Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Oil Drilling Closes in on Chaco Canyon On January 25, the Bureau of Land Management leased nearly 850 acres of land for drilling in northwest New Mexico, netting close to $3 million. The agency offers leases on millions of acres of public land per year, but this latest sale was unusual. Not only was it […]



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A Tohono O’odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Editorial: A Tohono O’odham View of the Legacy in the Landscape ‘Legacy” is a word we’re hearing a lot lately. Words and ideas are but one kind of legacy, though. For me and other American Indians, our legacy is through the land. Our history is in the land. So much of the nation’s rich history […]



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Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Explosion and Uncontrolled Fire at Oil Processing Facility 14 miles from Chaco Canyon Confirm Preservationists’ Worst Fears A recent fire at an oil production site in New Mexico provided environmental advocacy groups with fodder for a long-standing argument: Federal agencies must weigh all impacts of mineral extraction before drilling begins. “These WPX Energy wells were producing […]



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Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Debate over Bears Ears Intensifies Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only […]



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Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for a Bears Ears National Monument

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Former Utah State Archaeologist Kevin T. Jones Makes the Case for Bears Ears National Monument Looting is a regular occurrence in the Bears Ears region and, according to archaeologists who patrol the area, is on the increase. First protected by the Antiquities Act and later by other statutes, heritage resources lure the lowest of thieves, […]



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Touring the Majestic Chaco Landscape

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist May 21, 2015—Over the past few months, I have continued to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. This has included attending a number of meetings with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other officials, conducting a tour of the Chaco Landscape with several Pueblo leaders, and engaging […]



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What I’m Doing This Week: Paul Reed

Oil and Gas Facilities near Chaco
Monday, February 2nd, 2015

By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist   This week, I’m continuing to advocate for protection of the Greater Chaco Landscape. We’re pleased to announce the completion of a short film by EcoFlight, in cooperation with the Partnership for Responsible Business and Archaeology Southwest. The film chronicles several recent flights over the Greater Chaco Landscape and […]



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Plans in Place for Hydraulic Fracturing on Chaco Culture Park Boundary

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Fracking Chaco Canyon?  That’s why so many are looking for salvation in two words: Mancos Shale. The formation, which extends from New Mexico into portions of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, is buried about a mile beneath the surface. Estimated to contain upwards of six billion barrels of oil, approximately one-third of which lies within New Mexico, […]



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