Items by Laura Paskus

Big dams, big deal
Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics is as deep and erudite a tome as it sounds, and yet also a surprisingly good read
The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’
New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers
I’ll take a double dare any time
When an energy developer boasted that oil and gas wells were good for wildlife, Laura Paskus examined the issue and came to another conclusion.
Mirroring the maquila boom
Santa Teresa, N.M., hopes to build its sluggish economy by attracting industrial suppliers for the factories just across the border in Mexico
Too much can be asked of a river
Laura Paskus lives a mile and a half from the Rio Grande, a river which shares a dubious distinction with India’s Ganges and China’s Yangze: The three are among the Top Ten most endangered rivers on the planet.
Ode to a public lands experiment
It may have lovely photographs, but Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Reserve is much more than just another coffee-table book.
New Mexico’s water rebel
Albuquerque water developer Bill Turner, a board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is often described as the bane of the district as well.
I fell into a burning ring of fire
There’s nothing like a campfire to soothe and lift the soul
A public-lands experiment needs to re-engage the public
The writer warns that management of Valles Vidal is alienating locals and getting off-track
Have knives and hooks, will travel
Taos County’s new Mobile Matanza is a rolling livestock butchering unit that travels to the region’s far-flung family ranchers
Destruction and discovery walk hand in hand
A new plan to steer energy development away from cultural sites in New Mexico could streamline energy development, fund archaeological research and preserve ancient sites all at once
A harvest cornucopia hangs on in New Mexico
The writer celebrates the harvest and community supported agriculture
Just another giddyup
The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Zia Rodeo brings out all kinds of cowboys and cowgirls
Wastin' away in New Mexico
Louisiana Energy Services, a European-based company, breaks ground on the first uranium enrichment facility in the U.S. near Eunice, N.M.
What's wrong with the EPA?
David Schoenbrod explains why the nation’s environmental laws are not being properly implemented in Saving Our Environment From Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility and Shortchanges the People
Online: No more talking heads
Jennifer Napier-Pearce uses her own money to produce a Salt Lake City-based podcast called Inside Utah
Online: Web watchdog
Dave Frazier started the online Boise Guardian in order to keep an eye on local government and rile his fellow citizens
Duke City dustup
The nation may be intrigued by the contest between incumbent Republican Rep. Heather Wilson and New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid, but the New Mexicans who will actually vote in the election seem fairly disinterested.
Navajos pay for industry's mistakes
The federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act was created to compensate uranium miners and mill workers sickened by their jobs, but on the Navajo Reservation, Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger says the program has proved flawed
Navajo Windfall
The Navajo Nation is fighting to keep uranium mining off the reservation, but eager uranium companies are determined to mine– and the federal government is on their side
Hollywood heads east
New Mexico and other Western states are vying for ascendancy in the film industry, offering movie makers an assortment of tax breaks and financial incentives
The merry — and meditative — farmer
In Blithe Tomato, Mike Madison writes engagingly about working the land on a small farm in California’s Central Valley
Debunking the myth of the sand-burrowing minnow
The writer discovers that a fish without water really is a dead fish
One war that's worth the fight
In his memoir, Walking It Off, wilderness activist Doug Peacock tries to make sense of a life spent dealing with war, fighting for wilderness, and coping with cantankerous friends like the late Ed Abbey
Land deal, New Mexico style
In booming Albuquerque, N.M., the former Atrisco Land Grant – now the Westland Development Corporation – wants to sell land to developers, but not all the land grant heirs are pleased with the prospect
The Latest Bounce
Navajo Nation opens arms to coal-fired Desert Rock power plant; plan to trade public lands for schools is pulled off table; EPA has new Homeland Security position
It ain't easy getting old
In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy discards his bitter nostalgia to tell a story set along the border in the 1980s
Ode to a very hot spot
Live! From Death Valley is John Soennichsen’s "love letter to an ill-tempered mistress," California’s Death Valley
If you've got some nuke waste, you can WIPP it
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico may begin taking hotter waste if the state carries out plans to relax regulations
Just where is that home on the range?
A View from the Inland Empire, a new collection of essays from Stephen J. Lyons, is an honest account of coming to — and later leaving — the West, and in the process learning about home and heart and family
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