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Updated June 27 at 9 p.m.: Firefighters fought a fast-moving, "high-risk" wildland fire in the area of Witt Road near Taos Canyon late Tuesday afternoon (June 27). By around 8 p.m. the blaze appeared to be under control, though no official confirmation has been recieved from officials. more
Each spring, the streets of Northern New Mexico towns, including Taos, are littered with yellow pods, kicking up into the wind like a dense snow. They collect in gutters by the thousands, pool in stairwells, cling to … more
After a tense community meeting where Taos Ski Valley officials were pressed on their decision to dump contaminated soil in an area near homes and the Río Grande, the corporation announced the … more
Construction on a new gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge was on track to be finished by the end of November until some rocks got in the way. more
The crew had uncovered a buried pocket of soil contaminated with diesel fuel under the kids' area but right above the high-alpine water table. While the ski resort acted quickly to remove the soil, the chosen remediation site west of the Río Grande Gorge makes some residents in that area uneasy about the impacts on their health and water systems. more
The number of river segments eligible for a "wild and scenic" designation in the Carson National Forest dropped from 103 to 48 as a result of a recent forest-wide assessment. more
Update: Pipeline construction in the Rio Grande Gorge will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, (Aug. 1) but the one-way restricted traffic zone on State Road 68 won't begin until Monday, (Aug. 7), according to New Mexico Gas Co. Work will begin Aug.1 near Mile Marker 30 north of Pilar. One construction crew will be off the road at a distance and a second crew will be clearing vegetation in the right-of-way along State Road 68. "Motorists should watch for increased truck traffic where the highway climbs out of the canyon north of Pilar and at the BLM rest area on State Road 68," according to a news release from the gas company. "Flaggers may temporarily stop traffic at those locations to assist turning trucks." The 24-hour one-lane traffic restriction is now expected to begin Aug. 7, when excavation starts north of Pilar. It will take an estimated four months of construction to reroute and expand 6 miles of natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge along State Road 68. more
A Colorado company is proposing to build new energy infrastructure that, if approved by the Forest Service and financed by high-risk investors, would take portions of Taos’ electrical grid into the 21st century and also add a new and taller string of power lines through 12 miles of the forest and the southern parts of Taos. more
New Mexico law gives huge tax breaks on land that's worked for agriculture. But when it comes to implementing the tax code, where does dryland farming and foresting operations fit in? more
A previously closed area in Taos Canyon has been opened for harvesting of dead and down trees through the end of the year.According to the Camino Real District of the Carson National Forest, the Bull Springs unit of the La Jara Project Area in Taos … more
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