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WEEKEND OF AUGUST 23-25, 2019
1985 : A toxic leak at the Union Carbide factory on December 3rd has been blamed on a chain of human errors and mechanical safeguards failing. The leak allowed a cloud of Toxic Methylene Chloride and 22 other toxic substances to escape, and over 3000 people were affected in the town who have sued Union Carbide.
 
Weekend Read: Democracy Incorporated Managed Democracy & the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism - by Sheldon S Wolin.  - With his fundamental grasp of political theory and restless spirit to get at the essence of what threatens modern democracy, Wolin demonstrates that the threats to our democratic traditions and institutions are not always from outside, but may come from within. It is a book that policymakers and scholars of contemporary society should read and reflect upon.  Powell's Books  

40 rebuttals to the media’s smears of Julian Assange – by someone who was actually there. ... A former diplomat who worked in the Ecuadorian embassy while Julian Assange lived there in asylum debunks 40 of CNN’s smears against the WikiLeaks publisher.
The Gray Zone  

ENVIRONMENT

'Game-Changer': Sanders Unveils Green New Deal Plan Detailing 10-Year Mobilization to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Create 20 Million Jobs. ... "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America—and really, in the history of humanity."  CommonDreams  

Rainforest on Fire - On the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon, Brazil’s Forest Communities Fight Against Climate Catastrophe.  Intercept  

Trump is expected to snub the next U.N. climate summit.  McClatchy  

Protests Break Out After DNC Committee Votes Against Holding 2020 #ClimateDebate. ... Outraged members of the Sunrise Movement stood on chairs singing the union protest song "Which Side Are You On?" CommonDreams

Brazil’s Amazon Fires Highlight The Threat Of Deregulation Amid Climate Change. ... The blazes are roasting South America’s biggest country just as far-right President Bolsonaro is rolling back nvironmental and indigenous protections. HuffPost  

Brazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.  ... Jair Bolsonaro’s government could roll back decades of progress on clean energy and reducing deforestation.  Foreign Policy  

Brazilian minister booed at climate event as outcry grows over Amazon fires. ... Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit.  Guardian  

Trump rule would allow for indefinite detention of immigrant families. ... New rule would effectively replace the Flores agreement, which sets 20-day limit for families held in custody.  NY Times    Related:  Migrants in US border detention centers won't receive flu vaccine
 The Hill  

Just Hours After Anti-Semitic Remarks, Trump Self-Promotes Himself as 'King of Israel... Second Coming of God'. ... "The President is a raving lunatic," responded Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum. "He is not well."  CommonDreams  

hoshana Zuboff: Surveillance Capitalism and Our Democracy YouTube video  

‘Pragmatic’: How Corporate Media Praise Dems Who Abandon Progressive Values.  FAIR  

Democrats Are Waging a Covert War on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  TruthDig  

A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present.  CounterPunch  

The Final Placement Syndrome or When Enough Is Enough.  Comm130A  

Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, We Ignore Trump’s Existential Threat to Climate.  TruthOut  

The Forest Service Puts Ranchers Ahead of Grizzlies (and the Public Interest).  CounterPunch  

August 22, 2019
1988 : 241 Palestinians and 3 Israelis have been killed since the December 9th Palestinian protest broke out in the territories seized by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.

Democrats Have An Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect A Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?  Intercept  

Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy!  CounterPunch  

The Racist Right Has Been Searching For Trump All Along  TruthDig  

We Are Already Living on an Orwellian Planet.
TruthOut

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped: govt sources.  France24  

Facial recognition is now rampant. The implications for our freedom are chilling. ... This new technology is being secretly used on streets and in shopping centres across Britain, making potential suspects of us all. Guardian 

The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human.  CounterPunch  

Google Is Deepening Its Involvement With Egypt’s Repressive Government.  Intercept

Who Inflicts the Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government and Its Police Forces. CounterPunch  

Trump Accuses Most American Jews of “Disloyalty” to Israel, Deploying Anti-Semitic Trope.  Intercept

Put an End to the Endless War Inflicted Upon Our National Forests.  CounterPunch  

August 21, 2019
1985 : The Afrikaners in South Africa owned 87% of the fertile land, beaches, and mines, leaving the black population with 15% of worthless land. Pieter Botha, president and white supremacist, led his fellow Afrikaners to commit numerous murders and atrocities against blacks in that country. President Botha refused to talk with Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize winner and peace activist.

Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows.Intercept
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Our Lords, Their Flies.  CounterPunch  

Activist Scott Warren, Facing Federal Charges for Aiding Migrants, Says He Won’t Be Deterred.
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Origin Of A Billionaire: Jeff Bezos Just Revealed He Got The Idea For Amazon After Watching A Robot Give A Man A Box Of Condoms. > Go

Queen Elizabeth Moving to Canada.  > Go  

Republicans Defend Trump’s Decision to Give Putin Office Space at White House.  > Go  

Uncle Sam was born lethal. Jackpine Radicals  

Kamala Harris, Who Just Clarified Her Rejection of Real Medicare for All, to Snub Climate Forum in Favor of Big Donors. ... "We need a leader who prioritizes the future of humanity over rubbing elbows with millionaires and billionaires."  CommonDreams  

Who Inflicts the Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government and Its Police Forces.  CounterPunch  

NOAA: July Was Officially the Hottest Month on Record. ... July was the 415th consecutive month with above-average temperatures.  DemocracyNow  

The Myth of the ‘Lone Wolf’ Shooter Blinds Us to the Reality of White Supremacy. ... Thinking of these killers as “lone wolf” actors makes it easier to dismiss them as demented individuals, hapless victims of bad parenting, self-destructive misfits, or erratic evil doers. But we need to see these “lone wolf” white supremacists for what they are—members of “wolf packs.”  ReWire  

Example of 'Unknown Unknowns,' Study Detailing 'Almost Instant Mortality of Corals' Suggests Crisis Worse Than Previously Understood. ... "The water temperatures are so warm that the coral animal doesn't bleach... the animal dies and its underlying skeleton is all that remains."  CommonDreams  

Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy!  CounterPunch  

August 20, 2019
1996 : The Minimum hourly wage is raised to $5.15 an hour an increase of 90 cents.

Tidbit: Trump’s solution to mass shootings: Involuntary confinement, banning “violent” video games , expansion of the death penalty and bulletproof backpacks.

The World According to George Galloway. ... There are few politicians in Britain who are attacked by the courtiers in the press and the mandarins in power more ferociously than George Galloway, a former member of Parliament and an icon of the left.  TruthDig/Hedges  

July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet. ... Polar sea ice melted to record lows.  ScienceDaily  

Put an End to the Endless War Inflicted Upon Our National Forests.  CounterPunch  

Welcome to Ayn Rand's America  TruthDig  

Is Russian Mob drug money going to Trump re-election? Hopsicker   

5 Years After Ferguson, The Justice Department Has All But Ended Federal Police Reform. ... The Trump administration has sharply curtailed the department’s ability to rein in troubled police departments. HuffPost

Democracy Dies Without Alternative Media  TruthDig  

Sanders Says If Israel Wants to Ban Members of Congress, It Should Not Receive Billions in US Military Aid. ... "The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage."  CommonDreams  

Here’s the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders.  FAIR  

The Rise of the American Gestapo.  CounterPunch  

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APR, Augustin Plains, Socorro Electric, SECanchn SEC APR

APR WATER GRAB - SEC - LOCAL ENVIRO. & NEWS

August 23, 2019 -
Order Granting Summary Judgement:
(heart of the matter):
"THE COURT FINDS THAT" ...

1 - The motions for summary judgment filed by the Community Protestants and Catron County are granted;

2 - All other motions for summary judgment are denied as moot; and

3 - APR's appeal from the State Engineer's August 1, 2018 Order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch's 2014/2016 Application to appropriate groundwater is dismissed with prejudice.
Download the 3 page document   

August 21 Update: Clarification - In response to the request of Judge Reynolds to write an order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s application to mine water in the San Augustin basin, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners submitted its order by the August 20 deadline. See pages 7-8 in the submission - Download Aug. 14, 2019 document  

August 14, 2019 -
Notice of submission of final order granting summary judgment in favor of The Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and Dismissal with Prejudice.  
Download Aug. 14, 2019 document
 

August 14, 2019 -
Before the NM Public Regulation Commission
In the matter of the filing of advice notice number 69 by the Socorro Electric Cooperative
Case No. 18-oo383-UT. ...
Statement of the case:
On December 3, 2o18, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SEC) filed Advice Notice No.69 for a proposed rate increase…. Etc.   Download  

August 13, 2019 - Augustin Plains update
Confused about the legal maneuverings surrounding the APR case? Here is what our attorneys Doug Meiklejohn and Jaimie Park say:

1 Judge Reynolds issued a Memorandum Decision on Motions for Summary Judgment on July 24

2 Judge Reynolds requested that Community Protestants and Catron County submit a proposed final order by August 15

3 He requested that if any party disagrees with the proposed final order they must submit their own proposed order by August 20

The Judge can select an order or he can write his own. There is no deadline for the Judge

Once the Judge issues an order the APR will have 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Appeals, if they choose to do so

It is still a bit up in the air when it comes to knowing for sure what will happen when, and no one is predicting what the Judge or what APR will do. After 12 years, we can wait a little while longer.

Note: A court order is an official proclamation by a judge that defines the legal relationships between the parties to a hearing, a trial, an appeal or other court proceedings. A final order concludes the court actions.
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Related:
July 25, 2019 -
From Douglas Meiklejohn -
Attorney - NM Environmental Law Center
Subject: Judge Reynolds's memorandum
Download the Memorandum  

Congratulations! Judge Reynolds ruled in our favor on the Augustin Plains Ranch application.

From pp 5-6 of the Judge's Memorandum, is the part you will find of greatest interest:
"By August 15, 2019, Counsel for the Community Protestants and Catron County shall jointly submit to the Court a proposed final order granting summary judgment and dismissing APR's latest application with prejudice. The people of New Mexico should not have their water tied up any longer with possibilities. If any party disagrees with the form of the order, they shall submit their own proposed order by August 20, 2019."  Download press release  


August 8, 2019 -
Proposed rate structure is inequitable, regressive - Letter to the editor.  Chieftain    Download  

August 3, 2019 -
Email from Ray Martinez, Co. Commissioner, reguarding NM Census Download  

August 3, 2019 -
“Voices of the Gila” – local community members who love the Gila River and believe it should be protected for generations to come through Wild and Scenic designations. Voices  

August 1, 2019 -
Creative, flexible power supply partner welcomed.  
Reyes, Jr OpEd   Chieftain

August 1, 2019 -
There will be a regular meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition board on Tuesday, August 13th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church hall. The public is welcome .

August 1, 2019 -
It's time for face to face with Tri-State  
Chieftain    Download

July 30, 2019 -
Judge rules against Augustin Plains Ranch in water dispute - Chieftain
Download  

Note: Potential APR options going forward. The APR can file again an "arguably new" application. For example, they could file the same application but say that the water would go to T or C. Or they could file a real new application.

July 25, 2019 -
City agrees to meet with SEC.  
Chieftain   Download  

July 25, 2019 -
SEC board continues to back expensive, dirty coal. Letter Chieftain  

July 25, 2019 -
From Douglas Meiklejohn -
Attorney - NM Environmental Law Center
Subject: Judge Reynolds's memorandum
Download the Memorandum  

Congratulations! Judge Reynolds ruled in our favor on the Augustin Plains Ranch application.

From pp 5-6 of the Judge's Memorandum, is the part you will find of greatest interest:
"By August 15, 2019, Counsel for the Community Protestants and Catron County shall jointly submit to the Court a proposed final order granting summary judgment and dismissing APR's latest application with prejudice. The people of New Mexico should not have their water tied up any longer with possibilities. If any party disagrees with the form of the order, they shall submit their own proposed order by August 20, 2019."  Download press release  

July 24, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update
Final Download
  

July 16, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update Download
(MISCELLANEOUS ENTRY - Letter Received 7/12/2019: Not Viewed by Judge Reynolds)

July 15, 2019 -
As of today, Judge Reynolds has not rendered a decision about the Augustin Plans Ranch application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin basin. I’ll stay on top of things and let you know his decision as soon as it’s available.

I also want send out a big THANK YOU for two generous, anonymous contributions to our effort to defeat this dreadful water mining application. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center donates attorney time to us, but asks that we cover the expenses related to our case (mailing, copying ,travel, lodging). Your donations make this possible. So thank you to our anonymous donors, and to all of you who contribute. You’re making it possible for us to keep fighting!
Carol Pittman - Datil

July 11, 2019 -
Augustin Plains Ranch: 'Groundhog Day' all over again?
Chieftain    or Download  

APR HEARING JULY 26, 2019


Standing room only once the hearing started.

Presiding over a packed courtroom, Judge Matthew Reynolds heard arguments on June 26 relating to the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s (APR) application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin basin. Judge Reynolds has said he will have a decision on the case by the end of July.

The issue is that of summary judgment, that is, the application should be dismissed as it doesn’t meet statutory requirements. The APR is arguing that it deserves an evidentiary hearing on the application, to be held in two stages: stage one to discuss hydrology, stage two to show beneficial use. How APR will meet the requirements of beneficial use for the water they are applying for is not clear. This water battle has been going on for 12 years and attorneys arguing for the protestants made a point of that, suggesting that repeated hearings on the same application should not be allowed.

Notes on the Hearing by Eileen Dodds.
Download
  

 Audio files:
- APR, LLC
-  APR.mp3
- Office of State Engineer
- OSE.mp3
- NM Enviromental Law Center -
NMELC.mp3
- Catron County Attorney -
Catron.mp3
- Isleta Pueblo .mp3
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Wild Earth Guardians.mp3
-
APR Rebuttle.mp3
- NM Enviro Law Center -
NMELC rebuttle.mp3
- NM Enviro Law Center comments. MP3
- Comments from OSE then Catron County.mp3
- Discussion between Judge and parties on "End
User", "Commercial sales" and "commercial
use"   Enduser.mp3 72.6MB  
(Listen on-line or right click to save)

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

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

June 18, 2019 -
APR v Blaine Court Documents list update Download

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like a copy of the motions, please email me pittray@gilanet.com
Carol Pittman

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 17, 2019 - APR Update
Motions in Response to various motions for Summary Judgment have been filed in the Augustin Plains case – four of them. Admittedly, although I am reading the motions, I don’t know all the legal ins-and-outs, so I won’t attempt to summarize these new motions. What I will do is inform you that the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has spent many hours on our behalf to refute the claims of the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR) that they deserve an “evidentiary hearing”. Others filing similar documents add to and complement the NMELC arguments against the APR’s claim.

Remember that the Motions for Summary Judgment request the Court deny the application because it lacks specificity, that it is speculative.

From the Catron County filing: “APR has failed to provide an actual, specific plan to use water in a specific amount, for a specific purpose, at a specific location.” ... “The Court also held that ‘not only does the underground water permitting statute require specificity, the constitutional mandate of beneficial use as the basis of a water right requires specificity of the actual place and use of water, along with all the other definite elements required to create a right’.” These two statements support the argument that the APR application should be denied, and that a request for an evidentiary hearing is also denied.

I am puzzled that the judge in this case has allowed this request to go forward. Why did he want to hear arguments about an evidentiary hearing when this is an obviously speculative application? What APR wants is a two-stage hearing, the first on the hydrology of the Plains basin, the second scheduled so as to allow them time to come up with contracts to sell water. They’ve already had 12 years to do that, and they have not succeeded!

A reminder: don’t forget the hearing on June 26 in Reserve at the Courthouse, 10:30am. Your presence is essential and much appreciated.

Let me know if you want any of the documents just filed. - Carol Pitman, Datil. Download the update  

May 10, 2019 -
APR v Blaine court actions update  Download

2018 NM Enviromental Law Center impact report Download

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