Friday, May 10, 2019

Chaco Sacred Sites
Technology is wonderful...other times I wonder.  Sometimes the Grandfathers simply like to have some fun with me.  That actually puts a smile on my face.  I know they are there.  The link I posted to view the Chaco Sacred Sites video may...or may not...have worked.  Tonight it is working.  At least at this time.  Let me know if you have a problem.  Thank you for taking a moment to view the video.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sacred Sites Greater Chaco Landscape
Energy exploration and development are currently permitted on and adjacent to Sacred Sites located in the Greater Chaco Landscape managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  Oil production in the Chaco Landscape has increased 400 percent in the last decade.  The oil and gas industrialization has erased the history and identity of many cultural resources.  On March 28, 2019 the BLM sold another 10,000 acres of undetermined cultural value in Greater Chaco.  The BLM is not meeting its legal due diligence prior to leasing these areas.

Last week we documented some adjacent sites which are currently managed by BLM in the Greater Chaco Landscape.  These sites are untouched at this time.  Once an area is disturbed, it cannot be replaced.  Mitigation does not work. These Sacred Sites could be leased for oil and gas at a future date if not protected.  

Honor it.  It is Sacred.  It needs to be permanently protected for  the Pueblo People and America.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Greater Chaco Landscape Sacred Sites
 A few miles north of Chaco Canyon lies the remains of an ancient outpost.  It was undoubtedly an imposing and impressive place in 900 AD.  Built atop a towering butte, it would have been visible for many miles.  At night, great fires would have urged weary travelers onward.  Even now, at sunset, for example, or when the wind rises, it is an evocative and powerful place.

Yet, today, it has become a different kind of outpost. This is where intensive oil and gas development, which has increased over 400 percent in the last decade, completely transforms much of the northwestern New Mexico landscape.

On this past Monday in Santa Fe, during the first of several congressional hearings, tribal leaders and key witnesses spoke about the need for stronger Federal oil and gas regulations.  Acoma Pueblo Gov. Brian Valio told members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources that not enough is being done to safeguard sacred sites in the Greater Chaco Landscape beyond the National Park at Chaco Canyon.  "Many cultural resources and sites exist which the Bureau of Land Management does not currently recognize", he said.

Our current  administration must honor repeated requests from tribal leaders and withdraw lands surrounding Chaco Canyon from future oil and gas leasing. The Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs must finish the long-awaited joint management plan for the area.  The plan should be based on a detailed viewscape and soundscape field study.  It must include significantly stronger protections for cultural resources, as well as local residents, including limiting the location and scale of development.

We need proper leadership more now than ever to accomplish this.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Harley Snow Glide
 Lookin' like no matter where you are across the US, this has been a cold long winter.  My driveway has been covered with snow and ice for it seems like a very long time.  LowRider is sitting here in the studio connected to a battery tender.  These conditions cause bikers to get a little bit crazy.

Yesterday got a text from my ridin' buddy next door.  Ask me if I had seen the new Harley Snow Glide.  Why no, I hadn't.  That all started a bit of finger typing back and forth.  Felt the need to share it.  Went something like this...

"Have you seen the new Harley Snow Glide?

"Quick...we need to get one of these for the neighborhood" 

"Maybe they have one that attaches to a LowRider"

"Tried to just order one.  Out of stock.  Backordered until June.  They did have one for BMW" 

"Interesting.  I just checked, and while they have the blade part, sadly the attachment hardware is backordered until August.  I guess it's been a rough enough winter all around the country that demand has exceeded supply.  Oh well...perhaps next winter"

"Well sorry to hear that.  But, if they have the BMW blade I could weld some angle iron onto your BMW frame.  We could then use some  spray cans to touch things up.  What do you think?  Could be pretty f@#king bad boy looking." 

"Hmm, hadn't thought of that.  Tell you what, when it comes in I'll give you a shout and we can jigger something together.  Sound like a plan?"

"Perfect.  I will get things ready.  Thinkin' about 4 inch angle iron would be good.  Maybe thinkin' NOT to paint it.  Leave it rusty.  Really bad boy stuff." 

"When you get the materials, could you get some extra so so we can embellish the blade with little curlicue decorations and the like?  Also need a little platform to hold my dashboard Jesus."

"Absolutely.  Sorry I should have thought of the platform.  I'm on it." 

Sure hope spring gets here pretty darn quick.

be strong, be safe Talon