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Hikers back on trails as NM forests ease restrictions

43 Views  Â NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Monsoon rains have given New Mexico much needed moisture, and that has allowed fire restrictions to ease up across New Mexico’s National Forests. With forests and trails opening up, hikers are excited to be able to hit the trails again.

National forests in New Mexico to ease fire restrictions Friday

41 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several of the state’s national forests announced Thursday they will be easing fire restrictions at the end of the week. Cibola, Santa Fe and Lincoln National Forests will begin easing restrictions 8 a.m. Friday, June 24.

Santa Fe, Cibola, Carson National Forests announce closures effective Thursday

143 Views  Â SANTA FE, N.M. — The U.S. Forest Service announced a forest-wide closure order will be issued for the Santa Fe National Forest and the Carson National Forest, effective Thursday morning. The Cibola National Forest will also be implementing a Stage 3 forest closure for the Mt. Taylor, Mountainair and

Teen given award for making fishing easier for people with disabilities

130 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teen is being recognized for creating a device that helps disabled people fish. Ben Allen loves to fish, but he’s recently learned some people have a difficult time rigging, casting and reeling in a line because of disabilities.

Trapping ban now in effect on public lands in New Mexico

111 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It is now illegal to use wildlife traps, snares and poison on public lands across New Mexico under a ban that took effect Friday. New Mexico joined a handful of Western states that have limited trapping on public lands.

State seeks input on Gold King Mine settlement spending

41 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state wants to gather input on what to do with the money recovered from the Gold King Mine settlement. The state received $1 million after the mine seeped dangerous chemicals into the Animas River six years ago.

Democratic House leaders move to dissolve land grant panel

40 Views  Â SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democrats in the New Mexico House have chosen to dissolve a legislative committee that deals with Hispanic land grants, traditional irrigation districts known as acequias and other local government and cultural affairs.