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Scenes From Summer Solstice Festival At Pajarito

on June 20, 2019 - 9:18pm

Scene from the Summer Solstice Festival 4-8 p.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The event is part of the Los Alamos County’s 100 Days of Summer promotion and included lift-served biking and hiking, live music from Eddie and the Nomads and beer from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op. Photo by Robert McClees MD

Scene from the Summer Solstice Festival 4-8 p.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Robert McClees MD

Attending the Summer Solstice Festival today, from left, Sheila McClees, Ethan Aulwes and Natalie Aulwes at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Robert McClees MD

Eddie and

Daily Postcard: Short-Horned Lizard At Bandelier

on June 20, 2019 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: A short-horned lizard is spotted along Tyuonyi Overlook Trail at Bandelier. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Bandelier Celebrates The Great American Campout – Star Gazing And Free Camping June 22

on June 19, 2019 - 7:37am
Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Stephen Fehnel
 
NPS News:
 
Saturday is the date of a nationwide event, the Great American Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to enjoy and protect wildlife and the outdoors.  
 
At Bandelier, camping will be free at Juniper Campground that night, except for the group sites. Non-group sites are first-come, first-served.

Kudos To Volunteer Trail Maintenance Crew At VCNP

on June 17, 2019 - 12:21pm

Scene from the spring maintenance work on trails at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

Scene from the spring maintenance work on trails at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

Volunteers from Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and the New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club performed spring maintenance May 13-17 on five roads and trails on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

NMCCSC Trails Chair and Los Amigos Member Sam Beard  and Los Amigos Vice Chair Jim Counce planned and led the work project.

Johnson Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on June 13, 2019 - 7:21am
Scene from the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on American Springs Road in the Jemez. Courtesy/ACRR
 
Scene from the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on American Springs Road in the Jemez. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Tristan Johnson, 6, is the top predictor at 6 seconds off his predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race on American Springs Road in the Jemez.
 
Other accurate predictors were: Anna Teterovskaya with a 15 second differential, Ryan Smeltzer at 16 seconds off, Roxana Candia off by 18 seconds as well as the first

Weekly Fishing Report: June 12

on June 12, 2019 - 8:17am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
This year is turning out to be one for the record books. Streamflows remain very high and are not likely to come down very much for some time.
 
On the Rio Grande in Colorado, streamflows are so heavy that Mineral County and Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado have closed the Rio Grande to ALL water sports due to the dangerous conditions.
 
All that water is headed downstream to New Mexico. It would not be surprising if heavy streamflows continue into July this year.

National Park Service: Tourism To Fort Union National Monument Creates $830,000 In Economic Benefits

on June 11, 2019 - 11:03am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,860 visitors to Fort Union National Monument in 2018 spent $740,000 in communities near the park.
 
That spending supported 10 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $830,000.
 
“Fort Union National Monument is proud to be part of the northern New Mexico community,” Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil said. “We are pleased that our historical appeal is satisfying to visitors in a way that makes them spend more time in the area.

GFNY Hosts Santa Fe Cycling Marathon June 23

on June 11, 2019 - 8:59am
GFNY racers. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

GFNY Santa Fe is the newest race in the global series of 20 cycling marathons on four continents, and only the second in the United States.

The race starts at 7 a.m. June 23 on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, with a post-ride awards ceremony and party at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Join riders from around the world for a 75 mile/7,100 foot elevation gain race for the GFNY North American Championship, or for a timed non-competitive ride of 61 miles/3,500 foot elevation gain. Registration is $190.

There are great prizes in age catagories from 18 to

Purgatory Employees Sweep Ski Industry Awards

on June 11, 2019 - 7:56am
Map of Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/PR
 
PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Following a historic 2018-19 ski season, Purgatory Resort announces several employees were recently honored with industry awards in ski area management. Purgatory is proud to recognize the following outstanding employees and their achievements:
 
For the second year running, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) awards Groomer of the Year to a Purgatory Resort employee. These awards honor athletes, on-mountain professionals and industry veterans whose expertise is critical to the success of the Colorado ski industry.

Angel Fire Bike Park Announces New Race And Expansion To Greenbelt Trails For Families

on June 11, 2019 - 7:07am
Scene from Angel Fire Bike Park. Courtesy/AFBP
 
AFBP News:
 
ANGEL FIRE Awarded #1 Bike Park in the Southwest by MTBParks.com, Angel Fire Bike Park, the largest bike park in the Rockies, has opened for the summer season and has plenty of races, improvements and expansions in the works this year.
 
After record-setting late winter storms, the bike park officially kicked off its season with 60 miles of trails in the park and more than 40 miles in the surrounding village of Angel Fire.
 
The additional late snow is creating a different type of riding trail.
 
“With such fantastic snow

Daily Postcard: Old Ponderosa Spotted On Hike

on June 11, 2019 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: The top of an old ponderosa is spotted during a hike on Deer Trap Mesa. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

BLM: Upcoming Fee-Free Days On Public Lands

on June 10, 2019 - 12:54pm
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The summer travel season gets under way in June with Great Outdoors Month.
 
To encourage visitation to America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to agency-managed public lands on additional dates through the remainder of 2019 including Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).
 
“The BLM manages hundreds of recreation areas, national monuments and other facilities across more than 245 million acres of public lands nationwide,” said Principal Deputy Assistant

New Mexico Game And Fish: Deer, Elk And Bighorn Enhancement Raffle Tickets Now Available

on June 10, 2019 - 12:49pm
Courtesy/NMG&F
 
NMG&F News:
 
The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has announced that deer, elk and bighorn enhancement raffle tickets are now available.
 
All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species raffled.
 
Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. These hunts do not count as Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunts.
 
Deer Enhancement Licenses
 
One deer authorization will be raffled with the

Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

on June 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
Scene from the Los Alamos Arts Council 22nd annual Kite Festival May 18-19 at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Tammy Jimines
 
Scene from Kite Festival at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Claire Sander’s daughter Emily, 4, knows that running is an essential part of getting her kite airborne. Courtesy photo
 
By TAMMY JIMINES
Los Alamos
 
There's something special about flying kites. There aren't any electronics involved, no modern technology, and no gaming console required. Just a kite, some string, and Mother Nature's wind.
 
I think flying a kite is the

Daly Has Perfect Prediction In Weekly Pace Race

on June 9, 2019 - 9:01pm
Runners take off Tuesday in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race near the Aquatics Center. Courtesy/ACRR
 
Scene from the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday near the Aquatics Center. Courtesy/ACRR
 
Scene from the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday near the Aquatics Center. Courtesy/ACRR
 
ACRR News:
 
Steve Daly had a perfect prediction of 10:30 in the weekly pace race Tuesday near the Aquatic Center.
 
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Anders Medin, 9, at 2 seconds off;
  • Libby Nolan, 12, with a 3 second differential and top finisher in the 1

Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club Adopts Popular Trail

on June 9, 2019 - 8:22pm

Tuff Riders Dylan Boyle and Scott Rolfe with Chris Collord (not pictured) installed a new trail sign in June to recognize the club’s adoption of a section of Perimeter Trail. Courtesy/Tuff Riders

TUFF RIDERS News:
A new trail sign was planted June 1 at the intersection of Mitchell and Perimeter trails. The Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club coordinated the Perimeter Trail adoption with the Santa Fe National Forest.
 
As trail adopters, the Tuff Riders will maintain the trail by trimming bushes and clearing downed trees, building water bars, and otherwise committing to trail work on

LAHS Practice Field Landscaping Begins Monday

on June 7, 2019 - 5:43pm

It may look like a safe place to practice, but the Los Alamos High School practice field is filled with holes and bare patches. Starting Monday, these unsafe conditions will be remedied. Los Alamos Public Schools has contracted with Los Alamos Landscaping & More, LLC for work on this field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium. The project is scheduled to take 75 days or longer. The scope of work will include top dressing, reseeding and installing sod in areas of the field that are safety concerns, according to Tommy Castillo, director of facilities.

Game & Fish: Leftover Licenses Go On Sale June 26

on June 7, 2019 - 9:19am
NMDG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting licenses for 763 deer, 85 youth-only pronghorn and four mobility-impaired-only elk that were not allocated during the annual 2019-2020 big-game draw will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 26, only on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
 
New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses for the first 24 hours of the first-come, first-served sale. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 27.
 
Important note for youth hunters: Because these are leftover draw licenses, purchasing a leftover deer or pronghorn

Weekly Fishing Report: June 7

on June 7, 2019 - 6:30am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Here in Northern New Mexico we have been fortunate to avoid getting the powerful thunderstorms that were pounding Southeast New Mexico this past week.
 
These storms produced large hailstones that covered the ground between Roswell and Dexter and really hit the town of Hagerman.
 
This area of New Mexico can produce phenomenal quail hunting for scaled and bobwhite quail in good years. However, hail storms can absolutely devastate quail populations.

Secretary Bernhardt Proposes Increasing Public Access To Hunting; Fishing On 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide

on June 6, 2019 - 4:23pm
David Bernhardt
 
DOI News:
 
OAK HARBOR Furthering the Trump Administration’s efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.
 
“President Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands, and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing

Monastery Lake Closed Until Dawn Sunday June 9

on June 6, 2019 - 10:08am

NMDG&F News:

SANTA FE – Monastery Lake near Pecos will be closed to the public from dusk today, June 6, through dawn Sunday, June 9.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish leases the lake for public fishing from the Benedictine Monastery in Pecos. The owners and the department have agreed to close the lake for a private fishing event.

Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of other nearby fishing opportunities on the Pecos River and at Cowles Ponds.

Conservation officers will monitor the lake during the closure and signs will be posted at the main gate.

Jim Billen Trail Naming Ceremony Set For June 28

on June 6, 2019 - 9:36am

This map shows the segment of trail being named after Jim Billen starting behind the Jewish Center on Canyon Road and extending to Graduation Point. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Members of the public are invited to the naming ceremony for the Jim Billen Trail at noon Friday, June 28.

A brief ceremony will be held at East Park with Billen’s wife, Mary, and their family sharing remarks about him and his work on the trail, followed by a group hike to the nearby point on the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail where the newly named Jim Billen Trail begins.

A new sign designating the trail will be installed

Forest Stewards Youth Corps Summer Kick-Off

on June 6, 2019 - 9:30am
FSG News:
 
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) summer program has kicked off the 2019 field season with a crew member training.
 
Twenty FSYC crew members ages, 16 to 19, attended the three-day training that ends today at Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe. The four crews will then spend the following 8-weeks working on U.S Forest Service (USFS) lands and learning from USFS specialists.
 
The FSYC program is a summer work-earn-learn program for young women and men to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse Hosts Open Practices At Overlook Park 6-7 P.M. Tuesdays Starting Today

on June 4, 2019 - 10:32am

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse will be having open summer practices 6-7 p.m. starting today and every Tuesday this entire summer at Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.

Anyone who has ever wanted to try lacrosse is encouraged to come by and check it out. Lacrosse sticks will be available to use for all new athletes.

Valles Caldera Hosts Annual Fiesta En El Valle

on June 4, 2019 - 9:15am
VCNP News:
 
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting the second annual “Fiesta en el Valle” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 near the Valle Grande Entrance Station.  
 
Pack a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy the Valle Grande and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.
 
We'll bring the valle, you bring your lunch and an appetite for the outdoors! You may also want to bring along your walking shoes, camera, sun hat, hula hoop, some grandparents, the kids next door, yoga mat, canvas and easel, your favorite Tia, a ukulele or harmonica, and your curiosity.
 

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