El Paso Group Executive Committee gets three great additions

By Laurence Gibson, El Paso Group chair
The El Paso Group Executive Committee is sporting three new members with outstanding credentials. Top vote-getter, after incumbent and National Board member Liz Walsh, was blogger Jim Tolbert.

Join the team! Volunteer web editor needed

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is looking for a web editor — someone who can update the website and add events, stories, action alerts and other items.
The commitment is only a few hours a month, but it makes a big difference to our communications efforts. Please contact monablaber@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks supporters deliver 15,000 petitions

Organ Mountains petition signers Dustin Chavez-Davis

By Dustin Chavez-Davis
Our Wild America
The campaign to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico is gaining momentum following a visit to the area in late January from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and delivery of 15,000 petition signatures asking President Obama to designate the monument.

Transitions for Northern New Mexico Outings team

Transitions in Northern New Mexico Outings Group
Mary Thompson, who has been the Outings Co-Chair for the Northern Group since 2011, has elected to step down from that role and return to “just” leading hikes and doing all her other activities. Mary’s most notable contribution to the program was probably the establishment of our Meetup site. She was also a frequent contributor to Sierra Trail Mix, the initiator behind recent hiker speaker/party nights and leader meetings and communications, and performed other chair duties. We sincerely thank her for her service.

Citizens Coalition statement on lack of enforcement of dairy groundwater safeguards

dairy cows dairies

The Rio Grande Chapter is part of a Citizens Coalition to protect rules that safeguard groundwater from dairy waste. This press release was issued March 19, 2014:

When the Martinez Administration’s Water Quality Control Commission compromised public health and the environment by adopting the Copper Rule in September, it also created an alarming precedent to allow pollution of the state’s groundwater rather than requiring prevention of pollution.


Conservation groups oppose Flynn nomination

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

On Tuesday, the state Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to hear Gov. Susana Martinez’s nomination of Ryan Flynn as Environment Department secretary.

Amigos Bravos, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Environment New Mexico, New Mexico Environmental Law Center and Conservation Voters New Mexico oppose this nomination.

Please ask the governor to oppose harmful and expensive diversion of the Gila River

Golden Eagle and Raven © Mary Katherine Ray

The Gila River is New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, rich in biological diversity and cultural history. But an expensive proposed project threatens it.

In 2004, Congress passed the Arizona Water Settlements Act, which authorized diversion of the Gila River if New Mexico agreed to buy water from Arizona to replace what we take out of the river.

Click here to ask Gov. Martinez not to approve an expensive and harmful Gila River diversion: http://bit.ly/1hT1N1A

Sign up for our email list for legislative updates

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

During the current 30-day state Legislative session, the Rio Grande Chapter is advocating for a bill to allow tax credits when you purchase a plug-in electric vehicle, as well as infrastructure incentives for EVs, plus other smart energy-efficiency legislation at the Roundhouse this year. We're also fighting a bill that would make it harder for neighbors to sue polluting dairy facilities. To learn more and get updates and information on how to contact your legislator on important environmental legislation, please sign up for our email list: http://bit.ly/15jXzqY

April-May-June 2014 hikes and other outings

Bisti Wilderness © David Van Winkle

Outing sign-up is by contact with leader. 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.

There are many, many outings, click "Read More" below to see them!


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