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July 25, 2017
1861 The Crittenden Resolution, calling for
the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery,
is passed by Congress.

End of Empire

Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire. ... Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. The Intercept
Related: Common Dreams

Pentagon Study Declares American Empire Is 'Collapsing' ... Report demands massive expansion of military-industrial complex to maintain global "access to resources." AlterNet

Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts.
Democracy Now

A Shameful Silence: Where is the Outrage Over the Slaughter of Civilians in Mosul? Counter Punch

Netanyahu Tells European Leaders Concern for Palestinian Rights Is “Crazy”. The Intercept

"A Forgotten Crisis": Yemen's Aid Workers Speak Out About the World's Worst Humanitarian Disaster. Democracy Now

Poland's president to veto controversial laws amid protests. ... Andrzej Duda says he will block proposed legislation that would have put supreme court under control of ruling party. The Guradian

ALEC's Scary Plan For Electing Your Senators
The radical right is intent on destroying democracy as we know it. AlterNet

Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia. TruthDig

How Deranged Are Trump Supporters? New Poll Shows That It's Worse Than You Ever Imagined ... Seventy-two percent of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be "fake news"; only 14% disagree. AlterNet

Trump’s disordered personality has spawned a level of mayhem and incompetence that defies imagination. RawStory

July 24, 2017
1974 The Supreme Court rules that Nixon
must surrender the Watergate tapes.


Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia. Democracy Now!

Trump’s Russian Laundromat
How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. The Intercept

"Trump and the Russian Money Trail": Trump's Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades.
Democracy Now!

Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer. ... Long before Donald Trump’s election ushered in an era of resurgent white nationalism, a disaffected Republican named William H. Regnery II was brooding about the demographic plight of white people and plotting their rescue. TruthDig

5 Reasons Why Extraordinary Presidential Powers Make It Very Difficult to Nail Trump, His Family or His Team. ... Pardon power and absolute lack of morals make for a toxic, lawless cocktail. AlterNet

Nixon’s Justice Department warned that the president can’t pardon himself. ... “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case.” ThinkProgress

Six months into America's nightmare, how likely is Trump's impeachment? ... There are only so many possible fates for the president: an early departure, defeat in his re-election bid or a second term. Which will it be? Guardian

A New Class Politics. ... Class is back on the agenda of the European left. That is good news. The reasons, however, are unfortunate. Counter Punch

Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged. Democracy Now!

Cameroonian Troops Tortured and Killed Prisoners at Base Used for U.S. Drone Surveillance. Intercept

How the UAE is Recruiting Hackers to Create the Perfect Surveillance State. Intercept Donald Trump urged to intervene in case of Saudi student facing execution for protesting the Kingdom's rulers. ... Theresa May accused of 'deafening silence' on the imminent beheading of 14 young men and urged to use influence. Independent

July 21-23, 2017
1954 The French sign an armistice with the
Viet Minh that ends the war but divides
Vietnam into two countries.

Weekend Read:
America at War with Itself - by Henry Giroux. From poisoned water and police violence in our cities, to gun massacres and hate-mongering on the presidential campaign trail, evidence that America is at war with itself is everywhere around us. The question is not whether or not it's happening, but how to understand the forces at work in order to prevent conditions from getting worse. Amazon

After Six Months, A Detailed Look at 'Giant Bait and Switch' Trump Presidency. ... New report reveals how billionaire president has 'abandoned populism in favor of giveaways to industry' Common Dreams

Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless War Repeal 'In Dead of Night' ... "This is underhanded and undemocratic," says congresswoman from California. "The people deserve a debate!"
Common Dreams

From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa. Democracy Now!

GOP's Deja Vu Budget Slashes Social Programs to Fund Tax Cuts for Rich. ... House GOP budget blueprint would boost military spending and give tax cuts to the wealthy while slashing nation's safety net. Common Dreams

The Ultimate Hypocrisy? . ... The Trump administration has released their plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Observers say they are surprisingly similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as president. Democrach Now! 

The Massacre of Mosul: More Than 40,000 Civilians Feared Dead. Counter Punch

How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Undermines Civil Rights & Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students. Democracy Now!

                   Three articles on Israel

1 - Netanyahu attack on EU policy towards Israel caught on microphone. ... Israeli PM overheard saying bloc would wither and die unless it changed attitude towards his country at meeting of eastern European leaders. Guardian

2 - US Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel. ... The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech. Intercept

3 - Gaza on Verge of Collapse as Israel Sends 2.2M People "Back to Middle Ages" in Electricity Crisis. ... Israeli-imposed restrictions have limited electricity in Gaza to barely four hours a day, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for its 2 million residents. Democracy Now!

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July 21, 2017 -
Goals discussed at wolf recovery meeting ... If the Mexican gray wolf population averages 320 in the wild in the United States over an eight-year period, the animal could be removed from the endangered species list.

July 17, 2017 -

Speak up for Wolves - Attend upcoming meetings

July 20th - T of C - 6 - 9pm
Civic Center, Ralph Edwards Auditorium, 400 W 4th

July 22nd - Albuquerque, NM (Facebook Event) -
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque 1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
(Prep at the Wolf Den: 11 am - 12:45 pm
Rally: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
FWS Meeting: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 16, 2017 -

25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week TruthDig

July 13, 2017 -

Co-op defends situation with TDS - Chieftain or downlaod pdf version

July 7, 2017 -

Mexican Wolf Draft Revised Recovery Plan released Chieftain PDF version

Release range and spotting map:

Recovery information website     

Could SunZia supply SEC? Chieftain
pdf version

Albuquerque Journal - Boarder Aquifers
Two Nations - One Aquifger

Border Water at Risk - Border wall can’t keep groundwater from draining away
Albuquerque Journal

Biggest Pump Wins - Albuquerque Journal

Mexico’s largest conglomerate profits from pipeline, Albuquerque Journal

Pipeline skips area’s poorest.
Albuquerque Journal

The River Pays For All of It Albuquerque Journal

'I am going to be out of water’
Albuquerque Journal

Picking up the slack in chile cultivation.
Albuquerque Journal

Video: A Race to the Bottom YouTube

Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Make Livestock Safer. TruthOut

July 6, 2017 -

Court Throws Out Feds’ Misguided Policy Limiting Prosecution of Killers of Endangered Wildlife. ... Late yesterday, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed ‘McKittrick Policy’ under which the government only prosecuted killers of animals on the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) list of imperiled species when it could prove the killer knew the exact biological identity of the species s/he was harming. The decision came as a result of a challenge brought by WildEarth Guardians and the
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in 2013.

July 5, 2017 -

The new west: why Republicans blocked public land management . ... As ‘permanent tourists’ move to the western US, the oil and gas-captured Republican party is fighting to keep locals out of managing public lands. Guardian

Private Money Goes After Trump’s Public Infrastructure Projects TruthDig (Note: this is not the infrastructure list that incluses the APR)

July 4, 2017 -

Water and National Security - Council on Foreign Relations Discussion Paper. Note: CFR is a neo-liberal "think tank" (sic). These are not supporters of honorable values.

June 29, 2017 -

City releases electric utility feasibility study -

In light of the Socorro City Council's recent release of its long awaited electric feasibility study, Mayor Ravi Bhasker issued a formal letter to the Socorro Electric Cooperative at its regular bi-monthly meeting. Chieftain

Download the full report or visit the Socorro city website. City website.

Navajo power plant likely to close despite Trump’s promises to save coal. Raw Story

Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply ... Three new studies show dry times ahead.
High Country News  

Can private money solve public water problems?
As facilities age and public funding declines, private companies may step in.
High Country News

June 26, 2017 -

Hundreds file protests against water application.

I would like to post a reminder of a meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition (SAWC) in Datil on June 27th at 6:00pm at the Datil Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome.
Thank you, Linn Kennedy Chair
As you are aware from the recent meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition, well monitoring is a good idea for all of us. Monitoring will give us data that we will need to show "impairment" if the APR get their project approved (heaven forbid!). Below is a message from the folks in the East Mountains who are also fighting a water grab attempt. I thought you might like to know their take on monitoring. Note that the Office of the State Engineer is reluctant to use the data. By joining the well-monitoring effort we become added pressure to force the OSE to pay attention.
Carol Pittman P.S. If you need another copy of the Well Monitoring flyer from NM Tech, let me know and I will send it.

From the Deep Well Project: -
Sara Chudnoff was with Bernalillo County, hired by Dan McGregor to expand the well monitoring program here - and expand it she did. She is great to work with and I'm really glad she will be putting together a well monitoring program around the state. Here, she expanded the program to 200 wells, which are monitored at least twice a year using proper methods. And that program has documented a reduction in water levels all over the area of about 2 feet per year - a number which should qualify us for being a Critical Management area, according to the Morrison Criteria.

In any case, I hope many people in your area will get their wells monitored - it's really good data to have (although we find that the OSE is still reluctant to use the data. They would rather use well drilling data, which may be very old and is certainly from a wide variety of dates. Janet Winchester Silbaugh. Download this accouncement

NMT - Aquifer Maping Program
Well monitoring brochure
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)

The schedule hearing on July 19, 2017 at the Office of State Engineer re: APR, has been postponed.

[NEW] Border Water at Risk - Report on aquifers along the US/Mexico Border. Albuquerque Journal
or Download the report

Building on Regional Trend, Reading, Pa. Passes Anti-Privatization Measure. Food & Water Watch.

June 21, 2017 -
How privatization could spell the end of democracy. ... Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business. Guardian

Neoliberalism turned our world into a business. And there are two big winners. ... Fearmongering Donald Trump and optimistic Silicon Valley seem to epitomize opposing ideologies. But the two have far more in common than you think. Guardian

(June 9, 2017) Congressional Progressive Cacus white paper on "21 Century New Deal for Jobs" including concerns regarding infrastructure. Download

Proposed House Bill by Juan Lujuan: "To rebuild and modernize the Nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes"

March 21, 21017 - New Mexico Lobbyists report spending nearly $292K during session. New Mexico In Depth

June 19, 2017 -
Lessons from the Charter School Disaster in Indianapolis. ... A teacher in Indiana's thoughts on returning to teaching in the public schools. AlterNet

Defending New Mexico’s Public Lands.
ProgressNow NM

Trump's infrastructure plan is a pillar of his agenda. It also isn't very smart Guardian

Stealth Logging in the National Forests.
Counter Punch

June 14, 2017 - Important:
Update on the 500 Infrastructure Project list (initially 50), one of which was the APR (See below for details) ...
Rob MacGregor, Legislative Director, office of Steve Pearce (NM-02) contacted the white house and the list is “not something from the White House and not something we support.”.

Download the story and NM projects list

June 11, 2017 -
Nature Conservancy puts hold on Gila River diversion project. ... The Gila River diversion project has run into a snag: The Nature Conservancy, which owns the land at the proposed site, won’t grant access to the property.
Abq Journal

June 8, 2017 -
Socorro City Council talks electric study. Chieftain

Correspondance related to the new 500 infrastructure project list from Gail Armstrong (R-NM Dist. 2) to the NM Governor's office Click here.pdf And read the next paragraph for more information -

State requested projects:
I-10 corridor improvement
DHS Interoperability
New crime lab
Santa Teresa Intermodal facilities
Remediation of Carlsbad brine well

Not requested by the state:
Southline Transmission Project
SunZia Transmission Project
Augustin Plains Ranch

State Engineer Docketing Order - Hearing No.17-005.pdf
Note: Pre-hearing scheduling conference tentatively scheduled for July 19, 2017. Details later.

Related:The New Mexico Environmental Law Center Hereby Enters its Appearance in this Proceeding on Behalf of Protestants Identified Below...
Entry of Appearance list May 3, 2017.pdf

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016


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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)  

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2017 - 53rd Legislaton:
Senate Mail List    -  House Mail List  
Webcase of hearings
Upcoming Session Calendar


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  

More Gila information here
More Cibola information here


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