Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.23.14
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In 1014, Brian, High King of the Irish, was killed following the decisive battle at Clontarf, near Dublin. Brian, now 73, was too old to take active part, and the victory was won by his son Murchad who defeated an army led by the King of Leinster. A little group of Northmen, flying from the battlefield, stumbled on Brian’s tent, overcame his bodyguard, and hacked the aged Brian to death. His fame was so great that the princes descended from him, the O’Briens, subsequently ranked as one of the chief dynastic families of the country.

View From Clontarf

View From Clontarf (Photo credit: infomatique)

 

In 1016, on the death of King Ethelred II (the Unready) of England, his son claimed the throne as Edmund II. Ethelred had been an ineffectual ruler who failed to prevent the Danes from overrunning England. The epithet “unready” is derived from unraed, meaning “bad counsel” or “no counsel,” and puns on his name, which means “noble counsel.”At the time of Ethelred’s death, Danish King of England Sweyn’s son Canute was ravaging England.

 

Ethelred the Unready, circa 968-1016. Detail o...

Ethelred the Unready, circa 968-1016. Detail of illuminated manuscript, The Chronicle of Abindon, c.1220. MS Cott. Claude B.VI folio 87, verso, The British Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is a writer of great intellectual rapidity, perceptiveness, and poetic power. Other writers have had these qualities, but with Shakespeare the keenness of mind was applied not to abstruse or remote subjects but to human beings and their complete range of emotions and conflicts. Other writers have applied their keenness of mind in this way, but Shakespeare is astonishingly clever with words and images, so that his mental energy, when applied to intelligible human situations, finds full and memorable expression, convincing and imaginatively stimulating.

 

Shakespeare's words

Shakespeare’s words (Photo credit: Calamity Meg)

In 1906, Russian Tsar Nicholas II promulgated the Fundamental Laws, which marked the end of unlimited autocracy but fell short of the reforms promised in the October Manifesto. The Duma that was created had two houses rather than one, however, and members of only one of them were to be popularly elected. Further, the Duma had only limited control over the budget and none at all over the executive branch of the government. In addition, the civil rights and suffrage rights granted by the Fundamental Laws were far more limited than those promised by the manifesto.

 

Russian tsar Nicholas II of Russia with the or...

Russian tsar Nicholas II of Russia with the order of St. Vladimir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1993, after a long history of foreign rule and decades of war, the small East African country of Eritrea began three days of voting on a referendum to make official its independence from Ethiopia.

 

Eritrea after the independence in 1993

Eritrea after the independence in 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“After ‘a certain age,’ if you don’t wake up aching in every joint…you’re probably dead.”

 

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Roger’s Back: History Today 4.22.14
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I have returned; History resumes unimpeded by gaps.

In 1073, Gregory VII was elected by acclamation to succeed Alexander II as pope. Gregory was one of the greatest popes of the medieval church. He lent his name to the 11th-century movement now known as the Gregorian Reform or Investiture Controversy. Gregory VII was the first pope to depose a crowned ruler, Emperor Henry IV (1056–1105/06). With this revolutionary act, Gregory translated his personal religious and mystical convictions regarding the role of the papacy into direct action in the world at large.

 

English: Pope Gregory VII

English: Pope Gregory VII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1370, construction began on the Bastille, the medieval fortress that came to symbolize French despotism. The Bastille was used as a state prison from the 17th century. Its capture by a mob on July 14, 1789, during the early years of the French Revolution, was a symbolic blow at tyranny rather than an act of liberation for tyranny’s victims. The prison had been virtually unused for years and was scheduled for demolition by the monarchy; it held on that day only four counterfeiters, two madmen, and a young aristocrat who had displeased his father. The Bastille was demolished after its capture.

 

"The Storming of the Bastille", Visi...

“The Storming of the Bastille”, Visible in the center is the arrest of Bernard René Jourdan, marquis de Launay (1740-1789), Watercolor painting; 37,8 x 50,5 cm Español: “Toma de la Bastilla”, En el centro se apreciaba el aresto del marqués de Launay Português: A “Tomada da Bastilha”, no centro se vê a prisão de Jourdan de René de Bernard, marquês de Laundry (1740-1789). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1500, Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, while on a voyage tracing Vasco da Gama’s 1497–1499 water route to India, sighted the mainland of South America near the present-day city of Pôrto Seguro, Brazil.
São Paulo - Parque do Ibirapuera: Monumento em...

São Paulo – Parque do Ibirapuera: Monumento em Homenagem a Pedro Álvares Cabral (Photo credit: wallyg)

In 1889, at noon, by federal decree, white settlers were allowed into Indian Territory, sparking a land rush involving tens of thousands in what became Oklahoma Territory.

 

Oklahoma and Indian Territory map, circa 1890s...

Oklahoma and Indian Territory map, circa 1890s created using Census Bureau Data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1930, the United States, Britain, and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty. Agreement had been secured on the regulation of submarine warfare and a five-year moratorium on the construction of capital ships. The limitation of aircraft carriers, provided for by the Washington Five-Power Treaty (1922), was extended. The United States, Great Britain, and Japan signed, on April 22, a treaty limiting battleship tonnage in the ratios of 10:10:7. France and Italy, opposed respectively to the concept of ratios and to the acceptance of any inequality, declined to sign.
World War II:    In 1944, US troops began invading Japanese-held New Guinea with amphibious landings at Hollandia an Altape.

 

Morotai, New Guinea - 1944, 31st Infantry &quo...

Morotai, New Guinea – 1944, 31st Infantry “Dixie” Divsion (Photo credit: duggar11)

In 1970, Earth Day—founded by American Senator and conservationist Gaylord Anton Nelson—helped spark the environmental movement and quickly grew into an international event. Nelson—whose efforts in Congress included the passing of legislation that protected the Appalachian Trail and the banning of the use of the pesticide DDT—hired Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard University, to help organize the first Earth Day. It took place on April 22, 1970, and was designed as an “environmental teach-in” that would educate participants in the importance of environmental conservation. The two largest gatherings occurred in Washington, DC, where 10,000 people assembled at the Washington Monument, and in New York City, where a portion of Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic in observance of the event. Across the United States, 20 million people participated, many of them at schools, colleges, and universities. The event was instrumental in gaining support for the series of environmental legislation that passed through the U.S. Congress in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act (1970) and the Endangered Species Act (1973).
English: Official Earth Week logo from 1970

English: Official Earth Week logo from 1970 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

        Good intentions avoid the “and then what” considerations of the future.
Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“Money can’t buy happiness, but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a BMW than on a worn out bicycle.”

 

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Marita Noon: The 2014 state of wind energy: desperately seeking subsidies
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Greetings!

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. I did! I made a wonderful dinner including lemon meringue pies. I mention Easter and my cooking activities only as an excuse for the tardy distribution of the week’s column: The 2014 state of wind energy: desperately seeking subsidies (attached and pasted-in-below). The weekend was full, and then I had to pack. I am on a plane on my way to Florida for meetings. Gratefully, modern technology allows us to send email from the sky—literally from the clouds.

 

During a recent radio interview, I was asked about the current status of Production Tax Credit for wind. I knew it had expired at the end of 2013, and I knew that a retroactive extension was what the industry hoped for, but I didn’t really know the status. About ten days ago, I’d received a copy of a new report of the future of the PTC. I’d plan to use the on-air question and the receipt of the report as the impetus for last week’s column—but then the Nevada cattle battle exploded and I was drawn in a different direction.

 

So, this week I did the PTC update I’d planned last week. My research left me with the optimistic outlook that this taxpayer-funded corporate welfare might actually end!  I hope you will post, pass on and/or personally enjoy: The 2014 state of wind energy: desperately seeking subsidies.

Marita Noon

Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

The 2014 state of wind energy: desperately seeking subsidies

With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle, and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy—or any of the other fifty lapsed tax breaks the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier this month. But, despite the low news profile, the gears of government continue to grind up taxpayer dollars.

 

The Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act (EXPIRE) did not originally include the PTC, however, prior to the committee markup hearing on April 3, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) pushed for an amendment to add a two-year PTC extension. The tax extender package passed out of committee and has been sent to the senate floor for debate. There, its future is uncertain.

 

“If the bill becomes law,” reports the Energy Collective, “it will allow wind energy developers to qualify for tax credits if they begin construction by the end of 2015.” The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) website calls on Congress to: “act quickly to retroactively extend the PTC.”

 

The PTC is often the deciding factor in determining whether or not to build a wind farm. According to Bloomberg, wind power advocates fear: “Without the restoration of the subsidies, worth $23 per megawatt hour to turbine owners, the industry might not recover, and the U.S. may lose ground in its race to reduce dependence on fossil fuels driving global warming.” The National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a report earlier this month affirming the importance of the subsidies to the wind industry. It showed that the PTC has been critical to the development of the U.S. wind power industry. The report also found: PTC “extension options that would ramp down by the end of 2022 appear to be insufficient to support recent levels of deployment. …extending the production tax credit at its historical level could provide the best opportunity to sustain strong U.S. wind energy installation and domestic manufacturing.”

 

The PTC was originally part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. It has expired many times— most recently at the close of 2013. The last-minute 2012 extension, as a part of the American Tax Relief Act, included an eligibility criteria adjustment that allows projects that began construction in 2013, and maintain construction through as long as 2016, to qualify for the ten-year tax credit designed to establish a production incentive. Previously, projects would have had to be producing electricity at the time the PTC expired to qualify.

 

Thomas Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, which represents the interests of oil, coal, and natural gas companies, called the 2013 expiration of the wind PTC “a victory for taxpayers.” He explained: “The notion that the wind industry is an infant that needs the PTC to get on its feet is simply not true. The PTC has overstayed its welcome and any attempt to extend it would do a great disservice to the American people.”

 

As recently as 2006-2007, “the wind PTC had no natural enemies,” states a new report on the PTC’s future. The Declining Appetite for the Wind PTC report points to the assumption that “all extenders are extended eventually, and that enacting the extension is purely a matter of routine, in which gridlock on unrelated topics is the only source of uncertainty and delay.” The report then concludes: “That has been a correct view in past years.”

 

The report predicts that the PTC will follow “the same political trajectory as the ethanol mandate and the ethanol blenders’ tax credit before it.” The mandate remains—albeit in a slightly weakened state—and the tax credit is gone: “ethanol no longer needed the blenders’ tax credit because it had the strong support of a mandate (an implicit subsidy) behind it.”

 

The PTC once enjoyed support from some in the utility industry that needed it to bolster wind power development to meet the mandates. Today, utilities have met their state mandates—or come close enough, the report points out: “their state utility commissioners will not allow them to build more.” It is important to realize that the commissioners are appointed or elected to protect the ratepayers and insure that the rates charged by the utilities are fair and as low as possible. Because of the increased cost of wind energy over conventional sources, commissioners won’t allow any more than is necessary to meet the mandates passed by the legislatures.

 

The abundance of natural gas and subsequent low price has also hurt wind energy’s predicted price parity. South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard (R), in Bloomberg, said: “If gas prices weren’t so cheap, then wind might be able to compete on its own.” David Crane, chief executive officer of NRG Energy Inc.—which builds both gas and renewable power plants—agrees: “Cheap gas has definitely made it harder to compete.” With the subsidy, companies were able to propose wind projects “below the price of gas.” Without the PTC, Stephen Munro, an analyst at New Energy Finance, confirms: “we don’t expect wind to be at cost parity with gas.”

 

The changing conditions combined with “wide agreement that the majority of extenders are special interest handouts, the pet political projects of a few influential members of Congress,” mean that “the wind PTC is not a sure bet for extension.” Bloomberg declares: “Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator.” Mike Krancer, who previously served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, in an article in Roll Call, states: “Washington’s usual handout to keep the turbines spinning may be harder to win this time around.”

 

Despite the claim of “Loud support for the PTC” from North American Windpower (NAW), the report predicts “political resistance.” NAW points to letters from 144 members of Congress urging colleagues to “act quickly to revive the incentives.” Twenty-six Senate members signed the letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 118 signed a similar letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). However, of the 118 House members, only six were Republicans—which, even if the PTC extension makes it out of the Senate, points to the difficulty of getting it extended in the Republican-controlled House.

 

Bloomberg cites AWEA as saying: “the Republican-led House of Representatives may not support efforts to extend the tax credits before the November election.” This supports the view stated in the report. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-MI) held his first hearing on tax extenders on April 8. He only wants two of the 55 tax breaks continued: small business depreciation and the R & D tax credit. The report states: “Camp says that he will probably hold hearings on which extenders should be permanent through the spring and into the summer. He hasn’t said when he would do an extenders proposal himself, but our guess is that he will wait until after the fall elections. …We think the PTC is most endangered if Republicans win a Senate Majority in the fall.”

 

So, even if the PTC survives the current Senate’s floor debate (Senator Pat Toomey [R-PA] offered an amendment that would have entirely done away with the PTC), it is only the “first step in a long journey” and, according to David Burton, a partner at law firm Akin Gump Hauer and Feld, is “unlikely on its own to create enough confidence to spur investment in the development of new projects.” Plus, the House will likely hold up its resurrection.

 

Not to mention the growing opposition to wind energy due to the slaughter of birds and bats—including the protected bald and golden eagles. Or, growing fears about health impacts, maintenance costs and abandoned turbines.

 

All of these factors have likely led Jeff Imelt, chief executive officer of General Electric Co.—the biggest U.S. turbine supplier—to recently state: “We’re planning for a world that’s unsubsidized. Renewables have to find a way to get to the grid unsubsidized.”

 

Perhaps this time, the PTC is really dead, leaving smaller manufacturers desperately seeking subsidies.

 

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

 

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Edgewood Mobile Food Pantry & Civitan Clothing Distribution 4.24.14
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Meanwhile … In Philadelphia
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 Fair Use Notice

This article appeared in the National Review Online

This story is refreshing AND perplexing. Not only because of the uncovered corruption during a lengthy investigation, but also due to the apparent ball-dropping by the Pennsylvania Attorney General(AG)  who inherited the case.  It appears the Philadelphia District Attorney is on the chase to require the AG to execute the duties she has sworn to uphold … regardless of party politics.

If you read the story you will be enthralled due to the particulars of the cases and the individual players.

Why did the AG drop a case that exposed Democratic corruption?

Philadelphia DA Seth Williams (left) has slammed Pa. AG Kathleen Kane
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John Fund

Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other. But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and a fellow Democrat. Williams is upset that last year one of Kane’s first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials. In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors. Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism. She claims the criticism comes from what she calls the “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” Williams, who is African American, has shot back: “I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.”

The sting operation followed pretty much the same playbook as the federal Abscam investigation of the 1970s. Begun in 2010, the Philly probe was conducted under Kane’s three immediate predecessors as attorney general, and it resulted in more than 400 hours of video and audio recordings. Tyron B. Ali, a lobbyist originally from Trinidad, served as the undercover agent; after he was charged with fraud, he agreed to wear a wire in exchange for lenient treatment. Word of his cash offers eventually got around and prompted some elected officials to call him first. “Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.

Attorney General Kane inherited the investigation when she took office in January 2013. She told the Inquirer that she stopped it without filing any charges because it was “poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism.” She quoted Claude Thomas, the chief investigator in the case, as saying he had been ordered to target “only members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus” and to ignore “potentially illegal acts by white members.”

In response, Williams issued an angry statement and penned an op-ed in Sunday’s Inquirer. “The notion that they would target anyone based on race is ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement. “I am confident they are not racist, and it is regrettable that the attorney general would casually throw around such an explosive accusation.” Thomas, who is also African American, now works for Williams and denies he ever made such a statement.

What is clear is just how damning some of the collected evidence is. The Inquirer reported this exchange between Ali, the lobbyist, and state representative Vanessa Brown:

Ali went to Brown’s office and handed her an envelope with $2,000, according to people who have reviewed a transcript of a tape Ali made on that day.

As Brown accepted the money, they said, she put it in her purse and said: “Yo, good looking and Ooowee. . . . Thank you twice.”

After he gave Brown the money, Ali urged her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls, the sources said.

Kane’s supporters say that federal law-enforcement officials she consulted believed the probe had suffered from a lack of “quality control” and could be viewed as entrapment. “Is the acceptance of cash alarming? Absolutely,” one person close to Kane told the Inquirer. “But you’ve got to think: I’ve got to try this case.”

It certainly may have been politically awkward for Kane, as a Democrat, to prosecute only African-American defendants, but a conviction on something should have been a slam dunk. Even if prosecutors couldn’t prove a quid pro quo, it is illegal for politicians to accept payments to enrich themselves and also illegal not to report the income. Further, the prosecutors in this case have a sterling track record in securing convictions against the leadership of both parties in the legislature, winning 21 convictions in the 2010 “Bonusgate” scandal, which involved illegal payments to legislative staffers who performed political work. All of those convicted were white.

Kane has declined to answer detailed questions about why she dropped the investigation. Her critics, she says, are “playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.” When she met with Inquirer editors last Thursday, she brought her personal attorney and on his advice declined to answer any questions after the meeting. Her attorney says she may file a defamation suit against the paper, a ploy frequently used by public figures to intimidate journalists.

Williams says he is tired of Kane’s “escalating excuses.” He points out that when she took office, the files on the probe were with federal prosecutors who hadn’t yet concluded whether they wanted to pursue their own case. “All she had to do was leave the investigation in the hands of federal authorities,” Williams wrote in Sunday’s Inquirer. “But she didn’t do that. Instead, she asked for the files back. And then, after going out of the way to reclaim the investigation, she shut it down.”

One bit player in the drama, who had dealings with Ali and was shocked to learn later that Ali was a government agent, says the whole thing reminds him of a John Grisham novel. My vote is for House of Cards. And from what we know so far, it shouldn’t be too hard to start matching up some of the Philadelphia players with their dramatic counterparts in the Netflix series.

— John Fund is a national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.

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Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast 4.18.14
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  Friday Blast
           April 18, 2014
Your Chamber,
Working for you…

Happy Easter!

 

 

We had a great mixer last evening at the Chamber office, thanks to hosts Chris and Catherine Hopper from Mail and Copy Business Center! That BBQ pulled pork was very good, and so were the rest of the goodies you put together!

A big thank you to our speaker Danyell Sena, Manager of the Comfort Inn in Moriarty who did a fabulous job presenting her enthusiasm and excitement about the historical route 66 information in our area!  Their hotel has increased its revenue because of their participation in all things Route 66! As visitors increase to our area, we should all be thinking about how we can help them to have a positive experience!  That directly becomes a plus for your bottom line!

Ambassadors…

have already been out visiting members to
make sure you are utilizing the services to which you are entitled! 

And if you would like to become an Ambassador, please let us know in the office!

 

 

 

 

We are bringing in decals for your window or door to announce that you are serious about your business and have joined the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce!

 

 

Economic Development

The EDC research study  is ready to go….
If you would like to fill out a questionnaire about what you would like to see in Edgewood’s future, email the office and we will email you the form.  All information is anonymous, so be sure to answer all of the questions.  We want  to prepare an accurate report, and we want to hear from everybody!
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We will also be forming focus groups, and doing interviews with leaders at the state, county and local level. Deadline for all information is May 15.

After the data is gathered, we will prepare an Economic Impact Preparation Report which will be used by our committee and leaders to determine what’s next for Edgewood!

 

 

 

RETRO 66

-RETRO Events:

-Midway Trading Post Cleanup-

NEW DATE-

Saturday 26 April 2014

 from 9 am to 2 pm,

 Location: 1 3/4 miles East of Hwy 344 intersection

(Smiths Grocery Store) with Route 66 (Hwy 333).

This is in preparation for Summer visitors and the

 Czech Film Crew coming Sunday, May 25th, 2014


-Whiting Bros sign refurbishment;
Exciting news for Whiting Bros! 

Zeon inspected the high sign at Whiting Bros. over the weekend and came to the conclusion that a catastrophe could occur if an attempt was made to remove it from the poles. 

 They are more comfortable sending a crew to Moriarty to do the work in place.  The sign will be strengthened and restored right before our eyes!

Zeon will schedule the work at their weekly meeting on

Friday and let us know by Tuesday of next week what will

happen and when.  Sal has given all of this his ok

 and is anxious to see work begin!

We are still planning to have our celebration when the

NM Rt. 66 Car Cruise comes through town in June,

 so get those t-shirts pressed and GET READY!!!!!!

We are looking for someone to do a documentary of the entire process.  Please contact; Debbie Pogue at manager@sunseton66.com

 
 Teacher Star Awards
Please take a moment to nominate a teacher anywhere in the
East Mountains who has made an
impact on a child you know.   Presenting sponsor for 2013-14 is
Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union.
Please pick up a form at Mail and Copy or the Chamber office.
       Area Happenings

This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 19
at the Athletic (soccer) field…

Light Pole Banners
If you are interested in a banner advertising your business along Route 66 or State Road 344 in Edgewood, you can still order yours!

 If there is a vacant spot or if the Town occupies a spot you wish to occupy along Route 66 and 344, you  

can order through the town office,
only $90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

  

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Board Meeting

Monday May 5 at 6:15pm
Chamber office

 

Luncheon

Thursday May 8

11:30 am
Edgewood

Community Center
Special Speaker will be Misty Miller Moonshine, CEO of
SASS who will tell us about “End of Trail” coming in June.

 

Mixer

Thursday May 15
Wild Life West
and
The Bear Barn

 

Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2014

RICH Ford Edgewood
EPCOR Water
Wal-Mart
The Independent
SASS

 

Executive Director:

         Madeline Heitzman


Board of Directors

President:
Chris Hopper       2015

Vice President
Robin Markely      2014
Secretary:
Babara Ormand   2015

Treasurer:
Martha Eden          2014   

 

Board Members at Large:

Ray Seagers                  2015

Saul Araque                   2015

Howard Calkins              2014
Tom Torres                    2014

Julie Bassett                  2015

Committees:
Economic Development:

Tom Torres – Jim Bouton

Ambassadors:

                   Howard Calkins

Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers

Events:         Robin Markley

Education:   Julie Bassett
Programs:    Staff/Committee
Luncheon:     Martha Eden
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges

RETRO Route 66:  

               Madeline Heitzman

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
  Planning & Zoning meets First and Third Tuesdays of the month at 6:00pm Edgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 orinfo@eastmountainchamber.com

 

Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087

 

Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am. 847-2975  or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com

 

About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
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Fridays by appointment. Call
850-2523  and we’ll be sure to meet you!Location:

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(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico

Phone Number

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e-mail:

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Conspiracy Brews 4.19.14
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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should join us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

Not your average political discussion group!

April 19, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 ***Quotes of the Week***

“No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.”

Covert Bailey

“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.”

Harry S. Truman

 

Suggested Topics

 

– The Guv…how you rate her job performance and skills?

 

— Mayor Berry…how do you rate his job performance and skills?

 

– How serious is the fuel cleanup by the AF and how will it affect Albuquerque?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the UP button.”

Sam Levenson

“Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only e killed once, but in politics – many times.”

Winston Churchill

 

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

Margaret Thatcher

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former...

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Teeth Of A Different Kind
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woodsEnd Mobile Food Pantry 4.18.14
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You Are Going To Read Bizarre & Zany Junk Below
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And I’m not speaking to what I write below.

Fair Use Notice

I don’t know how many human leeches associated with the United Nations are sucking the blood from taxpayers and other contributors, but the number is huge if the weird ideas floating from their (the leeches) besotted brains are any indication.

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginnin...

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginning to suck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no shame or embarrassment  demonstrated when their hocus pocus to end global warming or climate change is trotted out.

We can say the leeches are not olny brazen, but also tireless to the extreme. Their silliness is limitless as they waste time, money and other valuable resources.

They deserve prosecution for being a drain on society as they continue with their elitist bull butter. Of course, most everything with the United Nation’s stamp of approval is wasted motion.  You should read the story which follows the link just below if you wish to find what they are doing now:

Zany & Bizarre

 

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Marita Noon: What’s The Real Deal On Nevada’s Bundy
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Greetings!

On Friday, I was planning to write on the status of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. Late Friday, I received an email alerting me to some buzz about the Bundy standoff and fracking. I perked up and did some quick research. Wow! I was off and running. What I found became the impetus for this week’s column: Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown? (attached and pasted-in-below).

As I like to do, I connected a bunch of dots that, to my knowledge, no one else has connected to put together my theory that stopping Nevada’s fracking rush is what was behind the Bundy Showdown. I know it sounds a little out on a limb, but those who have read it so far find it very plausible. As this topic is still big news, I hope you will help me by spreading this piece as far and wide as possible.

Sadly I ran out of time (and word count) to get in the Reid solar project in there and the fact that the enviros allow solar projects—after huge sums are offered to protect the tortoises—but when other industry spent $26 million to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken, the effort was rebuffed. But I did stay focused on my premise.

Thanks for posting, passing on and/or personally enjoying Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

 

Marita82313Marita Noon

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim.

 

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.”

 

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert torto...

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert tortoise before release as part of the Fort Irwin, Calif., tortoise translocation. U.S. Army Environmental Command photo by Neal Snyder (neal.snyder@us.army.mil) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bundy’s story has been percolating for decades—leaving people to question why now. The pundits are, perhaps, missing the real motive. To discover it, you have to dig deep under the surface of the story, below the surface of the earth. I posit: it is all about oil and gas.

On April 10, the Natural News Network posted this: “BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases.” It states: “a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.”

This set off alarms in my head; it didn’t add up. I know that oil-and-gas development and ranching can happily coexist. Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, told me: “The ranching and oil-and-gas communities are the backbone of America. They are the folks who allow the rest of the nation to pursue their hearts’ desire secure in the knowledge that they will have food and energy available in abundant supply. These natural resource users have worked arm-in-arm for nearly a century on the same land. They are constantly developing and employing technologies for ever better outcomes.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wouldn’t be enduring the humiliating press it has received, as a result of kicking Bundy off of land his family has ranched for generations and taking away his prior usage rights, just to open up the land for oil-and-gas—the two can both be there.

 

BLM Cows

BLM Cows (Photo credit: ScottSchrantz)

The Natural News “investigation” includes a map from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology that shows “significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870s.” It continues: “What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas.”

Nevada is not a top-of-mind state when one thinks about oil and gas. Alan Coyner, administrator for the Nevada Division of Minerals, describes his state: “We are not a major oil-producing state. We’re not the Saudi Arabia of the U.S. like we are for gold and geothermal production.” The Las Vegas Review Journal reports: “When it comes to oil, Nevada is largely undiscovered country…. fewer than 1,000 wells have been drilled in the state, and only about 70 are now in production, churning out modest amounts of low-grade petroleum generally used for tar or asphalt. Since an all-time high of 4 million barrels in 1990, oil production in Nevada has plummeted to fewer than 400,000 barrels a year. More oil is pumped from the ground in one day in North Dakota—where the fracking boom has added more than 2,000 new wells in recent years—than Nevada produced in 2012.”

 

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of...

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of Nevada , Reno, Nevada (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

But, Nevada could soon join the ranks of the states that are experiencing an economic boom and job creation due to oil-and-gas development. And, that has got to have the environmental groups, which are hell-bent on stopping it, in panic mode. Until now, their efforts in Nevada have been focused on blocking big solar development.

 

Solar Two Power Tower Project

Solar Two Power Tower Project (Photo credit: GoShows)

A year ago, the BLM held an oil-and-gas lease sale in Reno. At the sale, 29 federal land leases, totaling about 56 square miles, were auctioned off, bringing in $1.27 million. One of the winning bidders is Houston-based Noble Energy, which plans to drill as many as 20 exploratory wells and could start drilling by the end of the year. Commenting on its acreage, Susan Cunningham, Noble senior vice president, said: “We’re thrilled with the possibilities of this under-explored petroleum system.”

The parcels made available in April 2013 will be developed using hydraulic fracturing, about which Coyner quipped: “If the Silver State’s first big shale play pays off, it could touch off a fracking rush in Nevada.” Despite the fact that fracking has been done safely and successfully for more than 65 years in America, the Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Nevada-based senior scientist, Ron Mrowka, told the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Fracking is not a good thing. We don’t feel there is a safe way to do it.”

The BLM made the leases available after someone, or some company, nominated the parcels, and the process to get them ready for auction can easily take a year or longer. One year before the April 2013, sale, CBD filed a “60-day notice of intent to sue” the BLM for its failure to protect the desert tortoise in the Gold Butte area—where Bundy cattle have grazed for more than a century.

Because agencies like the BLM are often staffed by environmental sympathizers, it is possible that CBD was alerted to the pending potential oil-and-gas boom when the April 2013 parcels were nominated—triggering the notice of intent to sue in an attempt to lock up as much land as possible before the “fracking rush” could begin.

A March 25, 2014 CBD press release—which reportedly served as the impetus for the current showdown—states: “Tortoises suffer while BLM allows trespass cattle to eat for free in Nevada desert.” It points out that the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan purchased and then retired grazing leases to protect the endangered tortoise.

Once Bundy’s cattle are kicked off the land to protect the tortoise, the precedent will be set to use the tortoise to block any oil-and-gas development in the area—after all environmentalists hate cattle only slightly less than they hate oil and gas. Admittedly, the April 13 leases are not in the same area as Bundy’s cattle, however, Gold Butte does have some oil-and-gas exploration that CBD’s actions could nip in the bud. Intellihub reports: “The BLM claims that they are seizing land to preserve it, for environmental protection. However, it is obvious that environmental protection is not their goal if they are selling large areas of land to fracking companies. Although the land that was sold last year is 300 and some miles away from the Bundy ranch, the aggressive tactics that have been used by federal agents in this situation are raising the suspicion that this is another BLM land grab that is destined for a private auction.”

The Natural News Network also sees that the tortoise is being used as a scapegoat: “Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves.” It adds: “‘Endangered tortoises’ is merely the government cover story for confiscating land to turn it over to fracking companies for millions of dollars in energy leases.” The Network sees that it isn’t really about the critters; after all, hundreds of desert tortoises are being euthanized in Nevada.

Though the Intellihub and Natural News Network point to the “current showdown” as being about allowing oil-and-gas development, I believe that removing the cattle is really a Trojan horse. The tortoise protection will be used to block any more leasing.

On April 5, 2014, CBD sent out a triumphant press release announcing that the “long-awaited” roundup of cattle had begun.

What I am presenting is only a theory; I am just connecting some dots. But over-and-over, an endangered or threated species or habitat is used to block all kinds of economic development. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lesser prairie chicken and the huge effort ($26 million) a variety of industries cooperatively engaged in to keep its habitat from being listed as threatened. The effort failed and the chicken’s habitat was listed. In my column on the topic, I predicted that these listings were likely to trigger another sage brush rebellion that will challenge federal land ownership. The Bundy showdown has brought the controversy front and center.

For now, southern Nevada’s last rancher has won the week-long standoff that has been likened to Tiananmen Square. Reports state that “the BLM said it did so because it feared for the safety of employees and members of the public,” not because it has changed its position.

While this chapter may be closing, it may have opened the next chapter in the sage brush rebellion. The Bundy standoff has pointed out the overreach of federal agencies and the use of threatened or endangered species to block economic activity.

Chuck’s Note: Look for related articles below Ms Noon’s Bio:

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4/13/14
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    Happy Birthday,  Tom    
                                  
In 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia. Long regarded as America’s most distinguished “apostle of liberty,” Jefferson has come under increasingly critical scrutiny within the scholarly world. At the popular level, both in the United States and abroad, he remains an incandescent icon, an inspirational symbol for both major U.S. political parties, as well as for dissenters in communist China, liberal reformers in central and eastern Europe, and aspiring democrats in Africa and Latin America. His image within scholarly circles has suffered, however, as the focus on racial equality has prompted a more negative reappraisal of his dependence upon slavery and his conviction that American society remain a white man’s domain. The huge gap between his lyrical expression of liberal ideals and the more attenuated reality of his own life has transformed Jefferson into America’s most problematic and paradoxical hero.

 

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Sec...

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In 1598, King Henry IV of France promulgated the Edict of Nantes in Brittany, granting a large measure of religious liberty to his Protestant subjects, the Huguenots.
Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (L...

Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (Louvre) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1943, The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated to Thomas Jefferson on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2002, the military coup that had installed businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga as interim president of Venezuela on April 12 collapsed, and the following morning Hugo Chávez was restored to the presidency.

English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Meeting with Ven...

English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”     William Butler Yeats
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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.11.14
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In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
English: Engraving of King William III and his...

English: Engraving of King William III and his wife Queen Mary who shared the English monarchy in the late 17th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napoleonic Wars:    In 1814 Napoleon, who was facing an invasion of France by forces bent on his overthrow and was pressed by his own officers, abdicated unconditionally at Fontainebleau. He was then banished to the Isle of Elba.

 

Ernest Meissonier - Napoleon I in 1814 cropped

Ernest Meissonier – Napoleon I in 1814 cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora, a volcano on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, killed about 10,000 people.

 

English: Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tamb...

English: Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tambora at the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia Русский: Вид с воздуха на кальдеру вулкана Тамбора, остров Сумбава, Индонезия. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1848,

In 1848 Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria confirmed the March Laws, which formed the foundation of the modern state of Hungary. On March 2, 1835, he had succeeded to the throne of Austria. Because of the emperor’s limited abilities, government affairs were controlled by a body of counselors, known as the “state conference,” in which the decisive influence was exercised by the chancellor Klemens, Prince von Metternich. In 1836, Ferdinand became the last Habsburg to be crowned king of Bohemia, and in 1838 he was crowned king of Lombardy and Venetia. During the Revolution of 1848 most of the insurgents’ hostility was directed not against Ferdinand but against his counselors, who had rigidly refused any reforms. Nevertheless, Ferdinand abdicated in favor of his nephew, Francis Joseph, in Olmütz on December 2, 1848.

English: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, King ...

English: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, King Ferdinand V of Hungary. Magyar: V. Ferdinánd magyar és cseh király, osztrák császár magyar díszöltözetben. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1895, Cuban patriot José Julián Martí landed in Cuba at the head of an invading force whose goal was to win independence from Spain. Martí’s death a month later in battle on the plains of Dos Ríos, Oriente province, came only seven years before his lifelong goal of Cuban independence was achieved.

 

IN MEMORIAM José Julián Martí Pérez 1853 - 28 ...

IN MEMORIAM José Julián Martí Pérez 1853 – 28 de Enero – 2014 (Photo credit: FJTUrban (sommelier d mojitos))

World War II:    In 1945, US soldiers liberated the concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany.

 

Truman's future Vice President Alben W. Barkle...

Truman’s future Vice President Alben W. Barkley visits Buchenwald, shortly after its liberation by American forces on April 24, 1945 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Korean War:    In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his command because of the general’s insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war.

 

President Harry Truman with "The Buck Sto...

President Harry Truman with “The Buck Stops Here” sign on his desk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.”         Dwight Eisenhower (in a Zen moment)
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Conspiracy Brews 4/12/14
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Well it looks like someone penetrated my list this week.  I changed the password quickly.

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

April 12, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

Plato

“Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Where does NM rank on a most dependent list and why?

http://wallstcheatsheet.com/personal-finance/10-states-most-dependent-on-the-federal-government.html/?a=viewall&ref=OB

 

 – Shall we discuss the DOJ report on APD?

http://krqe.com/2014/04/10/justice-dept-investigative-findings-on-apd/

 

– Is passenger traffic slowing at the Sun Port due to Albuquerque’s weak economy?

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

Neils Bohr

 

“Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.”

Marquie de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

 

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”

Ernest Benn

 

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