Archive for February, 2013

Monsanto’s Roundup: Even Worse than We Thought It’s bad enough that regulatory agencies continue to allow tons of Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, to be sprayed on food crops – despite evidence that the herbicide’s key ingredient, glyphosate, causes birth defects, endocrine disruption and a host of other health problems. Now, a new study says the most widely used herbicide in the world is even more toxic than we thought. The reason? Roundup contains “confidential” – and unlabeled – ingredients that affect all living cells, including human cells, according to a new study in the scientific journal, Toxicology. Turns out that industry regulators and long-term studies look at glyphosate More >


From New Mexico is facing a water crisis. We use more than we replenish. In order to defuse the coming water wars, please stop mindless economic development. No more development for its own sake. Connect development to water use. Require a percentage of water used to be returned to the aquifer through water treatment. Outlaw water grabs. Stop the fraudulent registration and declarations of water rights with the Office of the State Engineer.

Petition Background In Sierra County, NM, we are watching a mining company reopen Copper Flat Mine. It wants to take 1/3 of the total groundwater used in the More >

Designing a Sustainable Neighborhood Workshop

If you are a potential homebuyer or renter looking to live in a sustainable neighborhood, you may want to join a group of architects and design enthusiasts at a workshop in Santa Fe to brainstorm visions of a well-lived life. Big-picture concepts and design elements will be discussed, including floor plans, cluster arrangements, shared facilities and amenities, creative financing and “aging in place.” The intention is to create a walkable mixed-use neighborhood that offers affordable housing with onsite integration of energy, water, food and solid waste systems.


The potluck design workshop on March 24 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm will More >

Jansens and Bacon in water conversation Sunday

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and open to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe. This Sunday, February 24, 2013, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore:

INNOVATING SANTA FE’S WATER FUTURE (Part 2 of a series on Water Democracy), with JAN-WILLEM JANSENS and host David Bacon in Bacon’s continuing Who Controls Water in the Bio Region Series

Jan-Willem Jansens will continue to explore what solutions may be found for the More >

First Ever “Renewable Energy Day” at the New Mexico Legislature March 1

SANTA FE, NM – On Friday, March 1, a diverse array of business associations, workforce training programs, public institutions, and community groups from across New Mexico will participate in the first-ever “Renewable Energy Day” at the New Mexico Legislature. This day will celebrate the economic, environmental, and social benefits of renewable energy for New Mexicans while encouraging more renewable energy development in the state. Policymakers and the general public will see how to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient and how to “go solar” while also learning about the viability, cost-effectiveness, and benefits of renewable energy for New Mexicans More >

Fruit tree pruning workshop at NMSU Alcalde Center on March 7

New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde will host its annual fruit tree pruning workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The center is located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde.

“We will have presentations on pruning basics, common training systems and some new development for each species,” said Shengrui Yao, Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist. “After that, there will be a hands-on session in the field.”

The tree species will include apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. Also to be discussed will be grapes, blackberries and raspberries.

“Home gardeners, small farmers and commercial fruit growers are all More >

College of ACES receives $70,000 Wells Fargo grant for sustainable agriculture program

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has received a grant from a local business that is one small step in the direction of forever changing sustainable agriculture in New Mexico.

Wells Fargo has granted the college $70,000 to a program that aims to assist agriculturalists in transitioning to sustainable practices through advanced technological systems.

“It is really exciting to see something like sustainable agriculture moving toward what can benefit our farmers more in this community,” said Terra Van Winter, director of development for the College of ACES. “We are looking for different ways to promote research and More >

Community Recycling Event – February 20, 2013

The City of Santa Fe, Environmental Services Division, in cooperation with the Sierra Club, will have residential recycling bins available for residents of the City who need new or replacement bins this Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Geneva Chavez Community Center.  The Sierra Club in an effort to help City residents increase recycling in Santa Fe and promote Environmental Stewardship has committed to helping distribute bins the third Wednesday of every month through the month of April.

“We are excited to have the Sierra Club support and grateful for their help and interest in recycling in Santa Fe” said More >

Declaration of Interdependence with Mother Earth

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and open to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday February 17, 2013 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE WITH MOTHER EARTH – with Institute of American Indian Arts Director of Student Sustainability Leadership Annie Haven McDonnell and student leaders Bonita Rickers and Monica Gutierrez, in conversation with Unicopia radio host Faren Dancer

When, in the course of human events, it becomes More >

Santa Fe Art Institute Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuel Investments

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Art Institute has taken a bold step in solidarity with enlightened and progressive institutions nationwide to divest its fossil fuel investments.

This decision is in direct alignment with its mission – to present and support art as a positive social force. Community-based and international in scope, the Institute believes that art plays a central role in civic life and that artists’ voices are essential to understanding our complex world. Focusing on issues of social justice, cultural freedom and environmental responsibility, SFAI has, for the past 12 years, been a leader in empowering the community More >

Water management workshop offered by NMSU

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University and the NMSU Civil Engineering Department will present a workshop on Wells, Pumps, Etc., on Saturday, March 9 to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in southern New Mexico. The seminar will provide technical information on water management and on design and operation of wells and pumping systems. The seminar is for farmers, water managers, and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems.

Topics to be covered in the seminar include status and future projection of groundwater, water conservation techniques, design of wells and pumps, More >

Grant Funding Available for Rural Business Development

April 12, 2013 Deadline set for applications

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner has announced  his agency is now accepting applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.

In making the announcement Brunner said, “The RBEG program is one of the most flexible economic development opportunities offered by USDA Rural Development to create jobs, something the Obama administration has worked hard to do.” He added, “In the past the RBEG has been used to fund business incubators, feasibility studies, business plans, and it has financed technical assistance programs for business development.”

The RBEG funding is made available to public bodies, nonprofit More >

Solidarity rally against Keystone XL Pipeline

Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:00am until 1:00pm EAST CONCOURSE SANTA FE CAPITOL, THE ROUNDHOUSE


Bring your bikes, your skateboards, your skates, walk, run, take the bus or carpool but join us in solidarity with this historic DC action calling for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Meet your friends and allies, make new friends and allies, in the struggle to end the climate emergency we face.

Local Author Paul Bauer In Conversation at Collected Works


This Sunday February 10, 2013 , 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe:

Local Author Paul Bauer Will Discuss His Book “The Rio Grande – A River Guide To The Geology and Landscapes of Northern New Mexico” and What Is Happening to the Rio Grande Today. Bauer will be in conversation with KSFR Radio Host David Bacon, part of Bacon’s continuing series “Who Controls Warter in the Bio Region.”

Bauer is a principal geologist and associate director at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech. He received a Ph.D. in geology from New More >

Earth Day Celebration at Ghost Ranch: Water’s for Cooperating Over

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2013 The arid Southwest generally, New Mexico specifically, has been the scene of intense competition for resources. With today’s news filled with stories of conflict over water- it is easy to accept the old canard that `water’s for fighting over.’ But is it really? We will examine historic instances in which societies have come together to share nature’s most precious resource. Instructors will present stories which highlight such social systems, explode the myth of water conflict and point toward a future with `just enough’ water for human and nature’s uses. Instructors: Steve Harris is a More >

Love Your River Clean Up Day – February 16, 2013

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

At Frenchy’s Field Barn, Agua Fria at Osage.

Come to register, get trash bags & supplies

Have hot coffee, hot chocolate & donuts

Enter our drawing for prizes!

please RSVP with Robin, or call 820-1696

RecycleMania competition kicks off at NMSU

New Mexico State University has kicked off its participation in the 2013 RecycleMania tournament, the national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

NMSU has been a leader in RecycleMania in recent years, placing fifth in both 2011 and 2012, and second in 2010 in the competition division of the tournament. More than 525 schools from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada are participating this year. Schools compete in 11 categories to see who recycles the most on a per capita basis, which produces the More >

Environment Department Clarifies Differences Between Uranium Isotopes

Uranium in Santa Fe-Española Area Well Water is Naturally Occurring (Santa Fe, NM) – Geologists have known for decades that the sandstones near Santa Fe and Española contain uranium. The yellow and brown mineral coatings on sand grains will kick a Geiger counter but are not rich enough to be mined at the present time. Most water wells in the area contain detectable uranium. More than 200 private and public wells contain uranium in excess of the drinking water health standard of 30 parts-per-billion (ppb), and some wells contain hundreds of ppb. The primary health concern of uranium in drinking water More >

NM utility to buy solar power for less than coal


Bloomberg reports El Paso Electric Co., a southwestern utility, has agreed to purchase electricity from a New Mexico solar project owned by the solar panel manufacturer First Solar, for a price lower than the going rate for coal:

First Solar bought the 50-megawatt Macho Springs project from Element Power Solar, according to a statement yesterday. El Paso Electric Co. (EE) agreed to buy the power for 5.79 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to a Jan. 22 procedural order from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

That’s less than half the 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour average price for new coal plants, according to More >



Douglas Cohen

To navigate the health and wellness marketplace for our families and our selves is an exercise in nearly endless choice making. Among the many challenges accompanying us is reconciling the conventional assumptions and external messages about healthcare in our culture with the natural, inner guidance system operating deep within us.

I believe that when we can get quiet enough and listen within, we know what is good for us and what it not. Unfortunately, there are many barriers in our society to cultivating that inner quietude and access to self-derived knowing. Staying alert and increasing consciousness in our personal More >