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Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

Letter To The Editor: Old Smith's Building

on September 18, 2017 - 2:06pm
By KATHY WILLCUTT
Los Alamos
 
Has anyone considered looking at the Old Smith's building with the eye for a recreation facility?
 
Could it house gymnastics, some basketball courts, even an indoor ice skating rink? It has utilities. It has parking. It is large and tall. Perhaps even air conditioned.
 
Perhaps the creative minds in this community could think of a great community use for it. There is interest in more recreation facilities.

Valles Caldera Hosts Fall Star Parties

on September 18, 2017 - 7:38am
NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting two star parties this fall 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 
 
To minimize light pollution, gates will close 1.5 hours after the event begins, so late arrivals risk not being able to participate.
 
These star parties will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will provide short talks, telescopes for viewing, and youth activities.

Scenes From Knights Of Columbus Golf Tournament Luncheon At Cottonwood On The Greens Friday

on September 16, 2017 - 7:33am

The Knights of Columbus hosted its annual golf tournament Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Gathered for the luncheon at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr., following the tournament, from left, Art Brown, James Merhege, Randy Vaughn and Myron Koop. The annual tournament raises money for educational scholarships for Los Alamos High School seniors. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Father John Carney, center, reunites with friends Pawel and Dorota Listwan, owners of Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant Friday at the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament.

Daily Postcard: Marguerite Daisies Line Trail

on September 16, 2017 - 6:08am

Daily Postcard: Yellow marguerite daisies line the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The Cañada del Buey Trail is about 2,100 feet long and begins just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMED Confirms ‘Boil Water Advisory’ To Be Issued By Chaco Culture National Historic Parks Water System

on September 15, 2017 - 8:08pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required “boil water advisory” for the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to notify all water system users of this finding.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water

Canadian Paralympic Swim Team Conducts High Altitude Training At Aquatic Center

on September 15, 2017 - 6:16pm

The Canadian Paralympic Swim Team arrived at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center Friday in Los Alamos as part of their high altitude training trip. They have been concentrating most of their practice time at the Chavez Center in Santa Fe, but scheduled several days of swimming in Los Alamos. Besides Friday, they will return to the Aquatic Center three more times next week for training before heading back to Canada to begin their competition season.​ Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby Skate School

on September 15, 2017 - 5:04pm
 
LADD News:
 
The Los Alamos Derby Dames are offering skate school again!
 
Beginning with orientation Oct. 10 and extending through Dec. 17, sessions will be 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays. 
 
Loaner gear will be available, but the supply is limited so participants are encouraged to purchase their own gear- we'll help! No prior experience with either skating or sports in general is necessary- that's what school is for. The fee is 100$ per person for the entire nine-week course, and a 50% discount is offered if you bring a friend! 
 
Want more information?

Hanford Site Manager Selected For MPNHP

on September 15, 2017 - 10:18am
Becky Burghart
 
NPS News:
 
DENVER — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Becky Burghart has been selected as the Site Manager for the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
 
Burghart is the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, which is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range, home of the Trinity site where the world’s first atomic bomb explosion occurred in July 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.
 
She started her career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde National

Valles Caldera Entrance Road Improvements Continue

on September 15, 2017 - 9:52am

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will continue making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting Monday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 28. 

The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays; one lane of the road will remain open while the road work occurs over the next two weeks. Flagmen will control the flow of traffic keeping all visitors and staff safe.

The road improvements will start at the

Trout Are Plentiful In Chama River

on September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm
The Chama River flows through a beautiful canyon above El Vado Lake. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
Fish are biting including these three rainbow trout caught this morning in the Chama River. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
The Chama River Canyon below Heron Dam. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It had been over a month since I had last gone fishing. I needed to get away and I needed to catch some fish. I also needed to give my legs a workout after too many weeks of sitting and writing stories about high school sports.

House Natural Resources Committee Passed Sportsmen’s Package

on September 14, 2017 - 9:08am
Congressman Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.
 
“The tradition and culture of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting is under attack all across the West. Here in New Mexico, we are all too familiar with the impacts of decreased access and overly burdensome regulations on federal lands. It is vital to protect the lifestyle and rights of sportsmen and women,” Rep. Pearce said.

Sonja Behnke Best Predictor In Tuesdays Pace Race

on September 14, 2017 - 8:18am

Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
 
For Tuesday's pace race, Sonja Behnke predicted well and was only 9 seconds off for her predictions for 3 miles.
 
There were 28 people who competed in the weekly pace race. The course 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 female and male runners for 1 mile were Savannah Strothers (9:06) and Brian Newman (10:26). For 2 miles, the fastest were Tamara Jurado (21:05) and Linda Vance

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 12

on September 12, 2017 - 3:35pm
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is much to appreciate along the roadsides of Northern New Mexico this time of year. Because we’ve had some good rainfall, there is an abundance of wild flowers blooming along the road.

On a recent drive to Tres Piedras the roadside was filled with beautiful purple asters and colorful Gaillardia, also known as blanket flowers. The chamisa is blooming and the combination of purples, reds and yellows make for a dazzling display along the roadside.

The aspen trees haven’t started to change color.

Sign Up Now For Knights Of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament Set For Friday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament is 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  The funds raised from this tournament will be used to award numerous scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.

For more than 18 years this tournament has attracted sponsors and golfers from Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico and has awarded an estimated $138,000 in scholarship money.

Community Invited To Attend Local Tae Kwon Do Fall Belt Promotion Test At LAHS Gym Saturday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN SCOTT
Los Alamos

Have you ever considered taking martial arts lessons, but been unsure if you’re able to dedicate the time, or even have the energy for such an endeavor?

The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association (USATMA) has local branches that meet 8-10 a.m.

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day; Volunteers Needed For Trail Improvement Projects

on September 11, 2017 - 7:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – National Public Lands Day on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is Saturday, Sept. 30 and volunteers are needed to work on popular multi-use trails that need a little TLC. Or take advantage of the third fee-free day of the year to visit a favorite sites on the forest for free.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, more than 200,000 volunteers at 2,600 locations accomplished $18 million in public land improvements.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Projects To Hold Tours

on September 9, 2017 - 6:29am
 
MPPP News:
 
The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project will hold several upcoming events. 
 
On Sept.16 and Oct. 15 public tours will be held at the Wells Petroglyph Preserve. The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project would love to introduce the site to locals, especially those who have never visited. To sign up or read more about it - the following link can be used: https://squareup.com/store/mesaprietapetroglyphs
 
Also, on Sept. 23  we have a special Tour of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve followed by a wine tasting featuring Black Mesa Winery of Velarde with owners Lynda and Jerry Burd.

Beewood At Bandelier Visitor Center

on September 9, 2017 - 6:15am

Beeweed is nearing the end of its time to be blooming, but the ones in the Native Plant Garden behind the Banderlier National Monument Visitor Center still have some flowers. Cleome serrulata also is known as wild spinach (and lots of other names). It is edible, but is particularly well known to Pueblo people as a traditional source for guaco, black vegetable paint used for decorating light-colored pottery. Photo Courtesy NPS

Meet Bandelier’s New Wilderness Ranger Bob Loy

on September 8, 2017 - 3:24pm
Bandelier Wilderness Ranger Bob Loy. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument recently welcomed their newest seasonal ranger, Colonel (RET) Bob Loy. 
 
Ranger Loy will serve as the Dorothy Hoard Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier. The position is sponsored by the Friends of Bandelier as a memorial to the founder of the organization, Dorothy Hoard, who was also instrumental in the designation of the Bandelier Wilderness. 
 
According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, "Many people know of Dorothy because of her guidebook to hiking in the park.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
 
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 6, 2017 - 3:24pm
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

 

ACRR News:
 
Lynn Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held on the Kwage Mesa Trail on North Mesa at 28 seconds off her predicted time. 
 
Other accurate predictors are Sonja Behnke with a 30 second differential, Cara Gattiker, 8, recording a 36 second difference, Pasha Trudolyubov, 12, at 38 seconds off and David Kratzer with a 40 second difference.
 
On the 1 mile course Aurea Rojas was the fastest finisher with a time of 10:08 and her husband Felix Candia was the best male at 10:14.
 
Ryan Smeltzer was the top finisher on the 3

Progressive Fighting Systems Of New Mexico Trains In Los Alamos

on September 6, 2017 - 7:30am

Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico athletes with the legendary Martial Arts Instructor Paul Vunak, at the 2017 Edged Weapons Seminar in California. The group trains at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Los Alamos under Sifu (Instructor) Lawrence Garcia at High Flyers. Sean Leffler, Gloria Ramos, Octavio Ramos, Ian Foti-Landis and Charlene Espinoza were all promoted to the next level in Contemporary Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. For more information visit Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico on Face Book, WWW.Fighting.net or call 505.450.2540. Courtesy photo

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Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 6

on September 6, 2017 - 6:27am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Early reports on the opening of grouse season indicate some hunters were successful in finding birds while others didn’t see any. Grouse hunting can be like that. The one day I went out I didn’t see a bird, while other hunters limited out in less than an hour. Grouse are scattered throughout the mountains. Harvest reports indicate some birds were harvested in the El Rito area and others around Tres Piedras.

One interesting statistic in the State Game and Fish Department’s fishing report this week is that there were no trout listed

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