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Feds Investigate Mexican Gray Wolf Death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed it’s investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf. An agency spokesman declined to release any details about how the wolf died or when and where the animal was found. The agency’s latest survey shows there are at least 58 wolves in the … Continue reading

Western Ski Resorts Wrapping Up Unpredictable Season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Western ski resorts are wrapping up one of the most unusual and unpredictable snow seasons in recent memory. New Mexico, traditionally warmer and with less reliable snowfall than its northern neighbors, this weekend celebrates the end of an unexpectedly good season that overcame forecasts of drought. Dave Dekema, director of marketing … Continue reading

Groups Call for Releases of Mexican Gray Wolves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of 30 conservation groups is calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the wild. Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first release done as part of the federal government’s effort to reintroduce the endangered wolves to New Mexico and Arizona. There … Continue reading

Irrigation Season Begins in Southern NM

CABALLO, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Reclamation says water will begin flowing from Caballo Reservoir into the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico early Sunday. The Rio Grande below the reservoir has been dry for several months, and the agency wants to warn anyone working or recreating in the area in the coming days … Continue reading

Texas Senator Tries to Block Lizard Listing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. Cornyn on Wednesday filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation that would block the lizard’s addition to the federal endangered species list. Echoing oil and natural gas … Continue reading

NM Governor Urges Wildfire Prevention

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Governor Susana Martinez says conditions are in place for another difficult fire season in New Mexico. The governor kicked off Wildfire Awareness Week on Tuesday by urging residents to be prepared and do their part to prevent fires. State officials say New Mexico has already had 75 wildfires so far this … Continue reading

NM Regulators Avoid Vote on State Haze Proposal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico utility regulators have shot down an effort by one of their own to support a plan by the state Environment Department for curbing pollution at one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Southwest. The Environment Department is at odds with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over … Continue reading

NM County Pulls Out of Mexican Wolf Program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in one southern New Mexico county are withdrawing their support for the federal government’s effort to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest. Sierra County Manager Janet Porter Carrejo sent a brief letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month outlining the county’s position. She says residents … Continue reading