“We’ve had a lot of larger residential houses where we’re not able to find them an option at all,” said Jake Boles, an Alamogordo-based insurance agent and board chair for Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico. On Friday, State Farm announced it will no longer accept new property insurance applications for homes or businesses in California. Patty Padon, the executive director of Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico, says State Farm’s announcement is frightening. Padon worries about a potential domino effect. She says insurance providers will typically follow after each other when it comes to deciding what situations to cover. [State Farm hesitant to insure northern New Mexico homes]Told you so.
The FBI has listed the Bandidos — which originated in Texas — alongside the Hells Angels, Outlaws and Pagans as one of the largest motorcycle gangs in the U.S., with ties to “murder, bombings, extortion, arson, and assault," among other criminal activities. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security was called in to aid with resource requests, according to a department spokesperson, who emphasized that state police are leading the investigation. [Future of Red River motorcycle rally uncertain in aftermath of shootout]I operated in the Black Hills hospitality market for twenty five years. At Twin City Fruit and Sysco the Sturgis Rally was the peak of the tourist season and made or broke profits for the year. In my construction business I saw first-hand how methamphetamine served the needs of the locals.
“Colorado Springs is the best place for Space Command because it’s already at work here, with tangible results, about which all of us should be proud,” Hickenlooper said on the Senate floor earlier this month. “We shouldn’t risk our national security. We should keep Space Command in Colorado Springs where it belongs.“ [New investigation opened into Space Command decision]The 45th Space Wing has been around since my dad's days in the United States Air Force and Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota was an alternative emergency landing site for the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Transportation System. In 2005 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) Republicans like Bruce Rampelberg helped to make Ellsworth an even bigger target for retaliatory attacks but today exercises over the Powder River Training Complex are suspended in part because of the poor condition of B-1 bombers stationed at Ellsworth.
All eight individuals involved were identified as OMG members. The three deceased individuals have been identified as Anthony Silva, 26 of Los Lunas, NM, Randy Sanchez, 46 of Albuquerque, NM, and Damian Breaux, 46 of Socorro, NM: New Mexico State Police.
Three people have been killed and five others were injured during a shootout Saturday (May 27) in Red River, the Taos News has confirmed, putting an early end to the town's 41st Annual Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally. "We plan for this event every year, it's our 41st year to do this," [Red River Mayor Linda] Calhoun told the Taos News in a phone interview around 10:30 Saturday night. "And we had about 40 state police in town, our five law enforcement, and we had some county sheriff's [deputies]. Always, when there's that big of a group in town, you know 25,000 people, there's the possibility that something could happen. "Be advised, there is another shootout going on — a rolling shootout — between Banditos [Motorcycle Club] and someone else," an officer reported at approximately 5:45 p.m. over Taos County Central Dispatch. [Taos News]
“The Missoula Bandidos chapter has allegedly been involved in an interstate drug distrabution pipeline with the club's chapters in Gillette, Wyoming, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Denver, Colorado.” https://t.co/wCDFhqzBtV— interested party (@larry_kurtz) April 30, 2022
The Montana bill was amended by lawmakers to sunset after two years. Its Democratic sponsor, Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, said he initially introduced the measure a decade ago after some state district court judges were not following the federal law in Native children custody cases. In Montana, nearly 11% of all children are Indigenous, but they made up 37% of those in foster care in 2021, according to the National Indian Child Welfare Association. [Montana acts to protect Native American priority in adopting Native children]In my home state Republican former South Dakota Governors Mike Rounds, Denny Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley covered up their state's abuses after NPR took on that state’s Duck Dynasty in a three part exposé. Pennington County's behavior has been called shocking and the late Democratic former US Senator James Abourezk even urged the federal government to sue the State of South Dakota after the Guardian published a long piece on the plight of thousands of American Indian children seized by the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Sen. Abourezk shepherded the passage of ICWA in 1978.
Who is behind the attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)?— IllumiNative (@IllumiNative) May 18, 2023
ICWA protects Native children & ensures Tribal Nations make decisions regarding the welfare of their citizens. Right now, ICWA is in the hands of #SCOTUS & a decision is expected at any time. 1/🧵… pic.twitter.com/D11LaHIPLx
Gibson Dunn represented Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that continues to threaten the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s drinking water, Treaty lands & sacred sites. 4/🧵…@gibsondunn— IllumiNative (@IllumiNative) May 18, 2023
Sensationalized smearing of dozens of Tribal Nations who enjoy ancient sacred relationships with the natural world and our four-legged relatives, with gory depictions of Tribal harvest of Yellowstone Bison, conveniently avoids the real issue of an irredeemably broken management regime and the Montana livestock industry’s decades-long stranglehold on bison management. Playing along with Montana’s strategy to demonize the Tribes for the sins of the settlers also serves to undermine the legal authority retained in nearly a dozen treaties - sovereign promises between the federal government and nearly 30 Tribal Nations.
At the end of the day, the race-based genocide and near-eradication of the traditional food source of Tribal Nations, now beloved by all, disqualifies the livestock industry and the legislatures it controls from any say in how Yellowstone Bison should recover. As the global scientific community and the Biden administration now recognize, it’s up to the Tribes to determine how wild bison should be managed, working cooperatively with federal wildlife biologists and ecologists. [excerpt, Gudgel]Jon Marvel retired from the Western Watersheds Project in 2014. He has been stalwart in withering lawsuit fire against long-held sheep and cattle grazing permits on public lands.
Shaina Clifford is the new director of Marketing & Public Relations for the InterTribal Buffalo Council. “This is an amazing opportunity & platform to bring awareness for the people, to be able to help bring healing to the people through the buffalo is a good thing. The InterTribal Buffalo Council is moving in a good direction and making good progress,” said Clifford. [Lakota Times]
May marks the height of calving season. Red-tailed hawks, white pelicans, osprey, and bluebirds abound. Shoots of new green grass, buttercups, and yellow-budding red willows all blossom. Ice dissolves on lakes and ponds and otters come out to play. Photo by: Joanne Murphy pic.twitter.com/ji42eZUDRH— Buffalo Field Campaign (@BuffaloField) May 9, 2023
The state would impose a 10 percent tax rate, which is lower than a lot of other places where it is sold legally. The proceeds would be used toward fostering the legal market through start-up grants and other regulatory steps. Eighty percent would flow to state coffers and the rest would be earmarked for local governments.
Cities and counties could cap the number of cannabis retailers based on population size, with at least one for every 12,500 in a jurisdiction. There would be a floor and communities could issue more licenses.
Criminal records of past marijuana offenses could be expunged. That automatic process for the lowest-level crimes would start in August but reach into 2024. More complicated cases would go before a new board for review. [MPR]
It's a Chinese restaurant on the top floor of this old building in uptown, filled with these closed-curtain private dining booths. But what's really significant about it is that it is the oldest, continually operating family owned Chinese restaurant in the country, kept running by members of the Tam family for over a century. Butte's Chinese community was the largest Chinese community in the Rocky Mountain West, at about a thousand. If you think about it this way, the Tams have kept the Pekin going through two pandemics, two world wars, the Great Depression and the shutdown of Butte's underground mines; feeding countless miners, families, politicians and celebrities, and all the while maintaining a living, functioning connection to the history and origins of Chinese American culture and experience in the West. [John Hooks]
What really captivated America was this thing called chop suey. And chop suey was primarily invented because it was just, basically, tidbits, leftovers of any vegetables they had late night. They would mix together and then spread over any type of noodles or rice. My father came here when he was 14. His great grandfather, Tam Kwong Yee, was business partners with a man named Hum Yow who basically wanted to create noodle parlors. The best part about it is my dad probably have provided over 1,000, probably 5,000 jobs, you know, throughout the whole history of the Pekin. [Jerry Tam]Lawrence County, South Dakota is known to have been inhabited by humans for at least 12,000 years before white Republicans besmirched it then turned it into the Nazi enclave and cultural wasteland it is today. Deadwood gambling was legalized with a promise to preserve all the history in the Gulch and archaeologists still unearth Chinese opium pipes there.
It turns out that if you shut down a vulture's kidneys all this stuff backs up, turns into a paste, and gets deposited in all the organs. What that stuff is is uric acid. They go back to Pakistan, and they start going around to different villages, and just knocking on people’s doors being like, "Hi, I have a bunch of questions for you about your cattle," you know? And as they're processing the surveys they're noticing, like, oh, this phrase keeps popping up over and over again. Diclofenac. It's actually a painkiller. It's in this class of drugs called NSAIDs, Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. That includes, you know, drugs like Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen. [Radiolab]This week the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to test a vaccine for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on North American vultures to stem an outbreak in California condors.
So the John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, a retired and very wealthy candy manufacturer. His company made Sugar Babies, Junior Mints, Pom Poms. He came from a family of Baptist preachers and farmers. He was home-schooled.
Impeach Earl Warren was one of their most successful. The chief justice of the Supreme Court - they saw him as not only the architect of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, but as responsible for a number of decisions that gave the communists inroads into America, including a ban on prayer in public schools or giving more rights to criminal defendants.
You know, the assumption I think that I had, a lot of people had, is that if MAGA Republicans, Trump Republicans, if they lose enough elections, they might get pushed to the side because the only thing that will do that is if - is enough defeat. And yet, you know, three arguably - as Chris Christie and others are saying, three election defeats in a row and they're still not pushed aside. [excerpt, A historian details how a secretive, extremist group radicalized the American right]Just say it: radical christianic terrorism.
More than 4 in 10 Republicans – and a third of parents – oppose schools requiring children to get vaccinated for measles & other childhood illnesses. That’s up since the COVID-19 pandemic began.https://t.co/GHWetlBzkg pic.twitter.com/Ihgu2QKvYU— KFF (@KFF) May 16, 2023
Of ALL the campaign donations made to the eight closest 2022 Senate races, 30% was from billionaires.— Americans For Tax Fairness (@4TaxFairness) May 15, 2023
And those contributions supported Republicans by almost 5-1 over Democrats. pic.twitter.com/BUYjOksJMx
Stone-Manning told the AP that critics were misreading the rule, and that conservation leases would not usurp existing ones. If grazing is now permitted on a parcel, it could continue. And people could still hunt on the leased property or use it for recreation, she said. “It makes conservation an equal among the multiple uses that we manage for,” Stone-Manning said. While the bureau previously issued leases for conservation in limited cases, it has never had a dedicated program for it. Environmentalists have largely embraced the changes, characterizing the proposal as long overdue. [Biden plan to sell land leases for conservation gets pushback]Don Blankenship was ultimately convicted of misdemeanor conspiracy for willfully violating federal mine safety standards and spent a little time in jail himself after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 people in 2010.
This is exciting news from the Bureau of Land Management. A new rule is opening — allowing Conservation buyers — to purchase leases on public lands, not just oil and gas companies. A long time coming, Tim DeChristopher. Thank you, Tracy @StoneManning & @SecDebHaaland pic.twitter.com/yBkIGPNA1o— TerryTempestWilliams (@TempestWilliams) April 12, 2023
Hopping into #AmphibianWeek!#DYK Chiricahua Leopard frogs are a threatened & endangered species in #NewMexico? 🐸 Our #wildlifebiologists help in the recovery of the species, partnering with @forestservice @USFWS @WNMU @NMDGF and many more 🤝🏻— Bureau of Land Management New Mexico (@BLMNewMexico) May 11, 2023
#amphibian #endangeredspecies pic.twitter.com/PdjjCxE2cP
The CO2 from these fires adds about 1% to the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Added to all the other coal-seam fires in the world, this is a largely unreported global catastrophe. [Uncontrolled coal-seam fires are catastrophic polluters]Because of mercury emissions from burning Wyoming coal Black Hills Corp. decommissioned its Rapid City plant in 2012 then converted it to natural gas and PPL Montana shuttered the JE Corette Plant in Billings in 2015. Black Hills Energy still operates five coal-burning brutes in Wyoming’s Powder River basin just a few miles upwind of Spearditch, South Dakota.
The @EPA is pushing to tighten standards for mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants—it'll improve public health, especially for those living near the power plants, often low-income communities. https://t.co/LA25zpZulk— NRDC 🌎🏡 (@NRDC) May 13, 2023
The state is the trustee of the public waters of the state including groundwater located within the state’s jurisdiction. This means the government of the state of South Dakota manages the right to use public waters. The South Dakota Niobrara aquifer is a secondary aquifer in the state which consists of marine shale, chalk, marl, and chalky limestone of the Niobrara Formation. Most well yields from the Niobrara are sufficient only for domestic use, but some ag use is noted in state records. Water drawn from it can be utilized for irrigation purposes but not in large quantities. No studies have been done to estimate the recharge rate to the Niobrara aquifer in South Dakota. For a sustainable system the amount of water withdrawn from an aquifer should be balanced with the amount of water returned (recharged) by nature to that aquifer. [David Ganje: Aquifers – out of sight and out of mind?]I really don’t care what happens East River because it’s already destroyed but West River can still be rewilded and preserved. I want to see money for West River land owners who would put their ground back into native grasses be exempt from taxes and leased as wildlife corridors. I want to see domestic livestock confined to internment camps East River where Hutterites will ultimately control all the ag ground there.
But, in a much quieter way, truly epic storm clouds are gathering on the future of the civil service. “For decades, as the left has continued its march through America’s institutions, conservatives have been outgunned and outmatched when it comes to the art of government.” They’re mounting a counterattack. Schedule F’s vastly greater power to hire and fire federal employees to root out this “deep state” collection of problems would rebalance the system. “Police unions, teachers unions and other public sector unions have built a fortress against supervisory decisions.” [The Gathering Storm Threatening the Civil Service]The real deep state assassinated JFK, drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, elected Nixon, sank Jimmy Carter, sold weapons to the Contras, elected the Bushes, dropped the World Trade Center into its footprint, packed the Supreme Court of the United States, controls the global heroin trade and owns Donald Trump.
NBC News has obtained a new ad from Liz Cheney's political organization, Great Task PAC, warning voters of the dangers of a second Trump presidency.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 9, 2023
"Donald Trump is a risk America can never take again." @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/sI1cw3doCO
Waco helped kick the militia movement into high gear. Thirty years on, its repercussions continue to resound. https://t.co/Np3p3iLOLp— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) May 5, 2023
In New Mexico, the words Republican and relevant don’t often end up in the same sentence. What happened to state Rep. Jason Harper is the latest example of why Republicans have become irrelevant in statewide and congressional elections. With U.S. Senate and congressional primaries a year away, Republicans should have been cultivating candidates like Harper. As it stands, the GOP has no one to challenge Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich. After losing every statewide and congressional election last year, New Mexico Republicans reelected Pearce as party chairman. Democrats cheered the news. Their side has had a remarkable run with Pearce leading the GOP. [Milan Simonich]In a related story, Democratic former US Representative for New Mexico's Second District Xochitl Torres Small is considered a shoo-in for deputy secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. She visited my home state in March and conferred a little socialism on a local meat processor.
All those involved met in mid-March for the first round of discussion and ended up agreeing that sampling would occur in two phases. The first would focus on groundwater, sludge and wastewater areas, leaving the Clark Fork River and its fish and wildlife for a later, second phase. While the mill was pumping water, the groundwater dropped about two dozen feet, and now, it’s potentially filled back in at least 6 feet since the mill closed. The EPA collected one instantaneous sample twice a year most recently with the result that some wells have eight samples over time. NewFields is a representative of the potentially responsible parties that now own the property, including West Rock, International Paper and M2Green. They were not present at the meeting. The EPA takes input from NewFields because the potentially responsible parties are supposed to pay for the assessment and cleanup work. [Laura Lundquist, Missoula Current]EPA has a lien on the property but each potentially responsible party can put up its own resistance as the agency develops a cleanup plan.
M2Green all but abandoned the site after steel prices fell around that time. Green Investment Group stopped updating its website in 2016. M2Green has since sold several parcels, prompting Missoula County to sue for back taxes in 2017 and put a lien on the remaining parcels. [Lundquist]International Paper struggles with pollution problems of its own and WestRock stock is underperforming so it's shuttering a paper mill in South Carolina.
A few weeks ago there was black bear scat at the waterer and the trail cam has yet to catch its maker but one of the neighborhood’s more familiar characters trots through the yard nearly every day.
Nick Tilsen (he/him), President & CEO, is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Nick has over 20 years of experience building place-based innovations that have the ability to inform systems change solutions around climate resiliency, sustainable housing and equitable community development. He founded NDN Collective to scale these place-based solutions while building needed philanthropic, social impact investment, capacity and advocacy infrastructure geared towards building the collective power of Indigenous Peoples. Tilsen has received numerous fellowships and awards from Ashoka, Rockefeller Foundation, Bush Foundation and the Social Impact Award from Claremont-Lincoln University. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University. [NDN Collective]
It was an honor to have Madonna Thunder Hawk on the LandBack Podcast no better way to kick off this podcast then to have one of our matriarch’s of this movement join us and share her wisdom and experience. https://t.co/t86MIlwhDz— Nick Tilsen (@NickTilsen) April 24, 2023