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Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Mid-September Update

on September 25, 2018 - 2:59pm
Courtesy/USDA
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions today on the Cedar Springs prescribed burn to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 500 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the Cedar Springs area. The total prescribed burn area is 1,454 acres.
 
Forest Roads 6 and 7 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from

NMGF Investigates Fish Die Off In Pecos River

on September 25, 2018 - 2:36pm

NMGF is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River. Courtesy photo
NMGF News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles.

The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall. Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout.

The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and flows

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Update

on September 25, 2018 - 6:51am
Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire Managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed the French Mesa prescribed burn Thursday.
 
The objective was met by the total of 3,580 acres that were successfully treated.
 
The prescribed burn was conducted to improve wildlife forage and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open to the public, but travelers are advised to take extreme caution when entering into or near the burn areas.

Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned Oct. 10-21

on September 25, 2018 - 5:55am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek is scheduled for Oct. 10-21.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their historic range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream to the headwaters.
 
The department will apply rotenone based products – CFT Legumine® and Prentox® Rotenone Fish

Scenes From FSN Annual Lucky Ducky Day

on September 22, 2018 - 4:52pm

Two contestants race their duckies today down the water slide during Lucky Ducky Day at Family Strengths Network (FSN) at 3540 Orange St. The annual event is a fundraiser for FSN, which is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through its Family Resource Center and programs. FSN's mission is to provide education, support groups, and activities to all types of families, parents, teens and children. Through our work, FSN improves the quality of family life for generations. Scholarships are available for all programs.

Fish Free On National Hunting & Fishing Day Saturday

on September 22, 2018 - 2:01am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22 by going fishing.
 
It is a day to fish for free in New Mexico, a special day when all anglers­­ – residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply.
 
“We want to encourage New Mexicans to take their families outside to enjoy their wildlife resources and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. A day of free fishing is a great way to do that,” Director Mike Sloane said.

Adults and teens interested in learning to fly-fish in New Mexico

Valles Caldera Van Tour: Fraser & Cathy Goff Sept. 30

on September 21, 2018 - 8:08am
Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff on a field trip driving through the Valles Caldera National Preserve Sunday, Sept. 30.
 
Participants will examine the volcanology and geothermal springs of the 1.25-million-year-old Valles Caldera. The tour is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and advance registration is required.
 
The field trip consists of six stops throughout the day. Attendees will park and meet at the Valle Grande Visitor Center promptly at 9 a.m.

SFNF: Black Canyon Campground Closes Sept. 24

on September 21, 2018 - 7:37am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to necessary maintenance, the Black Canyon Campground on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will close Sept. 24 for the season, which ends Oct. 9.
 
“Repair is needed to restore a faulty underground power line that helps provide electricity and water to the site,” Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said. “If the line can’t be repaired or replaced by next season, our hope is to have generators in place.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Sunday

on September 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting Sunday, Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe.
 
One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20

on September 20, 2018 - 6:58am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. On this day, anglers may fish without a license. It’s a good day to take a friend fishing who doesn’t normally go fishing. It’s even better if you have out-of-town visitors who don’t want to purchase a nonresident license. All other regular fishing rules and regulations will still apply.
 
The unseasonably hot weather has delayed the start of what I like to call the fall bite. This is when shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger trout into becoming more active.

Romero Best Predictor In Tuesday Pace Race

on September 19, 2018 - 1:39pm
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero is the best predictor in Tuesday's pace race, being only 2 seconds off for his prediction for 5 miles adjusted to 3 miles.
 
Tuesday's pace race was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.
 
The fastest runners for the 1 mile are Majorie Keiler and Gillian Erickson (both 15:28) and Bob Reedy (15:44). For 2 miles, the fastest were Sean Thomas (16:00) and Savannah Strother (22:12). For 3

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on September 19, 2018 - 7:52am
USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions,

PEEC: Potluck And Moonlight Hike Sunday

on September 19, 2018 - 7:50am
PEEC’s spring moonlight hike. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:
 
Celebrate the arrival of fall at a moonlight hike and potluck dinner Sunday.
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting this outing, led by Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Enjoy good food, the company of others and time in nature at the end of the weekend. Registration is required for this event and only a few spots remain.
 
The potluck dinner starts at 5 p.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day At Bandelier

on September 18, 2018 - 8:30am
Volunteers will gather Sept. 29 to help remove this invasive plant species called Mullein growing at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
 
On this day, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
 

Los Alamos Native Summits Wheeler Peak

on September 17, 2018 - 7:53am

Los Alamos native Kathleen Baldonado, born in the old Army hospital in 1951 summits Wheeler Peak Sept. 15, which is New Mexico's highest mountain. Photo by Bill Reass

Ski Club 75th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 26

on September 17, 2018 - 6:26am
SKI News:
 
After 75 years, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to bring the ski community and the Mountain together to benefit Los Alamos. In celebration, the Ski Club is hosting an Anniversary Celebration Weekend Oct. 26 with a dinner at Pajarito Lodge that includes speakers and volunteer recognition.
 
The $40 ticket price includes a thumb drive of historical photos, a logo glass as well as dinner catered by the Pajarito Cafe and drinks. Milt Gillespie will deliver the keynote address. Come lift a glass and celebrate this amazing history.
 
In 1943 a group of Manhattan Project scientists

Daily Postcard: Morning Hike On Guaje Canyon Trail

on September 17, 2018 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: The Guaje Canyon Trail Sunday morning during a hike. The trail is 11.2 miles long. It begins at Upper Guaje Road and ends at Camp May. Courtesy photo

Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

on September 16, 2018 - 4:24am

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Tourism Department Unveils Bounty Of Fall Festivals

on September 15, 2018 - 8:03am
Scene from Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Oct. 12-14 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Oct. 12-14 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Courtesy photo
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — As the leaves change color and harvest season kicks up, rural New Mexico communities prepare for one of the busiest travel times of the year.
 
In honor of the upcoming fall season and all of the unique opportunities to celebrate around the state, the New Mexico Tourism Department is launching the “New Mexico True Fall Festivals and Events” page on NewMexico.org,

Fall Is Tarantula Time At Bandelier

on September 14, 2018 - 5:05pm
Female tarantula. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year. 
 
Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate. This exposes them to many dangers, from hawks and skunks, which want to eat them, to fast-moving cars, to people who just find them creepy and may think they should be squashed.
 
Tarantulas have been around for more than 16 million years, and comprise more than 900 species found across the world.

Ninety-nine Days Until Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain!

on September 14, 2018 - 7:28am
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Ski season is right around the corner! Today marks 99 days until the kickoff of the ski season for Pajarito Mountain, which will open for the 2018/19 season Friday, Dec. 21.
 
El Niño is forecast for the 2018/19 season, which means more powder days at Pajarito! The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting El Niño conditions for this winter, which tend to produce a greater than average snowfall across the southern Rockies, benefiting New Mexico.

"Everyone at Pajarito is excited for ski season to begin," Pajarito

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 13

on September 13, 2018 - 7:53am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The hotspot for trout this week appears to be the Canjilon Lakes once again. Once they opened back up to anglers Aug. 22 after being closed for several years, the lakes have been experiencing heavy fishing pressure. Anglers that I have spoken to tell of difficulty in finding a place to park and anglers lining the banks shoulder-to-shoulder.
 
The State Game and Fish Department has stocked thousands of fish here and last week was no exception. The Department stocked 2,192 catchable-size rainbow trout Sept.

Bjorklund Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 12, 2018 - 10:14am
Scene from the weekly Pace Race Tuesday near the golf course. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from the weekly Pace Race Tuesday near the golf course. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from the weekly Pace Race Tuesday near the golf course. Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

Lynn Bjorklund was the best predictor in the weekly pace race Tuesday by the golf course with a 1 second differential off her predicted time as well as the top female finisher in the 5K distance at 26:59.

Other accurate predictors were: Anders Medin, 8, at 9 seconds off, Aurea Rojas recording a 16 second difference, Tamara Jurado at 17

French Mesa Prescribed Burn Scheduled Sept. 18

on September 12, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the road during

Roadblocks Statewide During Fall Hunting Seasons

on September 12, 2018 - 7:08am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and detect wildlife law violations.
 
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
 
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

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