Monday, December 3, 2012

Text of Augustin Plains Ranch flyer

Here is the text of the Augustin Plains Ranch flyer.  If anyone has a better image than I was sent, please email it to me, or post the text I can't read in the comments section below.  Thanks.

text here I can't read

Augustin Plains Ranch


Augustin Plains Ranch, the water project,
will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Magdalena -
to update the project status, answer your 
questions and take your comments.

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Magdalena Senior Center
500 9th Street - Magdalena

Augustin Plains Ranch has put forward a proposal for a water
project to withdraw 54,000 acre-feet per year from under the
Augustin Plains, transport it to Socorro by pipeline, then north 
to the Albuquerque area.  The project could provide water for 
drought relief to the state while protecting existing water rights 
and providing benefits for Catron and Socorro Counties

For more information call xxx-xxxx [and more text I can't read]

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Augustin Plains Ranch: THEY'RE BACK!

Lif Strand

Just when you thought we'd won... Augustin Plains Ranch is starting their next round.  They've learned a lot from their first venture - we protesters have shown them exactly what we've got, and now they've tuned up their attack and they're coming at the water again.

This time they're going to come at us as "friends".

There's a flyer going around announcing a Town Hall Meeting (see image below) - called for by the LLC.  Don't you find it a little insulting?  To me it is incredibly patronizing for them to be playing the local card, telling us that the water could be used for drought relief (not for us, of course, and most certainly not out of any kind of generosity and helpfulness since they'd be taking public property and selling it for a BIG profit).

Personally, I find it incredibly insulting to have a business PR meeting and label it "Town Hall Meeting", since such meetings are an honored American tradition where community members gather to discuss issues and concerns among themselves.  Since when is Augustin Plains Ranch LLC part of our community?  Do you really think they are interested in our concerns except to learn what to aim their weapons at?

This meeting is to "update the project status, answer your questions and take your comments".   They were denied their water grab application with the OSE and they lost their court appeal of it.  But that doesn't bother them at all - they've STILL got a project and they're coming at us again.

And they're coming with lots and lots of money that will buy lots and lots of power - power we've only seen the tiniest bit of so far. Personally, I would say about a thousand people should show up at this meeting and refuse to say anything but the word NO.

Let me just add this:  If you were worried before, you should be scared spitless now.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Catron County Connection: Augustin Plains Ranch LLC Loses!

Catron County Connection: Augustin Plains Ranch LLC Loses!: 7th Judicial District Court, Reserve NM .  The State Engineer's Order Denying Application by the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC, was affirmed on ...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sept 19 San Augustin water hearing

This is a reminder about the San Augustin water grab hearing on Wednesday, September 19 at 11 AM. The hearing will be in the Socorro County Courthouse, Courtroom 1, 200 Church St., Socorro.

Documents filed by San Augustin Water Coalition (et al) attorney, Bruce Frederick

Protestants' Reply to APR's Reponse re MSJ.pdf  [4.4MB]

Response to Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment-pdf (00403824).pdf [430KB]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sept 19 San Augustin Water Grab Hearing Change

The location for the Sept. 19 San Augustin water grab motion hearing has been changed to the Socorro County Courthouse, Courtroom 1, 200 Church Street in Socorro.  CLICK HERE to read the notice [PDF]

Friday, August 10, 2012

San Augustin Water Grab Court Date Set

A hearing on the Motion for Summary Judgement for the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC water grab has been set for Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Catron County Courthouse in Reserve (subject to date/time change).

Read the Memorandum in Support of Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment [PDF] filed by Bruce Frederick, Staff Attorney at New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

Friday, May 25, 2012

San Augustin Water Grab Update

Update from attorney Bruce Frederick. 

From: Bruce Frederick
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:30 AM
To: 'Carol Pittman'
Subject: RE: status of appeal

The appeal case should be starting within the next couple of weeks.  There are no deadlines pending right now.

The court case should be a condensed version of the OSE case�we will file a motion to dismiss; they will respond, we will reply.  I hope we can wrap it up in less than a year.

Bruce Frederick, Staff Attorney
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
1405 Luisa Street, Suite 5
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Friday, May 11, 2012

Annual Meeting San Augustin Water Coalition May 19, 2012

The annual meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition will be held 1 PM May 19, 2012 at the Datil Elementary School gymnasium.  

It's not over!  
Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has appealed the State Engineer decision.  WE NEED YOU!


1 PM  Business meeting
2 PM  Candidate Forum

NM State Senator Howie Morales (D), and NM Representative Don Tripp (R) will be at the meeting as will Clint Wellborn, District Attorney for our district.  All are running unopposed in the NM primary, but will be available to be asked where they stand on water issues.

Also attending:  Evelyn Madrid Erhard (D), running for the US House of Representatives; and a member of the Steve Pearce's campaign, our present Representative.

Local candidates (Catron County) include Bucky Allred (R), candidate for County Commission from District 3, running unopposed; Cathy Sohrenssen (D) candidate for County Treasurer; unable to come is Connie Sue Shipley (R) also running for County Treasurer; Eva Stover (D), Keith Riddle (R) and Zeno Kiehne (R) all running for County Clerk; Ed Wehrheim (R) running for Probate Judge; unable to attend is Cynthia Wasserburger (D) also running for Probate Judge.

Monday, April 16, 2012

San Augustin Water Grab: A Battle Won But Not the War

A Battle Won But Not the War
Cathie R. Eisen
Walking Water Consulting
PO Box 133
Nogal, New Mexico
April 8, 2012

Across the southern states a battle is raging for our most precious resource. The value of water has reached a premium, and it will only increase with time. As the cities and counties of the west continue to grow, so does the need for new water sources to support their ever increasing demands. While the quest for oil is on the forefront of everyone's mind, dollar for dollar, water is by far more valuable. We can live without oil if necessary, but we must have water to survive. During the past few years, several applications have been submitted to the State Engineers Office in New Mexico for the purpose of tapping into the deeper aquifers, waters which were previously deemed unusable and were until now unprotected from such requests. One by one, they have been protested and denied. This is not the end of the effort. Future legislation will support these requests as our cities continue to grow along with the residential demand for additional supplies; water for sanitary and domestic water use is and always will be a priority to developers and communities. The health and welfare of the masses could easily trump the livelihood of the rural ranchers. They are few, rural residents are many.   More at Glenwood Gazette... 

Monday, April 9, 2012

San Augustin Water Grab Decision Appealed

A legal notice of appeal of the NM Office of State Engineer decision to deny the San Augustin Ranch LLC's water grab application was published in today's Albuquerque Journal.

"NOTICE OF APPEAL DE NOVO FROM ORDER OF THE STATE ENGINEER Applicant/Appellant Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC, pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 72-7-1, hereby appeals de novo from the State Engineer's Order Denying Application dated March 30, 2012, in the above-referenced New Mexico State Engineer ("OSE") proceeding. Dated April 5, 2012. Respectfully submitted, /s/ John B. Draper John B. Draper Jeffrey J. Wechsler Montgomery & Andrews"