The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Fights for the Mexican Gray Wolf

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, defends clients in a wide variety of cases. Aside from his work, Geoff Scovil supports the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA), which is fighting to save the Mexican gray wolf from the brink of extinction.

The NMWA’s Share the Land campaign is dedicated to educating, uniting, and motivating people to help save this wolf. Aside from their beauty, Mexican gray wolves are an important part of the Southwestern United States’ ecosystem.

When the population was high enough, the wolves played a key role in regulating the size of ungulate animals like deer and elk, whose herd sizes grow to unhealthy numbers without these predators to keep them in check. Unfortunately, the Mexican gray wolf population is not at healthy levels, with only around 50 of them surviving in the wild.

To help raise awareness and funds for the Mexican gray wolf, the NMWA annually releases a new stamp featuring the creature. Designed by a different artist each year, the 4.5-inch-by-5.5-inch stamps sell for $20 apiece, with proceeds going directly to the NMWA’s Mexican gray wolf conservation efforts. To learn more about the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Mexican gray wolves, visit www.nmwild.org.

The Outpost Jazz Education Program

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Outpost Performance Space
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Geoffrey Scovil is an Albuquerque attorney. Formerly an attorney for the Law Office of the Public Defender, Geoffrey Scovil now focuses on private practice in criminal defense and habeas corpus law. Geoff Scovil is a dedicated supporter of the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque.

A nonprofit performing arts center, the Outpost Performance Space relies on the support of its members and the community. Formed in 1988, Outpost Productions brings a variety of talent to its stage, including poets, visual artists, and jazz and classical musicians.

The Outpost also offers an educational course called the Outpost Jazz Education Program. Started in 1996, the program provides 30 weeks of classes to students age 10 and older who demonstrate interest and ability.

So far, more than 2,000 students have benefited from the jazz program’s instruction and assistance. The Outpost also offers the Youth Opera Program, which focuses on the classical side of music. For more information, please visit www.outpostspace.org.

Animal Humane New Mexico Prepares for the Doggie Dash and Dawdle

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Doggie Dash and Dawdle
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Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico is an attorney specializing in Habeas Corpus law. When he is not working, Geoffrey Scovil supports Animal Humane New Mexico, a non-profit animal shelter for dogs and cats. Animal Humane New Mexico is currently preparing for their signature fundraising event, the Doggie Dash, and Dawdle.

The Doggie Dash and Dawdle is a two-fold event featuring a 5k run for the more athletically inclined or a one-mile walk for those looking for a more leisurely pace. The organization’s largest fundraiser, Animal Humane New Mexico expects over 4,500 participants and 2,000 dogs. All of the net proceeds earned from the event go towards the organization’s community programs, or to support their homeless pets, meaning the event benefits both dogs and cats.

This year’s Dash and Dawdle takes place on November 6th between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. Aside from the run and walk, the event will also feature a Doggie Carnival, and a Barketplace, where guests can shop from rescue organizations and local vendors.

For those who cannot make it in person, but want to support the cause, there is an option to become a Virtual Dasher to help raise funds from home. There is no registration fee and you will gain eligibility for fundraiser prizes.

This year, Animal Humane New Mexico hopes to raise $300,000 through the Doggie Dash and Dawdle. To learn more about the organization or the event, visit www.animalhumanenm.org.

Jazz, Coffee, and Fun at the Outpost Performance Space

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Outpost Performance Space
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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil has run a private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1998. Outside of work, Geoffrey Scovil supports Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space.

Outpost Performance Space is a community-based performing arts center. Completely member supported, it provides opportunities for local musicians to be heard and for community members to enjoy and appreciate many forms of art.

Outpost is a safe and family-friendly venue. The alcohol- and smoke-free facility is appropriate for all ages, welcoming audiences both young and old to enjoy coffee and live music. Traditionally filled with jazz and folk performances, Outpost Performance Space now hosts musicians from every genre. The community mainstay also offers music lessons ranging from jazz to opera and frequently features special opportunities for teen musicians.

Young musicians take the stage at Roust the House Teen Performance Nights, which occur almost every month. Audiences get to experience the next generation of music, and teens can take advantage of a supportive and enthusiastic audience. Interested bands can submit a bio and a demo for consideration.

Outpost Productions and the Youth Opera Program

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Educational Programs at the Outpost Performance Space
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Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During his downtime, Geoffrey Scovil supports nonprofit arts organization Outpost Productions, which help the community through their Youth Opera program.

The Outpost Youth Opera program was known as the Santa Fe Opera program, but changed its name in 2009 when it moved to the Outpost Performance Space, the productions’ performance studio.

Its 2016 program featured John Bartlit and Kristen Loree, who taught music and theatre. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 learned to create, rehearse and perform their own original opera. They were taught composition, collaboration, choreography, acting and storytelling.

Sessions for the 2016 program were held on Saturday mornings between March and May, with each of the eight sessions priced at $60.

To learn more about Outpost Productions’ Youth Opera program, visit outpostspace.org.

Protecting the Wilderness – The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
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An avid outdoorsman who enjoys running, camping, and hiking, Geoffrey Scovil practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additionally, Geoffrey Scovil supports several Albuquerque-area organizations, including the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

Committed to the principles of conservation, enjoyment, and restoration of wilderness areas and wildlands throughout the state, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was created in 1997. For nearly 20 years, the nonprofit organization has worked to protect land by partnering with people and entities as diverse as acequia communities, ranchers, and scientists, among others. To inform and educate the public at large, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance provides resources like the comprehensive Wild Guide and supports programs like its wilderness protection campaigns in the Gila Wilderness area and Rio Grande del Norte.

Currently in the inventory stage, the Gila Wilderness area spans more than 250,000 acres and is dedicated to decreasing or preventing damage caused by river diversions, illegal grazing, and off-road vehicles, among other threats. The data collected from the inventory will be used in conjunction with the Gila National Forest Land Use Plan Revision, which will impact the area for the next two decades.

Designated as a national monument in 2013, Rio Grande del Norte covers over 240,000 acres and includes Ute Mountain, a volcanic cone, and the Rio Grande Migratory Flyway. The area also features plains, pockets of conifer trees, and tall lava walls, providing habitats for a variety of birds and other animals.

New Mexico Land and Water Conservation Fund Renewal Battle Looms

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New Mexico Land and Water Conservation Fund
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Geoffrey Scovil is a respected Albuquerque, New Mexico, indigent defense attorney who aggressively defends clients’ constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil enjoys the natural beauty of the Albuquerque area and supports the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which is committed to the designation and protection of wild lands throughout the state.

A major issue confronting state lawmakers is renewal of the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired in late 2015. Financed by energy companies that drill for oil and gas resources on the publicly owned Outer Continental Shelf, the fund provides money to acquire private land adjacent to protected lands. These range from wildlife refuges to national parks and forests. In 2014, the amount of money collected totaled approximately $900 million.

Over the decades, the fund also has been responsible for the protection of areas of historic and cultural significance. These include the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Holding up fund reauthorization is the assertion by some in the state legislature that the money should be spent in other ways than federal land acquisition.