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  • Fishing fair around NM
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows, and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, craws, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for brown trout was slow but there were a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,720 cfs. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms under a bobber and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair trolling jointed Rapalas for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,520 cfs and 1,170 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow. Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners, Arnie’s and Platte River specials for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fenton Lake: Fishing through this past Saturday was rated as excellent but tapered off some on Sunday. Anglers did very well using black wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, small Tennessee shad crank baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
  • UNM track heads to regionals
    After battling for postseason bids since early April, a handful of Lobos are just one meet away from the NCAA Championships. The University of New Mexico track and field team is aiming for the national championships as it sends 20 individuals and a relay team to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships competition this week. The Lobos are searching for top-12 finishes in their respective events during the three-day meet at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, which would advance a competitor to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. “The goal is to put yourself in a position to where you can qualify on to Eugene,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “It’s not about winning the event, it’s about being in the top 12 and making sure you have a chance.” The Lobos heading to Kansas are some of the best, with many from this year’s group are making a repeat appearance. Out of the 11 women, nine men and the men’s relay team (a total of 22 athletes), 12 Lobos are back at the regionals, with a few eyeing another bid to the finals of the NCAA Championships. For the 16th-ranked women’s team, six Lobos head into the meet with top-10 seeds, including four top-two seeds in the distance events.
  • UNM baseball gets first-round bye in MW tournament
    The Lobos scored in each of the first four innings and UNM jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the way to a convincing 11-2 victory over Air Force Saturday, giving UNM the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament, hosted by New Mexico May 25-29 at Santa Ana Star Field. The win was great for UNM in that the Lobos got a great starting pitching performance from Carson Schneider, who bounced out of a small slump with six solid innings, allowing two runs and just five hits, striking out two. It wasn’t so great in the ninth inning when Jared Holley, trying to beat out a double play, hurt his right leg in an injury that looked completely different from his quad injury earlier in the season. Holley had to be carried off the field by both trainers. UNM got on the board in the first inning when Carl Stajduhar turned on a pitch and hammered it over the fence in left for a long solo home run. After getting a second run in the second inning on a double play grounder, the Lobos scored three times in the third and the fourth. In the third, with two on, Jack Zoellner obliterated a Nick Biancalana fastball for a three-run home run that nearly made it to the football practice field beyond the right field fence. In the fourth, Luis Gonzalez doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Staduhar ground out.
  • Angel Fire announces new summer racing series
    The Angel Fire Bike Park recently announced that it will be hosting a new downhill mountain bike racing series this summer. Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5, presented by Schwalbe, is a premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races will take place at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season. Amateurs and pro riders are invited to race in one or all five races. Registration for the first race, which will be held May 29, is open now. “We created the new Fire 5 racing series here at Angel Fire Bike Park because we wanted to offer racers a better experience with a legit series,” Angel Fire Bike Park director Hogan Koesis said. “Since the Mountain States cup dissolved a few years ago, we feel that downhill racing in the Rockies has been underserved and underrepresented. Angel Fire has always had a rich racing culture with proper tracks. We believe that by offering some cash, amazing products from our sponsors and a five-race series, that we can grow racing back to where it once was.” The five races will take place May 29, July 16, Aug. 3, Sept. 4 and Oct. 8. There will be pro, open and junior categories for men and women. Over $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for each race and overall series winners.
  • Be bear aware when outdoors this spring
    SANTA FE — Spring is in the air, and as people and wildlife become more active outdoors the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is encouraging everyone to be aware of the potential of encountering bears and other native wildlife. Young bears are emerging from hibernation and will be foraging and seeking territory to call their own, said Rick Winslow, the department’s bear and cougar biologist. Sows with cubs will follow later in May. Those living in urban-wildland interface areas such as the foothills around Santa Fe or Albuquerque may have a greater chance of encountering bears, Winslow said. If a bear exhibits aggressive or strange behavior, people are encouraged to call the department and report it. Bears that appear to be moving through the country should be left alone – no need to report them. If you visit or live in bear country: • Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach. • Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby. • Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
  • New hunting, fishing rules take effect this month
    SANTA FE — Springtime marks the beginning of a new April 1-March 31 “license year” for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish each season – and it’s always a good time to bring hunters and anglers up to date on any rule changes. This year, some of those changes are significant: • Military discounts: Starting this year, New Mexico residents who are active-duty military or veterans will receive 50 percent discounts on all licenses, permits and stamps. Documentation is not required at the time of purchase, but may be requested later. • OK on bow fishing: Bow fishing now is a legal means to take game fish in reservoirs and lakes that are open to fishing. It is not allowed in special trout waters, rivers or streams. Fishing with crossbows is not permitted. Prior to going out, be sure to confirm that local ordinances or laws allow for the use of bows. • Bear and cougar pelt tagging: The pelts of all harvested bears and cougars must be accompanied by a license and properly tagged by a Department of Game and Fish conservation officer or staff at an area office. Beginning this year, hunters who appoint a designee to present their bear or cougar hide for tagging must first report the harvest to a conservation officer themselves.
  • New fishing season underway
    SANTA FE – A new fishing season began April 1 in New Mexico and anglers are reminded to buy a new license before venturing out to their favorite waters. The fishing license-year runs April 1 to March 31. Anglers can buy a new license online, over the phone or from a vendor. Starting this year, resident military veterans or active-duty members receive a 50 percent discount off their fishing license and stamps. New Mexico residents who are 100 percent disabled as a result of having served in the armed services will remain eligible for a free fishing license. Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents. Most anglers also are required to purchase a $4 Habitat Management and Access Validation Stamp. Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands also will need a $5 federal Habitat Stamp. Children younger than age 12 do not need a license to fish, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license. Please consult the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet at wildlife.state.nm.us for more information. Printed versions are available from vendors or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area offices.
  • Española coach says he was suspended for praying with his team
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A boys’ basketball coach says he’s been placed on leave for praying with his team. Española Valley High School coach Richard Martinez told KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/1Mma6Xb) he prayed with the athletes he coaches and was suspended as a result. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the job. Española’s Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez declined to comment on personnel matters, but said Martinez was notified Monday. The team won a state championship less than two weeks before the suspension. Martinez said the team winning the school its second state basketball title was like entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  
  • UNM, NMSU alumni all-stars to square off
    Last year, fans over 10,000 strong came out to WisePies Arena and witnessed the UNM Alumni Game, which was put together through the efforts of former Lobo Cameron Bairstow as a part of his Cameron Bairstow Basketball camp. Bairstow once again will host the camp. And the alumni game? It’s going to be bigger. It’s going to be The Battle of the Rio Grande, as alumni from The University of New Mexico will take on alumni from New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. While teams will be announced later, fans of New Mexico will see Danny Granger, Alex Kirk and Dairese Gary take on former New Mexico State Aggies Tshiliszi Nephawe, Daniel Mullings and Sim Bhullar. Pro players of this caliber have not all played together on The Pit floor since 1996 when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls squared off in a preseason game. The inaugural Lobo All-Star game brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years. Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game last year, as well. “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.” The game featured impressive dunks, lots of 3s and very little D.
  • UNM fires Sanchez
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After five seasons and an ouster from the Women's Basketball Invitational this week, New Mexico fired women's basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez. Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced the decision at a press conference Friday and said it came after he didn't see a "trend" toward a championship for the team. New Mexico (17-15) fell in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational 75-67 to Weber State on Wednesday. They finished the regular season with a fifth place finish (9-9) in the Mountain West. Sanchez had a 77-81 record in five seasons as New Mexico's head coach. She joined the staff in 2000.