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Meet the bighorn sheep of the Río Grande Gorge

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

Science on the Hill: Protecting grid from cataclysmic solar storm

When the last really big solar storm hit Earth in 1921, the Sun ejected a burst of plasma and magnetic structures like Zeus hurling a thunderbolt from Mount Olympus. Earth’s magnetic field … more

Interior secretary: NM monuments shouldn’t shrink

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday he does not recommend cutting the size of two national monuments in New Mexico following a controversial review of federal lands. more

Former BLM campground host files sexual harassment complaint

A former campground host at the Río Grande del Norte National Monument filed a discrimination complaint stemming from alleged sexual harassment she said occurred while she was employed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. more

El Prado to Taos: water relief to end Monday

While the town of Taos has been repairing its municipal water pumps for the past two weeks, the independent water system in El Prado has pushed over … more

Pipeline update: no work through New Year's

No work is happening this week on the months-long project to reroute a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge. The project was approved by the Bureau of Land Management in April and work … more

Suiting up: the cost of a wildland firefighter's gear

While pants, shirts and other gear are distributed by the agency, firefighters' boots are their own, spokespeople said, and are subsidized with a government stipend. more

New Mexico monuments could keep status, Zinke suggests

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signaled Wednesday (June 21) he is open to leaving intact two national monuments in New Mexico that his office is eyeing as part of a controversial nationwide … more

Town of Taos signs on to new, bigger solar array

A four-megawatt solar array is officially set to be built at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant thanks to two deals hammered out among government officials, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative … more

Lab reports big drop in number of waste violations

Los Alamos National Laboratory has reported a significant decrease in violations of its hazardous waste permit from the state, citing just 25 infractions in fiscal year 2017... more
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