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Zinke backs Sabinoso gateway proposal

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday he intends to approve a plan to accept the donation of a 3,600-acre ranch that would open the landlocked Sabinoso Wilderness in northeastern New … more

Lab might have known dangerous waste was unmarked

State inspectors and Los Alamos National Laboratory officials may have known about an unlabeled hazardous waste container two days before the material ignited at the lab’s plutonium facility … more

Española garners big EPA water infrastructure grant

On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would give a $649,000 grant to the city of Española to help the municipal government replace its antiquated, corroded water lines along Coronado Avenue, one of the main roads in Española that runs parallel to U.S. 285. more

Annual cleanup nets more than 17 tons of trash

Volunteers for the 11th annual River and Land Cleanup, hosted by local environmental nonprofit organization Amigos Bravos, collected more than 17 tons of trash from forest roads, arroyos and riversides of Taos County Saturday morning (July 29). more

Taos County takes water rights protest to court

The Taos County Commission is taking its challenge of a controversial transfer of groundwater rights from the Top of the World Farm in Costilla to the next level: district court. more

Monsoons dampen growth of midsummer wildfires

A small fire on a ridge above Pilar at the end of July was the latest in a string of wildfires in Taos County that have remained relatively small thanks to the onset of the annual monsoons. Wildland firefighters made the grueling climb July 21 from the Río Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar up to the top of a ridge where a small fire churned out smoke that was visible throughout the community and lower stretch of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. more

Annual watershed cleanup set for Saturday

Anyone looking for a chance to help clean up the watersheds, communities and hiking trails of Taos County is in luck. Amigos Bravos, a conservation organization, invites families and individuals to the … more

Chevron water treatment plant almost done after months of delays

  A newly constructed facility to clean potentially contaminated water at the shuttered molybdenum mine east of Questa began releasing water into the Red River July 5. Though water from … more

Gas pipeline reroute in Río Grande Gorge begins Aug. 1

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

Annual watershed cleanup set for Saturday

Anyone looking for a chance to help clean up the watersheds, communities and hiking trails of Taos County is in luck. Amigos Bravos, a conservation organization, invites families and individuals to … more
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