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  • NM Game and Fish Valles Caldera plan
    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a 89,000 acre ranch located in east central Jemez Mountains. The property was owned by the Dunnigan family from Abilene Texas until 2000 when it was sold to the Federal Government. Under private ownership the ranch generated significant income from three main sources; timber harvest, livestock grazing, and elk hunting. The ranch was basically run by 3-4 full time employees and various seasonal help. The timber, cattle grazing, and elk hunting operations were, for the most part, contracted or leased out to private sector interests. Upon transfer to federal ownership in 2000, under the concept that the property be managed as an experiment in federal land management, including self sufficiency at some point, the Preserve now has twenty-eight full time staff, numerous seasonal employees, and is costing the federal government over $3 million per year to operate. Included with this document is the 2012 "State of the Preserve" report which is a comprehensive and detailed report on Preserve operations since its purchase. According to Dennis Trujillo, Executive Director of the Preserve, the enabling legislation that established the Preserve contains two important thresholds. The first is the requirement that the
  • Pederson, Olivo go deep twice for ABQ
    The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak in their series opener against El Paso Wednesday. Albuquerque (6-6) rallied for six runs in the bottom of third and three more the following inning as it downed El Paso’s Chihuahuas (6-6) 11-6 at Isotopes Park. Center fielder Joc Pederson and catcher Miguel Olivo both homered in the third inning, with Olivo’s three-run blast being the big hit of the frame. Pederson hit a three-run blast in the following inning, his fifth home run of the year, and Olivo would go deep again in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season. Wednesday’s game also marked the first win of the year for Matt Magill (1-1). Magill was roughed up in his last outing against the Reno Aces, but threw six innings against El Paso, giving up just one earned run and fanning 8 batters. The series with El Paso continues until Friday. Following this series, Albuquerque will go on the road for eight games starting with a four-game series at Salt Lake City.
  • State Notes 04-16-14
    Haggerty, Walker named MW performers of week
  • Aces deal Isotopes another loss
    The Reno Aces sent the Albuquerque Isotopes home with a second straight loss Thursday night. Albuquerque’s late rally fell short in Reno. With one out in the inning, Isotopes Miguel Rojas and Walter Ibarra came through with back-to-back run-scoring hits in the top of the ninth to chop Reno’s lead down to just one run, but the two were left stranded on base. Reno held on for a 5-4 victory, the second straight loss for Albuquerque as it travels back to New Mexico for its home opener. The Isotopes (4-3) will face the Tacoma Rainiers, whom they faced in their season-opening series in Tacoma, for four games starting tonight. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. One night after ace pitcher Stephen Fife got thumped in the early innings, Albuquerque’s No. 2 starter Matt Magill also ran into trouble quickly. The Aces (4-4) put up three runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-0 at the time. Albuquerque’s Nick ‘Chili’ Buss had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Rojas had a pair of hits in four at-bats Thursday. 
  • Isotopes tripped up by Aces Wednesday, 9-2
    Stephen Fife had a rocky first outing for the Albuquerque Isotopes this season, and his second outing wasn’t an improvement. Fife was touched for 6 runs in the bottom of the first Wednesday night against the Reno Aces. Fife, the team’s No. 1 starter in the rotation, was the losing pitcher in a 9-2 loss at Reno. So far this season, Fife has been the losing pitcher in both his starts. The 7 earned runs he allowed Wednesday put his ERA at 14.73. Albuquerque will wrap up its series at Reno tonight, then open up the first of four home games Friday when it hosts the Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Isotopes (4-2) had won four straight contests before Wednesday’s loss. The first four batters in the Aces’ lineup had a combined 10 hits off four Albuquerque pitchers.
  • Game Commission names finalists
    The New Mexico State Game Commission announced Thursday, after more than three hours of deliberation, a list of four finalists for the director position of the Department of Game and Fish. The finalists are: Edward “Ted” Koch, employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He holds a master’s degree in zoology and a bachelor’s degree in biology. Brian Wakeling, employed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He holds a master’s degree in environmental resources and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. Alexandra J. Sandoval, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. Matthew Wunder, employed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He holds a Ph.D in natural resources and environment, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology.  By the application deadline of March 24, the commission received 13 applications. The commission will conduct final interviews May 14 at the department’s Albuquerque office. The commission will name the department’s new director at the May 15 commission meeting. 
  • Isotopes Are Back for 2014
    ALBUQUERQUE – A big portion of the nucleus of the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team from 2013 will be hanging around for the 2014 opener. Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen. Albuquerque hosted its annual media day Tuesday at Isotopes Park, one of the first chances the team has been collected all in one place at the same time. Several players were just getting back to Albuquerque after a stint on the 40-man roster in the majors, including its top returning position player, outfielder Nick ‘Chili’ Buss. Buss and the rest of the Isotopes will open the season Thursday night in Tacoma, Wash., taking on the Tacoma Rainiers. After a four-game set with Tacoma and another four-game set at Reno, the Isotopes will make their first home appearance April 11 when they face Tacoma again. “I’m just really excited to get going,” Buss said. “It was a long spring training this year. I think everyone’s really psyched to get out of spring training and ready to go. Everyone’s really excited to be here and can’t wait to open it up in Tacoma.”
  • Stanford bounces UNM out Friday
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chasson Randle scored 23 points and No. 10 seed Stanford made an impression in its first NCAA appearance since 2008, leading almost start to finish in a 58-53 victory over seventh-seeded New Mexico on Friday. The Cardinal (22-12) built an early 16-point lead then held on after New Mexico rallied to tie it midway through the second half. They got four crucial free throws from reserve Robbie Lemons and Randle in the final half-minute after New Mexico had cut the deficit to two points. They will play the Eastern Kentucky-Kansas winner on Sunday in the third round. Cameron Bairstow had 24 points and eight rebounds but the Lobos (27-7) got off-days from their other top threats. Kendall Williams and Alex Kirk, who together average 30 points, combined for just six. New Mexico has been one and done the last two seasons, losing as the No. 3 seed to Harvard last year under coach Steve Alford and now as the No. 7 under Craig Neal. Stanford got away with an off-day from Dwight Powell, who missed all eight shots, fouled out and scored three points. Powell averages 14.2 points, second on the team. Anthony Brown added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal and Stefan Nastic had 10 points and five rebounds.
  • Aggies force Aztecs into OT but fall short
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — New Mexico State earned a little slice of history by taking San Diego State to overtime. Little consolation on a night that was more frustrating than gratifying. The Aggies lost 73-69 in the record fourth OT game of the first full day of the NCAA tournament. Kevin Aronis tied the game at 60 with a 3-pointer to force the extra session. But the last 5 minutes of Thursday’s game played out a lot like the first 40. Despite all that heart and grit, the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10) didn’t lead once. “It’s depressing is what it is,” coach Marvin Menzies said. “To be able to fight that hard the second half and not get over the hump in overtime. I thought we drew up some really good stuff and we just missed some right at the basket.” Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three of four free throws at the end of the extra session to help the Aztecs (30-4) advance to Saturday’s third-round West Region game against North Dakota State. Earlier in the day, the Bison beat Oklahoma 80-75 — in overtime, of course. Thames had 23 points for the Aztecs, who let a 14-point lead slip away and needed an extra 5 minutes to get the job done. “All that matters is we got the win,” Thames said.
  • Ski Report 03-20-14
    Angel Fire 30-inch base. No new snow reported. 52 trails and 7 lifts open. Red River 24-inch base. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 7 lifts open. Santa Fe 49-inch base. No new snow reported. 76 trails and 7 lifts open. Sipapu 34-inch base. No new snow reported. 27 trails and 2 lifts open. Ski Apache 21-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open. Taos 55-inch base. No new snow reported. 103 trails and 14 lifts open.