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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

Black Bear. Courtesy/


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

Sports And Outdoors
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


Scenes From Hilltoppers Marching Band Performance

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Marching Band performing to the delight of fans in attendance of the football game played Friday night at Sullivan Field. The 100+ member band is under the direction of Zane Meek. Photo by John McHale/

Jackson Bell performs with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Elisa Ovaska performing with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the Hilltoppers Marching Band performing Friday night at


Topper Girls & Boys Golf Teams Win 1st At Bosque High School Golf Invitational At Albuquerque Country Club

In their final tournament of the season, the Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Girls Golf Team won first place at the Bosque High School Golf Invitational today at the Albuquerque Country Club. Team members from left, Muira Mowrer, Jess Osden, Leah Mountain and Gabby Mowrer. Photo by James R. Mountain/

Jess Osden and Leah Mountain place 1st and 2nd with a 77 and 83. Photo by James R. Mountain/ 

In their final tournament of the season, the Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Boys Golf Team won first place at the Bosque High School Golf Invitational


Fort Union Hosts Dark Sky Star Party Nov. 2

The Milky Way and a sky full of stars as seen above the adobe ruins at Fort Union National Monument. Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic
FUNM News:
WATROUS Join Fort Union National Monument, your backyard International Dark Sky Park, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, for the first star party of the winter season.
Step out onto the high-prairie and immerse yourself in the stories and the starlight of a natural dark sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
This program, weather permitting,


2019 NMAA Fall State Championship Information

NMAA News:


ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association would like to highlight the following important information regarding the upcoming 2019 Fall State Championships.


Cross Country


Official Championship Name:


Laguna Burger State Cross Country Championships




Adults: $10.00

Students/Seniors/Military: $5.00


Championship Location:


Rio Rancho High School


Championship Dates:



Topper Girls Volleyball Sweeps Sundevils

The Toppers greet the lady Sundevils Thursday evening in Griffith Gymnasium in a district contest. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos Hilltoppers played the lady Sundevils Thursday evening in Griffith Gymnasium in a district contest.

Los Alamos overcame 14 errors in set 1 and turned it into a 3-0 sweep of the Espanola Sundevils.

The front row combined for 37 kills led by Natalie Gallegos with 18 and Eden Schmierer with 8. Ariel Edkin continued to deliver in the middle with 5 kills of her own.

The back row stepped up with 33 solid passes on 39 attempts and only 4 dig errors


Toppers Dominate Elks In Last Round Of District Play

Topper Seniors and their families were recognized prior to the game. Photo by Nate Limback


The Varsity Boys and Girls hosted the Pojoaque Elks Thursday afternoon for their last round of District play.

Both the girls and boys Topper teams dominated their games.

The Boys came out strong, beating the Elks 6-0. Excellent ball movement by the Toppers was key to the impressive performance.

The Girls played strong on both offense and defense, ending with a 10-0 victory. The game was called two minutes into the second half, when the 10th goal was scored by Alyssa Parker. 

In between the


Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 24. 2019

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
It seems the word got out about anglers catching big fish at Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo.
There was a lot of activity on Facebook concerning Santa Cruz Lake last week. The State Game and Fish Department had stocked Santa Cruz Oct. 7 with 218 rainbow trout averaging 20 inches in size and anglers were catching them.
Santa Cruz was stocked again Oct. 17 with 5,370 catchable-size rainbow trout. There are plenty of fish swimming in Santa Cruz Lake right now.
The temperature is getting downright cold in the mountains