August 16, 1993 |
BURRO NEWS: When the Feds first rounded up "excess" wild burros on public rangelands, they offered the critters for adoption as pets. But then officials learned from Ute and Zuni Indians that burros--while often thought of as stubborn and stupid--are like grizzled junkyard dogs when it comes to keeping coyotes and foxes away from sheep. So now the Bureau of Land Management is besieged by ranchers seeking burros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2003 |
Joe Skeen, the blunt-talking sheep rancher who often irked environmentalists by championing agrarian causes during his 22 years in Congress, died Sunday night after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who had served in Congress with -- and often against -- Republican Skeen, called him "a vintage New Mexican." "He loved the land and represented New Mexico's rural lifestyle with great skill," Richardson said.
July 26, 1992 |
THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DANGEROUS: Encounters with the Zuni Indians by Barbara Tedlock (Viking: $23; 336 pp.). Look at the Zuni reservation in New Mexico from a dirt roadside and you will see rudimentary shelter on arid land: rusty old trucks parked next to stone houses on rangeland desiccated in the 19th Century by damming and denuded of juniper, sagebrush and pinon in the 20th by land management programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1996 |
When the rains first stopped, Michael Dalton was not worried. Like Hopi farmers a thousand years before, he would figure a way to rouse life in the thirsty desert soil. Nine months later, Dalton sits in his kitchen and cries. The window frames a parched range that seems yellow forever, interrupted only by patches of brittle scrub and the occasional cattle carcass. The Southwestern drought has hit all farmers hard, leaving many unable to feed their livestock and their families.
September 9, 1988 |
In Australian aboriginal culture, dreamtime refers to the mythical twilight before creation when man's totemic ancestors roamed the barren land, breathing life into rivers, mountains, animals and, eventually, man. Young men learn these tales at initiation, chanting elaborate song cycles while they construct sand paintings to illustrate the myths. The creation lore has been passed down in this manner for thousands of years.
May 8, 1992 |
When I was in college, I had this great part-time job at a See's Candies store. The pay was nothing to write home about, but, oh, the fringes. From lemon creams to toffee crisps, I taste-tested my way into a blissfully befuddled candyholic haze. Audiences leaving "Cinderella, Cinderella" may find themselves in a similar state.