• New fishing season underway
    SANTA FE – A new fishing season began April 1 in New Mexico and anglers are reminded to buy a new license before venturing out to their favorite waters. The fishing license-year runs April 1 to March 31. Anglers can buy a new license online, over the phone or from a vendor. Starting this year, resident military veterans or active-duty members receive a 50 percent discount off their fishing license and stamps. New Mexico residents who are 100 percent disabled as a result of having served in the armed services will remain eligible for a free fishing license. Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents. Most anglers also are required to purchase a $4 Habitat Management and Access Validation Stamp. Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands also will need a $5 federal Habitat Stamp. Children younger than age 12 do not need a license to fish, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license. Please consult the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet at wildlife.state.nm.us for more information. Printed versions are available from vendors or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area offices.
  • Española coach says he was suspended for praying with his team
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A boys’ basketball coach says he’s been placed on leave for praying with his team. Española Valley High School coach Richard Martinez told KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/1Mma6Xb) he prayed with the athletes he coaches and was suspended as a result. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the job. Española’s Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez declined to comment on personnel matters, but said Martinez was notified Monday. The team won a state championship less than two weeks before the suspension. Martinez said the team winning the school its second state basketball title was like entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  
  • UNM, NMSU alumni all-stars to square off
    Last year, fans over 10,000 strong came out to WisePies Arena and witnessed the UNM Alumni Game, which was put together through the efforts of former Lobo Cameron Bairstow as a part of his Cameron Bairstow Basketball camp. Bairstow once again will host the camp. And the alumni game? It’s going to be bigger. It’s going to be The Battle of the Rio Grande, as alumni from The University of New Mexico will take on alumni from New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. While teams will be announced later, fans of New Mexico will see Danny Granger, Alex Kirk and Dairese Gary take on former New Mexico State Aggies Tshiliszi Nephawe, Daniel Mullings and Sim Bhullar. Pro players of this caliber have not all played together on The Pit floor since 1996 when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls squared off in a preseason game. The inaugural Lobo All-Star game brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years. Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game last year, as well. “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.” The game featured impressive dunks, lots of 3s and very little D.
  • UNM fires Sanchez
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After five seasons and an ouster from the Women's Basketball Invitational this week, New Mexico fired women's basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez. Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced the decision at a press conference Friday and said it came after he didn't see a "trend" toward a championship for the team. New Mexico (17-15) fell in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational 75-67 to Weber State on Wednesday. They finished the regular season with a fifth place finish (9-9) in the Mountain West. Sanchez had a 77-81 record in five seasons as New Mexico's head coach. She joined the staff in 2000.
  • Comments sought on Gila trout restoration project
    SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking public comment on a proposed project to restore native Gila trout to 24 miles of Whitewater Creek and its tributaries in the Gila National Forest and Wilderness. The project aims to expand public angling opportunities while improving conservation of native fish species. Competing non-native fish would be removed from the creek to accommodate the repopulation of native fish. The creek would be treated with rotenone, a naturally occurring substance that affects only gill breathing animals and poses no threat to humans, but is very effective at killing fish and degrades rapidly after treatment. Once all non-native fish have been eliminated from the creek, it will be stocked with native Gila trout and anglers will be allowed to fish for them with a daily bag limit of two. The project includes rebuilding trails to provide good public access to the creek.
  • Skiers, snowboarders go big in Taos FWQ
    Challenging snow limited the terrain available for this year’s Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos Ski Valley, but athletes aspiring for a spot on the Freeride World Tour didn’t hold back. The snowy early season provided enough coverage for the competition to go off, even though it has barely snowed in New Mexico since the beginning of February. The dry month restrained the venue to the first section of the West Basin, from Stauffenberg to Waterfowl. Typically the first day of the competition stretches all the way to the big lines down Heavy Timber and Bamboo before the finals move over to Kachina Peak. The hard-packed snow and limited terrain didn’t hinder the quality of the competition. The most crowd-pleasing lines included back flips and 360s thrown off of cliffs, linked with as much other air as the riders could find on their way down. A triple air down the looker’s left side of Staffenberg was a popular line for the athletes to link some big airs with steep, relatively open landings. One skier ventured into WaterFowl, a forest that dead-ends with some mandatory big air, in the final. He dropped off a small cliff and almost immediately off of a second, bigger cliff. He stomped the double drop and the crowd erupted with applause as he flew out of the trees.
  • Eagle Nest closed for ice fishing
    Abiquiu Lake: Anglers reported fair to good fishing for walleye using Rapalas. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 468 cfs. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was excellent using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs, worms and homemade dough baits for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using Kastmasters. 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 79 cfs and 77 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, egg patterns and midge patterns for 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. Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Eagle Nest Lake: Closed to ice fishing effective Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Fishing pressure was very light and our only report was of a few perch caught by anglers using meal worms and small ice jigs. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594.
  • 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