Items by Sarah Tory

On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
Questions remain of how much water it will yield and whether local farmers can afford to buy it.
The Latest: A bill to open public land to Border Patrol
The Latest: A bill to open public land to Border Patrol
Sen. John McCain proposes more immediate access at the U.S.-Mexico border.
New border security bill would roll back public lands protections
New border security bill would roll back public lands protections
Sen. John McCain’s proposal would give Border Patrol more immediate access to sensitive borderlands.
Canadian water for California’s drought?
Canadian water for California’s drought?
A far-fetched pipe dream rears its head.
Rural counties to lose the most from defunded lands programs
Rural counties to lose the most from defunded lands programs
What happens to local budgets when Congress stops these federal payments.
The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
In the parched countryside, delivery means community.
Keystone isn’t the only pipeline proposal out there
Keystone isn’t the only pipeline proposal out there
As XL languishes in political controversy, new pipeline projects gain ground in Canada and Alaska.
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
Scientists found that dams are indeed to blame for population declines.
Fewer trade secrets for Wyoming fracking fluid
Fewer trade secrets for Wyoming fracking fluid
A court settlement will make it harder for companies to hide chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
A new film tells the story of the Klamath River agreements
A new film tells the story of the Klamath River agreements
Republican lawmaker-turned-filmmaker, Jason Atkinson on why conservation doesn’t have to be a partisan issue.
The Latest: Rio Grande water
The Latest: Rio Grande water
A shortfall in water deliveries may lead to more fighting.
Galloping beyond the cliché
Galloping beyond the cliché
Review of art exhibit “William Matthews: Trespassing” at DAM
Deportation relief
Deportation relief
Program could help immigrant families stay in the U.S.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Suggestions from our readers.
As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions
As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions
Will new pricing models be the answer to both revenue problems and water waste?
Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Review of “Taos Portraits: Photos by Paul O’Connor.”
Holiday publishing break
Holiday publishing break
Welcome new employees, and farewell Martin Litton
Alaska’s energy labs
Alaska’s energy labs
Hybrid technologies help distribute power in isolated communities.
The Latest: A new tactic to quell Owen’s Valley dust
The Latest: A new tactic to quell Owen’s Valley dust
Los Angeles tries to save water and mitigate effects of sucking the valley dry.
Mining proposal threatens Arizona town's water supply
Mining proposal threatens Arizona town's water supply
Report outlines risks that mine will deplete aquifer and contaminate groundwater.
New Mexico commission votes to divert Gila River
New Mexico commission votes to divert Gila River
Decision greenlights contentious multi-million dollar diversion project.
Commission to decide on Gila River’s fate
Commission to decide on Gila River’s fate
Approval for a diversion expected Monday despite broad criticism.
Review of "The Memory of Stone: Meditations on the Canyons of the West"
Review of "The Memory of Stone: Meditations on the Canyons of the West"
Photographs from Utah’s Monument Valley to the Petrified Forest.
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.
Depression era photos from your hometown
Depression era photos from your hometown
A new Yale project allows viewers to explore 175,000 images by county.
Outside spending soars in the West’s key Senate races
Outside spending soars in the West’s key Senate races
Colorado and Alaska have the most expensive midterm battles in the region.
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Cobell case paid mineral royalties long due to tribal members.
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
Amid energy boom in lower 48, Alaska looks to sell its oil overseas.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
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