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As if a pandemic and recession aren't enough to deal with, the rest of 2020 looks parched for Northern New Mexico.According to the June 18 update of the United … more
"There's a shoe," said Chrissy Glander, pulling a soggy sneaker from the river weeds a few miles south of Pilar on Sunday (June 14). She held it up for the other … more
A group in Taos is looking for a solution to the world's plastic dilemma.Members of Taos Initiative for Life Together (TiLT) have banded together to help repurpose old … more
Local non-profit Taos Initiative for Life Together is looking for recycled plastic materials.  TiLT has been working with one of their members to build a garden shed out of walls containing … more
A haze of smoke obscured Taos Mountain for the first time this week as high winds from the 25-acre Cañada fire blew from across the county line 50 miles to the … more
People itching for more outdoor recreational opportunities in Northern New Mexico will have several more options starting Monday (June 15), when most recreation sites in the Carson National Forest, which were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, will be reopened. … more
The Cañada Fire, which burned around 25 acres of forest just across Taos County's western line, has been 100 percent contained, according to an update from the Carson National … more
A proposed public works program would send conservation crews to scores of national parks and other federal sites, such as Bandelier National Monument, to complete up to … more
Their long, silken, almost delicate tentlike structures fool an onlooker into thinking all is benign. It isn't. The western tent caterpillar is the enemy - at least to … more
A 10-acre fire identified about 9 miles north of El Rito this week has since grown to roughly 25 acres, but a hotshots crew has managed to contain the blaze by arond 25 percent. In an update … more
The Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico announced Monday (June 8) it would be opening offices and restrooms after weeks of closure.  Offices will open under Center for Disease Control … more
Winds as high as 19 miles per hour carried smoke into Taos Monday evening (June 8) from a 10-acre forest fire identified 9 miles north of El Rito in the Carson National Forest … more
A group of Taos thinkers are building up walls with recycled plastic.  Local community builders TiLT will be holding a workshop to teach members of the community how to build walls out of … more
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has received a $200,119 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations along the 84-mile route known as the Enchanted Circle highway. The route encompasses Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. The grant comes from New Mexico's $2.7 billion share of the Volkswagen Settlement Fund, which was established in 2019 to make restitution for the auto manufacturer's misrepresentation of emissions data for its diesel-powered vehicles. more
The Carson National Forest will begin selling fuelwood permits June 1. Although Carson National Forest offices are still closed in keeping with federal guidance and New Mexico public health orders, permits can be purchased over the phone. Permits will then be mailed directly to customers. more
Firefighters from around Taos County were deployed to the side of State Road 518 near Talpa Tuesday morning (May 26) to battle several small brush fires that were beginning to spread into the trees of … more
Personal-use firewood permits won't go on sale to the public this year until June 1. But customers who have an emergency need for firewood - to heat their homes or use in cookstoves, for example - may be eligible for an emergency authorization to collect up to two cords of dead and down fuelwood before May 31. more
The state imposed fire restrictions Wednesday (May 13) on state lands due to high winds, warmer temperatures and dry conditions. Meanwhile, Taos County also implemented No Burn Days from Thursday (May 14) to Monday (May 18). more
On weekends along the Río Grande in the Orilla Verde stretch of Río Grande del Norte National Monument north of Pilar, nearly every pullout is occupied by folks fishing. Some may have a chance to catch and release the elusive Río Grande cutthroat trout. more
The New Mexico Acequia Association is providing vegetable and traditional crop seeds for a limited time to farmers and gardeners."If you are in need of seed and have not yet made your request, please … more
The west side of Valle Vidal in the Carson National Forest will be closed from May 1–June 30 to accommodate elk calving, according to agency officials.  During the annual seasonal closure, visitors can still use designated roads through the area but are not allowed to drive off-road or to leave their vehicle. No camping will be allowed either during the closure.  more
Dispersed camping is still allowed in the five national forests in New Mexico, but campfires are banned until June 30. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region enacted the ban April 15 to "protect the health and safety of employees and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the Forest Service . Campfires are also prohibited on national grasslands on the Cibola in Oklahoma and Texas. more
Earth Day Live has released the lineup for its three-day live streaming event online. Political and cultural leaders from all over will participate in the event, which is being hosted from April 22-24 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. more
Hundreds of wildland firefighters across the state are prepared to be sent to remote areas for weeks at a time during the upcoming wildfire season. With the northern regions of New Mexico now in conditions ranging from abnormally dry to severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the State Forestry Division is anticipating what it calls normal fire activity. more
 Temperatures are expected to continue to plummet in Northern New Mexico Monday  and Tuesday nights as a strong cold frnt moves down the east side of the state and combines with increased … more
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