It’s early afternoon and Brett Isaac, a barrel-chested 27-year-old whose soft-spokenness gives the impression of a gentle giant, is explaining the purpose of the solar trailer hitched to the back of his truck. “One thing we never think about is that each of us produces energy,” Isaac, renewable energy Project Manager for the Shonto Community […]
I meet Tom Swetnam, Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson, on a Sunday morning because he’s leaving for Siberia in a few days and is otherwise totally booked. As part of the paleofire team that will be traveling to the “Alaska of Siberia, if you will” to […]
I seem to have brought the summer monsoon rains with me to New Mexico. Monsoon season, the Southwest’s fifth season, arrives in early July and lasts into the first week of September. It is a highly anticipated time of year that brings up to half the region’s annual rainfall. It also brings extreme weather events, […]
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As I was leaving Ruidoso heading NW I passed through the remains of the Little Bear Fire. One of the most destructive wildfires ever in New Mexico, it burned 44,000 acres and destroyed 254 structures, the most of any one fire in NM history. Originally sparked by lighting, the fire took a turn for the worse on […]