Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Sometime this afternoon the water in the Village of Magdalena
is going to be shut off.  The well is going dry, we are told,
 and while there might be some temporary relief, the actual 
solution being discussed is a new well, deeper, and weeks
 (months?) away  We'll have more details up as soon as we
 gather more info.  The National Guard is coming in with a
 water tank of potable water from someplace this evening.
Other tankers, from New Mexico Tech and a private outfit,
should be here sometime tommorow.
  Stuart Dyson of Channel 4 in Albuquerque is roaming
 around the area, talking to residents and officials,
 trying to get a handle on what's going on here. 
 The Channels 4 and 13 folks, as well  as CNN,
 have either just arrived, or have already left 
with stories in hand.
  As unfortunate as this is, it draws attention to WATER
realities in this area, in this state.  It could also bring
 attention to the San Augustin aquifer issue.  It could
initiate the process of exposure of who these
 misguided Sons of Abraham actually are.
The press can be relentless.
The press can get damned nosy.
The more Magdalena's problem is in the news,
the more these media folks will dig, and when they see
"TELL THE GUMBA NO AGUA" bumper stickers,
well, maybe in time they'll start asking more questions.
It's in their nature, as they say. 
 If these foreigners were pumping the aquifer right now,
Magdalena would most probably be looking at a new well
a heck of a lot deeper than what's currently being discussed.
Like hundreds of feet deeper.
Ask the desert dwellers of Israel if they would allow
a bunch of foreign corporate thugs to get their water;
ask them if they'd allow  such a hideous nightmare
 on their "God-given" land.
Below: the Pool of Siloam, made famous in the
New Testament, when the blind man got his sight here.
I am.  I'm contacting the Israeli government tomorrow
to ask for advice as to how to deal with water thieves, 
so we can forward it to Governor Susana Martinez.
"Desert Dwellers" have much in common, especially
with guarding their water sources from enemies,
or so-called enemies.
This is a water war,
 and the Israelis know a lot about this stuff.
None of these foreigners are so-called "Stakeholders."
None of them live here. None of them give a rat's ass
 about New Mexicans, or Americans.
They have passports from where? 
 Israel, Norway, Germany?
 It's all about money.
Big money.
The Project Director for the San Augustin project,
Michel Jichlinski, got his Masters in Economics from the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He's also a proven thief,
liar, and general con artist.  He was the President and CEO
at the Louis Berger Group, a federal contractor in Afghanistan
and worldwide, when they got nailed for stealing millions
of U.S. dollars by cooking the books, bribery, and
cultivating a "culture of fraud" within the company,
 as the whistleblower put it.
NAILED for the biggest fine ever for a war-time contractor.
Thieves.  And this guy was the "Boss" through it all.
And now he's come to the Land of Enchantment.
God save us.
Below: Darrell Petttis, owner of The Golden Spur Saloon
in Magdalena, gives Stuart Dyson an earful about water,
drought, and the San Augustin water issue
with the foreign "investors."
It's all tied together. 
The timing is probably right on target.
Further below: Water trucker Richard Smith.
 Here are links to some of the news stories on
 Magdalena's water crisis.
And here's a link to a Mountain Mail News
web article that's basically a statement from the State Water Engineer, Scott Verhines, about the Magdalena situation.
.Bottled water - lots of it - is available for all residents at the Fire Station.

Magdalena residents getting some water

“Today, we received water from the VLA and Alamogordo,” Marshall Larry Curly said Friday. “Each truckload of water is being tested to ensure chlorine levels are appropriate before water is being distributed.”
Curly said that as of Friday water is being fed through the water hydrant at the highest altitude, off of Kelly Road, and it is flowing back into the city water system and providing water to many households.
“We have put 26,000 gallons back into the system as of this morning, and will have 40,000 in by the end of the day.” Curly said. “Right now there is water down to about Sixth Street, and there should be water to Tenth Street by this evening.”
According to City Clerk Rita Broaddus, the city has applied for and received an exploratory permit from the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer to begin searching for the best place to drill a new well.
“What we need now is the money to drill,” Broaddus said.
The city has requests for emergency funding through Community Development Block Grant emergency funding program out of Washington, D.C., the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration and the New Mexico Finance Authority, as well as the New Mexico Environmental Department.
In the interim, the city is also working to bring back online the Spears Well, which was taken offline six to eight years ago because it did not meet new codes with regard to managing chlorine levels. There were also some plumbing and electrical problems with the well.
“It only pumps 30-35 gallons per minute, so it is not a production well for the city,” Broaddus said. “For now, we can take the chlorinator from the Trujillo Well and put it on the Spears Well to ensure that the water is properly chlorinated.”
The Trujillo well pumped 180-200 gallons per minute, before the well went dry. The city is currently working on the plumbing and electrical to bring the Spears well up to date, and then will begin filtering water from this well into the system.
Curly said that porta-potties have been set up throughout town for residents’ use until everyone has water through the city water system again.

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