Essay by Robert Rowley
Activisim – November 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine
They’re calling the new subdivision “Desert Mirage.” I wish it were a mirage. Unfortunately, I see it each time I drive to the Organ Mountains of New Mexico to hike — another blemish on the Chihuahuan Desert.
Recently, I wrote a guest column for a local newspaper criticizing Las Cruces for sprawling toward our nearby mountains. Afterwards, I got telephone calls and letters from people wondering how to stop such “progress.” The response rattled me. They wanted a leader to follow into battle.