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Snow On Pajarito!

on October 8, 2018 - 8:22am

Snow is spotted this morning on Pajarito! Courtesy photo

Scenes From Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

on October 7, 2018 - 8:34am

This year marks the 47th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park includes 100 acres of grassy area filled with concessions selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to balloon memorabilia. This is the most photographed event in the world. Find the official Balloon Fiesta schedule of events here. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Honoring The Earth: Day Of Hiking Oct. 12

on October 6, 2018 - 4:38am

Calling All Past, Present, Future Boy And Girl Scouts

on October 6, 2018 - 4:37am
Ranch School Photo. The Los Alamos Ranch School was founded by Ashley Pond II in 1917 and helped established Troop 22 in 1918. All graduates were required to obtain a First Class Rank in the Boy Scouts. Courtesy photo
 
SCOUT News:
 
Scouting in Los Alamos began in 1918 at the Los Alamos Ranch School. To celebrate 100 years of scouting in Los Alamos, a Scout Jamboree will be held Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at Ashley Pond. This will be a community event to celebrate the long history of scouting in Los Alamos.
 
The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with pitching your tent on

Bandelier Welcomes Artist In Residence Jym Davis

on October 5, 2018 - 10:52am
Bandelier Artist in Residence Jym Davis. Courtesy/Jym Davis
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument welcomes Jym Davis, the second Artist in Residence of the 2018 season.
 
Davis is a professor of art at Reinhardt University in north Georgia. Since 2016, he has been creating hand-made masks inspired by National Park animal life and landscapes. Bandelier National Monument is his fifth National Park Service Artist-In-Residency.

SFNF: Black Canyon Campground Is Closed For Season; Refunds Issued

on October 4, 2018 - 4:45am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to necessary maintenance, the Black Canyon Campground on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is closed for the season, which ends Oct. 9.
 
All refunds were issued per a Recreation.Gov representative; however customers who have yet to receive reimbursement, such as on bank card statements, may call the Recreation.Gov help desk line at 877.345.6777. Customers may not be able to find reimbursement information at www.recreation.gov due to an online data migration. The online data migration is not expected to be completed until 10 a.m. EST

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 4

on October 4, 2018 - 4:02am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
New Mexico is still feeling the effects of what has been a hot and dry year. The monsoon rains were not enough to significantly raise low streamflows and reservoirs are at very low levels.
 
The low streamflows and high water temperatures are negatively impacting trout, particularly in our streams and rivers. Trout prefer cool, well-oxygenated water to live in and survive.
 
There have been trout dieoffs reported recently in the Pecos River between the towns of Pecos and Cowles.

Tourism Department: 23 #NewMexicoTRUE Adventures One Must Experience During 2018 Balloon Fiesta

on October 4, 2018 - 4:00am

Scene from the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Courtesy/New Mexico True

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a list of 23 things for visitors to do during Balloon Fiesta week, encouraging an extended stay for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that travel to see New Mexico’s sky burst with color in early October.

The guide, titled “23 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta,” showcases the wide variety of cultural activities and authentic experiences visitors can encounter before, during and after the Albuquerque

Velechovsky Top Predictor In Final Pace Race Of Season

on October 3, 2018 - 6:42pm
Scene from the Atomic City Road Runners final Pace Race of the 2018 season Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Jan Velechovsky had a perfect prediction of 10:00 in the 1 mile run on the Canyon Rim Trail Tuesday in the final Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race of the 2018 season.  
 
Other accurate predictors were: Becky Chamberlin with a 6 second difference as well as the first finisher in the 2 mile distance with a 20:56, Bob Weeks recording a 6 second delta as well, Luke Hetrick at 12 seconds off and the top finisher in the 3 mile race recording a 17:12,

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Close Columbus Day

on October 3, 2018 - 1:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will close Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Forest personnel expect a good number of visitors over the holiday weekend. If you plan to visit, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you find;
  • Minimize campfire impacts;
  • Respect wildlife; and
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

If you plan to enjoy the fall colors, visit

BLM Announces Annual Adjustment To Mineral Fee Cost-Recovery Schedule

on October 3, 2018 - 8:12am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management began Oct. 1 using an updated fee schedule to recover costs incurred in processing certain actions related to oil, gas, coal, and solid minerals activities on public land.
 
The fee schedule is adjusted regularly based on inflation and follows procedures established under the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The updated schedule appears in today’s Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website.
 
The fees cover the BLM’s costs for processing such actions as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease

NMDOT On ‘NM Bike Plan’ 45-Day Comment Period

on September 30, 2018 - 5:36pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation has released the draft of the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan) for public review and comment.
 
This 45-day public comment period runs through Nov. 9. The Draft of the Plan is available on the project website: http://www.bhinc.com/nm-bike-plan/.
 
The NM Bike Plan considers how best to provide New Mexico residents and visitors with a safe and connected bicycle network on state maintained and owned roads and highways. Major plan components include:
  • A map of prioritized bicycle routes on State

Jemez Ranger District Tent Rocks Prescribed Burn

on September 30, 2018 - 7:50am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn, if conditions allow, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30 in the Tent Rocks area.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva, NM. The Tent Rocks prescribed burn is to reduce risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Favorable conditions measured include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts.

Girl Scouts Participate In STEM Activities At Bandelier

on September 30, 2018 - 7:48am

Local Girl Scouts had a great time over camping over the weekend Sept. 7-9 at the Ponderosa Campground at Bandelier. The Girl Scouts participated in activities and events that included science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, ar, and entrepreneurship. Girls interested in learning more about becoming a Girl Scouts should contact Terri at troop10074@gmail.com or leave a message at 505.930.4199. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Photo by John

Jemez Ranger District To Begin Joaquin Piles Burn

on September 29, 2018 - 9:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28, 2019 on Joaquin piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 347 acres of the Joaquin piles.
 
The Joaquin piles area is located along the southern edge of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376 about six miles west of Jemez Springs.

Night Sky Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 4, 5 & 6

on September 28, 2018 - 9:43am
Telescope viewing of the night sky at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Bandelier will be celebrating your skies here in the park and New Mexico for three days! Solar viewing, scale model solar system walks, guests speakers, and giant telescopes will all be offered the first weekend in October.
 
Days will start with solar scope viewing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon to safely look at your nearest star, the sun.

Spider Mountain Bike Park Opening This Winter In Burnet, Texas For Year Round Adventures

on September 28, 2018 - 7:56am
Mountain Biking at Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain

Aerial view of Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  Located just outside Burnet, Texas on Lake Buchanan, Spider Mountain is a new bike park slated to open this winter.
 
Spider Mountain will become the only mountain bike park in Texas offering lift-served trails. Spider Mountain will become the only year-round lift served bike park in North America.
 
With an anticipated opening before Christmas, Spider Mountain Bike Park will offer year-round mountain biking, featuring beginner,

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 27

on September 27, 2018 - 7:10am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The shorter days and cooler temperatures are stirring the trout from their summer doldrums and fishing conditions are improving throughout Northern New Mexico.
 
The aspens are starting to show some color and bull elk will likely be bugling in the mountains. Fall is the best time of the year to be enjoying the beautiful outdoors in New Mexico.
 
The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock thousands of rainbow trout and some very big trout averaging over 18 inches in size were stocked last week.

Ted Romero Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 27, 2018 - 6:44am
People of all ages participate in the weekly pace Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center. Courtesy photo

Pace Race participants. Courtesy photo 
 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero was the best predictor in the weekly pace Tuesday on the Bridge Loop on the trails behind the Aquatic Center with a 7 second differential in his prediction.
 
Other accurate predictors were Ryan Smeltzer at 18 seconds off, Aaron Jackson with a 18 second difference as well as the best finisher in the 3 mile race at 24:03, Adam Stainer at 30 seconds off, and Chris Michel recording a 56 second differential.
 
On the 1

Bandelier Celebrates Year Of Bird Global Big Day Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 1:34pm
Great horned owl at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 
Bandelier National Monument will be celebrating the Year of the Bird in October with Global Big Day #2 Oct. 6.  
 
Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for a bird walk down the Falls Trail to kick off this important bird day. Please wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water and binoculars if you have them. Contact the Bandelier Visitor Center for more information at 505.672.3861 ext 517.
 
Global Big Day is an international birding event to collect data on migrating birds.

Fall Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 11:16am

Dolores and Josephine Toya of Jemez Pueblo. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Visitors are invited to spend a beautiful, autumn day in Frijoles Canyon at the Annual Fall Fiesta, 11.a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Bandelier Visitor Center.

Each weekend through the summer, Pueblo cultural demonstrators showcase their work at the park. For the Fall Fiesta, all these artists are invited to come on the one day, sell their crafts, and talk with visitors. Handmade items that are expected to be available include pottery, jewelry, drums, and carvings.

A Pueblo dance group is scheduled to present

Game Commission Meets Oct. 5 In Albuquerque

on September 26, 2018 - 8:42am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 5, in Albuquerque to review final biennial review of state listed and endangered species and the fiscal year 2018 report on depredation and nuisance abatement.
 
The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s new Northwest Regional Office located at 7816 Alamo Road NW, in Albuquerque.
 
Other agenda items include:
  • A ceremonial opening and tour of the new Northwest Regional Office.
  • Subsequent discussions for potential rule changes on hunting and fishing

45th Annual Chama Chile Ski Classic Jan. 19-21

on September 26, 2018 - 8:35am
 
CVRC News:
 
The Chama Valley Rotary Club presents the 45th Annual Chama Chile Ski Classic, Jan. 19-21, 2019.
 
There will be 6K & 18K Freestyle cross-country ski races, 6K & 12K Classic style cross-country ski races, a 6K snowshoe race, a Fat Tire Snow-Bike Race, Cross-country ski and yurt tours, Rookie Race, a costume contest, Cross-country ski Clinics, Live Music, Beer Tasting, and more.
 
For more information: SKICHAMA.COM.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Update

on September 26, 2018 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed a 545 acre prescribed burn Monday in the Santa Fe Watershed, about three miles east of the City of Santa Fe, to help protect the watershed from high intensity wildfire.
 
Prescribed burning is not planned in the watershed again until the spring.
 
The 545 acre prescribed burn was conducted in proximity to Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Parts of a 450 acre area northeast of Nichols Reservoir received treatment, as did parts of a 500 acre area just south of McClure Reservoir.
 
Historically, low- to

Countdown Is On To Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain ... Celebrate The Coming Winter During Ullr Fest Saturday

on September 25, 2018 - 4:27pm

Ullr Fest is by far the most popular fall festival drawing large crowds to Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Ken Hanson

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

With fall in the air, now is the time to view the changing colors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Pajarito Mountain this Friday through Sunday!

Pajarito is hosting its popular annual festival Ullr Fest Saturday, Sept. 29.

Ullr Fest celebrates the coming winter by featuring New Mexico craft beer, with nearly a dozen local breweries in attendance, as well as live music, lift-served hiking and mountain biking, Strava mountain bike races, a disc golf

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