Juanita, the mayordomo of the people’s ditch, San Luis, Colorado. 2019. Photo by Siet Wright

Sorry, We’re OPEN

“Sorry, We’re OPEN” sign in a jewelry store window Taos Pueblo, NM by Siet Wright

Green Grass

One late summer afternoon, our family sprawled on the back lawn. We harvested the corn that day and as we sat there– each of us with an ear in our hands– I smiled. You caught the smile and said, ‘you look so happy.’ “I’m remembering a happy moment shared with someone I dislike. It’s ironic….

Fracking on Federal Land

Overview of the Permian Basin           Introduction A recent announcement by the United States Department of Interior about the Permian Basin oil and gas reserves in Texas and New Mexico could have serious environmental implications in the discussion of climate change action. According to the US Geological Survey, the Permian basin has billions of untapped…

Matt Makley, Ph.D., professor of history

Matthew Makley, professor of History “Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” –Bruce Lee Secret poet, water buffalo, and perennial jock Matt Makley, PhD. claims he wasn’t a very good student in school but is now a popular professor of history. These days he spends his time while off campus with…

Dolce Vita: Italy’s culture and history teaches MSU students

Metropolitan State University’s One World, One Water program is a collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens to create joint initiatives on key water issues in Colorado. Across a span of over a 3,000 year history, Italy has become a highly developed culture by creating water infrastructure to move water across the countryside to residents. Generations of…