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Lana Martin Discusses Her Attempt To Climb Mount Elbrus During Mountaineers Meeting Tuesday

on July 20, 2019 - 11:19am
Lana Martin dicusses her attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. The talk is free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Hear about Lana Martin’s attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe, at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 23.
This talk will start at about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Mountaineers’ meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.
In celebration of her fiftieth birthday,

PEEC: Climbing, Fishing, Butterfly Counting July 27-28

on July 20, 2019 - 6:21am
PEEC is hosting a variety of adventures July 27-28 including climbing one of Northern New Mexico’s iconic peaks. Visit to find out what events are coming up and to register for these programs. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC is hosting the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count July 27 around the Pajarito Plateau. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC is partnering with the NMDG&F to host a fishing adventure July 28 at Fenton Lake State Park. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Get outside with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center July 27-28 with a variety of outdoor programs in Los Alamos

Explore Valles Caldera's Hidden Valley Aug. 10

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
VCNP News:
Did you know there is a Hidden Valley in Valles Caldera National Preserve? The East Fork of the Jemez River meanders across the Valle Grande, then exits through a narrow canyon just south of South Mountain aptly named Hidden Valley. 
Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and PEEC 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, on an adventure to explore the Hidden Valley of Valles Caldera National Preserve and get some hands-on experience looking at the invertebrates that help scientists determine water quality.
$8/family or $4/person for PEEC and Los

NMG&F: Apply For Sandhill Crane & Pheasant Hunts

on July 19, 2019 - 6:52am
Sandhill crane. Courtesy/
NMGF News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is now accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits.
Applications can be made online at the department’s website or over the telephone with the department’s information center, 1.888.248.6866. The application deadline for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Information about pheasant and sandhill crane draw hunts is available in the department’s 2019-20 Small Game Hunting Rules and Information Booklet.

Small Frijoles Fire Continues To Smolder In Bandelier

on July 18, 2019 - 9:01pm


A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.

The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.

The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.

Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically.

No Sales At SFNF Las Vegas District Office July 22-30

on July 18, 2019 - 9:11am

SFNF News:


SANTA FE There will be no sales at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) July 22-30, due to a brief staffing shortage.


The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., will still be open to answer questions and assist visitors with other issues.


Only designated collection officers are authorized to accept payment for fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products. In May, the SFNF announced that the Las Vegas office would not be able to sell products on Tuesdays until further notice. 



SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Aug. 14

on July 17, 2019 - 3:16pm

Rock art panel on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The community is invited to join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards Wednesday, Aug. 14 to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.

The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

The Glorieta rock art tour is free and open to the public, but anyone planning to attend must register in advance by calling the Pecos Ranger

Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Wildflower Walk To Water Canyon Monday July 15

on July 14, 2019 - 7:34am

Join Chick Keller or Craig Martin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 for a wildflower walk to Water Canyon. Participants should meet at the nature center to check in and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its monthly wildflower walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Craig Martin or Chick Keller will be leading this outing to Water Canyon to identify some of the blooming wildflowers.

Participants should meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center to check in and carpool to the trailhead.

Comment Period For Santa Fe Mountains Project Scoping Extended To July 17

on July 13, 2019 - 8:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project until Wednesday, July 17, 2019, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable.

The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.

“Comments received during the scoping period literally help us determine the scope of the entire project,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Final Update Naranjo Fire Unless Major Activity Occurs

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,010 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 50 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.

Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and

Purgatory Hosts Town Series Enduro MTB Races

on July 12, 2019 - 7:58am
Purgatory’s Bike Park. Courtesy/Purgatory
Purgatory Resort is hosting Town Series Enduro MTB Races, Wednesday, July 17 at Purgatory’s Bike Park in Durango, Colo.
After the epic 2018/19 ski season, Purgatory’s Bike Park continues to open trails as conditions allow. Purgatory also continues to develop lift-access biking for recreational mountain bike enthusiasts, including the addition of two new expert trails, Links and Pirate.
Purgatory is in the process of building its first lift-served downhill trail for beginners, Shangrila, which is estimated to be

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 1,009 Acres

on July 11, 2019 - 10:19am

SFNF News: 

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,009 acres; the fire increased by 270 acres as a result of Wednesday’s firing operations within the containment lines.

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96.

Containment: 20 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with southeast winds 5-10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 14-18 percent.

Resources on

Connor Hoch: My Experience As A Leader In Training

on July 10, 2019 - 9:59am
View of Submarine Rock during recent leader In Training backpacking trip. Photo by Connor Hoch/
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

Being a leader is something that can be either exhilarating or catastrophic. Even though a leadership role can be exhausting, it will teach you life experience, leadership and responsibility.

Especially when being a leader at a summer camp like I have. My experience being a Leader In Training (LIT) at the YMCA Camp Shaver has forever changed my perspective of taking care of people.

Suazo; Stanley Tie For Best Predictor In Pace Race

on July 10, 2019 - 9:40am
ACRR News: 
Cliff Stanley and Aurora Suazo, 9, tied for top predictor with a 12 second differential in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race on the Los Alamos County Golf Course maintenance road.
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Ryan Smeltzer with 16 seconds off and also best finisher in the 3 mile distance recording a 23:57;
  • Mark Bjorklund with a 20 second difference;
  • Ted Atkins with 27 seconds off; and
  • Kathy Daly and Charles Ferenbaugh tied at 30 seconds.
On the 1 mile course:
  • Nate Pratt, 10, was the top male finisher with a time of 8:27; and
  • Priscila Rosa was the first

Weekly Fishing Report: July 10

on July 10, 2019 - 9:16am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The good news is streamflows in Northern New Mexico are coming down and nearly all the streams and rivers now have good fishing.
This includes the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake, where the flow was 453 cubic-feet-per-second Monday. The water clarity was very good. This is a great section of river to fish.
One access point is the outlet of Heron Dam. It requires a long walk down to the river. This spot is where some special regulations apply that anglers need to be aware of.

SFNF: Temporary Closure For Naranjo Fire Operations

on July 9, 2019 - 8:36pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fire National Forest (SFNF) today issued a temporary closure order for a portion of the Cuba Ranger District to provide for public and firefighter safety during operations on the Naranjo Fire.
The restricted area starts at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 96 and the SFNF boundary and goes east to San Jose Creek, then follows the creek to the San Jose Trailhead, then goes to Naranjo Creek to the SFNF boundary and back to FR 96. The closure order and a map of the restricted area are posted on the SFNF website’s listing of current closures.

SFNF: Thank You, Campers – Only Five Abandoned Campfires Over Holiday Weekend

on July 9, 2019 - 6:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Patrols on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the long Fourth of July weekend reported only five abandoned campfires – a huge improvement over recent weekend tallies of 45 abandoned campfires the weekend of June 22-23 and another 11 for June 29-30.
“Good snowpack and a wet spring may have delayed the onset of fire season in Northern New Mexico, but we are definitely there now,” Fire Staff Officer Lance Elmore said. “And with the monsoon season, we are going to see more lightning-caused fires.

Encouragement Elk Hunting Licenses On Sale July 10

on July 8, 2019 - 6:11pm
NMGF News:
SANTA FE New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2019-2020 big game draw are eligible for nearly 1,900 antlerless elklicenses.
The licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 10.
The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful applicants and includes almost 1,500 licenses for any legal sporting arm and 390 licenses for muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.
Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Los Amigos Finishes 11th Restoration Project: La Jara

on July 8, 2019 - 10:11am

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera volunteers at work in June. Courtesy/Nina Wells and Kristina Fisher

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera complete their 11th restoration project. Courtesy/Nina Wells and Kristina Fisher

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

June 30, 2019 marked the completion of the 11th grant that Los Amigos de Valles Caldera has received from various funding sources to perform restoration work on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

This project received a New Mexico River Stewardship grant for $160,000 for Restoring La Jara Creek from Damage from the Thompson Ridge Fire, Valles

Schedule For 2019 Wilderness Hikes At Bandelier

on July 7, 2019 - 10:07am

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


A variety of wilderness hikes are available this summer and into October at Bandelier National Monument.

Reservations are required so call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861, ext. 517, to participate.

Participants must wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes and be in good physical condition to handle elevation gains in and out of the canyon. Bring a pack including 2-3 liters of water, multiple snacks/bars (in some cases a lunch), a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, any necessary medications.

Branson Wins 4th Straight Top Dog Award; Owner Steven Strevell Wins 2nd Top Male Runner Age 12-17

on July 6, 2019 - 2:25pm

Runners take off on the 4th of July in the annual YMCA Firecracker 5K Fun Run. Courtesy photo 

Local runner Steven Strevell and his dog Branson run on the 4th of July in the YMCA Firecracker 5K race. As the most famous runner, Branson won the Top Dog Award for the fourth year in a row and his owner, Strevell won the Top Male Award age 12-17 for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo

Local ultramarathon runner, sports photographer and Los Alamos High School Cross Country Assistant Coach Blake Wood, left, won the Top Male age 60+ in the 2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run 5K race. Courtesy photo

2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run Results

on July 6, 2019 - 1:02pm

Scene at the finish line of the 2019 annual 4th of July YMCA Firecracker Fun Run on 15th Street. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Results of the 2019 annual 4th of July YMCA Firecracker Fun Run:

5 Km Men, 9 & under

  • 1,25:31.66,Thomas Daligault, Los Alamos
  • 2,25:55.93,Koen Christensen, White Rock
  • 3,28:27.08,Oliver Saenz, Los Alamos
  • 4,30:33.05,Marcus Kolman, Los Alamos
  • 5,32:24.85,Tomas Soto, Los Alamos
  • 6,35:53.19,Turin Wedel, Los Alamos
  • 7,37:47.48,Zach Branchf, Boston, MA
  • 8,38:59.72,Moody Zachary, Los Alamos
  • 9,39:15.47, Logan Nolen, Los Alamos
  • 10,42:31.93,Ferenbaugh Robbie, Los Alamos
  • 11,46:08.01, Wangler

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 20 Acres

on July 6, 2019 - 12:29pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 20 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temperatures between 73-80 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 miles per hour and 25-29 percent humidity

Resources assigned: Type 3 incident management team, 95 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVs