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TO THE EDITOR:

For the first time ever, there is a meeting of the STATE GAME COMMISSION scheduled in Artesia for 9 a.m. April 5 at CVE. All the nature lovers, Hunters, Sportsmen and Sportswomen should plan on attending as there two very important issues that will affect most people and this will be your opportunity to voice your opinions on any issues you might be concerned with.

According to a recent Email I received from Mr. Garrett Veneclasen with New Mexico Wildlife Federation, there is a proposal by a Rancher for a county road closure and vacating it to public access. The road in question is part of the Felix River Road in Chaves County in Unit 32. Many hundreds of Nature Lovers, Hunters, Sportsmen and Sportswomen regularly use this road for access to prime hunting areas for Deer, Barbary Sheep and Quail as well as Nature and wildlife viewing.

The people I have visited with at the NMDG&F in Roswell are not in favor of this road closure and all those concerned should plan to attend this meeting and let the State Game Commissioners hear your opposition to this road closure. Most road closures benefit the landowners, or they would NOT be proposing them. This proposal is scheduled to be reviewed during the Chaves County Commissioner’s meeting in Roswell on April 20. Those who can, should also attend that meeting or contact the Chaves County Commissioners and voice your opposition.

The second item of concern to all Hunters, Sportsmen and Sportswomen is the fact that the State Land Commissioner (SLO) has requested the list of Email addresses from the NMDG&F. NMDG&F has declined to do so, and the SLO has stated that they consider the list of Email addresses to be Public Information. When I furnished MY information to NMDG&F years ago, it was with the understanding that it was NOT to be shared. I have no idea how energetic the SLO will proceed with this infringement of our personal information, so… I have deleted my Email address from the NMDG&F web site just to be on the safe side. You make the call on both of these issues.

Thank you for your time.

Joe Rivera