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Need A New Year’s Resolution? Take Trout Challenge!

NMDG&F News:

SANTA FE Anglers in New Mexico are very fortunate to have such diverse fishing opportunities, especially when it comes to trout.

With six different trout species, all within a few hours of each other, catching several, or all of them, can be quite the challenge.

The Department of Game and Fish launched Wednesday the New Mexico Trout Challenge (NMTC). This challenge, which is the first of its kind for New Mexico, will encourage anglers in the state to catch five of New Mexico’s trout species.

The five trout species that anglers will be challenged to catch include:

  • Rio Grande cutthroat


Unsafe Ice Conditions Close Monastery Lake To Fishing

Monastery Lake, near Pecos, is closed to fishing until further notice. Courtesy photo

NMDG&F News:

SANTA FE – Monastery Lake, near Pecos, has been closed to fishing until further notice due to unsafe ice conditions.

Ice fishing is not allowed at the Benedictine Monastery lake leased through the Department’s Open Gate program. A thin layer of ice has formed on the lake prompting the closure.

The lake will reopen when there is sufficient open areas of water available to allow fishing from the bank.

Anglers can find good winter trout fishing in the Albuquerque area drains, at Tingley Beach and


Eagle Nest Lake State Park Open To Ice Fishing

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to ice fishing. Courtesy/webcam

NMDG&F News:

EAGLE NEST – Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to ice fishing.

According to the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department’s State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish, current measurements indicate that ice thickness exceeds the minimum standards. The State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish jointly manage the lake and surrounding area.

The surface of Eagle Nest Lake is now open to walk-in access or access by snowmobiles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for ice fishing


Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

Los Alamos Daily Post

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:


Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing. “Continuous local


Topper Girls Basketball Picks Up Big Win Over Demons

Natalie Gallegos brings the ball down court through traffic in a game played Friday night against the Santa Fe Demons in the 2019 Lady Horseman Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s gymnasium. The two-day tournament hosted eight teams from around the area. The Toppers lost their first game to Pecos 39-52, which placed them in the consolation side of the bracket. The second game was played against the Santa Fe High School Demons, which was a big win, 54-50.  This was the highest number of points scored by the Toppers this season. The game was close throughout with both teams playing a hard and


Bandelier Closed Due To Ice And Snow Conditions

Bandelier National Monument closed today due to weather. Courtesy/BNM




Due to ice and snow accumulation and predicted snow throughout the day, Bandelier will be closed today, Saturday, Dec. 28.


Any forecast for snow throughout the day will add to clean up efforts once the park reopens. Once it stops snowing park staff will need time to clear the roads, parking lot and Main Loop Trail so that visitors may safely visit the park once again. 


Visitors can get updated information regarding this closure


On The Job In Los Alamos: At North Mesa Stables

On the job in Los Alamos is Karla Palmer preparing her 14-year-old horse Cozi for a ride Thursday at the North Mesa Stables. ‘It’s like a crack habit – owning horses,’ said Palmer who with her husband and six children own seven horses. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/



Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmers Shine At State And National Meets Earning Six Of Ten Top Awards

Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmers earned six of the 10 top high point awards. Back row from left, Carson Hick, Sophia Pieck, Duncan Henderson, Julia Quernemoen and Mary Couture. Front row from left, Fayrouz Mourad, Michelle Lo, Owen McLaughlin, Nikolai Nelson and (Allison Amrani, not pictured). Photo by Heath McLaughlin
Orion Henderson represented the Aquatomics in the 18-under USA Swimming National Championship series meet in Federal Way, Wash., and one of a handful of 15 year olds who qualified for this level of swim meet competing in the 400 yd IM and 200 yd breaststroke. Photo by K.


Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 27, 2019

Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Merry Christmas to all anglers.
The weather has been cold, but not cold enough to allow ice fishing yet on the lakes here in Northern New Mexico.
Eagle Nest Lake remains closed to fishing and boating due to unsafe ice conditions. They are hoping to open the lake to ice fishing by January. An ice-fishing tournament is held in January. Call Friends of the Lake at (575).377.6188 for dates and details. Call (575).377.1594 for current ice conditions.
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton


Udall, Portman, Stabenow Introduce Legislation To Restore America’s National Forests

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have introduced the Reforestation Act of 2019 to bolster funding for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address its backlog of planting needs by carrying out reforestation projects in forests damaged by events such as wildfires, insects and disease.  
Given the Forest Service’s reforestation backlog, the new bipartisan bill would double funding from the Reforestation Trust Fund to $60 million per year. The purpose of the Reforestation Trust


Santa Teaches Kids To Ski On Pajarito Mountain

Santa (AKA Michael Donnelly) spent time teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Donnelly of Los Alamos was named the Ski Instructor of the Year in 2018 and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame. Donnelly, 82, enjoys sharing his skiing knowledge with children. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito


Scenes From 2019 New Mexico Bowl

Pageantry, professionalism and fun, this is the best way to describe the weekend of the first game of the bowl season, the 2019 New Mexico Bowl. After a warm welcome for the media Friday at Isleta Casino, opened up with a press conference with coaches and players from the two Bowl teams Central Michigan and San Diego State. A ballroom luncheon followed with more than 500 guests with pre-lunch entertainment provided by both team’s bands and cheerleaders. It was then off to Old Town Plaza for a rousing an enthusiastic pep rally. Saturday, Central Michigan and SDSU football teams took the field at University


Michael Phillips Of Los Alamos Top 50 Kids Coach

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips

GOLF News:

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.

Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.

The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.

The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals


BLM: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day

Truchas Peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Pecos Wilderness area within Santa Fe National Forest. Photo by Jerry Friedman
BLM News:
SANTA FE President Donald Trump has issued an executive order excusing federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday of Tuesday, Dec. 24.
Therefore, all Bureau of Land Management offices and developed recreation areas will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and reopen Thursday, Dec. 26.
In addition, offices and developed recreation areas also will be closed New Year’s Day.


NWF: Reforestation Legislation Will Safeguard Wildlife Habitat, Drinking Water Supplies

NWF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Investing in America’s forests is essential to safeguarding wildlife habitat, confronting climate change and protecting clean drinking water supplies.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) heralded U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Reforestation Act of 2019, which will provide foresters with the resources and tools they need to invest in reforestation efforts across the country.
“America’s forests provide essential wildlife habitat, protect healthy watersheds and clean drinking water, and serve as natural carbon-sinks — a vital climate solution.


SFNF Issues Seasonal Closure Order For Forest Roads On Abiquiu Land Grant

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Thursday issued a closure order for the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 418 and the segments of Forest Roads (FR) 31 and 27 that cross the Abiquiu Land Grant on the Española Ranger District. 

The closure order, which is in effect Dec. 19, 2019 to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier, is intended to protect SFNF and Abiquiu Land Grant resources, including roads, soils and vegetation, that could be damaged by use during the wet winter season.

The specific areas affected by this closure order are:

  • FR 31 where it passes through the


Topper Boys Basketball Team Falls To Eldorado Eagles

Harrison Frank blocks a shot attempt by an Eagle player early in the first quarter, which was the Toppers best quarter of the game by tying the Eagles at the end of the quarter 10-10. The Toppers played a very fast, hard fought game, which was one of their best outings of the season in spite of their loss of 40-57. The Eldorado Eagles is one of the premier teams in 5A in Albuquerque currently 5-0 for the season. Photo by Nate Limback

Wesley Stanfield does some fancy dribbling to get the ball past Devin Lovato in the 1st period. Stanfield had 7 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/