League of Women Voters®
of Montezuma County, Colorado
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August, 2012, LWVMZC Newsletter Articles

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Our League News

Co−President’s Message

I just returned from LWVCO Retreat in Denver. We discussed the LWVCO calendar, project grants, budget, League Day, Ballot issues, fracing study as well as the value of the state league. Four new women joined the Board − younger and more vigorous than we older members and with great innovative ideas.

Calendar, August, 2012

The next few months of our planned activities

To the Montezuma County League

Thank you for the opportunity to represent your League at the national convention!
This was my first time at a LWVUS convention and I’m glad I had been forewarned that it was a whirlwind of activity. There were plenary sessions, workshops and caucuses aplenty! I’ve written a brief summary that I will also share with my own League’s members.

Montezuma County Active and Inactive Voters in time.

Total Voters: 18,625
Active: 11,793

Cortez Heart & Soul

Community Advisory Team Meeting and Work Session - Minutes

Documents from the May 30, 2012 Four Corners Air Quality Group Meeting

are now posted on the website: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/4C/. If you have any questions, contact Mark Jones, NMED Air Quality Bureau, 3400 Messina Dr. Suite 5000, Farmington, NM 87402.505−566−9746

Proposed Stakeholder Outreach Plan

The following letter was sent by Eric Janes, our Chair of LWV of Montezuma Environmental
Thank your Eric!

LWV LaPlata PNM Letter to the Editor

Dear Editors,
On July 2, 2012 the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) was given three more months by the Environmental Protection Agency to decide the future of the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS).


This will be an interesting project for Montezuma County and local leaguers!

Membership Application and Renewal Form

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Our Board

Our Board for 2012 with contact information.

State and National

Update of Agriculture Positions at Convention

Enough convention attendees asked the League to review and update the Agriculture position.

Resolution Passed Regarding Campaign Finance Advocacy Work

At National Convention, the following resolution was adopted.  Here is our chance to commit and act on it.

Comments of the League of Women Voters of the United States on the Proposed (EPA) Rule:

Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

FAQ on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012

Q. Why is the DISCLOSE Act needed?
A. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, we have seen a huge increase in...

RE: Proposed Amendments to the Colorado Secretary of State Election Rules

This new power to hold an investigation by the SOS during the canvass process does not make sense.

Knowledge, Power and Patience

Paraphrasing an early League leader − knowledge becomes power presupposing the patience to pursue it, the sense to use it and the faith that its truth will prevail.

What do you receive from State League

with a $18 Membership Fee which hasn’t changed in decades?

League of Women Voters of the United States 50th National Convention
POWER THE VOTE Imagine, Commit, Act!

June 8 − 12, 2012 in the Washington DC Hilton, about 700 delegates from the US and the Virgin Islands met to determine the business and budget for the next two fiscal years.
Twelve delegates from 7 local Leagues and 3 state League delegates represented Colorado.

Mail−In Ballot for Inactive Voters

RE: Proposed Amendments to the Colorado Secretary of State Election Rules Rule 12.4.1 and 13.19 The designated election official may not issue a mail−ballot to an elector whose record is marked inactive−failed to voter until the elector submits a timely applications for a mail−in ballot.

League Day, Saturday, September 22, 2012

Agenda League Day 2012

Other News

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction

“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”  —Alice Paul

Chimera Energy develops fracking technique that uses no water

The following article is interesting! – Jodi Foran, LWVCO Fracing Study Committee.

A Novel Way to Clean Wastewater

Innovation regarding fracking waste water is discussed in the follow blog written by By SOPHIA LI, June 26, 2012 NYT.

Pressured, E.P.A. Proposes Soot Limit − NYTimes.com

Click on the link below to learn more about soot (for Montezuma the air particles that come from our gravel roads − high impact?)     —Jodi Foran

Five Very Useful Non−Partisan Websites

Bookmark them.

Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and Rutgers Law School Report

Shared by Barbara Simons, LWVSF who stated the report is a must−read for anyone who cares about our democracy and how elections are run today.