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Weekend of October 19-21, 2018
1947 The House Un-American Activities
Committee opens public hearings on alleged
communist infiltration in Hollywood. Among
those denounced as having un-American
tendencies are: Katherine Hepburn, Charles
Chaplin and Edward G. Robinson. Among those
called to testify is Screen Actors Guild President
Ronald Reagan, who denies that leftists ever
controlled the Guild and refuses to label
anyone a communist.

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Weekend Read:
The Rats Revolt ...There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d’état that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one.  TruthDig/Hedges    
Related:  Book website here  

How to make a can - YouTube

Saudi Arabia Financed the Killers of American Troops I Commanded.  TruthDig  

What the Mainstream Media Aren't Telling You About Jamal Khashoggi.  TruthDig  

At the Heart of Global Woes, 157 of World's 200 Richest Entities Are Now Corporations, Not Governments. ... From massive inequality to the climate crisis, these powerful corporations "are able to demand that governments do their bidding"  CommonDreams  

Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later. ... Progressive momentum could lead to historic breakthroughs in the midterms and beyond. Realizing such potential will require transforming and energizing the Democratic Party.  The Nation   

Robert Reich: The Economy Is in Much Worse Shape Than It Looks.  TruthDig  

As Trump Vows "A Lot of Cutting" After Midterms, Americans Urged to Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid at the Voting Booth. ... With Trump's support, the GOP "has spent the last two years doing everything they can to reach onto our pockets, steal our money, and give it to their pay masters on Wall Street."  CommonDreams  

The Giant Corporations Behind Your Burgers And Milk Have A Terrifying Climate Secret. ,,, Together, five companies have a climate footprint bigger than Exxon, Shell or BP, but we don’t talk about it.  HuffPost  

Anti-Terrorism Laws Increasingly Used to Target Indigenous Activists.  TruthOut  

As Facebook Shows Off Its "Election War Room," A Massive WhatsApp Scandal Hits Brazil. ... The timing of Facebook's announcement throws into question how serious the company is about actually fighting misinformation in Brazil's election.  BuzzFeed  

As FBI Whistleblower Terry Albury Faces Sentencing, His Lawyers Say He Was Motivated by Racism and Abuses at the Bureau.  Intercept  

October 18, 2018
A group of the Venezuelan armed forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Pérez Jiménez, and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, stages a coup d’état against president Isaías Medina Angarita, who is overthrown by the end of the day


The Trail of Clues in the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.  NY Times  

Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi’s Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East.  DemocracyNow  

Washington Post told lobbyist: Quit working for Saudis or stop writing for us.  Politico  

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State.  ...  That money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of a missing Saudi dissident. ... Rest of the story here:  Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance: What We Know and Don’t Know.  
NY Times  

Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh.  NY Times  

The Trump era is full of cruelty without consequence.  Washington Post  

Jamal Khashoggi Wasn’t the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades.  Intercept  

MBS’s rampaging anger will not silence questions about Jamal Khashoggi.  Washington Post  

When Saudi Arabia’s Credibility is Damaged, So is America’s.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Investigation: As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders.  DemocracyNow  

A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminists Demanding Right to Drive. DemocracyNow  

Why Israel’s - and America’s - Legal Justifications for Assassinations Don’t Add Up. ... The expansion of legal rules around targeted killings by the United States is one of the most consequential legacies of the post-9/11 era. Under both the Bush and Obama administrations, the U.S. government arrogated itself broad rights to kill individuals far from any battlefield.  Intercept  

Groups To Sue Department Of Education For Information On Issue Of Arming Teachers
They want to know if the NRA had a hand in the agency’s decision to allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns. HuffPost  


Trump Administration Urges Saudis To Stick To Killing Random Yemeni Civilians. Go >

Saudis Admit Journalist Khashoggi Died During Botched Assassination Attempt.  Go >

ICE Agent Terrified After Becoming Separated From Team During Immigrant Raid.  Go >  

America Is Authoritarian by Design.

October 17, 2018
1994 Dmitry Kholodov, a Russian journalist, is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces; his murder begins a series of killings of journalists in Russia.

Political Violence Surges in Brazil as Far-Right Strongman Jair Bolsonaro Inches Closer to the Presidency.  Intercept  

Brazil: the First Republic under threat.
Thomas Piketty

The Washington Post, as it Shames Others, Continues to Pay and Publish Undisclosed Saudi Lobbyists and Other Regime Propagandists. Intercept  

'You Couldn't Make This Up': A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Khashoggi Murder Probe. ... As one reporter joked, "the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive."  CommonDreams  

Former Saudi Political Prisoner: Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Sending a Gruesome Message to Critics.  DemocracyNow  

Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections.  CounterPunch  

Facebook Accused of 'Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent' After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass Purge. ... The massive shutdown affected many progressive sites devoted to covering war, police brutality, and other issues neglected by the corporate media.  CommonDreams  

Nation Warned That Trump's "Horrifying" Medicaid Pick Hired With "Express Purpose to Dismember" Program. ... Mary Mayhew "destroyed Medicaid in Maine now she will destroy it in the whole country."
 CommonDreams    Related:  Former Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Appointed As Federal Medicaid Director.  
Maine Public  

Mitch McConnell Eyes Entitlements After Tax Cuts Failed to Pay for Themselves. ... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the budget deficit "disturbing."  AlterNet  

October 16, 2018
1998 General Augusto Pinochet, the former
dictator of Chile, is arrested in London for
extradition on murder charges.

American History for Truthdiggers: Lies We Tell Ourselves About the Old West. ... “They [the Sioux Indians] are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts and by no means as people.” —Gen. John Pope, in instructions to his officers during an Indian war in Minnesota (1862).  TruthDig  

Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process' .  TruthDig/Hedges  

The Saudi Atrocities in Yemen are a Worse Story Than the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

GOP Lawmaker Rips Mic From Democratic Candidate’s Hands During Debate. ... When he was done talking, Rep. Duane Quam just tossed the mic in front of her.  HuffPost  

Republican Official Caught Purging Tens of Thousands of Black Voters from His Own Election for Governor. ... Running for governor against a black woman, Brian Kemp has instituted a new voter verification system that just happens to flag a lot of black voters.  AlterNet  

Calves in Confinement. ... Gruesome Footage of Dairy Calves Exposes a Gaping Loophole in California’s Landmark Animal Welfare Law.  Intercept  

Trump’s Aggressive Plans to Stifle Democracy.  Trump's administration is aggressively pushing measures to restrict public protest and citizen participation.  

Military Officials Aren’t Supposed to Associate With Hate Groups. So Why Are These Generals Speaking at Frank Gaffney’s Confab?  Intercept   

Nearly Every Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Still Takes Corporate PAC Money.

Seed, Pesticide and Banking Monopolies — Not Immigrants — Are Destroying Farm Country. An Iowa Insurgent Hopes That Message Can Dethrone Steve King.  Intercept  

October 15, 2018
1969 Rallies for The Moratorium to End the
War in Vietnam draw over 2 million
demonstrators across the US, a quarter million
of them in the nation’s capital.

When following the news on the Main Stream Media (MSM), or better described as Lame Stream Media (LSM), always keep in mind those talking head "experts", "consultants", or "analyst" are probably not what they seem.

All MSM/LSM news outlets bring on paid consultants to explain the story of the day. Some are x-government officials, associated with one political party or the other, corporate shills or military water-boys.

For example: The Washington Post has writers on staff who write news articles, OpEd, and opinions and may even appear on TV as experts on particular issues. Their job is to control the conversation on behalf of their clients

In the case of WaPo, two of those paid staff members are Ed Rogers and Carter Eskew who do work for the Saudi government.

Eskew is Founder and Managing director of probably the biggest Saudi lobbyist firm, Glover Park. Glover Park was founded by Clinton aides, Joe Lockhart, Carter Eskew and others. Glover Park firm is all about steering   "... the conversation where our client needs it to go.

Ed Rogers is a paid registered agent of the Saudi government. He works for the BGR Group. Rogers has a new contract worth $80,000/month.

But wait, there's more: -
Here is the 10-person lobbying team Saudi Arabia hired at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. This crew costs $125,000/month - it includes former top aids to Senators & Congressman of both parties, ambassadors, & even a former RNC head:

  • 1 - Zach Pflster, former senior staffer for Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC), Representative Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), & for Senator Evan Bayh
  • 2 - Elizabeth Gore, former chief of staff for Senator Byron Dorgan, North Dakota
  • 3 - Alfred E. Mottur, Hilary Clinton fundraisers, former Senior Staffer to Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC)
  • 4 - Greta Joynes, former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • 5 - Milan Dalal, former senior economic advisor to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • 6 - David Cohen, former chief of staff at the US Customs Service
  • 7 - Kenneth Khachigian, former National Senior Adviser to John McCain, former chief Speechwriter and Senior White House Advisor to President Reagan
  • 8 - Robert James Nicholson, former Chairman of the RNC, former Ambassador to the Vatican, and former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • 9 - Marc S. Lampkin, former senior advisor to House Speaker John A. Boehner
  • 10 - Martha Ann Burke, former assistant to the Saudi Ambassador to the US

WaPo's Carter Eskew Bonus point: Eskew just wrote a piece in the WaPo about how  'medicare for all'  is not feasible while representing healthcare giants -like CVS Health- through the Glover Park Group. The relation between Eskew, GPG and the healthcare industry were undisclosed, of course.

“He May Be A SOB But He's Our SOB” - FDR


Saudi Arabia Wants Trump And Congress To Forget Jamal Khashoggi. Here’s Its Likely Playbook. ... Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, implicated in the journalist’s potential murder, could blunt criticism using the most sprawling foreign influence campaign in the U.S. today.  HuffPost     Update:  Saudi Arabia Rejects Trump Comments, Threatens Retaliation For Any Punishment ... The comments come the day after Trump warned of “severe punishment.”  HuffPost  

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police. Intercept  

The New Arab Winter - The U.S. has helped nurture a new generation of Mideast dictators, and Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is just the latest result.  Slate  

Tom Friedman Reaps What He Sows: the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Memo to Trump: Beware Saudi Arabia's reckless crown prince.  Washington Post  

Trump Says He Doesn’t ‘Like’ Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance, Won’t Stop Saudi Arms Sales. ... The president also told “Fox & Friends” that U.S.-Saudi relations are “excellent.”  HuffPost   

Watch: The Stunning Rise of Brazil’s Far Right and What It Shows About Western Democracies.  Intercept  

'Flowering of hate': bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil. ... Supporters of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading i

Trump ‘poses the single greatest threat’ to our climate, bombshell UN report makes clear... Trump team approves landmark climate report -- and then rejects it.  ThinkProgress  

At Largest ICE Detention Center in the Country, Guards Called Attempted Suicides “Failures”  Intercept  

The Deceptive Contrast Between Trump and Kavanaugh. ... Last week, the impetuous President and the thoughtful Supreme Court nominee seemed very different, but they share an agenda for the country.
New Yorker  

How Trump Voters View the President Now.  

Trump hints that he plans to seriously obstruct justice after the midterms. ... "I want to get the elections over with, we'll see what happens."  ThinkProgress  

Dianne Feinstein Finally Agrees to “Debate” Senate Challenger, While Ensuring Almost No One Watches It.  Intercept  

Women aren't united against Kavanaugh. That's a dangerous myth.  ...  Women aren’t a singular demographic. There are myriad differences between us – and ignoring that is harmful for our politics.  
Guardian     Related:  ‘Vile hatred, hero worship': Christine Blasey Ford faces an unsettling future. ... Ford has faced aggression and ridicule, as well as support and admiration, and the glare of unwanted notoriety is unlikely to fade anytime soon.  Guardian  

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Tracking the U.S. Congress - GovTrack 

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).

San Augustin Water Coalition Meeting Tuesday, October 9th 6 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church.

New Mexico Legal Notices website  

Case D-728-CV-201800026 Filed Oct. 3, 2018

October 10, 2018 -
Current Court Filing with register of actions

October 5, 2018 -
Two Court notices dated August 13, 2018 -

1 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   In the matter of the corrected Application filed by Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC, for permit to appropriate ground water in the Rio Grande Underground Water Basin in the State of New Mexico. Download here  

2 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC - Applicant/Appellant) v. Tom Blaine, P.E. and Protestants (Listed). Download here


October 4, 2018 -
While Nestlé extracts millions of litres from their land, residents have no drinking water.  Guardian  

October 4, 2018 -
SEC Board vacates Holcomb’s post. Chieftain  

October 1, 2018 -
Warning to wives about SEC billing statement.

September 25, 2018 -
As New Mexico Reservoirs Hit Bottom, Worries Grow Over the Future. ... The state’s reservoirs have done their job to help water users survive record drought in 2018. Now they are almost totally dry, and tensions are building over the year ahead. ‘Climate change is really happening,’ one water official says.  News Deeply  

September 19, 2018 -
Monsoon Storms, Key to Recharging Groundwater, May Become Less Common. ... A new study has revealed that monsoons in the Southwest have already become less common but more extreme in nature, posing new challenges for water managers eager to capture crucial runoff.  News Deeply  

September 17, 2018 -
In New Mexico, Move to Reuse Fracking Water Stirs Cry for Transparency. ... The state formed a working group, with the blessing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to find ways to reuse wastewater from natural gas fracking wells. But concerned citizens say the process needs more daylight.
 News Deeply  

August 14, 2018 -
New Mexico Groundwater Diversion Plan Rejected as ‘Water Speculation’. ...Augustin Plains Ranch wanted to build 37 wells and a pipeline to deliver groundwater from remote Catron County to the Albuquerque metro area. For the third time, the state engineer found the plan would violate New Mexico law.  News Deeply  

(2012) Protecting Resources for Land-Based People: The New Mexico Water-Transfer Conundrum.
Poverty Law  

September 20, 2018 -
Why is SEC board acting as if it has something to hide?  
Chieftain Editorial  

September 20, 2018 -
(August 31, 2018) Santolina development takes another step forward. ... Bernalillo County Commission approved Santolina’s first Level B Master Plan on (Aug. 29, 2018) ... bringing the massive 21-square-mile development southwest of Interstate 40 and 118th Street one step closer to fruition. Albuquerque Journal or PDF file  

September 17, 2018 -
State says no to APR hearing - Chieftain  

September 16, 2018 -
PRC denies SunZia permit. ... It will transport electricity generated from wind farms in the eastern part of the state to a hub west of Phoenix that would serve customers in Arizona and California  Chieftain  

September 13, 2018 -
Socorro Mayor talks SEC buyout  Chieftain

September 6, 2018 -
SEC electric bills about to rise? ... City considers filing PRC protest. Chieftain    Related:   SEC electric bills about to rise? ... Resolution paves way for increase  Chieftain  

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

September 3, 2018 -
Billionaire Clinton donor joins Trump administration in bid to save Navajo coal plant. ... Private equity fund negotiates acquisition of largest coal plant in the West.  ThinkProgress  


September 5, 2018 -
From NM State Engineer - Dated 8/28/18) - Order Denying Applicant's Request for (Evidentiary) Hearing. Legal Document  

August 31, 2018 -
083118-Wild Earth Joinder-on App Expedited hearing Legal Document  

August 30, 2018 -
Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District's Joinder in the Community Protestant's Response in Opposition to APR request for evidentiary hearing. 
Legal Document 

August 30, 2018 -
Water Rights Division's response to applicant's expedited request for post-decision evidentiary hearing. (Conclusion: "No expedited hearing is needed before the appeal can proceed. The Expedited Request should therefore be denied")
Legal Document

August 29, 2018 -
Navajo Nation's joinder in protestant Hand's Response to Applicant's Expedited Request for Post-Decision Evidentiary Hearing.  Legal Document

August 28, 2018 -
New Mexico Environmental Law Center responds to APR Expedited Request. Legal Document  

August 28, 2018 -
Catron County response to applicant's (APR) expedited request for post-decision evidentiary hearing. Legal Document  

August 28, 2018 - An Aquifer From The Ice Age Becomes A Battleground in New Mexico. ... In the heart of New Mexico's beautiful, umarred San Augustin Valley, a battle has been waging between the protectors of precious resources and a billionaire looking to make more money. See who is winning - for now. Food & Water Watch or download

August 27, 2018 -
Protest (Anita) Hand's response to applicant's (APR) expedited request for post-decision evidentiary hearing Legal Document  

August 27, 2018 -
Attorney: Water decision correct.

August 24, 2018 -
APR- Applicants Expedited Request for Post-Decision Evidentuary Hearing
 Legal Document  

August 16, 2018 -
APR to Appeal Denial of Application to
7th Judicial Court

In the order denying the application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin, the Hearing Officer stated that "In the absence of a specific plan to appropriate a specific quantity of water for specific identified beneficial uses, there is no showing of a non-speculative need, which is a requirement for the issuance of a permit under which a water right may be developed. ... All of the findings of fact and conclusions of law set out above collectively support the conclusion that APR's Corrected Application is speculative and should be denied." The State Engineer stated in the order, "I ACCEPT AND ADOPT THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEARING EXAMINER THIS DAY OF JULY, 2018."

Nevertheless, the APR has appealed. Why they appealed or what kind of arguments they will bring before a judge remains to be seen. The appeal avoids the need for a full evidentiary hearing on permit to drill 37 wells and pump 54,000 acre-feet per year out of the area. (Download press release)  

August 15, 2018 -
Augustin Plains Ranch appeals decision.

August 3, 2018 -
State engineer accepts recommendation denying water application. Chieftain

August 2, 2018 -
From Douglas Meiklejohn Attorney - NM Environmental Law Center: Hearing Officer's report recommending that the State Engineer grant the motions for summary judgment that Catron County and we filed. As is indicated on page 13, the State Engineer accepted the recommendation.  Report and Recommendation Granting Motions for Summary Judgement  

Bottom line: "All of the findings of fact and conclusions of law set out above collectively support the conclusion that APR’s Corrected Application is speculative and should be denied."

August 23, 2018 -
Mayor: City buyout of SEC grid would mean cheaper rates.  Chieftain  

August 5, 2018 -
Battle for Water Rights Heats Up in El Salvador.

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  

July 2018 -
Bosque Del Apache news letter.
Note the water problems on the Rio Grande. .

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  

May 30,2018 - APR watr grab update from Carol Pittman::
There is still no decision by the State Engineer on the application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin. While we wait, let’s assess the situation.
Smoke Outlook.pdf  

The proposed project by the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR LLC) is one which we, the community, must fight on three fronts.

1) The legal front. We have twice won on this front because we have had top-notch representation by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. NMELC continues to represent us and should you have a couple of bucks to spare, a donation would help us meet our expenses (travel, court filings, copying, mailing). Here is a link to their website: You can also send a check to NMELC, 1405 Luisa St., Suite #5, Santa Fe NM 87505. In either case be sure to indicate that your donation if for the “Augustin Plains account.”

2) The second front we must fight on is the technical front. As you may know, the APR LLC has engaged Occam Engineering to conduct a hydrological study of the Plains. Occam Engineering is corporate president Scott Verhines, the former State Engineer who denied the APR LLC’s application, and Estevan Lopez, former head of the Interstate Stream Commission, a protestant of the application. These two men have changed sides.

We, therefore, must do our own hydrological study. If you’d like to contribute to our hydrology fund, there are two ways to do that. Make a donation to the San Augustin Water Coalition, PO Box 613, Datil NM 87821. Designate your donation for the “Hydrology Fund.” OR, go on line to the Southwest Research and Information Center and contribute to the Augustin Plains account. SRIC administers our grant funds, but also takes individual donations.

The investment you make to save our community will also protect the investment you’ve made in your home and/or business.

3) The third front in our water battle is political. While I'm not suggesting that anyone be a one-issue voter, I do suggest that you consider voting for those who stand with our community on this issue. If this project is approved it will set a precedent that can harm all of New Mexico's rural communities.
Socorro Voting Places.pdf
Catron Voting Places.pdf  
Download the above update.pdf

May 3, 2018 -
Is the SEC doing enough with renewable energy?

April 26, 2018 -
Augustin Plains Ranch OpEd makes astounding claims - Download

April 26, 2018 -
'We'll survive': Officials: Farmers have water despite early drying Rio Grande - Chieftain

April 18, 2018 -
Jichlinski responds to Sen Heinrich article in the Chieftain   .pdf version 
Original Sen Meinrich article here  Chieftain  
pdf version

APRIL 17, 2018
The presentation of an on-going study of the San Augustin Plains Aquifer by Dr. Alex Rinehart (Hydrogeology, Geomechanics) from NM Tech Earth and Environmental Science -

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Alex Reinhart presentation slides.

April 6, 2018 -
20th anniversary of release of Mexican wolves in wild. Chieftain    .pdf  

(East Mountain) Water dispute has statewide implications. Mountain View Telegraph

April 5, 2018 -
Despite Overwhelming Opposition From Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling. ... Out of 81,862 comments filed, only 75 were reportedly in favor of granting the permit.  AlterNet  

April 5, 2018 -
Navajo water ruling will be appealed to NM Supreme Court. An attorney for non-Indian water users in northwest New Mexico says he will appeal a decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals upholding an agreement between the Navajo Nation and state government settling Navajo water rights claims in the San Juan River basin.
Albuquerque Journal

April 4, 2018 -
Letter from Rep Gail Armstrong to Zinke, head of the Deptartment of the Inetrior regarding the removal of their "objection" to the APR project.  Armstrong Letter

April 4, 2018 -
Anyone who has had an unreasonable experience with Socorro Electric Coop (SEC), our Electricity provider. ... We are currently compiling complaints and experiences yourself/others may have encountered with SEC, in an effort to collaboratively address SEC. Call Bonny Dexter 505-205-6658

April 2, 2018 -
Water grab on the plains of San Agustin. Letter to the editor by Sen. Martin Heinrich. Chieftain PDF

March 24, 2018 -
Warehouse 1-10 WATER 2018
Panel discussion.

The Panelists left to right:
* Mary Katherine Ray,
Wild Life Photographer and Chair for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club
* Douglas Meiklejohn,
Founder and Executive Director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center
* Carol Pittman,
The Augustin Plains Challenge San Augustin Plains Water Grab.

* Fred Phillips,
Professor of Hydrology at Dept. of Earth & Enviro. Science, NM Tech
* Gail Armstrong,
State Representative for District 49
* Ed Katzenberger,
Watershed Discipleship. Cooperative interfaith effort between Albuquerque Mennonite Church and NM Interfaith Power and Light

Part 1.webm or mp4    Part 2,webm or mp4
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Part 5.webm or mp4    Part 6.webm or mp4
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March 15, 2018 -
NM, feds reach agreement on wolf releases. Albuquerque Journal  

March 15, 2017 - Bhasker vows to go after the electric cooperative  

Warehouse 1-10 is proud
to present WATER 2018
Saturday, March 24th - 1 to 3pm

At Warehouse 1-10 is at 110 North Main, Magdalena.

Art Exhibits
Panel Discussion starting at Noon
Download the flyer:  Word or PDF

Coke, Nestle Near Ownership Of World’s Second Largest Aquifer. ... A concerted push is underway in South America that could see the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water, soon fall into the hands of transnational corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nestle. Popular Resistance  

USGS Library Materials for Water Resources Information.  FDLP

March 1, 2018 - APR Update from Randell Major:

I sat in on SM 30 "NO PERMIT FOR AUGUSTIN PLAINS RANCH WATER". It made it through several committees and then to the Senate Chamber and passed 36 to nothing. Which is good! Even though this memorial does not have the legal authority to direct the State Engineer what to do, it does send a strong signal.

This part is my opinion. The San Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has their lobbyist and are going strong to get our water. Senator Joseph Cervantes pointed out many different cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and others that get their water from somewhere else. Making the comment that NM may need to do the same" move water around". We need to keep up the fight. These guys are not going away anytime soon.  
Full report on meeting here    
 Copy of SM30 here  

New website: Peaceful Gila Skies - Stop Holloman Air Force Base expansion of military training over the Gila. Click here  

Time to support our Environmental Law Center leading the legal battatle against the water grab -

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February 21, 2018 -

Interbasin transfers of water, that is, the movement of water from one basin to another, has consequences for the go-to area as well as the take-from area. It has been a common occurrence to move surface water from one area to another, via a diversion, tunnel or pipeline. The transfer of groundwater is beginning to appeal to water managers as scarcity becomes more pressing. Treatises have been written on the subject and this venue is not appropriate for a long explanation, but awareness is of great importance as we have learned from what is happening on the Augustin Plains. Briefly, here are the questions we might ask when an interbasin transfer of water is proposed:

1) What is the environmental cost to the take-from area? Will it kill the grass? the trees? Will it leave enough water for people, livestock and wildlife? And what happens to the land when large transfers occur?

2) What is the environmental cost to the go-to area? Does the water “fit” the area?

3) What is the economic cost to the take-from area? We have learned from the Augustin Plains experience that not much can happen in an area where the water supply is threatened. Catron County has experienced little growth for 10 years.

4) What is the cost of the water in the go-to area? Does the entity in charge of the project expect to make a profit?

4) How sustainable is the water supply? What happens to the go-to area when this finite resource is gone? What happens in the take-from place when the finite resource is exhausted? These two questions are extremely important in a semi-arid climate.
We can ask more questions, but these should get you thinking about the need for regulation that will ensure fairness for all. “El agua is vida” applies to all life and has ramifications extending beyond basic needs.
- Carol Pittman

Related: Comments by Rocking R Ranch -
I sat in on SM 30 "NO PERMIT FOR AUGUSTIN PLAINS RANCH WATER". It made it through several committees and then to the Senate Chamber and passed 36 to nothing. Which is good! Even though this memorial does not have the legal authority to direct the State Engineer what to do, it does send a strong signal.

This part is my opinion. The San Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has their lobbyist and are going strong to get our water. Senator Joseph Cervantes pointed out many different cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and others that get their water from somewhere else. Making the comment that NM may need to do the same" move water around". We need to keep up the fight. These guys are not going away anytime soon. - Randell Major

February 19, 2018 - Legislative Update from
Carol Pittman. The Legislative session is over and some good things happened. Gail Armstrong, our representative to the New Mexico House of Representatives, will host a Town Hall meeting at the Eagle Guest to bring us a recap. The meeting will also be an opportunity for you to express your concerns for our community. I’d like to suggest that Gail sponsor legislation on interbasin water transfers, and show Gail that we will support such legislation.

Place: Eagle Guest Cafe, Datil
Time: 4:30-6pm
Date: Friday, February 23

January 25, 2018 - SEC: Deadline for co-op trustee candidates is Jan. 31 Chieftain

January 25, 2018 - Senator Munoz is the sponsor. The Memorial says it is “Asking the Office of the State Engineer to Refrain from Issuing a Permit to Augustin Plains Ranch Limited Liability Company to Appropriate fifty-four Thousand Acre-Feet of Water.” You can check it out at the link below


January 7, 2018 - Though New Mexico's national monuments appear to have avoided the sweeping acreage roll-backs happening in Utah, the Interior Department's recommendations for Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks have many worried. Taos News

The Gila National Forest has released their Draft Wilderness Inventory maps, and the public is invited to submit comments. The draft maps total more than 1.2 million acres. New Mexico Wild volunteers have worked for the last four and half years helping to influence these draft maps. Public input is critical to ensure that these areas make it into the Final Wilderness Inventory, and your personal experiences and comments are essential to making that a reality.The Wilderness Homepage for the Gila National Forest 

September 2, 2017 -
Thousands weigh in on wolf recovery plan ... Just hours before the Tuesday night deadline approached for the public to weigh in on a proposed federal management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, more than 9,000 comments had been posted online. Thousands more had been submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by mail — most opposing a wolf recovery plan that many criticized as too restrictive to allow the species to thrive.
New Mexican

August 31, 2017-
How do Socorro Electric Co-op rates stack up.
(Part 1 of 2) Chieftain (Part 2 coming)

Reclaiming Public Services. ... How cities and citizens are turning back privatization.TNI

August 10, 2017 -
Would you support a City of Cororro buyout of the SEC? Vote here


October 2012 - Groundwater in NM Report


August 2, 2017 -
Socorro Electric Co-op member survey -
In the upcoming months, SEC will be conducting a phone survey with members to received input on a variety of issues. We are interested in how we are doing as your provider. The SEC has hired a professional firm to conduct this survey, with the hopes of giving honest feedback about the service. The survey will ask questions on a variety of topics, such as the price of electricity, renewable energy, responsiveness to inquires, and internet service.





Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016


Kelly Rd Now & History
10 Day Forecast -  
Phone App - Drought Map
Drought Monitor Map
Weather Underground PWS KNMMAGDA5


National News

Democracy Now - The Intercept - Free Speech
Public Integrity - FAIR - Independent/Cockburn
Real News Net - Common DreamsGreenwald


San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)
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)  

From the NASA Solar Observatory
Click to visit website

2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

February 6, 2016 -
The Battle to Save NM's Last Wild River  

January 12, 2026 - Department of the Interior and NM Central AZ Project Entity Sign Agreement to Further Evaluate a Gila River Water Project

2013 - Assessment of Climate Change
in the Southwest United States Click here

1968 - Public Law 90-537 - 90th Congress, S. 1004 - September 30, 1968:
Colorado River Basin Project: Objectives  

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