For our anglers, New Mexico Fishing licenses for 2022-23 are still on sale and valid until March 31st. The 2023-23 licenses will go on sale March 27th and be valid after April 1st.  In other fishing news, The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are promoting fishing opportunities through a Bass and Trout challenge.  If you catch all of the challenge species that are found throughout New Mexico or get a New Mexico State Record Fish, you will receive a certificate and challenge coin for your accomplishment. Learn more on their website under challenges. 

In Western New Mexico University news, two new members have officially joined the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents. Dalva Lon Moellenberg, who manages the Santa Fe office of law firm Gallagher and Kennedy, was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and confirmed by the Senate. Student regent Trent Jones is a business major and student athlete at WNMU and has served on the Board of Regents since Nov. 2022.  The Board of Regents is responsible for overall management and fiscal oversight of the university. In collaboration with university leadership, the board establishes goals and policies, approves degrees, and selects the president, to whom it delegates day-to-day operations and management.  

Additional information on Highway 152 closure over the Black Range: Earlier this week the New Mexico Department of Transportation closed New Mexico Highway 152 due to potential roadway failure.  A number of the Gila National Forest’s developed recreation facilities and trailheads are located along the closed stretch of highway and are therefore not accessible to the public for the duration of the closure. These sites include Iron Creek, Railroad Canyon, Upper Gallinas and Lower Gallinas campgrounds, Wrights Cabin picnic area, Emory Pass Vista, and trailheads for Gallinas Canyon, Railroad Canyon, Black Range Crest from Emory Pass, and Scenic #796 trails. The closure extends from milepost 15 near the town of San Lorenzo, New Mexico to milepost 40, near Kingston, New Mexico. Travelers are advised to use Interstate 25 and New Mexico Highway 26, (Hatch Highway) to avoid the closed section of road. There is no estimate on the date of reopening.

For PNM customers, PNM has launched a new and improved outage map. The redesigned map provides customers with real-time, detailed outage information. A few of the map’s other updates include: Color coded outage icons based on the size of the outage; highlighted service areas on the state-wide map; improved outage search functionality; and the ability to view outage numbers by county, city, and ZIP code.