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Senior Olympians gathered at the Placitas Community Center on a chilly May day for horseshoe matches in preparation for the Senior Olympics State Summer Games to be held in Albuquerque in July. Bea Quintana of Cochiti Pueblo defeated Mary Sunrise of Santo Domingo 4-3. Willie Arriola of Placitas, seen watching Johnny Quintana of Cochiti Pueblo, also won his match outpitching Quintana 12-8. This summer's Senior Olympics are open events, so all of the May participants are qualified to enter.

Athletes and volunteers needed for Senior Olympics state summer games

New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is recruiting athletes and game volunteers to participate in and support the 39th Annual State Senior Olympics Summer Games to be held July 19 to July 23, in Albuquerque. All athletes, aged fifty and older, are encouraged to sign up for their favorite sports. Unlike years past, the 2017 Senior Olympics does not require participants to prequalify in their sports at regional Senior Olympics, so it is easier than ever to compete.

Volunteers are also needed for scorekeeping, timing, ball retrieving, line judging, conducting athlete check-ins, etc.

Register online at:, or download a volunteer form at

The 2017 State Senior Olympics will attract more than nine hundred athletes from all over New Mexico and neighboring states. Games include Air Gun, Archery, Badminton, Basketball Free-Throw, Basketball 3 Point Shot, Bowling, Cycling, Dance, 8 Ball Pool, Field, Fun Events, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickle ball, Race-Walk, Racquetball, Frisbee Accuracy, Frisbee Distance, Huachas (Washers), Soccer Accuracy, Softball Distance, Road Race Run, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Talent Show, Tennis, Track and Field, and Disc Golf.  

The deadline for registration is June 20. The registration fee for New Mexico residents is $60, $75 for out-of-state residents.

For a full list of sports and venues, call the New Mexico Senior Olympic at 888-623-6676 or visit

Game wardens rescue snowbound motorists

~Karl Moffatt, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Game wardens rescued three men stranded in the mountains of northern New Mexico with no food or water after their truck got stuck in the snow on a remote forest road.

The men had gone for a drive in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest after attending a funeral March 27 in Abiquiu, said Conservation Officer Wyatt Harwell. The weather was warm and sunny when the men, one from California, another from Arizona, and the third from Abiquiu, set out in a two-wheel-drive Dodge pickup truck. The group drove out of Abiquiu and into the forest on Polvadera Road, intending to emerge at the village of Cañones and return home on a paved highway.

The dirt forest roads were clear and dry until the men took a wrong turn and ended up on a seldom-traveled two-track road designated on maps as a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle route. The men descended a steep incline and tried to push through a snowbank at the bottom in hopes of reaching Cañones.

The truck got stuck and the men, two of whom were wearing shorts and light jackets, stayed inside the vehicle as night fell, and it began to snow. The following day, two of the men walked out, leaving the California man behind as he was suffering from shortness of breath and dizziness. The men walked to an area where they found cell phone reception and called 911 for help, Harwell said.

Harwell and fellow game warden Logan Eshom were dispatched and discovered the two men walking along a snow-covered road. Harwell helped retrieve the pickup while Eshom drove the ill man out of the mountains to a waiting ambulance. The patient recovered quickly once he was out of the woods. He apparently had succumbed to the mountain altitude and stress, Harwell said.

Harwell suggested motorists always carry emergency supplies such as food, water, a sleeping bag, shovel, and tire chains when venturing into New Mexico’s remote back country.

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