Environment secretary lobbies for industry-written Copper Rule

Chino Copper Mine aka Santa Rita for Sierra Club article on clean water groups appeal copper ruling in NM Supreme Court
By Allyson Siwik, 
Gila Resources Information Project and Chapter Water Committee There is no limit to how far global mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will go to get its way and legally pollute New Mexico’s groundwater. And the Martinez administration has proved that it is more than willing to help by targeting state officials, including Attorney General Hector Balderas, who are trying to protect New Mexico’s water supplies. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn (a former attorney with Modrall Sperling law ...
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Trapping season is here – take care

photo of trap
By Mary Katherine Ray, 
Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Trapping season officially opened on November 1, but trappers usually are most active from December through February. That is when animal pelts are the thickest and most lucrative for sale. And it is when hikers are most likely to encounter traps while recreating on public land. Already we have had reports of traps near Santa Fe, Jemez and Las Cruces. At least three dogs have been caught. Traps need only be ...
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El Paso City Council votes down EPE rate hike

tell EPE no to rate hikes
By Jim Tolbert
El Paso Group On December 8, the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed rate increases and the “attack” on solar homeowners. El Paso Electric Company must now look toward the Public Utility Commission of Texas to save their rate-hike proposal in El Paso, which includes putting rooftop solar customers into a special rate class while raising their rates by nearly 25 percent. The Sierra Club El Paso Group has supported Eco El Paso, ...
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Game Commission agenda includes Ladder Ranch wolves

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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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