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Forest Personnel Seek Volunteers For Trail Cleanup

on October 22, 2018 - 6:06pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The public is invited to volunteer alongside USDA Forest Service personnel to a hike up the Arroyo Toro Route to Window Rock, and help clean up the trail, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
 
There is a briefing at the Arroyo Toro Route at 10 a.m., 11.5 miles north of Española on US Highway 84. The point of contact is referenced below for exact briefing location. Volunteers will then hike to the trail.
 
The hike will be an eight mile round trip. Volunteers must wear long pants and sturdy closed toe shoes. Bring a day pack with water and sunscreen.

Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Changed To Oct. 25

on October 22, 2018 - 5:47pm

Scene from a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  – Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Thursday, Oct. 25.

Conditions were not favorable enough for the anticipated start date of Oct. 22; therefore, should favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated anytime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2.

Fire managers plan to target

Los Alamos Ski Hill 75th Anniversary Talk Times Change

on October 22, 2018 - 5:37pm

Due to the recent passing of Bruce Gavett (the first General Manager at the Los Alamos Ski Hill), in order to attend his services Saturday, the historical talks at the 75th Anniversary have changed. Courtesy/LASC

Council Seeks Alternative Locations For Bike Flow Trail

on October 20, 2018 - 8:22am
Community members and County staff hear Hogan Koesis of Mountain Capital Partners discuss the proposed bike flow trail at Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The proposed bike flow trail has encountered several roadblocks. The obstacles range from the budget for the project to the trail’s location. Despite the bumps in the road, Los Alamos County Council decided to forge ahead with the flow trail.

In a 5-1 vote, Council approved to discuss with the Department of Energy the possibility of

Halloween Fallout Skate Slam Today!

on October 20, 2018 - 7:05am

Halloween Fallout Skate Slam today at White Rock Skate Park. Courtesy image

Los Alamos Ski Swap At LAMS 1-4 p.m. Saturday

on October 19, 2018 - 4:48pm

New and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets and ski clothing for sale 1-4 p.m. Saturday at LAMS. Courtesy/LASS

CHAMBER News:

Need some new gear for this coming winter? Come to Los Alamos Middle School this weekend for the annual Los Alamos Ski Swap.

The swap is 1-4 p.m. Saturday and includes the sale of new and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets and ski clothing.

Drop off equipment for resale 8-11 a.m. Saturday.

Pick-up unsold equipment and payment for sold equipment 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds from the Los Alamos Ski Swap benefit the Los Alamos

SFNF: Hunters, Know Before You Go

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am

SFNF officials are encouraging hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) officials encourage hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest and to operate safely.

People require rescue almost every year because they weren’t prepared to enter into the forest and wilderness areas.

“Hunters got lost in two separate instances in the Santa Fe National Forest within the past few days,” said Diane Prather, Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator.

Late-Season Archery Elk Licenses Available Oct. 31

on October 19, 2018 - 7:38am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Game & Fish Department announces that 275 first-come, first-served late season bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 31.
 
The licenses will be available on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
 
Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 17-21, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 15-19, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 1-5, 50 licenses. Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 85 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet.
 
The first 24 hours of

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

PEEC And Reel Deal Present Documentary ‘Free Solo’

on October 17, 2018 - 3:52pm

The community is invited to join PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater for a special showing of ‘Free Solo’ at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Reel Deal Theater present a special showing of the acclaimed documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

This stunning film follows climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan … without a rope. Pajarito Brewpub will serve beer and wine at this event and the ticket sales will serve as a fundraiser for PEEC.

Tickets are available for

Purgatory Starts Making Snow – Opening Day Nov. 17

on October 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
Purgatory Resort fires up its snow making system. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort/Josh Hamill
 
SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Thanks to the cold front that came through, bringing temperatures into the teens at the mountain, Purgatory fired up its snow making system at 10 p.m., Sunday night and made snow for a solid 12 hours.
 
These efforts come on the heels of last week’s natural snowfall. Last week’s storm brought a foot of snow to the mountain, which is still holding at the mid-mountain level and higher.
 
Before making snow, Purgatory’s mountain team started track packing, which compacts

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 17

on October 17, 2018 - 8:32am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 
The weather turned sharply cooler this past weekend and there was some good precipitation in the form of rain at lower elevations and snow higher up in the mountains.
 
This should improve the fishing conditions in our lakes and trout should be actively cruising the shallows looking to feed heavily in preparation for winter. The moisture also will benefit the trout in our rivers and streams, raising streamflow levels and lowering water temperatures.
 
A good example would be the Pecos River from the town of Pecos upstream to

Los Alamos Ski Club Hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend: Oct. 26-28

on October 16, 2018 - 5:22pm

Los Alamos Ski Club News:

In 1943 a group of Manhattan Project scientists began the Los Alamos Ski Club, the mission was to bring together others that were interested in skiing as a recreational sport.

Later they expanded the Club and interest in skiing by working together to put in a rope tow to create a local ski area at Sawyers Hill. By the 50s the Club moved the ski area to Pajarito Mountain and continued its tradition of utilizing volunteers to bring an incredible skiing experience to the Los Alamos community.

After 75 years, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to bring the ski community

BLM: Wood Permit Sales In Northern New Mexico

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am
Courtesy/USFS
 
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE In order to make it easier for members of the public to obtain fuelwood permits for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands, the BLM will sell fuelwood permits on certain days in Northern New Mexico.  
 
Starting 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 24, the BLM will be available at the U.S. Forest Service’s Canjilon Ranger District. For directions, call 575.684.2489. Note that the BLM can only accept cash and checks for these permit sales.
 
The BLM also sells fuelwood permits at their field offices in Albuquerque,

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

Sipapu Ski Resort Receives 5" Of Snow Overnight

on October 15, 2018 - 2:43pm

View today of Sipapu Ski Resort, scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 17. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Sipapu Ski Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

SIPAPU News:

Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos received 5" of snow overnight and there's more in the forecast over the next 10 days!

The mountain team is watching the forecast for optimal conditions to begin snowmaking. Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul, is excited about the cold forecast to drop the soil temperature, providing better insulation for any natural or man-made snow!

Sipapu's opening day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.

Hike Kitchen Mesa At Ghost Ranch Saturday

on October 15, 2018 - 12:40pm

Hike Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Meet the group at 8 a.m., Saturday at the nature center to carpool to Ghost Ranch. Courtesy photo

 

PEEC News:

 

Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 20 with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing. Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.

 

BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

on October 15, 2018 - 9:57am
San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
 
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
 
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M.

Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

on October 13, 2018 - 7:03am
By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers.

Karen Easton Joins Family YMCA Board

on October 13, 2018 - 6:06am

Karen Easton

Y News:

The Family YMCA’s Board of Directors accepted Karen Easton to its ranks during its Sept. 28 meeting.

Easton and her family have been members of the Y for 14 years.

“We’ve enjoyed a variety of programs offered from fitness to childcare,” she said.

Easton is a community banker with more than 25 years of service and banking experience in management, private banking and wealth management. She is a vice president/branch manager for century Bank. She is a graduate of Portland State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

“Joining the Board

WeBe Racing Hare-Scramble Series In Los Alamos

on October 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Hare-Scramble Series will host dirt bike motorcycle races Oct. 20-21 at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Brandom Turman

By BRODIE ANDERSON

Looking for something to do next weekend? How about driving up to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to one of the largest motorsports event to ever come to Los Alamos County.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, WeBe Racing – Hare-Scramble Series, will put on dirt bike motorcycle races on Pajarito Mountain. Many riders will compete at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in various classes.

Family YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Opens

on October 10, 2018 - 6:50am
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball Program for girls and boys in grades 1-6 is taking registration through Oct. 26. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants and team parents.
 
The Y’s basketball leagues are developmental and co-ed for youth in grades 1-2; and competitive for girls in 3-4 grade, boys in 3-4 grade, girls 5-6 grade, and boys 5-6 grade.
 
Practices are held Nov. 5 through Feb. 1, two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock. Games are Saturdays, Dec. 1 through Feb. 2. Cost is $120, or $90 for Y Members.

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 10

on October 10, 2018 - 6:45am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After looking over the stocking report, it’s pretty easy to pick this week’s hotspot.
 
Oct. 3, the State Game and Fish Department stocked Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos with 575 rainbow trout that averaged 20 inches in size and over three pounds in weight. Those are some big fish. They were raised at the nearby Los Ojos Fish Hatchery.
 
Laguna de Campo is a small lake that is open to anglers 14 years of age or younger, 65 years of age or older and to those anglers with disabilities.

Fall Scenery Spotted Monday At Pajarito Mountain

on October 9, 2018 - 2:48pm
Scene of fall colors during a visit Monday to Pajarito Mointain. Photo by Cindy Richard

New Snow On Pajarito Mountain

on October 8, 2018 - 11:42am

New snow this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Doug Stavert

A dog romps in the snow this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Doug Stavert

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