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November 20, 2017
1981 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
An Important Read:
Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’ ... Pity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part..
TruthDig/Hedges

Trump's Panama tower used for money-laundering by condo owners, reports say. ... Trump Ocean Club drew people accused of corruption and future president benefited from laundered funds, reports say. Guardian

Ivanka’s signature real estate deals were disasters linked to drug cartels and money laundering. ... The president’s daughter has been at the center of a pair of the presidential projects tied most closely to grand corruption. ThinkProgress

Pentagon's Latest Waste of Taxpayer Money as US Navy Pilots Draw Huge Penis in the Sky. ... "Perfect end to a week about men doing disgusting things to women." CommonDreams

Thank an Anti-War Veteran. ... Repeat a lie often enough, the conventional Nazi propaganda wisdom ran, and it will become an accepted truth. CounterPunch

Why Was the 'Jewish Nobel' Snatched From Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Given to Natalie Portman? ... Someone remembered that Justice Ginsburg had called Trump a 'faker' in 2016, and the powers that be in Jerusalem panicked. Haaretz

Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is “Fraudulent” Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution. DemocracyNow

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? ... So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See ‘Fatal police shootings’. CounterPunch

European Court Ruling Could Recognize Mass Surveillance Violates Human Rights. ... The European Court of Human Rights last week held a hearing in a challenge to the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance practices, brought by the ACLU, Privacy International, Liberty, and seven other human rights organizations from around the world. ALCU

The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law. CounterPunch/Nader

Weekend of November 17-19, 2017
1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.

Weekend Read:
The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963
... oday when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Amazon

House Republicans pass bill that would raise taxes on middle class families. ... Overwhelming analysis shows the tax plan does very little to help middle income families. ThinkProgress

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes ... On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court's Pre-Trial Chamber, "[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan." TruthOut

Donald Trump lifts ban on importing elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... Conservation groups condemn 'reprehensible' decision and warn of increase in poaching. Independent

Misunderstanding the Public Has About How the Military Operates. ... Connecting the dots between systemic patriarchy, white supremacy and permanent war. AlterNet

Police Violence Persists, Though Most Media Have Stopped Paying Attention. This year is the fourth in a row that the number of people killed by law enforcement in the US has reached the 1,000 mark. Most of these deaths have received no media attention. TruthOut

The IRS Is Building a Safe to Guard Trump's Tax Returns: Report. ... The president is taking extreme measures to keep his financial history from the public. AlterNet

Chris Murphy Accuses U.S. of Complicity in War Crimes from the Floor of the Senate. ... one U.S. senator is breaking the Senate silence (on Yemen) - and even going further, explaining how U.S. support for the war has enabled the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Intercept

'This Is Barbaric': Sen. Murphy Slams US for Contributing to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis. ... "The bombing campaign that has caused the cholera outbreak could not happen without us." CommonDreams

The Profound Misunderstanding the Public Has About How the Military Operates. ... Connecting the dots between systemic patriarchy, white supremacy and permanent war. AlterNet

Poland’s press grow warier after white nationalist rally. ... A journalist could face legal action after reporting slurs hurled by fascist and neo-Nazi attendees. ThinkProgress


November 16, 2017
1960 After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets
of New Orleans

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists. Intercept

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison. ... On November 15, the first group of the nearly 200 people facing charges for protesting at Donald Trump's inauguration will be appearing in a DC court. In a move clearly designed to silence political protest, those arrested are facing 60-year prison sentences for allegedly rioting. Meanwhile, the murderous mayhem caused by white supremacists in Charlottesville, North Carolina, has resulted in just three arrests. TruthOut

Texas Shooting Shows Once Again That Animal Cruelty and Human Cruelty Are Strongly Linked.
CounterPunch

Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise.
TruthOut

The CIA’s House of Horrors: Frank Olson’s Fatal Trip. CounterPunch

House Approves $700B 'Cash Cow' for Military—But Single Payer 'Too Expensive'" (Note: Just the increase alone in Pentagon budget is enough to provide free college degree for those wanting one.) CommonDreams

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw and All Those Killed by the Far Right ... On November 13, 1988, Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was killed by Nazi skinheads in Portland, Oregon, during the last popular wave of organized racist groups before the current resurgence under Trump. TruthOut

Roy Moore’s attorney claims MSNBC host is too ‘diverse’ to understand Alabama dating norms
Why would Roy Moore need a mom's permission to date her daughter? ThinkProgress

November 15, 2017
1969 A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

Why the Anti-Corruption Drive in Saudi Arabia is Doomed to Fail. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Special Report: Revolt at Trump’s Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit. DemocracyNow   Related: Yes or No: Amy Goodman Asks Trump’s Fossil Fuel Reps at COP23 If They Support US Quitting Paris Deal. Democracy Now

How to Fix the Democratic Party. ... It’s time we come together to enact real reform—only then can we defeat Donald Trump and retake the country.
Politico/Sanders  

The Left Gets Rolled Again. CounterPunch

Here's Why Your Local TV News Is About to Get Even Worse. ... The wants FCC to roll back decades of media policies that foster educational and informational needs of citizens in a democracy. AlterNet

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He’ll Put Them “In the Ground”. ... DemocracyNow

This Small City is Showing How Supporting Artists Can Have a Big Impact ... An innovative program inspires people to hang out at their neighborhood libraries. AlterNet

The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks. ... The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States.
The Atlantic

November 14, 2017
1961 President John Kennedy increases the number of American advisors in Vietnam
from 1,000 to 16,000.

Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms. ... The disease of globalized corporate capitalism has the same effects across the planet. It weakens or destroys democratic institutions, making them subservient to corporate and oligarchic power. It forces domestic governments to give up control over their economies, ... TruthDig/Hedges

How Climate Science Deniers Manufacture Quotes to Convince You the United Nations Is One Big Socialist Plot. DeSmog

Green Beret Discovered SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed. ... The story surrounding the slaying of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar keeps unraveling, starting with the SEALs-turned-suspects’ assertion that the soldier was drunk the night he died.
The Daily Beast

RT America Torched in Witch Hunt ’17. ... n one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
TruthDig/Hedges

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the Counter-Terror 'Experts' Hyping the Russian Threat to Undermine Free Speech ... Revelations about Russia's use of social media in the 2016 elections are being used as a pretext for suppressing dissent by some dubious characters. AlterNet

Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Plan to Wage Financial War on Qatar — and Steal the World Cup. ... A plan for the United Arab Emirates to wage financial war against its Gulf rival Qatar was found in the task folder of an email account belonging to UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba and subsequently obtained by The Intercept.

Don't get carried away – Trump is as popular today as he was last year ... After Tuesday’s election results, analysts have been quick to claim how troubling this is for the president – but the data shows that view might be premature. Guardian

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APR WATER GRAB - P3 - LOCAL ENVIRO NEWS

Note: All legal documents related to the recent Motion for Summary Judgement are in one place, here

{NEW} November 18, 2017 -
NOTICE OF HEARING - Please addend to show support -
Oral Argument for both Motions for Summary Judgment matter is scheduled to commence at 1pm on Wed, December 13, 2017, in Reserve, NM.
OSE Notice of Oral Argument

{NEW} November 17, 2017 -
Mining fossil water will leave community 'high and dry - by Carol Pittman

November 8 2017 - from OSE: Response to Catron County Motion for Summary Judgment.

November 6, 2017 -
Water Rights Division rejects protestants’ arguments . ... Another round of legal wrangling took place at the Office of the State Engineer. Chieftain

November 6, 2017 -
From OSE: Water Rights Division Response to Catron County's Board of County Commissioners' Motion for summary Judgement.

January 2017 - OP-ED: Douglas Meiklejohn / The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top Ten Environmental Issues to Watch in 2017. ... Trump and Martínez: A Double Whammy for New Mexico’s Environment and Communities.

October 20, 2017 -
A list of Parties Entitled to Notice from OSE  

Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources -
Hydrogologeologic Projects in New Mexico

NMBGMR Magdalena information
San Agustin Plains & Alamosa Creek Study

November 2, 2017 -
October 30, 2017 Document from APR attorneys Montgomery& Andrews and Draper and Draper. In the matter of the Corrected Application filed by APR LLC for Permit to Appropriate Groundwater in the Rio Grande Underground Water Basin in the State of New Mexico - Document title: Applicant's Consolidated Response in Opposition to the Environmental Law Center Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgement (62 pages)
Errata (4 pages)
Exhibits A Thru H in ZIP format

Exhibits H-1 Thru O zip format
Or, exhibits can be downloaded from the
Montgomery & Andrews website Click here)

(recommend only download 4 at a time)

November 1, 2017 -
Water Rights Division's Response to the NMELC Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment

October 27, 2017 -
Sen. Pearce signs this legislation:
Congressmen push Jeff Sessions to call environmentalists terrorists. ... Four Democrats join 80 Republicans on letter asking the Attorney General to treat pipeline sabotage as domestic terrorism. ThinkProgress .

October 26, 2017-
Order (from Office of the State Engineer) Granting Extension of Time.

October 18, 2017 -
Catron County Commission. Three documents - :
- Notice of Joinder.(9 pages)
- Unopposed Motion for Deadline Extension

- Catron County Board of County Commissioners Motion for Summary Judgment and Memorandum in Support
(32 pages)

October 19, 2017 -
Water Politics comment clipped from from NM Blogspot.  (Original article here dated October 18)  Related: August 31, 2017 - Santolina takes Another Step Forward. Abq Journal

New Mexico Governor Martinez Accused of "Wholesale Disregard of the Law" ... "Martinez is an environmental demon with this huge industrial agenda." ... Members of her administration routinely - and quite aggressively - opposed measures designed to protect our water supply. TruthOut

Wall Street Cash Flows Into New Mexico, Despite Pay-To-Play Rule. MapLight

New Mexico Project Would Pipe Rural Groundwater 150 Miles to Big City. ... An absentee property owner aims to tap ancient groundwater for delivery to Albuquerque, but ranchers in the arid valley worry it will dry up their livelihood and the water will never return. News Deeply or Website

October 16, 2017 -
WildEarth Guardians Joinder.

Entry of Appearance of Co-counsel for the Navajo Nation and Navajo Nation's Joinder in the Community Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment.

October 13, 2017 -
Joinder - Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy Districts and NM Farm & Livestock Bureau and Catron County Farm and Livestock Bureau's....
Seeking Summary Judgment

Joinder by the Pueblos of San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sandia, and Isleta in the Community Protestants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

October 12, 2017 -
3 members of Interstate Stream Commission resign in 24 hours. ... The resignations of three members of the Interstate Stream Commission, including allies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, follow the departure of several senior water policy staff members from state government in the past year. Santa Fe New Mexican

October 11, 2017 -
Joinder in Community Protestants'  Motion for Summary Judgment (Advocates for Community & Environment

Example of proposed law changes in Nevada worth reviewing:
Statutory Changes Proposed to Legislative Commission Sub-Committee to Study Water

October 10, 2017 - Update on:
Community Protestants' Response in Opposition to the APR Expedited Motion to Extend Briefing Deadlines on the ELC Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment
And - The Community Protestants' Supplemental certificate of Service  

Connecting the Santolina dots - who gets paid off - who does the paying. Eye on Albuquerque

October 6, 2017 -
New OSE Documents.
Order Adopting Briefing Schedule and Order dismissing certain protestants. View both

Connecting the Santolina dots -
Eye on Albuquerque

FYI: 1877 Desert Land Act

October 4, 2017 -
Why does Barclays want to build a city in the middle of the New Mexico desert? ...
Santolina, a planned 38,000-home mega-development on the outskirts of Albuquerque, has got local residents deeply concerned that it will suck up desperately needed water amid warnings of a future megadrought. Full story from The Guardian

Related links:
http://mesadelsolnm.com/ - another development started in 2005.

August 16, 2017 - Controversy Swirls Around Santolina Water Plan Delay (KUNM)

- Stop the Santolina (FaceBook)
- Santolina Master Plan ( Bernalillo County website)
- Contra Santolina

Santolina website is defunct. However, links to it are
here: and their twitter account here

Related:
São Paulo - anatomy of a failing megacity: residents struggle as water taps run dry … In the first in a series looking at Brazil's largest city, Claire Rigby reports that many paulistanos are hoarding water in their apartments - and some are even drilling homemade wells - as they prepare for possible rationing. Guardian

October 4, 2017 -
From the office of the State Engineer:
Partially Unopposed Motion Requesting An Extension of the Time to Fill Response (see below)

The Community Protestants Motion for Summary Judgment (On APR application
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2

[October 2, 2017 -
Comments on the September 29, 2017, public meeting with the State Engineer.

Handouts at the meeting:
-- Instructions for Parties in State Engineer Administrative Hearings
-- Scheduling Order

Sept 28, 2017 -
San Augustin Plains water, aquifer focus of meeting.
Chieftain

September 27, 2017 -
The Community Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgement (On APR application
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2

September 22, 2017 -

San Augustin Plains water, aquifer focus of meeting
Chieftain

September 21, 2017 -
REMINDER: THERE IS A HEARING ON THE WATER GRAB (APR) PROJECT AT MACEY CENTER, AT NEW MEXICO TECH, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 6PM.   
PLEASE COME!!! WE NEED TO SHOW UP AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT OUR INTERESTS ARE IMPORTANT.

The purpose of this hearing, according to the State Engineer’s Scheduling Order is “to provide information on the administrative hearing process, alternate dispute resolution, and to provide APR an opportunity, if amenable, to a description and summary of its application, and for protestants to succinctly state their positions other than those stated in the respective protest letters.”

It appears that APR will have the opportunity to make a presentation while we may be limited in who can speak and what we can say. Very, very important that we show up in large numbers!!!

September 7, 2017 -

New Mexico Project Would Pipe Rural Groundwater 150 Miles to Big City. ... An absentee property owner aims to tap ancient groundwater for delivery to Albuquerque, but ranchers in the arid valley worry it will dry up their livelihood and the water will never return.
News Deeply .pdf version

View of (SEC) contract harmful? The City of Socorro’s offer to buy out Socorro Electric Cooperative is the reason behind the Co-op’s decision not to let City Administrator Donald Monette review its contract with Tri-State Energy last month. Chieftain
Related: July 2016- Tri-State presentation to SEC

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)

August 28, 2017 -
Rio Grande Aquifer System. Composite Hydrograph Well Location Map. USGS

August 25, 2017 -
Hydrogeology of the San Agustin Plains
by Alex Rinehart, Daniel Koning and Stacy Timmons. New Mexico Bureau of Geology. 62nd New Mexico Water Conference August 16, 2017. Download

August 23, 2017 -
Why Charter Schools Are Losing Support From Democrats. TruthOut

August 15, 2017 -
Sen. Udall speaks at water conference. Chieftain

August 17, 2017 -
Pence's Indiana 'Cautionary Tale' for Privatizing Infrastructure Projects. White House plan touts partnerships with private sector while Indiana residents navigate aftermath of roadway privatization approved by Pence, their former governor. CommonDreams

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

August 11, 2017 - New Mexico State Engineer Scheduling Order. issued August 10, 2017

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

August 3, 2017 -
Mayor proposes buyout of SEC: Options outlined at Co-op board meeting - Chieftain .pdf version

NEW WATER GRAB ISSUES

October 2012 - Groundwater in NM Report

August 4, 2017 -
Rural residents continue decade-long battle against San Augustin Ranch water project.
NM Political Report .pdf version

Related: 1994 USGS Report: Geohydrology of the San Agustin Basin, Alamosa Creek Basin upstream from Monticello Box, and upper Gila Basin in parts of Catron, Socorro, and Sierra Counties, NM. Download

Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court. NM Political Report .pdf version

City (Jal, NM) gave ranch million-dollar water discount, documents show. NM Political Report .pdf version (See related articles at the bottom of the NM Political Report website)

Maps of declared groundwater basins home page - home page

Map of NM Basins (takes a few seconds to load. When done there is an outline of basins in NM)

Over view of basins in NM.

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.

July 27, 2017 -
Letter from Socorro Mayor, Ravi Bhasker, to the
SEC board

Call to the Wild - Mexican gray wolf recovery program faces challenges. Chieftain

Landowners support (SunZia) road restrictions -
Chieftain

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.
Chieftain

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 download 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 Aquifer

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

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 includes 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 -
Chieftain

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 13, 2017 -
Notice of Withdraw of Counsel and Contract Information for Protestant Double H Ranch ProSe - AND - Notice of Withdraw of Counsel for Santa Tereceta Ranch

June 26, 2017 -

Hundreds file protests against water application.
Chieftain

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
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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. pittray@gilanet.com

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 announcement

NMT - Aquifer Mapping 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.

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 Caucus white paper on "21 Century New Deal for Jobs" including concerns regarding infrastructure. Download

Proposed House Bill by Juan Lujan: "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"
Download

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

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016


 
 

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National News

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

Magdalena CofC
Magdalena Villlage Calendar

SEARCH THE CYNIC

WATER GRAB & SUPPORTING WEBSITES

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)  

7 Day Forecast   Kelly Rd.  Radar  Phone App Weather Underground PWS KNMMAGDA5
From the NASA Solar Observatory
Click to visit website

LOCAL NEWS
LEGISLATION ALERTS

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

GILA AND CIBOLA FOREST

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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