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New Mexico True Collaborates For National Park Gateway Communities

on January 20, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico True is collaborating for National Park Gateway Communities. Courtesy/MTD
NMTD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department—in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department—launched a new campaign including a consumer webpage to minimize negative impact of the partial federal government shutdown to gateway communities.
New Mexico and its 15 National Park Service (NPS) units have been directly impacted by the partial shutdown.

New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Offering Free Admission To Furloughed Federal Employees & Their Families During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2019 - 9:10am
Jemez Ruins at Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families during the government shutdown.
“New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs is opening doors at all of our facilities to furloughed federal government workers and their families,” said Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “Our goal is to support the furloughed worker.”
DCA will be offering free admission at all

Dustin Sutherland Is New Wellness Director At YMCA

on January 19, 2019 - 7:55am

New Y Wellness Director Dustin Sutherland

YMCA News:

The Los Alamos YMCA anounces that Dustin Sutherland has accepted the position of Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; he will begin his new position Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Sutherland has been with the YMCA since 2016 as a wellness coach, small group instructor and personal trainer.

Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Make A Difference On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 6:37pm
The Family YMCA, CEO
The New Year often brings feelings of positive improvement and change – a new year, a time to focus on living a better life and providing support for those around us. As we make our way through the month of January, it’s important to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pioneer in the world of positive improvement and change, with the celebration of the MLK Day of Service Monday.
For over 20 years, the MLK Day of Service has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities.

One Skier Dies, Second Critically Injured After Taos Ski Valley Avalanche … Resort Begins Investigation

on January 18, 2019 - 7:39am

Loved ones embrace Thursday as an avalanche victim is transported down the mountain behind them at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Morgan Timms/The Taos News


Updated Jan. 17 at 10:14 p.m.

One man has died, and another remained hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday night after an avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley.

Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed that one of the men who was treated at their facility in Taos had died just before 5 p.m. of his injuries.

Officials had not released the identity of either victim as of late Thursday

Avalanche Buries Two People Near Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak

on January 17, 2019 - 2:55pm

Making Quilting Cool Again At Los Alamos Makers

on January 16, 2019 - 9:06am

LANL physicist Quinn Marksteiner tackling one of the most underrated pieces of engineering - the sewing machine. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Quilts can make cool custom decorations, not just blankets. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Los Alamos Makers News:

New quilting instructor Jill Ryan at Los Alamos Makers is teaching a free introductory class 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

At Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St., it is always exciting to see the lines between art and science blur.

Hot Rocks Cafe Hosts Special Lunch For University Of Nebraska Hockey Team In Town For Tournament

on January 14, 2019 - 7:00am

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke hosted a lunch Saturday for the University of Nebraska Hockey Team in town to play in the Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Nice Los Alamos hospitality shown by Burke and Hot Rocks. The restaurant is at 4200 West Jemez Road across the street from LANL. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

In appreciation for his kind hospitality, the University of Nebraska Hockey Team presented Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke with a jersey signed by team members. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke holds up the signed

County: Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail Partially Closed Due To Icy, Unsafe Conditions

on January 9, 2019 - 7:34pm

Map showing section of Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail closed due to extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions. Courtesy/LAC


Because of extreme ice and unsafe trail conditions, Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail is closed three quarters of a mile from the intersection shown in the above photo.

This section of trail is extremely icy and there are no alternatives to bypass this hazardous section of trail.

Hikers are strongly urged to only travel out to the closed point then back to the starting point. Hikers should not attempt to cross this part of the trail.

Mountain Mixers Square Dancing Classes Begin Sunday

on January 9, 2019 - 5:39pm

Mountain Mixers hosts square dancing lessons starting Sunday. Courtesy photo

By Tom and Marlene Kelley
Mountain Mixers

My wife and I have been square dancing for 40 years.

When people learn this they almost invariably say, “Oh yes I did that back in elementary school, or middle school.”  Well, square dancing has changed and evolved since then into what we now call modern square dancing.

The Mountain Mixers Square Dance Club is sponsoring a set of lessons at 2 p.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Pueblo Complex Gym on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.  

The public is encouraged to come and

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 9

on January 9, 2019 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
After three back-to-back winter storms that brought cold temperatures and significant snowfall to the mountains and watersheds of Northern New Mexico last week, the numbers for our snowpack are looking good.
The numbers look particularly good when compared to this time last year during which precipitation was well below normal. Last year at this time, the overall precipitation across the state was just 22-percent of normal. This year, they are 104-percent of normal.
As good as this sounds, we will need a lot more snow to

Land Commissioner SGR Pledges To Enact Policy And State Legislators Plan To Introduce ‘Roxy’s Law’

on January 8, 2019 - 1:51pm
Proposed legislation on trapping named for Roxy, a dog killed by a trap set at Santa Cruz Lake. Courtesy photo


ESPAÑOLA — A dog was strangled to death Nov. 25 in a trap on public land. The incident happened at Santa Cruz Lake, a Bureau of Land Management recreation area in northern New Mexico.

The dog, Roxy, was the cherished companion of Dave Clark and his wife Kathrina of Española. Clark and Roxy were finishing their hike and returning to his vehicle when he heard Roxy, behind him, make a strange sound.

Game Commission Meets In Santa Fe Thursday

on January 8, 2019 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Thursday, Jan. 10, in Santa Fe to elect 2019 chair and vice chair positions and hear a presentation on the department’s 2018 accomplishments.
The meeting is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community College Board Room at 6401 Richards Ave.
Other agenda items include:
  • Results from the Fiscal Year 2018 audit from Moss Adams;
  • Presentation on the department’s education efforts; and
  • Update on the development of shooting ranges.
The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Closed Until Jan. 9

on January 7, 2019 - 6:45am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now closed until Jan. 9. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

SKI News:

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has been open the past week and guests have been enjoying the snow from the past storm.

Pajarito is now closed until Jan. 9. It will open Wednesdays-Sundays starting Jan. 9. There is more snow in the forecast this week.

Check our snow report to see which trails are open!

Mountain News:

Lift ticket prices are valid through March 18th.

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 6

on January 6, 2019 - 4:57am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has been the big newsmaker here in New Mexico. Since Christmas our state has been slammed with a series of storms, the latest of which dumped more than two feet of snow in Los Alamos and ushered in bone-chilling temperatures that fell below zero and didn’t rise above freezing during the day.
The snow is great news for our state.

Rep. Angelica Rubio Embarks On Historic Bike Ride

on January 5, 2019 - 6:36am
Rep. Angelica Rubio
LAS CRUCES Rep. Angelica Rubio of New Mexico House Dist. 35 began her near 300-mile bicycle ride Friday from Las Cruces to Santa Fe.
Rubio left from Klein Park in the historic Mesquite District. The send-off included a blessing from members of the Piro Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe del Pueblo de San Juan de Guadalupe.
“It’s my hope that by cycling to the capital I can encourage a greater sense of connection between the southern part of New Mexico and the legislative process,” Rep. Rubio said.
The representative will be holding meet-and-greets

Family YMCA Closed Wednesday Due To Weather

on January 1, 2019 - 7:49pm

Kids Sledding In White Rock

on January 1, 2019 - 7:21pm

Kids take advantage of all the snow today to go sledding in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

Kids sledding today in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

It’s Official: Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Is Open Today!

on January 1, 2019 - 11:05am

The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is open today with lots of new powder! Skiers are skiing, lifts are running and ski patrollers are on the job including Natalie Aulwes photographed here moments ago. Four of six lifts are open and lots of fresh tracks to be had! Photo by Dr. Robert McClees/Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Medical Director

Scene moments ago at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, which is open today. Photo by Dr. Robert McClees/Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Medical Director 

Skier Sheila McClees on the deck of the lodge moments ago at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, which is open

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Open Daily Through Jan. 6

on December 31, 2018 - 6:46am

Lots of snow at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/Pajarito

Lots of snow at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/Pajarito


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened for the season Saturday and plans to be open daily through Jan. 6 and open Wednesdays through Sundays starting Jan. 9.

The past storm has brought more than two feet of snow (31") to the mountain and more snow is in the forecast.

Check our snow report to see which trails are open!

Lift ticket prices are valid through March 18. Prices are $49 for adults (ages 18-59), $39 for teens (ages 13-18), $39 for


Snow Shoeing In Corral Canyon In The Jemez

on December 30, 2018 - 7:12am

Snow Shoeing Saturday in Corral Canyon in the Jemez. Corral Canyon is about 12 miles from the intersection of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. Photo by Peter Walsh

Skiers Flock To Pajarito Mountain For Opening Day

on December 29, 2018 - 1:29pm

Scene of season opening today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. General Manager Tom Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that this has been one of the best opening days in a number of years. ‘It is fantastic!’ Long said. Courtesy/webcam

Scene today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/webcam

Scene of season opening today at Pajarito Ski Area from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/webcam

Scene of Justin Porto of Los Alamos being helped down earlier today with others from a lift that incurred a technical issue. General Manager Tom Long told the

Western National Parks Association On Shutdown

on December 29, 2018 - 9:11am

WNPA News:

TUCSON, Ariz.—Due to the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed most of its park facilities.

Until the shutdown ends, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has ceased operations at its park stores in 71 national parks.

WNPA understands the impact this will have on our NPS park partners, visitors to national parks, and our mission, which is to advance education, interpretation, research, and community engagement to ensure national parks are increasingly valued by all.

January 2019 Edition Of Prism Now Online

on December 29, 2018 - 7:27am

Click on the image below to read the January issue of Prism.