Sidelines - week of Sep. 28, 2017

Compiled by Arcenio J. Trujillo
Posted 9/29/17

Questa Fishing Derby: Calling all anglers! The first Questa Fishing Derby is coming up. Find the fun and challenge at Eagle Rock Lake – just east of the village – Sept. 30.

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Sidelines - week of Sep. 28, 2017


Questa Fishing Derby

Calling all anglers! The first Questa Fishing Derby is coming up. Find the fun and challenge at Eagle Rock Lake – just east of the village – Sept. 30.

Come for the fishing, food, music and more, with $500 in cash prizes. Cost to enter the derby is $20. It will run from 8-11 a.m.

For more information or to register, contact Alberta Bouyer with Questa Visitor Center via email at or by phone at (575) 613-2852.


It’s almost time for "Wintervention Ski Swap" 2017. Taos’ annual ski swap at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, will take place Oct. 6-7. Gear can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., followed by the "Taos Winter Sports Team Peak Sale" from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6. 

The swap will occur from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free for both days (donation upon purchase of gear).

"Wintervention" is sponsored by Taos Ski Valley, KTAOS Solar Center and Solar Radio and Taos Winter Sports Team. 

For more information, email

Taos Tiger tennis fun

The Taos Tigers boys and girls tennis teams will be conducting a two-day fundraising tennis tournament for all interested adults wanting to compete in one more event before the winter.

The tournament will include a men’s doubles division, women’s double division and mixed doubles.

Men’s and women’s tournaments will take place Sept. 30 and mixed doubles will occur Oct. 1. This is a round-robin format that will offer players the chance to play against many different opponents.

The cost is $35 per person for each tourney and $65 for any player who enters their respective division and mixed doubles. Registration is ongoing until Sept. 28, and there is still space available.

The tournament will be held at Quail Ridge Taos. Prizes and lunch await entrants. For more information, contact coach Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 776-3447.

Teams sought for volleyball league

The Taos Pueblo Co-ed Volleyball League is open to intermediate and competitive players/teams from Taos and surrounding communities. Taos Pueblo and Taos County residents are welcome to participate.

The league is sponsored by the Taos Pueblo Fitness Program - Health & Community Services Division. Games will played at the Taos Pueblo Community Center (TPCC) gym on Sunday afternoons and Fridays evenings beginning Oct. 13.

Early bird team fees are $150 for a 10-member team until Oct. 13. Regular fees are $20 per player. Team registrations will be accepted until Oct. 4. A league meeting for captains and co-captains is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the TPCC gym.

Taos Pueblo Fitness Program is also contracting local referees to assist with league and tournament games/matches. Pay is $25 per match. Sign up with Taos Pueblo Fitness staff on or before Oct. 11.

For more information or to register a team, contact the Taos Pueblo Fitness Program at (575) 758-7824, ext. 123.

Bike swap

The Field Institute of Taos will be holding a bike swap at its Taos Base Camp in El Prado (9 D. Ben Romero Road) Oct. 1.

Buy and sell bikes, bike accessories and outdoor gear from noon-7 p.m. There will be a youth nature photo exhibit and activities for kids, too.

Proceeds go to the Taos Area High School Mountain Bike Team and Team FITaos.

For more information about the event, visit

Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities Oct. 15.

The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all level of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and miniature courses for kids.

There will be free burgers, ice cream and live music.

Register for free online and get all the details at

Fishing tournament

The fifth annual Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited (ECTU) fishing tournament is slated for Oct. 21-22.

The two-day tourney will be limited to 10 teams of up to four people (including guide or unguided). Cost to enter is $1,200 per team and includes two days of guided fishing and an award ceremony with dinner and prizes.

Money generated from this tournament helps fund such projects as the Red River Habitat Project and brings awareness to local trout and river conservation issues. The Red River Habitat is a multiple-agency effort to restore degraded trout habitat in the Red River and bring economic development to the Questa area.

Visit for more information.

Self-defense classes

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense classes at its new gym location.

Fun for all ages and all levels, students can sharpen their minds while getting physically fit.

Defendu offers affordably priced kickboxing, jiu jitsu, yoga and a specialized kids program. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20.

Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos.

For more information, visit


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