PNM makes last-ditch attempt to lock New Mexico into aging coal plant

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, the Public Service Company of New Mexico will file a draft, non-binding coal supply agreement and ownership contract for the San Juan Generating Station. As support for the San Juan Generating Station continues to plummet, PNM is trying to fill the ownership void left by groups exiting the plant, becoming the perpetual owner of last resort and jeopardizing the financial security of New Mexico families for years to come.

In response, Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Senior Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, issued the following statement:

Zero Waste beer-and-wine social

Beer ‘n’ Wine social Friday, April 24, with snacks, item swap (bring donation items in good condition), games and prizes. Adam Schlachter, new recycling/outreach coordinator at the Santa Fe Solid Waste Agency, will be the speaker. Come have fun with us!
The Commons, 2300 W. Alameda, Santa Fe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.
2300 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Please RSVP Sharon Guerrero at floogiebaloot@yahoo.com

PRC hearing examiner recommends dismissal of PNM rate case

Also recommends regulators reject PNM’s rooftop solar tax proposal

ALBUQUERQUE – The future of coal at the San Juan Generating Station grew cloudier today after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiner recommended that the commissioners reject PNM’s proposal for a large rate hike along with plans to impose a monthly fee on residents who install rooftop solar.

Hearing examiner gives PNM's San Juan coal plan thumbs-down

ALBUQUERQUE – PNM’s plan to double down on burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station faces a new hurdle after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended that the commission reject PNM’s request to increase its share of coal at the plant's Unit 4.

Clean-water coalition, industry reach settlement on Dairy Rule

The average New Mexico dairy holds 2,000 cows and produces more waste daily than a small city.

On Monday, April 6, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission expressed support for a settlement between the Citizens Dairy Coalition (which includes the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter), the dairy industry, the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department that retains some of the protections of our state’s current, unenforced Dairy Rule. The commission will vote on the new rule at its May meeting in Santa Fe.

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El Paso Group news:

Sealing the deal on Big Bend, By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group

Big Bend International Park is one of the best-kept secrets in North America. Since 1932, the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, Mexican President Manual Avila Camacho, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Rotary International and the National Parks Conservation Association have been unable to seal the deal in creating the largest symbol of international peace ever planned in the Western Hemisphere.

Transition at Valles Caldera

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is beginning its Sierra Club-supported transition from experimental National Trust to the National Park Service following the December passage of Senate Bill 285.

Northern New Mexico Group news

New edition of “Day Hikes’ coming — volunteers needed!

We are commencing work on the 8th edition of our best-selling hiking guide, first published in 1981! It is a serious undertaking to produce a new edition since we are all volunteers, but a very rewarding task! Our small editorial committee could use more help in the following areas:

The importance of the Pecos

By Norma McCallan, Chapter Vice Chair

The 223,637 acres of the Pecos Wilderness, which straddles the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, have long been a key destination for locals and visitors alike, to hike, backpack, birdwatch, climb, fish, ride horses, take photos, hunt, or just relax and enjoy its peace and solitude.

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