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Valle Grande Fog, Wildflowers And Orbwebs With Dew

on September 2, 2017 - 7:09am

Early morning fog lifts from the Valle Grande, revealing a dew-covered grassland with orb webs strung from shrubby cinquefoil, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell with dew in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell and a sneaky aster with dew in the grassland of the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Orb web with dew in the early morning in the Valle Grande grassland, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A.

Fidel Gutierrez Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 18

on September 2, 2017 - 6:36am

Ultra Santa Fe Trail Race May Increase Traffic On NM 475 Saturday

on September 1, 2017 - 5:02pm


SANTA FE – Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest Saturday should be prepared for more traffic than usual on N.M. 475, the road to the Santa Fe ski basin, due to the Ultra Santa Fe races and the three-day holiday weekend.

The Ultra includes four different races that begin and end at Ski Santa Fe. The 50-miler, 50-kilometer and 13-miler all take place on single-track trails and the 1-miler is a vertical dash up the ski slope following the path of the chairlift.

So in venturing out for a Saturday hike near Santa Fe, be prepared for more congestion and less parking than usual on a

SFNF: Closure Order For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Extended For Safety Reasons

on September 1, 2017 - 3:59pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the closure of a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety as fire crews continue to work on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section, and

Top Campsites For Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend

on September 1, 2017 - 7:33am
Labor Day is just a few days away, and public campgrounds, hotels, and Airbnbs are almost fully booked up, creating fierce competition for the last available spots.
Enter Hipcamp []—a startup that solves this problem by creating new campsites on beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. Hipcamp has just compiled a list of their top 100 unbooked campgrounds across the nation under $100. 

Each campground linked below contains multiple discrete campsites:

Daily Postcard: An Afternoon At Fenton Lake

on September 1, 2017 - 5:06am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon clouds gather Sunday over Fenton Lake. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Labor Day Weekend At Bandelier: Cultural Demonstrators And More

on August 31, 2017 - 3:59pm
The Fragua family of Jemez Pueblo will be demonstrating their work at Bandelier National Monument over the Labor Day weekend. Courtesy/NPS
It's hard to believe, but it's already Labor Day weekend! Bandelier National Monument will have not one, but three, cultural demonstrators on the three days of the holiday weekend. All of them have been coming to Bandelier for many years to demonstrate their work, so while some visitors may have not met them before, others may enjoy the chance to see them again.
The Candelaria family from Santo Domingo Pueblo are known for their

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 30, 2017 - 7:49am
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ACRR News:
Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held under rainy conditions on the Lower Water Canyon Trail with a 4 second error. 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 5 second difference and the fastest female on the 3 mile course at 26:05, Ryan Smeltzer recorded a 18 second error off his first place 3 mile time of 23:12, Ning Xu had a 33 second differential, and David Kratzer had a 35 second error.
On the 1 mile course Alexandra Cunningham was the best finisher at 10:57 and her brother Ian Cunningham was the first male

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day

on August 29, 2017 - 10:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The SFNF expects a large number of visitors for the final holiday weekend of the summer season. If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors.   

Bear Spotted Swimming In Reservoir Saturday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:31am
A large adult brown bear was spotted about 2 p.m. Saturday swimming and walking up the bank under the rope swing at the reservoir (barely visible at far end toward the right). ‘Not a great photo of him, but people should be aware that at least one bear is active there.’ Photo by Lynn Strauss

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Bandelier Waives Entrance Fee On Founders Day

on August 25, 2017 - 7:43am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

“After an eventful first century, the agency now cares for 417 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

YMCA Flag Football Program Open For Registration

on August 24, 2017 - 4:31pm
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YMCA News:
Registration is open until September 8 for The Family YMCA’s Flag Football program for youth ages 9-12.
Coach Tony Hinojosa will teach the football skills of passing, receiving, punting, and kicking and put these together in some pick-up games with NFL Play 60 flags, jerseys and footballs.
Practices are 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 19 in Los Alamos. Cost is $40, $30 for Y members. Financial Assistance is also available thanks to donations to the Y’s Annual Campaign.
To register, or for more information about the

Visit Eight National Parks In NM Fee Free Friday

on August 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

Descend into the cool cave climate at Carlsbad Caverns, the iconic national park known for its cave systems, which are laced with remarkable pinnacles and spires of rock. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

All of New Mexico's 15 parks and monuments that are a part of the National Park Service will be "fee free" Friday in celebration of the NPS's 101st birthday.

Eight of the 15 properties, which include Bandelier National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National

Registration Extended For YMCA Little Youth Soccer

on August 23, 2017 - 1:23pm
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YMCA News:
Registration has been extended for The Family YMCA Little Youth Soccer program.
Registration is now open until Sept. 5 for the YMCA’s Developmental Co-ed Youth Soccer Program. Practices & Games will be two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock Sept. 11 – Oct. 19.
Volunteer Coaches and Team parents needed. The teams are kept small (6-8 players) so all get plenty of skills practice and play time. Price includes team jersey for players to keep.
  • Age Groups: 4-5 & 6-7
  • Register: By Sept. 5
  • Season: Sept. 11 – Oct 19
  • Days: Mon/Wed or

Romero Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 23, 2017 - 6:56am

Ted Romero is the best predictor in the weekly pace race Tuesday on the new section of the Canyon Rim Trail by Smith’s Marketplace. Courtesy/ACRR

Scene from the weekly pace race Tuesday with the runners heading for the new section of the Canyon Rim Trail by Smith’s Marketplace. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

Ted Romero is the best predictor with a 2 second error in the weekly pace race Tuesday on the new section of the Canyon Rim Trail by Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. 
Other accurate predictors include:
  • Bob Reedy with a 11 second differential;
  • Scot Halverson at 17 seconds off; and

Fishing Report: Fawn Lakes Offer Plentiful Fish

on August 22, 2017 - 2:02pm
​Los Alamos Daily Post


While checking out last week’s stocking reports, I found that there were a lot of fish stocked at the Fawn Lakes.


There were two stockings, each of 632 catchable rainbows (10 inches). There was also a stocking of 68 rainbow trout averaging 13.5 inches and another stocking of 68 rainbow trout averaging a hefty 16 inches in size. That’s a lot of fish.

Since the Fawn Lakes are not covered in the conditions report and I wasn’t familiar with them, I did a little research.

Mountaineers Present: Big Wall Climbing In Yosemite

on August 22, 2017 - 7:34am
Forest Altherr looks across Yosemite Valley at El Capitan while Ribbon Falls cascades to the left. Courtesy photo
Forest Altherr and Miranda Oakley wrapped up the spring season in Yosemite with a climb of Freestone next to Yosemite Falls. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on climbing in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is North America's birthplace of big wall rock climbing, and the park's reputation remains global in its reach.

Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

LAMS Boys Tennis Sport Meeting Aug. 22

on August 18, 2017 - 3:29pm

Pueblo De San Ildefonso Golf Tournament Sept. 16

on August 17, 2017 - 7:15am

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

on August 16, 2017 - 3:47pm

Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew. Courtesy/NPS


A graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument recently honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their 10 weeks of summer work. 

The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Big Wall Climbing

on August 16, 2017 - 2:50pm

Join adventurer Forest Altherr for a rockin’ presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Community members and especially stone monkeys are invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22 to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

Altherr has been exploring the cracks, crevaces and faces of Yosemite's largest granite slabs

David Kratzer Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 16, 2017 - 7:49am

David Kratzer is the best predictor the weekly pace race Tuesday in Quemazon. Courtesy/ACRR

ACRR News:

David Kratzer is the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runner weekly pace race Tuesday in Quemazon recording 4 seconds off his predicted time.

Other accurate predictors include:
  • Kris Tuggle with a 25 second difference;
  • Heather Hughes at 30 seconds off;
  • Tamara Jurado with a 46 second differential; and
  • Tad Hughes at 79 seconds off.
Leyton Stuhan, 11, was the first finisher in the 1 mile run at 10:49 and Mariela Saenz was the best female with a time of 11:49.
On the 3 mile course,