Sports Sidelines – October 18 

Posted 10/18/18

Fall run and fair: Peñasceros, members of Picuris Pueblo and folks in the southern end of Taos County will have the chance for free health screenings and consultations this Saturday (Oct. …

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Sports Sidelines – October 18 


Fall run and fair

Peñasceros, members of Picuris Pueblo and folks in the southern end of Taos County will have the chance for free health screenings and consultations this Saturday (Oct. 20).

The Picuris-Peñasco Community Coalition will be hosting the Harvest of Health, an annual health and wellness fair at the Picuris Pueblo Gymnasium Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. People are asked to bring their insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards.

The Crossroads Run will begin at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. There will be a 10k, 5k and 1-mile fun run and walk.

The Peñasco El Centro Family Health Clinic will be profiling free dental screenings, as well as physical consultations, meaning they can have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked, among other things.

People can also get free vaccines, provided by Walgreens, for the flu, shingles and pneumonia for adults and children 8 years old and over.

Free water testing will be provided; people interested in this should fill a clean 1-quart plastic or glass container with a water sample.

Self-defense classes

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense and fitness 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, wing chun, ashtanga vinyasa yoga and a specialized after-school program for kids. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20. Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos. For more information, visit or call (575) 758-7991.

Trail closure

The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is continuing the closure of the La Junta Trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area.  The closure is required to address maintenance needs.  The closure will remain in effect until further notice.  

La Junta Point Overlook and Campground will remain open during this time.  Visitors can access the River Trail and the lower parts of the canyon from the Little Arsenic Springs Trail or Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The BLM asks the public to respect the closure of the trail.

As always, the BLM Taos field office reminds all visitors to take precautions when visiting public lands.  Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately, consider local weather conditions and altitude and remember your outdoor essentials: water, snacks, appropriate footwear, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For more information, please contact the BLM Taos field office at (575)758-8851.

Demo days

Public demonstration days are scheduled at Tenderfoot Katie's, Taos Ski Valley, Dec. 14-15. Come demo the newest skis and snowboards on the market. The event will be open to the public for two days from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the base of Lift 1. Registration is $10 for the two-day event and will be located in the Looking Glass inside Tenderfoot Katie's at the base of Lift 1. The first day of the 2018-19 winter ski season at Taos Ski Valley is tentatively slated for Nov. 22.

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