As the West continues to struggle with widespread drought, some officials are now worried that it threatens our hydroelectric infrastructure in the region. Gigi Richard, director of the Four Corners Water Center and instructor of Geosciences, spoke at a conference about drought conditions and what to expect this winter.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jesse Tune sat down with the “A Life in Ruins” podcast to help unpack a surprising new finding at White Sands National Park. The finding, a human footprint dating back approximately 21,000 years ago, would be the earliest evidence of human activity on the North American continent.
In The Durango Telegraph, professor of Biology Julie Korb advises residents of the American Southwest to prepare for the reality of living in an arid landscape affected by climate change. “Because it’s not if, but when,” she says.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indigenous women are striving to achieve their academic goals. Nina Polk, who was a first-year at Fort Lewis College last year, spoke to Colorado Public Radio and The Hechinger Report about the challenges she faced as a new college student during the pandemic.
In a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, Laci Begaye, a senior majoring in English Secondary Education, argues against the use of heavily mechanized land-management techniques. Advocating for minimally invasive, hands-on techniques, Begaye implores the next generation of land stewards to preserve the ancestral integrity of public lands in perpetuity.