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New Mexico



  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mayor Says Controversial Monuments Will Go

    Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber announced Wednesday that the city would be removing two monuments honoring Kit Carson, who commanded U.S. troops who forced Navajos to a concentration camp in the 1860s, as well as a statue of Don Diego De Vargas, a Spanish conquistador who murdered hundreds of Pueblo people.


  • Losing Women—and Women’s History—in Times of Crisis

    by Megan Kate Nelson

    Women and all of their visible and invisible labor are at the center of the COVID crisis, and they are finding their way into news coverage of the pandemic. The stories of women living and suffering and dying throughout history, however, have largely fallen by the wayside.



  • Trinity test site still has radiation traces

    The sun was rising as a teenage boy swung a metal wand back and forth, back and forth. The Geiger counter hanging at his waist clicked, testifying to the radiation streaming from the ground and through his body.The White Sands Missile Range in the New Mexico desert is home to Trinity, the place where the nuclear age began on July 16, 1945. Twice a year, in April and October, the site has opened to the public. Each time, thousands of people arrive by Winnebago, motorcycle and tour bus, making a pilgrimage to check out the slight crater left by history’s first atom bomb test. Measuring just 340 feet across, the depression is underwhelming, a slight dent in the ground. A stone obelisk marks ground zero, where the bomb was detonated atop a 100-foot steel tower.The Trinity weapon, a version of which destroyed Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, used plutonium. That fuel was more far more efficient than the uranium in the bomb dropped over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, but it was thought to be less certain to work....



  • Obama to Name New National Monuments

    President Obama, who has been criticized for favoring oil and gas development over land conservation in his first term, on Monday will designate five new national monuments, according to officials briefed on the decision.They are the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and a monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway in Maryland....