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Acequia communities fear being left high and dry

NAMBÉ, N.M. - The workshop was a few minutes behind schedule. There was ground to cover - lots of it - but late-arriving parciantes, mayordomos, commissioners and secretaries were still streaming in. Seats ran low. There were more attendees than expected. more

Fighting fire with fire

In the heart of the ponderosa pine forests in the western half of the Carson National Forest, not far from the tiny communities of Vallecitos, Cañón Plaza and La Madera, the forest was … more

Leaky Cabresto Dam to get new liner

The leaky Cabresto Dam in the Carson National Forest 7 miles northeast of Questa is set to get an upgrade beginning this week. A project to install a new liner is being directed by the Dam Safety Bureau of … more

All in a day’s work

A bit less than 2 miles from the Columbine Canyon Trailhead, a group of young people is 18 total days into a project to rebuild the bridge at the third river crossing (the fourth, if you count the … more

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
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