Election boot camp -- Las Cruces -- with Rep. Nate Cote: How to help good candidates win!

So you want to make a difference this fall. You want to help elect candidates who will make New Mexico a better place for all of us!

This two-and-a-half-hour training will teach you best tactics for winning elections.

We'll hear from state Rep. Nate Cote, who won his district against the party-registration odds through grassroots campaigning, veteran campaign managers and practiced canvassers. We'll hear the latest data on what really turns voters out. And we'll have a chance to practice these techniques to prepare you to be an effective campaigner this fall.


Elections Boot Camp — Albuquerque --- With Former State Representatives Eleanor Chavez and Dede Feldman

So you want to make a difference this Fall. You want to help elect candidates who will make New Mexico a better place for all of us!

This two-and-a-half-hour training will teach you best tactics for winning elections.

We'll hear from former candidates, veteran campaign managers and practiced canvassers. We'll hear the latest data on what really turns voters out. And we'll have a chance to practice these techniques to prepare you to be an effective campaigner this fall.

WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27


Take Action: NM Game Commission may try to stop federal wolf reintroduction

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The cancelled Aug. 21 New Mexico Game Commission meeting has been rescheduled but they are still planning to discuss and may vote on a rule change that could threaten the recovery of endangered Mexican wolves.

The proposal would give the state Game Commission excessive authority to approve any application for the possession, use, release or importation of wolves or any predatory animals for the purpose of recovery, reintroduction, conditioning, establishment or reestablishment in New Mexico.

The rescheduled Game Commission meeting:


El Paso Group Endorses Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calling for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Franklin Mountains

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

The Sierra Club El Paso Group has endorsed the Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition calling for Saving land on both sides of the Franklin Mountains. The petition asks the El Paso City Council to pass the following ordinance:


A membership moment – please take a minute to consider your Sierra Club membership

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in 2010 by Rick LoBello

I have always admired and respected the Sierra Club. When I worked in the national parks we all heard the story of John Muir and I can really relate to what he said in The Yosemite in 1912… "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."


Rio Grande Chapter voted Best Environmental Group by Santa Feans!

The Santa Fe Reporter's Best of Santa Fe issue came out July 15. Thanks Santa Fe; we're working to be even more effective in shaping environmental policy and actions. Click here to see the Reporter issue: http://bit.ly/1qfK9x8


Be a voice for Mexican wolves

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July 15, 2014
Wolves need you to speak out at public hearings to save them from extinction.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be releasing the Draft Environmental Impact statement for new rule changes that will determine the future of our Lobos. There are only 83 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, and the proposed rules will likely have provisions that make it easier to kill them and dim their chances for recovery. There should be some good provisions too that need to be supported.


How to help wildlife through the human zone

This bobcat kitten was brought to the Wildlife Center from a backyard.

By Katherine Eagleson, Wildlife Center, Española, 06/30/14

In the United States we have done a pretty good job of saving scenic places. A lot of wildlife lives in those places.

But when a drought lingers year after year and depletes food sources, or a wildfire burns the habitat to dirt, or maybe it’s just time for the youngsters to move out, make a life of their own, spread the gene pool, how do we accommodate wild animals’ need to move?

Badly, that’s how we have done it so far. We have not planned well to give wildlife the corridors they need to move safely between habitats. We have also misled the public by giving the impression that wildlife managers can collect wildlife from backyards and parks and homeowners’ association properties and transport them to some wilderness nirvana.


BLM considers fencing to protect prairie dogs

By Teresa Seamster, 06/3014
A surprise population of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs living on the Caja del Rio has encouraged a Forest Service biologist and the Northern New Mexico Group to map burrows and ask BLM for protection from off-road vehicles.

When I first heard about the prairie dogs it was in the context of how barren the BLM land was on the Caja and how it looked as if there were no longer prairie dogs out there. Later, I was asked if I could come out and see if there were any Gunnison’s out there.

The result was unexpected.


La Bajada mining decision delayed

Painting of La Bajada by Rio Grande Chapter member Jeff Potter

By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group co-chair, 06/30/14
At its June 11 meeting, the Santa Fe Board of County commissioners failed to vote on an application for a basalt mine on La Bajada Mesa, even in the face of nearly 1,000 opponents at the meeting and 250 email comments from Northern New Mexicans Group members and supporters.
Fifty acres of La Bajada Mesa is under threat of the strip mining.The applicant, Rockology LLC, would also use thousands of gallons of potable water daily just to reduce dust at the site.


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