No Bag Ban for Los Alamos — Yet

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group newsletter editor

The Dirty History of Oil Near Chaco

By Robert Tohe, Our Wild America New Mexico coordinator

Chaco Canyon’s ancient legacy and oil and gas industry have been on a collision course since oil was first discovered in 1920s.

The early role of the federal government, through the Department of Interior’s Indian Office, was to expedite private enterprise to lease and exploit oil resources within the Mancos Shale. Traditional headmen for the Navajo remained steadfast and refused to grant land for oil leases.

Chaco Communities in Oilfield Crosshairs

By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group

How can oil-drilling leases cause the loss of an individual’s safety, private property and ability to follow religious practices?

The greater Chaco area in northwest New Mexico’s San Juan Basin is experiencing a ramping up of oil and gas development that has shaken residents with multiple impacts.

Southwest Chief Gets Lifelines

By Norma McCallan, Chapter vice chair

You may remember that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns much of the tracks in New Mexico that the Southwest Chief travels daily between Los Angeles and Chicago, announced it would not renew its contract with Amtrak, due Dec. 31, to maintain the tracks since there is now little freight traffic along this section.

Bernalillo County OKs Santolina Master Plan

By Chantel Chavez and Antonio Maestas, Southwest Organizing Project

The residents of Bernalillo County are wrestling with questions about the well-being of New Mexico after the Bernalillo County Commission approved the Santolina devleopment master plan on June 16.
In this time of drought, residents are worried about how the lack of water will affect their everyday quality of life. Even before the proposed megadevelopment, the drought made many question the longevity of our agricultural livelihoods, as well as the health impacts on our residents.

Smarter ways to move

Ken Hughes, Sierra Club Building Healthy Communities Team Leader

Be an Albuquerque Bosque Sentinel

Albuquerque is one of only two urban places in the country that protects its riparian zone as a natural place rather than a developed urban park.

Coss is new Rio Grande Chapter chair

At its June meeting, the volunteer Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter unanimously voted to elect former Santa Fe mayor David Coss to succeed John Buchser as chapter chair.

Buchser is stepping down as chair to focus on water issues for the chapter.

“I am very pleased to have an environmental hero take the helm of the Rio Grande Chapter,” Buchser said. "As a member of the River Commission under Mayor Coss's leadership, I worked with him to attain water for the Santa Fe River, a unique accomplishment anywhere in the West.”

Solar Summer Activities

In the face of PNM’s plans to replace coal at San Juan with more coal and nuclear and a rate case that punishes rooftop solar owners, we are set to launch SOLAR SUMMER. This will be a summer of activities that will help you help others go solar as an act of energy independence. Going solar says to PNM and to our state government, global climate change is upon us and requires our action. Morality requires us to move into the new energy future and ensure a safe planet for our kids and grand kids. Our utilities are facing a Kodak moment.

PNM plan creates zero jobs, creates dangerous risks for New Mexicans

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, NM –Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) brings together the few remaining soldiers to endorse its $7.5 billion coal and nuclear replacement plan in a press conference Thursday.

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