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Purgatory Ski Resort Set To Open Saturday

on November 15, 2017 - 6:29am

James and Tonia Coleman opening day 2016 at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

DURANGO, Colo. – With more snow in the forecast this week, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience Saturday, Nov. 18 at Purgatory Resort. Ski and mountain bike on the same day, at the same resort. 

Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 18 with Lifts 1 and 2 operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to the trails Westfork and El Diablo, PLUS Lift 4 will provide lift-served mountain biking, weather permitting.

Small Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on November 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.

The 248-acre treatment area is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Get One Free

on November 14, 2017 - 8:01am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors. 
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at
Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF

Secretary Zinke And BLM Invite Sportsmen To Enjoy Upcoming Deer Season At Sabinoso Wilderness

on November 14, 2017 - 7:17am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
TAOS, NM  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have announced that the Sabinoso Wilderness – which contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife – is for the first time ever accessible to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.
The 16,000-acre Sabinoso was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the general public.

100 Days Of Winter Kicks Off This Week!

on November 13, 2017 - 10:19am


“Get Out. Get Active.” That's the continuing theme for this collaborative program from Los Alamos County Community Services, with lots of fun things to see and do in the community all winter long.

Check out the full booklet of information on the Community Services webpage here, and learn how to win prizes from local retailers every week.

Pick up a booklet at County facilities, including Mesa Public Library, White Rock Library, Ice Rink, Aquatic Center, Golf Course and the Customer Care Center in the Municipal Building lobby, as well as any of the local visitor centers and

On The Job In Los Alamos: Power Up Class At YMCA

on November 12, 2017 - 6:12am

On the job in Los Alamos is YMCA Fitness Instructor Emily Schmidt leading a Power Up Class Thursday afternoon at the YMCA Express in Central Park Square. Besides Power Up, Schmidt teaches a variety of fitness classes including TRX and yoga. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Parks & Recreation Board Presents Recommendations On Tennis Courts Plan

on November 11, 2017 - 7:29am

Parks and Recreation Board Chair Melanee Hand presents the board's recommendation regarding the local tennis courts to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Council requested in January the board evaluate issues and form recommendations for the following items: a location for a tennis court facility, the appropriate number of courts and appropriate community support.

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

Scenes From NNMYF All Stars Weekend

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am

Eight teams played at  the Northern New Mexico Youth Football All Stars Weekend at St. Michael's in Santa Fe Nov. 4-5 including this Blue Crush team that won their game 19-0 Saturday against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extreme Division 2 youth football players were part of the All Stars Blue Crush team which won their game 16-7. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes youth football players were part of the Division 3 Blue Crush All-Stars team who won their game 13-12 against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes Division 4 players were part of the

Sipapu Ski Resort’s Opening Day Postponed

on November 7, 2017 - 3:57pm

Sipapu Snow Castle Feb. 18. Photo by Albert Graves/Courtesy Sipapu Ski Resort

SKI News:

VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced the ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures. 

The resort was originally scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 11, one of the earliest openings in resort history. 

Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow is in the forecast  for tonight,Tues., Nov.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 7

on November 7, 2017 - 3:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There have been a lot of birds of prey migrating down the Rio Grande recently. I’ve seen several large raptors like red-tailed hawks and northern harriers circling the bosque. A sharp-shinned hawk actually killed a bird in our back yard. Eagles should start to show up around Abiquiu Lake soon and thre are usually some that spend the winter along the Rio Grande. Keep an eye out for them.

Last week I took a cue from one of our readers and fished the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The fishing was excellent.

CROP Hunger Walk And Turkey Trot Nov. 19

on November 7, 2017 - 10:21am
The planning committee for the Nov. 19 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot includes, from lef, top, Becky Chamberlin, Jeanne Butler, Ted Williams, Cynthia Biddlecomb, Lynn Wysocki-Smith and Wendee Brunish. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is two weeks away. In these final days, T-shirts have been designed and ordered, prize turkeys and pies will soon be ordered, the route is planned and the venue is reserved.
All that is needed now are walkers, runners and donors to register and start raising funds in support of eradicating

Hike To Scenic Window Rock For Your Health

on November 7, 2017 - 5:39am

The Window Rock formation on the Española Ranger District. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics are sponsoring a hike Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Window Rock Trail, as part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health. 

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride horses along area trails.

NMSP Helicopter Crew Locates Lost Hunter

on November 6, 2017 - 4:31pm
NMSP News:
PECOS – On the morning of Monday Oct. 23, members of the New Mexico State Police Aircraft Section were called to assist a search and rescue team attempting to locate a lost hunter in the mountains north of Pecos.
The 64-year-old hunter did not return as planned from his hunting trip and had spent the previous two nights alone, enduring freezing temperatures in the high mountains of the Pecos Wilderness.
Shortly after arriving on scene, the NMSP flight crew located the hunter seated next to a tree in an open meadow at approximately 10,200 feet.

YMCA Wants You To Join Their Team!

on November 6, 2017 - 3:17pm

Parks & Rec Board Reviews Capital Projects Thursday

on November 6, 2017 - 12:08pm


Capital projects for Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Improvements, Pinon Park Splash Pad and a Kiddie Pool that were moved forward by County Council at their Aug. 8 meeting will be discussed by the Parks and Recreation Board this Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Board is expected to make recommendations about the projects that will be forwarded to the Council to consider at their Council meeting Dec. 5.

The public is welcome to attend and give public comments to the Board this Thursday. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For additional background, visit

Bandelier Reminds Hikers: Beware Of Burned Trees!

on November 5, 2017 - 5:51am

Dead, falling and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Courtesy/NPS


One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument's backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.

Sierra Club; PEEC: Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk

on November 3, 2017 - 10:27am


Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Jamie O’Rourke

PEEC News:

Geologist Elaine Jacobs will lead hikers 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 along the south rim of Pueblo Canyon. This free outing is made possible thanks to the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

This afternoon guided walk will start at East Park, follow the paved trail along the canyon rim, and continue along the unpaved portion of trail to the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. Along the way, the group will explore volcanism and landscape evolution in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

LAPD: Hunting Season In Full Swing

on November 3, 2017 - 7:24am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind residents that the fall hunting season is in full swing and will continue through the spring.

Hunting Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

If you feel uneasy about outdoor recreation during hunting season, follow these common sense rules and (with a few fashionable swaths of hunter blaze orange fabric) you can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place and plan your recreation activities accordingly.
  • Wear bright clothing (like hunter blaze orange).

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Extreme Youth Football Team Goes To State

on October 31, 2017 - 2:19pm

Los Alamos Extreme Youth Football Division 2 team is headed for the state competition Nov. 11-12 in Santa Fe after finishing second in the Zia Bowl last weekend. They took second place in a tough final game against the Capital Jaguars. With only three returning players from last year, coaches congratulated the players for playing with so much heart and qualifying for state. Courtesy photo

Youth football commissioner Zeke Villegas presents the third place trophy to Los Alamos Extreme Division 1 flag football team at the Zia Bowl. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extreme Division 1 team.

Y Youth Basketball Registration Extended To Nov. 3

on October 31, 2017 - 9:20am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 that would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation, and to play a few games.
Registration for this program is open until Nov. 3. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet there twice a week for practice Nov. 6 – Feb. 2.
Games are Saturdays Dec. 9 – Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

Scenes From Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on October 26, 2017 - 9:36am

View of the prescribed burn Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

View of prescribed burn near Las Conchas. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/