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April 27, 2017
1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

There Are No Rape Charges Against Julian Assange in Sweden. There Are Espionage Charges Against Julian Assange in the USA. ... WikiLeaks had after all published the DNC and Podesta emails, which revealed the corruption at the heart of the Clinton campaign and the way the Democratic primaries had been rigged against Bernie Sanders.
Craig Murray

Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is "Disgraceful Act". Democracy Now

The Kochs have already spent over $3 million lobbying for Trump’s anti-environmental agenda
Fossil fuel spending swamps environmental efforts. Think Progress

Trump’s White House Family Affair Looks A Lot Like The Most Corrupt Nations In The World
Presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner are still connected to their own businesses. Huffington

Donald Trump Is Slashing Programs Linking Climate Change to U.S. National Security. Intercept

The Looting Machine Called Capitalism. ... I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment.
Counter Punch

Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? Democracy Now

Obama's $400,000 Wall Street Speech Is Completely In Character. ... Ask all the bankers he jailed for fraud.

April 26, 2017
1968 Students seize the administration building at Ohio State University.

Trump's AP Interview: Unhinged, Bombastic, and "[Unintelligible]". ... President sits down with Associated Press to rail against the media, dismiss his 100-day threshold, and discuss his broken pledges. Common Dreams

Dennis Kucinich Is Back, With His Sights Set on For-Profit Education. ... Former congressman kicks off four-city tour at Ohio statehouse, fueling rumors of political comeback. Common Dreams

Cornel West & Former Sanders Staffer on Movement to Draft Bernie for a New "People's Party" in U.S. Democracy Now

Betraying 'Hire American' Pledge, Trump Rewards Companies Offshoring US Jobs. ... Though he has the power, President Trump has yet to wield his executive authority to stop US jobs from being shipped abroad. Common Dreams

France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech' ... Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes Guardian

Neocons ride again! With Paul Wolfowitz whispering in Trump’s ear — and claiming Iraq was not a failure — what fresh hell awaits? .. Bush-era "genius" Paul Wolfowitz claims Trump can make peace in Syria — and should invade Iraq all over again Salon

10 Signs Trump's Top Homeland Security Cop Wants to Drag America Into a Paranoid Apocalyptic Police State. ... Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly tells critics to change the law or "shut up." AlterNet

Koch Industries and Other Corporations Lobbied for Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks, Filings Show. Intercept

April 25, 2017
1926 In Iran, Reza Khan is crowned Shah and chooses the name “Pahlavi.”

Noam Chomsky: US Is the "Most Dangerous Country in the World" ... If you want to learn something about nuclear weapons and why these issues are not being reported, take a look at the March 1 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where there is an absolutely spectacular article by two real experts -- Hans M. Kristensen and Ted Postol from MIT. They discuss the new targeting systems that have been invented under the Obama Modernization Program that's now being escalated by Trump, and it's extremely dangerous. What they claim based on disclosed information is that the US missile systems have been improved by such a huge factor that they are now capable of instantly wiping out the Russian deterrent. Truth Out

How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists  

Noam Chomsky: What Trump's Election Means for Humanity's 'Prospects of Survival'
Participants from about 200 countries at the Marrakech climate conference mulled over the incoming U.S. president's affect on the planet. AlterNet

Resistance in the 21st Century and the Futility of Reforming Fundamentally Vicious Systems . ... Out of necessity, organized resistance to the Trump administration's authoritarian and hyper-violent policy agenda is growing rapidly, both domestically and internationally.  TruthOut  

Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest. Intercept

From Drone Strikes to MOAB: The Strategically Silenced . ... US foreign policy consists of trading bodies for approval ratings, guilt for innocence, absence for life, and strategic silencing, all for fear of a threat both feigned and self-made. TruthOut

Sessions won’t rule out prosecuting media outlets besides WikiLeaks. ... The attorney general is leaving the door open for a major assault on press freedoms. ThinkProgress  

Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General. TruthDig

The Greatest Obstacle to Anti-Muslim Fearmongering and Bigotry: Reality. ... The think tank New America issued a report today documenting “the lethal terrorist incidents in the United States since 9/11.” It found that a total of 26 Americans have been killed by “deadly jihadist attacks” in the last 14 years, while almost double that number — 48 — have been killed by “deadly right wing attacks.”  Intercept

Japan Made Secret Deals with the NSA that Expanded Global Surveillance. Intercept  

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Eugene O’Neill Shatters the American Myth in ‘Electra’ ... A culture saturated with artifice and false promises of success and happiness doesn’t easily accommodate the kinds of ideas playwright Eugene O’Neill made it his business to dramatize onstag. TruthDig  

How the right-wing Koch and DeVos families are funding hate speech on college campuses across the US. AlterNet

Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. ... Mental health experts say President is 'paranoid and delusional'. Independent

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April 25, 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.

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 )

Water Coalition Annual Meeting April 29th :- Datil Elementary at 1PM. Representative Gail Armstrong will be a speaker at the meeting

Latest legislative update at San Augustin Water Report Website

[NEW] 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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