Chapter endorsements for Albuquerque City Council

Chapter endorsements for Albuquerque City Council
The Sierra Club has endorsed two outstanding candidates, Pat Davis and Israel Chavez, in the Oct. 6 Albuquerque City Council election. Pat is running in District 6 to replace retiring Councilor Rey Garduño. District 6 includes the University area and the southeast heights, among other areas. Pat is a former police officer who has run the Progress New Mexico site for some years. He has been endorsed by teachers, firefighters and other unions, as well as outgoing Councilor Garduño and ...
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100 Days of Climate Action in New Mexico

Photo of a daisy being cradled for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website
Join us for these 100 Days of Climate Change Events in New Mexico. For more information about each event, click on the link. Thursday, September 10: “Keep it in the Ground” live stream event Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m: HABITAT: Keynote Talk with Mel Chin Thursday, September 10, 1-4 p.m.: Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape Saturday, September 12, 4-8 p.m: 516 ARTS presents it third Downtown Block Party Friday, September 18, 6:30-10 p.m.: Osceola Energy at Adult Night at Explora! ...

A tremendous day in Farmington, New Mexico

A tremendous day in Farmington, New Mexico
By Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Beyond Coal senior campaign representative, New Mexico A tremendous day in Farmington, New Mexico – really quite historic. On Aug. 20, more than 100 people gathered at a session hosted by the Bureau of Land Management to testify in support of reforming the outdated federal coal-leasing program, which shortchanges taxpayers by undervaluing our public coal and subsidizing polluting coal operations. The listening session, held in Farmington, N.M., was certainly an unprecedented event where the multitudes far outnumbered ...
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Stop BLM’s coal giveaway

Carbon emissions from burning coal are destroying our climate. Pollution from coal plants is making our air and water unsafe. At the same time, an outdated federal coal-leasing program still allows big coal companies to shortchange American taxpayers for mining on public land. It amounts to a giveaway to some of the worst polluters in America, and it’s time for it to end. Tell BLM to stop selling our public coal at firesale prices The Bureau of Land Management has ...
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Chapter statement on Game Commission’s cougar, bear vote

Photo of Brown Bear for Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website
SANTA FE, N.M. — On Aug. 27, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to approve trapping for cougars on 9 million acres of state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico. The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. More than 1,000 New Mexicans sent written comments and several hundred people came to Thursday’s meeting to ask the Commission not to adopt New Mexico ...

Sierra Club applauds new methane pollution standard

coal mine
The Obama Administration on Aug. 18 introduced the first-ever proposed methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities, a landmark announcement that will blunt the projected growth of methane and smog-forming pollution produced by the industry in New Mexico. The newly proposed standards will help to safeguard public health and put the United States closer to being on track to meet the Administration’s goal of reducing oil and gas methane pollution by 40 to 45 percent by 2025 ...

Gold King Mine a reminder of importance of water protections

Photo of the polluted Animas River after the Gold King Mine incident, for the Rio Grande Sierra Club Chapter website
By Allyson Siwik, Gila Resources Information Project and Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee & Rachel Conn, Amigos Bravos executive director Published in Albuquerque Journal Aug. 24, 2015 We have watched in horror and sadness as images of an orange, heavy-metal-laden plume of mine wastewater flow down the Animas River from an accidental release at the inactive Gold King Mine in Colorado, impacting communities, farmers, wildlife and recreation along the way. Our thoughts are with the people who have been adversely affected, ...
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Autumn hikes and outings

Autumn hikes and outings
Sign-up is by contact with leader (phone, or email if shown). To go you’ll need to sign a waiver that the leader will provide. Dogs only allowed as noted. Trips are normally FREE (pay when carpooling) and open to non-members (spread the word!), though we do like it if you join the Club to increase our local and national clout. October Friday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 4: Strenuous backpack in the Southern San Juan Wilderness in ...

Water Sentinels testing and teaching

Photo of the Rio Grande River for Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website
By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels— Rios de Taos coordinator Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos were joined by new members Jon Klingel, Meg Peterson, Gaea McGahee, Cliff Collins, Jo Carey, Claire Latowsky, Jim Crowl and Julia Wilson on our first monitoring of the season May 28. We are monitoring selected sites on the Rio Fernando de Taos, Rio Pueblo de Taos, Rio Hondo, and the Red River. This year, we will also be testing at several locations on the Rio Grande. The ...