed maintenance and improvement of our existing amazing trail system.

For more on why I think a bicycle flow trail is a bad idea, please see my previous letter to the Post at Letter To The Editor: Do We Need Or Want A Bicycle Flow Trail?

Daily Postcard: Scenes From Bosque Del Apache

on November 11, 2018 - 7:10am

Sandhill Cranes in flight Friday morning at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The 31st Annual Festival of the Cranes gets underway Wednesday, Nov. 14 and includes more than 140 events, drawing photographers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate the return of the Sandhill Cranes to their winter home. To get to the refuge, drive south on I-25 past Socorro to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center on the

NPA: 2018 Western Association Award Winners

on November 10, 2018 - 10:15am
2018 Award Winners. Courtesy photo
 
WNPA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Thursday, Western National Parks Association (WNPA), a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service (NPS) since 1938, announced the recipients of its annual awards at the WNPA board reception.
 
For more than 30 years, WNPA has recognized individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to national parks and increase awareness of WNPA’s mission.
 
“We are thrilled to honor those who are dedicated not only to preserving and protecting our national parks, but also to ensuring that the parks can

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Veterans Day

on November 10, 2018 - 9:58am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Nov. 13.

When visiting the SFNF, follow these “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you find;
  • Minimize campfire impacts;
  • Respect wildlife; and
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Know before you go. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations, including rain and the potential for flash

NMG&F Opens New Albuquerque Office Nov. 15

on November 10, 2018 - 7:46am
Courtesy photo
 
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will officially open its new Northwest Regional Office in Albuquerque at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
 
The new complex at 7816 Alamo Road NW, creates a destination that provides the public a place to interact with staff and participate in educational and recreational opportunities.
 
“Our new facility is a great urban resting space for migratory birds and is within close walking distance of one of New Mexico’s urban treasures – The Rio Grande bosque,” Director Mike Sloane said.

BLM Waives Fees At Recreation Sites On Veterans Day

on November 9, 2018 - 8:19am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management will waive entrance fees for visitors to BLM recreation sites this Sunday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.
 
“To celebrate Veterans Day, and show our appreciation, we are waiving recreation fees at BLM sites across New Mexico to encourage families to get outside and enjoy their public lands,” Acting BLM State Director Tim Spisak said.
 
New Mexico fee sites include: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, which includes Wild Rivers and Orilla Verde, Santa Cruz Lake, Valley of Fires Recreation

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 9

on November 9, 2018 - 7:59am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Judging by the number of fishing areas that have not been reported on, fishing pressure has dropped off noticeably recently. That’s pretty normal for this time of year. A lot of anglers turn their attention to hunting and the colder weather keeps a lot of fair-weather anglers indoors watching football on the weekends.
 
The emphasis on stocking shifts to Southern New Mexico this time of year and will continue through the winter.

Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Nov. 16

on November 8, 2018 - 5:21pm

Snow at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort

 

SKI News:

 

VADITO -- Because of Sipapu Ski Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, combined with the help of Mother Nature, Sipapu will open Friday, Nov. 16, earlier than scheduled. 

 

This will be the 16th consecutive year that Sipapu is the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the season.

 

“Sipapu was able to bump up its opening day to Nov. 16 due to the recent snowfall, plus cold temperatures and extremely productive snowmaking efforts,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu Ski

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