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Weekend of September 20-22, 2019
1939 : Following the outbreak of war in Europe FDR goes before Congress and asks that the Neutrality Acts, a series of laws passed earlier in the decade, be amended to lift an embargo against sending military aid to countries in Europe facing the onslaught of Nazi aggression during World War II.
 
Weekend Read:  Permanent Record by Edward Snowden.  Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.  Indie Bound  

Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden For Book Proceeds. ... The government says the former CIA and NSA official’s new book, “Permanent Record,” violates his nondisclosure agreements. HuffPost  

Revealed: how US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate.  Guardian  

Beneath Contempt. ... The ruling caste of Saudi Arabia present the most striking example in world history of the extreme combination of avarice and personal cowardice. They are gagging for a war with Iran so long as somebody else fights it for them  Craig Murray  

'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan. .... Amnesty International said the bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life."  CommonDreams  

John Bolton is out, but neocon agenda stays. ... Lawrence Wilkerson, who served alongside John Bolton in the Bush administration, discusses the ouster of the “ruthless” neoconservative war hawk as Trump’s National Security Adviser.  The Gray Zone   

Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of “Wider Regional War” Involving U.S. & Iran. DemocracyNow  

The Saudi Crown Prince Plans to Make Us Forget About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Before the US Election. CounterPunch

Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can’t Be Trusted. CounterPunch  

The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content.  FAIR  

From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing’s Glass House.  CounterPunch  

Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution.  DemocracyNow  

The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo.  Intercept   

$1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world - report. ... ‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected to measures such as capturing carbon, report says.  Guardian  

September 19, 2019
1980 : After a fire in an Arkansas missile silo, the missile explodes, killing one and injuring 21. The 9-megaton nuclear warhead it was carrying landed, unexploded, about 600 feet away. The fire started the previous day when a technician dropped a socket wrench in the silo.

Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order.  Intercept  

'A Goddamn Terrifying Time to Be Alive': Naomi Klein Explains Why a Global Green New Deal Comes First and Being Hopeful Comes After. ... "How do we earn the hope that we could actually do this?" asks author of new book. "That's the only discussion that matters."
CommonDreams

Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right’s Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis.  DemocracyNow  

The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump.  ... Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science – and why they won’t stay quiet.  Guardian  

Fears of 'Collateral Damage to Democracy' as Trump Weighs Withdrawing From Global Postal Pact.  ... Election officials fear thousands of votes could go uncounted if the president leaves the Universal Postal Union   CommonDreams  

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police.  .... The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies Intercept
 Related:
(2016) Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report.  Reuters  

Outing of CIA’s Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax. ... The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence officials behind it.  The Gray Zone  

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. ... Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem.”  HuffPost  

From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing’s Glass House.  CounterPunch  

September 18, 2019
Abraham Lincoln in a debate with Stephen A. Douglas states, "I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.

War on the World. ... Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know.  
Intercept  

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. ... Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem.”   HuffPost  

Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger. ... It is almost too late for impeachment. The 25th amendment is untested. The ballot box offers our only remaining hope.  Guardian  

Threatening New War for Oil, Donald Trump Calls His Own Offer of Iran Talks “Fake News”  Intercept   

BOLTON CLICK BAIT

John Bolton Consoles Self That At Least He Didn’t Help To Make World Safer Place.  > Go  

Bolton Calls For Forceful Iranian Response To Continuing U.S. Aggression.  > Go 

On Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, It’s Bolton vs. Trump.  > Go  

Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’. ... In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires.  FAIR  

Joe Biden’s Stunningly Racist Answer on the Legacy of Slavery Has Been Overlooked.  Intercept  

Ralph Nader: Trump Learned His Tricks From Corporate America.  TruthDig/Nader  

The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’. ... First, America has to give up its pursuit of global dominance.
 NY Times

The Magnitskiy Myth Exploded. Craig Murray  

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APR WATER GRAB - SEC - LOCAL ENVIRO. & NEWS

September 20, 2019 -
Tri-State: wholesale rates unchanged - Chieftain

September 19, 2019 - [New]
The League of Women Voters. Meeting Saturday 28th at the Magdalena library at 11am.
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September 12, 2019 - [New]
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 to deny the rate increase and adopt the Recommended Decision made by the Hearing Examiner.   
Download the PRC final ruling
 

September 12, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

September 12, 2019 -
BLM to host public meeting on Borderlands Wind Project. ...
The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5pm , at the Quemado Elementary School, 3484 Highway 60.
Chieftain

September 10, 2019 -
Socorro City Reply to Socorro Electric Co-op August 2019 newsletter related to "The City of Socorro is proposing to create a municipal electric utility and to begin "siphoning off " Members of SEC."  
Download SEC newsletter  
Download Socorro City reply to SEC newsletter  

September 5, 2019 -
City: SEC wants a 'second bite at the apple' Chieftain

September 5, 2019 -
Socorro County needs economic development, lower electric rates. Letter to the editor Chieftain  

August 28, 2019 -
SEC says rate increase is just, reasonable.Chieftain
Download      Related: August 22, 2019 - SEC response to PRC Download  

August 28, 2019 -
Plains of San Agustin aquifer safe .. for now. Chieftain

August 28, 2019 -
New Mexico Law Gives Private Utilities Unchecked Power Over Shift to Renewables.  TruthOut  

August 23, 2019 -
Hearing Examiner: SEC rate increase should be denied.  Chieftain  

August 22, 2019 -
Lawsuit claims SEC responsible for Quebradas fire.
Chieftain  

August 22, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

August 23, 2019 -
Final order granting summary judgment in favor of the Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and dismissal with prejudice. (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 document  
Related:
August 23, 2019 - Court case actions update D-728-CV-201800026.  Download  

Note: The APR has 30 days to appeal if they so desire.

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
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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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September 12, 2019 - [New]
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