Budget fights stall legislative progress

Sen. Peter Wirth

By Dan Lorimier, Chapter Conservation coordinator 03/24/14
New Mexico in February finished its “short” 30-day session of the Legislature, and as usual, budget battles between the executive branch and the legislative branch bogged down the process.
By the time resolution was reached on the budget, so many bills were being held in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, waiting for a settled and final budget, that there was little time to consider this backlog before the session ended Feb. 20.

Science panel rejects Fish and Wildlife wolf plan

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair 03/28/14

The saga and shame of the proposal to delist wolves from endangered-species protection wears on.
Wolves have already been delisted by an act of Congress in the three northern Rockies states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the three Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last year, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove wolves from the Endangered Species list nationwide (excluding Mexican wolves) based on a reclassification of the species Canis lupus.

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.

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Join our team and stand up for New Mexico's air, public lands, water, wildlife and climate!

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The vibrancy and effectiveness of the Rio Grande Chapter is a direct result of the work of many active volunteers throughout New Mexico & West Texas.

Do you want to get more active in protecting the environment but haven't been quite sure how how to make a difference? Maybe you are only available on Saturday afternoons, but want to help when you can.

Progress on the Los Alamos Ban the Bag campaign

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group newsletter editor, 06/30/14

How are we progressing with the Bag Ban?

Bosque cleanup!

8:30 to 11 a.m. June 28

We have scheduled another Bosque clean-up. We'll meet in the parking/picnic/access area is on the northeast area of the river, near the bridge, just off Poco Loco Drive. There is a parking area there also. We want to do this before it gets too hot.

Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing (long pants/jeans), sturdy shoes or boots, a hat, and sunscreen. Bring gloves, water, and a snack. We will work in groups of 2's and 3's again and we will also be using our "tally" clipboards/sheets to document what we find.

Sierra Club and Beer in Albuquerque

We will be having our bi-monthly Sierra Club and Beer on June 12 at 6:30 pm at Mario's on 4th St.

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