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JUNE 2, 2020
Do not make the mistake of projecting your rage at 'rioters', rage at the system that created the NECESSITY for riots.

 

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"I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down': Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn't Disperse Their Town's Protest -- They Joined It. ... "Do I think this has solved the issue between police and unarmed black, human beings? No. But I do believe that this type of leadership is a positive step in the right direction and gives me hope for black men and women around the world and for all of humanity." CommonDreams

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over. ... A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet. Guardian

Assange, Craig Murray, et al Update

Assange misses court hearing amid calls in Australia for his release. ... WikiLeaks founder ‘too ill’ to attend extradition hearing in London via videolink. Guardian

Arrests of two Scottish Journalists spark international outrage. Civil Liberty Scotland

Please Sign the Open Letter. Craig Murray  

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted. Popular Risistance

Defend Mark Hirst. Craig Murray

A Letter to Humza Yousaf WOS.

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White Supremacist Provocateurs Are Tipping America’s Protests Into a Race War. ... In the George Floyd protests, white supremacists are using the same playbook as the race war accelerationists of the 1960s. But it’s coinciding with widespread unemployment, a deep recession and a careless administration in the White House. Haaretz

Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd’s killers tied to ‘white power’- linked biker gang. ... From The Grayzone vault: The record of a pro-Trump Minneapolis police leader defending the killers of George Floyd reveals a past marred in accusations of racist violence, including charges from fellow police officers that he once wore a “white power” badge on his motorcycle jacket. GrayZone

Don’t Fall for the Myth of the “Outside Agitator” in Racial Justice Protests. ... Whenever mass protests of any kind kick off, defenders of the status quo immediately accuse protesters as being duped by “outside agitators.” Don’t fall for it — the lie of the outside agitator is designed to weaken protests and downplay our widespread anger at injustice.  Jacobin  Related: The Lost History of Antifa. ... 72 years after the triumph over Nazism, we look back to postwar Germany, when socialists gave birth to Antifa. Jacobin

Vincent Bevins: The ‘Mass Murder Program’ Behind America’s Rise to Power. ... In a new book, the journalist explores the Cold War massacres in Asia and Latin America that still define global political dynamics today. ScheerPost

White Supremacy is the Virus; Police are the Vector. CounterPunch

“No Matter How Different the Movements Were, the LAPD Targeted Every One of Them”. ... From the Black Panthers to the Communist Party, radical Los Angeles in the ’60s was a seething cauldron of unrest, united by the brutal, lawless repression of the LAPD. In a rollicking new book, Mike Davis and Jon Wiener tell the story of a decade of explosions. Jacobin

Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy. ... Police treatment of two CNN reporters at a George Floyd protest shows the US has opposite systems of justice – one for white people, one for people of color. Guardian

Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius!!. CounterPunch

Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had 18 previous internal complaints against him. .. Derek Chauvin was involved in multiple cases of police violence. Independent

Congress Is Alarmingly Close to Handing Trump Dangerous Spying Powers. ... And Adam Schiff, of all people, is the one giving it to him. GenMedium

Without Anger Over Inequality and Lynchings, We Have No Hope for Democracy. TruthOut

Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? CounterPunch

Noam Chomsky: Mutual Aid Is Rising — and It’s Key to Our Survival. TruthOut

June 2, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

'People are going to go hungry': pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food. ... Demand for aid at food banks has soared since coronavirus has forced the economy to close and resulted in millions out of work. Guardian

With Over 100,000 Dead and Depression-Level Unemployment, Sanders Calls McConnell's Sandbagging of Covid-19 Relief 'Incomprehensible'. ... "Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW." CommonDreams

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JUNE 1, 2020
"The white liberals differ from the white conservatives only in one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. ... Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has prefected the art of posing as the Negro's friend and benefactor" Malcom-X

"As the state increases the level of violence against non-violent dissent, we must never respond with violence. The use of violence against the state is a gift." - Chris Hedges

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide. ... National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” and targeting reporters. Slate

Racist Killing and Impunity. Craig Murray

Cornel West Says 'Neo-Fascist Gangster' Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as 'Failed Social Experiment'. ... "I thank God people are in the streets," said the Harvard philosopher and activist. "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent? People don't care? People are callous?" CommonDreams

Minnesota governor mobilises National Guard and suggests protests are being manipulated by 'domestic terrorists'. ... 'Cartels are trying to take advantage of the chaos'.  Independent

ELECTION NEWS

Right-Wing Group Seeks to Purge Up to 800,000 Voters in Pennsylvania, a Key Battleground State. Intercept

Texas Supreme Court: Voters don’t qualify for mail-in ballots due to lack of COVID immunity. McClatchy

Joe Biden Wants to Be the Anti-Trump -- So Why Does He Support Building Trump’s Signature Border Wall? ... Professional Democrats used to paint Donald Trump’s border wall as the symbol of everything that was grotesque about him. But now that Joe Biden has come out in favor of it, they’ve offered barely a whisper of protest. Jacobin

Trump’s Reelection Strategies Are Killing a Massive Number of People. But that doesn't mean he'll lose. TruthOut

Election spending boosted by secret money tops $100M as IRS ends donor reporting rules OpenSecrets

Conservative “Dark Money” Network Rebranded to Push Voting Restrictions. TruthOut

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To Students and Teachers Targeted by the Israel Lobby. CounterPunch Related: Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family. CounterPunch

US Border Patrol Denounced as 'Rogue Agency' for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests. ... "This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked." CommonDreams

Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence as He Signs Executive Order to Weaken Social Media. ... “Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people,” says Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. DemocracyNow

Louisiana Bill Would Mandate 3-Year Minimum Sentence For Trespassing On Fossil Fuel Sites. ... The legislation could inflict harsh new punishments on Black protesters opposing a massive complex of plastics plants on what are likely slave burial grounds. HuffPost

At Least 9 Million US Households With Children Are 'Not At All Confident' They'll Be Able to Afford Food Next Month, Census Survey Finds. ... "Even if they *do* end up getting food, you have to understand the mental and physical toll of living with that kind of fear, and how that affects relationships, work, health, and everything else." CommonDreams

Downing Street condemned over ‘vindictive’ treatment of openDemocracy. ... Number 10’s ban on openDemocracy asking questions at COVID-19 briefings part of a “Trumpian” attack on press freedom, say free speech campaigners. openDemocracy

No, We Should Not Condemn Uprisings Against Police Murders Like George Floyd’s. ... The uprising in response to George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer this week has led to predictable calls to condemn looting. But the real looting in our society comes from the military, the police, the pharmaceutical companies, private equity, the landlords, the real estate speculators, and the billionaires — not protesters against police brutality. Jacobin

Does Neo-Feudalism Define Our Current Epoch?. CounterPunch

President Amplifies 'Cowboys for Trump' Calls for Executing Democrats. ... "Thank you Cowboys," Trump tweeted. CommonDreams

American violence in the time of coronavirus
Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context. HCN

George Floyd death: Tweet showing difference between Michigan and Minneapolis protests goes viral. ... Tweet compares Minneapolis protests with stay-at-home demonstrations in April. Independent

The War on Public Schools Continues, Only Now It’s Considered Reinvention’. ... CounterSpin interview with Diane Ravitch on pandemic school privatization. FAIR

June 1, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

How The Science Of Vaccination Is Taught (Or Not) In U.S. Schools. ... As scientists race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, teachers say teaching about the issue has become increasingly tricky. HuffPost

The Plot To Steal Your Unemployment Benefits. ... Workers receiving unemployment are wrongly told they have to go back to work despite serious health conditions.

Trump: U.S. Is Terminating Relationship With World Health Organization. ... Trump said the U.S. would be “redirecting” money to “other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” without providing specifics. HuffPost

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WEEKEND OF MAY 29-31, 2020
Right to Life With Birth Defects! The EPA decided not to place limits on percolates in drinking water, a chemical associated with jet and rocket fuel that is known to cause fetal damage and deformities. The decision appears to defy a court order that required it to "establish a safe drinking-water standard for perchlorate by the end of June.”

Weekend Read: My Seditious Heart by Arundhati Roy. ... collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights, and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment.  Guardian book Review. Purchase from Haymarket Books

Noam Chomsky: Mutual Aid Is Rising -- and It’s Key to Our Survival. ... (Chomsky) discusses the continuing legacy of anarchism, from public misconceptions to how anarchism is embedded in groups doing on-the-ground work. TruthOut

Inside the Influential Evangelical Group Mobilizing to Reelect Trump. ... “The Covid virus has been a gift from God,” began Ken Eldred. “The kingdom of God advances through a series of glorious victories, cleverly disguised as disasters.” Intercept

Let’s Move On From Boris (Johnson). ... When a politician is desperate enough to use the “move on” slogan, you know they have done something very wrong indeed and are in big trouble. Craig Murray

ENVIRONMENT

Praising Emissions Reductions Due to Coronavirus Plays Into Right-Wing Strategy. TruthOut

Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First. ... "The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet." CommonDreams

The Need for EcoSocialism with Chris Hedges and Victor Wallis. Portable TV

As Fishermen Flounder, Trump Clears A Path For Farming The Oceans. ... Struggling commercial fishers and environmentalists say the White House is exploiting COVID-19 to privatize the ocean. HuffPost

Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development? CounterPunch

EPA Gives Agribusiness Giant Syngenta a Pass on Pesticide Monitoring Due to Covid-19 Concerns. ITT

US lets corporations delay paying environmental fines amid pandemic. ... Ten companies that allegedly polluted air and water will not be required to pay penalties they agreed to before 1 June. Guardian

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“No Justification”: Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd. DemocracyNow

Media Smeared Ahmaud Arbery After His Lynching. ... First they kill your body. Then they kill your reputation. When white supremacy is the foundation of the US’s media, political, legal and corporate system, victims of racist violence are often killed twice in this way. FAIR

Hundreds of CUNY Adjuncts to be Fired and Lose Health Insurance: Interview with Laid-off Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies. ... Adjunct faculty at CUNY have been exploited for decades and now, in the midst of the pandemic, they are facing mass layoffs. We spoke to one such adjunct, Sami Disu, about the university’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and how they are fighting back. Left Voice

Is Stacey Abrams Progressive? (Ans. No-The Cynic) CounterPunch

Democrats are fueling a corporate counter-revolution against progressives. ... Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount an opposition to Trump. They are actively helping Republicans Guardian

Congress is poised to pass far-reaching Israeli wish list. ... Congress is set to pass its most far-reaching bill related to Israel at the height of a national public health emergency. Mondoweiss

Annexation Echoes Trump and Netanyahu’s Shared Defiance of the Law and Disdain for Others. ... In the eyes of the world, the two rule-breaking and self-victimizing leaders are about to commit a crime Haaretz

Banal political figures like Mike Pompeo are far more dangerous to democracy than you think. ... The so-called ‘Madison dinners’ may indicate that the US secretary of state is no maniacal ideologue after all – but they do hint that he is unable, or unwilling, to distinguish between his personal interests and those of the public. Independent

Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19. CounterPunch

Mike Pompeo is the number one evangelist of Trumpism in the world. ... When it comes to foreign policy, Pompeo’s penchant for undermining America’s credibility is top-notch. Guardian

‘We will simply disconnect’: Mike Pompeo and the Australian TV appearance that caused a diplomatic storm. ... A comment by the US secretary of state about Victoria’s belt and road project has ricocheted through Parliament House and the US embassy. Guardian

After mass shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Saudis get another pass. ... For all the talk of a “deep state,” the Trump Administration’s response to the Saudi terror attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola was remarkably similar to that of an Administration many thought of as the “Deep State on Steroids” of President George W. Bush. MadCow

Life in Hell: Online Teaching. CounterPunch

There’s Only One Possible Conclusion: White America Likes Its Killer Cops. ... There’s a straight line connecting Derek Chauvin to Amy Cooper—and that line is white support of police violence. The Nation

WEEKEND OF MAY 29-31, 2020;
COVID-19 NEWS - NATURE BATS LAST

Right-Wing Radio Reaches Tens Of Millions. Its Coronavirus Conspiracies Are Out Of Control.
Talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh have spread wild misinformation about the virus as they defend Trump’s botched response to the pandemic. HuffPost

As US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Here's a Simple Guide to 12 Things Trump Did To Make Covid-19 Much Worse. ... The president's "chaotic and incompetent response has fueled the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and beyond, causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths." CommonDreams

US Media Failed to Factcheck Sweden’s Herd Immunity Hoax. FAIR

Why Britain's covid suffering is a crime against humanity. ... there has been an estimated excess death toll of more than 50,000 people, second only to the United States, with the highest deaths per million, in the world. John Pilger

43 Million Americans Are About to Lose Their Health Insurance Because of Our Employer-Based Health Care System. Jacobin

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MAY 28, 2020
Hannah Arendt:”Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest -- forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.”

We Need a Class War, Not a Culture War. Jacobin

From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on “Racist Terror” Facing Black People in America. DemocracyNow

The Disenfranchiser: Donald Trump’s Attack on Voting Rights and the Threat to Native Sovereignty. Intercept Related: Mashpee Wampanoag protest Trump administration land ruling. MWT

WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Can Trump’s Art of the Arms Deal Get More Stupid? The Russians Are Loving It. ... Now that Trump reportedly is toying with the idea of resuming nuclear testing as well, the Kremlin intends to take full advantage of that harebrained idea. DailyBeast

Why Iran’s Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington. ... Why the United States did not block the Iranian vessels does not have to do with Iran or Venezuela alone. It has to do with the presence of China behind both countries. CounterPunch

US threatens nuclear arms race ‘into oblivion’ as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests. ... The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia and China. GrayZone

Trump: I Can and Will Start Wars Whenever I Please. FFF

What A Biden Presidency Could Mean For Defense. Aviation Week

Have We All Forgotten About the Iraq War? ... The Blowback podcast reaches deep into the memory hole and pulls the Iraq War back up into the sunlight. Jacobin

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Diane Ravitch on Pandemic School Privatization. FAIR

New PEN America Report Warns Surge of Anti-Protest Laws in Trump Era Is 'Danger to Expressive Rights of All'. ... "There has been a determined movement, occurring largely outside the public eye, to delegitimize public protest and paint demonstrators as dangerous or even criminal." CommonDreams

Demanding End to 'Failed Billionaire-Backed' Policies, 200+ Teachers and Activists Urge Biden to Go Bold on Public Education. ... "The public health and economic emergencies resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic have only made public education more vulnerable. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of public education itself is at stake." CommonDreams

Capitalism Isn’t Working. But What Would a Viable Socialist System Look Like? Jacobin

Teacher Wisdom: K-12 Students Cannot Return to Campus This Fall. ... Physical distancing at schools is impossible. Now is the time to prepare robust distance learning and close the technology gap. ScheerPost

Democrats are fueling a corporate counter-revolution against progressives. ... Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount an opposition to Trump. They are actively helping Republicans. Guardian

The Secretive Police Commission The Justice Department Doesn’t Want You To Notice. ... PAR learns about life under lockdown with COVID-19 from a guest just released from 10 months of incarceration, and examines the secretive police commission created by Attorney General Barr. TRN

BBC Documentary Suggests Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk. Anonymous. Related: Jesus through Buddhist eyes. BBC

Trump praised for uniting America as Democrats and Republicans both agree that he should be allowed to put his life in danger. News Thump

MAY 28, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS
Nature Bats Last

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Kind: What New Zealand Can Teach the World About Eliminating COVID-19. DemocracyNow

Despite the Hype, Gilead’s Remdesivir Will Do Nothing to End the Coronavirus Pandemic. Intercept

WHO Warns Of ‘Second Peak’ In Coronavirus Infections If Restrictions Lifted Too Soon. ... “We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down.” HuffPost

Ricardo Salvador on the Food System & Covid-19. FAIR

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APR, Augustin Plains, Socorro Electric, SECanchn SEC APR

APR WATER GRAB - SEC - LOCAL ENVIRO. & NEWS

May 28, 2020 -
Letter to Chieftain re:SEC rate increase.

May 22, 2020 -
Environmental assessment and draft decision notice Finding of No Significant Impact for the Military Training Exercises Project on the Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.
Download Letter

May 21, 2020 -
APR Update.An update is difficult when nothing seems to be happening, but in spite of how quiet it is and has been, our fight continues. Download the update

May 21, 2020 -
New Mexico Wild - Protecting New Mexico's Wilderness, Wildlife, and Water. New website

May 15, 2020 -
Starting tomorrow, all New Mexicans will be required to wear a face covering in public. Download Information  

May 12, 2020 -
“M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act” - Introduced in NM Legislature by Martin Heinrich and Tom Udal

May 12, 2020 -
The War Against the Wolves of Alaska. CounterPunch

May 5, 2020 -
Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in U.S. with Limited Healthcare & Water DemocracyNow

May 5, 2020 -
Coalition Sues to Stop Clean Water Rollbacks. NM Wild

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April 30, 2020 -
Friends of Bosque del Apache NWR encourages our members, donors, and sponsors to write letters with substantive comments to USFWS at Bosque del Apache concerning their plans to expand hunting at the refuge. Download announcement

April 29, 2020 -
A Big Win for the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and a Call to Protect Wolves and Wilderness in Idaho. CounterPunch

April 23, 2020 -
Socorro Electric Co-op to comply with PRC ruling Chieftain

April 21, 2020 -
The Carnage of Wolf Trapping in Idaho. ... A new public records request to Idaho Department of Fish and Game reveals that Idaho wolf trappers are capturing nearly as many non-target species as they are capturing wolves. CounterPunch

April 17, 2020 -
Trump’s response to the startling decline in lynx populations across the West? Remove the lynx from the Endangered Species Act, then annihilate its habitat once and for all. Meanwhile - A new survey has found that Oregon’s wolf population has risen to 158, missing from the count, however, was OR-7, the wolf made famous by his 4,000-mile journey to find a mate in 2011. And, 'A dangerous road’: Coastal GasLink pays to kill wolves in endangered caribou habitat in B.C. interior. The imperiled Hart Ranges caribou herd will lose a chunk of critical habitat to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, and the company’s contribution to a recent predator cull is raising ethical questions. The Narwhal

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April 17, 2020 -
NM Governor issues statement regarding ‘Opening Up America Again’ guidelines. KQRE

April 17, 2020 -
Emerging Climate-Fueled Megadrought in Western US Rivals Any Over Past 1,200 Years: Study ... "We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we're on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts." CommonDreams

April 17, 2020 -
Stay Informed & Take Action – Join the Fire Adapted New Mexico Network and work towards community wildfire resilience! Click Here --- Fire Adapted Learning Network. Click here

April 17, 2020 -
Socorro City’s response to SEC. Press Release

(scroll down to April 15, for more info)

April 17, 2020 - New Mexico Unveils App for Behavioral Health Support. ... provides free 24-hour crisis and non-crisis support and access to behavioral health professionals. Click here

April 16, 2020 -
Tribal Response Plan Covid-19 - State of New Mexico. Download plan    Navajo Nation Covid-19 website

April 16, 2020 -
Magdalena Village board approves emergency declaration Chieftain

April 16, 2020 -
Tribes Aren’t Getting COVID-19 Aid Because Federal Agencies Are Flailing. ... “They don’t know how to interact in the appropriate way with tribes and they’re just not getting the job done,” says Sen. Tom Udall. HuffPost

April 16, 2020 -
It’s Time for the Forest Service to Curtail Idaho’s Wolf Slaughter in Wilderness Areas. CounterPunch

April 15, 2020 -
SEC Board fined $185,000.00 by the PRC
. Download Court document   List of court filings as of 4/16/20. Related: (Oct 2019) Clock ticking on SEC appeal. Chieftain

April 15, 2020 -
COVID-19 & Indian Country: Pandemic Exposes Navajo Nation’s Water Access Crisis & Health Disparities. DemocracyNow

April 11, 2020 -
Comment by April 16 to protect river segments in the Gila! Click here   Related: Wild and Scenic bill opponents out in force at meeting. Silver City Daily

April 11, 2020 - A Compendium of Questions & Answers Relating to Wild & Scenic Rivers (May 1997)
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March 7, 2020 -
Wild and Scenic bill opponents out in force at meeting. Silver City Daily

April 9, 2020 -
Good news! Copper Flat Mine faces new obstacle: no water, no go. NMELC Announcement

April 2, 2020 -
Socorro County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Download   Magdalena specific info. Download

April 1, 2020 -
What’s the Hang Up on Releasing Adult Lobos? CounterPunch

March 31, 2020 -
From New Mexico Wild March 31, 2010
Comment by April 16 to protect Wilderness in the Gila! The Gila National Forest is currently revising its forest management plan for the first time since 1986. The final version of this plan will determine how Wilderness, wildlife, water, and other natural resources are managed within the Forest for the next 20-30 years.
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March 30, 2019 - Could COVID-19 Spell the End of the Fracking Industry as We Know It? ... NM is just one state whose fracking boom appears poised to fall off an economic cliff amid the pandemic. TruthOut  

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March 18, 2020 -
The Socorro Electric Coop has postponed the annual meeting that was set for April 18th.  Not rescheduled as yet.  

March 13, 2020 -
Greenfire report from NM Environmental Law Center
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March 5, 2020 -
SEC trustees run unopposed - Chieftain

March 3, 2020 -
Uranium cleanup report falls on few ears. Navajo Times

February 26, 2017 -
San Augustin Water Coalition annual meeting for Saturday, April 25th, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Datil school gym. We will hold a candidates' forum. ... all parties who will appear on ballots in Catron and Socorro Counties.SASWC  

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February 25, 2020 -
APR Update. As you know, Judge Reynolds granted summary judgment last year in favor of the Community Protestants (us) “with prejudice” (meaning that the APR cannot come back with the same or a similar application to mine water in the Plains). ...
Subsequently, the APR appealed this decision to the New Mexico Appellate Court. We are now waiting for that court to take up our case, which, according to Doug Meiklejohn at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC), could take up to three years. While we wait we prepare for what could happen.
For more information:   Download  

February 20, 2020 -
Reforming Expectations to Save Western Rivers. ... Recently, former Interior Secretary Babbitt proposed an alternative to the highly controversial yet difficult-to-kill Gila River diversion project, which would dam and divert water from the last free-flowing river in New Mexico  CounterPunch    Related:   Damming the Gila a vampire proposal  Santa Fe New Mexican  

February 20, 2020 -
How the Military is Raiding Public Lands and Civilian Spaces Across the Western Front. CounterPunch  

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February 18, 2020 -
(In the view the APR might try to bottle the water) Washington state takes bold step to restrict companies from bottling local water. .... State senate passes bill to ban new permits for water bottling operations, calling process ‘detrimental to public welfare’.  Guardian  

February 13, 2020 -
NM Environmental Law Center February newsletter
Lawsuit filed over fuel spill at Kirkland Download  

February 12, 2020 -
SEC amends its declaratory judgment filing Chieftain

February 11, 2020 -
The War on Wolves is Part of the Culture War. CounterPunch  

February 5, 2020 -
New Mexico deserves wild, scenic Gila River - Howie Morales, NM Lieutenant Governor.  Chieftain Letter  

February 5, 2020 -
Co-op to vet trustee candidates; intervenes in Tri-State case .  Chieftain   

February 1, 2020 -
New Mexico Wild February newsletter. Download

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January 29, 2020 -
City: No (SEC) permanent agreement is in place.
Chieftain

January 29, 2020 -
Transparency, independence are fundamentals electrical co-ops need to reinstate. Letter to Chieftain

January 29, 2020 -
Wolves Play a Beneficial Role in Wildlife Management.   CounterPunch  

January 26, 2020 -
Global Groundwater Is Threatened by Unsustainable Practices Amid Climate Crisis . ... As the planet’s thermometer continues to inch upwards, one sought-after resource is only going to increase in value: groundwater.  TruthOut  

January 25, 2020 -
A rewilding triumph: wolves help to reverse Yellowstone degradation  Guardian  

January 24, 2020 -
Trump Rule Threatens New Mexico Waters. NM Environmental Law Center Green Fire Report     Related: EPA water rule change called disastrous for New Mexico  New Mexican   Related:  EPA, Army finalizes U.S. waters definition; promises water protection, economic growth  WV News  

January 23, 2020 -
Tri-State embraces renewables  Chieftain  

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January 22, 2020 -
Bosque Winter 2020 news letter  

January 16, 2019 -
APR's docketing Statement dated 12/13/19.
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January 15, 2020 -
New Mexico Environmental Law Center Changes in leadership.  Download announcement  

January 9, 2020 -
Where’s the juice? 500 MW line open for business ... With the first annual payment of a $1.9 million “transmission charge,” the Navajo Nation is securing the rights to use or sell access to 500 megawatts of electrical transmission capacity for 35 years starting Dec. 23.  Navajo Times

January 10, 2020 - APR Update -
Below is a brief summary of where we, the community, stand with regard to the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s application to mine water in the Plains aquifer.

It’s been quiet, but we know that the APR LLC has appealed Judge Reynolds’ decision denying their application, and we are preparing to meet them in the Appeals court whenever a hearing is scheduled

To that end, we have started spending the money raised to hire a hydrologist. As you may remember, Tom Myers has been here and looked at the situation on the ground. We have now asked him to put together a model of the hydrology of the Plains aquifer so that we can be prepared if the Appellate Court decides there should be a hearing on the substance of the application. I don’t know anyone attempting to say what the Court will do, so we must be prepared for every possibility.

Of course, the best possibility is that this court will agree with Judge Reynolds decision, but we dare not become complacent. This note is to recognize the contributions everyone has made: it is only our determination as a community to keep our water that has carried us this far.
Thanks! Carol Pittman - Datil.
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December 19, 2019 -
Socorro only has month-to-month franchise (SEC) agreement  Chieftain  

December 12, 2019 -
SEC files lawsuit against Socorro  Chieftain  

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

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

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

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

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 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 18, 2019 -  
Leadership Lacking for Wolf Protection  
CounterPunch

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

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

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 Magdalena 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.

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October 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

Water Grab Archive:  2018-2019 -  2017 - 2016

 
 

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WATER GRAB & SUPPORTING WEBSITES

San Augustin Water Report Website
Stop the Water Grab (FaceBook)  
San Augustin Water Coalition
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Food and Water Watch
NM Water & Natural Resouces Comm.
Wild Gila River  
Conservation Voters New Mexico 
San Augustin LLC website
New Mexico Wilderneess Alliance  
The Candle Publishing  
Water Grabbing (Wiki)  
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)

RECOMMENDED NM ORGANIZATIONS
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
New Mexico Wild
New Mexico Wilderneess Alliance  
Gila Resources Information Project  
Gila Conservation Coalition
Food and Water Watch  
Community Enviro. Legal Defense Fund
New Mexico Acequia Association  
Center for Biologgical Diversity  
WildEarth Guardians
Upper Gila Watershed Alliance  
Socorro County InfoNet

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