McAlister Lake rests in a bowl-shaped depression on the edge of the Great Plains, 100 acres of deceptively still waters.
Part of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, the lake is respite and home to birds as well as fish stocked by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Last year, the lake grew silent, grew dry, when a mixup at the state offices resulted in the forgotten scheduled delivery of water from Storrie Lake. Today, the waters rise high, thanks to winter's snowfall.
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