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SANTA FE, N.M. — Discussion about Preserve transfer

Department of Game and Fish representatives, including Director Jim Lane and state game commissioners, met Friday with representatives of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall to discuss concerns about a possible transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

The discussion, according to a Game and Fish news release, was prompted by a June 3 letter from Lane to Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich stating the department’s opposition to the Senate’s bill on the issue. The state Game Commission unanimously voted May 23 to oppose the bill, which commissioners said included language that could negatively affect wildlife management, and sport hunting, fishing and trapping on the 89,000-acre preserve.

Lane expressed concerns that transfer of the property “will result in increasing conflict over management authority, a poorly managed elk population, lost hunting opportunity and increased conflicts with adjacent landowners.” He cited vague language in the bill regarding wildlife management authority and fishing and hunting opportunities, and his concerns that the National Park Service objective is resource preservation at the expense of conservation and recreation.


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The Game Commission plans to discuss the proposed legislation at its Aug. 22 meeting in Grants.


Judge spares dog that bit woman

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — A judge in Las Vegas has spared a pit bull that bit a woman multiple times.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that Municipal Court Judge Eddie Trujillo has ordered the dog released and returned to Franchesca Saiz.

According to Trujillo, animal control officers corroborated Saiz’s story about what led her dog to bite Renee Maestas during an April 27 confrontation on Saiz’s property.

Maestas alleged that Saiz lured her onto her property and then ordered the dog to attack her, while Saiz said her dog was defending her when Maestas came onto her property to fight her.

Trujillo said he normally has “zero tolerance” for biting dogs.

He said he would have had the dog put down if the incident hadn’t happened on private property.


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More rain fell near the mountains

How much rain you got Thursday night in Santa Fe might depend on where you live.

The National Weather Service website shows amounts ranged from 0.06 of an inch at the airport to 0.39 of an inch in the Santa Fe watershed; as is often the case, more rain fell near the mountains.

A 30 percent chance of showers was called for Friday night, 20 percent on Saturday and down to 10 percent through most of next week.


Roads to close for Rodeo Parade

The Santa Fe Rodeo Parade gets underway at 3 p.m. today at the PERA Building on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail. Set-up for the parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and drivers should expect street closures in the downtown area from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Key road closings include parts of Old Santa Fe Trail, Alameda, Paseo de Peralta and Don Gaspar Ave.


Park access point closed to traffic

On Friday, Eagle Nest Lake State Park permanently closed the access point from Fisherman’s Lane to incoming traffic. This site will continue to function as an exit point from the park. The closure will help better facilitate traffic through the park.

The main entrance on Marina Way will stay open for all traffic. Park staff can be contacted at 575-377-1594 for questions about park facilities or any park events.


Detention Center to receive bonds

As of Monday, Santa Fe Detention Center Electronic Monitoring Program employees will receive and process bonds for the Municipal Court after that court’s regular hours, according to the Santa Fe County Corrections Division.

The court will continue to receive payment of bonds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The detention center program will accept payment Monday through Friday after 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays on behalf of the Municipal Court pursuant to an agreement between Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Detention Center Electronic Monitoring Program is located at the Adult Detention Correction Facility, 4312 N.M. 14.

All bonds collected there must be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check and made payable to “City of Santa Fe.” There is a $10 fee for each bond posted after hours with Santa Fe County that must be in a separate payment made payable to “Santa Fe County,” also in the form of a money order or cashier’s check.

For more information, contact Jackie Martinez at 424-5670 ext. 2.