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Weekend of May 24-26, 2019
It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in a public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself - anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide.
George Orwell, 1984
 Weekend Read: A Colossal Wreck - by Alexander Cockburn. A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption and American Culture. CounterPunch  

Very Stable Genius.  YouTube  

Another Corproate Welfare Program:
The House Has Found Bipartisan Agreement on Reform to Retirement Accounts. Be Afraid. Intercept  

Facial recognition will soon be everywhere. Are we prepared?  ...  Some companies are already testing this new technology, but it raises questions about how surveillance can be abused.  Guardian  


18 Ways Julian Assange Changed the World.

New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars. ... WikiLeaks founder charged in 18-count DoJ indictment... Assange ‘risked serious harm to US national security’.  Guardian  

'This Is About Attacking Journalism,' Warn Press Freedom Defenders as Trump DOJ Hits Assange With New Espionage Charges. ... "This is about retaliation for publishing evidence of U.S. war crimes and other crimes by the most powerful nation on Earth." CommonDreams  

Facebook is violating our privacy. Where are the cops? ... A company whose motto has been ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ cannot be relied upon to admit wrongdoing.  Guardian  

Why Are Democrats So Scared of Impeachment?  TruthDig  

Trump’s “Troika of Tyranny” Meddles in Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua.  TruthOut  

Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark.CounterPunch/Nader

187 Countries Just Took 'Crucial' Step to Stop Rich Nations From Treating Global South as Dumping Ground for Plastic Waste. ... "Today's decision demonstrates that countries are finally catching up with the urgency and magnitude of the plastic pollution issue."

US is hotbed of climate change denial, major global survey finds. ... Exclusive: Out of 23 big countries, only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia had higher proportion of doubters.  Guardian  

“We Have No Reason to Trust the Police”: Sandra Bland Arrest Video Reignites Anger Over Her Death. DemocracyNow 

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes. CounterPunch  

Why do people join extremist organizations? AlterNet

May 23, 2019
1958 - Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes. ... In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Why Are Democrats So Scared of Impeachment?  TruthDig  

Solitary Voices - Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention.  Intercept     Related:  A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement.  Intercept   

Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted.  DemocracyNow  

Asylum Seekers Are Being “Disappeared” in Private Louisiana Jails.  TruthOut  

US prosecutors to 'help themselves' to Julian Assange's possessions. ... Material from WikiLeaks founder’s time in Ecuadorian embassy is said to include two manuscripts.  Guardian  

Global Sea Level May Rise Faster Than Previously Projected, With 'Profound Consequences for Humanity'. ... "What we decide to do collectively as a species politically, globally, over the next decade is going to determine the future of the next generations in terms of the habitability of the planet."  CommonDreams  

Noam Chomsky - The Future of Capitalism.YouTube  

Detained, Abused & Denied Medical Care: How Trump Immigration Policies Led to Child Deaths at Border.  DemocracyNow  

Citing Harm to Public Education, Bernie Sanders Calls for Ban on For-Profit Charter Schools. ... "Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system."  CommonDreams  

Why Fascists Storm Bookstores. ... A spate of attacks from DC to Berkeley show how far the right will go to shut down free expression. The Nation

May 22, 2019
2001 - ".... reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do. - Ari Fleischer - press secretary

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever.  Intercept  

Bottle of Lies: How Poor FDA Oversight & Fraud in Generic Drug Industry Threaten Patients’ Health.  DemocracyNow  

Corporate Media Is Gunning for War With Iran.

The Liberal Embrace of War. ... American interventionists learned a lesson from Iraq: pre-empt the debate. Now everyone is for regime change.  RollingStone  


Bleeding John Bolton Stumbles Into Capitol Building Claiming That Iran Shot Him. > Go  

Alabama Governor Signs New ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Lowering State’s Age Of Consent.  > Go  

Nigel Farage Dies Of Milkshake Wounds. > Go  

Watch: Ocasio-Cortez back CEO into a corner over why he charges Americans $2000 for drug that costs $8 in Australia. AlterNet  

America's Reproductive Slaves.  TruthDig/Hedages  

No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency.  Guardian  

Has Freedom of the Press Become an Illusion?  
TruthDig    Related: Saudi Arabia Couldn't Ask for Better Coverage From Corporate Media  TruthDig  

The Espionage Axe: Donald Trump and the War Against a Free Press.  Intercept  

Despite Anti-American 'Baiting' by NYT, Sanders Makes 'No Apologies' for Opposing Reagan-Backed Death Squads. ... "I plead guilty to, throughout my adult life, doing everything that I can to prevent war and destruction."  CommonDreams  

The Biggest Divide Among 2020 Democrats Is How To Pass The Party’s Agenda. ... Biden wants to work with the GOP, Warren wants to change the rules and Sanders wants to build a movement..  HuffPost   

“Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons”: A Harrowing Account of How Assad’s Torture Machine Crushed Dissent.  DemocrachNow  

May 21, 2019
1970 - The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

The Missing Step. ... In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement.  Craig Murray  

Chelsea Manning jailed again as she refuses to testify before grand jury. ... Former army private says she would ‘rather starve to death’ than cooperate in growing battle of wills.  Guardian  

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Guardian    Related:  You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die  Guardian  

No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency Guardian  

American History for Truthdiggers: Nixon’s Dark Legacy.  TruthDig  

The Washington Post’s “Cartel of the Suns” Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed.  AlterNet

Modern Merchants of Death: the NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights.   CounterPunch    Related:  HIDE AND SEEK Tracking NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries. The Citizen Lab  

We Need to Reclaim State Courts From Big Money and Hateful Agendas. ... State courts are being hacked, packed and politicized - one might even say corrupted - by the same big money special interests that long ago captured many of our state and national representatives.  TruthOut  

Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War?  TruthDig    Related:  War With Iran Is America's Endgame.  TruthDig  

Saudi Arabia Couldn't Ask for Better Coverage From Corporate Media.  TruthDig  

Trump Is Achieving His Primary Goal. ... Donald Trump’s goal is, and has always been, division and disunion TruthDig  

Could climate change submerge Joe Biden's presidential bid? ... The former vice-president has yet to put forward a plan to address global warming, which polls suggest is the single most important issue for Democrats. Guardian  

Kick the Cows Out of Point Reyes National Seashore.  CounterPunch  

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May 17, 2019 - APR Update
Motions in Response to various motions for Summary Judgment have been filed in the Augustin Plains case – four of them. Admittedly, although I am reading the motions, I don’t know all the legal ins-and-outs, so I won’t attempt to summarize these new motions. What I will do is inform you that the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has spent many hours on our behalf to refute the claims of the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR) that they deserve an “evidentiary hearing”. Others filing similar documents add to and complement the NMELC arguments against the APR’s claim.

Remember that the Motions for Summary Judgment request the Court deny the application because it lacks specificity, that it is speculative.

From the Catron County filing: “APR has failed to provide an actual, specific plan to use water in a specific amount, for a specific purpose, at a specific location.” ... “The Court also held that ‘not only does the underground water permitting statute require specificity, the constitutional mandate of beneficial use as the basis of a water right requires specificity of the actual place and use of water, along with all the other definite elements required to create a right’.” These two statements support the argument that the APR application should be denied, and that a request for an evidentiary hearing is also denied.

I am puzzled that the judge in this case has allowed this request to go forward. Why did he want to hear arguments about an evidentiary hearing when this is an obviously speculative application? What APR wants is a two-stage hearing, the first on the hydrology of the Plains basin, the second scheduled so as to allow them time to come up with contracts to sell water. They’ve already had 12 years to do that, and they have not succeeded!

A reminder: don’t forget the hearing on June 26 in Reserve at the Courthouse, 10:30am. Your presence is essential and much appreciated.

Let me know if you want any of the documents just filed. - Carol Pitman, Datil. Download the update  

May 10, 2019 -
APR v Blaine court actions update  Download

2018 NM Enviromental Law Center impact report Download

April 24, 2019 - APR Update
As you know Judge Reynolds set dates for legal filings in the APR water grab case. The deadline for filing "Joinders" was last Friday, and as our attorney explained "joinders" is the word used for a filing that supports our Motion for Summary Judgment.

Look at all those who have joined us!

1. Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District
2. Navajo Nation
3. Anita Hand, the Hand Trust
4. Wildearth Guardians
5. San Augustin Water Coalition (SWAC)
6. Three Pueblos: Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Sandia,
and Pueblo of Santa Ana
7. Socorro County
Jaimie Park of the NM Environmental Law Center supplied this list and the documents. As always, if you want a copy of any or all of them I will be glad to send whatever you request. If you wonder why Catron County is not on the list it is because the county has filed its own motion for summary judgment.

Here's an interesting fact: the Augustin Plains Ranch proposes to put a pipeline for our water through the Isleta Pueblo. I don't think they are in favor of that! We are indeed fortunate to have so much support for our opposition to the application.

With thanks for your continuing support,
Carol Pittman, Datil  Download the update 

April 18, 2019 -
Hawkes, Bustamante elected new trustees - Chieftain  

April 12, 2019 -
Blaine V APR case actions update  Download

April 5, 2019 -
NM Environmental Law Center Green Fire Report
New Staff Case Updates - House Party  Download  

Independent committee will review electric proposals. ... The City of Socorro is moving closer to establishing its own municipal electric utility.  

March 16 marked the end of the first session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature. (Water Bills HB 374, HB 576 and SB 435)  Catron County Courier  

March 9, 2019 -
NM Environmental Law Center Green Fire Report
Mt. Taylor Mind; LANL Consent Order; HB 220; HB 255 - Legislation update

March 2, 2019 -
Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project - Initial Release and Translocation Plan for 2019  

February 22, 2019 -
Next APR v Blaine court hearing in Reserve on June 26, 2019 at 10.30AM Latest court actions here  

Friends of the Bosque Winter Newsletter

February 20, 2019 -
‘This has poisoned everything’ – pollution casts shadow over New Mexico’s booming dairy industry  ... Pollution from Cannon Air Force Base has gone unreported for decades. Now it’s threatening the US food supply.  Guardian     
 State environment department accuses Air Force of violating Water Quality Act. Abq Journal.    
Related: Toxic timeline: A brief history of PFAS  
Search Light NM  

February 15, 2019 -
Press Release: Four-Year Moratorium on Fracking Introduced in the Legislature.  La Jicarita  

February 15, 2019 -
Notes from the STATUS HEARING for the APR, LLC drilling application held on February 13th, 2019

PLEASE NOTE that I am NOT an attorney, and that these comments are as I understood the proceedings. Any errors are mine and should e considered in context...I tried to get it as error-free as possible. - Eileen Dodds

There were approximately 80 people (including the attorneys) in the small courtroom in Reserve for the hearing. Judge Reynolds opened the proceedings... He called on all attorneys to introduce themselves and state whom they represented.

Mr. Wexler for the APR,LLC spoke first, asking for 5-6 months of "discovery", both written and oral. His timeline asked for an August briefing, September responses from protestants, then another status conference by late this year or early next year.

Mr. Lindeen, representing the Office of the State Engineer, was in favor of the discovery request, but also wanted a fully-developed record and all issues (including anti-speculation) argued.

Jamie Park, representing some 80 clients of the NM Environmental Law Center, cited Article 16, Section 5 of a code, which limits the court to decisions based on OSE statutes. She said the facts in the application itself were enough for the court to decide on the Motion for Summary Judgment which the NMELC filed 60 days ago. She requested a hearing on that motion by March 15th.

Mr. Dominici, representing Catron County, opposed the discovery request, saying the court has already reviewed everything, and that the OSE was comfortable with their decision. He supported the decision on summary judgment to be made sooner than later.

Ms. Davidson, representing the Hand Family Trust, asked for a full argument on anti-speculation.

Then Judge Reynolds addressed the proceedings. He did not limit what anyone could file on summary judgment if it was brought up in the OSE's denial and issues in the ORIGINAL application. He said he thought this new application was different enough from the original to allow it. BUT he expressed aggravation about the length of time this has been going on (12 years), and by the LLC's request for discovery at this time. He said they have had 12 years to discover everything, and they should have raised the issue before. (Rule 56 ?) He said he needs to resolve Rule 56 to be able to consider "dismissing with prejudice", as it is a drastic issue, and the APR is entitled to the benefit of doubt. He cautioned care on everyone's responses. He told the LLC that just because the OSE may not have followed their own statutes with other drilling applications, it was no reason to disregard the statutes, and he would be looking at the LETTER of the law. He wants to see the argument on the question of commercial sale of water proving "beneficial use" in New Mexico. He said the LLC does NOT need an evidentiary delay. He cautioned all attorneys against asking for continuances, and he set the calendar for coming proceedings.
o By 3/15/19-Amended Motion for Summary Judgment-NO MORE after this date

1 - By 3/15/19 - Amended Motion for Summary
     Judgment-NO MORE after this date
2 - By 3/29/19 - All Joinders to be filed
3 - By 4/29/19 - All responses to item #1
     (nothing stopping Discovery)
4 - By 5/30/19 - Derrogatories, etc., within 2 weeks
     after #3. Telephonic conferences are ok.
     Then another hearing on the answers within 30 days.
5 - Oral arguments around 6/26/19-and he said not to
     bring up Conservation, Impairment, or Public Welfare.

Download notes here  

February 15, 2019 -
From the NM Environmental Law Center:

        Your Voice is Needed to Defend Clean Water!
                        2 ACTIONS NEEDED!


HB 255 will strengthen NM Mining Act financial assurance requirements and eliminate a loophole that puts the State and Taxpayers in environmental and financial risk for cleanup at mines!

To find your Representative and their contact information CLICK HERE  




HB 220 will amend the Water Quality Act to clarify where compliance with water quality standards is determined. It would reverse the negative impacts of the Copper Mine Rule.

HB 220 Will Be Heard in this Committee Next Week

See the full alert with House Judiciary members contact information  

February 12, 2019 -
From NM Wilderness Alliance
Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich helped push a public lands package through the Senate today that would create thirteen new wilderness areas in New Mexico! Ten of the proposed wilderness areas fall within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, two fall within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and one is located near the Four Corners region. The legislation also includes an expansion of the existing Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area near the Four Corners region. Overall, the thirteen new designations would account for roughly 270,000 acres of new wilderness in New Mexico - the most wilderness designated in the state in a single year since 1980!
Download press release here

Thank Udall and Heinrich here

February 11, 2019 - TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Defend Our Water Quality & Speak Up for HB255 & HB220 - Contact Legislators Today! HB255 will be heard in House Judiciary TODAY at 1:30pm

Download full press release here  

Tell our legislators that you support HB220 and HB255 that will protect our community, our water supplies and environment from the impacts of copper mining!   See the full press release for list of representatives.

HB255 would phase out corporate guarantees from an affiliated corporation in Mining Act permits, closing a loophole in the law that lets mining companies shift up to 75% of the financial burden and environmental risk for cleanup and reclamation onto the taxpayer and local communities. Download HB 255  

HB220 would nullify those provisions of the Copper Mine Rule that allow copper mines to pollute groundwater above NM water quality standards.  Donwload HB 220

February 11, 2019 -
NM Rural Libraries Initiative update

Bill SB 264 passed our first committee hearing on a 5-1 vote. Thanks especially to everyone who stayed at the committee meeting until the end last night at 7 pm after a really long day. Thanks to everyone who came and lobbied at the legislature for library legislature day. Senator Ortiz y Pino again stressed to me last night how important it is for you, your boards and patrons to continue to contact your legislators in support of the bills, SB 264 and SJR 11 and to ask for full funding at $50 million.

The hearing was live-streamed. If you want to see it it is HERE  Scroll down to 6:18 pm

APR hearing in the Reserve courthouse Wed. 13TH AT 11:30

Below is a copy of the order issued by Judge Reynolds on January 9th in which he granted the motion filed by the Augustin Plains Ranch asking that briefing on our motion for summary judgment be postponed until the hearing on February 13th. As you can see, he indicated that one of the subjects to be addressed at that hearing will be the schedule for that briefing. 010919-Postpone Sumary Judgement.pdf

February 9, 2019 -
Water Battle - Summary judgment sought. Chieftain  

February 1, 2019 -
2019 Legislative updat e from New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Download

February 1, 2019 -
Library Legislation day press release: -
Friday February 8 is Library Legislative day. We will meet at 8:30 am in room 326.
Our representative: Gabriel Ramos D, 28, Rm 416A, Cap: 986-4863 Off: (575) 388-1969 H:(575) 534-9535 Libraries: Bayard, Gila, Glenwood, Magdalena, Reserve, Rio Abajo. Download press release and agenda here

January 31, 2019 -
From the NM Enviromental Law Center:
Albuquerque District Court Judge Shannon Bacon denied the ground water pumping application of Aquifer Science, a Nevada-based water speculator, to appropriate 350 acre feet of ground water in the East Mountain area of Albuquerque. .
Full Press release here  Court Document 

February 1, 2019 -
Amending the requirements to protest a proposed Generation and Transmission rate change
- NM Senate Bill 357 seeks to amend the current statute concerning regulation of Generation and Transmission (G&T) Cooperatives in NM.

Currently, as you know, G&T cooperatives such as Tri-Sate have no oversight from the NMPRC unless 3 of their member distribution cooperatives protest a proposed rate increase. In addition, transmission-only customers of G&T's have no standing at the NMPRC or other venue to protest the transmission rates charged by G&T Cooperatives. As an example, Tri-States transmission rates have increased 23.4% since just 2016 or 7.8% per year and there has been little to no Tri-State transmission investment in New Mexico.

This legislation seeks 3 changes:
1) Reduce the required number of customer protests to one customer or member in order to require the Commission to review the rates and make a determination regarding whether the filed/proposed rates are Just and Reasonable. (Reduce customer protests from 3 to 1)

2) Adds the definition of a "Transmission Customer"

3) Includes "Transmission Customers" as an eligible party (member or customer) who can file a protest of proposed rates by a G&T.

As a Tri-State Transmission Customer, SEC members should be interested in this legislation and willing to call/email/write your senators and representatives to express your support for these changes. There are other municipal and cooperative utilities in New Mexico who are particularly interested in this moving forward. Support and votes needed to get it done. This is particularly important to rural and small town New Mexico communities.
Download 2019 NM Legislation SB357  
Download the 2019 NM SC357 Notice  

January 22, 2018 -
Document dated January 17, 2018:
Notice of filing of administrative record ... COMES NOW, Irma E. Corral, Hearing Unit Administrator for the Office of the State Engineer ("State Engineer"), and hereby gives notice to all parties herein that, pursuant to NMSA l97B SectionT2-7-2, the record of the adrninistrative proceeding of the above captioned matter has been filed with the clerk of the Seventh Judicial District Court. Download 011719-Notice-Filing-Admid Record (18 pages) - 

January 16, 2019 -
APR hearing in Reserve update -

Below is a copy of the order issued by Judge Reynolds on January 9th in which he granted the motion filed by the Augustin Plains Ranch asking that briefing on our motion for summary judgment be postponed until the hearing on February 13th. As you can see, he indicated that one of the subjects to be addressed at that hearing will be the schedule for that briefing. 010919-Postpone Sumary Judgement.pdf

January 15, 2019 -
As Corporate Power Threatens Americans' Right to Water, Groups Offer UN Body List of Issues to Raise With US. ... "Civil and political rights must encompass the human right to water, which is increasingly under threat by corporations that seek to use and abuse our water supplies for profit."  CommonDreams  

January 14, 2019 -
Greenfire Report from the NM Eniromental Law Center.
January 2019   

January 7, 2019 - APR, LLC Update: ab)

APR LLC filed an appeal to the State Engineer’s decision to deny their application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin. That appeal was made to the 7th Judicial District Court. Judge Reynolds is the water Judge.

Their action required a reaction and that has indeed occurred. Doug Meiklejohn of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. That kind of Motion requests the Judge to throw out the appeal and deny the application as did the State Engineer. Download the motion below.

Judge Reynolds has responded by setting a date for a hearing. The hearing announcement is also attached. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE: February 13, time 11:30, place Courthouse in Reserve. Your attendance is urgently requested, so please put this date on your calendar. The Judge needs to know we care as a community about this dreadful proposal to take 54000 acre feet of water every year from our aquifer.

Related documents:
Motion for Summary Judgement.pdf (5 pages)
- District Court Status Hearing Notice.pdf (1 page)
- The Community Protestants’ Memo. supporting of the motion.pdf (287 pages)

January 4, 2019 -
Co-op District II Trustee named.  Chieftain  

December 6, 2018 -
Southwest Climate Change Report
Executive Summary
PowerPoint Report  

December 3, 2018-
We need to explore clean renewable energy. Ward McCartney letter to the Chieftain

PRC complaints website  

December 3, 2018 -
Why water will be the next battleground in the fight against climate change.  ... In the third part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its alarming projections for our water supplies.  Guardian  

Last Ditch Standing: A tale of water inequality in the West.  River of Lost Souls  

November 16, 2018 -
The Once Hated Wolf Could Now Save A Struggling Community. ... Wolf tourism is bringing more benefits than hunting.  HuffPost    Related:  Bill That Would Drop Protections For Gray Wolves Passes House. ... Around 5,000 wolves currently live in the lower 48 states.  HuffPost  

October 8, 2010 -
The Race to Buy Up the World's Water  Newsweek  

November 1, 2018 -
An Aquifer From the Ice Age Becomes a Battleground in New Mexico. EcoWatch 

November 1, 2018 -
Bosque Watch Newsletter  

October 23, 2018 -
Challenge to Policy on Prosecuting Endangered-Species Hunters Tossed.  Courthouse News  

October 22, 2018 - PROTEST COPPER FLAY MINE -
The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) is holding a public hearing October 23 -24 on the Permit Application Package and Draft Environmental Evaluation in consideration of issuing a new mine operation permit for the Copper Flat Mine, 5 miles northeast of Hillsboro and 30 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences. More information: Action Network
Download flyer

October 18, 2018 -
SEC rate increases may begin in January.
      Rate table  

 Public meetings on rate increases:
Oct. 19: Socorro Annex Building, 198 Neal Ave, 6 pm
Oct. 22: Magdalena Senior Citizens Center, 6:30 pm
Oct. 23: Alamo Wellness Center, 2 p.m.
Oct. 25: Datil Elementary School Gym, 3 pm

October 17, 2018 -
Proposed SEC rate increase for 2019. Rate Table  

October 16, 2018 -
No peep from councilors on proposed takeover. Chieftain letter 

October 12, 2018 -
Case Updates from NM Enviromental Law Center

Santolina - This is a very complex set of cases and filings. For the Level A Master Plan (which covers the entire proposed development), we appealed the County Commission approval of the Plan to the Court of Appeals and the paperwork on that by all the parties may be complete. Also in the Court of Appeals is an appeal by Bernalillo County of the 2nd Judicial District Court's decision voiding the Zone Map change for the Santolina development. The developer, Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH), also filed an appeal of that decision and our Answer brief to their appeal is due October 30th. For the Level B Master Plan approval (Level B is for a sub-section of the whole Level A Master Plan), we have filed in District Court our Statement of Appellate Reasons and are waiting for the

Agustin Plains Water Grab -
Augustin (sic) Plains Ranch (APR) has filed a Notice of Appeal of the State Engineer's decision to deny - for the third time - APR's application to mine more than 17 billion gallons of aquifer water annually. We will soon file our Notice of Entry and a Motion for Summary Judgement (a request that the court issue a decision based on the merits of our case without having to go to trial).

New Mexico Legal Notices website  

September 4, 2018 -
Senator Heinrich: Gila not appropriate for flyovers.
 NM Wild  

August 1, 2018 -  
Average Retail Price of Electricity to Residential Sector, August 2018 (cents/kWh)  

June 26, 2018 -
Attend a rally in opposition to the Gila River diversion and then join us to make public comment at the NEPA scoping meetings scheduled for 4pm to 7 pm.
More info

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. NM Wild Or PDF file  

June 4, 2018-
mportance of Gila National Forest For Mexican Wolf Recovery. Wildlands Network  

Standoff Over Mexican Gray Wolf Continues in Southwestern U.S. NatureNow  

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. New Mexico Wild  

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016

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Magdalena Now & History
10 Day Forecast -  
Phone App - Drought Map
Drought Monitor Map
Smoke Trails  NOAA
urrent Fires EPA-AirNow  

Weather Underground PWS KNMMAGDA5



San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
Food and Water Watch
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)
NM Water & Natural Resouces Comm.

Conservation Voters New Mexico 
San Augustin LLC website
New Mexico Wilderneess Alliance  
The Candle Publishing  
Water Grabbing (Wiki)  

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