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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

Situation:

Update: Naranjo Fire Has Doubled In Size To 10 Acres

on July 5, 2019 - 10:38am

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 10 acres

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

Containment: 0%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 84-88 degrees, winds from the west at 5-10 miles per hour and 11-16% humidity

Resources assigned: 20 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior remains low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

Scenes From July 4th Festivities At Overlook Park

on July 5, 2019 - 10:06am

Blowing bubbles is just one of many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Temporary tattoos are another of the many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

And then there are the mighty bouncy houses available to kids at the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Wow this is all so amazing ... and the fireworks haven't even started

Scenes From 44th Fourth Of July Children's Parade

on July 5, 2019 - 7:03am
The Children's Parade sets off Thursday morning from the LDS Church on Grand Canyon. The church has sponsored the parade and carnival for 44 years. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Military veterans escort a much traveled American flag up Grand Canyon. The flag was taken by runners from the Santa Fe Veterans Cemetary at 5 a.m. July 4 and arrived in White Rock where veterans were waiting to carry it to the LDS Church flag pole for the pre-parade ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Local Boy Scouts raise the flag that has flown over Arlington National Cemetary

Buses Shuttle Spectators To Fireworks Extravaganza

on July 4, 2019 - 7:44pm

Atomic City Transit drivers in the Sullivan Field parking lot prepare to take spectators down to the annual Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza set to get underway as the sun goes down this evening at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Carloads of people are parking in the Sullivan Field parking lot and boarding Atomic City Transit buses for the ride down to the Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

No parking allowed on N.M.

Scenes From 2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run

on July 4, 2019 - 1:50pm

Runners near the finish line during this morning's annual July 4th Firecracker Fun Run hosted by The Family YMCA. Prizes go to the top male and female finishers in Kid, Youth, Adult, Adult 60+, Stroller (with a kid) and Dog Jogger. The best Costumed Participant wins Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. All participants get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Firecracker Fun Run this morning along 15th Street. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Firecracker Fun Run this morning

Valles Caldera National Preserve Resumes Summer Hours And Backcountry Vehicle Access Sunday

on July 4, 2019 - 1:29pm

Cabin at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP

 

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS —The Valles Caldera National Preserve will switch to its summer hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, July 7 and resume vehicle access into the backcountry area beyond the Valle Grande.

Backcountry vehicle access does require a permit, which is available at the entrance station on a first come, first serve basis. While access is capped at 35 vehicles per day, anyone can venture into the backcountry on foot or bike without a permit.

“We are excited to resume this popular activity and extended hours

ACRR: Bjorklund And Jackson Tie For Top Predictor

on July 4, 2019 - 7:18am

Scene from the Atomic City Road Runner pace race Tuesday on Canada Bonita Trail. Courtesy/ACRR

Scene from the Atomic City Road Runner pace race Tuesday on Canada Bonita Trail. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Heidi Bjorklund and Aaron Jackson tied for best predictor with a 4 second differential in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race held on the Canada Bonito Trail up by the ski hill.
 
Jackson also was the top finisher in the 3 mile distance recording a 23:03.
 
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Jackie Marr at 9 seconds off and the first female finisher at 18:05 in the 1 mile

Los Alamos County Dedicates Jim Billen Trail

on July 3, 2019 - 8:29am
Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott speaks during the dedication of the Jim Billen Trail Friday afternoon at East Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Jim Billen's friends and family listen to his wife, Mary, say a few words during the dedication ceremony. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Friday’s clear, sunny skies made it the perfect day to go for a hike on the newly dedicated Jim Billen Trail.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 3

on July 3, 2019 - 7:44am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
New Mexico anglers like to travel to Southern Colorado to fish some of the admittedly great rivers, lakes and streams there. Unfortunately, they are in for an unpleasant surprise this year.
 
The 2018 Colorado legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 18-143) that increases the cost of all fishing licenses, with particularly big increases to nonresident fees. In past seasons, the cost of a season, nonresident fishing license with a second-rod stamp was $61. This year, that same license would cost $104.
 
In addition, the cost of

Bandelier: Ninth Annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on July 2, 2019 - 8:16am
NPS News:
 
July 4 is traditionally a day when Americans celebrate freedom and independence. 
 
For the ninth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony in the park on that day. 20 candidates from many countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.
 
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., in the Bandelier Visitor Center Theater in Frijoles Canyon.

Free Hunter Education At Camp Wehinahpay Aug. 9-11

on July 2, 2019 - 6:36am
Courtesy/NMG&F
 
NMG&F News:
 
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification free of charge.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 10 and over who are accompanied by a participating adult. It will be conducted the weekend of Aug. 9-11, at the beautiful Camp Wehinahpay Boy Scout Camp in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo.
 
Participants are responsible for their own camping gear for this opportunity, but Friday dinner through Sunday lunch meals are provided.

Car Show & Fish Fry White Rock Senior Center Aug. 10

on June 28, 2019 - 3:57pm

The second annual car show and fish fry is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at White Rock Senior Center parking lot. Courtesy/BESC

WRSC News:

The White Rock Senior Center will host its second annual car show and fish fry 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at 137 Longview Dr. in White Rock.

Registration for the car show is a $20 donation and the People’s Choice Award winner will take home $50.

To learn more. check out the senior center website at www.losalamosseniorcenter.com or call 505.672.2034.

Abandoned Campfires Frustrate Crews

on June 27, 2019 - 5:06pm
SFNF crews discovered more than 45 still-burning campfires abandoned last weekend. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Last weekend, fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest discovered more than 45 still-burning abandoned campfires ... not including one last week on the Jemez Ranger District that grew into a 2-acre wildfire before three engine crews finally doused it.

Frustrated crews on patrol Saturday and Sunday came across 35 abandoned campfires on the Jemez District and another 10 on the Pecos/Las Vegas side of the forest.

SFNF: Come On Folks, Please Put Out Your Campfires!

on June 26, 2019 - 9:24am

Remains of the Cajete Fire. Crews on patrol Saturday and Sunday came across 35 abandoned campfires on the Jemez District and another 10 on the Pecos/Las Vegas side of the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Frustrated fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to find far too many abandoned campfires – more than 45 last weekend alone!

And that doesn’t include the one last week near Forest Road 10 on the Jemez Ranger District that grew into a 2-acre wildfire before three engine crews successfully put it out.

Most of the abandoned campfires – still the

Weekly Fishing Report: June 26, 2019

on June 26, 2019 - 8:29am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Now is a great time to plan a fishing trip to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. 

The weather is nice and warm. You may get an afternoon thunderstorm, but fishing can often be very good during these rainy periods. Be sure to pack some rain gear with you. Take cover if there’s lightening. You don’t want your fishing pole to become a lightening rod.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has been making heavy stockings of rainbow trout throughout the area.

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Purgatory Resort Announces Summertime Operations

on June 26, 2019 - 7:40am
Divinity Flow Trail at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory
 
Inferno Mountain Coaster at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory
 
 
Purgatory lift. Courtesy/Purgatory
 
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. — Following a historic 2018-19 ski season, Purgatory Resort announces its summer operating schedule.
 
Purgatory is the ideal summertime destination with over a dozen on-mountain activities, pleasant temperatures and breathtaking views.
 
Available year round, the new Inferno Mountain Coaster is a family friendly thrill ride with incredible mountain vistas.

Marr Has Perfect Prediction In Weekly Pace Race

on June 26, 2019 - 7:29am

ACRR News:

Jackie Marr had a perfect prediction in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on Barranca Mesa in the Deer Trap Mesa race. 

Other accurate predictors include:

  • Duane Marr with a 6 second differential;
  • Michael Cooper recording a 55 second differential;
  • Sean Thomas at 63 seconds off;
  • Mark Bjorklund at 72 seconds off;
  • On the 1 mile course Jonah Pratt, 12, was the first finisher at 8:41 and Sarah Stangl recorded a 9:41 for top female finisher;
  • On the 2 mile course Zach Medin was first with a time of 16:37. Roxana Candia finished first in the female category at 20:37; and
  • On

Luján Initiative To Protect Chaco Canyon Passes House

on June 26, 2019 - 6:49am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s initiative to secure a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park was passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
Assistant Speaker Luján’s amendment was included in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations package that passed Tuesday – a critical move toward securing a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in the greater Chaco region.
 
A one-year moratorium is an environmental victory for

Daily Postcard: Black Bear Eats Bugs At Bandelier

on June 26, 2019 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: A black bear is spotted licking bugs out of a fallen tree at Bandelier. Bears are not commonly seen in the park. Black bears are omnivores and eat almost anything including nuts, small mammals, fruit and a variety of insects such as ants and termites. Photo by Sally King/NPS

DOI: Climbing Opportunities With Interactive Maps

on June 24, 2019 - 4:53pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands.
 
Developed in cooperation with Access Fund and Mountain Project, the maps allow individuals to easily plan exciting climbing experiences at sites around the western United States.
 
“The Trump Administration is committed to expanding and promoting the untold number of recreational opportunities for Americans to enjoy on public lands," said U.S.

Tent Rock Prescribed Burn Planned In Jemez Today

on June 22, 2019 - 1:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed today with the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.

Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Ted Romero Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on June 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Ted Romero, left, is the best predictor in the ACRR pace race Tuesday on Power Line Trail. Here Romero and other runners gather at the start of the race. Courtesy/ACRR

A family participates in the ACRR pace race Tuesday on Power Line Trail off N.M. 4. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero is the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on Power Line Trail off N.M. 4 at 1 second off his predicted time.
 
Other accurate predictors:
  • Sean Thomas at 4 seconds off;
  • Noah Saenz, 7, had a 18 second differential; and
  • Michael Cooper recorded 20 second

Weekly Fishing Report: June 22, 2019

on June 22, 2019 - 10:33am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The near record-breaking spring runoff continues and the weather remains relatively cool for this time of year.
 
We had a nice, soaking rain Monday in the Espanola Valley. The Rio Grande and Rio Chama continue to run high and heavy. Some of the smaller streams are offering some good fishing now and the best fishing continues to be in the smaller lakes and ponds.
 
Some fruits like cherries and mulberries are starting to ripen here in Espanola and show up at the Farmers Market.

Mountaineers: Extreme Skier Tom Jungst June 25

on June 22, 2019 - 10:19am
Hear about Tom Jungst’s adventures as an extreme skier at the June Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn about Tom Jungst’s experiences as an extreme skier and climber at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, at 2600 Canyon Road.
 
The meeting begin at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
 
Jungst took extreme skiing to another level in the early 1980s by combining his

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