• Gravity Games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend
    Bike jousting, races, whip offs, a brewer’s festival and more are all on tap for Angel Fire Resort’s annual Gravity Games. The games begin Sept. 4. The Labor Day weekend event is meant to bring together music, a mountainside brewfest featuring New Mexico brewers, scenic motorcycle riding and three days of mountain biking competition. All season pass holders (Gravity Pass Holders) will be entitled to free entry to this year’s Gravity Games. Tickets are available for purchase in Angel Fire Resort Bike Shop or at the Lift Ticket Office. Gravity Games Lift Tickets are required to participate in Saturday’s events only. For more information on the events, visit angelfireresort.com.
  • Fishing reported good on the Jemez
    Jemez Waters: Stream flow near Jemez on Monday morning was 36 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing on the Jemez was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was very good using orange stimulators, hoppers, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the Rio Guadalupe was fair to good using worms, caddis and pheasant tail nymphs for brown trout. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera call 1-866-382-5537. Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, wooly buggers, zonkers and salt craws for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, minnows and curly tail grubs. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 788 cfs. Access to the river through San Juan County has been closed until further notice due to a toxic spill. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits, stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was good using hot dogs and liver for catfish. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
  • Free family fun at outdoor expo
    For people wanting to learn how to catch a fish, shoot a rifle, paddle a kayak, or try their hand at archery, check out the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park Aug. 15-16. “This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some fun outdoor activities together,” said Jessica Fisher, shooting program coordinator for the Department of Game and Fish. “And we’ll be teaching folks basic skills that can lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.” Shooting ranges staffed by certified instructors await participants wanting to learn or polish skills at .22-caliber rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloader or archery events. Inside air-conditioned tents, department wildlife biologists will be available to answer questions about wildlife species, hunting and fishing opportunities and more.All equipment for use during the event is provided free.Those interested in fishing will find helpful staff and volunteers on hand to teach the basics of casting, knot tying and the use of bait and lures.
  • Aggies football beginning road to recovery
    New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin thinks with his returners coming into the 2015 football season, the Aggies can begin the road to recovery. The Aggies will open their 2015 season Sept. 5 in Gainesville, Florida, taking on the Florida Gators. NMSU looked to be on the right track last season, starting off 2-0, but lost back-to-back winnable games against UTEP and the University of New Mexico the following two weeks and never recovered. NMSU didn’t win another game. Nevertheless, the Aggies will have two key returners on the offensive side, running back Larry Rose III, who was the Sun Belt Conference’s Newcomer of the Year, and quarterback Tyler Rogers. “We had a lot of guys that really stepped forward for us,” Martin said at Media Day Tuesday. “And when I look back at the freshman class that we just brought in, for the first time in a long time around here, we really look like a college football team.” Following the Florida game, the Aggies’ early season looks similar to last year. They will host Georgia State Sept. 12 — one of the games they won last year, down in Atlanta — and then will host UTEP the following week. NMSU’s annual rivalry game with UNM is scheduled for Oct. 3 in Albuquerque.
  • Fishing slow across NM
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 513 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 good using Rapala stick baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and hot dogs tiger muskies. We had no reports on other species. 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 falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 202 cfs and 208 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using Panther Martins, Rapalas, Power Bait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow. Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, salt craw, sweet beavers, worms and chigger craws for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using blood baits and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
  • Taos Ski Valley busy renovating base area
    Last year, Taos Ski Valley added a new lift up to Kachina Peak. This year its busy working on its base area. The construction of the new hotel and retail and rental facility is well underway at TSV. The structure should be in place this winter with the majority of the work being done within the exterior of the building. The concrete walls now being set will be the exterior of the arrival lobby, the parking garage and loading dock, and the second level that will house the spa, hotel rooms and back of the house functions for the retail and rental Shops. This project is on schedule for a November 2016 opening. The floor has also been poured for the Sprung Structure on Thunderbird Road that will house the retail and rental shops, Andean Software and seasonal public lockers. The ticket office and ski school office will move to the south side of Thunderbird Road between Cold Smoke Photography and the walking bridge. The mountain has also been implementing an extensive glading project that will make the Wild West about twice as wide and more open than last season when it first opened. The glade is in the West Basin, above Wonder Bowl.
  • Bernadina's walk off gives Isotopes the win
    Roger Bernadina’s 10th inning walk-off home run gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (49-63) a 6-4 win against the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-53) Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Bernadina finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and three RBI. The Isotopes and Chihuahuas traded blows much of the night. Albuquerque took an early lead on Tommy Murphy’s solo home run in the second before El Paso responded with a pair in the fourth. The 'Topes plated a pair of their own in the fourth to retake the lead, and added another in the fifth on an Angelys Nina two-out single. The Chihuahuas chipped away with runs in the sixth and eighth to tie it and send the game to extras. After escaping a bases loaded jam in the top of the 10th, the Isotopes led off the home half of the inning with a single before Bernadina blasted his game-winning two-run shot over the left field wall. The Isotopes received plenty of multi-hit performances Wednesday evening. In addition to Bernadina’s three-hit evening, Trevor Story, Cristhian Adames, Angelys Nina and Murphy all posted two-hit performances. Adames now has hits in six straight games, including multi-hit outings in four of his last five appearances.
  • Isotopes fall to Bees; add multiple players
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (48-58) racked up 10 hits and six runs, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Salt Lake Bees (42-64) Thursday night at Isotopes Park as the Isotopes fell 9-6. Albuquerque will attempt to secure the four-game series victory tonight at 7:05 p.m. Salt Lake came out firing, scoring seven of their nine runs in the first four innings. Albuquerque could only scratch across three runs during the same frames. After the Bees added two more in the sixth, the Isotopes plated a pair in the home half of the inning and tacked on another in the eighth. Wilin Rosario ignited the Topes’ offense with a solo home run in the second. Roger Bernadina and Tommy Murphy also belted a pair of homers.
  • Gray, Wheeler lead ’Topes past Bees
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (48-57) beat the Salt Lake Bees (41-64) 4-1 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray pitched five scoreless innings, while outfielder Tim Wheeler picked up thee RBI. Albuquerque wasted no time jumping out front with a two-RBI single by Wheeler in the second inning. The Isotopes added another run in the sixth on Wheeler’s second RBI single. The Bees managed to scratch across a run in the top of the seventh, but infielder Trevor Story quickly answered with a monstrous solo home run in the home half of the inning. Gray struck out eight, walked one and only gave up three hits in the win, Matt McBride made his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and promptly extended the team’s season-longest hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the first inning. The outfielder finished Wednesday evening 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. Having spent 20 days on the disabled list, McBride’s 18-game hitting streak began way back on June 16.  
  • Isotopes score four in ninth to beat Salt Lake
    After giving up the lead in the top of the ninth, the resilient Albuquerque Isotopes (47-57) scored four runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-6 walk-off victory against the Salt Lake Bees (41-63) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. After four consecutive singles to begin the inning, Tim Smalling scored the winning run on a passed ball. The first eight innings of the game were tightly contested. After Albuquerque jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Tommy Murphy two-out RBI single in the first, Salt Lake took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning. The Isotopes and Bees traded runs in the sixth before the ’Topes were able to tie it at three in the seventh inning on a Brock Bond double. The ninth inning, however, provided all the fireworks for the night. Salt Lake plated a trio of runs in the final frame, highlighted by a two-run homer. Kyle Parker, Tommy Murphy, Roger Bernadina and Smalling recorded four straight singles to begin the ninth and cut the Isotopes deficit to 6-5. Bond then stepped in and picked up his third hit of the night, an RBI single to tie the game at six. With runners on first and third, the second pitch to Rafael Ynoa escaped the catcher, giving Albuquerque a 7-6 victory.