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  • Fishing good in some spots
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing was fair using worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 336 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing was fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species but the trout action should pick up as the lake received a good stocking this past week. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees. Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. We had no reports of kokanee snagging this week. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 507 cfs and 161 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Angel Fire wrapping up summer, preparing for winter
    With the temps falling and the trees changing, it’s no secret that snow isn’t far away. Before winter arrives, however, Angel Fire Bike Park plans on celebrating another awesome summer season. The bike park will close for the summer on Sunday. The closing weekend bash will be a celebration of Angel Fire Resort’s summer activity season. The mountain plans on it being a special type of party. There’ll be live music, a golf tournament, biking, ziplining a 5K and a beer garden set up for Oktoberfest. Mother Nature has also done her part; there are not enough words to explain how magnificent the aspen groves are this October. The elk are also plentiful; the bulls are bugling and serenading the valley with their songs. The final local downhill race of the season will also take place Saturday. Schedule: Saturday 8-10 a.m. — Oktoberfest 5k Run; meet at Mountain Sports. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Oktoberfest Golf Scramble at Angel Fire Golf Course 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Chairlift open — scenic chairlift rides, Angel Fire Bike Park and zipline adventure Tours. 1-6 p.m. — Angel Fire Rotary Club Oktoberfest Beer Garden and other activities at Plaza Del Sol, North Angel Fire Road
  • Gladiators hosting open football tryouts
    The Duke City Gladiators arena football team is hosting open tryouts at the University of New Mexico’s indoor football practice facility at noon Saturday. The Gladiators will be conducting at least four tryouts in various cities, offering 35 contracts for camp and guaranteeing to sign players at these local tryouts. Athletes who are interested in taking a shot at playing professional football can register online at GladiatorsTryOut.com  
  • Fishing slowing down across NM
    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing was fair using worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 171 cubic feet per second (cfs). Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few tiger muskies were caught by anglers using crank baits and spinner baits. Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees. Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. We had no reports of kokanee snagging this week. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 501 cfs and 407 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Lobos open C-USA with tough test
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team opens Conference USA play this weekend with a very difficult test at the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are coming off a 3-1 win over No. 8 Elon Tuesday night. If that doesn’t grab the attention of the newly minted No. 7 Lobos, who are on a five-match winning streak, it should. “They’re a good team with some real capable players,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said about the Gamecocks. “I sure hope they come out and play us and want to go toe-to-toe. That’s what we look for. We want a game where we can get at them and commit numbers to the attack, and so does the opponent. That’s what makes for an entertaining game.” Each of UNM’s five wins this season has come by a single goal, so while the Lobos aren’t blowing teams out, they are stepping up and playing well at the right times. “Little moments dictate outcomes,” Fishbein said. “I feel good about (the team) because we’ve carried play at important times. ... And five of our seven opponents have been in the top 25 when we’ve played them. So we’ve played, and played well against, top teams.”
  • Fishing continues to be good in the Jemez Waters
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, wooly buggers, tubes, worms and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spinner night crawler combinations for walleye. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 152 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week. Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using hot dogs, homemade baits and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits for tiger muskies. Fishing for all other species was slow. Brazos River: Fishing was fair using small streamers and salmon eggs for trout. 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 978 cfs and 649 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Fifth running of Santa Fe half marathon to be held Sept. 20
    Over 1,000 runners from 35 states and seven countries will compete in the fifth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon on Sept. 20. A Kenyan Olympian backed by African drummers will start the race by blowing his grandfather’s Kudu horn. “We’ve created a bucket list race where runners from around the United States and world can enjoy our beautiful scenery while celebrating Harambee — Swahili for ‘we call come together’,” race co-founder Abraham Kosgei said. “In addition to Santa Fe’s renowned charms, Santa Fe Thunder features aspects of Kenyan, Native American and Tarahumaran culture that combine to create a singular running experience.” The high altitude point-to-point course drops 1,000 feet from its start in the heart of Santa Fe, down the Old Taos Highway, finishing at Pojoaque Pueblo’s Buffalo Thunder Resort. Tarahumaran ultra-marathon runners join world-class distance runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Japan and other countries to run past the world famous Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Village and Pueblo, and the Camel Rock casino, descending into the red-rock-lined Rio Grande valley between the 10,000-foot Jemez Mountains and 12,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
  • Hunting season ramps up across New Mexico
    SANTA FE — Many hunters took to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk and turkey archery hunts and for most small game and upland game birds. Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels will open in many areas of the state starting Sept. 1. Licenses, maps, questionnaires and other related materials are available online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us The 2015-16 migratory game-bird hunting rules and information booklet is available on the department website. Printed copies will be available soon at game and fish offices and license vendors. The department will accept draw applications for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts from Sept. 2 to Sept. 30. Apply online with a customer account at wildlifestate.nm.us or by phone at 1-888-248-6866. A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the department website. This year, department staff manning crane harvest check stations also will inspect harvested ducks for evidence of avian flu, said Kristin Madden, bird program manager for the department.
  • Infielder Adames earns All-PCL team honors
    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames was named to the All-PCL Team as a shortstop, the league announced Monday morning. It is just the latest honor for Adames who represented to Isotopes in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this season and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player prior to last Sunday’s game. In 116 games this season, Adames is batting .311, which ranks sixth in the PCL. He also has 20 doubles, three triples, a career-high 11 homers, 51 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Adames’ 144 hits rank third in the league, and he has a team-high 43 multi-hit games, which is 14 more than any other player. Adames has heated up during the dog days of August, hitting safely 23 of 27 games in the month. Adames has a .372 (42-for-113) average in August with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. The 24-year-old was called up for one day this season on July 28 following the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He did not appear in a game.
  • Fishing good near Jemez
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, crank baits, chigger craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers and liver picked up a few catfish. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 77 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has reopened to fishing and other recreation but it is recommended that anglers practice catch and release through the contaminated area. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using stick baits, jerk baits, spinner baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Brazos River: Fishing was fair using small streamers and salmon eggs for trout. 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 736 cfs and 897cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, night crawlers, muddler minnows and wooly buggers for a mixed bag of rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout up to 19 inches in length. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.