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NOVEMBER 19, 2019
“War is a racket. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” ... (my military career was) “a high class muscleman for Big Business, Wall Street, and the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
General Shmedly Butler, USMC
 How to Save the Planet and Ourselves ... If you read only one book this year, it should be Roger Hallam’s “Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse.”  TruthDig/Hedges  

Trump Grants Pardons To Army Officers Charged With War Crimes. ... President Donald Trump called Major Matthew Golsteyn, who was accused of murder, a “hero”.  

Who decides whose struggle is justified and democratic, and who's an angry violent mob?  Video  


This is a big mess: (1) there were free and fair elections, and Evo Morales won them in a landslide; (2) the “interim leadership” are illegitimate fascists backed by the United States; and (3) she (Warren) can’t even say the word “coup”

Warren on Bolivia:
The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible. Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them.

Sanders on Bolivia:
I oppose the intervention of Bolivia's security forces in the democratic process and their repression of Indigenous protesters. When the military intervened and asked President Evo Morales to leave, in my view, that’s called a coup.

Massacre in Cochabamba: Anti-Indigenous Violence Escalates as Mass Protests Denounce Coup in Bolivia.  DemocracyNow  

Who decides whose struggle is justified and democratic, and who's an angry violent mob? How to tell a "riot" from a "protest"   Video  

Why the Corporate Media Won’t Call It a Coup.  

When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia, Look For a US Role. CounterPunch  

'This is What a Dictatorship Looks Like': Bolivian Security Forces Open Fire on Indigenous Protesters in City of Cochabamba. ... "State violence in Bolivia."  CommonDreams  

Militias in Bolivia Are Burning the Indigenous Flag in Public Plazas.  TruthOut  

Alex Main on Bolivia Coup.  FAIR  

A Gangster for Capitalism: Next Up, Bolivia.  CounterPunch  

The Coup That Ousted Bolivia’s Evo Morales Is Another Setback for Latin American Socialism. Intercept  

Bolivia and the Loud Silence. CounterPunch  

US and OAS help overthrow another government: ... The US targeted Morales for overthrow ever since he became president. And the Organization of American States helped set the stage for Bolivia’s coup.
Gray Zone

Shut Down the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC.  Jacobin  

Chileans Face State Repression as They Continue Revolt Against Neoliberalism.  TruthOut  

Tow articles about the media: The Fragile Boris Johnson.  Murray    and  “The Palace… Threatened Us(ABC news) a Million Different Ways”  Murray    Related:  Leaked Insider Recording From ABC News Reveals Network Executives Killed Bombshell Story Implicating Jeffrey Epstein.  Project Veritas  

Noam Chomsky interview - Threats to Peace & the Planet.  Alternative Radio  

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
30 Years and three days ago, in El Salvador, US-Trained Soldiers Murdered 6 Priests in Cold Blood

White Nationalists Are Running the White House. ... The Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch report on the leaked emails of Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller shows the deep connections he has to racist white nationalists   RNN   .

Horrifying Emails Reveal Stephen Miller’s White Nationalism.  TruthDig    Related:  White House aide Stephen Miller pushed racist immigration coverage in leaked emails  LA Times  

'They Choked Me. They Threw Me Down.': CodePink's Medea Benjamin Assaulted by Right-Wing Venezuelan Opposition and Threatened With Arrest. ... "This intimidation shows how the U.S. security forces work hand-in-glove with the right-wing forces in Latin America who are trying to stop progressive movements that empower the poor."  CommonDreams    Related:  CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions. DemocracyNow

In the Looming Shadow of Civil War. CounterPunch 


WATCH: 2019 Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice DemocracyNow  

The EPA’s War on Science Continues.

The Center Cannot Hold Off Climate Catastrophe.  TruthDig  

Naomi Klein on Climate Chaos: “I Don’t Think Baby Boomers Did This. I Think Capitalism Did.”  ITT  

To Confront Climate Change Humanity Needs Socialism.  CounterPunch  

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Environmental Justice, Shutting Down Pipelines, Capitalism & Billionaires.  DemocracyNow  

The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All.  CounterPunch  

Conservationist Warns 'Unnoticed Apocalypse' of Insects 'Should Set Alarms Ringing'. ... The warning comes as a new report highlights primary reasons pollinators and other insects are dying off: habitat loss and pesticide use.  CommonDreams  

'War for survival': Brazil’s Amazon tribes despair as land raids surge under Bolsonaro  Guardian  

Crushing Anti-Mining Protest in Australia.

Chileans Face State Repression as They Continue Revolt Against Neoliberalism.  TruthOut  

The Fragile Boris Johnson.   Craig Murray  

Elizabeth Warren Won't Admit It, But the Primary System Is Racist  TruthDig  

“The right way to do things is not to try and persuade people you’re right but to challenge them to think it through for themselves.” - Chomsky

Weekend Read:  Falter - by Bill McKibblen.  The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.   Review: Bill McKibben on How Climate Crises and New Technologies Will Change What It Means to Be Human. Intercept   Purchase at Indi Bound  

Paris climate pullout: The worst is yet to come. BBC  

Democrats Are Becoming the Party of Permanent War  TruthDig  


In NYT, CNN, BBC, & WaPo/AP reports on Jeanine Anez appointing herself president of Bolivia, zero mentions of her Christian supremacy or long history of racist anti-indigenous comments. AP simply refers to her as a “women’s rights activist.” Isn't her history of racism...relevant?

Bolivian Coup Explained  

Sanders Has Denounced Coup, But Biden, Warren, and Buttigieg So Far Silent on Overthrow of Bolivia's Morales. ... "Why is Bernie Sanders the only one who has spoken out? Don't the other candidates have a position about a destabilizing, right-wing takeover of a neighboring country? We need to hear from them."  CommonDreams   

After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia.  CounterPunch  

The Bolivian Coup Comes Down to One Precious Mineral.   TruthDig  

The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup -- Because US Wanted It to Happen.  FAIR  

Oppose the Military Coup in Bolivia. Spare Us Your “Critiques”. CounterPunch  

“Dicey times in Bolivia” ... American pundits continue to have difficulty assessing what democracy looks like in other countries.  The Outline  

Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire – with foreign support. ... Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.  GrayZone  

The US is set to drown the world in oil. ... A staggering 61% of the world’s new oil and gas production over the next decade is set to come from one country alone: the United States.  Global Witness  

A Veterans Day Worth Celebrating.  TruthDig  

Murder Like It’s 1495: U.S.-Backed Counterinsurgency in the Philippines. CounterPunch  

Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the left’s struggle against oppression. ... The antisemites threatening us don’t just hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial democracy and political equality.  Guardian/Sanders

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head.  AP  

In Discussing “Withdrawals,” Don’t Forget US’s Vast Military Base Empire.  TruthOut  

Illegal Loggers Murder Indigenous Forest Guardian in Brazilian Amazon.  CounterPunch

Governments Beware: People Are Rising Up All Over the World  TruthDig  

Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We're no longer the land of free markets. ... In a reversal from a few decades ago, American consumers are facing oligopolies while Europeans benefit from competition.  Guardian  

November 14, 2019
Let’s check the scoreboard for the Neoliberals vs.
the Rest of Us: The wealthiest 10% of adults
own 82% of the world’s wealth. The bottom 50% account for less than 1%.

(2013) Is 'The Five Eyes Alliance' Conspiring to Spy on You?... The dire threat of surveillance agencies working together to keep an eye on one another's citizens.  
The Atlantic

Israel’s Scheme To Defund the BDS Movement. ... Told they are enabling terrorists, banks cut off pro-Palestinian activists.  ITT  

Israel is Silencing the Last Voices Trying to Stop Abuses Against Palestinians.  CounterPunch  


Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm's Lithium Deal. ... "Bolivia's lithium belongs to the Bolivian people. Not to multinational corporate cabals."  CommonDreams  

Pentagon Claims US Authority to Shoot Any Syrian Govt Official Who Tries to Take Control of Syrian Oil. ... "This is not a new mission."  CommonDreams  

Trump allies worked to secure Ukraine gas deal. ... Perry pressed the Ukrainian president to fire members of the Naftogaz advisory board.   Mercury News  

Corporate Mammon: Amazon and the Seattle Council Elections.  CounterPunch  

Private Equity Firms are Modern Day Vampires Sucking the Lifeblood Out of Our Society. ... Deadspin is the latest victim of private equity. Labor writer and activist Kim Kelly warns us that these 21st century "private equity vampires" have to be controlled. TRN  

'The Business of Building Walls': New Report Shows Companies Cashing In on Europe's Expanding Anti-Migrant Barriers.   "As we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is tragic that so many new walls have been built across Europe to keep out the most vulnerable people on our planet."  CommonDreams  

Government Doesn’t Want Trump or His Immigration Policies Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren.  Intercept  

Causing 'Profound' Trauma, Trump Administration Detained Recording-Breaking 70,000 Children in 2019.  CommonDreams  

November 13, 2019
Finally a “win-win solution” we can all get behind! Ukrainegate takes down Trump and Biden, whose son Hunter was named-dropped by the Blue Sky influence-peddling outfit to try to gain access to the Obama State Department.

Will Julian Assange Die in Prison?  The American Conservative  

The UK’s Macabre Final Election.  Craig Murray  

“This Is a Military Coup”: Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster.  

How Iran Back Forces Are Taking Over Iraq. CounterPunch/Cockburn  


World leaders confident they will be able to ignore climate study endorsed by 11,000 scientists.> Go

Assad Starting To Feel Like Friendship With Tulsi Gabbard One-Sided After She Calls Just To Complain About The Election Again.  > Go  

Vindman Says Ukraine Transcript Left Out Lengthy Sections Of Trump Bragging About Time He Was In Pizza Hut Commercial.  >  Go  

The U.S. Military Is Monitoring Interfaith Group Opposed to Child Separation, Leaked Document Reveals. Intercept

The Sad Death of James Le Mesurier (Originator of Syrian "white helmets")   Craig Murray  

Billionaires Have Declared All-Out War on Sanders and Warren.  TruthDig  

Left is the New Right, or Why Marx Matters.  

America’s Secret History’s Roots Run Deep. MadCow

The Real Constitutional Crisis: The Constitution  CounterPunch  

What Does the Catholic Church’s Patriarchal Structure Have to Do with the Failure of the Amazon Synod? ... Feminist liberationists have long claimed that discrimination against women is the model for favoring the power of elites over the rest with negative consequences worldwide. The Amazonian Synod only reinforced the claim. The mistakes were breathtakingly obvious and relatively easy to fix.  ReWire  

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November 14, 2019 -
Trustees assert membership elected them to make rate decisions Chieftain

November 13, 2019 -
Order on State Engineer's Motion to Reconsider.
… It is hereby ordered that paragraph 5 of the August 23, 2019 final order be amended to state "The Augustin Plains Ranch's 2014/2016 Application to appropriate groundwater from San Agustin Basis is dismissed with prejudice" Download the document   

November 13, 2019 -
Light Pollution Is Taking Away Our Night Skies. Here’s Why That Matters. ... Some cities and states are trying to protect our night sky “for the health and wellbeing for all living things.”  HuffPost  

November 8, 2019 -
New Mexico Postcard: The Call of the Sandhill Cranes.  CounterPunch  

November 8, 2019 -
San Carlos Apache Leader: Proposed Oak Flat Mine Is an Environmental Injustice. Phoenix New Times

November 8, 2019 -
October 23, 2019 APR v Blaine court filings:
- Request for hearing by Office of State Engineer

- The State Engineer's Notice of Completion of Briefing.

-  State Engineer's Reply to Consolidated Reply to Responses to Motion to Reconsider.  Download

- Updated list of all court filings as of Nov 8, 2019

November 7, 2019 -
PRC says "no" to SEC's request. Chieftain

Monday the 11th, Veteran’s Day, there will be an event at CWB Gallery, in Magdalena at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Eric Shimamoto coming from Albuquerque will do a presentation. He did extensive research into the voting records of New Mexico Senate Democrats for the past several legislative sessions, and developed a shocking slide presentation about the way a block of Democrats in the Senate vote with the Republicans to stop progressive legislation.

Siah Correa Hemphill, a candidate for State Senate in District 28 also plans to meet with us. I heard her speak about her candidacy at a recent meeting of the Catron County Democratic Party and can attest to her positive, common sense plans for the future of our state.

October 4, 2019 -
More Water or More Wild: The Decades-Long Struggle over the Gila River’s Fate.  NM In Depth

November 5, 2029 -
Report on Forest Plan webinar:
Presentation slides  
How to write a letter to the editor  
Sample letters to Forest offices of
Cibola.docx    Carson.docx    Santa Fe.docx

November 2, 2019 -
Learn How to Comment on New Mexico's Forest Plans!
Please join us for a webinar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, that will provide you with background on the draft management plans for the Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests and guidance on how to effectively submit your comments to each forest.  Register Here 
Download Press Release

October 31, 2019 -
Village moves forward on water improvements.Chieftain

October 29, 2019 -
The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America's water to sell in plastic bottles. ... Creek beds are bone dry and once-gushing springs are reduced to trickles as fights play out around the nation over control of nation’s freshwater supply. Guardian  

October 25, 2019 -  
Fire and Logging Myths. CounterPunch  

October 24, 2019 -
October GreenFire Report from NMELC  

October 24, 2019 -   
USDA Forest Service Resumes Select Timber Management Activities
... Court approves stipulation modifying the injunction on certain activities in New Mexico and Arizona. Download press release

October 24, 2019 -
Spotted Owls and the National Christmas Tree ... the Forest Service has unilaterally restricted (firewood collection, etc) in an attempt to engender hostility between people who otherwise support environmental protection. It’s a cynical effort to divide people instead of being accountable to the law. CounterPunch  

October 22, 2019 -
Court Filings update as of October 22  Download 

October 22, 2019 -
Friends of the Bosque Fall Newsletter  

October 18, 2019 -  
Leadership Lacking for Wolf Protection  CounterPunch

October 17, 2019 -
Clock ticking on SEC appeal.  Chieftain  

October 14, 2019 - Southwest Seminars
Mother Earth Father Sky 2019 Lecture Series
Perspectives on Natural Science and Environment in the West - Expect lively, informed, and engaging speakers on: Archaeology - Art Geology - Natural History Biology- Cultural History Literature.
Mondays at 6pm - October 14 – December 16 *
Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo Enterprise
(and occasionally at Santa Fe Women’s Club)
$15 at the door, subscriptions available.
In honor of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center
* For schedule, see

October 12, 2019 -
Please join us in congratulating the Law Center's fearless founder and leader, Doug Meiklejohn, for being named a Santa Fe Living Treasure! Download Press Release - Download full press release here

October 10, 2019 -
County commission’s opposition to Western Spirit power lines.  Chieftain    Related:  Our low-income population will bear the burdens of this project. ... Martha Salas, Chair Socorro County Commission.  Chieftain  

October 9, 2019 -
 -  Catron County Board of County Commissioners'
    Response to State Engineer's Motion to Reconsider.
    Download  (5 pgs)  

 - The Community Protestants' Response to State
    Engineer's Motion to Reconsider.
 Download (12 pgs)

 -  Latest court filing list in APR v Blaine  Download  

October 4, 2019 -
SEC Co-op defies PRC ruling. Chieftain  

October 3, 2019 -
APR stands firm, case advances to Court of Appeals.
Chieftain     Related: Notice of Appeal mentioned in the artcicle:  Download

October 4, 2019 -
... the final Environmental Assessment for Military training in the Cibola National Forest has been published. Objections are accepted until October 14.
Download the Plan here  

In the Draft Decision Notice the Forest Service has determined that there will be no significant impact from the training, despite the fact that:
· 3 additional helicopter landing zones will be established (just as in the previous proposal)
· The number of helicopter sorties in the Madalena Ranger District will quadruple (keep in mind that currently there are 2,964 allowed sorties per day at one Helicopter Landing Zone, which include 8,892 day landings and 8,892 night landings).
· Helicopter flight paths go directly over residences
· Training areas have not been moved – and in fact still encompass private property
· Environmental impacts have not been adequately addressed.

September 26, 2019 -
From NM Environmental Law Center explaining the APR appeal:

“The Augustin Plains Ranch filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals. The Ranch is seeking to have the Court of Appeals rule that Judge Reynolds made the wrong decision. We do not know the specific grounds that the Ranch will argue, but the gist of the appeal will be that Judge Reynolds made one or more mistakes and the Court of Appeals should reverse his ruling.

“The motion filed by the State Engineer is separate from and not related to the appeal filed by the Ranch. The State Engineer is not asking that Judge Reynolds change his decision denying the Ranch's application. Rather, the State Engineer has asked Judge Reynolds to correct three mistakes that he made. The State Engineer has asserted that:

1) Judge Reynolds only had authority to dismiss the Ranch's appeal from the State Engineer ruling, and Judge Reynolds did not have authority to dismiss the Ranch's application;

2) Judge Reynolds did not have authority to dismiss the Ranch's application with prejudice because that means that the Ranch cannot ever file an application to appropriate water again; and

3) Judge Reynolds's order should have specified that it was limited to the application filed by the Ranch in 2014 and amended in 2016.” Download the above  

September 26, 2019 -
Grant County Passes Wild & Scenic Resolution!

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September 23, 2019 -
The APR has appealed. Now we wait for the Court of Appeals to move on the appeal.

State Engineers Motion to Reconsider - Download  

NOTICE OF APPEAL - Pursuant to Rules 12-201 and 12-202 NMRA and NMSA 1978 Section 72-7-3 (1923),
Applicant-Appellant Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC hereby appeals from the August 23, 2019 Final Order Granting Summary Judgment in Favor of the Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and Dismissal With Prejudice, attached hereto as Exhibit A (“Order”). The Court’s July 24, 2019 Memorandum Decision on Motions for Summary Judgment, to which the Order refers, is attached hereto as Exhibit B Download


September 23, 2019 - Decision Denying Water Permit. Abq Journal  Download

June 26, 2019 - Mined Water Isn't in Utilities Plan. - Letter to Albuquerque Journal re: article War on Water. From Chair of Albuquerque Water Authority  
 Download letter

July 27, 2019 - Judge rejects pipeline application.  Abq Journal  download  

June 19, 2019 - Battles continue over water. Abq. Journal.  Download     Related: NM Bureau of Geology APR Basin Map.   Download.jpg or PDF

Albuquerque Water Utility. The October 2018 Update to the Water Quality Protection Policy and Action Plan: Rivers and Aquifers Protection Plan. Download  

August 23, 2018 - City, feds make water deal to keep Rio Grande flowing through Abq.
NM Political Report    Download

December 29, 2008 - Corporate veil hides Schoodic landowners - Winter Harbor project  Download

July 8, 2010 - Water Problems Continue at Alamo Navajo Reservation.  Mountain Mail Download  

December 13, 2007 - Company wants to help N.M. fulfill water contract.  Download  

September 6, 2008 - Mysterious Water Firm's Water Plan Draws Protest. Download  

Israeli Financing Innovation Schemes for Europe - Fourth Meeting - Project Status and Preliminary Conclusions - Vittorio Modena - University of Pavia.  Download  

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September 20, 2019 -
Tri-State: wholesale rates unchanged - Chieftain

September 12, 2019 -
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 to deny the rate increase and adopt the Recommended Decision made by the Hearing Examiner.   
Download the PRC final ruling

September 12, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

September 12, 2019 -
BLM to host public meeting on Borderlands Wind Project. ...
The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5pm , at the Quemado Elementary School, 3484 Highway 60.

September 10, 2019 -
Socorro City Reply to Socorro Electric Co-op August 2019 newsletter related to "The City of Socorro is proposing to create a municipal electric utility and to begin "siphoning off " Members of SEC."  
Download SEC newsletter  
Download Socorro City reply to SEC newsletter  

September 5, 2019 -
City: SEC wants a 'second bite at the apple' Chieftain

September 5, 2019 -
Socorro County needs economic development, lower electric rates. Letter to the editor Chieftain  

August 28, 2019 -
SEC says rate increase is just, reasonable.Chieftain
Download      Related: August 22, 2019 - SEC response to PRC Download  

August 28, 2019 -
Plains of San Agustin aquifer safe .. for now. Chieftain

August 28, 2019 -
New Mexico Law Gives Private Utilities Unchecked Power Over Shift to Renewables.  TruthOut  

August 23, 2019 -
Hearing Examiner: SEC rate increase should be denied.  Chieftain  

August 22, 2019 -
Lawsuit claims SEC responsible for Quebradas fire.

August 22, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

August 23, 2019 -
Final order granting summary judgment in favor of the Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and dismissal with prejudice. (heart of the matter):

1 - The motions for summary judgment filed by the Community Protestants and Catron County are granted;

2 - All other motions for summary judgment are denied as moot; and

3 - APR's appeal from the State Engineer's August 1, 2018 Order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch's 2014/2016 Application to appropriate groundwater is dismissed with prejudice . Download document  
August 23, 2019 - Court case actions update D-728-CV-201800026.  Download  

Note: The APR has 30 days to appeal if they so desire.

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August 21m 2019 Update: Clarification - In response to the request of Judge Reynolds to write an order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s application to mine water in the San Augustin basin, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners submitted its order by the August 20 deadline. See pages 7-8 in the submission - Download Aug. 14, 2019 document  

August 14, 2019 -
Notice of submission of final order granting summary judgment in favor of The Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and Dismissal with Prejudice.  
Download Aug. 14, 2019 document

August 14, 2019 -
Before the NM Public Regulation Commission
In the matter of the filing of advice notice number 69 by the Socorro Electric Cooperative Case No. 18-oo383-UT. ... Statement of the case:
On December 3, 2o18, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SEC) filed Advice Notice No.69 for a proposed rate increase…. Etc.   Download  

August 13, 2019 - Augustin Plains update
Confused about the legal maneuverings surrounding the APR case? Here is what our attorneys Doug Meiklejohn and Jaimie Park say:

1 Judge Reynolds issued a Memorandum Decision on Motions for Summary Judgment on July 24

2 Judge Reynolds requested that Community Protestants and Catron County submit a proposed final order by August 15

3 He requested that if any party disagrees with the proposed final order they must submit their own proposed order by August 20

The Judge can select an order or he can write his own. There is no deadline for the Judge

Once the Judge issues an order the APR will have 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Appeals, if they choose to do so

It is still a bit up in the air when it comes to knowing for sure what will happen when, and no one is predicting what the Judge or what APR will do. After 12 years, we can wait a little while longer.

Note: A court order is an official proclamation by a judge that defines the legal relationships between the parties to a hearing, a trial, an appeal or other court proceedings. A final order concludes the court actions.
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July 25, 2019 -
From Douglas Meiklejohn -
Attorney - NM Environmental Law Center
Subject: Judge Reynolds's memorandum
Download the Memorandum  

Congratulations! Judge Reynolds ruled in our favor on the Augustin Plains Ranch application.

From pp 5-6 of the Judge's Memorandum, is the part you will find of greatest interest:
"By August 15, 2019, Counsel for the Community Protestants and Catron County shall jointly submit to the Court a proposed final order granting summary judgment and dismissing APR's latest application with prejudice. The people of New Mexico should not have their water tied up any longer with possibilities. If any party disagrees with the form of the order, they shall submit their own proposed order by August 20, 2019."  Download press release  

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August 8, 2019 -
Proposed rate structure is inequitable, regressive - Letter to the editor.  Chieftain    Download  

August 3, 2019 -
Email from Ray Martinez, Co. Commissioner, reguarding NM Census Download  

August 3, 2019 -
“Voices of the Gila” – local community members who love the Gila River and believe it should be protected for generations to come through Wild and Scenic designations. Voices  

August 1, 2019 -
Creative, flexible power supply partner welcomed.  
Reyes, Jr OpEd   Chieftain

August 1, 2019 -
There will be a regular meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition board on Tuesday, August 13th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church hall. The public is welcome .

August 1, 2019 -
It's time for face to face with Tri-State  
Chieftain    Download

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