Political

Committee approves Los Alamos bag ban

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By Mark Jones, Pajarito Group Chair, December 20, 2014

On Nov. 20, the Environmental Sustainability Board voted unanimously and enthusiastically to support a ban of single-use plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County! The board tasked the

Sierra Club and collaborators PEEC and the League of Women Voters to “get the word out.”


Legislation for wildlife

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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.


Roadblocks at the Roundhouse

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

By Dan Lorimier, January 14, 2015

Jan. 20, the first day of New Mexico’s 2015 Legislative session, will be unlike any other session since 1954, when the last Republican-controlled House of Representatives was installed.


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.


Coal mine would be a dirty deal for PNM ratepayers

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By Mona Blaber

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

In addition to its recently announced plans for a 12 percent rate hike and a $20-$30 fee for solar users, PNM has revealed it is considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

According to PNM’s most recent quarterly earnings report, the utility has interest in purchasing the San Juan mine, which would prolong the life of one of the region’s biggest threats to public health and our climate.


PNM requests rate hike, fine for solar users

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By Mona Blaber, Chapter Communications Coordinator

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) proposed a rate plan Dec. 12 that would hike the average resident’s rates by 14 percent while lowering some of the largest users’ rates by more than 7 percent.

PNM also wants to impose a monthly fee of about $20 to $30 on those who install solar energy at their homes.

Under the proposal, PNM claims that New Mexico’s biggest corporations are subsidizing residential users, and that’s why it is lowering the biggest customers’ bills and raising the bills of the smallest users.


Chapter director’s column: Victories come from determination

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By Camilla Feibelman, January 15, 2015

I hope that each of you took some serious time to rest during the holiday season and recoup your energies, because the environment is going to need you more than ever next year.


Lobbying workshops

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

Are you wondering how things work at the Roundhouse? Are you concerned about the new composition of the State House of Representatives? Are you worried about legislation that could harm all New Mexicans? Are you looking for a way to help?


Listen to our radio ad for Joanne Ferrary

Joanne Ferrary is a longtime Sierra Club member who lost her bid for state House of Representatives in 2012 by a heartbreaking 8 votes. It looks like her race will again be one of the tightest in New Mexico in 2014, and her opponent, Terry McMillan, has a lowly 16 percent environmental record, according to Conservation Voters New Mexico. Here's our radio ad for Joanne, airing in Las Cruces:


Our radio ad for Ray Powell

Land Commissioner Ray Powell, who cleaned up the Land Office after Pat Lyons used this powerful position to trade New Mexico's valuable state lands (whose profits benefit our schools, universities and hospitals), is 1 point behind Aubrey Dunn in his re-election run. Dunn has run deceptive ads about Ray and has expressed numerous anti-wildlife and anti-public-lands views. Please vote -- our environment needs you. Here's our ad for Ray, running on several Santa Fe and Albuquerque stations:

Audio File: 
Sierra Club Ray Powell radio ad

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