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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 5 Court ruling gives NM hunters better odds for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FISHISanta Fe New Mexico resident hunt- ers scored a big victory Monday with a U.S. District Court ruling that allows the Department of Game and Fish to reinstate quo- tas that give state residents a big advantage over nonresidents when applying for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex hunting licenses. "This is an important deci- sion and a huge win for New Mexico hunters," said Paul Kienzle, newly elected chairman of the State Game Commission. "It's been a long fight, but New Mexicans now have a good shot at those quality hunts, as in- tended by the governor and the state legislature." Monday's ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo vacated a 1977 injunc- tion that prohibited the Depart- ment from applying preferential quotas that benefited state resi- dents in the drawings for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex licenses• Because of that injunction, non- resident hunters enjoyed equal odds with residents in the annual $ou00hwes00 Area Fishing/00epor00 This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been gener- ated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter .fish and angler activities. CATCHES OF THE WEEK: • Bluewater Lake: March 23, Jus- tin Francis, age 12, and his sister Aubree, age 10, caught and re- leased a 34-inch and a 36-inch tiger musky. They were fishing with their dad, Sterling, and caught and released 14 fish. They were using spinner baits, swim baits and shrimp. • Elephant Butte Lake: March 22, Byron Lucero of T or C caught a 15-pound striped bass. He was us- ing a crank bait. Lake Farmington: March 23, Andrew Dailey, age 4, of Farmington caught a 20- inch rain- bow trout. Courtesy sM l Dept. of l Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing continued to be very good as an- glers did well using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. Caballo Lake: Fishing was good using Wally Divers, Rapalas, white and chartreuse Bombers, Flicker Shad, jig and minnow combinations and curly tail grubs for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. Fishing was good using stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and grubs for white bass and an occasional striped bass. There were a few largemouth bass caught by anglers using crank baits and tubes. Fishing for cat- fish was fair using cut bait, live shad and night crawl- ers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from drawings• Beginning with this year's draw, resident hunters who apply for bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex licenses will enjoy the same odds as those who applied for any other big-game species. Currently, state residents receive 84 percent of all public licenses issued through drawings• Nonresidents receive 6 percent and hunters using outfit- ters - residents and nonresidents - qualify for 10 percent of public licenses• The application dead- line for 2014-15 big-game li- censes was March 19. "The injunction has pre- vented the Department from com- plying with state law to the detri- ment of New Mexico residents and in opposition to the will of the governor and the legislature," Department Legal Counsel Allison Marks said. "Judge Armijo unequivocally found New Mexico's statutory quota does not violate federal law. The judge's quick decision affords the Department the opportunity to make immediate changes to the draw system in order to comply with state law." Several conservation organi- zations supported the Department's motion to vacate the injunction• They included United Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the New Mexico Chap- ter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the New Mexico Wildlife Federa- tion and the Southern New Mexico Chapter of Safari Club International• The injunction applied only to bighorn sheep, oryx and ibex because at the time of the legal challenge, they were the only spe- cies of big game in New Mexico for which the State Game Com- mission provided an in-state pref- erence for license allocation. The injunction was issued in connec- tion with a 1974 lawsuit by David B. Terk, a Texas resident and hunter• Terk challenged New Mexico's license allocation sys- tem that gave him a lower chance of drawing a license than state residents would enjoy• He and his the high s i s t e r 40s to the Kristen, age 6, caught Mike Estrada, of Albuquerque, caught low 50s. The Marina and re- this 6.61-pound large-mouth bass March Del Sur, leased sev- 15 at Elephant Butte Lake. He was cast- Rock Can- eral trout all ing a green pumpkin tube bait Just north yon and caught on of KetUeTop. spinners. • Quemado Lake: March 21, Tim Chavez of Las Cruces caught a 42-inch tiger musky. He was us- ing Power Bait on 8-pound test line. • Tingley Beach: March 19, Joe Gurule of Albuquerque caught and released a 4-pound large- mouth bass. He was fishing the Catch and Release Pond and us- ing an egg pattern fly. The following came in too late for last week's report but we felt they were definitely worth mentioning: • Quemado Lake: March 13, Michael Najar of Apache Creek caught a 23.5-inch rainbow trout. He was using a worms • Elephant Butte Lake: March 15, Mike Estrada of Albuquerque caught and released a 6.6 l-pound largemouth bass. He was using a green pumpkin tube and fishing a point north of Kettle Top. If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and lo- cation, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. SOUTHWEST AREA Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, Power Bait, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes. Dam Site marinas are open. Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, homemade dough bait, worms, Gulp eggs and spinners. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 90 cfs. We had no reports from anglers• Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait. Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and extremely low lake levels make it increasingly diffi- cult to fish. The project is ex- pected to continue into next summer• The lake is still open to bank fishing but difficult to ac- cess. Pereha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week. Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and Power Bait for trout. Fishing for tiger musky was slow but there was one big fish caught by an angler using Power Bait. Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was .7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Young Pond: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, corn, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. Fishing for crappie was slow to fair using Pistol Petes. We had no reports on other species. 2014 Lordsburg High School Lady Maverick Softball DATE OPPONENT TIME Thurs.-Sat. March 6-8 Cobre Tournament TBA Thurs.-Sat. March 13-15 Hot Springs Tournament TBA Sat. March 22 vs. Capitan (V, JV) 1:00/3:00 PM Tuesday, March 25 @ Hot Springs (V, V) 3:00/5:00 PM Tuesday, April I vs. Hot Springs (V, V) 3/5PM Saturday, April 5 @ Tularosa (V/V) Noon/2:00 PM Tuesday, April 8 vs. Cobre (JV/V) 3:00/5:00 PM Thursday, April 10 vs. MVCS (JV/V) 3:00/5:00 PM Saturday, April 12 @ Hatch (V/JV) 11:00/1:00 PM Thursday, April 17 @ Capitan (V, V) 3:00/5:00 PM Tuesday, April 22 vs. Tularosa (V/V) 3/5PM Friday, April 25 @ Cobre (V/V) 3:00/5:00 PM Tuesday, April 29 . vs. Hatch (V, V) 3:00/5:00 PM Thursday, May 1 vs. MVCS (JV/V) 3:00/5:00 PM May 14, 2014 A-2A - Round of 16 Single Elimination, Rio Rancho HS Quarterfinals-Finals Double Elimination .. , ,, May 15-17, 2014 JJ Escobar and Brandon Strain each qualified Vanessa Pantoja was the High Point Girl. for the State Track Meet in T or C. She is pictured above with Mike Tooley. LHS Mavericks qualify four events to State at first meet of 2014 season Courtesy submission The Lordsburg High School Mavericks' track teams competed for the first time this year in T or C on Saturday at the 2014 Mike Tooley Invitational meet. After just one meet, the team already has four events qualified to the State Meet. Vanessa Pantoja had an outstanding day of com- petition. She won and qualified in the 100 hurdles in 16.8 sec- onds. She also won the 300 hurdles and just barely missed the qualifying mark. Pantoja also won the long jump with a leap of 14'1" and finished second in the 200 meter dash. Rhianna Moreno finished fourth in the long jump for the girls. Pantoja's efforts were good enough to win her the High Point female award for the meet. On the boys' side, JJ Escobar and Brandon Strain started out the meet finishing first and sec- ond in the high jump and both qualifying for state. Escobar cleared 6'0" while Strain leaped 5'10"• Escobar also ran, won and qualified the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 42.4 seconds• The 4x100 relay of Ernie Rodriguez, Strain, Raymond Saucedo and Escobar finished first overall and just missed the qualifying time by one-tenth of a second. The 4x200 of Rodriguez, Saucedo, Orion Moreno and Strain also came in first place. Other placings lor the boys included Saucedo in the triple jump (3'0), Rodriguez in the 100 meter (5'h), Randy Rodriguez in the 3200 meter (5% and Moreno in the 110 hurdles (4 h) and long jump (5h). On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Lordsburg High School will be competing and hosting the 4 h Annual Richard Moore Invita- tional. Teams expected to com- pete include Silver City, Deming, Cobre, Cliff, Quemado, Animas, T or C, Hatch and Lordsburg. Field events will begin at 3:00 p.m., while running will start at 4:00 p.m. The Hidalgo Relays, origi- nally scheduled for April 3, has been moved to April 17, 2014. Visiting vocalists to perform, lead master classes at NMSU March 31-April 2 By ISABEL A. RODRIGUEZ/ NMSU New Mexico State Rio Grande Gorge stocked with Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FiSHSanta Fe ' " : Department of Game and Fish personnel plan to stock the Rio Grande Gorge with almost 10,000 Rio Grande cutthroat trout March 24. Volunteers are needed to help carry the native fish down into the gorge by packing them in on foot. Anglers, schoolchildren and cutthroat trout enthusiast from a variety of organizations have volunteered, and everyone is welcome• The river is 800 feet down at the bottom of the gorge and is only accessible by foot. Trails to the bottom vary in length from less than a mile to a mile and a half. Volunteers will carry bags filled with 3 to 4 gallons of water containing more than 100 live fingerlings• The bags will be tied off, loaded into backpacks and hiked down to the Rio Grande. Before the fish are released, they will be acclimated to the river's temperature• "Anglers make this program possible, not only by volunteer- ing but by funding it through li- cense fees and through an excise tax on fishing equipment, rods and boat fuel through the Sport Fish Restoration Act," said Jason Blakney, coldwater fisheries bi- ologist for the department• "Sportsmen have invested in this program and make it possible to have a wild population of Rio Grande cutthroat trout in a large river system." Once native to the Rio Grande' Gorge, the department began restocking the state fish in the river in 2008. Today people can fish for cutthroat that have grown to adulthood in the gorge and are now as large as 10 to 12 inches. Department staff raised the trout fingerlings at Seven Springs Hatchery. To keep the cutthroat's genetic strain pure, they are the only species of fish raised there• Volunteers transporting the fish will meet at 10:30 a.m., March 24, at the La Junta Trailhead at the Wild Rivers Rec- reation Area. For more informa- tion, or to volunteer, please con- tact Jason Blakney at (575) 445- 2311 or Jason.Blakney @ state.Am.us. If you cannot attend the cut- throat stocking, there are other ways you can support their recov- ery. The department is encourag- ing anglers to report how many cutthroats they catch, as well as when, where, and the size of the fish. Photographs of the fish are especially useful• These reports help biologists gauge the success of the reintroduction and fish sur- vival rates. To send angler reports and photographs of Rio Grande cut- throat trout to the department please contact Fisheries Manage- ment division in Santa Fe at (505) 476-8055 or Jas°n'Blakney @ state'nm'us' For more information about Rio Grande cutthroat trout resto- ration and angling, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us. 2014 Lordsburg High School Track & Field DATE Saturday, March 22 Thursday, March 27 Thursday, April 17 Saturday, April 5 Friday, April 11 Friday, April 25 Friday, May 2 Fri. & Sat, May 8-10 OPPONENT TIME Mike Tooley Invite @ T or C 9:00 AM 4th Annual Richard Moore Invitational 3:00 PM 32 nd Hidalgo Co. Relays 3:00 PM Silver Invitational @ Silver City 9:00AM Thurman Jordan Relays @ Deming 3:00 PM Cobre Invitational 3:00 PM District 5AA Championship 3:00PM Class AA State Championship @ Albuquerque TBA University's music department will welcome two visiting artists from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor March 31 to April 2. George Hogan, bass, and Penny Hogan, soprano, will present two master classes from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 3 I, and from 4- 6 p.m. Tuesday, April !, in the Music Center choral room. Class par- ticipants will per- form in a recital held at 3:30 p m Wednes- day, April 2, in Atkinson Recital Hall. The Hogans will also perform in their own recital at 5 p.m. "This is an opportunity to see and hear professional singers/ teachers work and perform," said Lon Chaffin, music department head in NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences. "Our guests are sea- soned, experienced opera singers and vocal teachers. Both of them have had international operatic careers and have sung with many famous opera stars. They are per- sonable, gracious and fun folks to be around." An assistant professor and assistant conductor of opera/mu- sic theater in UMHB's music de- partment, Penny Hogan gradu- ated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a Bachelor Penny and George Hogan of the Univer- sity of Mary Hardin-Baylor will offer mas- ter classes and perform a recital during their visit to New Mexico State University March 31 to April 2. of Music Education in voice. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan in vocal performance/opera, and has performed with opera houses and symphonies throughout the U.S. ctxrge Hogan is also an as- sistant professor and the conductor of opera/ music the- atre at UMHB. A graduate of South- western Baptist Theologi- cal Semi- nary and the Acad- emy of Vocal Arts in Phila- delphia, Hogan made his opera debut as Theseus during a PBS filming of "A Mid- summer Night's Dream" at the age of 19. Since then he's received various awards and recognition for his work - among them, a Sullivan Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation• In 2009 he made his New York City debut as a stage director in "Opera Shorts" for the Remarkable Theater Bri- gade at Carnegie Hall. "With George Hogan, people will hear a bass voice that is pro- found, clear and exciting," Chaffin said. "With Penny Hogan, the audience will experience a gifted soprano who is not only a great singer but also a very en- gaging performer." All of the events are free and open to the public. 2014 Lordsburg High School Boys' Baseball DATE Tuesday, March 18 Thurs•-Sat. March 20-22 Tuesday, March 25 Tuesday, April 1 Saturday, April 5 Saturday, April 12 Tuesday, April 15 Thursday, April 17 Tuesday, April 22 Thursday, April 24 Tuesday, April 29 Sat. May 3 Wednesday, May 7 Wed.-Fri. May 14-16 OPPONENT TIME @ Hot Springs (V/V) 3/5 PM @Socorro Invite (V/V/V) TBA vs. Silver City (V/V) 3:00/5:00 PM @ Cobre (JV/V) 3:00/5:00 PM vs. Hatch (JV/V) I 1:00/1:00 PM vs. Tularosa (JV/V) Noon/2:00 PM @ Mesilla Valley Christian (JV/V) 3:00/5:00 PM vs. Cobre (V/V) 3:00/5:00 PM @ Hatch (V/V) 3:00/5:00 PM vs. Hot Springs (V/V) 3:00/5:00 PM @ Tularosa (V/V) 4:00/6:00 PM vs. Mesilla Valley Christian (V/V) 11:00/1:00 PM @ State First Round TBA @ State Tournament - Albuquerque TBA