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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.

County Council Updated On Ski Area

on December 21, 2017 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn speaks during the special session Friday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

James Coleman of Pajarito Recreation, LLC speaks Friday during the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Pajarito Ski Area opened for the winter season this past weekend but during the Los Alamos County Council’s special session Friday, attention turned to the ski area’s future and what was in store for it.
 
Part of its future entails new ownership.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
 
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

Valles Caldera Entrance Closed Christmas Day

on December 21, 2017 - 6:12am
Valle Grande Entrance Station. Courtesy/VCNP
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will close its main gate and Valle Grande entrance station Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday; the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.
 
The snow hasn’t graced the preserve just yet, so visitors still have the opportunity to hike, bike, or ride horses. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk, and bald eagles.
 
When the snows

Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Santa Fe National Forest Holiday Closures

on December 18, 2017 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday Jan. 2, respectively.

Also, the SFNF Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe will be closed 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 21 for maintenance.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices through Friday, Dec. 22 and select vendors through Saturday, Dec.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
 
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
 
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Bandelier: Holidays, Winter Solstice, Fee Free Days

on December 15, 2017 - 9:28am
Cliffs and historic structures in Frijoles Canyon with the first snowfall of 2017. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
With the holidays and 2018 approaching, Bandelier National Monument is offering news on upcoming events, both this year and next.
 
First on the list is Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, shortest day of the year and the point on the calendar when the days begin to lengthen again. Many peoples all over the world recognized the solstices and built markers into structures or found them in the surrounding landscape.

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