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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.

La Jara Prescribed Burn Sept. 18 - Nov. 16

on September 9, 2018 - 8:28am

A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 - Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo

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 as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.

Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Sept. 15-Nov.16

on September 8, 2018 - 6:25am

Fire managers plan to initiate a prescribed burn in the Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. Courtesy/SFNF

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 Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16.

Some 1,454 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of LLaves and north of the Dead Man

Zinke Expands Hunting And Fishing Opportunities At 30 National Wildlife Refuges

on September 7, 2018 - 3:50pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
 
This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.
 
This will open more new acres to hunting and fishing than in the past and takes steps to

Zuma Kids Jr. At Family Strengths Network

on September 7, 2018 - 3:39pm
Courtesy photo
 
ZUMBA KIDS News:
 
Children ages 3-6 years old welcome to come and give Zumba Kids Jr. a try at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Family Strengths Network!
 
Zumba Kids is a totally awesome program that I really believe in. Yes, Zumba is a dance fitness program. In many ways, so is Zumba Kids. But it is so much more than that! Let me tell you a little about what we do in Zumba Kids and the benefits:
 
What we do!
  • learn and perform fun dance routines from a variety of cultures
  • basic dance styles and steps (salsa, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia) and kids remember!
  • traditional

Three Los Alamos Horsewomen Qualify For U.S. National Championships

on September 7, 2018 - 10:47am
Haylee Hayden on Izzy. Courtesy photo
 

Laura Koberson on Simon. Courtesy photo
 
Ashley Smith on Oaxaca. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Three Los Alamos horsewomen have qualified to compete at the United States Eventing Association’s 2018 American Eventing Championships. Riders Haylee Hayden, Ashley Smith and Laura Worl Kober departing last week to compete at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Color.
 
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is involves three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Late September

on September 7, 2018 - 9:21am
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 as early as 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.

Game & Fish: Hunts Open For Many Small Game Species

on September 6, 2018 - 9:27am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE White-winged dove, mourning dove, dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons are open statewide. These hunts offer great opportunities to get a new hunter out in the field. The weather tends to be warmer and good opportunities exist with minimal hiking.
 
Here are a few tips for hunting these species:
  • White-winged and mourning doves can typically be found throughout the state in warmer, open habitats, around water and near farm or agriculture fields. New Mexico has two hunting zones, North and South.

Valles Caldera Hosts Fiesta En El Valle Saturday

on September 5, 2018 - 7:52am
Mountain bikers stop along a trail to enjoy the view of the Valle Grande, the largest valle within Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting its first Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.

If you have ever wondered what to do if you encounter wildlife, wanted to learn how to fly fish, or needed one more reason to finally visit the Valles Caldera,

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 5

on September 5, 2018 - 5:33am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The nights and early mornings are getting cooler now and fall is just around the corner. The cooler temperatures and shorter days will help make the trout a little more active.
 
Fall-spawning trout species like brown trout and brook trout will start to be more active and begin to develop their fall colors prior to spawning. It won’t be too long that the leaves on the aspen trees start to turn a beautiful gold and the mountains are ablaze with color.
 
The bow hunting season for elk started Sept.

Manner And Method And Revocation Rule Changes Topic For Public Meetings

on September 4, 2018 - 10:50am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the Manner and Method rule and the Hunting and Fishing License Revocation rule.
 
Proposed changes to the Manner and Method rule include possession or sale of protected species, importation or possession of un-permitted wildlife, shooting from the road, use of aircraft, driving off established road, mobility impaired cards, proof of sex or bag limit, tagging, use of bait, use of dogs for tracking wounded game, weapon types for hunting and use of cellular, cell or satellite cameras.

SFNF: Ignitions On Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn May Start Sept. 18

on September 2, 2018 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as 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

Ghost Ranch Tours: Trail Rides, Fun On Highway 84

on September 2, 2018 - 9:37am

Trail riders enjoy O’Keefe Country. Courtesy/NMTD

TRAVEL News:

Ghost Ranch has a long history that started with the history of cattle rustlers. They would steal local herds and take them to the deep canyons then spread stories of witches and ghosts in the area to avoid searches of their property.

The name Rancho de los Brujos stuck and eventually became Ghost Ranch. The stories of Ghost Ranch are as colorful as the iconic hills surrounding the education and retreat center.

Georgia O’Keeffe Connection

Many visitors have graced the grounds of Ghost Ranch and one of the most widely

It’s State Fair Time In Albuquerque

on September 2, 2018 - 9:34am
State Fair 2017. Courtesy photo

STATE FAIR News:

Held each September, the New Mexico State Fair remains one of the largest fairs in the nation, with PRCA rodeo and nationally known country-western recording stars, and the Indian and Spanish villages - all the makings for a fantastic family experience!

The New Mexico State Fair offers livestock exhibits and competitions of all kinds to local farmers, ranchers, and 4H club members, while school children from all over the state look forward to seeing their art work displayed in one of the exhibit halls.

Stop by the midway and checkout the

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