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May 25, 2017
1925 John Scopes is indicted for teaching
Darwinian theory in school.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump's Budget Takes a Sledgehammer to What Remains of the American Dream. ... The Trump administration unveiled its $4.1 trillion budget Tuesday. The plan includes massive cuts to social programs, while calling for historic increases in military spending. Democracy Now

Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are “Useful Idiots” for ISIS.

War in Afghanistan Is Killing Children in Record Numbers in 2017.  Truth Out

Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues. Borderless 'War on Terror'—now operated by President Donald Trump—continues to claim innocent lives around the world... but pattern holds that not all victims receive equal attention. Common Dreams

Democrats Ask Deutsche Bank to Produce Documents on Trump Family Loans. ... Democratic lawmakers asked Deutsche Bank AG to hand over its findings on two politically charged matters -- its banking on behalf of now-President Donald Trump and trades from the bank’s Moscow operation that helped move some $10 billion out of Russia. Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank in Bind Over How to Modify $300 Million Trump Debt. ... A small detail in Deutsche Bank AG’s loans to Donald Trump’s real-estate business has turned into a headache at the bank, as its effort has stalled to restructure part of the $300 million or so in debt. Bloomberg

Now the Full Story of the Persecution of Julian Assange Can Be Told. ... Washington’s bid to get Assange is “unprecedented in scale and nature."

The Disappearing Data Project
The Trump administration has taken thousands of government records offline since taking office. We’re getting them back. Think Progress

May 24, 2017
1961 Civil rights activists are arrested in
Jackson, Mississippi.

Quote of the day:
Never have so many smart people work so hard to extract meaning from a self-contradicting rumbling of a single idiot. #Trump. (Noam Sheizaf).

(Originally printed 2011) All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print. ... There is a craven disconnect between the eagerness of leading editors to exploit the important news revealed by WikiLeaks and their efforts to distance themselves from both the courageous website and Bradley Manning, the alleged source of documents posted there. Alleged is required when referring to the Army private so as not to repeat the egregious error of a constitutional-law-professor-turned-president who has already presumed Manning guilty of crimes for which he is not even formally charged. Truth Dig

'Can't Make This Up': Comcast Makes Legal Threat Against Net Neutrality Defenders. ... If FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan "is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like that are critical of their corporate policies" Common Dreams

Trump Praised Philippines President Duterte For Drug War That Has Killed 9,000 People
Trump told Duterte he was doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem,” according to a transcript. Human rights groups disagree. Huffington

Hiding in plain sight: how the 'alt-right' is weaponizing irony to spread fascism. ... Experts say the ‘alt-right’ have stormed mainstream consciousness by using ‘humor’ and ambiguity as tactics to wrong-foot their opponents. Guardian

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

The Normalizing of Authoritarianism in America. Counter Punch

Devos Takes Out Her Hatchet. ... Last week, Devos announced $10.6 billion in cuts to educational programs all over the country. The Washington Post reported the victims of these drastic cuts include taking $12 million in funding away from the special olympics, $65 million from two programs that benefit natives in Hawaii and Alaska, and cuts $15 million from a program that provides low-income parents attending college care for their children. The budget proposes eliminating all funding for a fund created by congress to help schools pay for student support services, like mental health, and academic support. Counter Punch

May 23, 2017
1934 Gangsters Bonnie Parker and
Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.

Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates. ... 'Having a strong economy does not guarantee good healthcare' Common Dreams

Noam Chomsky: America Poses a Unique Threat to World Safety. ... Trump's brinkmanship is nothing new. Time and again, the U.S. has abandoned diplomacy for violence. AlterNet  

'Trump has declared war': journalists denounce any attack on press freedom. ... President’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prison’ prompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack. Guardian  

Billionaire Betsy DeVos wants to scrap student debt forgiveness. Surprised? ... The plan by the secretary of education represents the Trump administration’s multi-part assault on public education and the non-rich. Guardian

While You Weren’t Looking, Trump Basically Killed Dodd-Frank. ... It was fun while it lasted.

Boeing, Blackstone Announce Multibillion-Dollar Deals in Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit. ... President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia has heralded billions of dollars of deal announcements.

Trump Admin. Now Deploying Controversial Surveillance Tool in Immigration Crackdown. ... Detroit News reports on "troubling" use of Stingrays in hunt for undocumented immigrant. Common Dreams  

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May 18, 2017 --
(April 24, 2017) The Incoming Privatization Assault.Get ready for everything from private infrastructure and private prisons to voucherized schools and Medicaid.
American Prospect

May 4, 2017
Water group briefed on Augustin Plains Ranch. ... The application for a permit to pump 17 billion gallons of water per year from the San Agustin Plains aquifer under Socorro and Catron counties was the topic of discussion last Saturday at a meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition

May 11, 2017 -
Herrera: Local politics tarnishing (electric) cooperative's efforts. ... The proposed breakup of Socorro Electric Cooperative seemed to be gaining steam, as evidenced by remarks made at a public meeting Tuesday, May 2 at Socorro City Hall. Chieftain

Socorro effort (offer utility service) feasible in small steps. ... A piecemeal plan for the City of Socorro to offer electric utility service is feasible, the attorney helping the city explore the option said last week. ... “It’s feasible if the city starts small and builds up equity over time,” attorney Nann Winter said. Chieftain

May 13, 1027 -
'This is our land': New Mexico's tribal groups gear up to fight for their home. ... President Trump’s decision to review the designations of 27 national monuments has raised fears of a corporate giveaway – and the pueblos of the Rio Grande valley are worried. ... New Mexico’s Republican congressional representative Steve Pearce has proposed reducing the 490,000-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument to 54,800 acres, and described Obama’s expansion of the national monuments as an abuse of power.  Guardian  

May 11, 2017 -
Note: Recollect the issue of local military intrusion on our lands ...

The City and the War Machine: Crosshairs on People and Public Lands. ... In the 1990s, a battle raged over military use of the Owyhee Canyonlands of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. The aggressor was the state of Idaho under Gov. Cecil Andrus, fronting for the Air Force. Cece, who had been Interior Secretary under Jimmy Carter, was hell bent on a new Bombing Range amid some of the most remote country in the lower 48 states. Counter Punch

April 29, 2017, Water Coalition Meeting Commentary.

San Augustin Water Coalition Annual Meeting Videos:
Presentation by Stacy Timmons, Aquifer Mapping Program Manager:
Video 1 of 3.mp4
Video 2 of 3.mp4
Video 3 of 3.mp4
Our State Rep. Gail Armstrong Speaking:
Video 1 of 2.mp4
Video 2 of 2.mp4
May 3, 2017 - Link to view May 2nd Socorro City Community Meeting is here. Agenda

Court Lifts Injunction Blocking Mexican Gray Wolf Releases. ... The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled April 25, 2017, to lift a preliminary injunction blocking further releases of highly endangered Mexican gray wolves into the wild within New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) can now resume wolf releases within the state. NM Wild Map of Wolf Population areas

Reclamation Seeks Information on Water Infrastructure Alternative Financing and Public-Private Partnerships. Press Release Agenda

May 2017 - News and documents Re: BLM Planning Documents 2.0 -

President Trump Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0... On March 27th, Trump signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. BLM Planning 2.0 was a broad scale land conservation plan designed to keep industries that use our public rangelands in check. It was implemented by the BLM in 2016 as part of an effort to improve their management of our nation’s public lands and the way Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are managed and updated. CANA Foundation  

Planning 2.0 Fact Sheet
Planning 2.0 Rules
Planning 2.0 – Response to Comments

May 1, 2017 -
The Aquifer Mapping Program at New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) is working with New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) to establish a rural groundwater level monitoring network.
Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network  

May 1, 2017 - NOTICE:
Socorro and Catron county folks might be interested in an upcoming Community Input Meeting Socorro City will be hosting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 111 School of Mines Road. Click here for the website.
City Meeting Agenda

April 27, 2017 - Co-op (Annual Meeting) election recount sought. Chieftain

April 27, 2017 - Official: Cattle attacked by wolf.

April 27, 2017 - Why Water Privatization Is a Bad Idea for People and the Planet. ... As climate change drives water scarcity, there may be more efforts to privatize water systems. AlterNet

"Superman Is Not Coming": Erin Brockovich on the Future of Water. Truth Out

The agenda isn’t finalized as yet but speakers will include: Luis Reyes, CEO of Kit Carson who will be discussing their departure from Tri-State T&G to Guzman Energy as their new power supplier and the impact it will have on their rates and future economic development at Kit Carson. He will also discuss their broadband business. Kit Carson has also formed a partnership with Continental Divide Electric Coop to run fiber down main street in Grants to provide high speed broadband.

Other speakers will be from Guzman Energy, City of TorC, Nann Winter, Rio Grande Energy, Enchantment Energy Consulting, TDS and of course the City of Socorro.

Please Note: SEC declined it’s invitation to be placed on the agenda!
Socorro Electric Co-op Vote Results:
District 2:
Judy Holcom 970 votes
Melanie Kelly 653

District 3:
Luis Aguilar 829 votes
Cndy Riverra 825 votes

April 16, 2017 -
Mayor: Co-op a hurdle in TDS broadband effort in Socorro.
... (It appears the Socorro Electric Co-op and the board are still hostile to the customers and Socorro City development. This is consistent with their policy of working against the member-owners going back 10 years. SEC archived news here )

Latest legislative update at San Augustin Water Report Website

Saturday, April 22 from 7 to 11. A benefit dance at the Reserve Fair Grounds. Playing will be the Saddle Mountain Band. Drinks. Snacks. Silent Auction.

April 12, 2017 -
Global Groundwater Use Is Exhausting Supplies So Fast, It Could Soon Drive Up Food Prices ... China, the world’s most populous country, doubled within just 10 years its use of irreplaceable groundwater from underground reservoirs that are replenished more slowly than they are drained.

April 6, 2017 -
Legislative update from N.M. Wilderness Alliance:

Senate Bill 340, which would require legislature approval and a showing of feasibility before money is spent on large diversion projects like the one proposed for the Gila river, was passed by the Senate Conservation Committee but was tabled (and dead for the Session) by the Senate Finance Committee. We expect this bill to be reintroduced in future Sessions. More updates, download
Or go to NM Wilderness Alliance website  

March 26, 2017 - You Decide...Interbasin water transfers are they needed? If a land owner who has a large ranch decides that he can make more money by selling the water under his land than he can by raising cattle on
that land should he have the right to do so?
Download Commentary from Dennis Inman, Geologist.

March 22, 2017 -
he 2017 Legislative session is over, and you might like to know about what directly affected us. As you are all probably aware by now, Don Tripp was re-elected in November, 2016 but abruptly resigned in January of 2017. The Governor appointed Gail Armstrong in his place. Gail immediately went to bat for us, and here's how.

1) Sponsored HB 418, Inter-Basin Water Right Transfer Requirements. This bill, which passed several committees and made it to the floor of the House of Representatives, would have regulated massive water transfers had it become law. Howard Hutchinson worked with Rep. Armstrong as did Douglas Meiklejohn, our attorney, and they will continue working on a bill to be brought before a new session of the Legislature.

2) Opposed HB 275 Public-Private Partnerships Act. Although a brand new legislator, Rep. Armstrong voted against this act because her constituents opposed it. If you remember, this P3 Act would have greatly benefited the Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC which has been pushing their public-private partnership idea from day one. (See their website ) It took a great deal of courage for Rep. Armstrong to oppose this bill, and we owe her a debt of gratitude.

A note of interest:
Representative Gail Armstrong will be a speaker at the April annual meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition. Mark April 29 on your calendar and plan to be at that meeting.

Other matters before the Legislature included a bill sponsored by our Senator Howie Morales. SB 340 would have, had it become law, provided oversight of the federal funds the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) has been spending on a diversion of the Gila River. Below is an analysis of what the law would do.

"SB340 would require legislatively approved budgets for use of the NM Unit Fund and force the ISC to report the details of its actual and planned uses of the fund. To date, the ISC has spent $11 million fruitlessly in the absence of real legislative budget oversight. The ISC needs to provide basic information on technical feasibility, water yield and associated water users, project cost and financing before spending more money on a NM Unit project."

Sadly this measure failed, but we can hope that the ISC got the message: squandering millions of dollars is not acceptable. Carol Pittman. Download March 22 update

March 19, 2017 -
Report From Santa Fe - KNEW - Laura Paskus and Peggy Johnson on WATER in NM Video

March 15, 2017 - Congressman Steve Pearce is hosting a Town Hall for constituents of New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.

When: Saturday March 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm MST
Where: New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
Download information and questions to ask Pearce

March 9, 2017 -
Magdalena school board amends water grab protest... At the regularly scheduled Feb. 13 meeting the board had discussed in executive session withdrawing a letter filed with the Office of the State Engineer protesting the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC planned project to pump water from the San Augustin aquifer. Chieftain  

Bill HB 418, (Water Transfers) was not heard in Committee yesterday as scheduled - update on this later.

March 3, 2017 - New Documents related to Agustain Plains area and Magdalena water:

Magdalena - The day the water dried: (Updated April 2014) A hydrogeologic perspective.  

March 2, 2017 -
How much water does New Mexico actually have? ... When it comes to revising water laws in New Mexico, nothing realistic can be done until we know how much — and where — the groundwater is.. Chieftain  

March 1, 2017 -
Update to the House Bills below:

Webcast of hearings click here  
Status of HB418 .. Substitute Bill HB 418:
Added sections....para 3 (e)...and Para F
(3) temporary transfers of no longer than two

F. For the purposes of this section:
(1) "area of origin" means the physical
location of a ground water aquifer, the boundaries of which are reasonably ascertainable and which may or may not coincide with the administrative boundaries of ground water basins established by the state engineer; and

(2) "transfer" means the transport of water for use in a location more than thirty-five miles from the area

Report: Inter-basin Water Transfers: "Upon initial consideration, interbasin transfer of water has enormous appeal. Indeed, many of the regional water plans offer vague references to receiving water from adjacent basins. However, a more thorough examination reveals that there are often few details to support these transfers..” ... Report by Professor Bruce Thomson, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico. 2010-Inter-basin Water Transfers  

HB 418, a bill that will be heard TOMORROW (Thursday, March 2, 1:30pm)
March 3 - UPDATE: Bill as not heard in committee March 2nd. in the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This bill will put into place regulations regarding WATER TRANSFERS, regulations that are long overdue.

Let the Chairman and/or Committee member Candy Ezzell know your thoughts on this bill.

Chairman Matthew McQueen

Member Candy Ezzell

Full list of Committee Members

More information on HB-418:
Introduced by Gail Armstrong:
Relating to water; requiring additional requirements for approval of permits for the diversion and use of ground water from the basin of origin for use outside the basin of origin. See bill here or download

March 1, 2017 -
Legislative Staff Assessment:
According to OSE analysis, prohibiting federal land management agencies from owning surface water rights for livestock watering could have significant negative unintended consequences ...
HB-472-Staff Assessment - full report

February 27, 2017 -
The bill for public/private partnerships – HB 275 – was just defeated in committee. Gail Armstrong, our representative, voted against the bill. She explained that while she liked the bill, her constituents had serious concerns about it and she voted for their concerns – against the bill. Please take the time to thank her. or call 505-986-4467. You might also mention your support or opposition to the bills below at the same time.

Vote just finished. Meeting adjourned

Other legislation of concern for this area:

HB-380 - Introduced by our Rep. Gail Armstrong:
Relating to Rural Electric cooperatives; Allowing mail-in or proxy ballots to count toward establishing a quorum.
Download the bill or
visit NM government website here for more details.
Readers may remember this was a critical issue at the recent co-op annual meetings as the board tried to disqualify voters.

HB-472: Relating to water rights administration: providing definitions; limiting livestock water rights holders; prohibiting the state engineer from enforcing or administering conditions placed on permitted land to require transfer of private water rights to a government land management agency excepting sales of water rights; exempting livestock water rights from forfeiture where the right is appurtenant to land under a current lease or permit.
Download the bill or
visit NM government website here for more details:
We will have more on this legislation after it is reviewed.

A good source of on-going information on what is happening in SF is at The Candle

February 24, 2017 -
The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships ...
This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits. ... Public-private partnerships are nothing more than a variation on straightforward schemes to sell off public assets below cost, with working people having to pay more for reduced quality of service. CounterPunch   Or Download

- May 10, 2013 -
Financialising Household Water
(UK Report)  
November 23, 2016 -
Economic Policy Inst. on Trump Infrastructure Plan.

Food and Water Watch Reports:
- July 2011- Water=Life: How Privatization undermines the Human right to Water.
- Water Privatization: Facts and Figures  
- 2016 Report on State of Public Water in the U.S.
- 2010 Report - Brief on Water P3 Issues & Difficulties

February 22, 2017 -
US EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center National Governors Association State Planning Retreat on Public Private Partnerships.
April 2016 Report

2017 - 53rd Legislaton:
Senate Mail List    -  House Mail List  

February 19, 2017 -

You Had Me At H2O: A look at who owns your water supply ... Get curious about how your water gets to you, before private companies pull the plug. MuchRock  

America can’t trust public water, so it’s turning to private companies. - While most Americans don’t have to think too hard about whether their water is safe to drink or not, people in Camden, New Jersey are used to not having clean water

From the BLM:
Improving the Way We Plan Together
As part of our continuing commitment to improve our management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way we develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into our land use planning.
BLM Plan 2.0 presentation 
Plan 2.0 FAQ sheet

Cynic Comment: Under the current administration BLM efforts could be negatively revised by using an esoteric Congressional procedure to sabotage BLM efforts.

Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies... And it could have long-term consequences.  Huffington    An example just out today... GOP Wants NASA To Stop Worrying About Earth And Focus On Space ... There are talks of “rebalancing” the agency’s mission as it continues to tweet about climate change.  Huffington  

The Cynic is developing a new webpage that follows the Trump/GOP administration"disappearing" federal data and negative revisions to existing legislation, rules, and regulations. Click Here

February 17, 2017 -
We are still tracking HB 275, the Public/Private Partnership bill. Sadly, the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee recommended a Do Pass, a big setback for us.

Next in line is a hearing at the House Labor and Economic Development Committee. OUR REPRESENTATIVE, GAIL ARMSTRONG, IS ON THAT COMMITTEE. You can do one quick thing: phone Representative Armstrong’s office and ask that she vote NO on HB 275. Her phone number is 505-269-2364. I usually call very early and leave a message. It is our numbers that matter, so the more people who call the better. It will take about 30 seconds!

Gail Armstrong website

February 15, 2017 -
From Conservation Voter of New Mexico -
Public-Private Partnerships (HB 275) seeks to give private companies control of New Mexico's critical public services - including our water.

A dangerous bill that could put your critical public services, like water, has again been introduced in the State House. ... Last seen in 2015, Public-Private Partnerships (now HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros) is a sweeping measure that would privatize projects that are most appropriately developed and maintained by public entities. In 2015, you raised your voice and we were able to stop the bill. Together, we can do it again.

HB 275 first, and it has powerful support in the legislature. If you speak up now, we can stop this dangerous "blank check" legislation in its tracks.
Public-private partnership, or P3, is a catch-all term for any project that partners government with private business. Generally speaking, the more heavily the private sector is involved, the riskier the project is for the public - in financial, social and environmental terms. Examples from across the country and right here in New Mexico have proven the need to take a very cautious approach to P3s.

Private companies are pushing hard to expand P3s in our state. HB 275 is one of the broadest, if not the broadest, pieces of P3 legislation in the country.

Follow this link to CVNM Action center and send your representative a message

Download this action alert  

February 15, 2017 -
This bulletin came in too late to be effective, but never-the-less... Rep. Pearce is having a call-in Town Hall TODAY. If you can't make the call, please email him ... he's in the process of giving away public lands. .

Signup website click here

Pearce Town Hall Bulletin  .

[NEW] February 12, 2017 -
Draft of memo from From:
AFSCME, AFT, NM Building Trades Council (15 affiliated unions), CVNM, CWA, Food & Water Watch, NEA-NM, NM Environmental Law Center, NM Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), Sierra Club, and Voices for Children.
To: NM Legislation
Re: Please OPPOSE House Bill 275 (Allowing Privatization of all Public Services and Infrastructure) and SUPPORT Senate Bill 143 (Narrower Public Private Partnership bill)
. 021317-AFSCME Memo

February 11, 2017 -
A cautionary tale from 2012:
How the Private Water Industry Is Teaming Up With ALEC ... ALEC has worked with the energy industry to create loophole-filled water protections and opposes federal oversight of fracking.

Profiting from Public Dollars: How ALEC and Its Members Promote Privatization of Government Services and Assets. Public Interest  

ALEC -The Water/Wastewater Utility Public-Private Partnership Act. (This is where your NM representatives get the text of P3 legislation)
ALEC-Sample Legislation

February 11, 2017 -
California water venture tied to Trump sees prospects rise after years of setbacks. ... Until Trump won the presidency, prospects looked bleak for Cadiz, a California company that has struggled for years to secure federal permits to transform Mojave Desert groundwater into liquid gold. McClatchyDC  
NB: the above article references the infamous "Emergency Infrastructure" list of critical projects in the 2nd paragraph (see January 27th commentary below). This is an example of very bad reporting using a fake list to generate an "exclusive".Always follow the money.

[NEW]  February 10, 2017 -
Quick note on legislation that requires fast action
in the form of a call or email to Santa Fe to make sure all of the following 5 Democrats are all present to vote against HB275  . (See below for more information) The main talking point about HB 275 is that it allows for privatization of virtually everything in government, including schools, water utilities, solid waste, waste water, watersheds, habitat restoration, and everything else done by state and local government. It's by far the broadest bill in America, and is terrible for any number of reasons (each activist group here will have their own reasons for not wanting to privatize government). The Legislature should appoint a commission to review all P3 bills and that commission should report to the Legislature. We need to emphasize that the lack of adequate oversight is enough by itself to defeat the bill. In addition, all reference to water projects should be removed.
These are the critical representatives: .

Chairman Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos) 505-986-4333

Vice Chair Moe Maestas (D-West side ABQ) 505-986-4438

Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) 505-986-4316

Harry Garcia (D-Grants) 505-986-4433 (note: shared phone with Ruiloba)

Pat Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) 505-986-4433

ALEC is the source of this legislation. Through ALEC, global corporations are scheming to rewrite your rights and boost their revenue. Alec Exposed

There are several articles about P3's on this website. Note, Larry Larrañaga was at one time on the ALEC Federalism and International Relations Task force, but no longer listed. A search for Larrañaga in the search field above will link to stories that include him. NM representative on ALEC is Rep. Yvette Herrell

February 9, 2017 -
The Problems With Water Supply and Demand:
A disconnect between water supply and demand will always exist. The reason is that every time more water is made available to a community or state it creates an instant invitation to increase demand by way of development. Before long there is more demand for water than what was being made available. Our economic system demands that growth is essential if we are to prosper. Water is becoming like fiat money we continue to think there is more available and seem to think that if we use it up more will be found elsewhere. We never admit that there is not enough water until the well or spigot goes dry. In other words we do not live within our means. Read the rest of the commentary here  

February 7, 2017 - New found Resources:
* NM Drinking Water Allocation Program (WRAP)
OSE web page
* Who owns water. Water rights in the SW States. Published 2003 by Brian H Hurd - NM State University.
Who owns water in the SW.
* 2009 Overview of NM Ground Water Code.
Brockman Ground Water conference paper .
* 1962 - NM water law since 1955 - Clark   
* Office of State Eng. Glossary of water terms  

February 6, 2017 -
Support Reform of the (Interstate Stream Commission. This information came too late to call your the rules committee members today, but send your rep and e-mail or call will at least let them know they are being watched. (Rules Committee list)  

Today it is important to tell Senate Rules Members to Vote YES on SB157!   SB157 Analysis:   
SB157 Bill  

Senator Peter Wirth has introduced legislation (SB157) that would reform membership of the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), the state agency charged with "developing New Mexico's waters including both interstate and intrastate stream systems."

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rules Committee (Room 321) on Monday, February 6 at 8 am.

The bill is designed to bring objectivity and science, and less political partisanship, into New Mexico's water management decisions. The ISC has responsibility for state and regional water planning and the technically infeasible and unaffordable Gila River diversion project among many others.

ISC appointments would be shared equally between the Governor's office and legislature. The bill requires an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, two water-related technical experts from either UNM or NMSU, and representation by the variety of interests that have a stake in how water is managed, including a representative from a non-governmental conservation advocacy organization.

Please contact members of the Senate Rules Committee and ask them to vote YES on SB157.

NM Interstate Sream Commission (OSE) website  
The February 6, 2017 - news item  

February 4, 2017 -
Below is a copy of form letter from the Office of The State Engineer. Re: The Application by APR, OSE file RG89943.  It includes a copy of the "request to docket application". There were 604 "timely" Protestants. A list of all Protestants was included in the original, but not part of this file. Those listed will recive the complete document.
OSE File: RG-89943 and associated notices dated February 2, 2017   What all this means will be discussed soon.

The SB 86 - requires the State Engineer to put notices on-line. NM Gov website or Download  

February 3, 2017 -
Why is EPA chief Gina McCarthy speaking at a conference full of private water company execs?

December 2016 article on Grist  

February 1, 2017 -

Fiscal impact Report - NM Infrastructure
Investment Act

In HB 275, Section 2- H(1)(n) under definitions of a public project (page 4 of the bill) seems to fit the APR plan. HB275   It will also be important to see if some of the language in HB 275 ends up in the broadband bill in a back-door type of move as this process progresses.

Food and Water Watch here in New Mexico is also an ally opposing the P3 legislation. Below is an analysis by Food and Water Watch of the President’s proposal to privatize water and sewer systems. We need to continue watching the President’s short list of infrastructure projects to be funded. (That may be a fake) To that end we have some help from a friend in DC, and I’ll keep you posted.

Trump Attacks the Safety of Our Drinking Water - Trump’s war on the EPA endangers our drinking water. His plans to gut the agency would sacrifice key programs that support and protect our public water supplies.
Democrat Plan for Infrastructure  
Trump's infrastructure plan (Mentions APR. Not White House approved, probably a fake)

AFSCME Public services union is also watching P3 legislation in New Mexico.

Download the February 1, 2017 News  

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016




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

March 2, 2017=-
Co-op trustee seats on ballot - The annual membership meeting of Socorro Electric Cooperative is coming up Saturday, April 22, and besides regular business, two trustee positions will be decided. Chieftain  

February 6, 2017 -
From NM Wilderness alliance:

SB 182 will be heard at 8:00 AM on Wednesday February 8th in the Senate Education Committee. This bill is the brainchild of State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, and would seize federal minerals which are lying underneath private land in New Mexico, and give those mineral rights to the state. While the state cannot complete this action without Congressional approval, Congressman Pearce is interested and Former Senator Pete Domenici has begun lobbying Congress to get it done. SB 182 on Wednesday is the first step. Oppose!

HJM 5 will be heard in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday February 7th at 1:30 PM. This is a Memorial which would ask the Farmington BLM office to halt all additional oil and gas leasing in the field office until after the Resource Management Plan revision is completed. BLM continues to lease additional acres on BLM land in the office, including parcels relatively close to Chaco National Historical Park. With over 90% of the field office already leased, we think this Memorial presents a common sense approach. Support!

HJM 3 will be heard in the House Land Grant Committee on Tuesday February 7th at 1:30 PM. This is a Memorial which essentially opposes any additional wilderness in the Pecos. As the Memorial states itself, the Santa Fe National Forest is legally obligated during its planning process to conduct an inventory of its land for wilderness characteristics and then make a management decision about those areas. It makes those decisions based on science and on Forest Service manuals and guidance documents. Additionally, the Forest Service is already obligated to conduct an extensive public involvement process, and it has continually reached out to NGO's, local governments, land grants, and tribes (you may have seen our other recent enews announcing additional public meetings the Santa Fe National Forest is holding about this very issue). Instead of Memorials like this, the Forest Service should be encouraged by the state to continue following its existing legal obligations, and to make its determinations based on the best science available. Oppose!

February 8, 2017 -
Federal Lawmakers Renew Their Cruel and Misguided War on America's Wolves
This isn't sensible, humane or even about conservation. It is an all-out, barbaric assault on the forebears of the domesticated dog. AlterNet  

January 30, 2017 -
The West’s biggest coal plant may be about to shut down.  Grist  

SunZia project may be costly for Socorro County

The Gila River - the last free flowing river in New Mexico (Video)

September 13, 2016 -
Five ways you are subdizing meat production.
With traps, snares, poisons, gas, and aerial gunning, the USDA’s Wildlife Services has killed more than 34 million animals in the last decade to protect the livestock operations of private meat producers, according to official records. The take in 2015 alone included 68,905 coyotes, 731 bobcats, 480 bears, 385 wolves, and 284 mountain lions. More >  

September 13, 2016 -
Scientific Study Warns of "Catastrophic Declines" in Earth's Wilderness

Sept 8, 2016 - Slaughtering the Profanity Pack: Losing Wolves and Academic Freedom   

Aug 26, 2016 -
For More Wonder, Rewild The world

August 24, 2016 - News on the City of Socorro feasibility study for municipally-owned electric utility. Meanwhile:

RFI for Wholesale Electric Power Supply

RFP for City of Socorro Municipal Electric Facilities Design.

Sept 8, 2016 -
In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

August 7, 2016 - Official: Wolf issues resolved (Chieftain)

August 28, 2016 -
For More Wonder, Rewild The world (video)

2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

July 18, 2016 - Cibola forest plan was released today - Click "Cibola" above for documents that related to Magdalena area.

Mark your calendars and try and attend one of these meetings!When: July 26, 5:30 - 8 pm
Magdalena High School, 201 Duggins Dr, Magdalena

Cibola Forest press release  
The 1985 forest plan to be revised  

The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. .... (there is) an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands. Rest or the story here

July 11, 2016 - Federal Investigation: Wolf Program Mishandled (Abq. Journal)
" Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agriculture report".  
 Synopsis of the report  

June 16, 2016 - Judge temporarily stops wolf

June 16, 2016 - Keep politics out of wolf release

May 14, 2016 - (ABQ Journal)
State seeking to stop release of wolves

May 5, 2016 - Sheriff may try to stop wolves’ release in Socorro County - Chieftain

Important Survey:
The NM Department of Information Technology is soliciting your assistance in identifying those areas within NM having inadequate broadband service. As you all know Internet service in our area is poor.   Please take the speed test which will be logged by the Department as part of a survey. Conduct the test frequently at different times and days, at this website:

April 21, 2016 -
Chieftain article on the annual meeting  

More Electric Co-op news here


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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