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Southwest wildfire outlook grim as flames char New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Bulldozers were busy Monday scraping through New Mexico’s high country as firefighters scouted more rugged terrain, looking for places where they could wield tools to dig lines...

Report: Fire training, equipment lacking at U.S. nuclear dump

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. government’s nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has major issues in fire training and firefighting vehicles, with its fleet in disrepair after years of neglect, ac...

U.S. wildlife officials aim to address illegal wolf killings

ALBUQUERQUE – Prompted by a court order, federal wildlife managers have issued a new draft plan for managing Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest in an effort to address illegal killings of ...

5,000 under evacuation orders as New Mexico wildfire rages

Douglas Siddens’ mother was among those who made it out with just the clothes on her back when a deadly, wind-fueled wildfire ripped through a mountain community in southern New Mexico. The ...

New Mexico village seeks prayers as deadly wildfire rages

With towering pine trees and cool mountain breezes, a pocket of southern New Mexico draws thousands of tourists and horse racing fans every summer. It’s also a community that knows how devas...

Discovery of radioactive liquid pauses work at U.S. nuclear dump

ALBUQUERQUE – An area at the U.S. government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico was evacuated over the weekend after workers handling a shipping container discovered a sma...

U.S. agency to review oil, gas leases near Chaco in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. government, environmentalists and an energy company have reached a settlement over contested oil and gas leases in an area held sacred by Native American tribes. The ...

New Mexico inmates outline abuse in civil rights lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE – More than a dozen inmates who were transferred after a riot at a New Mexico lockup in 2020 were allegedly abused and terrorized by correctional officers while being processed a...

Trapping ban to take effect on public lands in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – It will be illegal to use wildlife traps, snares and poison on public lands across New Mexico under a ban that takes effect Friday. New Mexico is joining a handful of Western ...

New Mexico regulators to review coal plant financing dispute

ALBUQUERQUE – It will be up to New Mexico regulators to settle a feud over financing and customer electricity rates stemming from the upcoming closure of one of the last remaining coal-fired...

Growth slows for endangered Mexican gray wolf population

ALBUQUERQUE – There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the southwestern U.S. than at any time since the federal government started to reintroduce the endangered species, wildlife manag...

VA proposal to close rural health clinics spurs opposition

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has released a list of community-based clinics that it proposes to close in New Mexico and other rural areas around the country as part ...