Ryan Lowery

Writer. Journalist.

United States

Ryan Lowery is an independent journalist whose whose work has been published by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Source New Mexico, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and many others. Below is a sample of his feature writing. For investigative pieces, please visit ryanlowery.com.

Source New Mexico
Balloon Fiesta: A view from above

Spectators arrive by the thousands every fall — by car, bus, and even bicycle. The sun still tucked behind the Sandia Mountains, they gather on a 78-acre grass field where the hum of massive gas-powered fans push air into nylon canopies, morphing them into a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors.

Associated Press
Las Vegas gas stations offer return to simpler times

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Drive down almost any street in Las Vegas and it's easy to see remnants of the past. Stop for gas at either of the town's two full-service gas stations and you can experience a small piece of that past.

Treasure Valley Living
Take a Trip Through History With a Visit to the Boise Depot

Some 15,000 people crowded the streets of Boise on the 16th day of April 1925 to mark the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. Most were dressed in gala attire, many waved flags, but all those gathered were hoping to get a glimpse of the Union Pacific locomotive as it steamed into town on that spring day.

Las Vegas Optic
One Way Out: Homicide tied to violent New Mexico prison gang

A car horn disrupted the quiet July evening. Then came the gunshots. Three bullets that killed Leroy "Smurf" Lucero, leaving his wife without a husband, and his four children without their father. His violent death also shifted the focus of a nearly five-year-long FBI investigation to Las Vegas.

Idaho Business Review
Public art fosters 'creative class' community downtown

From traffic light control boxes wrapped in colorful artwork to multiple murals and sculptures, downtown Boise is home to hundreds of works of public art. These publicly accessible works are both privately and publicly funded, but are available for viewing by anyone without paying admission. Of course, none of these works would be possible without...

Las Vegas Optic
Escaping Smack City

The nickname “Smack City” has haunted Las Vegas for the better part of four decades — a name unwillingly bestowed upon the city by Harper’s magazine in 1974. In the 47 years since the Meadow City donned its second nickname, city leaders and members of law enforcement have, at various times, tried to prevent people from using the more dubious nickname, acquiesced that it’s here to stay or tried to forget it altogether.

Historic downtown fixture returned to Las Vegas, New Mexico

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Since the 1920s, an electric clock has adorned the sidewalk along Douglas Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. That is, until 2018, when strong winds broke the clock free from its base. Thanks to the hard work of many people in the community, the clock has been restored and returned to its home near Douglas Avenue and Sixth Street.

Meadow City Destinations
Explore 100 years of movie and television filming in Las Vegas

Sheriff Walt Longmire sits in his office overlooking Durant, Wyoming. Down the street, Max Evans, an alien, kisses Liz Ortecho, a human, outside the Crashdown Cafe. On the other side of the river, Llewelyn Moss and Anton Chigurh exchange gunfire in the streets.

Chile Street
Former 'Harvey Girls' dormitory once again welcomes residents

Restoration of the Rawlins Building - a National Register of Historic Places structure - is almost done, and it will soon function much like it did in the late 19th century, with commercial space on the main level and apartments for rent upstairs. In fact, owners Tom and Tina Clayton expect to start renting rooms within weeks.

Idaho Heartland Living
Go Play Outside: Central Idaho offers fun and adventure for the entire family

There’s no denying it, the last several months have been tough. Working from home, sitting through Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, then ending the day by binge-watching the latest streaming shows. There’s also no denying that it’s time to get outside, and what better place to do that than Idaho?