I’ve been following this with family as we used to have a place in Cloudcroft. There is a ridge of around 9,000’ that runs from Cloudcroft south for miles (Cloudcroft has the lowest latitude skiing in the country, although it’s basically for local use only as it only is skiiable a few weeks a year at best, and that’s becoming far less frequent with global warming). Actually a nice road to drive on. Subspot is down that road about 12 miles.
It’s a lot like the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, TX, in that it’s pretty low tech and not cutting edge, and out in the middle of nowhere, so it’s always been more or less accessible to the public, and over the place is a feeling that nothing particularly exciting is going on. Sort of like visiting a fire tower.
There’s clearly something missing from the story; my intuition is that there was some kind of interpersonal drama but the culprit was anonymous, something like that.
OTOH, they probably noticed the sun is dying and don’t want us to know.