Game Commission agenda includes Ladder Ranch wolves

photo of wolf
by Mary Katherine Ray
Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair
(575) 772-5655 The Game Commission made some terrible decisions about carnivores and wolves last year, but your presence and protests showed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that we support them. This federal agency has promised to uphold the Endangered Species Act and proceed with wolf reintroduction in New Mexico regardless of state Game Commission attempts at obstruction. This time, commissioners will be issuing a final vote on the Ladder Ranch’s permit ...
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Public Meeting on Bosque Trails

Photo of Albuquerque bosque with city-bulldozed trail
The City of Albuquerque will be holding a public meeting this Thursday, January 7 at Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo Rd NW, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., a trail in the Bosque to be built from I-40 to Campbell Rd. This trail is a continuation of the 6-foot-wide, crusher fine trail built last February from Central to 1-40. The trail was built with no notice to related agencies or the public. If you would like to to attend the ...

2016 Winter Outings

photo of xc skiers
For all outings, details and trip leader information is available on our calendar. Saturday, January 2 Moderate cross-country ski; location to be determined; 4-8 miles Saturday and/or Sunday, January 2/3 Strenuous snowshoe in Taos or Santa Fe; possibly 3 dogs; hotel-room block available Saturday, January 9
Moderate-strenuous snowshoe to La Vega; 9 miles and 1,300 feet; 2 or 3 dogs OK Saturday, January 9
Beginner’s Snowshoe Clinic. Ready to start snowshoeing? Rent snowshoes and poles or bring your ...
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Northern NM Group endorses Villarreal for Santa Fe City Council

Northern NM Group endorses Villarreal for Santa Fe City Council
UPDATE: Renee won her five-way race with almost 60 percent of the vote! Congratulations! The Sierra Club’s Northern New Mexico Group on Jan. 3 announced its endorsement of Renee Villarreal for Santa Fe City Council District 1. A former Santa Fe County planner and former member of the City of Santa Fe Planning Commission, Renee has extensive experience in the nonprofit world and received praise from multiple city and county officials who have worked with her. The Northern New Mexico Group ...
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New uranium mine threatens Mount Taylor

Photo of Mount Taylor
By Robert Tohe
Our Wild America New Mexico representative A December 4 public hearing by the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division regarding Rio Grande Resourses Corp.’s application to move Mount Taylor uranium mine from “standby” to “active” status raised many unanswered questions. The underground mine, formerly owned by Chevron, produced uranium ore from 1979 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1989 before being shut down in January 1990 because of the depressed uranium market. General Atomics Corp., of which Rio ...
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Comment on Copper Flat due March 4

2001 photo of Copper Flat
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 public comment period by 45 days and requests comments by March 4. The New Mexico Copper Corporation proposes re-establishing a poly-metallic mine and processing facility near Hillsboro. The operation would produce copper concentrate with gold and silver, as well as ...

El Paso Group distributing reusable bags

Photo of plastic bag litter
Some claim that the official El Paso flag is the plastic grocery bag. When the wind blows, it adorns ocotillos and hangs in trees. Several years ago an effort to ban the bags did not make it past a City Council committee. The excuse was that too many El Pasoans can’t afford the bags. Now the Sierra Club El Paso Group plans to hand out 500 large reuseable shopping bags to shoppers primarily in lower-income areas. The group hopes the ...
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Feds OK Gila River diversion — with conditions

Gila River, photo by Alan Stark
by Allyson Siwik
Gila Resources Information Project and Chapter Water Committee On November 23, the U.S. Department of the Interior signed off on the New Mexico Unit Agreement, triggering the next phase of environmental and financial feasibility assessment of the Gila River diversion project under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Department of Interior insisted on “Supplemental Terms” being added to the agreement to clarify for the New Mexico CAP Entity, the local group now at the helm of planning ...
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Quarry keeps infringing on the Franklin Mountains

Photo of CEMEX plant, below Franklin Mountains
By Jim Tolbert
El Paso Group CEMEX continues to carve out ever greater portions of our beautiful Franklin Mountains at the corporation’s McKelligon Canyon Quarry. Not only is CEMEX’s quarrying doing irreparable damage to the mountain, but its operations continue to compromise the respiratory health of people living in nearby neighborhoods. Sadly, the red rhyolite and limestones that they quarry are overused in El Paso landscapes, roadways and medians. Texas Parks and Wildlife Attorney Laura Russell has admitted that ...
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Bill would protect Castner Range

Photo from top of Castner Range
Janae’ Reneaud Field
Frontera Land Alliance On December 16, Congressman Beto O’Rourke introduced the Castner Range National Monument Act [ HR 4268 ]. This bill would protect Castner Range in perpetuity by making it a national monument. Castner Range is a 7,081-acre mountain range surrounded by the Franklin Mountains State Park in Northeast El Paso, and the Sierra Club El Paso Group is part of a coalition working to protect. Overview Castner Range occupies 11 square miles on the eastern slopes of the ...
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