Tell NM Game Commission: Stop targeting cougars, bears, wolves

Cougar trap

The New Mexico Game Commission will be making critical decisions on Aug. 27 about cougars, bears and wolves.

The proposals being considered include:

Make coal companies pay their fair share

San Juan Power Plant

What: BLM listening session on coal royalties
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 560 Scott Ave., Farmington
When: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, August 20th

Dear fellow Sierran,

On Aug. 20 in Farmington, you have a critical opportunity to make mining companies pay their fair share for coal mined on our public lands.

Summer Gardening tips

By Jessie Emerson, Zero Waste Committee

Zero waste means no toxic waste in the environment. Summertime, gardening, veggies and flowers mean pest control. Before you reach for a commercial product, read these tips:

1. Rabbits in the garden? Plant some food outside the garden for the bunnies. Wormwood in a border will repel animals and, after establishing, tolerate drought.

2. A dusting of powdered aloe helps keep away insects.

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.

Zero Waste beer-and-wine social

Beer ‘n’ Wine social Friday, April 24, with snacks, item swap (bring donation items in good condition), games and prizes. Adam Schlachter, new recycling/outreach coordinator at the Santa Fe Solid Waste Agency, will be the speaker. Come have fun with us!
The Commons, 2300 W. Alameda, Santa Fe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.
2300 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Please RSVP Sharon Guerrero at

Water Sentinels testing, teaching

By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels —Rios de Taos coordinator

Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos were joined by new members Jon Klingel, Meg Peterson, Gaea McGahee, Cliff Collins, Jo Carey, Claire Latowsky, Jim Crowl and Julia Wilson on our first monitoring of the season May 28.

July-August-Sept 2015 outings/hikes

Sign-up is by contact with leader (phone, or email if shown). 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.


Northern New Mexico Group news

New edition of “Day Hikes’ coming — volunteers needed!

We are commencing work on the 8th edition of our best-selling hiking guide, first published in 1981! It is a serious undertaking to produce a new edition since we are all volunteers, but a very rewarding task! Our small editorial committee could use more help in the following areas:

Chaco Coalition challenges BLM

By Teresa Seamster
March 11, 2015, was 108 years to the day that President Theodore Roosevelt declared Chaco Canyon to be a historical monument in 1907. The threat to Chaco in that time was the looting of archaeological treasures and sacred artifacts. Today, it is ramped up oil and gas development, especially fracking and contaminated water supply.

Heinrich Makes Speech In Opposition To Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Watch his speech here.


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