Items by Ernest Atencio
In southwestern Colorado’s Crow Canyon, archaeologists are working with Native Americans to solve the historical mysteries of the Four Corners area.
Ernest Atencio ponders an exceptionally muddy Mud Season in New Mexico, and notes how readily most Westerners forget that we live in an arid landscape.
A comparison of mine reclamation in Western states shows the specifics of reclamation very widely in each state.
The art and science of mine reclamation is very complicated, and so far there have not been enough long-term successes to learn from.
If the 1993 New Mexico Mining Act is allowed to work, it could usher in a new era of mine reclamation in which mines actually have to clean up and pay for the messes they leave behind.
Though the economic future of the area is uncertain, activists welcome a possible Superfund listing for the huge Molycorp molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M., as a way to save the town and the Red River from yet more mine-waste pollution.
The essays that sociologist Devon Peûa has assembled in his book, "Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin," argue for a homegrown Chicano environmental ethic in the changing, contested landscape of New Mexico.