As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.
It took thirty years of fishing Jamaica Bay for James “Frank the Fish” Culleton to build his home and business, and it took only one night for the bay to reclaim them.
“The land we used to walk on is now just a waterway for our boats.” Chief Naquin said the changes in their homestead were caused by oil companies digging the canals and subsequently the hurricanes wiping away the compromised land.
As of today it is the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
As of June 5, 2013, New Mexico was considered to be in “extreme” drought conditions after a thirty-six month period of no precipitation. The widespread drought has forced ranchers to rethink whether one of the state’s biggest and most vibrant industries, cattle ranching, is still a viable profession for them and their families.