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  • 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.
  • Game Commission to meet Thursday in Santa Fe
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday in Santa Fe to consider numerous matters, including discussion of a new statewide fisheries management plan. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Community College Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe. Other agenda items include: Discussion of the development of a new easement to provide continued sportsmen access to State Trust Lands for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons. Final department proposals to the Bear and Cougar Rule based on based on public comment, harvest data, population status and other management needs. United States Fish and Wildlife Service appeal of the department’s denial of its request to release Mexican gray wolves. Presentation of the department’s 2017 operating budget and request for commission approval. The full agenda detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
  • NMSU’s Abdelkader among WAC’s top returners in 2015
    LAS CRUCES —Aggie midfielder Holly Abdelkader was named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference team for New Mexico State University. “This is definitely a really good feeling and I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for their support,” Abdelkader said. “I’ll try to use my experience of my freshman year and try to pass that on to my teammates. I just want this team to be successful and I have a feeling we’re going to have a great season ahead of us.” During her freshman year, Abdelkader played in all 22 matches for the Aggies, starting 12. She finished the season fifth on the team with two goals and tied for fourth on the squad with two assists and six points. The preseason women’s soccer poll and all-conference teams were announced last week following a coaches’ meeting at Texas-Rio Grande Valley. The coaches voted NMSU in a tie for sixth with the Rio Grande Valley, formerly Texas-Pan American, in the eight-team conference. The Aggies and UTRGV both earned 17 points, ahead of only Chicago State who finished in eighth with eight points.
  • Lobo volleyball to appear on national broadcast
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico volleyball team will finish off its opening weekend of the 2015 season in front of a national TV audience. The Lobos’ match at Ball State will be streamed on ESPN3. That match is set for Aug. 29. UNM now has two matches scheduled for a nation audience in 2015, with the Ball State match joining the Lobos’ Sept. 11 match versus USC on the PAC-12 Networks. “I’m excited to have another match nationally broadcast,” Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson said. “These types of games really help promote our program nationally.” The Ball State match is UNM’s first match to be produced for a national audience since the Lobos played San Diego State on the CBS Sports Network in early 2011. The Lobos open their season at the Ball State Invitational Aug. 28-29, taking Belmont and Albany on the first day of the tournament before facing Ball State on Saturday. UNM will host a fan appreciation night this Thursday, including a 6:30 p.m. Cherry & Silver exhibition match.
  • Fishing good in some spots
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, salt craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using deep diving crank baits, spinner night crawler rigs and minnows. 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 270 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 slow to fair using stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. 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 861 cfs and 697 cfs respectively. Fishing slowed at both locations due to the high water.