Items by Paul Krza

How bigotry is woven in with our Western roots
How bigotry is woven in with our Western roots
Rock Springs, Wyoming, has a largely unrecognized history of racial violence.
When frontier socialism thrived in Wyoming
When frontier socialism thrived in Wyoming
Collective politics thrived more than a century ago in a frontier town.
Christo can wrap anything, but why bother?
Christo can wrap anything, but why bother?
Christo's controversial project -- a canopy over Colorado's Arkansas River -- may not be harmful, but that doesn't mean it's great art.
The atomic bomb and me
The atomic bomb and me
Paul Krza not only shares a birthday with the bomb; he has spent his life involved with radiation.
Bombing away in Socorro, New Mexico
Paul Krza says Socorro, N.M., is being stressed to its limits by the constant booms and bangs of nearby bomb-testing.
Can the West become the new South?
Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.
Texas water case is 'takings' on steroids
Invoking NAFTA, a group of Texas farmers and irrigation districts sues Mexico over the Rio Grande’s water
Oil money rules in the West's mini-Middle East
Two Democratic governors – Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Bill Richardson of New Mexico – find themselves caught between the money that comes from the energy industry and the environmental impacts of oil and gas development
Connecting Indian Country: Talk-show host Harlan McKosato
New Mexico’s Harlan McKosato sees his radio show, Native America Calling, as an "electronic talking circle" that helps build bridges between cultures
It’s ‘bombs away’ on New Mexico saltcedar
The state of New Mexico is beginning an aerial herbicide assault on the exotic shrub saltcedar, or tamarisk, but some fear spraying Arsenal along the Rio Grande could harm native cottonwoods
The pueblos’ roller-coaster rise to power
A timeline traces the history of the pueblos of New Mexico
Indian Power
Fueled by money from casino gambling, New Mexico’s Indian pueblos and reservations are throwing their political weight into the state’s water tug-of-war
Wyoming at a crossroads
Wyoming’s new governor, Democrat Dave Freudenthal, may have a chance to turn the stagnant state around economically and environmentally, by reducing its dependence on energy and mineral industries.
What Dick Cheney might have learned in Rock Springs, Wyoming
Dick Cheney once lived in the boom-and-bust community of Rock Springs, Wyo., but didn’t learn there the lessons that he might have learned to help him deal with unintended consequences in a war against Iraq.
Albuquerque is dragged into Rio Grande fight
The city of Albuquerque, N.M., is fighting a judge's order that says city water must be released from reservoirs into the Rio Grande to save the endangered silvery minnow.
New Mexico loggers get 'police power'
In New Mexico, environmentalists are aghast at a new law, approved by legislators of both parties, that gives counties 'police power' to cut trees in national forests threatened by fire.
Democrats struggle to regain a foothold
Retired Democratic congressman Teno Roncalio says the Democratic party needs to redefine itself in Wyoming if it's going to regain any of its historic influence in the state.
Riding the Wyoming 'brand'
Wyoming's brand of insider politics is keeping the state in thrall to extractive industries and out of step with the rest of the West.
A Wyoming coal town comes of age
The coal mining town of Wright, Wyo., braces for another boom.
Wyoming is "open for business"
A timeline demonstrates the ebb and flow of Wyoming's promotional schemes and dreams for development.
While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes
The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.
Cow coup: Wyoming governor usurps federal grazing group
Wyoming Go. James Geringer takes over the state's Resource Advisory Council after he disagreed with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt over the appointment of a member too closely tied to the livestock industry.
The Bureau's Rube Goldberg machines
In the high arid plains of southwest Wyoming, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has built Rube Goldberg irrigation systems that keep farmers on the edge of poverty and load up the rivers with salt.
Exxon Corporation has put the boom back in Wyoming
Exxon's construction of one of the largest natural gas processing plants in North America has arrived in southwest Wyoming, bringing with it a mixture of wealth and dismay.
Rock Springs has travelled the boom-bust road before
The existence of Rock Springs, Wyo., is dependent upon economic waves, tied largely to the presence (or in the case of busts, the absence) of large corporations.
The boom is back in southwestern Wyoming
Exxon has announced plans to double the size of its giant Shute Creek gas processing plant already under construction, possibly needing a workforce of 5,000 people.
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