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Weekend of January 18-20, 2019
1942 Nazi officials meet in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to decide the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”

APR, Augustin Plains, Socorro Electric, SEC



Weekend Read: The World as It Is review: Ben Rhodes' Obama legacy defence has weak spots. ... The former White House aide has written a memoir and a justification which is compelling but too much on Obama’s side.  Guradian  
The Blob - Ben Rhodes and the crisis of liberal foreign policy.  The Nation  

Could Trump’s Attorney General Pick William Barr Be “Worse Than Jeff Sessions” on Civil Rights?  DemocracyNow  

This Is How American Democracy Ends.  TruthDig  

Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go.  CounterPunch  Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go. CounterPunch 

The Fox in Charge of the Henhouse: Activists Decry Trump’s EPA Pick, Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.  DemocracyNow  


Who Are the Top 10 Democratic Presidential Contenders for 2020?  Intercept  

Democratic 2020 hopefuls pay lip service to the left. Don't be fooled. ... Likely candidates are begging for Wall Street’s support – and reminding us who really owns American democracy.  Guardian  

This paragraph perfectly explains why everyone in DC is so afraid of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.   RawStory  

The Limits of Social Democracy Will Test the US Left. ... While Americans are bitterly divided on many things, there is one concept where there has long been agreement: Most the country thinks the economy favors the rich at the expense of everybody else.   TruthOut  

Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez. ... The effort is part carrot, part stick. But it's far from clear the anti-establishment political novice can be made to play ball.  Politico  

The Democratic Party’s 2018 View of Identity Politics Is Confusing, and Thus Appears Cynical and Opportunistic. ... The 2016 presidential election was the peak, at least thus far, for the tactics of identity politics in U.S. elections. In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton’s potential status as the first female candidate was frequently used not only to inspire her supporters but also to shame and malign those who supported other candidates, particularly Bernie Sanders.  Intercept  

Elizabeth Warren Wants Grassroots Money To Be A Litmus Test For 2020 Democrats. ... Self-funders and super PACs will have to justify themselves to progressives.  HuffPost  

Let's Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They Are.  TruthDig  

As Trial Starts for Border Humanitarian Volunteers, New Documents Reveal Federal Bureaucrats’ Obsession With Stopping Activists.  Intercept  

Richard Wolff: The Next Economic Crisis Is Coming  TruthDig  

The Hague Comes of Age.  Craig Murray  

January 17, 2019
1893 Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.

New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050. ... The great American fracking boom threatens to undermine efforts to avoid climate catastrophe in this century. ... By 2050, the country’s newly tapped reserves are projected to spew 120 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.    HuffPost  

Refugees Are in the English Channel Because of Western Interventions in the Middle East.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

The Faux Political System by the Numbers.  CounterPunch  

Has the Ruling Class Finally Had Enough of Trump?  TruthDig  

Brexit Bluster: a Sorry Tale About a Country that Wanted to ‘Take Back Control’.  CounterPunch  

The New Cold War Has Turned Journalism Into Satire.  John Pilger  


‘Brought to Jesus’: the evangelical grip on the Trump administration. ... The influence of evangelical Christianity is likely to become an important question as Trump finds himself dependent on them for political survival.  Guardian  

A neuroscientist explains why the belief that Trump is the messiah is rampant and dangerous.

Religion has a smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith. 

Atheists Take Heart (and Office): New Poll Shows Major Support for Nonreligious Candidates. ... According to the data, among pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ equality voters, a candidate's religious identity is virtually immaterial. Atheists have a good chance to gain seats in the coming years.  
Rewire News  

For Owners of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too.  Intercept  

The term ‘eco-terrorist’ is back and it’s killing climate activists.  Grist  

(2014) The Contradictions of the American Electorate.  CounterPunch 

January 16, 2019
1991 The Persian Gulf War begins. The massive
U.S.-led offensive against Iraq - Operation Desert
Storm -- ends on February 28, 1991 when
President George H. W. Bush declares a
cease-fire and Iraq pledges to honor future
coalition and U.N. peace terms.

How illegal drugs actually get into the United States
The notion that a border wall will stem the flow of narcotics into the U.S. is ignorant of the facts and overly simplistic, experts warn.  ThinkProgress  

Four Reasons Corporate Media Refuse to Talk About What Matters.  TruthDig  

New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All. ... "November's election results show that universal, higher-quality, lower-cost health care through Medicare for All is all moral upside -- without political downside."  

The Faux Political System by the Numbers.  CounterPunch  

American History for Truthdiggers: From Isolationism to a 2nd World Conflagration.  TruthDig  

A Reckless Advocate of Military Force': Demands for John Bolton's Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran". ... Make no mistake: Bolton is the greatest threat to the security of the United States!"  CommonDreams  

Mike Pompeo Lied About the U.S. and the Middle East. Here’s the Truth.  Intercept  

Trial of El Chapo Guzman

Governments, Gangsters, & the Trial of El Chapo Guzman.  MadCow  

The Lie at the Heart of the Trial of El Chapo Guzman.  MadCow  

The Secret Trial of 'El Chapo' Guzman. MadCow

The Bystander Effect: Neuroscientist shows how our brains dehumanise homeless people - video.  

Brexit Bluster: a Sorry Tale About a Country that Wanted to ‘Take Back Control’.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

U.S. News Headlines on Israel-Palestine Show Systemic Bias: Study. ... "It calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily filtered rendering of the issue."  CommonDreams  

Expanding the Limits of Jewish Sovereignty: A Brief History of Israeli Settlements. ...An unsettling new Breaking the Silence tour focuses on the history of the occupation. Every Israeli and visitor who cares about what’s happening here should take it.  Haaretz  

January 15, 2019
1991 The UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces
from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage
for Operation Desert Storm.

Five Forces Driving the Rise of Fascism in 2019. ... We start out 2019 with neo-fascists and assorted other “populists” and ethnonationalists holding office in 11 European nations and scoring recent double-digit vote tallies in Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands.  TruthOut  

The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers ... Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans.  TruthDig/Hedges     
  Happiness Consultants Won't Stop a Depression.  Hedges  

Trump is using the government as a bargaining chip -- like a dictator would. ... Trump’s entire presidency to date has sacrificed the means of democracy to preserve his personal power, and the shutdown over the border is no different.  Guardian  

The US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters.  CounterPunch 

The Real Threat to Our Safety Has Nothing to Do With Our Southern Border.  TruthDig  

The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924.  Intercept  

Here’s the truth behind the ‘National Police Association’—and its shady ideology.  AlterNet  

“Free Trade” Is Today’s Imperialism by the 1 Percent.  TruthOut  

Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services are a Danger to Our State and Society.  Craig Murray    Related: (How to handle a dissident)  The UK Government Manufacture of False Sexual Allegations  Craig Murray  

AG Nominee William Barr Endorsed “More Incarceration”.  TruthOut  

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APR, Augustin Plains, Socorro Electric, SECanchn SEC APR


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:  (water grab)

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  

Case D-728-CV-201800026 Filed Oct. 3, 2018

Court Filing With Registery of actions:
October 10, 2018  
November 16, 2018  

October 5, 2018 -
Two Court notices dated August 13, 2018 -

1 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   In the matter of the corrected Application filed by Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC, for permit to appropriate ground water in the Rio Grande Underground Water Basin in the State of New Mexico. Download here  

2 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC - Applicant/Appellant) v. Tom Blaine, P.E. and Protestants (Listed). Download here

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  

April 6, 2018 -
20th anniversary of release of Mexican wolves in wild. Chieftain    .pdf  

(East Mountain) Water dispute has statewide implications. Mountain View Telegraph

The Gila National Forest has released their Draft Wilderness Inventory maps, and the public is invited to submit comments. The draft maps total more than 1.2 million acres. New Mexico Wild volunteers have worked for the last four and half years helping to influence these draft maps. Public input is critical to ensure that these areas make it into the Final Wilderness Inventory, and your personal experiences and comments are essential to making that a reality.The Wilderness Homepage for the Gila National Forest 

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

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016



Magdalena Now & History
10 Day Forecast -  
Phone App - Drought Map
Drought Monitor Map
Smoke Trails  NOAA
urrent Fires EPA-AirNow  

Weather Underground PWS KNMMAGDA5



San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)
Food and Water Watch
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)
NM Water & Natural Resouces Comm.

Conservation Voters New Mexico 
San Augustin LLC website
New Mexico Wilderneess Alliance  
The Candle Publishing  
Water Grabbing (Wiki)  

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