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Sipapu Hosts Stefan Seigman Memorial Race

on December 9, 2018 - 8:33am

Scene from Sipapu Ski Resort. Photo by John Paul Bradley/Sipapu Ski Resort

Scene from Sipapu Ski Resort. Photo by John Paul Bradley/Sipapu Ski Resort

SKI News:

Sipapu Ski Resort received 4 inches of fresh snow over the past 24 hours, bringing its season total to 42".

The ski resort is opening more and more terrain, including additional features in its terrain park.

Saturday and Sunday, Sipapu is hosting the Stefan Seigman Memorial Race on Rolling Rock trail.

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Udall, Beyer Introduce Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Safeguard America’s Biodiversity

on December 8, 2018 - 8:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 to protect and restore fish, wildlife, and plant species, in particular, those that are at risk to habitat loss and fragmentation--a major factor in species decline and extinction.
 
The legislation establishes a National Wildlife Corridors Program to ensure that species are able to move between habitats by improving data use and collection and enhancing interagency and regional collaboration.  
 
The

Bandelier Mastermind Council Wins National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award

on December 6, 2018 - 8:55am
Members of the Bandelier Mastermind Council hold their 2018 Leadership Awards. Courtesy/Bandelier
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott is proud to announce that the Bandelier Mastermind Council was the group winner of the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award.  
 
National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award. Courtesy/Bandelier
 
The Mastermind Council consists of eight staff members: Robert Harper, Maintenance Mechanic; Myron Gonzales, Preservationist; JT Stark, Exhibits Specialist; Jorge Maldonado, Facilities Management

Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K & 1 Mile At LAMS Sunday

on December 6, 2018 - 8:22am

LAHS students play holiday tunes for the runners in the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 9 to raise money for the LAHS band program.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. LAHS students will play holiday tunes for the runners.

Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile. Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle School.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 5

on December 5, 2018 - 9:53am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The weather has been colder than normal for much of November and now early December. In years past I remember it not being unusual to get a cold spell at this time of year.
 
The cold weather has brought snow to the mountains and the Sangre de Cristos are particularly pretty right now covered with snow. It’s a welcome sight after last year’s very dry winter.
 
If you do a lot of mountain driving this time of year, be sure to make a note during the day where melting snow is causing water to flow onto the road.

Family YMCA Zumba Kids Class Saturday

on December 5, 2018 - 9:51am

There are TONS of activities full of holiday cheer happening 11:15 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. Los Alamos. Let your kids burn off some energy and stop by the YMCA this Saturday, too. Zumba Kids is super fun ... kids get to dance, play games, get prizes, and there will be some holiday themed activities, too. Zumba Kids is for ages 6-12. Best of all it's FREE (no membership required). Along with all the holiday fun, let's incorporate healthy physical activity habits into our kids lives. For more information, contact Kate Ramsey at kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

Pajarito Mountain Hosts Job Fair Saturday Dec. 8

on December 5, 2018 - 9:33am
Scene at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo
 
Scene at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo
 
PAJARITO News:
 
Ski season is right around the corner and staff at Pajarito Mountain are getting ready for opening day scheduled to for Friday, Dec. 21.
 
Pajarito Mountain will host a Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Pajarito is hiring for jobs such as ski patrol, lift operator, ticket checker, ski and snowboard instructors, rental shop cashiers and techs, retail positions, janitorial staff, ticket cashier, food and beverage cooks and more.

Ethan Stergiou Falls Asleep While Sledding

on December 4, 2018 - 7:03am

Even though it was 26 degrees Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center, it was warm in the sun. So warm, Ethan Stergiou, 15 months, fell fast asleep while sledding with his mom. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

Ethan Stergiou dozes off while sledding with his mom and sister Monday morning at the nature center. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

SFNF Offices Close For National Day Of Mourning To Honor President George H. W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5

on December 3, 2018 - 3:59pm

SFNF offices will close Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) Offices and all Ranger District offices will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush who passed away Friday.

All offices will resume regular business hours Thursday, Dec. 6.

If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you find;

SFCC Fitness Center Closing For Renovations

on December 3, 2018 - 12:06pm
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center’s recreation facilities will undergo major renovations beginning in December.
 
The gymnasium is scheduled to be closed today through Feb. 5, for floor repairs and refinishing. The entire facility is scheduled to be closed Saturday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.
 
SFCC holds it fall graduation Dec. 8 at the Fitness Education Center and will be closed to fitness patrons.
 
Improvements and repairs to the facility will include flooring, furniture, resistance-training equipment,

Snow Provides Sledding Fun At Ashley Pond Today

on December 2, 2018 - 3:52pm

The snowstorm this morning made way for some sledding fun for parents and kids this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The National Weather Service has Los Alamos under a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. today and predicts a 20% chance of more snow until 11 tonight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

‘This is the life! Hey let’s go around again daddy!’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jingle Bell Rock 'N Run Dec. 9

on December 2, 2018 - 7:57am
The Jingle Bell Rock 'n Run is 2-4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 9 at Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr. Mile race starts at 2 p.m. and the 5K at 2:30 p.m.. Enjoy live holiday music while running and benefit the Los Alamos High School Topper Band program. Courtesy image

BLM Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

on November 30, 2018 - 4:23pm
Christmas tree permits now available. Courtesy/nmstatelands.org
 
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE – The Bureau of Land Management offices in Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe are now selling Christmas tree permits.
 
The permits cost $5 and will be sold until Dec. 23. For a list of BLM office locations and contact information, click here.
 
Maps can be obtained when purchasing the permit at a local BLM office, and will show tree hunters where lands open to tree cutting are located. Tree permits are for sale on many parcels of public lands in the State.

BLM To Continue San Pedro Thinning Project

on November 30, 2018 - 9:34am
BLM News:
 
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management will continue thinning to reduce accumulated vegetation posing fire hazards in the San Pedro area through the end of December.
 
In addition to the presence of work crews, the public will be gathering wood in the area until Dec. 31. To ensure the safety of the work crews and the public, the area’s temporary closure to target shooting is extended until this time.

YMCA Raises $4,800 To Help Local Teen Centers

on November 29, 2018 - 9:13am

All children are welcome at the YMCA After School Program. Courtesy photo

 

By DIANA MARTINEZ
Development Director
The Family YMCA
 
Together, in a single day, we raised $4,800 toward helping 2,500 youth served at our teen centers in Española and Los Alamos, and 300 people at our YMCA.
 
This is a great success!
 
We are grateful for the loving, caring spirit that moved our donors now and all year. At 7 p.m., Tuesday night, our #GivingTuesday total sat at $2,300, given by 36 friends, and then I got an email pledge from one more individual that took us to $4,800. WOW.
 
So today is

History On Tap: Tracing History Of Los Alamos Ski Club

on November 28, 2018 - 12:58pm

Niels Bohr skiing during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Creative District News:

 

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for History On Tap.

 

The presentation will trace the Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) history through six decades of dedicated volunteer effort, from its formation during the Manhattan Project years, to the development of organized skiing at Sawyer’s Hill in the 1940s and 50s, and finally the creation of the modern family-friendly five-chairlift Pajarito

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28

on November 28, 2018 - 6:31am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The cold weather continues and more lakes will start to freeze. Several lakes do not allow ice fishing once they are frozen over. Fenton Lake State Park and Monastery Lake normally do not allow ice fishing. Both are still open.
 
It won’t be long before Fenton Lake freezes over as it is already 75-percent iced and even colder weather is forecast for later this week. The fishing in what open water remains is slow. Call 575.829.3630 for conditions.
 
Monastery Lake is on private land and does not allow ice fishing.

Top Runners Named In 2018 Turkey Trot/Crop Walk

on November 28, 2018 - 4:55am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The following list of individuals are the top 27 finishers in the 2.57 mile distance of the 2018 Annual Turkey Trot/CROP Walk held Nov. 18.
 
Approximately 180 participants were involved.
 
Crop Walk/Turkey Trot Results:
 
#1 Sam Crooks 16:03
#2 Travis Gibson 16:07
#3 Quinn Abfalterer 16:50
#4 Grafton Urbatch 17:02
#5 Blake Wood 17:04
#6 Ryan Smeltzer 17:05
#7 Roshan Prasad 17:26
#8 Zack Medin 17:58
#9 Aaron Jackson 18:15
#10 Adam Stanier 18:25
#11 Levi Gibson 18:40
#12 Jack Williams 19:08
#13 Ethan Moody 19:52
#14 Vikki Saga 20:00
#15 Rao Garimella

SFNF: Chaparral Prescribed Burn May Start Today

on November 26, 2018 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today, Nov. 26 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 59 acres of the Chaparral piles, and may conduct treatments anytime between Nov. 26 and March 15, 2019 as conditions allow.

The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two to five miles south of the Rancho del

SFNF: Cattle Guard Installation On Jemez Ranger District Postponed Until Spring

on November 25, 2018 - 7:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials postponed the installation of cattle guards on Forest Road 105 (Sulfur Creek Road) and Forest Road 106 (Thompson Ridge Road) until spring. 

Installation was originally planned the week of Nov. 12, but is postponed until forest officials can ensure emergency access during construction.

The plan is to complete the project ahead of the next grazing season.

Public notification will be made as soon as new installation dates are determined. Once the project begins, the forest roads will be impassible from approximately 9:30 a.m.

Be Aware ... Share The Forest With Wild Animals

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Winter is fast approaching, and hard times may be ahead for some forest animals.

Heavy snows and extended periods of bitter cold can take a toll on many forest creatures. Winter mortality is nothing to be concerned about since it has been occurring for ages.

What has not been occurring for quite as long; however, is the increased amount of human activity on the forest. Forest officials highly encourage visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, but to also be aware of the surroundings.

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

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