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.

Chaco coalition asks for protection against fracking in sacred area

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans.

In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress the historic, cultural and ecological significance of Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Teresa Seamster with the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club says she is hopeful that the Jewell will help protect Chaco Canyon.

Water panel OKs settlement between clean-water groups, dairy industry

SANTA FE, N.M.— On May 12, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) unanimously voted to adopt the stipulated Dairy Rule agreement without changes. The adopted Dairy Rule – a set of groundwater discharge regulations for dairy operations - is the direct result of community groups calling out the state to do a better job of regulating the state’s dairies, and the dairy operators to be better caretakers of the environment.

Hundreds rally outside PNM shareholder meeting

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2015

Albuquerque NM – As shareholders gathered for PNM’s annual meeting Tuesday, solar-industry workers, residents living in the shadow of San Juan Generating Station’s coal pollution and small-business owners were among hundreds of New Mexicans protesting the utility’s risky investments in dirty energy and its plans to hike rates for homeowners and small business.

Santa Fe Outing

Join us for a morning work event, cleaning up some overgrown brush along the old Chile Line RR bed at the foot of Buckman Road. We will meet Sunday morning, May 24, in the parking lot by the mailboxes, 1/4 mile in from Hiway 599 on La Tierra Road, to carpool down to the end of the sometimes rough Buckman Road. Alan Hamilton, Rio Grande Returns, will lead our group, and share with us some of the restoration efforts that have been recently made in this scenic area next to the Rio Grande River.

Speak up for cougars and bears in May and June

Public-comment meetings on trapping cougars to be held throughout the state
New Mexico Game and Fish is hosting public meetings about bear and cougar rules.

One of the proposals Game and Fish is considering would allow cougars to be killed using leghold traps and snares.

The current population of cougars in New Mexico has not been verified in the field and estimates may well be too high. While a cougar study is in the works for New Mexico, the data will not be available in time for the final rule adoption.

Conservation groups ask Game Commission to oppose cougar-trapping proposal

Trapping Plan Would Increase Cruelty, Put Other Wildlife, Pets at Risk

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Eight conservation organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition sent a letter on May 1 urging state game commissioners to reject the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's proposed cougar trapping season. The coalition letter highlights the dangers traps pose to outdoor enthusiasts, nontarget animals and pets like the dog caught in a trap last month in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

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

ALBUQUERQUE - On May 1, the Public Service Company of New Mexico filed 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:


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