By following the links below, you can learn more about just a few of the issues New Mexico faces when it comes to water, wildlife, climate change, nuclear development and waste, American Indian communities, energy, and archaeology.
Each month, I write a column about environmental issues in New Mexico for the Santa Fe Reporter. Those are archived online at SFR’s website. All of my radio stories for KUNM are archived here. I also spend a lot of time reporting on the Rio Grande. Those stories are archived here.
Navajo Nation names Tapahonso Poet Laureate
New Mexico In Depth, May 16, 2013
The Canary in the Copper Mine (is dead): How New Mexico’s copper industry wrote its own rules
Santa Fe Reporter, May 15, 2013
Uranium study has implications for tribes
New Mexico In Depth, May 7, 2013
Protecting culture in the ancient Sky City
High Country News, January 16, 2013
The legacy of uranium on the Navajo reservation
KUNM, August 21, 2012
Saving fish from a drying river
KUNM, July 18, 2012
Downwind: Living with a nuclear neighbor
Santa Fe Reporter, July 18, 2012
New Mexico’s “Fracking” Legacy
KUNM, July 11, 2012
Death by a Thousand Cuts: Will Santa Fe’s campaign to buy water rights kill the Rio Grande?
Santa Fe Reporter, June 27, 2012
Politics of Drought
Santa Fe Reporter, May 30, 2012
Death by Miracle
Santa Fe Reporter, April 18, 2012
Santa Fe Reporter, March 28, 2012
Santa Fe Reporter, Feb. 15, 2012
No Page Unturned: Five essential books for understanding New Mexico
Santa Fe Reporter, Feb. 1, 2012
Santa Fe Reporter, Jan. 18, 2012
Back to Frack: What’s old is new in New Mexico drilling regulations
Santa Fe Reporter, Dec. 21, 2011
Climate Inaction: With climate change, it’s up to communities to save themselves
Santa Fe Reporter, Nov. 30, 2011.
Bullies get their way in New Mexico’s wolf recovery program
Writers on the Range (sub required), June 30, 2011.
Of “Talent Scouts,” “Hunt Clubs” and Predatory Men Ms. Blog, June 29, 2011.
The New Normal: The world’s climate has already changed. Now what?
Santa Fe Reporter, July 13, 2011.
Running Deep New Mexico Magazine, May 2011.
Eco-Assault! Fresh attacks on environmental regulations threaten New Mexico’s future Santa Fe Reporter, March 30, 2011.
Sportsmen protest New Mexico antelope hunting system High Country News, Dec. 20, 2010.
Hang On! The issues that will define 2011 Santa Fe Reporter, Jan. 5, 2011.
Anti-Climatic: Politics trumps science at Cancún’s climate talks–Will the same be said for New Mexico? Santa Fe Reporter, Dec. 15, 2010.
Fly Over Home: Conflict over Air Force training flights highlights New Mexico’s uncomfortable relationship with its military legacy Santa Fe Reporter, Nov. 17, 2010.
New Mexico Drill Down: Oil and Gas A-Z Santa Fe Reporter, Oct. 6, 2010.
She-Fish? Scientists want to know if Rio Grande contaminants are feminizing the endangered silvery minnow
Santa Fe Reporter, August 25, 2010
Greenhouse gas cap proposal aired at Santa Fe hearings
New Mexico Independent, August 16, 2010
The life and death of Desert Rock: The Navajo Nation’s proposed coal plant always rested on shaky ground. Now, it may collapse entirely
High Country News, August 13, 2010
Redemption Song: For the Santa Fe Indian School, Paolo Soleri’s demise is a beginning, not an end
Santa Fe Reporter, July 21, 2010
ICE in Albuquerque Chills Battered Immigrants
Women’s eNews, July 20, 2010
No timeline on memorial for West Mesa murder victims
New Mexico Independent, July 6, 2010
Trapped! Advocates say New Mexico’s trapping rules make public lands unsafe for everyone
Santa Fe Reporter, May 19, 2010
Desert Renegade (Ed Abbey’s Legacy in New Mexico) New Mexico Magazine, May, 2010.
Earth Day A-Z Santa Fe Reporter, April 21, 201.
State climate change regulations face opposition
New Mexico Independent, April 15, 2010
Helena Chemical Company wins case against community activist
New Mexico Independent, April 9, 2010
Blow Hard: New Mexico has plenty of wind to sell. But how will it get from here to there? Santa Fe Reporter, March 17, 2010.
10 for ’10: It’s time for New Mexico to make some New Year’s resolutions Santa Fe Reporter, Jan. 6, 2010.
Dueling Claims: A tribal attempt to protect Mount Taylor sparks a battle over ancient claims to the land
High Country News, Dec. 7, 2009
Apocalypse Soon: Today’s environmental horrors could lead to a scary Sci-Fi future
Santa Fe Reporter, Oct. 28, 2009
Generation Green: New Mexico’s youth may be the state’s best chance for transforming its economy—and its future
Santa Fe Reporter, Sept. 30, 3009
A Grant County Almanac (Aldo Leopold’s Legacy in New Mexico) New Mexico Magazine, Sept. 2009.
Stealing the Past: Recent artifact raids shed light on today’s looting syndicate and the damage it does to New Mexico’s history
Santa Fe Reporter, Aug. 19, 2009
By Any Name (Journey to Tsoodzil, Kaweshtimi, Dewankwin Kyaba:chu Yalanee, and Mount Taylor) New Mexico Magazine, August 2009.
Who’s Afraid Of…The Big Bad Wolf? When it comes to New Mexico’s recover program, the real fear is the wolves won’t be saved
Santa Fe Reporter, July 15, 2009
Disturbing the Pieces: Is New Mexico doing all it can to protect its ancient history? Santa Fe Reporter, Feb. 25, 2009
Down and Dirty: Opponents of the Desert Rock Power Plant say it’s time to get over coal Santa Fe Reporter, Dec. 17, 2008
Red, Green or GMO? Will the future of New Mexico’s chile include genetic engineering?
Santa Fe Reporter, Oct. 15, 2008
Feel the Heat: Behind the headlines, scientists warn that climate change is already hitting New Mexico
Santa Fe Reporter, Aug. 27, 2008
Is Bill Richardson Radioactive?
The Progressive, Dec. 2007
Clean energy insider blows his top in New Mexico
High Country News, Sept. 3, 2007
The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’
High Country News, June 25, 2007
Mirroring the maquila boom
High Country News, May 14, 2007
Destruction and discovery walk hand in hand: Energy boom fuels archaeology
High Country News, Nov. 27, 2006
Wastin’ away in New Mexico: European-based company breaks ground on uranium enrichment facility
High Country News, Oct. 16, 2006
Yellowcake Blues: The Navajo Nation has learned a lesson about uranium—has anyone else?
Santa Fe Reporter, Oct. 11, 2006
High Country News, Sept. 4, 2006
Navajos pay for industry’s mistakes
High Country News, Sept. 4, 2006
Hollywood heads east
High Country News, August 7, 2006
Land deal, New Mexico style
High Country News, June 26, 2006
Whose rules rule on Otero Mesa?
High Country News, March 7, 2005
Navajos put more than 17 million acres off-limits
High Country News, June 13, 2005
New Mexico goes head-to-head with a nuclear juggernaut
High Country News, Nov. 24, 2003
Cold War workers seek compensation
High Country News, Nov. 24, 2003
Corruption and tragic history paralyze range reform on the Navajo reservation
High Country News, Aug. 19, 2002