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Mountaineers Gear Gratefully Accepted By Santa Fe Shelters

Mountaineers sort clothing and gear collected during the Dec. 12 drive. Courtesy photo 

By Bill Priedhorsky
Los Alamos Mountaineers

In their Dec. 12 drive, the Los Alamos Mountaineers collected about 800 cubic feet – a few tons – of clothing and gear for four Santa Fe homeless shelters.

The gear was ferried to the shelters by Mountaineers and friends via multiple trips of cars, trucks and shelter vans. At St. Elizabeth’s shelter, the staff person recognized the Mountaineers – “Haven’t you been here before” – and accepted the gear with huge thanks.

Some of the gear didn’t even make it in the shelter


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Take A ‘StoryWalk’ And Shop Nature Center In Person

In person shopping 11:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC is teaming up with the Los Alamos County Library System’s Youth Services team to host a StoryWalk® at the nature center. Monday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 31. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Tuesday, Dec. 22 for a special opportunity to shop the gift shop in-person.

This event will be held 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the front doors and is a wonderful opportunity to finish up that holiday shopping


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Los Alamos County Ice Rink Closed Until Further Notice

COUNTY News:

The Dec. 16, 2020 amended Public Health Order concerning COVID-19 identified ice rinks as close-contact recreational facilities that must remain closed while the county is in “Red” status.

Because of this amended Public Health Order, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink will remain closed until further notice.


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SFNF Announces Holiday Office Closure Dates

SFNF News:

/All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

President Trump signed an executive order Dec. 11 to make Christmas Eve a federal holiday this year.

Forest offices will resume virtual business hours Monday, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, respectively.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available online at Recreation.gov, over the phone by calling forest headquarters or any of the SFNF district offices, and in person at Pancho’s Minute Men Shell Station


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 16, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With below-freezing temperatures forecast this week, it won’t be long before the ice-fishing season gets into full swing here in Northern New Mexico.

Currently, none of the popular destinations for ice fishing are open as the ice is still considered unsafe for fishing.

New Mexico State Parks are open for day use only, usually between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only New Mexico residents may use the facilities. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

Many people are surprised that there is ice fishing in New Mexico and that temperatures


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Northern New Mexico College Suspends All Sports For 2020-2021 Season Due To Risk; Uncertainty Of COVID-19

NNMC Athletic Director Ryan Cordova

SPORTS News:

ESPAÑOLA — Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Athletic Director Ryan Cordova announced today that all sports, which include Men and Women’s Basketball, Men and Women’s Cross Country, Men and Women’s Golf and Cheer/Dance will be suspended for the 2020-2021 season.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community are our priority at Northern,” Coach Cordova said. “The risk and uncertainty of COVID-19 has led to this decision.”

This announcement falls on the heels of the announcement from New Mexico Highlands University


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Scenes Of Fun In The Snow Around Los Alamos

Plenty of snow fell on the Los Alamos area Saturday night and this dad and daughter are having a whole lot of fun with it Sunday morning at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Woohooooo! What a fun ride Sunday morning at Urban Park! Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The more the merrier! Siblings having fun Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Mom and child take an exciting ride Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Small snowplow getting  the job done Sunday on 46th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Making the most of the


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BLM Adjusts Hours At Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area

BLM News:

TAOS — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office has adjusted the hours of operation for the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area.

The area will remain closed to all over-night camping.

New hours of operation:

  • Thursday through Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (day-use only); and
  • Monday through Wednesday: Closed.

“The BLM is happy to provide the wonderful recreation opportunities available at Santa Cruz Lake and looks forward to the public’s continued interest in the area,” said Judy Culver, BLM Taos acting field manager.  

For more information about Santa Cruz Lake, call BLM Taos Field


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Seventy Five Families Donate To Los Alamos Mountaineers Annual Gear And Clothing Drive For Homeless Saturday

Los Alamos Mountaineers Mary Thompson and Jean Dewart send a big thank you to the 75 families that donated gear and clothing during the annual gear and clothing drive held Saturday in the Los Alamos Nature Center parking lot at 2600 Canyon Road. These items will be of good use for the homeless shelters in the wider community. The Mountaineers estimate about 800 cubic feet of gear and clothing were donated and say, ‘Thank you Los Alamos!’ Photo by Sylvie Adam

Los Alamos Mountaineers from left, Mary Thompson, Jean Dewart and Robi Mulford with some of the donations from Saturday’s annual gear and clothing


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Angel Fire Resort Opened For 2020-2021 Ski Season Today

Angel Fire Resort opened today with more than three feet of natural snow. Courtesy/AFR

ANGEL FIRE RESORT News:

ANGEL FIRE — Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico has benefited from late fall storms that have tracked over the southwest.

The storms are providing the northern New Mexican mountains with several inches of consistent snow.

The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season today, more than three feet of natural snow. The mountain operations team has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past four weeks, making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening.


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Ice Hockey Open To New Players; Registration Fee Waived!

LAHA News:

Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHA) is happy to inform the community that the ice rink will be open this season solely for the purpose of hockey.

As an added bonus, LAHA will waive all registration fees this year – that means that hockey will be free for all skaters this season after the USA Hockey registration fee is paid.

This will be a very abbreviated season (beginning Dec. 21) and unfortunately will be without games or deliberate contact and with masks at all times, including while on the ice.

The schedule will include strict 1-hour practice slots after which skaters must quickly


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Exterior Solutions By Chapparal

On the Job in White Rock, back row from left, Kyle Elliott, Emma Keener and BJ Coyne, and front row from left, Jeremiah Morris and owner Matt Wolk of Exterior Solutions by Chapparal working Wednesday at a residence on Big Rock Loop. This crew has been friends for 15 years and work hard and play hard together. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Working hard and playing hard, crew members from Exterior Solutions by Chapparal hits the White Rock Skate Park during their lunch hour Wednesday where Jeremiah Morris is spotted taking a spill on his mini bike.


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Weekly Fishing Report: For Dec. 9, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico’s State Parks reopened Dec. 3 and are now open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., during regular day-use hours.

There is no overnight camping and facilities are open to New Mexico residents only.

Several of the lakes in Northern New Mexico have started to freeze over. There is no ice-fishing allowed due to unsafe ice conditions.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open. It is closed to ice fishing. When the ice becomes safe to fish on, this is the best lake in New Mexico for ice fishing. Rainbow trout, yellow perch and northern pike are the species available,


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Sipapu Announces 2020/2021 Ski Operations Begin Dec. 10

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.  

SKI News:

VADITO — Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will begin its ski operations for the season beginning Thursday, Dec. 10.

Day tickets must be purchased ahead online at sipapu.ski beginning at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 8. The resort will not be selling tickets at the ticket window. 

“Given the challenges we are all facing with COVID-19, we are very glad to be able to open our slopes to the public,” Sipapu General Manager John Paul Bradley said. “We know that everyone is itching to get outside and experience the joy of skiing and snowboarding. We’re asking that everyone


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Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic Going Virtual December-January

Scene from the start and finish of the 2020 Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic. Courtesy photo

SANTA FE STRIDERS News:

  • Now through March 2021, run or hike 6 kilometers—any time, anywhere—to earn great swag and support Santa Fe Search & Rescue.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic, normally hosted by the Santa Fe Striders running club in January at the Big Tesuque Campground, will be virtual in 2021.

Registered participants can complete their own 6-kilometer (3.5 mile) run or hike anywhere, any time between December 2020 and March 2021.

Competing in snowshoes on snow


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SFNF: Hyde Park, Cat Mesa Pile Burns A Go Today

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After successful test ignitions, crews are proceeding with the previously announced Hyde Park and Cat Mesa pile burns today to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels on the ground.

The recent winter storm that moved through New Mexico helped create optimal conditions to burn slash piles. Snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation. Generally, pile burns produce less smoke and burn with less intensity than broadcast burns across a larger landscape.

The 132-acre Hyde Park pile burn near Black Canyon Campground on the Española Ranger District and


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NMAA Board Approves New Spring 2021 Sports Calendar

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Due to the state of the COVID-19 public health crisis in New Mexico and in a continued proactive effort to ensure students have the opportunity to participate in the sports of their choosing during the 2020-2021 school year, the NMAA Board of Directors has approved a new calendar for the Spring 2021 semester.

The approved new calendar includes seasons for all 13 sports offered by the NMAA. 

Tentative dates for both the start of the official season and state championship events:

Sport                                   Start Date                                       


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New Mexico State Land Office Offering Low-Cost Christmas Tree Cutting And Sand Gathering Permits Now To Dec. 16

State Land Office News:

SANTA FE –The New Mexico State Land Office announced Tuesday low-cost Christmas tree cutting and sand gathering permits on state trust land in advance of the upcoming holiday.

Christmas tree cutting permits are available for $10, and the permitted area is east of Black Lake and South of Angel Fire. A limit of one tree, no taller than 15 feet, is allowed per permit.

Sand gathering permits, meant to allow individuals to gather sand to fill farolitos, are $5 and allow for the removal of up to 20 gallons of sand per permit, which is enough to fill approximately 100 farolito bags.


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Santa Fe National Forest: Seasonal Road Closures

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors that forest roads susceptible to damage under severe weather conditions are closed for the winter to protect public health and safety, infrastructure and natural resources.

Seasonal closures generally occur between December and May, when snow, ice and frigid temperatures make winter travel treacherous.

The closures prohibit the use of motorized vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, on restricted roads when gates are closed, locked or posted with a closure sign.

Visitors traveling on open


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