A Patagonia cowgirl

By Briannon Wilfong/El Inde As I pull up to the steps of rancher Chris Peterson’s home, four dogs come to greet me before I can even jump out of the truck. Peterson comes walking out of the house with a big grin on her face. It is a rainy February morning with clouds looming over…

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The rise and fall of mining in the Patagonia Mountains

By Clara Migoya /El Inde In a lot on Harshaw Avenue, off-road trucks line up in neat rows. The small town of Patagonia is seeing new activity in the nearby mountains now that South32, an Australian mining company, is running round-the-clock mineral drilling operations at the Hermosa-Taylor mine.  “The Taylor deposit, just by scale, is…

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Bacanora and the bats

By Ashley Fredde/El Inde While there are many plants nestled in Borderlands Restoration Network’s greenhouses, the blue agave is one of Francesca Claverie’s favorites. Claverie, the Native Plant Program Manager, holds a cup of coffee despite the warm temperatures inside the greenhouse, nicknamed Greenhouse Baby Herbert. She leans over the agaves hanging in rows in the…

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Restoring more than the borderlands

By Ashley Fredde/El Inde If one were to conjure up an image of a southwestern rancher, Richard Collins might be close. A rancher since the 1980s, Collins looks every bit the part, with his pants pulled over boots that have dried mud around the sole. His hands and face are weathered from working in the…

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