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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012 5 Court strikes down lawsuit challenging tr; pping in wolf Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FiSH~Santa Fe A U.S. District Court earlier this month dismissed a lawsuit al- leging the director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the chairman of the State Game Commission violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping in the re- covery area of the Mexican gra:¢ wolf. 'U.S. Magistrate Lorenzo Garcia ruled that the environmen- tal activist organization WildEarth Guardians failed to present facts showing the defen- dants' actions directly or indi- rectly caused trappings of taking ntry of wolves. The lawsuit was dis-i missed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. Department Director Jim Lane, Who was named in the lawsuit with State Game Com- mission Chairman Jim McClintic, hailed the decision as a sportsmen's victory for "real conservationists," state authority over wildlife manage- ment, and the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. "We fought aggressively to defeat this frivolous lawsuit," Lane said. "We are happy with the outcome• It's unfortunate we had to spend hunters', an- glers' ,and trappers' dollars to Lang retires from LMS Above, Nora "Pete" Lang is presented with a plaque of apprecia- tion from Lordsburg Schools' representative Don Smith. Lang was recognized for her 12 years of service to the district as a dedi- cated bus driver. Courtesy photo Soutkve=t Area I Y Dept. of & CATCHES OFTHE WEEK: Tingley Beach: Dec. 8, Gary Sandoval of Santa Fe caught and re- ~leascd~a.24rioch rainbow trout. He was fishing the Catch, and Release Pond and using a size 22 red annelid. , ~. 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 We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish. length.and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. SOUTHWEST AREA Bedr Canyon: Trout fishing was fair using homemade dough bait, Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was fair using garlic cheese, salmon eggs, garlic scented Power Bait and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species. Caballo Lake: All boat ramps have been closed and will remain closed until such time as water levels rise and is deemed safe for launching• Fishing pressure was extremely light this past week and we had no reports from anglers. Elephant Butte: Fishing was generally slow for all species with just a few catches of walleye and white bass reported by anglers using jig and minnow combinations and spoons. Fishing pressure was light. The water was murky and the surface temp ralaged from the high 40s to the low 50s.The Monticello, Dam Site and Rock Canyon boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 69 cfs. Fishing pressure was light and fishing was slow for all species. Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait. Lake Roberts: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. Percha Dam: The water was low and fishing was slow for all species• Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte as of Monday was 3.4 cfs Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. win it rather than leveraging those same dollars toward on- the-ground conservation of New Mexico's wildlife." Several organizations inter- vened as defendants in the case, including the .New Mexico Trappers Association, New Mexico Council of Outfitters & Guides, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Buceau, Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth, United Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, and New Mexico Federal Lands Council. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission filed an am- icus brief in support of the department's position. WildEarth Guardians filed ihe lawsuit in Febru/try 2012, challenging an action by the State Game Commission that lifted a ban on trapping in southwestern New Mexico where the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service reintroduced the endangered wolves. The orga- nization asserted that by lifting the trapping ban imposed by Gov. Bill Richardson in 2010, the agency and commission vio- lated the Endangered Species Act by creating a system that could kill or harm the wolyes. The court ruled that Wil'dEarth Guardians lacked evidence and failed to present facts to support its case. The group could not sup- port its assertion that trapping - by legal or illegal means -- posed a significant threat to Mexican wolf populations, nor c6uld it convince the court that the Department of Game and Fish or the State Game Com- mission were responsible for trapping-related wolf mortali- ties caused by third parties - trappers. Although listed as an endan- gered species, Mexican Wolves are considered an "experimen- tal, nonessential population," which means the species lacks rigid no-take prohibitions. The species was reintroduced to southwestern New Mexico in 1998, with a goal of reaching a population The current known population is abo~t 58 Mexican wolves in the w~ld~' Senior Citizens LunchMenu Monday, December 31 Hot Turkey Sandwich Baked Sweet Potatoes Broccoli/Cheese Sauce Buttered Peas & Carrots Tapioca Pudding Tuesday, January 1 CENTER CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY Wednesday, January 2 Chile Dogs Buttered Spinach Parsley Potatoes Peach Shortcake Thursday, January 3 Chicken Noodle Soup Lima Beans/Margarine Biscuit/Margarine Mandarain Oranges Friday, January 4 Taco Lettuce/Tomato/Onions Spanish Rice Salsa Corn Gelatin Panthers host SecretSanta Shop The mid and high school Animas Panthers, along with their coaches, Mr. & Mrs.Walter, hosted a Secret Santa Shop for Pre-K through 4th grade stu- dents at Animas Elementary. All students got to "shop" for gifts for their entire family. The bas- ketball boys helped the stu- dents shop and wrap their gifts. This was a great community service project for all involved. Courtesy pho~s Shik; icer awa ri Craig Sanchez, Conserva- tion Officer for the Department of Game and Fish, recently was pre- sented with the Shikar-Safari award. The award is given to the top Department officer in the state. Shikar-Safari Club Interna- tional, formed in 1952, presents annual awards to wildlife law en- forcement officers in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. Shikar-Safari is recog- nized worldwide for its efforts in the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife. The club has placed particular emphasis on the. promotion of enforcement conservation laws and regula- tions. "Craig is the epitome of the conservation officer who sees the bigger picture and works dili- gently on all aspects that affect wildlife within the Grants Super- visory District," said Donald Jaramillo, major for the north part of the state for the Department of Game and Fish. rd Sanchez also was named Outstanding Northwest Area Dis- trict Officer in 2011 by the De- partment of Game and Fish. Conservation officer Craig Sanchez and his wife, Melissa Lordsburg High School Boys' Basketball 2012-2013 Date Tuesday, Dec. 4 Thurs-Sat, Dec. 6-8 Thurs-Sat, Dec. 13-15 Friday, Dec. 21 Thurs-Sat, Jan. 10-12 Tuesday, Jan. 15 Tuesday, Jan. 22 Friday, Jan. 25 Saturday, Jan 26 Tuesday, Jan. 29 Friday, Feb. 1 Saturday, Feb. 2 Friday, Feb. 8 Tuesday, Feb. 12 Friday, Feb. 15 Saturday, Feb. 16 Opponent Time @ Animas (JV/V) 4:30/7:30 PM Cliff Round- Up(V/V/V) TBA Tularosa Basin (V/V/V) TBA @ Cliff (-]V/V) 5:00/6:30 PM 26thAnnual Kelly Saucedo TBA Maverick Stampede (V/V/V) vs. Animas(JV/V) 4:3017:30 PM vs. Hatch (JV/V) 5:0016:30 PM @ Cobre (JV/V) 5:0016:30 PR vs. Cliff (JV/V) 5:0016:30 PM @ MVCS (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM @ Tularosa (JV/V) 5:0016:30 PM vs. Silver City (JV/V) 2:0013:30 PM vs. MVCS (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM vs. Cobre (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM , vs. Tularosa (JV/V) 5:0016:30 PM / @ Silver City (JV/V) 2:0013:30 PM I Tuesday, Feb. 19 (' @ Hatch (JV/V) Feb. 25-Mar. 2 District Tournament Saturday, March 9 1 Round State Tourn Tue.-Sat. March 12-16 State Tournament HeadCoach: D-] Saucedo Assistant Coach: -]ason Hawley Principal: Greg Lelvis Athletic Director: .loe Denham Superintendent: Randy Piper 5:00/6:30 PM TBA TBA Albuquerque Lordsburg High School. Girls' Basketball 2012-2013 Date Nov 29- Dec 1 Tuesday, Dec. 4 Thurs-Sat, Dec. 13-15 Friday, Dec. 21 Thurs-Sat, ]an. 10-12 Tue ,day, 3an. 15 Tuesday, .]an. 22 Friday4.]an. 25 Saturday, Jan 26 Tuesday, 3an. 29 Friday, Feb. 1 Tuesday, Feb. 5 Tuesday, Feb. 12 Friday, Feb. 15 Tuesday, Feb. 19 Feb. 25-Mar. 2 Friday, March 8 Tue.-Sat. March 12-16 Opponent Time 17m Annual Lady Maverick Fiesta (V/V/V) TBA @ Animas (-]V/V) 3:00/6:00 PM Cloudcroft Tournament, TBA vs. Cliff (JV/V) Cliff COwgirl Tourn vs. Animas (JV/V) @ Hatch (JV/V) vs. Cobre (JV/V) @ c,ff (Jv/v) vs. Silver City (]V/V) vs. Tularosa (-]V/V) @ Silver City (.1V/V) @ Cobre (JV/V) @ Tularosa (JV/V) vs. Hatch (JV/V) District Tournament 1 Round State Tourn State Tournament 5:00/6:30 PN TBA 3:00/6:00 PN 5:0016:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PN 5:00/6:30 PM 5:00/6:30 PM TBA TBA Albuquerque Head Coach: P, odney Plowman Assistant Coach: Amanda Guerrero Principal: Greg Lelvis Athletic Coordinator: Joe Denham Superintendent: Randy Piper Dugan Tarango Middle School Boys' Basketball 2012-2013 Head Coach: Andres Saenz Date Thursday, December 6 Saturday, December 8 Thursday, January 10 Saturday, January 12 Tuesday, January 15 Saturday, January 19 Thursday, January 24 Saturday, January 26 Tuesday, January 29 Thursday, January 31 Opponent vs. La Plata @ Snell vs. Snell vs, Deming vs, Cliff @ Mesilla Valley @ Hatch Valley @ Animas vs, Hatch Valley vs. Animas 4:00/5:00 PN 10:00111:00 4:00/5:00 PM 10:00/11:30 AM 5:15/6:30 PMr, 10:00/11:30 AIVJ 4:00/5:30 PM 3:00/5:00 PM 4:0015:30 PH 4:00/6:00 PM Dugan Tarango Middle School Girls' Basketball 2012-2013 Head Coach: Amanda Guerrero Assistant Coach: Catheryn Gomez Thursday, December 6 Saturday, December 8 Thursday, January 10 Tuesday, January 15 Thursday, January 17 Saturday, January 19 Thursday, January 24 Saturday, January 26 Tuesday, January 29 Thursday, January 31 @ La Plata (7-8) 4:'0015:00 vs. Snell (7-8) @ Snell (7-8) vs. Cliff (8t") @ Deming (7-8) 10:00/11:00 AM 4:00/5:00 PM 4:00 PN 4:00/5:00 PM vs. Mesilla Valley (7-8) 10:00/11:30 vs. Hatch Valley (7-8) 4:00/5:30 PM @ Animas 2:00/4:00 PIll @ Hatch Valley (7-8) 4:00/5:30 PIll vs. Animas (7-8) 3:00/5:00 PI I 'il