About the Southern New Mexico Group

The Southern New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter includes dedicated activists and members across the southern half of New Mexico, working to protect our land, water, and air resources for this and future generations. Top priorities include protecting special places like the Organ Mountains ­Desert Peaks National Monument and Otero Mesa, as well as advocacy for wildlife, like the endangered Mexican Grey Wolf.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 735
Mesilla, NM, 88046
Chair: Christine Newtson, newtsonk@comcast.net, 575-644-8682
Outings: Howie Dash howiedash@aol.com 575-652-7550


Loryx - April 2017


Header photo by Patrick Alexander

News from Southern NM

Changes threaten NM monuments

Changes threaten NM monuments

The leaked report revealed recommendations for shrinking four monuments, showing disregard for more than 2.8 million public comments, 98% of which urged the administration to maintain current and future protections ...
Otero Mesa bore hole defunded

Otero Mesa bore hole defunded

Many Otero County residents breathed a sigh of relief in May when the U.S. Department of Energy withdrew its proposal to drill a 3-mile borehole in Otero Mesa to research the storage of radioactive waste.  The DOE had identified five ...
Support Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument

Support Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

Come express your support for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument ...
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

Thank Sens. Udall and Heinrich for Organ Mountains legislation

A long-awaited piece of federal legislation, the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Conservation Act, was introduced by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich on June 10. This legislation would designate around 240,000 acres of the new Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument ...
Tell BLM to just say "No" to Copper Flat Mine

Tell BLM to just say “No” to Copper Flat Mine

New Mexico Copper Corp. wants to re-establish a polymetallic mine and processing facility near Hillsboro, N.M. The Copper Flat Mine is not the answer to Sierra County’s economic woes. Just like Grant County’s copper mines, it will be subject to ...
2001 photo of Copper Flat

Comment on Copper Flat due March 4

By Allyson Siwik
Gila Resources Information Project and Chapter Water Committee The Bureau of Land Management in November issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Copper Flat copper mine in Hillsboro, Sierra County, N.M. The agency has extended the ...