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January 2018

OP-ED: Community Resilience in the Face of Adversity — Earth Care, I Am, We Are One — Aaron Tenorio, OP-ED: Native Rights — Elena Ortiz, OP-ED: Protect the Sacred — Kendra Pinto, OP-ED: Indigenous People Deserve a Just Transition! — Kim Smith and Makai Lewis, OP-ED: Health Action New Mexico — Colin Baillio, OP-ED: Democracy Is a Verb — María Pérez, OP-ED: Community Learning and Education, for Change — Miguel Angel Acosta, OP-ED: A New Hope — Samia Assed, New Mexico Dreamers in Action, The Santa Fe Refugee Collaborative — Mi’raj Bukhari-Frayer, OP-ED: The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top 10 Environmental Stories to Watch in 2018 — Douglas Meiklejohn, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
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December 2017

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Green Fire Times: New Publisher, Structure and Management in Jan. 2018 — Seth Roffman, Getting a Grip on Christmas — Alejandro López. Envy, the Devil and Our Lady of Remedies — Anita Rodríguez, Prophecy of the Seventh Fire: The Time is Now — Ann Filemyr, This Woman — Poem by Sunny Dooley, Reflections on Historias / Histories of New Mexico Conference — Patricia Marina Trujillo, Learning from the Land: Agricultural Continuation and Innovation in Taos — Miguel Santistevan, New Mexico Acequia Association 2017 Photo Contest Winners, Making the Cibolero Shirt — Juanita J. Lavadie, Everyday Green: Child Hunger in New Mexico — Susan Guyette, 2017 Santa Fe Mayor’s Sustainability Award Winners, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
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November 2017

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OP-ED: Raising Consciousness and Imagining Reconciliation — Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Tewa Women United’s 21st Gathering for Mother Earth Waters and an Update on the Española Healing Foods Oasis — Beata Tsosie-Peña, A New Mural on the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center — Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros, Española Lowrider Museum in the Works — Don J. Usner, Eran en los Días de los Héroes — Levi Romero, Moving Arts Española Healthy Meals Program, Book Review: The Working Life of an Hispano Patriarch — Alejandro López, The Sun Shines in Denver — Mark Chalom, New Mexico Ranks in the Bottom Third Nationally in Energy Efficiency — Tammy Fiebelkorn, Arboles (The Cottonwoods) — Sylvia Ernestina Vergara, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
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October 2017

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Nourishment in Every Form and In Every Season — Alejandro López, Fertilizing the Future of Acequia Farmers: La Cosecha de los Sembradores — Nicanor Ortega, Staying Power: Foodcorps—New Mexico — Leiloni Begaye, Red Willow Center: 1st Annual Indigenous Foods Experience, Rooted In Love: A Film, A Farmer, A Movement, Albuquerque Public Schools: 80 Gardens — Mallory García, The Most Important Word in “Community Gardening” is not ‘Gardening!’ — Mark Winne, Growing a Resilient Regional Food System — Julie Sullivan, New Research on the Power of Food System Investments to Boost Regional Economies, What Are Food Policy Councils? — Pam Roy, Bread Winners and Bread Makers: Santa Fe Women and Food, Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs — Cyndey Martin, When An Apple A Day Is Not Enough — Juan López, The Agri-Cultura Network, Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market, Bernalillo County and Kids Cook! Launch “Füdrr” Healthy Lifestyle Competition, Hospital Program Offers Kids Free Healthy Meals, Grow the Growers in Bernalillo County, Book Profile: Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cookbook, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
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September 2017

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Restoring Relationship: Creativity in the Age of Climate Change — Molly Sturges, OP-ED: A Tewa Woman’s Reflection on Urgency — Beata Tsosie–Peña, Only Story Will Save Us — Michelle Otero, Why Poetry? Why Now? — Anne Haven McDonnell, Lead Like a Leaf — Joel Glanzberg, Biomimicry: The Practice of Emulating Nature’s Genus — Toby Herzlich, Firerock: Pass the Spark — Molly Sturges and The Firerock Team, Creative Muscles for Creative Leadership — Molly Sturges and Chrissie Orr, The Jémez Principles Applied to Climate Justice, Teaching Students to Think by Creating — Catherine Page Harris, Seed Broadcast: Presenting Voices, Dance of the Bees — Adelma Aurora Hnasko, Dancing Earth Explores Renewable Energy, Poem: Sol Not Coal — Hakim Bellamy, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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August 2017

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Op-Ed: Seventh Generation Youth Gathering for the Protection of Greater Chaco — Kayleigh Warren, Op-Ed: Threats to Our Sacred Lands and Cultural Patrimony — Carlyjo Chavarria And Keshaun Shendo, Voices from a Chaco Community — Teresa Seamster, We Too Have a History! (A Tribute To Herman Agoyo) — Matthew J. Martínez, Book Profile: An Indigenous Peoples’ History
of the United States By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Debra Haaland Continues the Legacy of Native Women Leaders, Santa Clara Pueblo’s Reserved Treaty Rights Lands Program — Talavai Denipah-Cook, Reimagining the Buffalo Commons — Stephen Wall, Remembering Our Sacred Place in Nature: A Message from Tribal Elders of Colombia, S.A. — Erica Ohliger And Nelson Caraballo, Op-Ed: Extractive Energy Addiction is Killing the Planet— Chili Yazzie, Native Entrepreneur in Residence: New Mexico Community Capital, First Nations Development Institute Native Agriculture and Food System Grants, Dancing Butterfly Naturals, Running Medicine, Ten Years of Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute — Nader Vadie, Sipi Students–National Leaders in Robotics and Engineering — Seth Roffman, Santa Fe Indian Market Images, 100th Issue Letter From The Editor –— Seth Roffman, Native Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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July 2017

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Essential Steps in Preparing Chile con Cariño or TLC — Alejandro López, The Magnet of Spanish Market — Alejandro López, Book Review: Sisters in Blue by Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid, Community Conversations on Santa Fe’s 25-Year Sustainability Plan — John Alejandro, Santa Fe’s Inaugural Verde Fund Investments, Buildings that Conserve Resources — Katherine Mortimer, Report on the First Annual Next Generation Water Summit — Nancy Grace, OP-ED: Augustín Plains Water Mining Case Update — Carol Pittman, Low Energy Nuclear Reaction — Virginia Cervantes, 14th Annual International Folk Art Market — Santa Fe, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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June 2017

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The History of La Bajada Village(1929–2017) – Hilario E. Romero, OP-ED: The Path, The Road and the Superhighway – Alejandro Lopez; Lisa Law and Ray Belcher: Vintage New Mexico Photographs; NNMC: Embracing the Future to Preserve the Past – Mohammad Ali Musawi; Espanola Community Market – Andy Salazar, The Rio Chama Watershed Congreso – Rosemary Romero, Native Medicines for New Mexico Pollinators – Melanie Margarita Kirby; OP-ED: War on Forests – Boyer, Firstenberg, Gunst, Hummel, Koponin, Moses; The Forest Steward Guild’s Response – Eytan Krasilovsky; 516 Arts: Fires of Change and Landscapes of Life and Death; What Does it Mean to Work for Gender Justice in New Mexico? – Fatima Van Hattum and Sarah Ghiorse; OP-ED: Soda Tax and Health: The Work Continues – Pam Roy; Newsbites; What’s Going On?

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May 2017

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“Planning for a Secure Water Future Means Everyone Is at the Table” The New Mexico Water Dialogue’s 23rd Annual Conference – Lucy Moore, New Mexico Water Newsbites, Next Generation Water Summit — Seth Roffman, An Introduction to the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS®) — Mike Collignon, Next Generation Green Building Codes: Modeled Performance — Katherine Mortimer, What Water Is Right? — Doug Pushard, Profile of the Santa Fe Watershed Association on its 20th Anniversary — Kristina G. Fisher, Journey Santa Fe’s 10 Years of Weekly Community Dialogues — Seth Roffman, Acequia Madre Spring Cleaning — Phil Bové, OP-ED: The President’s Budget and Executive Order / Rolling Back the Clean Water Rule — Rachel Conn, OP-ED: The Counterculture: A Great Underground — Jack Loeffler, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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April 2017

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Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization — Subhankar Banerjee, An Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice Conference Hosted by UNM Earth Day Events, Northern New Mexico College’s Renewable Energy Festival, Seeking True North: Realigning Northern New Mexico College with a Quest for Excellence, Education as Offering: Braiding Community, College and Plant Stories — Patricia Trujillo and NNMC Students, Heritage Seeds in Community Life — Greg Schoen, Farm to School Awards Celebrate Local Food — Kendal Chávez, Agua es Vida: A Youth Experiential Learning Program – John Wright, Everyday Green: Being a Locavore – Susan Guyette, Spring Cooking with Vegetables – Japa K. Khalsa, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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March 2017

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New Mexicans Need Fire-Adapted Communities — Eytan Krasilovsky, Meadow Magic, A Tool for Water Management and Increasing Biodiversity — Paul Paryski, La Bajada: From Territorial and Statehood Periods to the 1920s (1848–1929) — Hilario E. Romero, A Short History of the World with Immigrants in Mind — Alejandro López, Una Historia Breve del Mundo con Respecto a los Immigrantes New Mexico’s Solar Industry: Job Growth from the Sky — Seth Roffman, Meditation Is the Ultimate Resistance — Japa K. Khalsa, GrayWatch: The Road to Better Health in New Mexico — Janet Bailey, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Santa Fe Neighbors / Vecinos de Santa Fe — Terri Jerry, Everyday Green: Cleaning Green – Susan Guyette, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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February 2017

GFT February 2017 CoverEnlivened Aging in New Mexico and in Our World — Sedena C. Cappannelli, Conscious Aging through Quigong — Master Mingtong Gu and Betsy McDonald, Op-Ed: Healthcare vs. Health — George Cappannelli, Health Efficacy: Winding One’s Way through a Health Crisis — Japa K. Khalsa, The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention — Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., Your Microbiome: Making Friends with Your Colonies — Erica M. Elliott, M.D., Green Dentistry and Your Health — Curtis Brookover, DDS, Chase the Bugs Away — Marcie Martínez, Food as Medicine: Dora Pacias Is Proof of It — Alejandro López, The Herb-Gatherer’s Agreements — Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., Transformational Eco-Psychology — Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., New Mexico Health Equity Partnership’s Health Impact Assessment Training, Santa Fe Indian Health Service Hospital – Emily Haozous, Ph.D., Wage Theft Impacts Workers’ Health, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium – Tina Cordova, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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January 2017

GFT January 2017 CoverOP-ED: Community Resilience in the Face of Adversity — Earth Care-New Mexico, OP-ED: Don’t Go Back to Bed — Tomás Rivera, OP-ED: Immigrant Activists Defeat Fear with Collective Action — Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Santa Fe Dreamers Project Photo Portraits, OP-ED: Threats from the President-Elect — Samia Assed, The Santa Fe Refugee Collaborative, Not Afraid to Look — Charles Rencountre, OP-ED: The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top Ten Environmental Issues to Watch in 2017 — Douglas Meiklejohn, OP-ED: Conflicting Ideologies — Jack Loeffler, OP-ED: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Plan for New Mexico — David Van Winkle, La Bajada from Early Settlement to the Dawn of the 20th Century — Hilario E. Romero, The Culture of La Leña or Firewood — Alejandro López, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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  • #1 written by David Henkel
    about 9 months ago

    I appreciated Kendal Chávez’ article in the April edition. Just a note to readers: both the hoophouse at Jemez Pueblo and the La Plazita Organic Gardens were supported by the American Friends Service Committee’s New Mexico program.

  • #2 written by chris licking
    about 12 months ago

    do you know the status of the 2014 plans to store and transport crude oil using the rail line and county road CR33 in Lamy, NM. your original post was:

  • #3 written by Inessa Mil'berg
    about 1 year ago

    Dear Green Fire Times, do you have older versions of your newspaper that have not been picked up at the stands?

  • #4 written by Winifred Cherry
    about 2 years ago

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    This is not straw bale.
    Please look into it.

  • #5 written by James Lake
    about 3 years ago

    To whom this concerns,

    I am seeking a suitable publisher for the proceedings of a unique event that took place in February 2013 in Havana, Cuba. Thought leaders in integrative mental health care from the U.S. and Cuba convened for one week to discuss trends in integrative mental health care in both countries and brain storm about future collaborative research and training projects. The proceedings provide a detailed account of all presentations and discussions. A colleague who participated in this ‘intercambio’ suggested that your journal might be suitable for publishing the proceedings (approximately 20K words) or a concise summary.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    James Lake M.D.

  • #6 written by gary witherspoon
    about 3 years ago

    Greetings Albuquerque City Council:

    ​In no uncertain terms American society has a tiger by the tail. The police state in which American society finds itself is in flux and the natives are restless.

    Do the citizens of New Mexico understand that military grade weapons and technology are employed in the shooting and killing of a homeless man on a rocky knoll? Laser directed energy technology was employed in the death of James Boyd and the citizens of Albuquerque are in danger, as well as the citizens of America.

    Placing the perpetrators of the death of James Boyd on “paid administrative leave” is unacceptable and will not stand. Rethink this position immediately. Inform the Mayor and the Police Commissioner and the New Mexico US Attorney’ General to come forward with indictments and prosecution of the men involved.

    Do the citizens of Albuquerque understand that public funds are being used to militarize citizen police forces with military grade weapons, technology and tactics? Do the citizens of New Mexico understand that elected politicians are accepting of the militarization of American society by directing the necessary public funds to do so. All this while attacking society, neglecting society and militarizing local police organizations.

    Military fascism is on the rise. Fascism used to control the social and economic forces of this nation include the killing of homeless people and with military grade weapons and tactics. The video of the death of James Boyd explains this all.

    Gary Witherspoon ​

    CC: elected officials / media / public service announcements

  • #7 written by
    about 4 years ago

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    Nick Sands

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    about 5 years ago

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  • #9 written by Green Fire Times
    about 5 years ago


    I live in Socorro and would like to receive a “real” copy/subscription to your periodical. How do I do that?
    Techno hater….

    Sorry to report that hard copy subscriptions are not currently available. The hard copy issue of Green Fire Times is only available for free at newsstands throughout Northern New Mexico at present. The Burger King in Los Lunas would be the closest to you.

  • #10 written by pcg
    about 5 years ago

    I live in Socorro and would like to receive a “real” copy/subscription to your periodical. How do I do that?
    Techno hater….

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    about 5 years ago

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    about 5 years ago

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  • #14 written by Kathryn Edwards
    about 6 years ago



    July 29th, 2011 – Asheville, N.C., USA … Announcing the launch of a rather ambitious new creative competition. To our knowledge, never before have six major genres of creative expression; songwriting, literature, photography, fine art, functional art and short video been positioned in the same competition. The tie that binds these six genres will be the strength of their inspired, edgy, re-invention of the meaning of ecology. What better way to catalyze more interest on this important topic, than to tap into one of our greatest resources, the creative mind?

    The prestigious jury panel can already boast a three time recommended Nobel Peace Prize author, Alan Combs; Author and Publisher, David Vaux; Mountain Xpress and Rotten Tomato movie critics, Ken Hanke and Justin Souther; creative director and graduate of fine arts from Cornell University, Maria Epes; former art director for McGraw Hill, Marsha Cohen; awarding winning environmental artist, John Dahlson, acclaimed functional artist, Charles Bazzell; Jurors for the songwriting category will be announced at a later date. Twenty finalists will be posted on website in the new year for a People’s Choice Award.

    There will be a first place $1,000 cash prize winner for each of the categories. We are even thinking of creating an overall grand prize winner from the first place winners of each category! This would be very interesting because that could mean a piece of jewelry could be up against a painting, song competing with a short video, etc. We are looking for original thematic inspiration, and will go to great lengths to judge all entries from that perspective, as well as the techniques and skills involved in the particular chosen art form. There is an early bird entry deadline of September 30th 2011, with the final entry deadline being November 30th 2011. It is anticipated that finalists and winners will all be announced in first half of the New Year, 2012. We are hoping to garner much attention from the media to promote the winning works.

    Entries can be accepted either online at or by downloading an entry form from the same site and snail mailing your artistic piece. The mailing address is also located on the website and on the entry form. We are very curious which creative genre will attract the most entries!

    Kathryn Edwards
    Managing Director
    224 Aurora Drive
    Asheville, N.C 28805
    828 575 3979

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