Green Party of Taos County Annual Convention

Green Party of Taos County is holding its Annual Convention on Saturday, March 24 at SOMOS from 2 pm to 5 pm.

All registered Green Party voters registered in Taos County are encouraged to attend this Annual Convention.

We will be electing officers, sending representatives to the State Convention on April 7, 2018 in Albuquerque and proposing delegates from the Taos County Green Party Local for the NM Green Party Council.

Seamus Berkeley (co-chair of Green Party of Taos County) will be facilitating at the County Convention.

Please come prepared to nominate and vote for local Executive Committee officers:
Two Co-Chairs (one each; female and male)
Secretary
Treasurer

Also come to propose and serve on Committees and be part of the Steering Committee and bring any other business.

You must be a registered voter identified as Green Party with the Taos County Clerk to vote in any convention activities. Please bring your voter registration identification to the meeting in case of questions regarding county voting records.

Please RSVP to info@greenpartytaos.org so we can assure we have space for those planning to attend.

Background:

The Green Party of New Mexico has notified GPTC that as a result of filing notice with the Taos County Clerk on February 2, 2017, the Taos County Green Party Local is recognized by the Green Party of New Mexico.

GPTC has been meeting every two weeks since November 2016. All registered Green Party members are encouraged to attend these regular steering committee meetings.

Some Good News on Energy in New Mexico

Jay Levine shared this good news from William Brown:

“Thanks to everyone for helping make the Sagamore Wind Project in New Mexico a reality. The Sagamore facility near Portales, NM will generate a nameplate 522 megawatts (MW) of wind power, projected to be operational by December 31, 2020. Accompanying the Sagamore facility will be the nearby Hale facility in Texas that will generate a nameplate 478 MW.

These facilities are part of an Xcel Energy investment of $3.5 to $4.5 billion in eleven new wind facilities in seven states that will generate up to 3,380 MW of renewable energy. If all the projects are approved by regulators, wind would make up nearly 35 percent of Xcel’s total power portfolio by 2021. That nearly doubles wind’s 19 percent share of Xcel’s power portfolio in 2016.
 
Renewable Taos researched the Sagamore Wind Project during February-November 2017, and worked with Sagamore project principals to provide our letter of support to the NMPRC and NM Attorney General’s Office in November 2017. So we were initially dismayed by the threat to kill the project, but we are now overjoyed that it will move forward.
 
Thanks again for your hugely important contribution to a big new source of clean renewable energy for New Mexico.
 
— Bill Brown”
Read more about it in this article at the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Town of Taos Muncipal Election

Election day is March 6, 2018

Absentee voting is from January 30 to March 2, 2018

Early voting is from February 14 to March 2, 2018

For more information visit: Town of Taos or call 575.751.2005

Town of Taos Candidate Forum

Join us for an evening at FarahNheight Gallery to meet candidates for Town of Taos offices. Bring your friends, neighbors and questions!

Learn about their positions on issues that effect community residents and the planet.

Hosted by Green Party of Taos County.

Los Alamos Labs: Call for Resolution

Ecological Wisdom

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) operates with continued negligence, delinquency, and a singular focus on profits that make it the wealthiest community per capita in the US.  Its despoiling environmental legacy threatens all who live downstream and downwind, including Taos, 32 miles real distance downwind. (Recall how swiftly smoke from the forest fires threatening LANL reached Taos.)

The City of Santa Fe recently passed a Resolution that demands increased funding and action on clean-up for LANL’s legacy unlined nuclear waste dump, better safety training to prevent the lab’s recurring near-catastrophic criticality accidents, and a pause in nuclear bomb production until egregious safety issues are resolved. Should Taos follow Santa Fe’s example?
Join us in a background briefing by local activists and a call to action to pass such a Resolution in Taos Town and Taos County.

Guest speakers: Jeanne Green and Marilyn Hoff

Maximum 25 participants
Please RSVP Susann at 575.758.4035 to reserve your place

Resources:

Nuclear Watch of New Mexico
903 W. Alameda, #325
Santa Fe, NM 87501
phone and fax 505.989.7342
info@nukewatch.org
Directors Jay Coghlan and Scott Kovac
Our Mission: Through comprehensive research, public education and effective citizen action, Nuclear Watch New Mexico seeks to promote safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities, mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs, greater accountability and cleanup in the nation-wide nuclear weapons complex, and consistent U.S. leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)
P.O. Box 31147 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594
Phone: (505) 986-1973        Fax: (505) 986-0997
Email: ccns@nuclearactive.org
Director Joni Arends
Our mission is to protect all living beings and the environment from the effects of radioactive and other hazardous materials now and in the future.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
(505) 490-6155, info@regionalcoalition.org
info@regionalcoalition.org
The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. Our collective voice advocates on behalf of the best possible outcomes due to LANL’s activities, particularly those in regional economic development and LANL site employment, environmental remediation, increased educational opportunities and adequate funding for LANL.
Chair Mayor Javier Gonzales, City Santa Fe,, 505-955-6590,

Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board
Executive Director: MeniceSantistevan
1 (505) 995-0393 Office,  1 (800) 218-5942
We are a community advisory group that was chartered in 1997 to provide citizen input to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). development and LANL site employment, environmental remediation, increased educational opportunities and adequate funding for LANL.

Steering Committee Meeting – Green Party of Taos County

*****Please note change of meeting venue to SOMOS*****

The Co-Chairs of the Green Party of Taos County are convening the regularly scheduled meeting of the Steering Committee on December 30, 2017 at SOMOS in Taos from 10 am to noon.

All GPTC elected officers, Green Council Representatives and Alternates and Standing Committee Chairs serve on the Steering Committee and are the decision making body of the GPTC. All members of the GPTC are encouraged to attend, and if they wish to participate in discussion, request to be recognized by the meeting facilitator. Emphasis is placed on consensus decision-making for all actions requiring Steering Committee approval.

Please suggest items for the agenda by posting comments to this announcement, and refer back to this announcement prior to the meeting for posting of a draft Agenda of the upcoming meeting and publication of draft Minutes of the previous Steering Commitee meeting.

Please respond to this announcement with your intent to attend so that we can plan on a quorum.