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  • Santa Fe High out of state tournament after hazing
    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe High School basketball team will not be competing in the upcoming state tournament after an onboard bus incident left a player with a broken nose. Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd says head basketball coach David Rodriguez has been placed on leave while the district investigates hazing allegations at the high school. The investigation stems from a Feb. 5 incident while the boys basketball team rode from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe. Boyd says surveillance video from the bus ride shows young players on the team being punched repeatedly while coaches ride up front with no intervention. Boyd says the surveillance video caused the team to be withdrawn from the tournament. The Demons went 9-17 and would have been the No. 16 seed. Eldorado (9-18) will take Santa Fe’s place in the tournament for a first-round game Saturday. They’ll take on No. 1 Oñate (23-4).
  • Sun Belt Conference to drop New Mexico State and Idaho in football
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to drop New Mexico State from its football conference beginning in 2018. The New Orleans-based conference announced Tuesday that its presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference and not renew agreements with New Mexico State and Idaho. Both football teams will play in the conference until 2017. New Mexico State President Garrey Carruthers says the school is disappointed but respects the conference’s decision. The Sun Belt includes Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy, Texas State, Arkansas State, Appalachian State, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, South Alabama and Coastal Carolina.. New Mexico State remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for non-football sports. The university is currently evaluating options for football. The Aggies went 3-9 last year and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conferemce. One of those wins was against Idaha, 55-48. Idaho is reportedly considering joing the Big Sky Conference, which would make them one of the first FBS teams to drop down to the FCS level.
  • Holly Holm, 'Saul' highlight Isotopes' 2016 schedule
    The Albuquerque Isotopes recently unveiled their 2016 promotional schedule. The upcoming season is loaded with 12 fireworks shows, multiple jersey auctions and 22 giveaways including replica jerseys, various hats, bobbleheads and much more. HOLLY HOLM NIGHT The promotional schedule’s main event will be April 16 as the Isotopes honor Albuquerque’s own Holly Holm. “The Preacher’s Daughter” will step out of the octagon and onto the diamond and show off her arm by delivering the game’s ceremonial first pitch. Fans will also have the chance to bid on commemorative, autographed Holly Holm-themed jerseys via silent auction. The first 3,000 fans to enter Isotopes Park that night will go home with their very own Holly Holm bobbleheads, and the evening will culminate with a fireworks show presented by Lovelace Health System. “BETTER CALL SAUL” NIGHT Fans of Albuquerque-based “Better Call Saul” better circle Aug. 6 on their calendars, as the Isotopes will don special jerseys featuring Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman). Fans will have a chance to go home with these unique jerseys by participating in a silent auction. FIREWORKS SHOWS
  • Lakes opening for bank fishing
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was light and fishing was slow for all species. There were a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 498 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs, streamers and San Juan worms. Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain (South), Belen Riverside Drain, Peralta Drain and Corrales Drain was good using worms, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs, egg patterns, small jigs and small streamers. Bluewater Lake: As of this past Friday, the lake was free of ice and open to bank fishing. Over the weekend, fishing was very good using an assortment of PowerBait for trout. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 76 cfs and 220 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu continued very good using worms, egg patterns, wooly buggers and midge patterns for trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using worms, salmon eggs, small copper John Barrs and small streamers for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Water release from the lakes can alter fishing conditions. The best fishing is on those days when the flow has been consistent for a period of time.
  • Coaches: Alleged racial remarks fuel Santa Fe spat
    SANTA FE — A court-side confrontation has led the Santa Fe Indian School to fire two basketball coaches, both the parents of a popular WNBA player. They say racial remarks set off the dispute. The school’s varsity head Coach Ceci Moses, and her husband and assistant coach Rick Schimmel were let go on Sunday following a Feb. 17 game at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The Santa Fe Indian School apologized earlier this week for unsportsmanlike conduct at the game, while Moses and Schimmel said in a statement that the friction started when the St. Michael’s athletic director Tom Manning told their Native American players to clear the court at halftime so the home team’s Pony Express dance group could perform. “Get off the court. This is not the damn reservation,” Manning is accused of saying in a statement Schimmel made to Santa Fe police. Schimmel also said Manning shoved him after halftime. But the physical contact was reduced to a tap on the shoulder by Manning in his statement to police. Meanwhile, St. Michael’s also has denied the allegations against Manning, saying that the “altercation” was unfortunate. Moses and Schimmel started coaching the Santa Fe Indian School’s boys team last season.
  • Warm weather closes Fenton Lake for ice fishing
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 379 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using PowerBait, worms, streamers and spinners. Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Bernalillo Drain, Belen Riverside Drain and Corrales Drain was good using worms, power eggs, salmon eggs, small jigs and small streamers. Bluewater Lake: This lake remains closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. For updates, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 98 cfs and 147 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was very good using worms, egg patterns, wooly buggers and midge patterns for trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using worms, salmon eggs, small copper John Barrs and small streamers for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Saturday, the ice thickness ranged from 15 to 18 inches and there was some standing water on top. Fishing was good using small black jigs and meal worms for trout and perch. A few were also caught by anglers using PowerBait. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594. Fenton Lake: Warm weather has caused closure of the lake to ice fishing as of Feb. 15. For ice condition updates, contact the state park office at 575-829-3630.
  • Ice fishing stable in spots, melting at other lakes
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, streamers and PowerBait. Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Peralta Drain was good using wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs. Bluewater Lake: High winds and sun have broken up the ice and the lake has closed to ice fishing until further notice. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 95 cfs and 72 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was good using small midge patterns and worms for trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using wooly buggers and an assortment of small nymphs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Sunday, the ice averaged about 14 inches thick across the lake. Fishing was fair using small gold Kastmasters and jigs tipped with meal worms for a combination of perch, trout and kokanee.
  • Lobos face Boise in top-3 Mountain West battle
    The University of New Mexico men's basketball team (12-8, 5-2 MW) will travel to Boise, Idaho Saturday (Jan. 30) to face the Boise State Broncos (15-6, 6-2 MW) at 3 p.m on ESPN3. The Lobos and Broncos are slated to battle for sole possession of second place in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos are starting a big three-game stretch, with a chance to get a win back against UNLV at home Tuesday, followed by a road game at 8-0 in conference San Diego State. New Mexico has built some momentum going into Saturday, with back-to-back wins over San Jose State, 83-64, and Air Force, 84-55.
  • Ice fishing reported as fair in spots around state
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 248 cubic feet per second (cfs). Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was fair to good using spinners, wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs. AJ Trujillo fished the Belen Drain with his brother Gerald Trujillo and his wife, Amber Trujillo of Los Lunas. They caught a walleye, carp, catfish, three largemouth bass and a trout. All were caught on power jigs with the exception of the trout which was caught on a Rooster Tail. Bluewater Lake: Opened for ice fishing Saturday, Jan. 16 with an ice thickness ranging from 7 to 9 inches. Fishing was fair to good using atomic jigs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 104 cfs and 70 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was good using chartreuse and yellow PowerBait, Berkley power eggs, micro mays and crane flies for trout.
  • Shovel races next weekend
    Most people never get to win an Olympic medal, but the next best thing is a world championship title. This year, anyone can compete for the coveted World Championship Shovel Racing title at Angel Fire Resort. Competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the 37th annual Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships, presented by Lowe’s Valley Market. This year the resort is giving an open invitation for anyone who would like to try and be a world champion to come participate in the race. Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain and top speeds regularly exceed 70 miles per hour. The practice session will be held Feb. 5, with the competition occurring Feb. 6. Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.