Rio New Mexico

Danzantes, from left to right: Leeane Chavez dances with her father Ted Chavez, 6-year-old Deja Tapia and Iaasac Nieto for the Saint Anthony Fiesta in June 2022.

A procession as the globe warms

BY: - February 17, 2023

CARNUEL, N.M. — The sun beats down on the high mountain church in a rural farming community folded into the crevices of the Sandia Mountains. Smoke rises from grills in the stands outside, as 2005-era Usher and Sean Paul dribble out from a PA system. Only a few people linger inside the cool sanctuary of […]

Mallory Boro and Keegan Epping comb through the fine net for any silvery minnows left in the drying ponds of the Rio Grande at San Acacia. Fish litter the riverbed, inhabiting increasingly smaller ponds where the river breaks.

Rescuing silvery minnows like ‘slapping a Band-Aid on a severed limb’

BY: - February 15, 2023

SOCORRO COUNTY, N.M. — Four people walk the streambed, combing the pools in Socorro County’s San Acacia Reach. Two wade thigh-deep in the bank crook, a seine net strung between them, and tug it through the water. Another calls out temperatures and measures the pool. The fourth jots it down in a notebook. At the […]

Phoebe Suina, a hydrologist and board member of the Interstate Stream Commission, stands in front of the federally built reservoir on Cochiti Pueblo.

‘Not an object to be bartered,’ the Rio Grande is lifeblood for the land

BY: - February 13, 2023

SILE, N.M. — The river is something Phoebe Suina carries with her always. “I look at my hand, and you have all of these veins. They’re all blue, just like a river,” Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) said. “As blood flows through us, so do the rivers and streams across the land from the mountains.” The river […]

The oxbow, a horseshoe curve of the river which has transformed over time into a marsh, as seen from the San Antonio Bluffs on Albuquerque's Westside.

Watching the oxbow dry

BY: - February 10, 2023

The Rio Grande is a silver thread ribboning its way through New Mexico, enhanced by a brocade of greenery. It roars to life through the tall pines, curves through the canyons carved by its steadfast course. The river vertically bisects the entire state and touches 14 sovereign pueblos, sluicing into canals and creeping across fields. […]