Category Archives: Segments

State of Change: Training Remote Workers In Rural New Mexico

Rural Workers

April 13, 2018 – It can be difficult to find a job in rural New Mexico. For people who want to stay in their community, remote work is now a viable option but it requires a high speed internet connection.

Sarah Gustavus reports this week on what’s happening at the SoloWorks program in Cibola County. This story is part of the “State of Change” project. Leah Todd from the Solutions Journalism Network worked with us on this report. You can read her print story online: In small towns, a way to make remote work, work.

Our Land: It’s not just one dry year: What the Rio Grande’s low flows tell us about the future

Our Land

April 13, 2018 – You might be surprised to see how low the Rio Grande is through Albuquerque right now. The river has already dried for more than ten miles south of Socorro, and it’s running low in northern New Mexico as it runs through the Taos Gorge and alongside towns like Pilar.

But scientists aren’t necessarily surprised. Many have been researching how climate change will affect both surface and ground water supplies in the southwestern United States. In a new paper from University of New Mexico graduate Shaleene Chavarria and UNM’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor David Gutzler, the two show how warming is affecting snowpack and streamflows.

New Mexico in Focus has been covering record-low snowpack this year on Our Land, our monthly environmental series on environmental issues.  And this week we look at what’s happening now that snowmelt is not refilling the river—and what new research tells us about where we are headed.

Keep up with our coverage on the Our Land Facebook page.