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JUNE 27, 2019
In 1947, “The Diary of a Young Girl,” the personal journal of Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl hiding with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II, was first published

  The Question of Character.  Craig Murray  
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Exclusive: Leaked Trump vetting docs.  Axios    Related: Full list: The leaked Trump transition vetting documents. ... Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents were leaked to "Axios on HBO," identifying a host of "red flags" about officials who went on to get Trump administration jobs and others who never had an administration materialize.  Axios  

Which 2020 Democrats are powering their campaigns on fossil fuel donations? ...Democrats accept the climate crisis must be confronted – but there’s a split between those who signed a pledge to no longer accept industry money those who haven’t.  Guardian  

Congressional Interns and Congress Redirections -- A Meeting.  CounterPunch/Nader  

Greenwald defiant after 'grotesque' threats over Brazil's Car Wash leaks.  France24  

'An existential threat': Bernie Sanders faces mounting opposition from moderate Democrats. .. Moderates are increasingly vocal in their disdain for socialism, and Sanders, but the question of how to constrain him is complicated.  Guardian  

Iran Had Every Right to Shoot Down That Drone.  

An Invitation You Can’t Refuse: How Rep. Steny Hoyer Makes Sure AIPAC’s Israel Junket Is Well Attended.  Intercept  

Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview With Noam Chomsky.  FAIR  

JUNE 26, 2019

In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace. They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory, from a longer continuance of the war - Adam Smith

Walmart Got a $2.2 Billion Tax Cut. Now It’s Laying Off Workers.  TruthOut  

We Have to Finance a Global Green New Deal — or Face the Consequences.  Intercept  

Financed by Tax on Wall Street Speculators, Sanders Plan Would Wipe Out All $1.6 Trillion in US Student Loan Debt. ... "We bailed out Wall Street in 2008. It's time to tax Wall Street's greed to help the American people."  CommonDreams  

There Are No Democratic Adults in the Room.

“So Happy”: The Trump “Boom,” the Nation’s Despair, and the Decline of Joe Biden.  CounterPunch  


Bolton Calls For Forceful Iranian Response To Continuing U.S. Aggression.  > Go  

U.S. Claims Drone Was Minding Own Business On Its Way To Church When Iran Attacked It Out Of Nowhere.  > Go  

After Decades As A Print-Only Publication, Onion Gamers Network Has Decided That The Internet Is The Future Of Video Game Journalism  > GO  

Trump’s America and Egypt’s Dictatorship Deserve Each Other.  TruthDig  

“Somebody Is Going to Die”: Lawyer Describes Chaos, Illness & Danger at Migrant Child Jail in Texas.  DemocracyNow  

'This is a dark moment for our country': Lawmakers condemn federal border patrol stations over reports of inadequate conditions for migrant children.  Business Insider  

$74 Billion Big Pharma Merger Could Be A Power Surge for Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Tarbell  

June 25, 2019
The history taught in our schools is scandalous. We grew up believing that Columbus actually discovered America. We
celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus was after one thing only - gold.  Woody Harrelson

Noam Chomsky: The Real Election Meddling Isn't Coming From Russia.  TruthDig  

Burning Down the Future.... The hulk of Grenfell Tower, its charred sides covered by sheets of white plastic, stands as a mute and ominous testament to the disposability of the poor and the primacy of corporate profit.TruthDig 

Forget Bernie vs. Warren. Focus on Growing the Progressive Base and Defeating Biden.  Intercept  

Trump Wasn't the Only Candidate to Test Our Campaign Laws.  TruthDig  


Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input. ... The Obama administration wanted to rethink coal leasing; now, Trump is rushing forward.  HCN  

We Are Witnessing Imperial Decline in an Age of Planetary Decline.  TruthDig  

'Canary in the Coal Mine': Experts Warn of Climate Tipping Point as Scientists Find Permafrost Thawing 70 Years Ahead of Schedule. ... "It's very likely that this phenomenon is affecting a much more extensive region."   CommonDreams  

Environment reporters facing harassment and murder, study finds. Guardian  

Koch-Oil Big Lies and Ecocide Writ Large in Canada.  CounterPunch  

Teflon Toxin Safety Level Should Be 700 Times Lower Than Current EPA Guideline.  Intercept  

Why You Can’t Trust Yourself. ... Even when you think you know for sure, think again.  Get Pocket  

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Apologizes for Treatment of Native Americans: It Was "Genocide. No Other Way to Describe It" ... Newsom issues apology to gathering of tribal leaders and in new executive order.  CommonDreams  

Venezuelan coup: From coup leaders to con artists: Juan Guaidó’s gang exposed for massive humanitarian aid fraud. ... An explosive new report reveals how Guaidó representatives in Colombia embezzled $125,000 meant for humanitarian aid, suckering deserting soldiers and blowing the aid money on luxury goods.  Gray Zone  

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month.  FAIR  

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June 26, 2019 -
Hearing today lasted about 1.5hrs. All sides heard from of course. Judge will render his decision by the end of July.

June 21, 2019 -
Scheduling order for the court hearing on June 26th:
The Judge has limited the four parties: Protestants, Catron County, APR and OSE to a total of 25 minutes to present protestants arguments. Protestants representative may only reserve up to 5 minutes out of the 25 minutes for rebuttal. Order of argument: APR, OSE, "Us", Catron County. OSE will not have the final word.
Download the Order  

December 23, 2014 - APR's revision of the original application (dated July 14, 2014 - 170 pages)

June 18, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update Download 

June 19-2019 -
War over old Water - Albuquerque Jorunal  
Download article.   Download map  

Reminder: the hearing on the Augustin Plains water battle is Wednesday, June 26, at the courthouse in Reserve, 10:30 am.

June 13, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update. Download

June 6, 2019 - Public blasts Socorro Electric Coop over rate hike.  Chieftain  

June 3, 2019 -
Those of you opposed to the water grab attempt on the Augustin Plains, but not represented by an attorney, might like to know that there is a lot of legal activity surrounding the case. All motions are now filed, the Judge has them all, and he will be up to speed at the hearing.

The good news is the number of Joiners in the case, that is, those who have filed motions supporting the opposition to this water grab attempt. Those joining the protest (meaning the filings by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center) are The Pueblos of Isle ta, Sandia and Santa Ana; the San Augustin Water Coalition; WildEarth Guardians; the County of Socorro; the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District; the Navajo Nation (partial joinder); and the Hand Living Trust.

Don't forget the hearing on June 26: 10:30 am, Reserve Court House.

If you would like a copy of the motions, please email me
Carol Pittman

June 1, 2019 -
There will be a regular meeting of the Board of the San Augustin Water Coalition on Tuesday, June 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church.The public is always welcome. -
We will discuss comments from the April annual meeting as well as the upcoming hearing in Reserve on June 26th. Coalition website  

May 31, 2019 -
Council cautious: Bhasker: Tri-State strangling state business growth.  Chieftain  

May 30, 2019 -
From The City of Socorro. A public comment meeting will be held in regard to Socorro Electric Cooperative’s
pending rate case, Case No. 18-00383-UT, on June 3, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the City of Socorro Council Chambers, 111 School of Mines Road, Socorro, New Mexico.

This meeting will allow SEC ratepayers and other stakeholders to comment on SEC’s pending rate case and ask questions.

The format of the public comment meeting will be as follows:
1. SEC will give a short 5-10 minute presentation on its rate case filing.
2. PRC Hearing Examiner Carolyn R. Glick will permit questions from the audience to SEC about its rate case filing.
3. Public comment not to exceed 5 minutes per person.

If you are not able to attend, you may watch live from the City of Socorro website,
To Allow Socorro Electric Cooperative
Ratepayers and Other Stakeholders to Comment
on SEC’s Pending Rate Case and Ask Questions
Download the announcement  

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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San Augustin Water Report Website
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New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Food and Water Watch
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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