SANTA FE, N.M. -A new conservation consciousness and the evolution of the Department of Game and Fish from Territorial days are chronicled in a series of stories beginning this winter in New Mexico Wildlife Magazine. The magazine will be distributed in newspapers across the state beginning Jan. 14, 2003.

Ice houses, fish fries and gambling halls liven the legends of Eagle Nest Lake, purchased by the state of New Mexico in 2002 and also featured in the winter issue. Hunting dogs'amazing intelligence, sleuths who snag velvet antler poachers, the mountain hideaway of a rare rattlesnake and awesome aspen vistas of the Sargent Wildlife Area all are explored in this issue.

New Mexico Wildlife Magazine will be distributed as follows:

Jan. 14: Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune, Raton Range;

Jan. 15: Alamogordo Daily News, Artesia Daily Press, Clovis News Journal, Deming Headlight, Hobbs Daily News-Sun, Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Vegas Daily Optic, Los Alamos Monitor, Lovington Daily Leader, Portales News-Tribune, Roswell Daily Record, Silver City Daily Press, Valencia County News Bulletin, Rio Rancho Observer, Ruidoso News, Socorro El Defensor Chieftain, Quay County Sun, Union County Leader, T or C Sentinel;

Jan. 16: Carlsbad Current Argus, Farmington Daily Times, Gallup Independent, Santa Fe New Mexican, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Rio Grande Sun, DeBaca County News, Taos News;

Jan. 17: Cibola County Beacon, and Santa Rosa News.