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Local Elks Lodge Supports Los Alamos Ice Hockey

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge presents an $858 check in proceeds from a fundraising dinner in September to the Los Alamos Hockey Association last week during a special gathering. From left, Presley Haight, Elks Exalted Ruler Tim Haight, LAHA President Bob Nolen, Elks Head Chef Steve Remde and Matthew Haight. The Elks plan on hosting another fundraising dinner for LAHA before the season is over. LAHA is naming the Elks the title sponsor for its first time Hull Hockey Camp, Nov. 22-24 at the Los Alamos County Rink as well as a title sponsor for the historical Holiday of Hockey Festival,


Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

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SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel


Kirsten Stromberg Represents Los Alamos At United States Women’s Curling Association Event In Minnesota

Kirsten Stromberg, left, represented Los Alamos in October at the United States Women’s Curling Association event in St. Paul, Minn. Stromberg taught some new curlers during the event opening, as a certified instructor; participated in lectures, and also competed in curling games, including the culminating day of final matches Oct. 19 at the St. Paul Curling Club. She was skip (nautical term that means captain) of a team with players from all over the USA. Courtesy photo


Topper Varsity Girls Soccer Smokes Rockets 3-0

Alyssa Parker slides into the goal for a scoring attempt. Photo by Nate Limback

Kaya Krantz takes a shot on goal. Photo by Nate Limback


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Varsity Girls Soccer Team kicked off the 4A State tournament against Roswell’s Goddard High School Rockets Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

The Toppers were determined to make a statement before heading to Bernalillo next week, beating the Rockets 3-0.

Tara McDonald found the back of the net first to break the tie midway through the first half. Alyssa Parker and Kaitlyn McGrane also scored goals


LAHS XC Boys & Girls Win District 2-4A Championship!

The District Champion Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. Photo by Blake Wood
Hilltoppers Keith Bridge, Rafael Sanchez and Steven Strevell in the lead pack one mile into the 5k race. ‘Topper runners finished 1-6 to achieve a perfect score of 15. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams demonstrated why they are favorites to get onto the podium at next Saturday’s State Championship, by handily winning the District 2-4A Championship Friday, hosted by Moriarty.
The Girls scored 19 points to runner-up Taos’


Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
The resolution encourages the U.S. Forest


SFNF Fuelwood Permit Sales At Pueblo Of Jemez Welcome Center Saturdays Only In November

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Sales of Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, will be limited to Saturdays only for the month of November.
Normally, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, located at 7413 N.M. 4 on Jemez Pueblo, has a Forest Service employee onsite Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays seasonally to sell permits and provide visitors with information about the forest. Due to a staffing issue, the SFNF is able to staff the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center on Saturdays


CrossFit Los Alamos Keeps Cranking Out Champions

Kelly Gill competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
Shawn McGrane competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
Kim Granzow competing in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz Fitness in Albuquerque. Courtesy/CFLA
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During the weekend of Oct. 26, six local athletes competed in two different weighlifting events in Albuquerque.
Kim Granzow, Kelly Gill and Shawn McGrane competed in the New Mexico State Games at Gainz


Environmental Services Division: Consequences Can Be UnBEARable

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Bears hibernate not because of the cold but because there is a lack of food during the winter months.

To get the 20,000 calories a day while fattening up before hibernation, a bear would need to eat about 200 ounces of acorns, 78 pounds of blueberries, nearly 25,000 tent caterpillars or 25 cups of birdfeeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds.
Bears are not out to cause problems. Black bears are very smart and will do their best to take advantage of all the easy-to-get-at calories we make available such as accessible garbage, bird


Sipapu Resort Makes Ski History Today

Sipapu Resort opened for the season today – making ski history in opening nearly a month ahead of its usual schedule. Sipapu is recognized for having the longest ski season in New Mexico, being the first to open for the season and one of the last to close. Sipapu is the seventh ski resort to open in the U.S. this season. ‘The slope conditions are not your normal early season conditions,’ Sipapu general manager John Paul Bradley said. ‘With the cold temps and natural snow adding to snowmaking efforts, my first run on Thumper today was a legitimate great run! We even had people camp out overnight to get


LAHS Athlete Natalie Gallegos Recognized By EXOS Among Top Tier Volleyball Players In West Region

Los Alamos High School athlete Natalie Gallegos shown here in December of 2018 when named 2018 Volleyball 1st team All-District and Player of the Year in District 2-4A. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School volleyball athlete Natalie Gallegos (Class of 2020) has been recognized by EXOS as one of the top tier volleyball players in the west region of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Gallegos is one of 50 athletes (maximum) attending the EXOS Select 50 instructional showcase Sunday, Nov. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz. Gallegos is a college prospect selected by EXOS because of


New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage Of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates Wednesday to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon.
Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act


Scenes From Hilltopper Girls Cross Country Meet

Toppers Norissa Valdez, Sophie Chadwick and Lidia Appell position themselves in the lead pack early in the race against Pojoaque Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Blake Wood

Toppers Norissa Valdez and Sophie Chadwick lead a long line of runners a half mile into the race. Photo by Blake Wood

Freshman Jasmine Hornberger leads teammate Hannah Gartz a half mile from the finish. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Norissa Valdez and freshman Sophie Chadwick ran most of the race together, leading the Hilltoppers in 2nd and 3rd places overall. Photo by Blake Wood


Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 31, 2019

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Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has turned sharply colder and it won’t be long until the small, higher elevation lakes in Northern New Mexico will begin to freeze over.
A local angler recently reported ice forming on Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras. The ice would melt off during the day. The Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and others will soon be frozen.
The fishing can be quite good at this time before the lakes become unfishable. The larger reservoirs and lakes take longer to start to freeze and many


Topper Football Falls To Capital Jaguars 54-0

The Topper Football team bursts onto Sullivan Field Friday night to play against the Capital Jaguars in their final home game for the 2019 season. The Jaguars scored early and often to shut out the Toppers 54-0. The Jaguars neutralized the Topper offense and defense to win the contest in 3 1/2 quarters. The Toppers will play their final game this Friday night when they travel to Albuquerque to play the Del Norte Knights in Milney Stadium. Photo by John McHale/

Quarterback Jose Salazar throws a pass to Tyler Weiss in the first quarter as Devin Mayfield provides pass protection. Photo


Sipapu Makes History With Earliest Opening Thursday

SKI News:
VADITO Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is opening Thursday, Oct. 31 for its earliest opening day ever.
Cool temperatures at night and early season snow (including 8-inches for the month of October) allowed the resort to open the mountain more than three weeks ahead of schedule.
The Halloween opening marks the first time Sipapu has opened for skiing and snowboarding in the month of October and the 17th consecutive time it has been the first resort to open in New Mexico.
“We’ve had Nov. 22 in our sights for some time,” said John Paul Bradley,


Kyrina Deschamp Of Los Alamos Brings Home Top Title At USABMX Lone Star Nationals In Houston

Kyrina Deschamp, 14, of Los Alamos, left, here with Cole Mcghahey racing out of Fort Worth Texas, wins USABMX National Title over the weekend in Houston, Texas. Courtesy photo

Kyrina Deschamp at USABMX Nationals in Houston, Texas. Courtesy photo


Kyrina Deschamp, 14, of Los Alamos takes home another USABMX National Title.

Deschamp attended the Lone Star Nationals over the weekend at the Rock Star Energy Bike Park in Houston, Texas. 

Deschamp qualified for the main event each of the three days she competed. Deschamp completed her first qualifying round with a second-place


Los Alamos Hilltopper Boys Cross Country Team Finishes Second In Home Meet Friday

Sophomore Wakei Hettinga leads sophomore teammate Keith Bridge with a half mile to go. They finished in 7th and 10th places overall, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Rafael Sanchez mixes it up with Academy and Cleveland runners in the lead pack mid-way through the 5k race. Sanchez was the top Topper of the Day, placing 6th overall in a time of 16:40. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys Cross Country team had their work cut out for them, competing against very strong teams from 4A rival Albuquerque Academy and 5A Sue Cleveland High School at Friday afternoon’s Home