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New Mexico rivers second most impacted by development

NM rivers second most impacted by developmentOf all the rivers in the West, New Mexico's are the second most altered by dams, abandoned mines and development in floodplains.A new report released last … more

New Mexico braces for early start to wildfire season

New Mexico is getting much-needed moisture this week, but the long-range forecast for the state remains the same: below-normal precipitation, continued drought and … more

Pipeline update Feb. 15-21

Although New Mexico Gas Company is still expecting to finish construction on a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge, construction crews seem caught between a rock and a soft place."In … more

Gorge Bridge gets play but few points at Roundhouse

Even though the Río Grande Gorge Bridge on US 64 was a topic of conversation at this year's session at the Roundhouse, the immediate impacts of some … more

San Luis Valley welcomes sandhill cranes

The sandhill cranes have officially arrived in Colorado's San Luis Valley on their annual migration north. On Feb. 10, birder Ray Esparza snapped a photo of 10 sandhill cranes silhouetted against a … more

Water outlook for 2018 in the Río Grande Basin 'deteriorates'

The monthly water forecast released Tuesday (Feb. 6) by Natural Resources Conservation Service calls the dry trend "remarkable" with little chance of recovering snowpack for the coming … more

Taos resident elected to Nature Conservancy board

The New Mexico branch of the Nature Conservancy has elected three new board members, including Taos arborist Ben Maddox, according to a Feb. 6 press release from the organization. Maddox moved to … more

Pipeline update: Feb. 8-14

"The construction zone is currently near mile marker 24 with about one mile of highway work remaining to reach the south end of the project area [near Rinconada]," said Tim Korte, spokesperson for … more

Udall moves to protect national monuments

Udall introduced a bill into the Senate that would reaffirm and enhance protections for national monuments and the procedures for altering them. more

BLM rolls back energy planning regs

Last Wednesday (Jan. 31), the Bureau of Land Management announced an end to Obama-era rules originally developed to give local communities more input on energy development projects. The changes … more
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