Disc golf, virtual fishing and a historic protest

A portion of the new disc gold course at Towa Golf Course at Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, outside of Santa Fe.

Questa Fishing Derby to be held virtually

The days of 2020 are much different than in years past.

And the same holds true for an event in Northern New Mexico - the Questa Fishing Derby - which is held on a yearly basis. In 2020, this tournament will be going virtual.

What that means is, instead of over 200 fishermen gathering for a day of fishing at Eagle Rock Lake, the event will be held over a period of nine days - from Sept. 12-20.

Fishermen can head to any of their favorite fishing spots in Questa, and can win over $1,000 in cash prizes.

For details, stop by the Questa Visitor Center at 1 State Road 38, or call (575) 613-2852.

NBA players stage historic protest

On Wednesday (Aug. 26), the world stopped for just a moment.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who were supposed to play the Orlando Magic in game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs, decided not to show up to their game.

The players decided to boycott the game after released police footage in Kenosha, Wisconsin - not far from Milwaukee - shows Jacob Blake being shot multiple times in the back by police as he appeared to try and enter his car. Blake's family has recently said that he is expected to be paralyzed from his injuries.

While protests have been taking place all year long - and for many years - about police brutality toward people of color, when the Bucks didn't show up for their playoff game, it set a new precedent for protests. The day's following games were canceled, with some other NBA teams announcing that they too were protesting.

NBA games didn't go on for two more days after that until Saturday. It was even mentioned early on that the playoffs may have been canceled indefinitely, but the players had a meeting on Thursday (Aug. 27) in which they decided to resume play over the weekend.

NBA star-studded teams, like the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, were reportedly OK with canceling the rest of the season.

While the playoffs have resumed since the initial protest, NBA players have been speaking with high-level politicians in Milwaukee about how to address the shooting of Blake.

The protest by NBA players brought back the memory of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, both runners for the United States team, raising their fists in protest at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Buffalo Thunder adding disc golf course

Towa Golf Course at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino is adding a 20-hole disc golf course, and it will be open to the public beginning on Saturday (Sept. 5).

Those interested can sign up for reservations online. Disc golf takes place on Mondays and Saturdays between 2-4 p.m., according to a press release. It's $15 a session.

To sign up for a reservation, head to hiltonbuffalothunder.com/golf.html. New users are asked to change the "facility" option to "disc golf" on the top of the screen upon sign up.

A draw for New Mexico United

The boys in yellow and black didn't get their fourth win in a row on Saturday (Aug. 29) when they faced Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, but they are still atop Group C.

After a 1-1 draw with Colorado, United was able to tally an extra point to their season total as they lead their group with 20 points overall. They sit ahead of El Paso Locomotive FC, which has 15 points total.

On Saturday, Amando Moreno notched New Mexico's only goal in the 54th minute on a penalty kick. The goal put United ahead, but just four minutes later Colorado answered back with a goal of their own - and for the tie.

In August, United tallied 13 points total and went 4-1-1. There are six games remaining in the regular season.

United holds an overall record of 6-2-2 this season.

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