About the Central New Mexico Group

The Central New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter covers the middle part of the state from east to west and includes Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Valencia County and Socorro. Our volunteer leaders are active in many areas, including protecting the Albuquerque Bosque and making sure Mayor Richard Berry’s “Rio Grande Vision” doesn’t disrupt the wild character of our natural urban escape.

We also advocate for better city energy policy and volunteer for pro-­environment candidates and recently returned a pro-­environment majority to the Albuquerque City Council. One example is our project related to the Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance.

One of our community efforts is to highlight the works of local artists in our First Friday Arts series. Join us or stop by the office gallery. You will also be supporting the chapter with your purchases.

P.O. Box 25342
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Central New Mexico Executive Committee

Chair:  Fred Houdek, fjhoudek@gmail.com, 630.809.4234
Vice Chair:  Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Treasurer:  David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com
Secretary:  Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Outings:  Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile@pitot.org, 505.433.469
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
Mark Rudd, mark@markrudd.com
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com

Other contacts

Political Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
First Friday Art: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Komnick, sierraclubriogrande@gmail.com, 315.272.7317
Tabling Scheduling: Patty Duncan, pgnm@comcast.com,
Groundwater Issues Chair: Mike Neas, mikneas@aol.com, 505-269-4261
Wildlife: Leslie Chavez, chavezles99@gmail.com
Sierra Military Outings: Trip leader: Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@comcast.net
UNM Sierra Student Coalition Co-presidents: Tom Bottomly, tbottomly@unm.edu, Keely Scheffler, kscheffler99@unm.edu
Bosque Action Team Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

First Friday Arts – February 2019

First Friday Arts - February 2019
Please join us on February 8 at the Sierra Club office for the First Friday Arts reception of works by Barbara Endicott. Refreshments will be provided, and 30% of sales benefit the Sierra Club ... Read More

Another surprising Sandoval plot twist

Another surprising Sandoval plot twist
The Sandoval County Oil and Gas Ordinance was tabled after the November Commission meeting. The process of applying for drilling permits reverts to the current “special use” permitting under the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance ... Read More

First Friday Arts – December 2018

First Friday Arts - December 2018
The December 2018 featured artist Rickey Richardson will be showing her collage art in “Sense of Sight,” opening December 7, 6-8 pm. Rickey has a BFA from the U of Washington and an MFA from Pratt Institute. She has been ... Read More

Bosque Bash – December 8

Bosque Bash - December 8
Please join the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and the Bosque Action Team for the Big Bosque Bash and Election Celebration! This is a holiday party to celebrate our election success and our wonderful bosque. The Bash will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at the ever-hospitable Tortuga Gallery, ... Read More