AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Student Poetry Night at ART123 Gallery!
ART123 and Gallup Poetry are having a student poetry night on Fridat December 1st at 6:30 PM-8:00PM. All students are eligible to sign up and contribute their work!
Emergency State, Extreme Radiation in Red Shirt
by Sage Addington '18
Uranium and other types of mining are the cause of the radiation in Red Shirt. Uranium is a naturally-occurring element and doesn’t really pose a threat when it is left in the ground, however, when it is mined it releases dangerous levels of radiation. Radiation dosages are not measured in terms of absolute amounts, instead a dose is measured by its effectiveness. Radiation dosages are measured in millisieverts msv (a thousandth of a sievert); msv measures the effectiveness of a radiation dose rather than the exact unit size because different types of radiation have different effects.
In an article by The Guardian titled “Radiation exposure: a quick guide to what each level means,” the article breaks down the different radiation levels in reference to the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The threat of radiation is not just in Red Shirt, it is all along the Black Hills. According to https://bhcleanwateralliance.org/, they have held Azarga/Powertech Uranium off since 2010, but the Azarga/Powertech Uranium is threatening the Black Hills by planning on drilling 4,000 in situ leach wells when the original plan was to drill 1,500. The toxic in situ wells would be drilled into the Iyan Kara aquifer on the southwest edge of the Black Hills, poisoning the drinking water used by families in the area; after mining, the company also plans to pump uranium mining waste back underground into the Minnelusa aquifer. The other aquifers at risk are Unkpapa/Sundance, Fall River, Minnekahta Limestone, and the Chilson. We know that water is life, so why are companies so willing to pollute the livelihood of thousands of people?
To learn more about clean water and find ways to take action, check out https://bhcleanwateralliance.org/take-action/.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they feel safe walking around Gallup and 50% said most of the time, 33% said no, and 12% said yes.