La Jicarita was first published as a non-profit newspaper under the auspices of the Rio Pueblo/Rio Embudo Watershed Protection Coalition, a group of citizens dedicated to protecting and enhancing the clean and plentiful waters that sustain the rural communities, culture, and traditions of their watershed. In 1998 the paper received its own non-profit status and expanded its coverage to include all of northern New Mexico. The paper focuses on the historical and contemporary conflicts over natural resources that threaten the viability of traditional communities in el norte: loss of agricultural lands to development; transfer of water out of agricultural use; loss of grasslands to forest encroachment; loss of biodiversity due to fire suppression; lack of community access to forest resources; and the continuing decline in community stability due to lack of economic opportunity and attendant social problems.
We want to welcome all our readers to the new, online La Jicarita journal (www.lajicarita.wordpress.com), which will remain linked to http://www.lajicarita.org. The new journal will continue to focus on the historical and contemporary conflicts over natural resources in northern New Mexico, but in a weekly online format that allows for more frequent updates, a new outlet for New Mexico authors, and an opportunity for La Jicarita to draw on the expertise and resources of the University of New Mexico. The journal will be co-edited by David Correia, Assistant Professor of American Studies, and Kay Matthews, longtime La Jicarita editor.
La Jicarita welcomes submissions of letters, research articles, news releases, announcements, essays, editorials and creative works, including photos, poetry, cartoons and the like. Length: we prefer written works no longer than 3000 words, but we will consider longer essays. Unless impossible, please submit in electronic form only to either David Correia at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Kay Matthews at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor-in-Chief: Kay Matthews
Managing Editor: David Correia (www.unm.edu/~dcorreia)
Author of: Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico
Video and Contributing Editor: Eric Shultz