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Game Commission to meet June 23 in Santa Rosa

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet June 23 in Santa Rosa to consider numerous matters, including updates on the Gold King Mine spill and the department’s Hunters Helping the Hungry program.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Blue Hole Convention Center, Civic Center Room, 1085 Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa.

The day before the meeting, the public is invited to join commissioners beginning at 1:30 p.m. as they tour the department’s Rock Lake Fish Hatchery, 1025 Hatchery Road, east of town about 2.5 miles off River Road. For more details, see the constituency tour agenda at

Other agenda items include:

  • A discussion about the use of trail cameras and other technology in relation to hunting in New Mexico.
    The State Land Commissioner will present a proposed lease agreement for public access to state trust lands for the 2017-2018 hunting season.
  • An update on proposed youth hunting opportunities and habitat expansion projects for bighorn sheep on the Wedding Cake Ranch in northeastern New Mexico.
  • The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website,

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Robert Espinoza Sr., Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs and Elizabeth Ryan.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz, (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms. Game Commission meetings are video recorded and be seen at