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Today's News

  • SF Forest to close majority of roads

    A majority of roads and trails in the Santa Fe National Forest are being closed to motorized travel.

    Officials released a plan Thursday prohibiting all unauthorized off-road travel on nearly 70 percent of forest roads.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says under the new plan, about 2,463 miles of roads and trails will be available to vehicles. Another 138 miles of previously unauthorized paths will now be accessible.

    Garcia says the plan was developed from six years of public meetings on alternative routes.

  • Longmire shoot wraps up

    Pajarito Mountain and a quiet residential neighborhood saw some action this week, including shouts of “fire in the hole” as explosives mimicking the sound of gunshots were set off.

    It was all part of a two-day shoot for the new A&E series “Longmire.” The series is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by bestselling author Craig Johnson. Longmire is played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, perhaps best known for his role as Agent Jones in “The Matrix.”

  • A new way to fight fires?

    SANTA  FE  —  If we don’t improve our firefighting, the Rockies will burn down. Those were the words of retired Los Alamos scientist Chick Keller when interviewed by Capitol Reports.
    Keller has a point. We are not utilizing all the resources our nation has to fight wildfires. Almost every year fires in Western states are setting records for most land burned and that will continue until we get smarter.
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) criticized the Forest Service for its handling of the Ruidoso fire that burned over 200 homes. There appeared to be opportunities to stop the fire in its early stages if the right actions had been taken at the right time.

  • The colors of freedom

    “I have profound respect for the one sentence of the Declaration of Independence that I’ve actually read.”  (Author unknown)
     This quote does call to question, “Exactly which sentence do people remember?”  My favorite happens to be “They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”  It’s not often that you get to use a cool word like consanguinity.  Verisimilitude is another favorite of mine (truly it is).
     Anyway, with Independence Day just around the corner, what better way to commemorate the virtues of freedom than sitting back and enjoying the artful lyrics of “Born to Be a Hick,” “Wax the Booty,” and “Killing Brain Cells?”

  • Happy Campers

    Youth football players hit the foam tackling dummies during a workout of the Hilltopper Youth Football Camp. The camp runs from July 9-12 at Sullivan Field. It is for players in grades 4-8. For more information on the upcoming camp, go to topperfootball.com.

  • Juniors play on Saturday

    The White Rock-Los Alamos Little League Junior softball team is the top seed for the upcoming district tournament.
    The juniors, made up of players ages 13-14, will face the winner of tonight’s game against second-seeded Santa Fe and third-seeded Española Saturday night. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    All the games for the double-elimination tournament will be played at 6 p.m. at Santa Fe’s Alto Park.
    The tournament will continue through at least Monday with a final playoff set for Tuesday if necessary.

  • NMAA, MaxPreps ink a 5-year deal

    The New Mexico Activities Association signed a partnership agreement with MaxPreps.com to make the website an “official statistician and digital media partner.”
    The NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic prep sports in the state, made the announcement earlier this week.
    “The NMAA is thrilled about the opportunity to work with MaxPreps and is excited about the services they have made available to both our member schools and communities across New Mexico,” said NMAA executive director Gary Tripp in a press release.
    MaxPreps.com, which is headquartered in Cameron Park, Calif., is a unit of CBS.

  • Burnside is the best predictor this week

    Patricia Burnside had the best prediction at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday on Barranca Mesa.
    Burnside, competing on the 3-mile course, was off by just three seconds off her actual finish time to top all other predictions. Roxana Candia was off by 14 seconds on the 3-mile course and Lynn Klugel was off by an adjusted time of 15 seconds on the 1-mile course.
    In all, 27 runners and walkers took part in this week’s Pace Race.
    On the 1-mile course, Zachary Medin finished in 7 minutes, 44 seconds. Camille Rousculp and Melina Burnside both finished in 8:04.
    On the long course, Ted Romero finished in 21:24. Nikol Strother posted a time of 25:32.

  • Fishing Report 06-29-12

    Catches of the Week

     

    Clayton Lake: June 22, Mikie Montoya of Clayton caught a 9-pound walleye. He was using a spinner.

    San Juan River: June 22, Gregg Flores of Albuquerque caught a 9-pound rainbow trout. He was using a size 24 red larva on 7x tippet.

    Ute Lake: June 23, Kyle Price caught and released a 4-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass. June 24, Steve Gill of Navajo Dam caught and released a 4-pound, 1 ounce largemouth bass.

    Abiquiu Lake: June 16, Jacqueline Mirabal of Española caught a 22-inch, 4-pound walleye and a 24-inch, 5-pound walleye. She was trolling a stick bait.

  • July 4 Celebration Still On But No Fireworks

    Press release from Kiwanis Club

     

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided there will not be a fireworks display in this year's July 4 celebration Event at Overlook Park.