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New Mexicans pack hearing to defend science education

New Mexicans pack hearing to defend science education

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 16 Photos will be added here

500 New Mexicans spoke Monday in opposition to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s removal of references to climate change and the age of the Earth from its proposed public-school science curriculum.

Speakers urged the state to adopt the unedited Next Generation Science Standards framework, which was developed by the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Achieve.

The department engaged a fire alarm early Monday morning because the room was overfilled. Every commenter at Monday’s hearing opposed the ... Read More

Fall 2017 Outings

Fall 2017 Outings

Sign-up is by contact with leader (phone, or email if shown).  To go you’ll need to sign a waiver that leader will provide.  Dogs only allowed as noted.
Trips are normally free (pay when carpooling) and open to non-members, although we do like it if you join the Club to increase our local and national clout.

Please RSVP the leader unless otherwise stated. Updates on some outings may be available on the Santa Fe Outings Meetup page.

October outings

Sunday, October 1: Borego Trail. Easy/moderate starting on the Borego trail, then off-trail to a Santa Fe Baldy viewpoint, 5 miles, 1,000 feet elevation gain.
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Sandoval officials side with Big Oil and Gas over residents

Sandoval officials side with Big Oil and Gas over residents

For immediate release: Sept. 14, 2017
Last week, the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend an oil and gas ordinance that would bypass public input and endanger drinking water. But there’s still time to stop it.

Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s ordinance, recommended Tuesday with few changes by the P and Z Commission, would give county staff sole authority to approve or deny drilling applications.

“Staff could allow oil and gas drilling without public notice, hearings or a vote by the county commission,” Rio Grande Sierra Club Public Lands Fellow Miya King-Flaherty said.

“All an oil or gas ... Read More

Photo of Organ Mountains by the Bureau of Land Management for an article by the Rio Grande Sierra Club about Organ Mountains / Four Corners Legislation passed by Sens. Udall and Heinrich

New Mexico Residents Respond to Zinke’s Public Lands Recommendations

In response to Secretary Zinke's call to change management of our newest national monuments, the Rio Grande Chapter has organized rallies across the state ... Read More
Sierra Club Statement on Trump's Termination of DACA

Sierra Club Statement on Trump’s Termination of DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Contact: Lauren Lantry, lauren.lantry@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today in the midst of a national emergency along the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, is set to announce the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving it up to congress to protect the more than 800,000 young undocumented immigrants in the program. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protections from deportations and the ability to work and attend school for young undocumented immigrants, or Dreamers, brought to the U.S. as children. Houston is home to 56,800 dreamers.

In response, Sierra ... Read More

Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance

Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance

Sandoval County is amending its comprehensive zoning ordinance to address oil and gas extraction. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is following this issue carefully ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing  8,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.


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