May 25, 1991 |
Federal agencies, fishing enthusiasts, environmentalists and several Indian tribes are at loggerheads over a plan to build a massive river-diversion project in northwestern New Mexico while seeking to save the endangered Colorado squawfish from extinction. Unless a compromise can be worked out to preserve the water rights of the various groups involved, any move to break ground on the Animas-La Plata Irrigation Project will likely lead to a lawsuit, according to those familiar with the dispute.
May 1, 1988 |
Despite the extraordinary physical beauty of its setting, the story that Ira Clark has to tell in this massively detailed history of New Mexico is largely one of communities struggling to overcome the economic poverty of their land and water resources. It's a curiously shut-ended kind of struggle--a process of self-cannibalization really.
August 4, 2002
California, Teddy Roosevelt once said, is west of the West, and most years that description holds true, at least for the part of the state west of the Sierra Nevada. To find the iconic American West, arid and empty, a coastal Californian typically heads east, leaving the Pacific behind to reach an ocean of sagebrush. But this parched summer, the distance between Southern California and its Southwestern neighbors seems much shorter.
November 7, 1993 |
Delbert Palmer is rumbling his muddy, red Nissan across a stubble alfalfa field on what most people call the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Palmer prefers to call it the "former" Flathead Reservation and this piece of it, just plain "my" land--240 undulating acres his Dutch-English parents bought from homesteaders in 1943. Nothing unusual about Palmer: he is one of 16,000 whites who live on this reservation, one of half a million who own property on Indian reservations nationwide.
May 20, 2002 |
Ralph Garcia's pickup crunched to a stop in the dust at the side of the gravel road. Hanging a leathery arm out his truck window, he gazed at a ribbon of water gurgling through the nearby ditch. Garcia grunted in disgust. What should have been a torrent of spring runoff water was instead a modest flow. Not enough, Garcia knew, not nearly enough, to sate the thirst of the farmers and ranchers in the Valdez Valley. Not this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1998 |
Bees that pollinate Dan Field's watermelon plants normally slake their thirst on morning dew. This year, ranch hands had to haul water so the bees wouldn't die. It's been a dry year in Lea County, but the county's water problems run deeper than the six-month drought. Some believe the water woes could ruin businesses and turn the county's cities into ghost towns. No rivers wind through Lea County, which has a population of more than 65,700.