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Daily Postcard: Skyrocket Flower Spotted At Bandelier

on November 7, 2018 - 8:13am

A Scarlet Gilia, also called Skyrocket is spotted blooming in the canyons and on the mesas in Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Sipapu Gets Foot Of Fresh Snow, Begins Snowmaking

on November 2, 2018 - 7:58am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
SKI News:
Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos has received a foot of snow and crews were able to fire up the snow guns for the first time this season as they prepare for opening day, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.
Wednesday at 10:20 p.m., the snowmaking crew began making snow for the first time this season -- temperatures were perfect and they were able to have the snow guns going for more than 12 hours.

White Rock Scouts Help Preserve Wooden Structures Saturday At Bandelier National Monument

on November 1, 2018 - 11:46am
A Boy Scout Eagle work party Saturday helped to preserve wooden structures at Bandelier National Monument. Representatives from White Rock Troops 71 and 129 were among the work party. The scout volunteers painted wooden bridges across Frijolito Creek and a number of picnic tables for visitors near park headquarters. Kane Fisher is scoutmaster of White Rock Troop 71, and Jorge Maldonado is scoutmaster of White Rock Troop 129. Scouting is alive and well in White Rock, the scoutmasters said. Courtesy photo
Scouts at work painting a picnic table Saturday at Bandelier. Courtesy photo

Old Man Winter Pays Halloween Visit To Sipapu

on November 1, 2018 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
SKI News:
It's no trick! Old Man Winter arrived Wednesday at Sipapu, dumping a foot of snow on the New Mexico resort.
Conditions are also favorable for snowmaking, so Sipapu's crews also are firing up the snow guns in preparation of opening day Saturday, Nov. 17.
Another treat for parents: Sipapu offers a free Power Kids Pass for all children ages 10 and younger - no tricks involved (and no purchase required).
Pick up a Power Kids Pass at the ticket office, the REI in Albuquerque Nov. 9-11 or register online.

Warning: Trapping Season Begins In New Mexico Today

on November 1, 2018 - 10:41am

Trap Free New Mexico News:

Warning: Trapping season begins today, Nov. 1 in New Mexico. 

This is a reminder to be careful when recreating on local public lands. Keep pets, kids and self safe as traps are not marked and can be nearly anywhere.

To watch a video to learn how to release a trap, visit

For more information or to support a ban on this archaic practice, visit

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 1

on November 1, 2018 - 7:59am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The weather forecast for Wednesday was for significant snowfall at higher elevations. This means places like the Canjilon Lakes, Hopewell Lake and the Trout Lakes may get snowfall.
The snow is predicted to be heaviest on the Eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. The drive to Eagle Nest Lake may be snow-packed over Palo Flechado Pass.
Lake Maloya near Raton may receive heavy snowfall and Interstate 25 between Pecos and Raton could see bad driving conditions. Las Vegas and Cimarron may also see accumulating snow.

SFNF: 150 Acres Completed On Borrego Mesa Burn

on November 1, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed 150 acres of a 200 acre broadcast burn Tuesday on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit.
The broadcast burn reduces the risk of high-severity wildfire. The treatment area consists of slash left behind from wood cutting.
The remaining 50 acres are expected to be completed sometime between early November and Dec. 31.
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Extended

on October 31, 2018 - 9:06am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball Program for girls and boys in grades 1-6 is taking registration through Nov. 4.
The Y’s basketball leagues are developmental and co-ed for youth in grades 1-2; and competitive for girls in 3-4 grade, boys in 3-4 grade, girls 5-6 grade, and boys 5-6 grade. Practices are held two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock from Nov. 5 through Feb. 1. Games will be Saturdays, Dec. 1 through Feb. 2.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants and team parents.
Cost is $120, or $90 for Y Members.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed Nov. 1

on October 31, 2018 - 8:38am
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE In keeping with the administration’s priorities of being good neighbors and respecting the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is announcing that the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be closed Nov 1.
This closure allows for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.
The BLM manages the monument in close cooperation with the Pueblo, which requested the closure. This closure is one of 12 scheduled throughout the year.
The scheduled closures are Jan.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 31, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to favorable conditions, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit today.
Favorable conditions, such as acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, will allow up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit to be treated anytime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.
Fire managers plan to target heavier slash left behind from wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
The area is located approximately five miles East of

NMGF Fishing And Stocking Report

on October 31, 2018 - 7:19am
Julia Romero, age 10, caught her first fish at Monastery Lake Oct. 21. She caught a 13-inch rainbow trout using a fly with a bubble float. Courtesy photo
NMGF News:
This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Conchas Lake: Kerry Guyette of Amarillo, Texas

Michael Donnelly Of Los Alamos Named Ski Instructor Of The Year/Inducted Into New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame

on October 29, 2018 - 9:51am
Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long, left, congratulates Michael Donnelly recognized Sunday as Ski Instructor of the Year and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame. Courtesy photo


Longtime Los Alamos ski instructor Michael Donnelly was named Ski Instructor of the Year and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame Sunday evening at a special ceremony at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

Donnelly, 81, was recognized for his contributions to the ski industry in New Mexico.

Ski New Mexico Board Chairman Michael Donovan said, “The

Zumbaween Party At Family YMCA Nov. 2

on October 29, 2018 - 8:27am

Prescribed Fire Innovation: All Hands All Lands Burn Team Completes Work In Taos Ski Valley, Carson National Forest

on October 28, 2018 - 8:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together for more than a month using prescribed fire across more than 2,900 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.

These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

Scenes From Annual Pumpkin Carving At Smith’s

on October 27, 2018 - 5:22pm

Community members gathered this morning on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace for the annual pumpkin carving event in preparation for tonight's Pumpkin Glow, in which the lawn of Fuller Lodge will be filled 6-9 p.m. with the eerie, flickering glow of hundreds of carved pumpkins. Photo by Lauren McDaniel/MainStreet

Scene from the annual Pumpkin Carving this morning on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Lauren McDaniel/MainStreet

Scene from the annual Pumpkin Carving this morning on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Lauren McDaniel/MainStreet

Scene from the annual Pumpkin

November Issue Of Prism Now Online

on October 26, 2018 - 11:39am

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

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Thanks Community For 1st Walk/Run For Diabetes Participation

on October 26, 2018 - 2:31am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offering blood sugar checks at the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Participants lining up at the start of the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Ian Alexander getting ahead of the pack to win the fastest time among the males. Photo by Andrea Villareal


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico ( MANNM) would like to extend its gratitude to the participants and the community for coming out to support the 1st Run/ Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6 at Rover Park in WHite Rock.

MANNM plans for the event to be held annually

PEEC Awarded Clif Bar Grant For Passport Program

on October 25, 2018 - 1:32pm

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the non-profit organization that operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, recently received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support the popular Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

The funding from Clif Bar will help PEEC continue to print and provide prizes for Passports I and II and go toward producing a third edition of the Passport, which PEEC hopes to debut at Earth Day Festival in 2019. Sustained funding to support all three Passport programs comes from the local Delle Foundation.

This is the second year in a

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Honored In TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards

on October 25, 2018 - 10:58am
The slot canyon at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. Courtesy photo

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Bureau of Land Management and Pueblo de Cochiti have announced that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument has been named a winner in the inaugural TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards in the 2018 Beaches and Natural Attractions category.  

The TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards takes a two-pronged approach to choose winners: a combination of data and real, human vetting to recognize the very best restaurants, hotels, and attractions across

Rep. Lujan Grisham Supports BLM Decision To Suspend Certain Lease Sales Around Chaco Canyon But Joins APCG To Continue To Call For Permanent Protections

on October 25, 2018 - 9:03am
Rep. Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham has released the following statement to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that the agency would suspend the sale of several leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon.
Rep. Lujan Grisham had previously urged BLM to maintain a 10 mile protection zone around Chaco Canyon and to not include it in any future lease sales.
“Despite this announcement, I remain concerned that if BLM does not take additional precautions, important archeological and cultural resources in the area could be damaged and

Weekly Fishing: Report Oct. 25

on October 25, 2018 - 8:24am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The river valleys are especially beautiful this time of the year with the golden cottonwoods along their banks ablaze with color. The recent moisture that we’ve been getting is most welcome and we will need a lot more if we are to recover from the drought conditions we experienced earlier in the year. Seeing a cap of white snow on the Sangre de Cristos is certainly encouraging.
Reservoir water levels remain low throughout the state.
New Mexico is not alone when it comes to low water levels in our reservoirs.

Forest Personnel Seek Volunteers For Trail Cleanup

on October 22, 2018 - 6:06pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― The public is invited to volunteer alongside USDA Forest Service personnel to a hike up the Arroyo Toro Route to Window Rock, and help clean up the trail, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
There is a briefing at the Arroyo Toro Route at 10 a.m., 11.5 miles north of Española on US Highway 84. The point of contact is referenced below for exact briefing location. Volunteers will then hike to the trail.
The hike will be an eight mile round trip. Volunteers must wear long pants and sturdy closed toe shoes. Bring a day pack with water and sunscreen.

Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Changed To Oct. 25

on October 22, 2018 - 5:47pm

Scene from a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  – Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Thursday, Oct. 25.

Conditions were not favorable enough for the anticipated start date of Oct. 22; therefore, should favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated anytime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2.

Fire managers plan to target

Los Alamos Ski Hill 75th Anniversary Talk Times Change

on October 22, 2018 - 5:37pm

Due to the recent passing of Bruce Gavett (the first General Manager at the Los Alamos Ski Hill), in order to attend his services Saturday, the historical talks at the 75th Anniversary have changed. Courtesy/LASC

Council Seeks Alternative Locations For Bike Flow Trail

on October 20, 2018 - 8:22am
Community members and County staff hear Hogan Koesis of Mountain Capital Partners discuss the proposed bike flow trail at Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The proposed bike flow trail has encountered several roadblocks. The obstacles range from the budget for the project to the trail’s location. Despite the bumps in the road, Los Alamos County Council decided to forge ahead with the flow trail.

In a 5-1 vote, Council approved to discuss with the Department of Energy the possibility of