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Accidental Wilderness

In the West, a legacy of nuclear contamination has created lands that are both poisoned and pristine.

Features On a clear day with only a slight breeze, Heidi Newsome walked up a canyon seeking signs of the rare ferruginous hawk, so named for the rusty hue of its feathers. In a week, pink phlox would carpet the undulati...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Vote!

SFR’s picks for the June 1 primary election

Features New Mexico voters will head to the polls June 1 following a disheartening year of political scandals and economic hardship. Frustration with government is palpable on the campaign trail—and understandable...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Julia Goldberg

Trapped!

Advocates say New Mexico’s trapping rules make public lands unsafe for everyone

Features Six years ago, Mary Katherine Ray was hiking in the Cibola National Forest when, purely by accident, she kicked a trap and it snapped shut before one of her dogs could step into it. Until then, Ray had never ...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Laura Paskus

Shadow Dancers

The Republican candidates for governor

Features Even if the economy was great and the Democrats were handing out gold-plated puppies, Republicans could win some statewide elections in 2010. American politics is famously cyclical, after all, and the Dems have...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Corey Pein

Trust Issues

Two sides have locked horns over white peak—which land commissioner candidate can sort out the tangle?

Features In the far northeast corner of New Mexico, there’s a rugged sanctuary where eagles wing silently overhead and elk roam unmolested through forests of pine and juniper—at least until hunting season be...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Alexa Schirtzinger

Muzzled!

A look at this year's top offenders against free speech in the US

Features Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression recognizes the previous year’s most egregious acts of disregard for the First Amendment. This year’s “Muzzle Awards...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Earth Day A-Z

SFR's guide to New Mexico's environmental scene

Features April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day—a “holiday” that has grown monumentally in scope and influence. It’s also garnered its share of critics—after all, one day a yea...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Laura Paskus

Reaching Zero

How can nuclear weapons be abolished when nuclear technology has gone global?

Features What is the purpose, if any, of the nuclear bomb, that brooding presence that has shadowed all human life for sixty-five years? The question has haunted the nuclear age. It may be that no satisfactory answer ha...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Stimulus Spin

Which projects did your government pay for?

Features In virtual reality, the economic stimulus looks like the product of some idealized government of the future—transparent, accountable and effective. In reality reality, the Recovery Office exists in a drab...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Corey Pein

Holy Destruction

Despite opposition from parishioners,the Archdiocese has slated a historic church for destruction

Features For New Mexico’s historic preservation community, the fate of St. Anthony’s church in Questa is perilous, along with a larger sense of history and priority. Some worry that the Archdiocese of Santa...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Alexa Schirtzinger
 
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