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‘Toppers Split Albuquerque Road Swing

on December 21, 2017 - 1:37pm
Michael Naranjo-13, Ivan Balakirev-25 and Brandon Duran-21 gang up against a Sartan shooter under the Sartan net in the closing minutes of the game. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
ALBUQUERQUE – The Hilltopper Boy’s basketball team split a pair of road games against two of the metro’s top teams in Albuquerque.
In the process, the ‘Toppers moved up the rankings to No. 5 on the MaxPreps rankings, and No. 9 on the NMOTC rankings.
On Thursday, Los Alamos went into fourth ranked St.

Valles Caldera Entrance Closed Christmas Day

on December 21, 2017 - 6:12am
Valle Grande Entrance Station. Courtesy/VCNP
VCNP News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will close its main gate and Valle Grande entrance station Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday; the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.
The snow hasn’t graced the preserve just yet, so visitors still have the opportunity to hike, bike, or ride horses. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk, and bald eagles.
When the snows

NMAA: ‘Compete With Class’ Honors Seven Rival High Schools For Compassion Following Aztec Tragedy

on December 20, 2017 - 7:59am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association has announced that seven schools from the Northwest corner of the state have been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipients for the month of December 2017.
In an email to the NMAA from Aztec Athletic Director Bryan Sanders following the tragic events that occurred on the Aztec High School campus in early December, he explained how these seven rival high schools rallied in support of a community in need.
“On Dec. 7, 2017, Aztec High School experienced an unthinkable tragedy.

LAHS Hilltoppers Girls Swimmers Take APS Invitational, Boys Team Places Second

on December 19, 2017 - 1:08pm
8th graders Orion Henderson, left, and Andy Corliss celebrate state qualifying marks. Courtesy photo
Shiina Fly Hudson. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams traveled Dec. 16 to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque for the APS Mini-Invitational.
The meet included more than 200 swimming and diving competitors from 8 high school teams, including La Cueva which was the runner-up team in both the girls and boys competition at the 2017 New Mexico State Swimming and Diving Championships in February.
The Hilltoppers won the girls

Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Santa Fe National Forest Holiday Closures

on December 18, 2017 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday Jan. 2, respectively.

Also, the SFNF Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe will be closed 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 21 for maintenance.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices through Friday, Dec. 22 and select vendors through Saturday, Dec.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico