Nov. 30, 2015
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Living with a nuclear neighbor

Opinion A few years ago, I stopped reporting on Los Alamos National Laboratory. I was no longer confident in my ability to remain objective when writing about the nuclear weapons facility. There’s no way I can preten...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Laura Paskus

Death By A Thousand Cuts

Will Santa Fe’s campaign to buy up water rights kill the Rio Grande?

Features Eight miles south of Socorro, Vannetta Perry owns a 54-acre farm. Her husband bought the land in 1973, and five years later, the couple started growing crops like alfalfa, winter wheat and corn for grain. Both ...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Laura Paskus

Don’t just sit there!

Depressed about the environment? Do something!

Opinion Environmental news is a downer. I know. Despite trying to balance news about climate change and energy development with a love for wild places and muddy rivers, I’ve pretty much spent a decade of my life depr...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Laura Paskus

Rivers Make Glad

An ode to the sometimes neglected, always underestimated, Rio Grande

Summer Guide Staring at a killdeer skittering across a sandbar, I wonder why we don’t see anyone else up or down the Rio Grande here in Albuquerque. “Most people,” says my friend, a biologist (and an irrigator, too), ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Laura Paskus

Politics of Drought

New Mexico wants the feds’ help—when it’s convenient

Opinion On May 15, Gov. Susana Martinez issued a formal drought declaration for New Mexico. According to the National Weather Service, 2011 was the second driest year on record. The entire state experienced decreased m...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Laura Paskus

Death by Miracle

Bird populations have enough to worry about without poisoned birdseed

Opinion I felt no smug satisfaction when reading of a recent federal court case involving The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. In March, the company pled guilty to charges that it had knowingly sold poisoned birdseed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Laura Paskus

Poisoned Prairie

Federal agencies’ negotiations could affect an entire ecosystem

Opinion In a shaky, hand-shot video from 2010, Nimish Vyas of the United States Geological Survey pans across a field in Vernon, Colo. Vyas focuses on a dirt mound and then zooms in on a pale spot atop the dry, tawny g...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Laura Paskus

Otter Flop

A 2006 promise to reintroduce otters remains unfulfilled

Opinion Most New Mexicans have never spotted a wild river otter. In the 19th century, the animals were trapped out of existence in much of their historic range. The last one known to have lived—or at least died—in ...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Laura Paskus

No Page Unturned

Five essential books for understanding New Mexico

Features There are a lot of things Edward Abbey didn’t like: dams, fences, billboards—and cars in national parks. Writing of his time working at Arches National Park, in Desert Solitaire, he railed against visitors ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Laura Paskus

First Person

EcoSystemic Policy

Opinion Climate change affects everyone, even if it doesn’t feel like it.Over the past 15 years, I’ve driven through a handful of dust storms that made me feel, even just momentarily, that I wouldn’t find a safe ...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Laura Paskus
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