New colonias study spotlights poverty, recommendation

Chaparral, New Mexico – Driving on a weekday morning through this remote enclave of mobile homes, bodegas, squat adobe health clinics and Pentecostal chapels, one wonders: “Where are all the people?” The roads, many of them gravel, are just as empty as the dusty sagebrush badlands that stretch north to White Sands National Monument and south to Fort Bliss and El Paso. South is where you will find Chaparral’s residents, working in the restaurants, hotels and stores. Read more

EPA machinery causes major spill in Colorado

Heavy machinery the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine accidentally released an estimated one million gallons of mining waste into a creek, causing the Animas River north of Silverton, Colorado to turn an opaque orange. Read more

Advocates sue the City of Tulare for safe water

The Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Fresno-based advocacy organization, seeks a court order requiring the City of Tulare to supply water to the Matheny Tract community, a 300-home rural subdivision south of the city. Read more

Oddz N Ends

Water is essential

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