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Purgatory Gets 7 Inches Of Snow Since Midnight

on January 10, 2018 - 12:56pm
The scene at Purgatory Resort today in Durango, Colo., with Engineer Mountain in the background. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
SKI News:
 
Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo. has received seven inches of snow since midnight and more is in the forecast today.
 
Nearly 40 percent of Purgatory's terrain is now open, with new trails on the backside of the mountain opening today, thanks to the new snow.
 
Purgatory has received a foot of snow in the past four days.
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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 10

on January 10, 2018 - 12:22pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Once again, the hottest fishing spot for local anglers is the Chama River below El Vado Dam.
 
With streamflows measuring a measly 102 cubic-feet- per-second, the Chama has been excellent for anglers using everything from flies to Power Bait. The State Game and Fish Department has stocked a lot of rainbow trout in this area, including 495 trout stocked Jan. 3 that averaged over 11 inches in size.

Secretary Zinke Creates New Council For Hunting And Shooting Sports Conservation

on January 9, 2018 - 11:22am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Continuing his unyielding support for hunting, fishing, and the American conservation ethic, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council.
 
The Council is intended to provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice regarding the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with regard to wildlife and habitat conservation.

Jemez Ranger District Begins Joaquin Prescribed Burn

on January 8, 2018 - 5:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the Joaquin fuelwood unit Thursday, Jan. 11 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 90-acres of the 115-acre area.

Largest Military Family Ski Event In Nation Happening At Taos Ski Valley

on January 8, 2018 - 8:51am
 
TSV News:
 
The 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week’s FREE event is Jan. 16-20 at Taos Ski Valley (TSV).
 
TSV and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) invite past and present military members, their immediate family and Gold Star Families the opportunity to enjoy a week on the slopes, with free equipment rentals, $35 lift tickets, group lessons, Children’s Ski School and childcare STEEP discounts, allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits.
 
The event incorporates group dining, providing beneficial socialization and bonding opportunities through encouraging

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 8, 2018 - 7:38am

Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

 

Snow is in the forecast and Pajarito Mountain crews are ready to open more terrain with more snow.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  for daily operations.

For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):

Jan. 20 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

Reservoir And Access Road Closed To Public Monday

on January 6, 2018 - 11:26am

Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir. Courtesy/LANL

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road, will be closed Monday, Jan. 8 through the summer of 2018.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding

Daily Postcard: Narrows Of Frijoles Canyon

on January 6, 2018 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: The landscape in park canyons at Bandelier National Monument has changed dramatically like this area in the Narrows of Frijoles Canyon where the trail used to climb steps on the left side of the canyon. The steps and trail were removed by floods and now hikers must follow the creek under this huge boulder. Photo by Sally King

Bike Flow Trail Regains Momentum

on January 4, 2018 - 8:55am
Hogan Koesis of Pajarito Receation updates Council on plans to construct new bike trails on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
When the single bid to construct a bike flow trail in Bayo Canyon came in over budget, the project skidded to a stop. However, work is underway to push the project back into motion.
 
Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson said he will give an update about the project during the Jan. 11 Parks and Recreation Board meeting.
 
“The County will be preparing a new Request for

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2018 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite the frigid temperatures that cover much of the United States and that have spilled into parts of Eastern New Mexico, there remains open-water fishing on many of our lakes.
 
That includes Eagle Nest Lake, which would normally be New Mexico’s prime ice-fishing destination.
 
Warm temperatures created areas of open water and the fishing was fair for rainbow trout. There are still areas of thin ice around the lake and those areas are closed to fishing.

Marie Todd, 88, Celebrates Exercise Milestone

on January 2, 2018 - 5:06pm
Marie Todd, 88, center, celebrates an exercise milestone as 2017 came to an end. Todd, who turns 89 in February, is a true role model attending more than 100 exercise classes in 2017. Todd joined Jazzercise in 1979 and still attends classes with some people younger than a quarter of her age. The local Jazzercise program is offering free classes in 2018 for young women ages 16-21. The opportunity will give youth a chance to see how making exercise a lifestyle keeps them going strong. Today's Jazzercise mixes modern dance, kickboxing and pilates with modern music a sense of community.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 2, 2018 - 4:44pm
Mighty Mite Magic Carpet. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain had an enjoyable holiday season and is open for daily operations. The new Mighty Mite Magic Carpet has been very popular with beginner skiers.
 
Mountain News:
 
Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages! Pajarito Mountain currently has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here. Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar).
 
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Tom Stockton Joins Hardrock Hundred Board

on January 2, 2018 - 8:14am
HMER News:
 
The Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run welcomes new Board of Director members Tom Stockton of Los Alamos along with Doug Hart and Mary Monroe Brown.
 
Approaching its 25th year of running, the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run has expanded its Board of Directors from 9 to 11 members, following the lottery held Dec. 2, 2017. Stockton, Hart and Monroe Brown will join the current Board of Directors after longtime involvement with the Southern Colorado running community.
 
“Hardrock is very fortunate to have the energy and experience of Tom, Doug and Mary on our board.

Daily Postcard: Dec. 31 At Bandelier

on January 2, 2018 - 5:24am

Daily Postcard: Dec. 31 at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Hiking Around Ojo Caliente Rock Cairns

on January 1, 2018 - 2:28pm

Hiking Friday around the rock cairns at Ojo Caliente. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Coleman Continues To Invest In Purgatory Resort

on December 30, 2017 - 6:04am
DMR News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Officials at Mountain Capital Partners, ownership group of Purgatory Resort, announced that they have purchased seven parcels of land that are immediately adjacent to Purgatory’s base area. 
 
The land was purchased from affiliates of Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), which is owned by Ambassador Chuck Cobb and his partners. The parcels purchased, totaling approximately 14 acres, include future phases of Purgatory Lodge, Peregrine Point, land between Lower Hades and Pandemonium ski trails, as well as other mixed-use projects. 
 
“We’re excited to complete the

DOI: 2017 Comprehensive List Of Accomplishments

on December 29, 2017 - 9:03am

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior released a list of accomplishments that the Department has achieved under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The accomplishments represent the unique balance of development, conservation, and preservation that the Department is charged with overseeing, including leading in American Energy Dominance, restoring public access to public lands, and providing regulatory relief for hard working American citizens.

“The President promised the American people that their voices

Y: Reframe New Year’s Resolutions In 2018

on December 27, 2017 - 7:36pm

Y News:

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to it can seem impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, The Family YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by

Pajarito Mountain Open ... Torchlight Parade Canceled

on December 27, 2017 - 3:42pm
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito is open daily for the holidays through Jan. 7, and then will be open Wednesdays - Sundays, Jan. 10 through March 4. 
 
Unfortunately, the Torchlight Parade on New Year's Eve is canceled due to weather.  
 
For more information on mountain conditions, other events at the mountain, and operations schedule, click here.

Even With Good Bike Plan, A Lot Is Up To The Cyclist

on December 26, 2017 - 2:03pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

With the Laboratory beginning work on a site-wide bike plan, the County having just received Bronze level bicycle-friendly community status, and a plethora of good road and trail riding in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, there is a lot for local bicyclists to cheer about. That said, whether one is riding for fun, utility, or both, a lot still depends on the engagement and awareness of the rider in order to get out and back with the rubber side consistently down.

A road bike in battle dress for the ride up the ski hill with appropriate gears for an old guy and a

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 26

on December 26, 2017 - 1:17pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

As recommended in earlier fishing reports, it’s time to fish the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam now that the streamflow has been lowered. Anglers are having great success using a variety of baits and flies. There were a lot of trout stocked in this section of the Chama just prior to the lowering of the streamflow (564 rainbow trout stocked Dec. 20) and these trout are much more concentrated now that the streamflow is low (less than 100 cubic feet-per-second).

One complaint other anglers make about the fishing in this area is that

Santa Teaches Kids To Ski At Parjarito

on December 26, 2017 - 9:27am
On the day before Christmas Santa shows up at Pajarito to try the new Magic Carpet and help the kids learn to Ski. While there is not much snow at Pajarito yet, they have made enough snow and put in a new Magic Carpet making it easy to learn to ski for new skiers. Photo by Mary Snow
 
Santa teaches children to ski on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Mary Snow

Pajarito Mountain Open For Daily Operations

on December 26, 2017 - 8:34am

The annual Pajarito Torchlight Parade is 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain is open for daily operations and excited for the holiday season. The new Mighty Mite Magic Carpet has been very popular with beginner skiers.

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open and lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):

Bandelier Suggests Arriving Early During Busy Holiday Season

on December 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

Bandelier News:
With the mild weather, Bandelier National Monument will be a popular destination during the holiday period from now until early January. Park staff suggest that visitors may want to consider arriving early, perhaps before 10:30 a.m., to avoid crowded parking lots. In summer another alternative is to arrive in late afternoon.
 
But with the short days, those arriving around 3 p.m.

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