EPA Toxic Mine Spill

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Before the Toxic spill and After.

Diné Couple Resume Life After Mine Spill

We are scared.  Many have lost crops.  The heavy metals released from the mine spill is very toxic to babies and Elders and anyone who has health problems.  My well is capped, I destroyed my small garden, and moved my horses….

SHIPROCK, NM  –  Rows of dried corn stalks stand in front of Earl and Cheryle Yazzie’s home.  On a portion of land where melons grew, a pair of puppies sniffed, then nudged ruined fruit.

Months after the Gold King Mine spill, the couple, like many farmers in San Juan County, continues to worry about the future of their farm.

On Aug. 5, the spill released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a tributary of the Animas River.

The mustard yellow plume flowed through the Animas into the San Juan River, which flows through the northern region of the Navajo Nation.  The Yazzie residence is about a mile north of the river that they have used to irrigate their crops.

“This was an eye opener for everybody,” Earl Yazzie said about the spill and subsequent actions by government officials and residents in response to the spill.

On a recent Wednesday, Yazzie said he wants to see testing results from federal and tribal entities before he decides to again irrigate his farm with San Juan River water.

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted responsibility for the spill, he said, the agency should be supplying a clean water source and start testing the soil on farms.

The toxic spill received nationwide attention and, as The Daily Times reported on Sept. 9, environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich visited the farm while touring the Navajo Nation.

During the visit, Brockovich listened to the Yazzies as they talked about efforts to save their crops and why they opposed resuming irrigation with the suspect river water.

Cheryle Yazzie said she remains angry and disappointed by the response of government officials, especially since it seems no one “can do anything.”

“A lot of people, I think, don’t understand the real casualties, the effects of this.  Sure, it’s not going to happen this instant, but we’ll see it in a few years,” she said.

At the time of Brockovich’s visit, officials had set up a water tank to irrigate a section of the Yazzie farm.  When asked if that effort helped the crops, Earl Yazzie said it helped, but the crops did not mature.

“The whole field was lost.  Our crops were a loss.  It really affected me,” Yazzie said.

Cheryle Yazzie recalled previous seasons when people would visit the farm to buy produce.  The couple estimates they suffered a financial loss of more than $10,000.

Earl Yazzie is a lifelong resident of this town and grew up on a farm, learning how to work the ground from his parents and grandparents.
“To see this actually happening, it made me think about things.  I thought, `This is going to destroy our farm life,’” he said.

When asked if they will be planting crops during the upcoming season, Cheryle Yazzie said she is opposed to that if the river water is going to be the source of irrigation for the crops.

“We don’t want that water on our land,” she said, adding she remains proud of the Shiprock residents who opposed reopening the irrigation canal that delivers river water to the farms.

The answer is not as easy for Earl Yazzie, who said he would have to evaluate the situation in the spring.  He reiterated the need for testing.

An effort by federal lawmakers to address the spill came on Dec. 18 when New Mexico”s Democratic U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-Santa Fe, included a provision to support monitoring efforts in the end-of-year appropriations bill before Congress.  That provision directs the EPA to coordinate with states and tribes impacted by the spill to develop a plan for independent monitoring, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers.

It also directs the EPA to provide support for the monitoring efforts of states and tribes.

Udall said in a press release that the provision will help hold the EPA accountable and ensure it keeps its commitment to prioritizing transparency in water quality monitoring.

“If a situation like a flash flood or thunderstorm were to cause contamination in the water once again, we need the EPA making determinations and giving prompt warnings to impacted communities based on the best scientific advice,” Udall said.

Luján was pleased that the provision was included.

“There are serious concerns about the effects that this spill will have on our communities in the months and years to come, and it is critical that there is a coordinated effort to conduct long-term monitoring of the Animas River,” Luján said in the release.

Heinrich acknowledged that families deserve to be compensated for damages incurred because of the spill, and he said he will continue to work on overhauling federal hard rock mining and abandoned mine policies.  Mining interests have successfully blocked efforts to update the Mining Act of 1872, which allows mining companies to obtain claims for a small investment and does not require companies to clean up inactive or abandoned mines.

EPA officials and an agency contractor, using taxpayer dollars, were working to clean up the Gold King Mine when they caused the spill.

It Begins Here, Now

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Make A Difference

Make A Difference:  a New Resolution

You KNOW that you deserve MORE;  you wakeup, shower(or maybe you shower at night, or both, my point is: you keep yourself clean), dress nice, have breakfast(I hope you have enough to eat), then you go about your business for the day.

Who else do you KNOW deserves MORE, your family, your friends????

OK, now comes the hard part:  WHAT exactly do you, your family, and your friends deserve MORE of????

  1. Respect
  2. Consideration
  3. Trust
  4. Thoughtfulness
  5. Accepted
  6. Liked
  7. Loved
  8. Jobs
  9. Education
  10. Understanding

I KNOW that I deserve MORE, just as my family, friends, and neighbors deserve MORE.

Change begins within one’s own self with the desire for something different.  How can we affect change without first changing our own self, i.e. meeting the same standard.

~Robert StrongBow~

After the last year and four months I have finally realized that there are many people who are very unhappy with the Violence, racial strife, lack of respect, lack of friendship, lack of good will, Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and very little genuine love.

Yesterday, while discussing our direction for the next year, the subject of New Year Resolutions suddenly became very real, and I saw it play out.  I ignored my two agitators when I awoke from my unplanned nap, and instead drew my new notebook and old days notebook close and went to work.

I have tested this repeatedly today in several different situations and I am very happy with the results, which was 100% positive, very positive.  I do want to tell everyone that I have been involving my Step-Father more and more for insight, comparison of opinions, and in search of ideas, with more and more interaction.  He was present at my last test, but when I brought the matter up after we had left, it occurred to me that we had finally more than communicated, after all these years he knew….

I CARE, and I know there are many more that care, and it is time for US to do all we can, but give me another few minutes to try to convince as many of the LEMMINGS to help, as possible.

I hear the beautiful people spout their racial rhetoric and TALK, and time and time again the LEMMINGS take up the chant, SEVERAL OF THESE LEMMING IDIOTS ARE RIGHT HERE ON WORDPRESS, and you can tell one or two by the fact that they never post during mid-morning while “SHE” is on TV, they wouldn’t dare miss HER HYPNOTIC BS, so they can spread more racial strife.

FIRST, I want to remind all Texans that as a promise for letting lotto into Texas, all proceeds would go to education….  OH SO SOME OF YOU REMEMBER.

OK, what all the beautiful people couldn’t care less about telling you is that all the education you want is right there on that internet FREE for the taking.  IF YOU DON’T know how, email me, but I expect honesty.

I hope and pray you will join with us to help 2016 get started right, if you do, copy Our graphic “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” and post it every time you get a chance.

Now I want you all to watch this short video about Bullying please, the name is “The Silent Word”.



Colorado DHS Setting Good Example

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CO DHS setting good example with Hotline in place.

Colorado hotline expands reporting of suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse reporting

State and local officials encourage Coloradans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

People living anywhere in Colorado can call the state child abuse/neglect hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437), to speak to a representative 24 hours a day, every day.

People suspecting abuse of children or at-risk adults living in Boulder County can also call the county’s own hotline: 303-441-1309, also 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Information about Boulder County’s child welfare programs and services: bit.ly/1PmW8Uz

Colorado Department of Human Services information about preventing and reporting child abuse and neglect: bit.ly/1FiAkQH

With the approaching first anniversary of the launch of a toll-free statewide telephone hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect, child-welfare officials are urging Coloradans to stay vigilant if they’re concerned about a child’s safety and well-being.

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced that as of Dec. 20, state and county officials had received nearly 205,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect since the hotline went live on Jan. 1 — both through the new state hotline and from people contacting counties’ and the state’s human services offices.

“There is a growing understanding in our community that we all play a role in keeping our kids safe,” state Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha said in a news release.

Bicha said the 1-844-CO-4-KIDS hotline is integral to help Coloradans spot and report signs of child abuse and neglect. “One call can save a child,” he said.

Of the total 204,983 calls received by Dec. 20 about possible child abuse or neglect, 26,461 were made on the state hotline, according to Department of Human Services spokesman Lee Rasizer.  Of that total, 4,516 came from Boulder County, 706 from Broomfield County and 5,395 from Weld County.

Under a system in which calls are evaluated and determinations made about whether further assessments and investigations are merited, and how rapidly those assessments and investigations need to be made, 88,441 of the total calls to the state’s hotline and Colorado counties were accepted for assessment and 32,709 were assessed and investigated, Rasizer said.

Accepted for assessment and possible further action, he said, were 1,678 of the original 4,516 reports originally received about possible child abuse or neglect in Boulder County, 183 of the 706 reports received about situations in Broomfield County, and 1,793 of the 5,395 reports about possible abuse or neglect in Weld County.

The state child abuse and neglect hotline links callers at all hours to the appropriate official.  All calls are confidential and will be routed to the county where a child resides.

Boulder County also has its own child abuse hotline, 303-441-1309, said Jim Williams, spokesman for the County Department of Housing and Human Services.  But in emergencies, call 911.

“The hotline technology allows callers to be connected around the clock with screeners who can discuss their concerns with them,” Williams said. 

Reaching Out To Children????

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Shame on U.S.


Our Children are not just being ignored, they continue to be used sexually by adults and subjected to STIs and STDs.

This year alone 10,000,000  Children and young people ages 13 to 24 will contract one (1) or more STI or STD, while the number of Children and young people in this age group contract HIV at an ever-increasing rate.

Now after so long, the ban has been lifted for HOMOSEXUALS to donate blood.

What kind of sick, depraved mind would do such a thing????

How could the fact that fetal tissue is being used in research be covered-up, when it is against the law????

How could CPS donate $650,000 to Planned Parenthood, yet every time they are caught breaking the law, they whine about needing more $$$$ and being understaffed????

How can there be transparency in government, yet you can’t get a straight answer out of DHHS nor Planned Parenthood????

How can Gun Violence be an issue when an ever-increasing number of Our Children are contracting HIV/AIDS, or dying from prescription drugs, or dying from alcohol????

However, when all these numbers are added up, they are incomplete until at least 58,500,000 and most probably 78,500,000 murdered Children is added.


No Death Penalty In GA Fatal Child Abuse Case

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No Death Penalty in Child Abuse case

Lead Investigator in the case, former GBI Agent, facing Child Abuse charges

Monroe County, Georgia  –  Prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty in a deadly child abuse case because the lead investigator in the case is facing child molestation charges.

Amanda Hendrickson is the woman accused of killing her 5 year-old daughter Heaven Woods in May of 2014.  Lawyers argued more than 100 pre-trial motions this afternoon as Amanda Hendrickson sat quietly in court.

District Attorney Richard Milam says one reason they dropped the death penalty is because of the lead investigator in the case.  Milam says that’s former GBI agent Charles Woodall, is facing child molestation charges.  “(If we) call him in as a witness brings into the trial all of the things that he’s accused of doing.  So therefore, we’re going to try to avoid that as much as possible but when you’re asking a jury to make that consideration you really need to give them everything,” said Milam.

Milam says now they’re seeking life with or without parole in the case.

One of Hendrickson’s defense attorney’s Burt Baker says dropping the death penalty is appropriate in this case.  Baker says Hendrickson has an intellectual disability.  “Our client was given an IQ test, in the I believe it was the third grade, where she scored in the intellectually disabled or mentally retarded range,” said Baker.

Woods died in a Monroe County hospital with a broken arm and five broken ribs.  Hendrickson’s boyfriend, Roderick Buckner, pleaded guilty in June to first degree child cruelty in the case, he received a life sentence.  “Milam says Hendrickson’s trial is currently scheduled for September.

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