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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 5, 2021

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Happy New Year!

Overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections this past year, there is an ongoing situation that will have a direct effect on the fishing opportunities for the coming year.

New Mexico is in the grip of a severe, ongoing drought that is affecting the entire state. A large portion of New Mexico from north to south is suffering from exceptional drought conditions.

Streamflows this past year were exceptionally low. The upper Rio Grande was little more than a mountain stream with flows of only about 30 cubic-feet-per


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Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review Part 2

Translucent: The beautiful hoodoos shine as if they are translucent at Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Shown is the formation ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the foreground surrounded by oranges, pinks and white hoodoos. The large rock formations tower above the nearby pine trees. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Dead Horse Point: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding red rock canyon lands. This view from dead Horse Point looking toward the east reveals canyons and geological formations within the park and the


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BLM Reinforces Importance Of Recreational Shooting

BLM News:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Thursday issued guidance designed to protect and expand recreational shooting opportunities on BLM-managed public lands.

More than 99 percent of the 245 million surface acres managed by the agency are open to recreational shooting, and this guidance will help ensure that these activities are allowed to continue wherever possible.

“Recreational shooting is a longstanding tradition for millions of Americans, and the Department is proud to support this popular pastime as a key component of the BLM’s multiple-use mission,”


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Tim And Luke Johnson Spotted RC Racing At Overlook Park

Luke Johnson, 10, and his father Tim Johnson are spotted RC racing (radio-controlled cars/trucks) their new Christmas presents Tuesday at the RC race track at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com.

The action heats up between Tim Johnson and his son Luke as they race their cars Tuesday at the RC track at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 29, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

Happy New Year.

This will be the final fishing report of 2020 – a year unlike any other for a variety of reasons.

Of course, the gorilla in the room was the COVID-19 pandemic. It led to the closure of New Mexico’s State Parks, including many of the most popular fishing destinations in the state.

Just how much New Mexicans value their fishing and other outdoor activities became quickly apparent. With sporting events and games canceled or restricted to having no fans, people flocked to the outdoors for their recreation.

Places where there was


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Scenes From Tennis Games At Urban Park Sunday

Bob Koehler returns a ball to Owen Dooley during a game of tennis Sunday at the courts at Urban Park. The day drew out a number of tennis players on various courts. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Takuma Shiina makes a great net return to Sergey Kurennay and Rachel Morneau during a game Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

B. Wakeford returns the serve from Sergye Kurennay. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Owen Dooley strokes a ball to return it to Bob Koehler. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Takuma Shiina makes a diving attempt to return the serve from Sergye


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Scenes Of Skating Underway At Los Alamos County Ice Rink

Ellen Smalley helps her son Erik with his skates as her daughter Millie looks on Sunday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 4475 West Road. The County Ice Rink has limited skate times and reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling the rink at 505.662.4500. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Elizabeth Schmidt and her daughter Lillian get the feel of the ice while making rounds Sunday at the County Ice Rink. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ellen Smalley helps her son Erik get the feel of ice skating and as a beginner he is learning quickly. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 23, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Merry Christmas!

New Mexico’s State Parks remain open for day use to New Mexico residents only.

Lakes in Northern New Mexico are starting to freeze-up, but in most cases the ice is not yet thick enough to allow ice fishing. Now is a good time to plan a trip to Southern New Mexico. The weather is usually warmer. State parks are a little less-crowded, as are National Parks and Monuments.

The state Game and Fish Department stocks many of the small municipal lakes and ponds with catchable-size rainbow trout between 9-12 inches long during the winter.


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Los Alamos County Ice Rink Opens With Limits Saturday

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink opens Saturday, Dec. 26 at 4475 West Road. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open Saturday, Dec. 26 as a “Close Contact Business” under the current Public Health Order(PHO).

Los  Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) would like to thank County Council Chair Sara Scott in her efforts of contacting the Governor’s Office, supporting us to get the ice rink open. CSD also would like to thank other members of the public who also contacted the Governor’s office to support the opening of this important outdoor asset.

Community Skater


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Valles Caldera Announces Holiday Closure, Winter Activities

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the Valle Grande entrance station and main entrance road Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Visitors are welcome to access the preserve on foot or bike. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26.

Winter activities include hiking or mountain biking. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk and bald eagles. Once the snows are deep enough, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to explore the preserve. The Valle Grande Bookstore,


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