• Sipapu celebrating the grand opening of new quad lift Saturday
    Vadito, NM – Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will celebrate the grand opening of its newest lift Saturday morning and resort officials announced that they will extend the festivities next week with free lift tickets for kids and teens.   The resort’s first quad (a chairlift that can accommodate four guests per chair) started turning on Nov. 25, not long after Sipapu became the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Sipapu’s Nov. 14 open date was the earliest opening in recent history and marked the 13th consecutive time the Taos-area resort clenched the state’s “first to open” title.   Mountain manager John Paul Bradley says there’s a lot to celebrate with the new lift. “We have dreamed and talked about this new lift for years, and it’s been incredible to see skiers and snowboarders enjoying it,” said Bradley. “This is a celebration first and foremost for our guests, but also for our staff and the team of people who worked relentlessly to see its successful completion.”
  • Lobos to face Arizona in Gildan New Mexico Bowl
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobos will be home for the holidays. The Lobos have accepted a bid for the 10th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl, to be played in UNM’s home stadium of University Stadium, with an old foe awaiting them in the Arizona Wildcats out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Lobos finished the season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West, tying for second place in the Mountain Division. Arizona finished 6-6, dropping four of its last five, finishing fifth in the Pac-12 South. The teams actually have a pair of common opponents from 2015 in Arizona State and Nevada. The selection of Arizona gives UNM a unique feat of facing both Fiesta Bowl opponents from a year ago, as Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in that game. The meeting between the Lobos and the Wildcats will be the 67th all-time meeting between the two programs, and the first since 2008, when the Lobos defeated Arizona 36-28 in University Stadium. The game is a rematch of the 1997 Insight.com Bowl, won 20-14 by Arizona in Tempe.
  • UNM wins national championship
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Lobos’ motto this week was, “Expect Nothing, Achieve Everything.” On Saturday, they did just that. Behind one of the most dominating performances in NCAA history, the No. 1 University of New Mexico women’s cross country team won its first-ever national title at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The Lobo women, competing in their 10th-ever NCAA Championship, placed all five of their scorers in the top 25 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville and combined to score 49 points, the lowest team score by any team since 1982. “It’s a great day,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Super excited for the women. They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives and that’s really special.” The Lobos’ championship is the second NCAA title in University of New Mexico history, joining the New Mexico skiing’s NCAA title in 2004. It’s the fourth NCAA women’s cross country title in Mountain West history. “It’s amazing,” senior Courtney Frerichs said after the race.
  • Sipapu opening more terrain after storm
    When Sipapu kicked off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year last Saturday, the mountain was able to get a route open from the top of Lift 1. After getting 24 inches of fresh snow after the mountain closed Monday, the ski area was able to open 20 additional runs when it reopened Friday. The mountain now has three beginner trails, 14 intermediate, three advanced and one expert trail open. With the exception of a few tree runs (Pinball, Indecision, Reasonable Anxiety, No Whiners, Wormwood, Jib and Josh Cutes) essentially every run that Lift 1 services is now open for people to ride down. The terrain park will be in the same spot as opening weekend — at the top of Lift 1 — but it will have a few additional features to jib on. The ski area’s two magic carpets at its base, the Practice Slope and the Ski School Area, are now open as well. The mountain’s crew is also beginning to check the terrain under lifts 3 and 4 and could begin opening some of that terrain this week. Sipapu is open every day until Nov. 29. It will then close for a few days after the Thanksgiving holiday, but begin daily operations Dec. 4.
  • Lobos increasing security
    Due to the recent events in France and with the increased security threats to stadiums and arenas, UNM athletics will be implementing additional security measures to help protect its fans and the game day experience. UNM appreciates the cooperation of its fans. The University of New Mexico will be using extra security at UNM’s home football game on Saturday vs. Colorado State. All fans entering the game will be searched using a metal detecting wand and all bags will be searched. Gates open at 2 p.m. and UNM is urging all fans to arrive early into the stadium. “This is a direct result of what’s going on in the world right now,” said Assistant A.D. Mike Haggerty. “We are wanting all our fans to not wait until the last minute to enter the stadium to avoid long lines.” In order to make entry into the stadium go as quickly and smoothly as possible, it encourages fans to not bring into the stadium the following items: Backpacks, purses and bags. Any of the above items will be searched by security at the entrance gates. “We are working with UNMPD, The Department of Homeland Security and all agencies that assist us on game day to provide a safe environment for our fans,” said Haggerty.
  • 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: