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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


USDA Forest Service Resumes Select Timber Management Activities In New Mexico And Arizona

A court order in September halted timber management actions pending consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. Courtesy photo
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order Wednesday approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
In September, USDA Forest Service received an order from the court stating


PEEC: Tour Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Saturday

Join Natali Steinberg for a morning at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve Saturday, Oct. 26. Participants will meet at 8 a.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center and carpool to the property. The tour is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join Natali Steinberg and PEEC Saturday, Oct. 26 for a tour of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve.
A one-hour drive will take participants to the 35-acre preserve that hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife. This tour is free


Topper Football Falls Hard To Santa Fe Demons

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers burst onto Sullivan Field Friday evening to play a district game against the Santa Fe Demons. The Demons have always been a tough opponent for the Toppers and Friday night’s game proved how tough the Demons can be. In the first two quarters the Toppers held their own by scoring a touchdown in each quarter and holding the Demons to only three touch downs with the half time score of 14-20. However, the Toppers could only manage two more touchdowns for the remainder of the game and the Demons ran the score up to 28-55 to win the contest. Photo by John McHale/


Topper Band Performance At Football Game Friday

The Los Alamos High School Marching Band presented another outstanding performance at the Friday night football game at Sullivan Field. The 112 member band under the direction of Zane Meek performed another variation of the Black Orphas theme to the delight of the crowd. Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/


Smoke In The Jemez Expected To Last Several Days

Scene today near the mailbox turnout in Sulfur Canyon on N.M. 4 in The Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara/Jemez Springs
NMFI News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Fire managers began prescribed burn operations Thursday within Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Smoke from the burn is visible today and with burn operations expected to last a few days, officials say that smoke may be visible through next week.
The prescribed burns will target approximately 700 acres in the Banco Bonito and Cerro Seco areas in the western portion of the preserve. The burns will not


Topper Girls Volleyball Wins Another District Contest!

Gracie Swenson bumps a serve into play in the first set. Photo by John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos dinks a ball over the defenses of Kassie Coey and Evan Segura in the 2nd set. Photo by John McHale/

Thirty four kills with just two service errors led the way for the Hilltoppers to silence the Pintos Thursday evening in Moriarty.
Los Alamos played well and persevered through a tough first and second set. The Hilltoppers continued to improve and defend their district title.
Elise Olivas played a tremendous game overcoming


Topper Girls Varsity Soccer Defeats Los Lunas Tigers

The Topper Girls Varsity Soccer Team played at home at Sullivan Field Saturday against the Los Lunas Tigers. The Toppers dominated the game, with Kaya Krantz playing an exceptional game with four goals and one assist. Tara McDonald, Kaitlyn McGrane and Alyssa Parker all scored a goal each to cap off a 7-0 victory for the Toppers. During halftime, parents and fans had the opportunity to donate to the annual Kick-for-the-Cure fundraiser, which raised more than $2,200 for breast cancer research. The Toppers have three remaining games before the State Tournament. Pictured is Kaitlyn McGrane and


Community Invited To Hear Bill Geist Talk About Adventures In The Alps At Mountaineers Meeting

Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps at the October Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.


The Mountaineers’ meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public.


In August 2019, Geist and his teammate Jason Halladay participated in a 180-mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet. The race, called the Petit Trotte à Léon (PTL), traveled around


Letter To The Editor: Concern For Our Young Athletes

Los Alamos

I am concerned about the safety and welfare of our young athletes.

Particularly our Football players. I have attended the last two home games and was shocked by what I witnessed. The players were not given any chance of recovery as they were played over and over.

Several players experienced severe cramps that took them off the field only to be put right back in.

I saw several more players injured during the game, and a couple of those injuries I can say were the results of fatigue and the mistakes made due to fatigue.

Even past injuries, you could see that as the


Scenes From 2019 Los Alamos Ski Swap At LAMS

Scene from the annual ski swap Saturday in the gymnasium at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive. This marks the 40th year that the ski swap has been held at LAMS. In the early days, 1966, the ski swap was held in the building now used by Los Alamos Little Theatre and was very informal compared to today’s event. The ski swap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Ski Racing Team and proceeds go to help fund the Los Alamos Racing Club. Photo by John McHale/

So many gloves to choose from as well as new and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets and ski clothing at the annual


Angel Fire Resort Opening Date; Ski Season Changes

This will be the final year of the World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR
Angel Fire Resort opens Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season. Courtesy/AFR
AFR News:
ANGEL FIRE Angel Fire Resort has announced it will open Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season.
Known as one of the “Best Family Ski Resorts in North America,” Angel Fire Resort is investing in an upgraded on-mountain web-camera, offering deep discounts for teachers and military members, and making plans for its final year of the World Championship Shovel Races. 


Girls Soccer Triumph Over Pojoaque Elkettes

Alyssa Parker scored three goals in this game against the Pojoaque Elkettes played Tuesday afternoon at the Pojoaque High School. The final score was 11-0 for the Toppers. As a result, the lady Hilltoppers recorded their third district win against Pojoaque. The Toppers put together a solid attack that caught the Elkettes on their heels. Alyssa Parker had three goals and one assist. Tara McDonald netted two goals. Kaya Krantz, Kaitlyn McGrane, Andi Soto, Jenna Harris, Annika Fox and Izzy Hodges were credited with a goal. Krantz, Soto, Hodges, McGrane, Harris, Katie Osburn, and Aaliyah Walker


Los Alamos Takes Over First Place In District 2-4A

The Topper Volleyball team celebrates their 3-2 win over the Pojoaque Elkettes played Tuesday evening in the Pojoaque High School Gym. Photo by John McHale/


Sport and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School volleyball team started playing their style of volleyball and came back to defeat rival Pojoaque Valley High School 25-17, 15-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-10 in a District 2-4A showdown Oct. 15 at Pojoaque. Both teams came into the match undefeated in district play. With the victory, Los Alamos takes over sole possession of first place in


County Ice Rink Improvements Public Meeting Oct. 23


The public is invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Mesa Public Library (meeting rooms 1-3 – upper level) to review and comment on preliminary designs for Ice Rink Improvements Project.

The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

Improvements include new locker room and restroom improvements to the existing building.

Residents can provide written comments the night of the meeting. Public comment will continue to be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 30 and shared with the design team.

For those unable to attend the meeting,