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2020 State Spirit, Spring Sports & Activities Canceled

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Based on the recent directive from the New Mexico Public Education Department that schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the NMAA and its Board of Directors have canceled the 2020 State Spirit Championships, the 2020 Spring Sports Season, and all remaining activities for this academic school year.

This cancellation applies to practices and workouts in addition to contests and events. 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the Public Education Department has closed schools and additionally addressed interscholastic


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NMGF: Hunt Season Closure On Social Media Hoax

NMGF News:

SANTA FE — Despite false rumors floating around on social media, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reassures New Mexico hunters the results of the 2020-2021 big-game draw will be released by April 29, 2020, if not earlier.

Over the past week, there have been prank posts on social media stating that the 2020-2021 hunting season in New Mexico has been canceled. This is false, and the Department recommends not clicking on the links provided in this or any other hoax.

Director Michael Sloane stated “the Department is working diligently to audit the draw and provide results as soon


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Los Alamos County Parks And Recreation Board Recommends Naming Softball Field To Honor Hope Jaramillo

Minors A Field at Overlook Park in White Rock may be renamed Hope Field to honor Hope Jaramillo. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.c

Los Alamos resident Hope Jaramillo died in January, and community members and the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board are considering naming a softball field after her.

Jaramillo, who died from cancer, was extremely active in the high school softball program. A player herself in school, Jaramillo went on to be a coach and a volunteer in the local softball programs.

In honor of her contributions,


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Scenes Of Construction On Sullivan Field House Today

Construction continues today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. The Field House will feature home and visitor locker rooms, an official’s room, training room, public restrooms, ticket booths and concessions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of construction continuing today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of construction continuing today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of the construction site for the Sullivan Field


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USDA: New Mexico National Forests Begin Orderly Closure Of Developed Recreation Sites; Visitors Still Welcome

View of Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Carson National Forest, which is one of the five national forests in New Mexico to begin the orderly closure of developed recreation sites. Courtesy photo

USDA News:

SANTA FE – The five national forests in New Mexico, including the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), will begin the orderly closure of developed recreation sites as early as today, March 23, to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although campgrounds, day-use sites, restrooms and other developed recreation


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Scenes From Disc Golf Games On North Mesa Sunday

The Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department has provided the community with a Disc Golf Course near the North Mesa Picnic Grounds on North Mesa. The course was designed to meet the standards of the sport, so the course is an official course to be enjoyed by the community. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Dawna Russon and her friends enjoy a round of disc golf Saturday afternoon. Russon tees off from the area marked by the orange flag on the 7th basket target. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Victor Medina makes a throw from the spot his disc landed on the course on his way to the 7th


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Topper Freshman Luke Gonzales Photographs Dog Teddy With His GoPro Camera Romping Down By The River

Los Alamos High School Freshman Luke Gonzales explains that while school is canceled due to the pandemic, he likes to get outside with his dog Teddy and this morning he photographed Teddy with his GoPro playing in the river. Photo by Luke Gonzales

Teddy playing this morning down by the river. Photo by Luke Gonzales


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Local Golfers Get In Some Solo Practice Saturday

Even though the golf course is officially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a few golfers managed to get in some practice and take advantage of nice weather Saturday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Here John Heineman chips the ball to the pin in hole #4. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Todd Kankowski practices on the driving range Saturday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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SFNF Suspends Prescribed Burns During COVID-19 Outbreak

Prescribed burns are postponed until further notice on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Fe National Forest has announced that all planned prescribed burns have been postponed until further notice. 

Potential smoke impacts to the public are always considered in prescribed fire and wildfire management.

The decision to postpone ignitions will:

  • prevent any effects from smoke that might further endanger at-risk members of our communities; and
  • reduce exposure for Forest Service employees, cooperators and other resources

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Family YMCA Provides Free Online Fitness Classes

The Y is offering free online classes modified so that no fitness equipment is required, but will include suggested everyday household items such as this broom for toning. Screenshot/LADP 

The Family YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is now offering live virtual classes online during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schedule of virtual classes is published on the Y website and includes classes like Power Up, Insanity, Silver Sneakers, Yoga, Stretching, Zumba, Toning, Hi-Lo, Cardio Kickboxing and Power HIIT!.

All classes will be modified so that no fitness equipment


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Bandelier Issues Closure Updates Due To COVID-19

Bandelier National Monument closes Visitor Center, Ranger led programs and all group campsites at Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Courtesy/BNM

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument closed the Visitor Center and Ranger led programs Tuesday to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Beginning immediately and until further notice, Bandelier has closed all group campsites at Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds. Bandelier also has suspended all park and camp entrance fees


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Weekly Fishing Report: March 19, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The most important news for anglers is the coronavirus. This serious, communicable disease and the efforts to halt its spread has affected all aspects of our lives.

Schools are closed, public events canceled and bars and restaurants are shutting down or restricting their services.

Anyone who has been to a grocery store since last week has seen the empty shelves. People are being urged to stay home and distance themselves from other people (social distancing).

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all state parks closed


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New Mexico Land Office Seeks Advisory Committee Members

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announces an open application process to serve on advisory committees or working groups. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMSLO News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Land Office and Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced Tuesday an open application process for New Mexicans interested in serving on advisory committees or working groups aimed to steward access to state trust land while helping the State Land Office fulfill their mission to raise revenue for public schools, hospitals, and universities.

Applicants with expertise


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Bandelier With Trails Open

On the job at Bandelier National Monument Thursday afternoon is Park Ranger Luis Jimenez. Bandelier announced Tuesday that the visitor center and Western National Park Store are closed for visitor and staff health and safety reasons. No backcountry permits are being issued but all trails and Juniper Campground remain open at this time. For updated information, click here. visit nps.gov/band/index.htm. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Bandelier Closes Visitor Center Due To COVID-19

Residents and visitors Monday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

The view Monday from Frijoles Canyon Overlook at Bandelier. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

To protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the National Park Service has closed the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center and suspended all ranger-led programs.

The park trails remain open and park staff are onsite to provide visitors information.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings


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Western National Parks Assoc. To Temporarily Close Stores

WNPA News:

TUCSON, Ariz.—Due to the continuing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and concern for Western National Parks Association (WNPA) employees and the community, WNPA will cease operations at its stores beginning March 18, 2020.

WNPA is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates, including when stores will reopen, on www.wnpa.org/news and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This includes stores located in more than 70 national parks across the West and The National Parks Store


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Pajarito And Sipapu Close Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Pajarito Mountain is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season. Courtesy/Pajarito

SKI News:

VADITO – Pajarito Mountain and Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season effective today at the recommendation of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

“We are skiers at heart and today’s decision was a difficult one for all of us,” said James Coleman, a managing partner of Sipapu and Pajarito. “While many of our employees and customers wanted us to remain open, their health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. We’ve decided to move forward


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PEEC Launches Take It Outside! Beginning Today

PEEC launched a new online series today called Take It Outside! to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has launched a new online series to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed.

Take It Outside with PEEC!

Each week, PEEC’s staff and volunteers will focus on a different nature-related theme. They will provide daily activities


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