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If fire was a big deal when Firewise was created over 30 years ago, today that concern is magnified by multitudes. And regardless of the debate about building homes in fire-prone forests, the vast majority of development in states like New Mexico in the coming decades is expected to happen in the wildland-urban interface. more
The sun is out. The snow is deep. It is time to snowshoe! As the snow continues to accumulate, hiking can become more difficult. But if you have snowshoes, you can still get outside to enjoy the … more
The first time I got really up close and personal with an elk was in the middle of the night on State Road 522 between Costilla and El Rito. The second time I got up close and personal with an elk was 5 miles south on the very same road. more
Snow tubing has come to Taos Ski Valley. Officials have opened the Strawberry Hill Tubing Park for those who want a bit of an alternative to other snow activities. The all-ages activity is available starting Jan. 5. Officials said snow tubing … more
"Looking northward from Aacqu and the tall rock monolith on which the mother pueblo sits, there is an opening, like a gateway, between two mesas. Looking northward, too, from Aacqu, one can see Kaweshtima — Snow Peaked — a dark blue misted … more
We often hear that the poor state of health of much of our forest area is due to the exclusion of wildfire as a result of the aggressive fire control policy of forest managers in recent decades. Blame it on Smokey Bear? There seems to be … more
The Christmas tree offers an undeniable contribution to our celebration of the Christmas holiday. The familiar symbolism of a Nativity scene is accompanied by colorfully adorned evergreen trees to create an unmistakable feeling for us that says, … more
The sun was still a ways below the eastern horizon when a small gathering of people — mostly scientists and game warden types — gathered at the snowy, silent edge of the Río Grande Gorge. Day began to break. Definition returned to the landscape … more
Last weekend was the start to three “Christmas Bird Count” events in the Taos County area. Local bird-watchers are invited to participate in the counts, and the counts are open to birders of all skill levels. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is … more
Hillsides of bare aspen trees, with their alabaster trunks and rocky cliffs shining silent in the sun, mark the coming of late fall to Taos. With many sunny days ahead, this is a good time to visit the forest. Hopewell Lake Trail is located about … more
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