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Bandelier, Valles Caldera Lift Fire Restrictions Monday!

on July 15, 2018 - 9:10pm

NPS News:

Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions, including backcountry closures, at 8 a.m. Monday.

In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their normal activities within the two National Park Service units.

“Even though the monsoons have begun, we’re still in drought conditions,” VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “We ask that visitors continue to take appropriate precautions while enjoying our national parks and national forests.”

Scenes From YMCA Science Of Fitness Class

on July 14, 2018 - 8:41pm

Family YMCA instructors Carrie Garcia, left, and Warapha Prime lead a group of individuals in a warm up during a PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. The class, which combines pilates and yoga, was part of ScienceFest and educated participants on the science behind fitness. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A group of participants warm up at the start of the PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor Emily Christiansen demonstrates an exercise routine during today's PiYo class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor

Los Alamos All-Stars Baseball U-10 Team Travels To Los Lunas For State Tournament

on July 14, 2018 - 4:30pm

The Los Alamos All-Stars U-10 baseball team traveled to Los Lunas this weekend to play in the State Tournament. Although they did not make it to the finals, they fought hard and endured high temperatures. Players on the roster are: Terran Robertson, Boaz Martinez, Brodi Miller, Derek Rodriguez, Aden Garcia, Adrian Oshel, Ben Dattelbaum, Dylan Baca, Ethan Martinez, Graeme Martinez, Hayden Watkins, Jacob Sisneros, Robert Anderson and Taelin Stanfield. Coaches are Marcus Miller, Isaac Martinez and Jose Rodriguez. Photo by Rhonda Evenhus

Lightning Sparks Aragon Fire In Cuba Ranger District

on July 13, 2018 - 9:09pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 13

Cause: Lightning

Size: 5 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Cloudy with thunderstorms and lightning

Resources: seven personnel on UTVs

Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. The fire received precipitation. Personnel scouted for containment lines and will continue through the weekend.

Federal Agencies Partner To Offer First Tour Of Los Alamos Manhattan Project Facilities

on July 13, 2018 - 6:36pm
Battleship bunker: Build in 1944, the Battleship Bunker supported implosion diagnostic tests for Fat Man. The building is known as a battleship building because the bunker’s west end is bow-shaped and shielded with a steel plate. Courtesy/NNSA
Pond cabin: Tours of historic sites featured a visit to the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/NNSA


 The U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National

SFNF: Sarca Fire Update

on July 13, 2018 - 8:03am
SFNF Sarca Fire Update:
Start Date: July 7
Cause: Lightning
Size: 7 acres
Location: Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest
Containment: 0%
Fuel: ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer
Weather: Cloudy with rain storms approaching
Situation: Due to the combination of the fire being inside the Pecos wilderness area, the steep and rocky terrain, and precipitation and lightning, fire managers are monitoring the fire by aircraft. Smoke visible along 285/84 corridor, Espanola, Pojoaque and Tesuque areas
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke

Governor Announces Sixth Consecutive Year Of Record-Breaking Tourism Growth

on July 13, 2018 - 7:36am
Gov. Susana Martinez announces New Mexico's 2017 visitation numbers Wednesday in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that 35.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2017 – breaking the record set in 2016 of 34.4 million by one million visits. This growth marks a rise of 5.6 million trips over 2010, a 19 percent increase since Martinez took office in 2011, and the sixth straight year New Mexico has shattered its record.
“When more people come to New Mexico it means they’re spending

Barranca Mesa Pool Celebrates 50 Years

on July 12, 2018 - 4:03pm
Jorg and Brigit Jensen at Barranca Mesa Pool, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Barranca Mesa Pool is busy with activity. The pool will hold a 50th birthday bash 5-7 p.m. July 21. Photo Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Barranca Mesa Pool is so much more than a body of water for families can keep cool in during the summer months.

The Corliss Family Is All Wet And Loving It

on July 12, 2018 - 3:31pm
Los Alamos swimmers Andy Corliss, left, and his brother Max during a recent interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. The Corliss brothers are competing in the Speedo Sectional Meet this week in Gresham, Ore. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s all about swimming in the Corliss family. When two competitive swimmers meet and marry, it’s not very surprising that their two boys are just as passionate about the sport as they are.

Max, 15 and Andy, 13, will compete this weekend in the 2018 Speedo Sectional

Council Proclaims July 11-15 ScienceFest Weekend And July 14 Discovery Day In Los Alamos County

on July 12, 2018 - 8:14am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation declaring July 11-15 Los Alamos ScienceFest Weekend and Saturday, July 14 as Discovery Day in Los Alamos County to Los Alamos MainStreet Director Lauren McDaniel during Tuesday evening’s Council meeting. The proclamation states that 11 years ago, the Council voiced its desire to establish a signature tourism event that would set Los Alamos apart from any other place in the nation, as well as provide a wonderful venue for the community to gather downtown.

Marr Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am
Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road with a 6 second differential from his predicted time.
Other accurate predictors were Zach Medin at 8 seconds off, Aurea Rojas with a 17 second difference as well as the first finisher in the 3 mile road run at 25:43, Lindsay Gibson recorded

Weekly Fishing Report: July 11

on July 11, 2018 - 6:40am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
Anglers have some good news to celebrate this week. Santa Fe National Forest lifted its closure July 9 and all outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping are now permitted again on Santa Fe National Forest lands. The closure had been enacted June 1 because of the extreme fire conditions due to the hot and dry weather. Recent rainfall and the start of the summer monsoon season prompted the reopening of Santa Fe National Forest.
Carson National Forest, which had closed its lands June 27 due to the extreme fire danger,

Scenes From Jemez Springs Independence Day Parade

on July 9, 2018 - 5:21pm

The Los Alamos Hill Stompers, stomping away in the park during the annual 4th of July Parade in Jemez Springs. Photo by George Chandler

A crowd of supporters marching for Democratic House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler of Los Alamos in the Jemez Springs 4th of July Parade. Photo by George Chandler

House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler of Los Alamos distributes icy treats to thirsty spectators during the 4th of July Parade in Jemez Springs. Photo by George Chandler

The flag. Photo by George Chandler

Marchers. Photo by George Chandler

Hummingbird Music Camp. Photo by George

Los Alamos County Drops To Stage I Fire Restrictions ... Local Trails Now Open!

on July 9, 2018 - 1:41pm


Effective immediately, Los Alamos County has dropped from Stage III to Stage I Fire Restrictions, opening the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open spaces.

Northern New Mexico’s extreme drought conditions that led to Stage III Restrictions should soon see some much-needed relief with the seasonal monsoons beginning across the state. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures.

Santa Fe National Forest Reopens Monday!

on July 8, 2018 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift the closure order and stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Monday, July 9 for the first time since entering full forest closure June 1.

The forest remained closed for public safety and forest health reasons until conditions improved to acceptable levels, according to forest leadership.

“We noticed conditions starting to improve two weeks ago when moisture levels increased due to higher humidity,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Join The ‘Dark Side’ At Fort Union National Monument

on July 7, 2018 - 7:32am
NPS News:
Fort Union National Monument announces its next Star Party of the year, weather permitting, Saturday night July 14.
New Mexico is renowned for its enchanting landscape and open skies. Throughout history, mankind has turned their eyes to the celestial bodies of the night sky in awe and wonder. The stars found in the dark sky have helped humanity to traverse the land and sea, prepare for the coming changes in seasons, and to inspire the imagination.

Daily Postcard: Silver-Haired Bat Spotted At Bandelier

on July 7, 2018 - 7:02am

Daily Postcard: A Silver-haired bat is spotted hanging out at Bandelier. Eons ago when ancestral bats sought the shelter of darkness as protection from predators their future reputation as creatures of mystery and evil was born. Hampered by this reputation and numerous misconceptions, these flying mammals have encountered a new and even more dangerous enemy: Man. Thirteen species of bats live within Bandelier National Monument. The most commonly seen species is the Mexican Free-tailed bat. Frequently a colony of these bats roosts in the cave above Long House on the Main Loop Trail.

Bandelier’s Tsankawi Closed For Road Work July 10

on July 6, 2018 - 6:15pm
The entire Tsankawi Unit will be closed to all public use Tuesday, July 10, due to road pavement work on N.M. 4. Photo by Sally King/NPS
Superintendent Jason Lott announced today that the entire Tsankawi Unit in Bandelier will be closed to all public use Tuesday, July 10, due to road pavement work on N.M. 4.
Since the construction work area will block access to the parking area for Tsankawi, this closure is being put into place to mitigate safety concerns for commuters, visitors and the construction workers. Tsankawi is expected to re-open Wednesday, July 11.

Snow Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on July 6, 2018 - 6:18am
ACRR News:
Mary Snow was the best predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the pollution control plant service road in lower Ancho Canyon at 1 second off her predicted time.
Other accurate predictors were: Priscila Rosa with a 6 second differential, Sean Thomas at 7 seconds off, Ryan Smeltzer with a 11 second difference as well as the top finisher in the 3 mile distance with a time of 21:09, and Aaron Jackson and Bob Weeks tied at 12 seconds off.
Adrian Medin, 7, was the first finisher in the 1 mile run recording a 7:44 and Roxana Candia had a 7:45

Scenes From July 4th Block Party On Woodland Road

on July 5, 2018 - 4:17pm

Neighbors and friends celebrate Independence Day Wednesday on Woodland Road with a traditional block party 'Pig Pickin'. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Woodland Road Independence Day block party host Dan Sheppard, center, chats with friends Wednesday during the event attended by dozens of neighbors and friends. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 

Neighbors and friends catch up at Wednesday's block party on Woodland Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Children paint their faces and hair at Wednesday's Independence Day block party on Woodland Road.

Scenes From YMCA Firecracker 5k Family Fun Run

on July 4, 2018 - 6:03pm

Natalie Porto nears the finish line during the Family YMCA's Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run held this morning. The annual event featured walkers and runners of all ages. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Elizabeth Fisher races to the finish line during the YMCA's annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run held this morning. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Michelle Mosby and her son, Oliver, wear patriotic running attire during the YMCA's Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Annie Beckstead and her daughter, Sadie, show off orange slice smiles after

Weekly Fishing Report: July 4

on July 4, 2018 - 7:29am

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The closure of Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest remains in effect this week due to the extreme fire danger. All recreational activities, including fishing, are prohibited on National Forest lands. Lakes, rivers and streams on National Forest lands are closed to fishing.

While New Mexico has seen its share of wildfires so far this season, the neighboring state of Colorado is getting hammered by wildfires right now.

For weeks the 416 Fire has been burning north of Durango and has burned 52,778 acres.

YMCA 5K Fun Run Wednesday

on July 3, 2018 - 3:45pm
The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run Wednesday, July 4.
The 5K is open to all ages that want to walk, run, or jog in this festive event. Prizes will 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 will win Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. All participants will get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes.
The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th St.

Purgatory Resort Reopens With Mountain Biking, Alpine Slide And More In Time For July 4th Holiday Week

on July 2, 2018 - 9:14am

Purgatory’s classic alpine slide opens today. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort


DURANGO, Colo. –  Purgatory Resort reopens today for summer adventures, and is now open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“Our Purgatory team is so excited to be back to work, and they can’t wait to reopen the resort’s activities,” Purgatory GM Elizabeth Howe said. “Everyone at Purgatory is looking forward to celebrating our community over the July 4th holiday week, and we can’t wait to see our friends, neighbors, and visitors at the resort.”

Purgatory Resort was forced to close shortly after the 416


County Proclaims July ‘Parks And Recreation Month’

on June 29, 2018 - 7:43am

From left, County Management Analyst Kirsten Bell, Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan, Office Manager Linda Linstrom and Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler hold up a proclamation Tuesday that recognizes July as Parks and Recreation Month. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed July as “Parks and Recreation Month” during its regular meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers. Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler presented the proclamation to staff in the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Offices of the Community Services Department staff on behalf of the