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

Trap

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?

Plastic bags

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.


NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

Oil Drilling

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.


Returning the wolf to Texas

Wolf sign

By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group, January 14, 2015

Less than 100 yards from my office at the El Paso Zoo, every day I am reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region, a wild predator that we all know as a symbol of wilderness and as an important apex predator, the gray wolf, or Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).


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.


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

Coal - San Juan

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


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?


We the people want preserved, in its natural state and in perpetuity all of the undeveloped land...

Map of City Owned Land that the petition calls for protecting.

The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition has launched a new "We the People" petition for everyone in El Paso to sign calling upon our leaders to work together in saving what remains of the lower elevations of the Franklin Mountains. You and your family and friends can help send a message to our City by printing out a petition today and collecting signatures between now and May 1.


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."


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