New Mexico National Monuments’ Boundaries Unchanged

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that two large national monuments in New Mexico be reviewed to allow increased access and other uses. The plan does not change the boundaries of the Rio Grande del Norte monument near the New Mexico-Colorado state line and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument along the southern border. It does call for making public access a priority and congressional authority to enable Native American tribes to co-manage cultural areas within the monuments' boundaries. Zinke's plan also urges more grazing, hunting and fishing at these sites, and requests a new assessment of border-safety risks at the monument near the Mexican border ... Read More

Three Interstate Stream Commissioners Resign

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Three Interstate Stream Commissioners Resign
Commission members Jim Dunlap of Farmington and James Wilcox of Carlsbad submitted resignation letters to Gov. Susana Martinez on 11 October, a day after commission Chairman Caleb Chandler of Clovis tendered his resignation. Dunlap wrote in his resignation letter that he had "great concern for lack of direction from the State Engineer and adherence to New Mexico State Statutes." The commission has also come under fire in recent years for open meetings violations. The resignations leave the commission with just four active members out of nine board positions, because there were previously two vacancies.The Interstate Stream Commission has broad powers to investigate, protect, conserve, and develop New Mexico's waters including both interstate and intrastate stream systems. A key item of discussion over the past few years is the Gila River diversion project, which is looking into options to divert the river for farm and municipal use in southwestern New Mexico ... Read More

Resolution Guide Service

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By Tina and Mike Stallard From the September 2017 newlsetter Once a year, we take a guided float trip on the San Juan as a treat to compensate for Albuquerque traffic, demanding bosses, and daily chores. We usually take our trailer and camp for a few days in Cottonwood Campground, a lovely and quiet spot near the river and less crowded than the campground near the reservoir. This year we booked a trip with Resolution Guide Service and a dinner at Rainbow Lodge, one of NMT's sponsors. We planned the trip for early September, a beautiful time for the San Juan, with medium-low flows of 700 cfs (normal for this time of year) and cooler weather, but always with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We met Steve Gill, owner of Resolution Guide Service and Rainbow lodge, and learned that there should be very few boats on the river this Sunday, after a very busy few weeks. Our guide Brad, an experienced guide of many years, a slim and energetic, laid back man with the countenance and eye of an observant and knowledgeable fisherman, had us on the river shortly thereafter. With so few boats he was able to position us just below the tailout of the braids and Audie's Run on the upper end of the Texas hole. Fishing with a small San Juan worm of Brad's design and construction, with a small midge emerger below, we were soon into fish and kept pulling them out every few minutes. These were ... Read More

Valles Caldera News

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Fishing is permitted year-round as long as streams are not frozen. All anglers are required to check in at the Valle Grande Contact Station before fishing the waters within the preserve to obtain a free fishing permit. However, vehicle access to certain streams may not be available year-round and may require a backcountry vehicle permit. Up to 35 backcountry vehicle permits are available daily from mid-May through October as conditions allow. Elk hunting is in progress thru December 6, 2017, so wearing bright colors is advised outside of the preserve's "no hunting" zone. A series of prescribed burn projects will be completed beginning the week of October 16th, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve - north of NM State Road 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve ... Read More

Rio Cebolla Wetlands Project

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By Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair Volunteers are needed to work with Santa Fe National Forest personnel to construct several beaver dam analogs (BDAs) on the Rio Cebolla meadows downstream of where the Cebolla flows under FR 376. The work area is approximately 10 miles north of Porter's Landing on FR 376. This is the first stage of a project to increase riparian wetland area, to improve water quality, and to benefit fish habitat on the Rio Cebolla. We will be applying techniques similar to those Bill Zeedyk taught at a NM Trout workshop in 2015, including post pounding, rock placement, and willow weir construction. Some of the work will be in-stream and other parts will be on the stream banks. We suggest you bring waders if you plan to work in the stream. Because the work area is NM meadow jumping mouse habitat, the US Fish and Wildlife Service allows access only between October 15 and May 1, when the mouse is believed to be hibernating. We anticipate follow-on projects next Spring as early that weather permits and continuing through May. Saturday, October 28, 2017 Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area above the Gilman Tunnels on FR 376. The club will provide lunch if you RSVP to Ron Loehman by 5:00 PM, Monday October 23, 2017 ... Read More

Elections coming this fall

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Elections coming this fall
This fall we will be holding elections for the positions of president and secretary. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else, for either of thees positions please contact Lorenzo Maldonaldo. ... Read More