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SFNF Monitors Another Lightning-Sparked Fire On Pecos/Las Vegas District

on August 6, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire near Forest Road (FR) 375, 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva within a previously treated fuel break.

While the monsoonal weather patterns are bringing a fair amount of moisture to the area, fire managers are considering strategically adding low-intensity fire to the ground to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Depending on weather

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

LAYSL Fall Soccer Registration Now Open Online

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

Gibson Top Predictor & 3 Mile Finisher In Pace Race

on August 4, 2019 - 7:26am
Runners prepare for the ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on the west end of Canyon Rim Trail near Smiths Marketplace. Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
Travis Gibson was the top predictor with a 3 second error as well as the best finisher in the 3 mile distance with a time of 19:27 in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the west end of the Canyon Rim Trail near Smith’s Marketplace. 
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Ryan Smeltzer with a 5 second differential;
  • Mark Bjorklund at 16 seconds off;
  • Roxana Candia, 8, Adrian Medin and Luke Gibson, 7, with a 24 second tie.

Gordon Tribute Concert, Happy Hops And Yoga On The Mountain Happening At Pajarito This Weekend

on August 3, 2019 - 6:50am
Pajarito Mountain is offering a full weekend of summer fun Aug. 3-4 including a Gordon Tribute Concert.
The lift is turning 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lift-served downhill mountain biking and hiking all weekend. Pajarito Mountain Cafe is open 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., serving delicious New Mexican food and mountain staples.
The Los Alamos Ski Club presents the Gordon Tribute Concert that features five bands to honor the 30-year legacy of the Gordon’s Concert Series in Los Alamos. Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op is serving up cold beer and FREE beer for those lucky enough to find a

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
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: Estimated at 55 acres
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

15th Annual Gila River Festival—Our River, Our Future—Coming To Silver City Sept. 19-22

on August 2, 2019 - 8:46am
Photo by Gordon Headlee
GCC News:
SILVER CITY This September, the Gila Conservation Coalition will host the 15th annual Gila River Festival.
Running Sept. 19-22 in Silver City and along the Gila River, the festival allows visitors to explore the Gila River—New Mexico’s last wild river, which also was named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2019 by American Rivers.
Throughout the festival, visitors can learn about the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as earth stewards, with keynote speaker climate

LARSO Hosts 8 Ball Pool Tournament Aug. 8

on August 1, 2019 - 8:40am

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates both the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers, will host an 8 ball pool tournament during the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo. The tournament is 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8. There is a $5 fee and players of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. To register or for more information, call 505.672.9548 or 505.662.8920. The Los Alamos Senior Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Courtesy/LARSO

Public Comment Sought On Draft Environmental Assessment For Clovis Shooting Range Construction

on August 1, 2019 - 7:49am
NMGF News:
CLOVIS The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of the Clovis Wing-shooting Complex and Archery Range at Ned Houk Park.
The EA analyzes potential effects on physical, biological and cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions that may result from the implementation of the project. The EA also incorporates other federal, state and local environmental policies and regulations and is prepared in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Environmental Policy Act

Weekly Fishing Report: July 31, 2019

on July 31, 2019 - 5:39pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

This time last year I had stopped fishing most rivers and streams because of the low streamflows and warm water temperatures.

The trout were being heavily-stressed and even if you were practicing catch-and-release, the stress of being caught was often too much for the fish to take and they would die as a result.

There were fish kills on several sections of rivers. Over the border in Colorado, voluntary restrictions were in place because they too were suffering from the same conditions.

Trout are adapted to cold water.

Los Alamos Derby Dames Skate Bootcamp Aug. 3-4

on July 31, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

Candia And Marr Tie For Best Predictor In Pace Race

on July 31, 2019 - 7:23am
Participants at the starting line ahead of the June 23 weekly pace race. Courtesy/ACRR

And they're off! Courtesy/ACRR
ACRR News:
Roxana Candia and Duane Marr each had a 3 second differential from their predicted time to tie for best predictor in the weekly pace race held Tuesday across from the Laboratory “S” Site. 
Candia also was the fastest female on the 3 mile paved course with a time of 28:42 and Marr was the fastest male on the 1 mile paved course at 20:29.
Other accurate predictors are: 
  • Adrian Medin at 19 seconds off;
  • Zach Medin with a 25 second difference as

RTD To Launch Summer TSV Green Route Friday

on July 29, 2019 - 11:40am

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD Blue Buses will begin a summer pilot program this Friday to provide Friday, Saturday and Sunday service between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley.

RTD 341 TSV Green will run through Sunday, Sept. 29. Service will be provided on three roundtrips Friday through Sunday and provide stops along Paseo del Pueblo beginning at Chamisa Road and run though the Town, the Plaza and El Prado before turning onto N.M. 150 through Arroyo Seco, Valdez and to Taos Ski Valley.

Christof Brownell, Mayor of the Village of Taos Ski Valley and NCRTD

Fort Union Candlelight Tours Program Aug. 10

on July 28, 2019 - 7:27am
Scene from Fort Union National Monument annual Candlelight Tour. Courtesy/FUNM
NPS News:
Fort Union National Monument announces that its annual Candlelight Tours event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.
During this evening event, visitors will be guided through the fort and through a series of skits performed by costumed interpreters. The tours and skits will be illuminated by lantern light. This is a free event, but reservations are required.
Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is limited to

NFHS, Butler University Announce Research Study On Value Of High School Activity Programs

on July 28, 2019 - 7:16am
NFHS News:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2019) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Butler University will work together on a 10-year research study to assess the value of high school sports and other activity programs from the perspective of students’ mothers.
The partnership was announced last week during a signing ceremony on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, which involved leaders from Butler and the NFHS and more than 150 high school student leaders who are attending the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit at the Hyatt Regency in

Governor Establishes Fitness And Wellness Initiative For More Than 17,000 State Employees

on July 27, 2019 - 11:36am
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday signed an executive order providing for the establishment of fitness and wellness programs for state employees, a means of incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices and a genuine work-life balance for the more than 17,000 New Mexico government workers.
The governor directed the State Personnel Office to develop fitness and wellness guidance for state employees, including a policy template for agencies and departments to implement.

SFNF: Product Sales Resume At Las Vegas Dist. Office

on July 27, 2019 - 10:45am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Customers are once again able to purchase fuelwood permits, maps and interagency passes at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), effective immediately.
The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., has designated collection officers in place who are authorized to accept payment for all Forest Service products 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“We want to thank members of the public for their patience while we got our new staffers up to speed,” District Ranger Steve Romero said.

Attention Los Alamos And White Rock Soccer Residents ... Volunteers Desperately Needed Right Now!

on July 26, 2019 - 8:00am
The Los Alamos Youth Soccer League is in DIRE NEED for both a recreational coordinator(s) and referees for the upcoming soccer season (2019-2020).
The LAYSL is a volunteer driven club that absolutely relies on community involvement to keep the program strong and vibrant.
Typically, we need one recreational coordinator for both the Los Alamos and White Rock training sessions, which are two days a week with games on Fridays. The recreational coordinator position is held for two years.
Unfortunately, without identifying at least one recreational coordinator for the

Weekly Fishing Report: July 24

on July 24, 2019 - 8:50am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

After a period of hot temperatures, the weather has fallen into a typical monsoon season pattern with clouds building over the mountains during the day and forming thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evenings. Some of these storms will move down into the valleys.

Storms at lower elevations can be hit-or-miss, with heavy rain falling in some spots while not too far away it can still be hot and dry.

Be sure to pack some rain gear with you when you head outdoors on fishing and hiking trips.

Streamflows have dropped throughout

Ninja Kidz Blast Into Los Alamos Beginning Aug. 1

on July 24, 2019 - 7:54am
Ninja Kidz is coming to Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics (LAHFG).
Ninja Kidz is a fun, recreational program designed for children ages 5 to 12 and combines aspects of gymnastics, parkour, and martial arts.
Starting Aug. 1, High Flyers will be offering six one-hour classes per week devoted to the new co-ed curriculum. The program includes four different events, with four different levels the ninja can progress through. The four events are practices of Form, Obstacle, Climb and Power.
In the classes, the ninjas learn flexibility, strength,

BAER Team Assesses Post-Fire Effects Of Naranjo Fire

on July 23, 2019 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing post-fire conditions for the Naranjo Fire near Regina on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
Monsoonal weather patterns are expected to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms this week, increasing the threat of localized flash flooding.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for northern and central New Mexico until midnight tonight.
As the BAER team continues its analysis, residents and visitors to the area around the Naranjo Fire should remain alert

Scenes From Kid’s Triathlon In Los Alamos Saturday

on July 22, 2019 - 2:53pm

As part of the annual Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday in downtown Los Alamos, kid participate in a mini triathlon that includes several classes with different ages grouped together to make the race competitive for all participants. Jasper Ciano waits, not patiently for the race to start. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the annual Los Alamos Triathlon kid’s mini triathlon Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the annual Los Alamos Triathlon kid’s mini triathlon Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

Trip To El Rancho De Las Golondrinas Wednesday

on July 22, 2019 - 8:00am
Courtesy/El rancho de las Golondrinas
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas offers free Wednesdays for New Mexico residents in July. The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will offer members round trip transportation for just $8.
The trip is planned for Wednesday, July 24. It departs the Los Alamos Senior Center at 9 a.m. and picks up at 9:15 a.m. at White Rock Senior Center.
Admission is FREE at Las Golondrinas for New Mexico residents and visitors are welcome to bring or buy lunch there. Those age 60 and over can join the senior centers for free.