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  • Turkey Trot on Sunday
    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school. Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies. Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available. For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com
  • Time to Ride: New Mexico's ski season begins
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort spun its lifts Saturday, Sunday and Monday to once again kick off New Mexico’s ski season. The mountain had its main lift at the base, Lift 1, running to carry skiers up the hill and one route for them to ride down. The mountain is closed for a few days to make more snow and will reopen Friday through Nov. 29. With a few days to make snow and 22 inches dumping on the mountain Monday night, additional terrain is expected to be open Friday. The storm hit other New Mexico resorts as well. Pajarito received well over a foot of new snow up top while Taos Ski Valley reported 24 inches in 24 hours Tuesday morning.  
  • Sipapu to open top-to-bottom Saturday
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will kick off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year Saturday. The mountain will have Lift 1 — its main lift at the base — spinning to carry skiers and riders up the hill. The route down will begin at the top pitch of Gamble and then hook onto Sasafras. The route will then drop down Loose Caboose, Thumper and cross over to Don Diego around Tower 2. No beginner terrain will be open and neither of mountain’s magic carpets will be running. The mountain also doesn’t expect to open right at 9 a.m. Saturday. Sipapu has received 12 inches of natural snow this year and it began making snow Nov. 5 to get ready for the upcoming season. The mountain’s crew had been working around the clock to get the ski area ready for Saturday’s opening. At 3 a.m. Wednesday, however, the crew encountered an unexpected snag. A tree fell down at the ski area and took out its transformer, knocking out its electricity and phones. The power outage cost the crew 14 hours of potential snowmaking time and put it a little behind schedule, but the crew has remained committed to opening Saturday. The opening time will just depend on how much snow it’s able to make before then and how quick it can push that snow onto the route.
  • Fishing still reported good in the Jemez Waters
    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Fishing was fair to good using senkos, 4-inch tubes and deep diving crank baits for smallmouth bass. The best action was in the mid-morning hours. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for tiger musky was slow but a few were caught by anglers using large spoons and spinner baits. Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 76 cfs and 84 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using egg patterns, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout and an occasional cutthroat. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using egg patterns, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms. Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs, vilecraws and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass. The surface temp was in the low 60s.
  • New Mexico looks to return to winning ways
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Mountain West championships, a depleted New Mexico had trouble replacing departed and injured players last season, falling below .500. But Lobos coach Craig Neal is convinced that he now has a better roster that is more capable of playing through any hiccups that might arise. “I think we’re able to play,” he said. “We’ve got depth.” New Mexico was never quite able to replace post Alex Kirk, who left with a year of eligibility remaining to go pro, and couldn’t overcome the early-season injury to leading returning scorer Cullen Neal, the coach’s son. Throw in a few more banged up bodies throughout the year and the Lobos struggled to their worst season (15-16, 7-11 Mountain West) since Craig Neal joined the program in 2007 as an assistant. Some things to consider about the Lobos as they try to regroup for another run at the postseason:
  • Leonard taking talents to Western State
    Los Alamos mid-fielder Charlotte Leonard will be a Mountaineer next year. Leonard will be attending Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and plans to play soccer for the school as well. “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.” Leonard plays outside midfielder for the ’Toppers, running from end line to end line to play defense and offense. She also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero. “I love club, it’s so much fun,” Leonard said. “Not only has high school helped me, but club also benefitted me as a player.” Leonard said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman. He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp. “I was terrified,” Leonard said. “I was the youngest one there and college was such a distant thought.” This last spring, Clevenger reached out to Leonard again and invited her to a recruitment camp. When she showed up, it was just her and two other girls at the camp.
  • Fishing season wrapping up in some spots
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers and spoons for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 543 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.
  • Two Lobos named conference player of the week
    Two Lobo athletes were recently named player of the week in the Mountain West and Conference USA leagues. Carlos Wiggins and Francesco Casucci received the honor for their efforts on the football and soccer fields. Wiggins returned his fifth career kickoff for a touchdown on Saturday. On Monday, he accomplished something new for him as he was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week by league officials. Wyoming quarterback Cameron Coffman and Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell were the offensive and defensive players of the week as well. Wiggins, who was the 2013 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, is currently is averaging 31.0 yards per return, good for fourth in the nation. He earned his first weekly honor on the strength of a 100-yard kickoff return after Hawai’i opened the game with a touchdown, knotting the game at 7-7. Wiggins also had three catches for 29 yards, including a huge 12-yard sideline catch on third-and-10 from the Hawai’i 40-yard line. UNM would score the winning points one play later.
  • Trout fishing reported good in the Jemez Waters
    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using tubes, jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 332 cubic feet per seccond (cfs). Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using yellow and salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow but a few were caught by anglers using beef liver and hot dogs. We had no reports on tiger muskie. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.
  • Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 28
    Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Oct. 28, first-come, first-served, on the Department of Game and Fish website, wildlife.state.nm.us. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours. Any remaining licenses will be available to nonresidents beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. Only hunters who did not hold a 2015-2016 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers that have at least six points on one side.