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Weekend September 22-24, 2017
1893 Bicycle makers Charles and Frank
Duryea show off the first American
automobile produced for sale to the public
by taking it on a maiden run through the
streets of Springfield, Massachusetts
Trump Pushes US Closer to War. ... Bombastic and self-absorbed narcissists throughout history have meant what they said. And yes, they have gotten many millions killed. CommonDreams

Who Will Pay for Huge Pentagon Budget Increase?. CounterPunch

We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean? ... After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound. Guardian

Five Basic Differences Between Education and War … and One Similarity. CounterPunch

Intercepted Podcast: ’Merican Psycho. ... Donald Trump appeared before the United Nations General Assembly this week and read a belligerent speech written by his vile little political adviser Stephen Miller

A handful of ultra-rich dynastic families are bleeding the country dry — and destroying American democracy. RawStory/Reich

Senate Republicans Aren't Just Aiming to Destroy Obamacare and Medicaid; They Want to Provide a Death Blow to Any Future Health Care Reform. ... Senator Lindsey Graham says, "Hell no to Berniecare" as his bill takes aim. AlterNet

White People Lack Empathy Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum, New Study Reveals ... We can't keep attributing Trump's rise to economic anxiety. AlterNet

You Are Being Organized by Something: 10 Questions for Kathryn Lofton on Consuming Religion. Religion Dispatches  

What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? Lawfare  

A Major Jewish Philanthropist Just Published A Plan To Ethnically Cleanse Palestinians, Forward  

This "Charitable" Foundation Is Waging an Attack on Labor Unions While Funding ALEC.  TruthOut

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the U.S. Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran. Intercept/Sanders  

Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Fossil Fuel Resistance. ... "With the climate-denying Trump administration putting the the health of Big Oil billionaires' bottom lines before anyone else, the time to join your local fight to protect our air, water, and planet is right now."

Don't Ask About Sean Spicer's Notebooks or He'll Call "Proper Authorities" On You. ... Axios reporter Mike Allen no longer has permission to ask former White House press secretary questions. CommonDreans  

Trump Supporters Quietly Built A Massive List With The Personal Information Of Thousands Of People. ... The list began traveling the dark corners of the internet around April as a scattered collection of names, addresses, phone numbers and social media accounts. It's now a massive organized database of thousands of people.  BuzzFeed

September 21, 2017
1937 J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel
The Hobbit is published.

Republican Healthcare Bill Will Get Less Than 2 Minutes Of Debate Time. ... Due to a manipulation of Senate rules, Republicans have created a healthcare bill that will only be open for debate on the Senate floor for about 90 seconds – possibly as long as 2 minutes if things get crazy. This bill could strip more than 30 million of their health insurance coverage and destroy Medicaid, and the best the Republicans are willing to give us is 2 minutes.
Ring of Fire

Hillary Clinton Will Never Understand What Happened. Splinter

Government by Goldman ... Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration. The Intercept

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote. Guardian

Trump administration removes links to taxpayer-funded climate data on USGS website ... You paid for U.S. Geological Survey climate data, but the White House is making it disappear.

Only two countries think Trump is doing a better job than Obama did. RawStory

A handful of ultra-rich dynastic families are bleeding the country dry — and destroying American democracy. RawStory

Income inequality and offshore tax dodging: The rich are richer than we thought.
Journalist's Resource

Like it or not, the far right is heading for Germany’s Bundestag ... The AfD party has become increasingly nasty – and more popular too. That nationalists will have a voice in the German parliament once again is disturbing.
The Guardian

How Netanyahu’s Son Became the Poster Boy for White Supremacists. ... The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. CounterPunch

We Are All Prisoners of the Police State’s Panopticon Village. CounterPunch

Read All About the Biggest Snowden Reveal.

A Sense of Proportion - The Establishment is fast losing its grip on the loyalty of the populace. That decline in the respect of the population for their masters has coincided with the rise of the importance of the internet and social media, and the corresponding decline in consumption of traditional print and broadcast news and current affairs media. Craig Murray

September 20, 2017
2001 Pres. George W. Bush, addressing a joint session of Congress, declares a “war on terror.”

House passes spending bill ‘full of giveaways to polluters’ and big cuts to EPA... The bill also cuts a number of programs intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or streamline the transition to clean energy. ThinkProgress

US Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have' ... "Note 'where will the money come from?' deficit trolls will be silent on this $700 billion defense spending bill." CommonDreams

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate Change Era. TruthOut

Saudi security forces clamp down on dissent
Academics and clerics held as Riyadh acts to silence criticism. Financial Times

South Carolina teacher suspended after asking 5th graders to come up with reasons for joining the Klan.

The GOP’s on the verge of passing a bill that will phase out Medicaid in its entirety.

To Make Our Democracy Functional, We Must Confront Economic Inequality. ... The United States is a plutocratic disaster. In this exclusive interview for Truthout, renowned political scientist Larry Bartels, author of the already classic work Unequal Democracy, provides a sweeping look at the state of our dysfunctional society. TruthOut

Robert Reich: A Handful of Ultra-Rich Families Are Bleeding the Country Dry. ... Taxing dynastic wealth is an absolute necessity if we hope to restore our democracy. AlterNet/Reich

St. Louis Cops Taunt Demonstrators with Chilling Chant After Clearing Streets. ... Officers in riot gear were heard bellowing "whose streets, our streets." AlterNet

Donald Trump starts first UN speech by promoting one of his buildings just across the street . ... Several people with connections to the former Soviet Union own condos in the building. Independent

A Major Jewish Philanthropist Just Published A Plan To Ethnically Cleanse Palestinians. ... A far-right faction within Israel’s Likud-led governing coalition has endorsed a plan for Israel to annex the entire West Bank and encourage the Palestinian residents to emigrate to neighboring Arab countries.

Donald Trump’s lawyers fail at basic lawyering: Privacy. ... Rule 1 of law: Don't discuss private matters in public, right in front of a New York Times. Salon

September 19, 2017
1893 New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.
Democracy Now/Naomi Klein

The Silencing of Dissent. ... The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of “fake news.” TruthDig/Hedges

Shadows of Secrecy Spread Across Federal Government. ... There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren’t making it easier to hold federal officials accountable for their actions. TruthDig

Sean Spicer Is Honored Because, As Bush Officials Showed, D.C. Elites Always Thrive.
The Intercept

The Growing Danger of Dynastic Wealth.

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches. ... The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms. CommonDreams

Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires. ... A number of politicians have promised to weaken environmental laws and increase logging, supposedly to stop forest fires. Here’s what they aren’t telling you. CounterPunch

'Red Alert' Sounded: Trumpcare Is Back, More Brutal and Deadly Than Ever. .. Sen. Bernie Sanders called the new Obamacare repeal plan "yet another disastrous Republican proposal to throw millions of people off health insurance. CommonDreams

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[NEW] September 21, 2017 -

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

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

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 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 privatisation. TNI

August 11, 2017 -
New Mexico State Engineer Schedualing Order. issued August 10, 2017. Download .pdf

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


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.

As readers no doubt notice, the national news items rely heavily on several "progressive" (meaning truth to power) websites. Now Google is censoring access to those specific websites we use from their search engine. Aggressive censorship started long before Trump, as censorship was considerably ramped up under Obama.
Read more here

Private Prison Demands New Mexico and Feds Find 300 More Prisoners in 60 Days or It Will Close. ... Core Civic isn't making enough money after sentencing reforms.

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 (SunZiaw) road restructions -

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

July 17, 2017 -
Speak up for Wolves - Attend upcoming meetings:

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

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

July 16, 2017 -

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

July 13, 2017 -

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

July 7, 2017 -

Mexican Wolf Draft Revised Recovery Plan released Chieftain PDF version

Release range and spotting map:

Recovery information website     

Could SunZia supply SEC? Chieftain
pdf version

Albuquerque Journal - Boarder Aquifers
Two Nations - One Aquifger

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

Biggest Pump Wins - Albuquerque Journal

Mexico’s largest conglomerate profits from pipeline, Albuquerque Journal

Pipeline skips area’s poorest.
Albuquerque Journal

The River Pays For All of It Albuquerque Journal

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

Picking up the slack in chile cultivation.
Albuquerque Journal

Video: A Race to the Bottom YouTube

Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Make Livestock Safer. TruthOut

July 6, 2017 -

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

July 5, 2017 -

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

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

July 4, 2017 -

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

June 29, 2017 -

City releases electric utility feasibility study -

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

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

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

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

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

June 26, 2017 -

Hundreds file protests against water application.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016




Current fire season outlook for the SouthWest.

Fire Information and Alerts:
GeoMac- Fire Map
National Weather
Smoke Monitoring Fire Restrictions
NM Public Health - Smoke information.
Current fire season outlook for the SouthWest. Predictive
National News

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

Magdalena CofC
Magdalena Villlage Calendar



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
Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth


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


2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

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

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

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

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

More Gila information here
More Cibola information here


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