Items by Ernie Atencio

The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban
The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban
Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development.
Hispanics flex some environmental muscle
Hispanics flex some environmental muscle
How New Mexico's Hispanics helped create a new national monument-- Río Grande del Norte.
Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.
It was written on the wind
It was written on the wind
Remembering the untimely death of a "downwinder" brother from New Mexico.
'People of the Earth' stress "natural laws'
Dineh CARE earns reputation as a Navajo environmental group, but is involved in many other areas.
Faith in a martyr helps the cause
Leroy Jackson, a Dineh CARE founder, died to protect the land, activists say.
After a heavy harvest and a death, Navajo forestry realigns with culture
Amid allegations of murder and overcutting, logging in the Chuska Mountains comes under fire.
Explosives "rearrange' a class 6 river rapid
American Rivers offers reward for information on destruction of Quartzite Falls in Salt River Canyon Wilderness.
New Santa Fe mayor says: "This town is not for sale'
Debbie Jaramillo elected Santa Fe's new mayor on promise to rein in development.
Dial 1/800-CANYON for reservations
Reservation system for park visitors proposed at Grand Canyon National Park.
Arizona BLM punishes "bad bureaucrat'
BLM hydrologist is censured after charging that groundwater pumping could harm the nation's first national conservation area along the San Pedro River.
Ailing Ecosystems
Former government biologist, Mark Shaffer, proposes the Endangered Species Act be extended to include entire ecosystems called lifelands.
Helicopters may invade Zion park
A helicopter company thwarts opposition by relocating in a neighboring county.
Owls may protect Southwest forests
The Mexican Spotted Owl is listed as threatened.
Will Zion, the movie, hurt Zion, the park?
An Imax theater will soon stand at the entrance to Zion National Park.
Chaco Park to be (lightly) roaded
A new access road is proposed in Chaco National Historical Park.