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Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
 
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
 
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
 
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Wildflower Walk To Water Canyon Monday July 15

on July 14, 2019 - 7:34am

Join Chick Keller or Craig Martin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 for a wildflower walk to Water Canyon. Participants should meet at the nature center to check in and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its monthly wildflower walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Craig Martin or Chick Keller will be leading this outing to Water Canyon to identify some of the blooming wildflowers.

Participants should meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center to check in and carpool to the trailhead.

Comment Period For Santa Fe Mountains Project Scoping Extended To July 17

on July 13, 2019 - 8:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project until Wednesday, July 17, 2019, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable.

The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.

“Comments received during the scoping period literally help us determine the scope of the entire project,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Final Update Naranjo Fire Unless Major Activity Occurs

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,010 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 50 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.

Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and

Purgatory Hosts Town Series Enduro MTB Races

on July 12, 2019 - 7:58am
Purgatory’s Bike Park. Courtesy/Purgatory
 
PURGATORY News:
 
Purgatory Resort is hosting Town Series Enduro MTB Races, Wednesday, July 17 at Purgatory’s Bike Park in Durango, Colo.
 
After the epic 2018/19 ski season, Purgatory’s Bike Park continues to open trails as conditions allow. Purgatory also continues to develop lift-access biking for recreational mountain bike enthusiasts, including the addition of two new expert trails, Links and Pirate.
 
Purgatory is in the process of building its first lift-served downhill trail for beginners, Shangrila, which is estimated to be

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 1,009 Acres

on July 11, 2019 - 10:19am

SFNF News: 

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,009 acres; the fire increased by 270 acres as a result of Wednesday’s firing operations within the containment lines.

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96.

Containment: 20 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with southeast winds 5-10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 14-18 percent.

Resources on

In And Around Town: July 11, 2019

on July 11, 2019 - 7:14am
 
 
In and Around Town:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com
 
Tuesday July 9 through Sunday July 14
 
ScienceFest
Click here for the full events schedule and more.
 
THURSDAY July 11
 
"Play Reading of 'Mayor's Advisory Board' a Short Play
12:45 p.m. White Rock Senior Cente. A funny, free, short play reading. "Get ready for Mayor's Advisory Board," by Los Alamos Little Theatre veteran Jody Shepard. There's fun and confusion when an article appears in the local

Connor Hoch: My Experience As A Leader In Training

on July 10, 2019 - 9:59am
View of Submarine Rock during recent leader In Training backpacking trip. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com
 
By CONNOR HOCH
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

Being a leader is something that can be either exhilarating or catastrophic. Even though a leadership role can be exhausting, it will teach you life experience, leadership and responsibility.

Especially when being a leader at a summer camp like I have. My experience being a Leader In Training (LIT) at the YMCA Camp Shaver has forever changed my perspective of taking care of people.

Suazo; Stanley Tie For Best Predictor In Pace Race

on July 10, 2019 - 9:40am
ACRR News: 
 
Cliff Stanley and Aurora Suazo, 9, tied for top predictor with a 12 second differential in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race on the Los Alamos County Golf Course maintenance road.
 
Other accurate predictors are:
  • Ryan Smeltzer with 16 seconds off and also best finisher in the 3 mile distance recording a 23:57;
  • Mark Bjorklund with a 20 second difference;
  • Ted Atkins with 27 seconds off; and
  • Kathy Daly and Charles Ferenbaugh tied at 30 seconds.
On the 1 mile course:
  • Nate Pratt, 10, was the top male finisher with a time of 8:27; and
  • Priscila Rosa was the first

Weekly Fishing Report: July 10

on July 10, 2019 - 9:16am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The good news is streamflows in Northern New Mexico are coming down and nearly all the streams and rivers now have good fishing.
 
This includes the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake, where the flow was 453 cubic-feet-per-second Monday. The water clarity was very good. This is a great section of river to fish.
 
One access point is the outlet of Heron Dam. It requires a long walk down to the river. This spot is where some special regulations apply that anglers need to be aware of.

SFNF: Temporary Closure For Naranjo Fire Operations

on July 9, 2019 - 8:36pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fire National Forest (SFNF) today issued a temporary closure order for a portion of the Cuba Ranger District to provide for public and firefighter safety during operations on the Naranjo Fire.
 
The restricted area starts at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 96 and the SFNF boundary and goes east to San Jose Creek, then follows the creek to the San Jose Trailhead, then goes to Naranjo Creek to the SFNF boundary and back to FR 96. The closure order and a map of the restricted area are posted on the SFNF website’s listing of current closures.
 
The

SFNF: Thank You, Campers – Only Five Abandoned Campfires Over Holiday Weekend

on July 9, 2019 - 6:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Patrols on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the long Fourth of July weekend reported only five abandoned campfires – a huge improvement over recent weekend tallies of 45 abandoned campfires the weekend of June 22-23 and another 11 for June 29-30.
 
“Good snowpack and a wet spring may have delayed the onset of fire season in Northern New Mexico, but we are definitely there now,” Fire Staff Officer Lance Elmore said. “And with the monsoon season, we are going to see more lightning-caused fires.

Encouragement Elk Hunting Licenses On Sale July 10

on July 8, 2019 - 6:11pm
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2019-2020 big game draw are eligible for nearly 1,900 antlerless elklicenses.
 
The licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 10.
 
The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful applicants and includes almost 1,500 licenses for any legal sporting arm and 390 licenses for muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.
 
Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Los Amigos Finishes 11th Restoration Project: La Jara

on July 8, 2019 - 10:11am

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera volunteers at work in June. Courtesy/Nina Wells and Kristina Fisher

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera complete their 11th restoration project. Courtesy/Nina Wells and Kristina Fisher

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

June 30, 2019 marked the completion of the 11th grant that Los Amigos de Valles Caldera has received from various funding sources to perform restoration work on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

This project received a New Mexico River Stewardship grant for $160,000 for Restoring La Jara Creek from Damage from the Thompson Ridge Fire, Valles

Schedule For 2019 Wilderness Hikes At Bandelier

on July 7, 2019 - 10:07am

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

A variety of wilderness hikes are available this summer and into October at Bandelier National Monument.

Reservations are required so call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861, ext. 517, to participate.

Participants must wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes and be in good physical condition to handle elevation gains in and out of the canyon. Bring a pack including 2-3 liters of water, multiple snacks/bars (in some cases a lunch), a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, any necessary medications.

Branson Wins 4th Straight Top Dog Award; Owner Steven Strevell Wins 2nd Top Male Runner Age 12-17

on July 6, 2019 - 2:25pm

Runners take off on the 4th of July in the annual YMCA Firecracker 5K Fun Run. Courtesy photo 

Local runner Steven Strevell and his dog Branson run on the 4th of July in the YMCA Firecracker 5K race. As the most famous runner, Branson won the Top Dog Award for the fourth year in a row and his owner, Strevell won the Top Male Award age 12-17 for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo

Local ultramarathon runner, sports photographer and Los Alamos High School Cross Country Assistant Coach Blake Wood, left, won the Top Male age 60+ in the 2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run 5K race. Courtesy photo

2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run Results

on July 6, 2019 - 1:02pm

Scene at the finish line of the 2019 annual 4th of July YMCA Firecracker Fun Run on 15th Street. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Results of the 2019 annual 4th of July YMCA Firecracker Fun Run:

5 Km Men, 9 & under

  • 1,25:31.66,Thomas Daligault, Los Alamos
  • 2,25:55.93,Koen Christensen, White Rock
  • 3,28:27.08,Oliver Saenz, Los Alamos
  • 4,30:33.05,Marcus Kolman, Los Alamos
  • 5,32:24.85,Tomas Soto, Los Alamos
  • 6,35:53.19,Turin Wedel, Los Alamos
  • 7,37:47.48,Zach Branchf, Boston, MA
  • 8,38:59.72,Moody Zachary, Los Alamos
  • 9,39:15.47, Logan Nolen, Los Alamos
  • 10,42:31.93,Ferenbaugh Robbie, Los Alamos
  • 11,46:08.01, Wangler

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 20 Acres

on July 6, 2019 - 12:29pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 20 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temperatures between 73-80 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 miles per hour and 25-29 percent humidity

Resources assigned: Type 3 incident management team, 95 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVs

Situation:

Update: Naranjo Fire Has Doubled In Size To 10 Acres

on July 5, 2019 - 10:38am

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 10 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 84-88 degrees, winds from the west at 5-10 miles per hour and 11-16% humidity

Resources assigned: 20 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior remains low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

Scenes From July 4th Festivities At Overlook Park

on July 5, 2019 - 10:06am

Blowing bubbles is just one of many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Temporary tattoos are another of the many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

And then there are the mighty bouncy houses available to kids at the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Wow this is all so amazing ... and the fireworks haven't even started

Scenes From 44th Fourth Of July Children's Parade

on July 5, 2019 - 7:03am
The Children's Parade sets off Thursday morning from the LDS Church on Grand Canyon. The church has sponsored the parade and carnival for 44 years. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Military veterans escort a much traveled American flag up Grand Canyon. The flag was taken by runners from the Santa Fe Veterans Cemetary at 5 a.m. July 4 and arrived in White Rock where veterans were waiting to carry it to the LDS Church flag pole for the pre-parade ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Local Boy Scouts raise the flag that has flown over Arlington National Cemetary

Buses Shuttle Spectators To Fireworks Extravaganza

on July 4, 2019 - 7:44pm

Atomic City Transit drivers in the Sullivan Field parking lot prepare to take spectators down to the annual Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza set to get underway as the sun goes down this evening at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Carloads of people are parking in the Sullivan Field parking lot and boarding Atomic City Transit buses for the ride down to the Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

No parking allowed on N.M.

Scenes From 2019 YMCA Firecracker Fun Run

on July 4, 2019 - 1:50pm

Runners near the finish line during this morning's annual July 4th Firecracker Fun Run hosted by The Family YMCA. Prizes go to the top male and female finishers in Kid, Youth, Adult, Adult 60+, Stroller (with a kid) and Dog Jogger. The best Costumed Participant wins Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. All participants get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Firecracker Fun Run this morning along 15th Street. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Firecracker Fun Run this morning

Valles Caldera National Preserve Resumes Summer Hours And Backcountry Vehicle Access Sunday

on July 4, 2019 - 1:29pm

Cabin at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP

 

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS —The Valles Caldera National Preserve will switch to its summer hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, July 7 and resume vehicle access into the backcountry area beyond the Valle Grande.

Backcountry vehicle access does require a permit, which is available at the entrance station on a first come, first serve basis. While access is capped at 35 vehicles per day, anyone can venture into the backcountry on foot or bike without a permit.

“We are excited to resume this popular activity and extended hours

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