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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:03 pm 
RESERVE – Anglers now can fish at two spring-fed ponds on private property outside of Reserve under a new Open Gate lease negotiated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

The ponds at Rancho Grande Estates off N.M. 180 about seven miles west of Reserve will be stocked by the department with trout and catfish and already have some bass and bluegill in them. A fishing license is required and normal tackle and bag limits apply.

“It’s really exciting for us and the community,” said Jennifer Swenson, who owns the property and the nearby Adobe Café and Bakery and Hidden Springs Inn. “The fishing is a real draw for some of our guests.”

The ponds traditionally had been open to the public for fishing but were closed many years ago because of liability issues, Swenson said.
Under the Open Gate program, private landowners receive limited liability protection, access payments and other benefits in exchange for providing free public access for hunting, fishing or trapping.

Open Gate leases are funded exclusively by hunters, anglers and trappers through the purchase of Habitat Management and Access Validation stamps.

Swenson said she is thrilled to provide the public access to the ponds once again and added that visitors can buy a fishing license at her nearby café.

For more information about the Open Gate program, please visit the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival
Our Paws' Cause Thrift Store
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
Women's Al-Anon Meeting: Women Embracing Recovery
Community Bike Ride @ The Bike Works
Pet Central Thrift Store
Hapkido Class
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22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival
Our PAws' Cause Thrift Store
Low Cost Pet Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic
Farmer's Market
Tai Chi Chuan
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
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22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival
Ecstatic Dance
Blues Fest And Local Fine Art, Perfect
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
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Laughter Club at 12:15pm
Hapkido Class
Tai Chi Chuan
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
New Hope Al-Anon Family Group
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Silver City Rotary Club Meeting
Hapkido Class
Tai Chi at Lotus Center
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
Wine & The Word @The Toad Brewery
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Our Paws' Cause Thrift Store
Hapkido Class
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Insight Buddhist Meditation
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Babytime: Sing & Play
Library Summer Program Pre-Registration
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