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  • Davie opens camp of third season at UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.” There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism. “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.” The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard. A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.
  • Isotopes split series against Reno
    The vast majority of the excitement in Monday night’s ballgame in Reno occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Reno Aces got six of their 10 total hits in that inning, including three doubles, as they topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0. With its win, Reno (58-52) forced a split of its four-game series with Albuquerque (52-58), which had won 10 of its previous 13 contests. Albuquerque won the first and third games of the series and was looking for its third straight series win since the All-Star break — the Isotopes also won a short series over Las Vegas, the team it trails in the division standings, just prior to the break. Isotopes starting pitcher Barry Enright (0-1) was chased in that fifth inning after giving up nine hits and the six runs, all of them earned. Enright, who has appeared in 31 Major League games during his career, had just joined the Isotopes earlier Monday to fill the spot of Roger Bernadina, who was placed on the disabled list. His counterpart, Charles Brewer, had an excellent outing for the Aces. Brewer went eight innings and allowed just three hits. Albuquerque is trying to work itself back into contention in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division but trails Las Vegas by 9-1/2 games.
  • Outdoor Expo returns Aug. 16-17
    The New Mexico Outdoor Expo is scheduled for Aug. 16-17. The expo, which features several outdoor activity stations for the whole family, will start at 9 a.m. on day one and 10 a.m. on the second day. It will be held at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, which is located on Atrisco Vista Road, which is off I-40 at the top of Nine Mile Hill. Children and adults can learn about firearm and archery target shooting, as well as casting, fly tying and fishing for catfish. Scheduled for the event are several free exhibits, kayak instructions, a climbing wall and more. Firearms experts will be on-hand to teach expo-goers how to safely fire a muzzleloader, shotgun, rifle or pistol. All shooting ranges will be overseen by certified hunter education instructors using New Mexico Department of Game and Fish firearms and bows. Safety measures will be in place at the expo for anyone attempting shooting activities.  There will also be a large aquarium loaded with fish for novice anglers to practice their skills. The expo is free to the public. For more information, please call the Department of Game and Fish at 888-248-6866. 
  • Fishing Report 07-25-14
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures early in the day for smallmouth bass. A few were also caught by anglers using jerk baits and crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, curly tail grubs and tubes for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver, night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec Monday morning was 618cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using top water lures and water dogs for tiger musky. Fishing was good using shrimp, hot dogs, liver and water dogs for catfish. Fishing for trout was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week. Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.
  • Isotopes shut out in short game
    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ four-game winning streak was snapped in a rain-shortened contest Tuesday. Fresno’s Grizzlies came up with the lone run of Tuesday’s contest in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the game was washed out in the top of the sixth after it had become official, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 victory at Isotopes Park. Prior to the short contest, Albuquerque had won four of five contests — all four wins coming in a row — to start the second half of its season. Albuquerque (48-56) is trying to make up some ground on the Las Vegas 51s, who lead the Pacific Southern division by a wide margin. But Tuesday, the Isotopes managed to pick up just four hits in five trips to the plate. Fresno’s Jason Berkin (8-6) kept Albuquerque off-balance, striking out seven Isotopes batters in five innings to pick up the win. The only run of the game was given up by Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-5), who actually struck out five batters himself and allowed six hits. The game-winner was a double by Fresno’s Chris Dominguez that drove home Brandon Hicks. Albuquerque center fielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Ryan Goodman.
  • Lobos picked to finish 5th in 6-team Mountain division
    There was some good news and some bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos coming out of Mountain West Media Day Tuesday. The good news: the Lobos have a pair of the conference’s top players in LaMar Bratton and Carlos Wiggins. But the bad news is that Wiggins and Bratton don’t appear to be enough to make up for the team’s downsides in the MW race this year. The Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mountain Division of the conference — the MW is split into two six-team divisions, the other being the West Division. In all, the Lobos earned 56 points, the third-lowest total among the 12 conference teams. In the Mountain Division, only Air Force, one of the three teams UNM defeated in 2013, was rated lower, with 53 points. UNM is coming off a rough season. It finished 3-9, with those three wins coming against Air Force’s Falcons, UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico State University. This will also be the third year for the program under head coach Bob Davie. Since Davie took over in 2012, the Lobos have gone 7-18, which, while hardly an impressive haul, is considerably better than the 3 wins in 3 years posted by predecessor Mike Locksley, who was fired midway through 2011. UNM will open its 2014 season Aug. 30 against UTEP.
  • Licenses still available for elk, deer and javelina
    SANTA FE — The 2014-2015 hunting season is fast approaching, and hunters still have the opportunity to buy a hunting license in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish still has more than 1,000 deer hunting licenses and nearly 500 javelina licenses for sale that were leftover from the annual hunt drawing. More than 1,000 youth encouragement hunting licenses for antlerless elk are also still available. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of the leftover deer and javelina licenses are for muzzleloader or archery hunts, but there are a few youth only rifle hunts. The sale is open to everyone, regardless of residency. The youth encouragement elk license sale is open only to eligible New Mexico youths who successfully applied but did not draw a deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx or bighorn sheep license this year. Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the sale will open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency and whether they applied for the draw or not. Hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account. For more information about available licenses, hunting in New Mexico or for help logging in, call at 888-248-6866.
  • Fishing Report 07-18-14
    Northwest
  • Joc Pederson homers for PCL
    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game. The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game. But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday. Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season. Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs. His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572). For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs. Isotopes start homestand tonight
  • Fishing Report 07-11-14
    Northwest