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Chevron applies for water rights transfer to Eagle Rock Lake

In April 2015, the state approved a temporary lease permit to transfer water rights to Eagle Rock Lake. Chevron's now asking for permission to permanently transfer other water rights to the fishing spot. more

New Mexico ranchers prepare for big fire season

Wildfires have already scorched thousands of acres in Northern New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, prompting livestock officials to urge New Mexico ranchers to prepare for what could be a long and … more

Prescribed burning in national monument, Valle Vidal

Wildland firefighters with both the Bureau of Land Management’s Taos Field Office and the Carson National Forest are conducting prescribed burns on federally owned land north of Taos. more

State, hunters reduce Río Grande Gorge bighorn population

While the threat of diseases has been on state biologists' minds since the bighorn herd was established, the potential became critical when they were seen near domestic sheep. more

Damaging winds, snow through Sunday evening

Strong, damaging winds and blowing snow will slam through northcentral and northeastern New Mexico through Sunday night (March 18) as a low-pressure system moves east across the mountains, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Higher elevations of the Sangre de Cristo, Tusas and Jemez Mountains could receive a couple of inches of snow. more

Winter snows ‘too little, too late’ for water managers

"For New Mexico, it's a story of too little too late, and the lack of beneficial moisture has become evident statewide," the most recent water forecast read. more

Supreme Court gives feds go-ahead in Río Grande case

The United States Supreme Court delivered a ruling two weeks ago on March 5 in a multi-state case involving water rights on the Río Grande. In 1906, the United States made a treaty with … more

Gas pipeline project wraps up with welding, 'tie-in'

Editor's note: This is the last weekly update concerning the natural gas pipeline rerouting project through the Rio Grande Gorge. For background on the eight-month project, see our earlier reporting … more

Taos weather wrapup: February 2018

By Jack DaslerFor The Taos NewsFebruary 2018 ended up warmer and wetter than usual. Temperatures averaged about 4 degrees above the long-term average while precipitation was a third of an inch above … more

Land sale near Chaco pushed off under tribal, public pressure

In a surprise move, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday (March 1) he was postponing the imminent online auction of thousands of acres worth of oil and gas leases near … more
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