Middle Rio Grande flows, 2012 and 2013

I’ve spent the past two afternoons mucking around along the Rio Grande as it runs through Corrales. Seeing as how this is a terribly dry year–even more dry than last–I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that the water isn’t even flowing along the right side of one of the islands in the river near…

Texas v. New Mexico on water–again

Over the weekend, I spent time walking along the Rio Grande and some of the ditches in the valley.  I wasn’t reporting, but just kind of wandering and chatting with people–about the river and about irrigation season. During three casual conversations, people informed me that Texas was taking New Mexico’s water.  One of those folks…

What is this thing?

I can’t post it on Twitter because the photo is larger than the 3.0 MB limit. But can someone tell me what this thing is? It’s tied to a jetty jack:

Down by the Rio – Alameda Edition

After checking out the Rio Grande in Albuquerque yesterday (and since I’m visiting another location on Monday for a reporting trip), I figured I’d swing by the Alameda Bridge today. For comparison’s sake, here’s the view from the Alameda Bridge in early September, 2012, when I was reporting on the Rio Grande being so low…

Down by the Rio

Trapped between the pull of a terminally ill elder family member and a flu-sick child, I escaped for two hours yesterday to the Rio Grande. I needed the March sun and the croak of sandhill cranes. And I really needed to walk on sandy trails through prickly weeds and push through the wall of tamarisk…

More from Acoma archaeologist Theresa Pasqual

At the beginning of January, I sat down with Theresa Pasqual to talk about Mount Taylor, cultural preservation, and her experiences as a Pueblo woman and an archaeologist.  It was a pretty awesome conversation, and a few condensed and edited excerpts from our conversation appeared recently in High County News. I wanted to share a…

Joy Harjo: “You’ll never go wrong if you act with compassion”

Earlier this year, I interviewed poet, writer, musician, and artist Joy Harjo (Muscogee) for High Country News. Harjo’s memoir, Crazy Brave, had just come out and I was asking her about home, childhood, and her time at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. (You can read that profile here.) I wanted to…

Bosque giant

I can’t get over this giant tumbleweed (Russian thistle?) we came across on the west side of the Rio Grande: