• Lobos to open MW play against Nevada Wolf Pack
    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (7-6) returns to the friendly confines of WisePies Arena Wednesday to begin Mountain West Conference play against the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) at 7 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS. The Lobos return from a disappointing trip to the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, where after six strong weeks of play, New Mexico hit its first skid of the season. With league play starting up, the Lobos will look to rebound at home where they are 6-1 this season. The Lobos have won four straight conference opening games, including last season’s 80-73 victory inside WisePies Arena against Colorado State. The Lobos have not lost a Mountain West opener inside their arena since the 2006-07 season. While the Lobos played three games in four days last week, the Wolf Pack have been resting since last Tuesday’s loss to Wichita State, 98-69. Before that loss, the Wolf Pack had rattled off three straight victories over Fresno Pacific, Drake and Santa Clara, all at home.
  • Red River to host skijoring
    Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four. In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It’s like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all, skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 40 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting. You see the skiers being towed by a horse at a full gallop. The inaugural Red River Skijoring races will be held Jan. 16-17. The races will start each day at high noon on River Street in Red River. Teams will race through a time-trial course with skiers navigating gates, jumps, and, at times, even spearing rings. Authentic horsepower and big spills make this truly one-of-a-kind winter western event. The event is free for spectators. Competitors can find registration information and rules on the event website, RedRiverSkijoring.com. There are daily cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions (novice, sport and open). For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a no-dogs event.
  • Fishing still good
    Abiquiu Lake: There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 293 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and spinners for trout. Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (south) and Corrales Drain was good using worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait, small streamers and San Juan worms. Bluewater Lake: As of Monday morning there was a thin layer of ice on the lake that was unsafe for fishing. 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. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,160 cfs and 1,190 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spoons, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown and rainbow trout. Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Eagle Nest Lake: There was a layer of thin ice on much of the lake which was unsafe for ice fishing. However, there was some open water for bank fishing.
  • After long drought, Davie-revamped New Mexico is back in a bowl game
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — When Bob Davie became New Mexico’s head coach in 2011, he bluntly said he’d make no promises. The Lobos had lost 35 of their past 38 games and the previous coach had been fired following a slew of embarrassing off-field problems. Davie only said he would seek to “stabilize this program.” Four years after taking over the embattled football program, and 14 years since getting ousted himself as Notre Dame’s head coach, the 61-year-old Davie has the Lobos playing in their first bowl game in nearly a decade. New Mexico (7-5), will meet Arizona (6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday after a surprisingly solid season that saw the Lobos shock Boise State and Mountain West Mountain Division champion Air Force. Davie succeeded Lou Holtz at Notre Dame in 1997 and compiled a 35-25 record over five years. He was fired after the 2001 season with a 5-6 record. Davie said his return to the college postseason, his first since 2000, is “absolutely not” about redemption. It’s about rebuilding a program that still needs more work with a bowl appearance as a first step, he said.
  • Lobos complete sweep of NMSU
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Midway through the first half, with New Mexico State guard Ian Baker lying motionless, Wednesday’s game with rival New Mexico changed. “I just feel bad that Ian Baker got hurt and that hurt them,” said Lobos coach Craig Neal. “When they have their second-best player and maybe their glue get hurt, kind of like Devon (Williams) did, it kind of takes the wind out of everybody’s sails. I think it took the energy out of the game, his injury.” New Mexico (7-2) was able to muster energy to hold off the Aggies (5-5) just as it did earlier in the season in Las Cruces when forward Williams suffered an injury that later revealed a career-ending spinal condition. Baker, who is second on the team in scoring, suffered a head injury after running into a screen at midcourt. He lay motionless for about 10 minutes before slowly getting up and walking to the bench. New Mexico State spokesman Bill Powers said Baker is under the concussion protocol. But Baker’s absence certainly hurt New Mexico State, said Aggies coach Marin Menzies. “He’s one of our two backcourt guys,” he said. “It’s one of those deals where we were not going to be able to compete at our highest levels without our highest guys.”
  • Public comments sought on proposed changes
 to aquatic invasive species rules
    SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed rule changes to better protect the state from the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. “We need to further protect our state’s water resources and delivery infrastructure from these destructive invasive species,” said Mike Sloane, chief of the department’s Fisheries Division. “These rule changes will help us address some gaps we’ve discovered in enforcement and compliance.” The proposed changes to Aquatic Invasive Species rules include requiring all out-of-state boat owners to pass an inspection before launching a watercraft in New Mexico. The proposed rules also would make it mandatory for all boaters to stop at aquatic invasive species inspection and decontamination stations, and would provide for the creation of a seal of approval program. New Mexico remains free of zebra or quagga mussel infestation but is surrounded by states where the invasive species have taken root. The mussels can attach to structures and grow quickly, clogging inlet pipes and other equipment. New Mexico is one of only six western states that remain free of the invasive mussels, and the rule changes are needed to help keep it that way, Sloane said.
  • Sipapu celebrating the grand opening of new quad lift Saturday
    Vadito, NM – Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will celebrate the grand opening of its newest lift Saturday morning and resort officials announced that they will extend the festivities next week with free lift tickets for kids and teens.   The resort’s first quad (a chairlift that can accommodate four guests per chair) started turning on Nov. 25, not long after Sipapu became the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Sipapu’s Nov. 14 open date was the earliest opening in recent history and marked the 13th consecutive time the Taos-area resort clenched the state’s “first to open” title.   Mountain manager John Paul Bradley says there’s a lot to celebrate with the new lift. “We have dreamed and talked about this new lift for years, and it’s been incredible to see skiers and snowboarders enjoying it,” said Bradley. “This is a celebration first and foremost for our guests, but also for our staff and the team of people who worked relentlessly to see its successful completion.”
  • Lobos to face Arizona in Gildan New Mexico Bowl
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobos will be home for the holidays. The Lobos have accepted a bid for the 10th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl, to be played in UNM’s home stadium of University Stadium, with an old foe awaiting them in the Arizona Wildcats out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Lobos finished the season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West, tying for second place in the Mountain Division. Arizona finished 6-6, dropping four of its last five, finishing fifth in the Pac-12 South. The teams actually have a pair of common opponents from 2015 in Arizona State and Nevada. The selection of Arizona gives UNM a unique feat of facing both Fiesta Bowl opponents from a year ago, as Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in that game. The meeting between the Lobos and the Wildcats will be the 67th all-time meeting between the two programs, and the first since 2008, when the Lobos defeated Arizona 36-28 in University Stadium. The game is a rematch of the 1997 Insight.com Bowl, won 20-14 by Arizona in Tempe.
  • UNM wins national championship
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Lobos’ motto this week was, “Expect Nothing, Achieve Everything.” On Saturday, they did just that. Behind one of the most dominating performances in NCAA history, the No. 1 University of New Mexico women’s cross country team won its first-ever national title at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The Lobo women, competing in their 10th-ever NCAA Championship, placed all five of their scorers in the top 25 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville and combined to score 49 points, the lowest team score by any team since 1982. “It’s a great day,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Super excited for the women. They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives and that’s really special.” The Lobos’ championship is the second NCAA title in University of New Mexico history, joining the New Mexico skiing’s NCAA title in 2004. It’s the fourth NCAA women’s cross country title in Mountain West history. “It’s amazing,” senior Courtney Frerichs said after the race.
  • Sipapu opening more terrain after storm
    When Sipapu kicked off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year last Saturday, the mountain was able to get a route open from the top of Lift 1. After getting 24 inches of fresh snow after the mountain closed Monday, the ski area was able to open 20 additional runs when it reopened Friday. The mountain now has three beginner trails, 14 intermediate, three advanced and one expert trail open. With the exception of a few tree runs (Pinball, Indecision, Reasonable Anxiety, No Whiners, Wormwood, Jib and Josh Cutes) essentially every run that Lift 1 services is now open for people to ride down. The terrain park will be in the same spot as opening weekend — at the top of Lift 1 — but it will have a few additional features to jib on. The ski area’s two magic carpets at its base, the Practice Slope and the Ski School Area, are now open as well. The mountain’s crew is also beginning to check the terrain under lifts 3 and 4 and could begin opening some of that terrain this week. Sipapu is open every day until Nov. 29. It will then close for a few days after the Thanksgiving holiday, but begin daily operations Dec. 4.