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“Fed Bears are Dead Bears”

“Fed Bears are Dead Bears”

Here’s some good information from a bulletin just sent out by the NM Department of Game and Fish.  The main point, actually, is to get people to take better care of their trash since bears who come looking for half-eaten hot dogs are often the ones that end up dead (as “threats to public safety”).  … Continue reading

Alarmism v Realism and the Kirtland Fuel Spill

Thursday on the Call-In Show, Elaine will be talking to several official-types trying to deal with the estimated 8 million gallons of jet fuel creeping around under Kirtland Air Force Base and beyond.  No one would be cavalier enough to say that this spill is not a huge problem– it is.  But just how many … Continue reading

A Bucket Brigade for the Rio Grande?

I just wrapped up an interview about the Endangered Species Act with the Rio Grande’s tireless champion, Steve Harris.  While describing himself as a positive person, he says the river is headed for a trainwreck of Klamathian proportions (think thousands of farmers in protest as Fish and Wildlife puts the acequias on lock down).  His … Continue reading

Lessons from the Conservation Highway

Lessons from the Conservation Highway

What Carrie Jung and I learned this week: Just because you’re driving 15 miles per hour on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere, getting in and out of the car every five minutes in search of an elusive, imperiled mouse…that does NOT exempt you from New Mexico state law, people! And this man … Continue reading

No Rain, Some Pain (and Free Stuff!)

No Rain, Some Pain (and Free Stuff!)

Last night ABCWUA’s board approved the city’s new Drought Management Strategy.  Haven’t been reading the flyers wrapped around your water bills?  You might want to have a look at this before the numbers ON your bill snap you to attention. It’s a plan written with lots of public input, according to Conservation Officer Katherine Yuhas.  … Continue reading

Earth Day Ev…Well, for at Least 3 Days

Earth Day Ev…Well, for at Least 3 Days

Not surprisingly, I’ve been getting a steady trickle of Earth Day notices in my inbox this week. What’s a girl to do when faced with so many ways to celebrate Big Mama? Right! Let someone else decide. And that’d be you. Which event are you most interested in hearing covered? Check out the list of possibilities below, and tell me where you think I should go (excluding the films- sorry, but a bunch of people staring straight ahead does not a story make). Continue reading

You Want Cheese on that Wolf Burger?

You Want Cheese on that Wolf Burger?

Oh, you must hear this most amazing quote from today’s House Subcommittee Hearing on HR 4234, the Grazing Improvement Act of 2012! Following some lighthearted banter between Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and his colleagues from Idaho about the merits of NM versus ID beef, Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) added this little gem: I … Continue reading

The End of Suburbia

The End of Suburbia

Despite the billboards, pavement, dirt parking lots, chain after chain after chainlink fence…I’m an optimist when it comes to planning.  I’ll admit, sometimes I find it mind boggling, the things we’ve grown accustomed to.  Having grown up partly in Denmark where a city ends and a farm starts in the space of a brick wall, … Continue reading

More NM Conservation Bills in the Works

More NM Conservation Bills in the Works

As you may have heard on KUNM, the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Coalition is hoping Senator Jeff Bingaman will introduce legislation to protect 46,000 acres of wilderness near Taos in the next few months. But that’s only the most recent in a slew of New Mexico conservation measures pending in Congress.  There’s a nice summary on … Continue reading