Interior Sec. Zinke stepping down
The announcement came in the form of a tweet from President Donald Trump over the weekend (Dec. 15). Ryan Zinke was the Secretary of the Interior since Trump took office but has been dogged by official ethics investigations for much of that time. His aggressive stance toward public lands rubbed many conservationists the wrong way, including here in Taos; local environmental and outdoor recreation advocates have consistently criticized his support for reducing the size of national monuments.