Green Fire Times

The Green Fire Times is published by Skip Whitson, edited by Seth Roffman, webmaster Karen Shepherd and Breaking News editor Stephen Klinger. All authors retain all copyrights. If you need to contact a particular author, or want to write for us, please be in touch.


Posts by Green Fire Times

Santa Fe Indian Center Hosts “Moral Monday” March 6th, 12pm-2pm at New Mexico State Capitol

The Santa Fe Indian Center in conjunction with Moral Monday New Mexico will be hosting a social justice movement event on March 6th, 2017 from 12pm-2pm at the State Capitol building. We encourage everyone Native and non-Native to come show your support and hear about important topics we are facing in our Native communities. A number of guest speakers are scheduled to address the latest updates on Native education, health, voting, repatriation, and many other subjects.

Brian Vallo of Acoma Pueblo, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center for the School of Advanced Research, will speak about the STOP Act (Safeguard More >

Journey Santa Fe: A Conversation with JULIANNA KOOB of PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering 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 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

February 26, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore &  Iconik Coffeehouse

A Conversation with JULIANNA KOOB of PLANNED PARENTHOOD: How it has been impacted because of the change in administrations, and what plans they have laid out to keep their organization going Journey More >

Nearly 2,000 Applied Anthropologists Expected To Attend Meeting in Santa Fe


On March 28, dozens of anthropologists and other applied social scientists join local experts to host a series of sessions focused on our region’s diverse heritage, its complex and challenging present and its future as a world destination. Sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology, this one-day event, which is free to the public, marks the first day of its annual conference, March 28-April 1, 2017.

Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis of Santa Fe and a scholar in residence at the School for Advanced Research, has been appointed program chair of the 77th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Recognizing More >

Santa Fe Indian Center Opens Doors

The Santa Fe Indian Center (SFIC) has opened its new office at 1420 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and has appointed Caren Gala to serve as the new acting director. The SFIC was able to open a physical location due to donors from the Sufi Service Center, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund of the SFCF and other major donors. The office, located in the Center for Progress and Justice, is now open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will serve the urban Native American community of Santa Fe.

Gala, a member of Nambe Pueblo, is the former More >

Rescue therapy dogs and animal advocates assemble in Santa Fe for Animal Protection Lobby Day and Press Conference

Santa Fe, N.M. –  Animal Protection Voters (APV) will host Animal Protection Lobby Day on Wednesday, Feb. 22, joined by a troupe of registered therapy dogs offering cuddles and photo opportunities for lawmakers, Roundhouse staff, and lobbyists alike.

Over 150 animal advocates are expected to take part in Animal Lobby Day, calling for the passage of legislation to help animals and people including: cracking down on horrific animal cruelty and neglect; securing much-needed funding for low-income spay/neuter services; and banning senseless coyote killing contests.

APV will hold a 2:30 pm press conference in the Roundhouse Rotunda featuring legislators and advocates from all More >


Sandoval County Master Gardeners will offer a “Pruning Your Garden” workshop March 11 from 1 to 5 pm at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Blvd., Río Rancho.   Judy Jacobs, Lifetime Sandoval County Master Gardener and Elizabeth Gardner, Sandoval County Master Gardener and Certified Arborist will help the home gardener learn how and when to prune home garden plants and trees.  Learn to prune fruit trees and small fruits, conifers, roses, shrubs, and perennials.

“The importance of proper pruning is critical to the health of woody plants and trees,” said Sandoval County Agriculture/Horticulture Agent Lynda Garvin.

Cost for the work More >

Food and Farms Day at the New Mexico Legislature Monday, Feb. 20

Spring is still a few weeks away but Project Feed the Hood and our Food Justice initiatives are already in high gear! There are a few places where you can engage with this work, and first up is the 5th Annual New Mexico Food & Farms Day and New Mexico School Nutrition Day. If you would like to travel up to Santa Fe with us on Monday, please meet at the SWOP Office at 211 10th St. SW by 7:30 AM, and expect to be back in Albuquerque by 3:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.

WHAT: New Mexico Food & Farms More >

Journey Santa Fe: Former Activist Mark Rudd

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering 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 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

February 12, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse

A Conversation with former Political SDS Activist Mark Rudd – In Remembrance of Tom Hayden and a Look at Progressive Movement in New Mexico. Journey Host: Alan Webber

Mark will present a short More >

National and Local Legal Organizations Endorse Santa Fe Resolution that Strengthens Policies for Immigrants

SANTA FE, NM-On Saturday, Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced several key endorsements from national and local legal organizations for a proposed city council resolution that reaffirms Santa Fe’s non-discrimination policies towards immigrants and tht creates a broad confidentiality policy to protect the sensitive personal information of all its residents.

In the wake of President Trump’s orders to launch deportation raids across the country and to coerce local governments into aiding in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, several jurisdictions are moving to pass and fortify existing policies that protect their immigrant residents. Santa Fe’s resolution will go before the Finance Committee More >

Immigrant Day of Action Rally Monday

Hundreds of Immigrant Families, Labor, Faith & Civil Rights Leaders to Travel to Capitol to Speak Out Against Trump’s  Executive Orders SANTA FE, NM–Hundreds of immigrant families, labor, faith and civil rights leaders from across the state will hold a rally on Monday, February 6th in the Capitol rotunda to speak out against the Trump administration’s dangerous executive orders.

Last month, Trump signed two destructive executive orders threatening to separate immigrant families using a massive deportation force, enrich private prison companies that profit from human tragedy, strip immigrants of their due process rights, discriminate against the Muslim community and more.

What: Immigrant More >

The NM Progressive Coalition invites Public to The People’s Rally / Moral Monday at the Roundhouse

Progressive groups from around the state are invited to join us on Monday, Feb. 20, starting at 8am at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. The focus of the day is to bring the voice of the people to Santa Fe. Feel free to bring literature to put on our tables. We’ll be lobbying on progressive legislation from 8am to noon. At 9am we will have team leaders lead groups of people around the Roundhouse and through the Legislative lobbying process. There will be food and speakers at noon, a press conference at 2pm and a rally on the east concourse More >

Enlivened Aging in New Mexico and in Our World


Sedena C. Cappannelli


Health and wellness means different things to each of us as we age. According to longevity expert Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, aging merely refers to a passage of time, and time can be used for regeneration, not just degeneration. “The power to regenerate lies within you,” he says. This is good news at any age, and it’s even better news as we get older. Of course, we are all aging, from the time we are born. It is part of life. It’s just that our youth-obsessed culture is so age-averse that from the time we are very young, More >

Conscious Aging through Qigong


Master Mingtong Gu and Betsy McDonald


Some things get better with age, like fine wine and cheese. Biological processes transform these common foods into uncommon delicacies—delicious, sought-after treats. But aging in humans? Not always quite so delicious!


Science, however, is narrowing in on the biological causes of the diseases of aging. In an interview for the January/February 2017 AARP Bulletin, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a Nobel Prize winner, discussed the role of telomeres as a main factor in diseases associated with aging.


 “The chromosomes are where all our genetic material is packaged, in the More >

OP-ED: Healthcare vs. Health


George Cappannelli


“Health” from the Greek root Kailo means “whole, uninjured, of good omen.” From the Old English Haelan, “to make whole, to make sound and well.” In contemporary times, the World Health Organization offered this definition: “complete mental, physical and social well-being.”


Whether we look to ancient or contemporary definitions, it is clear that the word “health” encompasses and encourages a much broader state of well-being than does our focus on “healthcare.” Indeed, any genuine consideration of health goes significantly beyond the narrow boundaries and hackneyed arguments that continue to rage in America about what kind of healthcare system we should have. More >

Health Efficacy: Winding One’s Way through a Health Crisis


Japa K. Khalsa, DOM


What really happens inside when our health has spun out of control? Have you or a loved one ever been through a real health crisis, when you felt horrible and did not know what was wrong? Or perhaps you came back from the doctor with news that was less than happy. What can be done during those times to return that lost sense of autonomy—the feeling that we have choice, hope and that there is an opportunity for quality of life to be restored?


This kind of event can be terrifying on so many levels, and without the right More >

Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™

Unlock The Secrets To A Sharp Mind


Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.


On New Year’s Day I was sitting in my office catching up on the latest health headlines. The first article I read made me pause and give thanks. It noted that rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are actually decreasing—a fantastic report to this doctor, who has spent a lifetime working to put an end to this epidemic. And although the next article could be taken as bad news, that a recent AD drug trial was a flop, it made me give thanks, too. Thanks that folks, including the conventional medical More >

Your Microbiome: Making Friends with Your Colonies


Erica M. Elliott, M.D.


When you look in the mirror, you might think that the entire being reflected back to you is human, but that is not the case. Only 10 percent of your cells are human; the rest are made up of billions of microorganisms that colonize your body. We are truly walking ecosystems.


My son, Barrett, went through a short-lived phase of germ phobia around the time he turned 4 years old. He refused to wear secondhand clothing, washed his hands frequently and did not want to use public bathrooms. He said, “I don’t want to get any bugs More >

Green Dentistry and Your Health


Curtis Brookover, DDS


The rising field of holistic dentistry supports one basic principle—healthy teeth are part of the whole body. Our practice is considered collaborative between patient and dentist, since choosing safer materials for work in your mouth is important, as well as the diet you eat. With new technologies available, the prospect of keeping your teeth for a lifetime is becoming more realistic with each year.


Sometimes called biologic or biocompatible dentistry, holistic dentistry considers the impacts that materials, procedures, diet and daily care have on oral health. More specifically, the Holistic Dental Network recommends:

Proper nutrition for the prevention or More >

Chase the Bugs Away

Natural Healing Methods


Marcie Martínez


In 2011 I trained for the first Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon. The week before the race I started coming down with a cold or some sort of infection. After spending so much time getting ready for the race I knew I had to deal with the issue quickly and aggressively. I used the knowledge I had acquired from various sources to tackle the issue head on.


Lori García, owner of Body Basics, in Española, New Mexico, provided some great information regarding natural healing. One thing she always recommends regardless of the ailment is hydration. She is also More >

Food as Medicine

Dora Pacias Is Proof of It


Alejandro López


“We need to make the health of our bodies and lives our absolute priority. If we do and if we succeed in coming back into balance as we were when we were children, most of our other problems will disappear.” 

— Dora Pacias


Dora Pacias, grower of natural foods and teacher of healthy living, together with her life partner, Lorenzo Candelaria of Atrisco, near Albuquerque, is known for her candor. It takes little prodding for her to state that just slightly over a decade ago, she, like so many others in our consumer society, More >