Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Where to Find elpasonaturally Now

From now on, just go to That is where you will find the blog. You will need to click on the title of the blog post that you want to read. The newest will be at the top.

The contact page is accurate but the other pages will change and metamorphosize over the next few days.

If you want to view older posts, just keep coming here:

Wordpress has so much more to offer and you will see that as the days and weeks go by. I than you for your loyalty.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

3 Cheers Monday: Hooray for Gertrud Konings

Celebration of Our Mountains Field Trip.

Each Monday (or the best that I can), I'll post about someone in the preservation/conservation/environmental community who has done something recently that deserves "3 Cheers".

We begin with Dr. Gertrud Konings-Dudin. As you know the environmental community has met once to discuss how the various groups can collaborate. Gertrud seized the initiative. She has let everyone know that she will publish their events at the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coaliton site. Gertrud is the Chair and the Board's contact info is HERE. It's a group you may want to keep your eye on and join their efforts. 

You can read Dr. Konings-Dudin's extensive bio as a biologist, publisher and translator. Be sure to check out her Vitae. She led two very successful field trips for Celebration of Our Mountains in 2017.

Dr. Gertrud Konings-Dudin

3 Cheers for Gertrud!

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Friday Video: Meet Lauren Singer and Her Trash Free Lifestyle

Meet Lauren Singer. Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube page. She has great ideas for reducing trash and living a trash free lifestyle.

(Unfortunately, you will have to go to YouTube to view this video if you receive these posts via your smart phone. Soon, elpasonaturally will be transported to WordPress and won't have this problem. This transfer was in the making before I was elected to City Council and things came to a halt. We will be back on track in 2018.)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nerd Nights

Photo taken on a Paul Hyder night time field trip for
Celebration of Our Mountains.

I've been critical of Insights mostly because they don't have the sponsorship base yet (which they could do with a good fundraiser for a commission). They also have not solved the problem of an open and vulnerable dino tracks and the need, because of their sponsorship base, to charge $15 per person for a dino tour ($60 for a family of four). 

However, they are now doing something really creative and it is drawing enthusiastic crowds. It's called "Nerd Nights". Check out the link and the fantastic program they are offering. The next event is "Sex, Drugs and Arachnids". If that doesn't catch your attention, nothing will. Check out the link above to learn more about the next Nerd Night on January 3, 2018 at G2's at 7 PM. You can find a map to G2's at this link also. Scroll down and you can book a reservation now.

Insights is not the only organization promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), beginning Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9 AM, Celebration of Our Mountains will begin its new program: Celebrate STEAM. For the next 10 or so Saturdays there will be tours and special programs and events. More information is coming soon.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Unscientific, but still concerning

Click on image to enlarge.

I've written several times about the encroachment on state park land by GCC (previously Cemex). HERE is the most recent blog post. After the last post, Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition member, Steve Tures, emailed the map above. He said: "I did a rough and unscientific (read, not official or maybe wrong) attempt to see how close they [the park and quarry] are, and seems like they're really close or maybe over their line." He said that he fudged an overlay on what's publicly available on GM.

Tures seems to confirm what many others have also seen.

Of course, whether the quarry has encroached state land or not, they are quickly destroying this portion of the Franklin Mountains and could mine all the way to the ridge. 

Why does the City of El Paso and others do business with them?