It's a very long way – geographically, historically and socioeconomically – from the tiny enclave of Shelter Island, N.Y., to the isolated, piñon-studded hills of Magdalena, N.M.
Cattle ranchers are selling off their herds, and New Mexico's supply of irrigation water for summer crops is running low as the state suffers its worst two-year drought since the 1950s.
In one direction, you can see land that the dinosaurs once trod. In another, peaks stand where super-volcanoes spewed lava sky-high.
Tougher penalties for corrupt public officials and a tax break for businesses that hire veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are among 29 new state laws that went into effect on Wednesday, May 16.
A partnership that wants to pump groundwater from its high desert ranch in west-central New Mexico to the Rio Grande Valley went to court Monday to appeal a state decision to deny its water rights application.