Items by Ernest Atencio

The missing puzzle piece
The missing puzzle piece
In southwestern Colorado’s Crow Canyon, archaeologists are working with Native Americans to solve the historical mysteries of the Four Corners area.
Taos' return to the acequias
38 years of meetings and a price-tag of $120 million formalize old agreements
The high carbon cost of la vida rural
Commentary: Driving impacts our ecologically-conscious life
The mysticism of mud
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.
The fractured states of mining reclamation
A comparison of mine reclamation in Western states shows the specifics of reclamation very widely in each state.
Reclamation's mixed bag
The art and science of mine reclamation is very complicated, and so far there have not been enough long-term successes to learn from.
Closing the wounds
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.
The life and times of a mining town
A timeline traces the history of the Molycorp mine in Questa, N.M., and its environmental problems.
The mine that turned the Red River blue
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.
A norteno champions a local environmental ethic
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.
Water deal could drain New Mexico's small towns
Santa Fe County's desire to buy water from Top of the World farms in the San Luis Valley has northern New Mexico farmers worried that their water rights will be endangered.