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SFNF: Additional Holiday Closure Christmas Eve

SFNF News:

SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, under an executive order signed Tuesday by the President.

The SFNF previously announced that offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. 

Forest offices will resume regular business hours Thursday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, respectively.

Due to the executive order, the last day to purchase a cut-your-own Christmas tree permit from the SFNF will be Monday, Dec. 23. Fourth-graders with an Every Kid Outdoors pass


Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 18, 2019

Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s always surprising just how many people from other states are not aware that the temperature in New Mexico gets below zero.

When I tell them that, a look of disbelief comes over their faces. Perhaps it’s because on a map New Mexico is right next to Arizona, which people associate with warm winters and high temperatures.

Elevation plays a key role in our temperatures here. The lowest point in New Mexico is Red Bluff Reservoir south of Carlsbad. It’s still 2,844 feet above sea level. Most of New Mexico north of Interstate 40 is over a mile in


Heinrich, Torres Small Hail Final Passage Of White Sands National Park Establishment Act

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) hailed the final passage of legislation they introduced to designate White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico.
The provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 86 to 8 and will soon be signed into law.


“For the first time since 1930, New Mexico will be home to our newest national park. This prestigious recognition


New Mexico Bowl Names Most Impactful Coaches And Top Five Moments In Bowl’s History

The 2019 season is the 150th in the history of college football, and to help commemorate this milestone the New Mexico Bowl has compiled some of the top moments, coaches, players and games in its 14-year history.
The New Mexico Bowl has seen record-setting individual performances, historic comebacks and plenty of close games (eight decided by one score). Four bowl alumni have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft, including Ezekiel Ansah fifth overall in 2013, and numerous other bowl standouts have gone on to successful NFL careers including Shaquil Barrett,


Scenes From 2019 Luminaria Walk At Stables Sunday

The Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk Sunday evening featured to the delight of young and old, a quiet walk through of the stables open house, campfires (‘luminarias]), and plenty of s’mores and opportunities to interact with horses, goats, sheep, cows and other stable animals. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa


NM Department Of Workforce Solutions Signs Career Pathway Agreement With The U.S. Forest Service

James Duran (left), and Secretary Bill McCamley. Courtesy photo
TAOS, NM Dec. 11, 2019, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service in Taos to provide a career pathway program for participants in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC).
RMYC is an AmeriCorps program where participants gain valuable experience in the skills that employers, like the U.S. Forest Service, need by maintaining public lands.
The program will involve staff from Carson National Forest Service, NMDWS, and RMYC working together to provide training


Pajarito Opens With Best Terrain In Years!

Pajarito opened this morning with 17 runs, with plans to open the Mother Lift Saturday plus eight more intermediate and expert runs. This is the best terrain at Pajarito in years for opening day with nearly 75 percent of the mountain already open. Skiers were ready to shred these trails this morning with sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the 30s. This weekend may see a little more snow. Courtesy/Pajarito


Topper Athlete Rebecca Green Signs With NMSU

Topper athlete Rebecca Green signs a letter of intent Thursday morning in the lobby of Los Alamos High School to participate in the track program this coming year at New Mexico State Uuniversity in Las Cruces. Gathered for the ceremony from left, Green’s mother Susan Feiertag, father Lance Green, Green and her brother Jake Green. Photo by John McHale/


Heinrich: Closer Than Ever To Establishing New National Park In New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that his provision to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico’s newest national park was included in the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
The House is expected to vote on the bill this week with Senate consideration to follow.
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said. “Since I introduced


New Mexico Economic Development Department Outdoor Recreation Division Launches Website

Photo by Jay Hemphill


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) launched Friday, Dec. 6 an independent website.

The new ORD site will be a valuable resource for outdoor recreation companies looking to expand or relocate, as well as nonprofits and government agencies looking to get involved with the division’s work.

Additionally, the website offers information including a full list of the ORD Advisory Committee as well as opportunities for volunteers.

“The Outdoor Recreation Division’s website and social platforms are


SFNF: Hyde Park, Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burns

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the previously announced prescribed pile burns in Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park as early as today if conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from the Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park fuels reduction project areas. The Pacheco Canyon pile burn is off Forest Road 102 east of Tesuque Pueblo, and the Hyde Park pile burn is near Black


Angel Fire Resort Opens For Winter Season Friday

AFR 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 a few inches of consistent snow with each storm.
The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season this Friday, Dec. 13, with a 52” 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


Topper Boys And Girls Diving Teams Win Home Meet

Branden Stidham scored 238.00 points in the diving portion of the Bill Hudson Memorial Invite to win first place for the boys Friday evening at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Boys team posted a first place finish as there were no other teams represented at the competition. Branden has already qualified for the state meet. Photo by John McHale/

Kyle Hater scored 224.40 points to take second place in the diving completion. Hater has already qualified for the state meet. Photo by John McHale/

Griffin Stidham scored 221.40 points to win third place.


2019 New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan University & San Diego State University Face Off Dec. 21


ALBUQUERQUE – During Selection Sunday today, the New Mexico Bowl announced that San Diego State University and Central Michigan University will face off Saturday, Dec. 21 in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Bowl will kick off the collegiate bowl season for the fourteenth year, airing on ESPN at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) live from Dreamstyle Stadium.

‘We are very happy with another really good matchup in the New Mexico Bowl, two outstanding teams in the midst of excellent seasons,” said New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “San Diego State has one of the nation’s best defenses


SFNF Implements Joaquin Piles Prescribed Burn

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind and weather forecasts, to burn piles of woody debris on the previously announced Joaquin project area this week.
Ignitions may continue over the weekend and into next week, depending on the weather.
The unit is approximately 648 acres, located about 7 miles north of the community of Gilman west of Forest Road (FR) 376 and south of FR 534. 
Prescribed fire


Topper Basketball Plays In Capitol City Tournament

Brian Irwin goes in for a layup in the 2nd quarter and is in heavy traffic. The Topper boys played the Santa Fe High Demons in the first game of the tournament and lost 61-24 to the Demons who dominated the game on both offense and defense. The Toppers moved into the consolation side of the bracket after their loss. The Bobby Rodriquez Capitol City Tournament is an annual tournament played in the Toby Roybal Gymnasium on the campus of the Santa Fe High School. Photo by John McHale/

Gavin Campos has the ball stripped as he makes an attempt for a shot. The Demons defense all but shut down the


NMAA Board Approves Classification & Alignment Breakdown For Member Schools For 2020-2022

NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors met in regular session Wednesday and approved the classification and alignment breakdown of its member schools for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. 
Full classification/district breakdowns by sport can be accessed from the main page of the NMAA website at
A summary of most changes made from the current two-year block also can be viewed on the website at
Member schools will be afforded


Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K & Kids 1 Mile

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Roll Run fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

LA Band Booster News:

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 15 to raise money for the LAHS band program and the LAMS Music Program.

The fun run includes a 5K and a kids 1 mile run for age 13 and under. The run is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos Hight School and Los Alamos Middle School Bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners.

The 5k


Toppers Drop Home Opener To St. Michaels 48-59

Gavin Campos flies in for a layup early in the 1st quarter. Campos was the Topper leading scorer with 17 points for the night in a game played Tuesday evening against the St. Michael Horseman in Griffith Gymnasium. The Horseman is one of the premier teams in 3A and are always a challenge. The Toppers played a consistent game, scoring in the lower teens in each quarter, but were not able to keep pace with the Horseman and lost the game 48-59. Photo by John McHale/

Harrison Frank blocks the shot taken by Rico Gurule in the 3rd quarter. Photo by John McHale/



Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 4, 2019

Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
One of the advantages of writing a fishing report and then saving it for future reference is you can go back and check the how the conditions were a year or two ago times of year when planning a trip.
Now is about the time of year that the lakes in Northern New Mexico start to freeze over. It comes in especially handy because it’s disappointing to drive to a lake and find it frozen over, yet the ice is not thick enough to support anglers and the lake is closed to fishing.
That’s what is happening now. The weather was pretty nasty