Monthly Archives January 2000

Propane Price Gouging

The Santa Fe New Mexican ran an article by Bob Quick 11/17/08 titled:
‘Cheaper gas, propane bring relief to struggling households’

An excerpt from the article reads: “The price of propane, which closely tracks the price of crude oil, also is down this heating season, falling from $2.69 per gallon to $2.24 per gallon in the last three weeks,
according to Jose Garcia, one of the managers of AAA Gas Service, a propane company.”

I have been curious why propane hasn’t gone down much in Angel Fire. I telephoned a propane provider in Las Vegas NM and their price is $1.99, but they don’t service Angel Fire. So if propane is $2.24 in Santa Fe and $1.99 in Las Vegas, why is propane in Angel Fire $2.44 – $2.99?

A couple months ago, there was a man in Taos who would daily stand at the corner of Hwy 585 ...

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New Mexico Welcomes Longest Walk II

Crownpoint, NM – More than 150 walkers on the Longest Walk 2 arrive in Crownpoint today after spending two days at Chaco Rio. The Longest Walk 2, which began February 11th on Alcatraz Island, is crossing the U.S. to call attention to Native American rights and the urgent need for environmental protection. It marks the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk of 1978 that resulted in historic changes for Native Americans.

 

{mosimage}The Southern Route, now in New Mexico, is one of two routes that will meet in Washington DC in July, 2008. Both routes will cover more than 8,000 miles to deliver Native concerns to Congress. “Upon our arrival, we will deliver a resolution to elected officials,” says Dennis Banks, organizer of the Southern Route...

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Edwards Aquifer Collaborative Environmental Program Marks Initial Progress

Initial directives for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program mandated by the Texas Legislature have been met and the program is beginning to take shape, according to program participants.
The program was created through Senate Bill 3 to facilitate a collaborative process in which to protect and improve the status of listed endangered species while simultaneously protecting existing and future water uses in the region.

            More than 1.7 million Texans and at least eight endangered species depend upon the aquifer.

            “The aquifer recovery program’s emphasis is on using sound science and adaptive management to form effective solutions that reflect community values,” said Sen. Glenn Hegar, author of the recovery plan portion of the bill...

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Red River Lodging at Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge Red River re-designs website to add online reservations and news blog.

{mosimage}Located at the base of Flagge Mountain, Deer Lodge is ½ block off of Main Street. Our location offers tranquility, yet is conveniently located within walking distance to the river, shopping, restaurants, Community House, Conference Center, parks, ski area & nature trails. It is not uncommon the see deer stroll through our property in the early mornings and evenings.

All our rooms are street level with parking right in front of your door. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, but pets are welcome in all our units with a one time non-refundable $20.00 pet fee. We provide cable TV in all rooms and wireless Internet is available to all our guests. The Deer Lodge offers comfortable and clean

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Grants Support Administration’s Renewable Energy Goals and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the award of $6.2 million in grants to more than two dozen small businesses and community groups to develop innovative uses for woody biomass, including renewable energy and new products, from national forests.

“These grants help communities, entrepreneurs and others turn residues from forest restoration activities into marketable forest and energy products,” said Johanns. “Not only will these projects reduce the risk of wildfire, they will help us to achieve the President’s energy goals. Our farm bill proposals would take this effort to the next level by providing funding for research and new woody biomass projects.”

The Administration’s farm bill proposals would accelerate the development of new technologies to better utilize low-valu...

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Ranch Becomes Part of the Little Missouri National Grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that the USDA Forest Service has purchased a 5,200 acre parcel—which houses the historically significant and natural resource rich Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota.

The Elkhorn Ranch—located in the Badlands of western North Dakota—was the site where President Theodore Roosevelt operated a ranch in the 1880s. The ranch, purchased for $4.8 million from a private owner, becomes part of the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The Forest Service will honor existing legal rights and valid permits. Traditional uses such as livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and hunting will continue...

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Forest Service Publishes New Rule For Energy-Related Permit

The Forest Service today announced a new rule that permits it to respond quickly to applications for oil-and-gas exploration on Forest Service land already under federal leases.

The rule is a categorical exclusion for land under lease that has already undergone environmental analysis consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines. The additional analysis previously required by a new oil-and-gas exploration and development application took a minimum of six months. With the new rule, an application can be processed much faster unless there are extraordinary circumstances such as the presence of threatened or endangered species or their designated habitat, wilderness areas, inventoried roadless areas, wetlands, and archeological or historic sites...

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BLM Launches Effort to Facilitate Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands

In response to the increased national demand for clean renewable energy, the Bureau of Land Management today announced it will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) analyzing areas with high potential for geothermal energy development.

According to a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the PEIS will examine the environmental impacts of boosting geothermal leasing in areas with high potential for near-term exploration and development of geothermal resources. If deemed appropriate by the PEIS, the BLM will amend the land use plans in those areas to allow for expanded leasing. 
 
“The BLM is sitting on the largest supply of geothermal energy in this country, and it is time to launch an aggressive program to develop those resources,” said BLM Acting Directo...

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Santa Fe Santa Cruz Lake

{mosimage}Thirty miles north of Santa Fe, NM , the snow-fed waters of the Rio del Medio and the Rio Frijoles begin a 2,000-mile journey and a 7,000-foot descent to the Gulf of Mexico. For a time they gather at Santa Cruz Lake at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Chimayo, behind the 125-foot Santa Cruz Dam.

Built in 1929 by the Santa Cruz Irrigation District, the dam is 535 feet across and 90 feet deep at the overflowing spillway. The lake covers 121 surface acres with water in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, providing recreational opportunities for anglers, picnickers, campers, and boat lovers alike.

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area is located on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...

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