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Community: Sports getting back on track after fire

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Unexpected break actually benefits local golf course

By Mike Cote

Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
“We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.
Actually, most activities that were disrupted due to the fire and the impending evacuation around Los Alamos County are starting to get back to their regular routines.
County facilities such as the golf course and Larry R. Walkup Center are now back on their normal operating schedules. Other county activities in the future are still set to go off as planned.
Several events around Los Alamos, most notably the Atomic City Invitational golf tournament and the Firecracker 5K race, both of which happen on or around Independence Day, were postponed.


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