Tell your legislator not to gut our Renewable Energy Act

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On Friday morning, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hear a bill that would eliminate New Mexico's requirement for investor-owned utilities to provide 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.

House Bill 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott, would eliminate the only future requirement in the Renewable Energy Act.


Ask your legislator to support a ban on trapping in New Mexico

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House Bill 426 puts an end to the cruel practice of trapping in New Mexico, and it will be heard in the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Capitol Room 307. Please come to the Roundhouse to speak up against the cruel practice of trapping. If you can't make it -- or even if you can -- please click here to write to your legislator and ask him or her to support this ban.


Tell your state representative to ban coyote-killing contests

Coyote by Jim Robertson

A bill to ban coyote-killing contests has passed the New Mexico Senate 27-13, but it faces a tougher road in the state House of Representatives.

This bill does not ban coyote-hunting -- just the killing contests where participants win a prize for killing the most, the largest and sometimes the smallest coyote.

Wildlife biologists tell us that these contests do not control the coyote population because stressing the population causes coyotes to have bigger litters.


Why Ban Plastic Bags in Los Alamos?

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February 23, 2015

What if you were offered a quick, easy, inexpensive way to clean up litter, lower chemical pollution, and reduce endocrine disruption that affects sexual development and obesity? What if I told you that this action contributes to a healthier, cleaner future for you and your kids? Would you think about it, or dismiss the offer out of hand? (Remember, it’s quick, cheap, easy.)
What is this tiny little action? Just bring your own shopping bags wherever you go.


January-March Outings/Hikes for New Mexico and West Texas

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Saturday, Jan. 3: Strenuous snowshoe, location to be determined. Two or three dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, 505-690-6253.

Saturday, Jan. 10: Strenuous snowshoe outing to Spirit Lake starting from the ski basin, 13 miles and 2,100-foot elevation gain. Early start. Two or three dogs OK. Contact Larry at...


NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

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January 22, 2015 - Troy Wilde, Public News Service (NM)

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions.

Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that shows the Four Corners region is a hot spot, responsible for producing the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States.


Legislation for wildlife

Coyote Trapped

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair, January 14, 2015

Trapping season has begun again in New Mexico. It is a winter pastime because that is when the fur of animals like bobcats, foxes and coyotes is thickest and worth the most money.


Columbine-Hondo, Valles Caldera bills pass

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By Teresa Seamster, December 15, 2014

In December, the U.S. Congress approved the transfer of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service as part of the Defense Authorization Bill during the lame-duck session of Congress.

The Valles Caldera would have otherwise reverted in 2020 to general U.S. Forest Service land with no dedicated staff or budget if Congress had not acted to locate the preserve within the National Park Service. The Columbine-Hondo in Northern New Mexico was also declared a Wilderness Area, protecting 45,000 acres.


Oil pipeline threatens Chaco area

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A new oil pipeline that would quadruple oil production in New Mexico's San Juan Basin threatens the internationally recognized Chaco Cultural area and the Lybrook Badlands wilderness.

Please tell the BLM to reject the Piñon Oil Pipeline!

Denver-based SaddleButte LLC has applied to the Bureau of Land Management for a permit to build the 130-mile Piñon Oil Pipeline that would cut between Chaco National Historical Park and outlier Pueblo Pintado from Lybrook down to I-40.


Tell the PRC: A coal mine would be a disastrous investment for PNM

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December 20, 2014

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its request for a 12 percent rate hike and a $21-$36 monthly fee for everyone who installs home solar, PNM is still considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is currently reviewing PNM's plans for the future of San Juan Generating Station. Now is the time to tell the PRC you want a clean-energy future, not a gamble on an aging coal mine: http://bit.ly/1wUnE0S


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