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.

Rio Grande Sierran Newsletter

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July-August-Sept 2015 outings/hikes


Friday, July 3- Sun July 5 Pecos Backpacking Trip. Loop hike from Iron Gate, up the Rio Valdez to Bear Lake and Pecos Falls, and then back along the Rio Valdez and Hamilton Mesa. Day 1: Backpack from Iron Gate to Mora Flats and up the Rio Valdez (8 mi) Day 2: Day hike, with some off-trail, to Bear Lake and Pecos Falls. Then back to camp on Rio Valdez (8.25 mi) Day 3: Backpack along top of Hamilton Mesa (8 mi) back to Iron Gate. We’ll cover about 25 miles in 3 days. Part of the route is off-trail and exploratory. Aku, 505-577-2594.

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.

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.

Thank you, Margot Wilson!

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

We wish Margot Wilson a relaxing and rewarding retirement! From forest-restoration projects to travel management plans to injudicious mining proposals to State Game Commission meetings, Margot Wilson has advocated for the outdoors, our wildlife, our water and our natural landscapes from low elevations to high for decades. And even when doing all that, she also led outings to so many special places across New Mexico.

“Save the Bag” comes to Los Alamos

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group Newsletter Editor

If you have read comments in the Los Alamos Monitor,, or, you have seen that well-meaning people are either uninformed, misinformed, or have been activated by the American Chemical Association (ACA) to fight a ban on the single-use disposable plastic shopping bag. An interesting assertion from the save-the-baggers is that bags aren’t a problem locally or globally, and there are no bags blowing around Los Alamos.

Sunshine on the Gila River process

Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee Gila Resources Information Project


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