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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Chaly / CC by-S.A. 2.0
Chaly / CC by-S.A. 2.0

Feature

Is “Megadrought” the new normal?

We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.

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Chaly / CC by-S.A. 2.0

Feature

Bone Dry

Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal

In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.

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V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012
George and Marilyn Keepseagle at their ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota
Courtesy of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll law firm
George and Marilyn Keepseagle at their ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota

News

Class action payout for Native farmers

Alibi reporter Carolyn Carlson drove out to Gallup at the end of December to speak with claimants for a $760 million settlement. The payout is the result of a class action lawsuitKeepseagle v. Vilsack brought by Native American farmers who were denied USDA loans by a prejudiced Department of Agriculture.

The court battle was 13 years long.

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George and Marilyn Keepseagle at their ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota
Courtesy of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll law firm

News Feature

Justice for Native Farmers

Class action settlement to benefit New Mexicans

The U.S. District Court approved the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action settlement of $760 million. Lawyers sought out potential claimants for that moneyincluding people in New Mexico.

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V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011
Forage for storage
Ari LeVaux

Locovore

Abundance Issues

A happy problem for season-end basil and corn

When I want to store large amounts of basil, I don't make pesto. Instead, I prepare a bare-bones mixture of pureed basil, olive oil and salt, which I freeze in jars. If I want to make pesto at a later date I can always add pine nuts, cheese and garlic. But I can't remove those things from pesto if, in the middle of winter, I decide I want homegrown basil in my Thai coconut green curry.

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V.20 No.29 |

news

The Daily Word: 7.21.2011- Oslo bombing, Greece bailout, Malawi protesters and gays in the military

And do those newspaper mugshots of DWI arrestees do anything?

In the news: Oslo rocked, "don't ask, don't tell" law, save Greece, Farm thieves!, Lucian Freud, Ostalgia, shaming of DWI arrestees, Heatwave, Malawi citizens protest, deports Chinese man, identify Southeast Asian sea life

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V.20 No.20 | 5/19/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

This Week's Feature: DIY Food

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V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010
Michael De Smet

Beer

Tomorrow and Next Saturday: Hop Harvest

This coming and the following Saturdays (August 21 and 28), from 8:00am to noon, you can experience what it's like to be a manual laborer on a farm, except instead of getting paid to do the work, you then have to pay for the produce that you harvested by hand.

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