V.29 No.7 | 2/13/2020
Eric Williams Photography
A New Mexico Green Amendment
Van Rossum in the Land of Enchantment
Green activst Maya van Rossum is in New Mexico this week to talk about her new book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. She stopped by Weekly Alibi to talk about the book and how it applies to the state of New Mexico, where she hopes to foster the introduction of legislation to amend our state’s constitution.
V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Food for Thought
It’s Time To Let Go of Bags
Plastic bag ban is step in right direction for city
Many don’t remember, but there was a time in New Mexico history when people said the state bird was a plastic bag, because wherever you went, you would be sure to see one lazily drifting through the sky, hanging in a tree and flapping its metaphorical wings noisily above the streets.
V.29 No.1 | 1/2/2020
White Sands Forever
A monument becomes a park
You may now use the phrase White Sands National Park to refer to a relatively small and totally awesome portion of the stark desert landscape south of here.
V.28 No.48 | 11/28/2019
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Oh Say Can You See Bandelier?
From monument to park and preserve
Late last week, US Senator Martin Heinrich announced plans to put forward legislation that would designate Bandelier National Monument as a National Park and Preserve.
V.28 No.46 | 11/14/2019
image by Xanthe Miller
Don’t Fence Me In
Sam Truett on Species in Peril on the Borderlands
Weekly Alibi sat down with Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and expert panelist for Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, to talk about the history of the US/Mexico border and what borders mean for the animals that must cross them.
V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
United States Energy Association
Let’s Get Polluted!
Methane emissions are concerning
A report published by the Environmental Defense Fund in April 2019 suggests that current EPA reporting of methane emissions is off by a factor of five, and the waste of leaking the greenhouse pollutant costs New Mexico about $43 million in lost tax and royalty revenue.
V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Eric Williams Photography
Haaland on Climate Disruption
Rep’s appearance at film festival emphasizes emergency
US Representative Deb Haaland advocated small changes in personal usage at the Climate Disruption Film Festival, but but where were the millennials?
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Courtesy Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media
Methane Goes Boom!
Profitable wells equal global warming
On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
The Fractured Earth
Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process
We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
Water, Water Everywhere
Cooperation yields fluid results
At their Aug. 22 meeting, New Mexico’s largest water utility agreed to sell water to the federal government to boost flows in the Rio Grande through the end of the year.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Drought’s Grip, El Niño’s Promise
Dry conditions persist across N.M.
Breaking the drought requires more than a handful of rainstorms—even big storms. And grappling with its impacts means policymakers should listen to scientists and constituents, ranging from farmers to city-dwellers.
V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
The Monsoon Approaches
But the drought persists
Wetter weather may be approaching, but our state’s drought is a persistent one.
V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
New Mexico News
Playing With Fire
Forest closures, fireworks bans and a very hot planet
The increased heat and decreased rainfall that we've caused is starting to put an end to summertime enjoyment of New Mexico’s forests and grasslands, as well as fireworks, but are we unhappy enough yet to vote against it?
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Brave New World Vulture
Beauty the Turkey Vulture does work to make her species proud
Hawks Aloft is a local nonprofit that deals in conservation of birds of prey.
Healthy Plants, Healthy Kids
Water conservation project at Barelas school
The students in the Dolores Gonzales Gardening Club will be going home with not only some fresh fruits and vegetables from their beds, but also with some plants they can continue to nurture at home, learning to be stewards for nature.