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State to stock Gallinas with trout

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By David Giuliani

The state plans to restock the Gallinas River in Las Vegas next week, an official said.

Chris Cudia of the state Environment Department said the Game and Fish Department will put in an estimated 300 to 400 trout into the river, as it did a year ago.

Game and Fish stocked the river last year for the first time in about a decade, Cudia said. That was after a Game and Fish official walked along the river inside town and determined that the waterway was a better habitat, he said.

Cudia said officials hope to develop a regular schedule for stocking the Gallinas River. He said it’s all a part of area officials’ hope to make the Gallinas River area a prime attraction in the Meadow City.

Cudia said Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and other city officials have shown a great interest in improving the riverwalk area. Last year, the city put exercise machines along a portion of the walkway.

“The city is very engaged” Cudia said. “We’re trying to balance recreation with the health of the river. The river is a huge asset for the community. It’s a bosque in the middle of town. Very few communities have an intact river system.”

Cudia, a Las Vegas native, said the city is considering low-impact lighting, among other things, to improve the riverwalk.