Items by Laura Paskus

The endless search for Charles Bowden
The endless search for Charles Bowden
A longtime Bowden reader remembers the complicated author through two new books.
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
The City of Clovis has a water contamination problem but no easy way to fix it.
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Two new titles provide insight on the willful ignorance that lead to the West’s water woes.
Climate report details deep hits to the Southwest
Climate report details deep hits to the Southwest
Climate change will impact economy, infrastructure and more.
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
Bev Magennis once covered houses in colorful tiles. Now she writes novels about murder in the rural West.
Does the fate of the silvery minnow foretell the Rio Grande's future?
Does the fate of the silvery minnow foretell the Rio Grande's future?
Biologists go to great lengths to keep the fish alive, but it’s nearly extinct in the wild.
Not another “ghost river,” please
Backcountry memoir
Backcountry memoir
“Yellowstone Has Teeth” by Marjane Ambler
Protecting culture in the ancient Sky City
Protecting culture in the ancient Sky City
Native archaeologist Theresa Pasqual shares how she works to preserve the cultural resources of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.
Already gone: a profile of Muscogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo
Already gone: a profile of Muscogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo
The author of She Had Some Horses and In Mad Love and War discusses her new memoir, Crazy Brave.
Two degrees warmer and rising: A review of A Great Aridness
Two degrees warmer and rising: A review of A Great Aridness
Books about climate change tend to be grim reading, but William deBuys' love for the American Southwest makes his new nonfiction book A Great Aridness beautiful as well as disturbing.
Bullies get their way in New Mexico's wolf recovery program
Bullies get their way in New Mexico's wolf recovery program
The state backs out of work to help restore wolves to the Southwest after a new governor appoints anti-wolf advocates to the its Game and Fish Commission.
Sportsmen protest New Mexico antelope hunting system
Sportsmen protest New Mexico antelope hunting system
New Mexico's system for doling out licenses to hunt pronghorn gets a poor grade from the state’s hunters.
Of history and home
Poet and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko serves up a place-based memoir in The Turquoise Ledge.
Breath by breath
Aaron Michael Morales delves into the challenging lives of Arizonans in his novel, Drowning Tucson.
The life and death of Desert Rock
The life and death of Desert Rock
The Navajo Nation's proposed 1,500-megawatt coal plant always rested on shaky ground. Now, it may collapse entirely.
Dueling Claims
Dueling Claims
A tribal attempt to protect New Mexico's Mount Taylor sparks a bitter struggle over uranium mining, religious differences and claims to an ancient landscape.
'Yes' to desire and an end to fear
'Yes' to desire and an end to fear
Charles Bowden's new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, reiterates the bad news of today but declares that times are changing.
Conservation's First Lady
Conservation's First Lady
A fiery environmentalist is fondly remembered in Dyana Furmansky's biography, Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who saved Nature from the Conservationists.
Last rites and forgotten landscapes
Last rites and forgotten landscapes
The 12 young women whose bones were found on Albuquerque’s West Mesa led lives as unvalued as the sagebrush landscape that held their murdered bodies.
It's time to abandon Desert Rock
It's time to abandon Desert Rock
New Mexico's Democrats need to prove their green mettle by putting an end to a proposed coal-fired power plant.
Forest Service morale sinks to a new low
In the last eight years under Bush, morale – and efficiency – at the Forest Service has plummeted.
Up in smoke
Up in smoke
In the last eight years under Bush, morale – and efficiency – at the Forest Service has plummeted.
I want my vote to count, but will it?
I want my vote to count, but will it?
Laura Paskus reminds voters that in an imperfect election system, it’s up to us to make sure our votes are counted.
No ordinary stroll
William deBuys writes poetically and thoughtfully about his own life in New Mexico in The Walk.
Making a home for hope
Laura Paskus interviews Western intellectual, activist and writer Rebecca Solnit.
How many nuclear bombs do we need?
Laura Paskus meets a woman who survived Hiroshima and now works as an anti-nuclear activist.
Clean energy activist reflects on corporate influence in New Mexico legislation
Ben Luce is no longer pulling his punches as he battles for clean energy in New Mexico.
An EPA staffer fights to the end
Laura Paskus pays homage to former EPA employee Brad Crowder, now dying of cancer, who risked his career to be a whistleblower.
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