Southwest

The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
The Trump administration is ignoring a big question: How do you secure a border below ground?
How the Americans with Disabilities Act could affect Native American voters
How the Americans with Disabilities Act could affect Native American voters
The relocation of polling sites near the Navajo Nation months before midterm elections raises concerns of future voter suppression.
Monument Valley
Monument Valley
The spectral lines between life and the inert.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
With scant data on risk, Republicans push to open a ‘perfect’ mining opportunity.
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
A book of photos explores the mesas and canyons of Bears Ears.
The dark secrets of the Animas River
The dark secrets of the Animas River
A 2015 spill that turned the waterway orange is a reminder of mining’s disastrous legacy.
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Latest: White Sands National … Park?
Latest: White Sands National … Park?
A bill could establish New Mexico’s second national park within a missile range.
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
Before a writer knew the true cost of Glen Canyon Dam, ‘ignorance was bliss.’
The nowhereness of airports
The nowhereness of airports
The way air travel has devolved says something awful about humans.
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
… without celebrating colonialism’s violence?
The long road from violence
The long road from violence
A writer reexamines the stories we tell of rural life and struggle.
Borderlands wildlife doesn’t need the National Guard
Borderlands wildlife doesn’t need the National Guard
Protecting migratory corridors requires collaboration between neighboring nations.
Competition fosters computer skills in New Mexico schools
Competition fosters computer skills in New Mexico schools
Rural students learn how to code by participating in a supercomputing challenge.
Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico
Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico
Across sovereign governments, a group of Southwest tribes prepares to launch their own network.
In small towns, a way to make remote work, work
In small towns, a way to make remote work, work
A ‘micro’ economic development program bolsters a community of telecommuters.
Let your kids play with fire
Let your kids play with fire
Giving a 6-year-old fire-tending responsibilities is good for the whole family.
Why marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
Why marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
More tribal nations are returning to traditional views that accept and honor LGBTQ members.
Killer bees are calming down
Killer bees are calming down
The gentling of “Africanized” bees in Mexico bodes well for beekeeping in the southern U.S.
Natural gas wells make poor neighbors
Natural gas wells make poor neighbors
Without a rule to prevent waste, living close to industry is difficult and dangerous.
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
New studies detail how hotter temperatures, humid air and wind-blown dust can pummel the Western snowpack.
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