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Startup Santa Fe – Creating an Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship

 

Bonn Macy

 

 

Startup Santa Fe, “Your Hub for All Things Startup,” is a public-private partnership with the city of Santa Fe and Creative Santa Fe to provide access to entrepreneurial resources online and throughout New Mexico. If you have a great new idea, Startup Santa Fe can help you to learn how to move it forward and connect you with people who can help make it happen.

 

Through its website, Startup Santa Fe continuously delivers information about startups and innovation news across New Mexico and related events across the region. The initiative also produces networking and discussion groups that bring the community More >

JourneySantaFe: ACLU Director of Public Policy, on Ending Solitary Confinement in New Mexico

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 (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

June 5, Sunday, 11 am

Steven Robert Allen, the ACLU Director of Public Policy, on Ending Solitary Confinement in New Mexico Host: Holly Beaumont. Moderators: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Decades of research and litigation raise troubling questions about the psychological toll solitary confinement has on prisoners. Unfortunately, this corrections practice More >

Facts on the New Mexico Solar Industry

From the Solar Energy Industries Association

 

   There are currently more than 102 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Mexico, employing 1,900 people.

   In 2015, New Mexico installed 41 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 17th nationally.

   The 365 MW of solar energy currently installed in New Mexico ranks the state 12th in the country in installed solar capacity. That is enough solar energy installed to power 83,000 homes.

   In 2015, $86 million was invested on solar installations.

   Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily—by 6 percent from last year and 48 More >

Op-Ed: A Green Economy Is a Fair Economy

Creating employment opportunities and economic hope in New Mexico and beyond with renewable energy

 

Regina Wheeler

 

 With global temperatures revising the record books, droughts and wildfires threatening homes and food production, and people across the nation and world demanding urgent climate action, there’s no longer any doubt: We need to transition to renewable energy (RE). Moving from polluting fossil fuels to clean solar and wind is essential for adequately reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving the planet from catastrophic warming.

 

But, when it comes to the case for renewables, the environment is only part of the equation. Moving to a green economy is More >

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Releases Comprehensive Guide to the State’s Wildlands

 

Veteran and novice outdoor adventurers alike will find something to love in the latest publication from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico’s Wilderness is an unrivaled resource for anyone interested in the Land of Enchantment’s special wild places.

Part hiking guide and part reference book, the Wild Guide offers a lifetime of inspiration for hikes, weekend camping trips, desert wanderings and backpack adventures. It also is packed full of history, color maps and stunning images from some of New Mexico’s best photographers.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Mark Allison said, “I hope that this guide will provide the More >

Newsbites – June 2016

 

“Internet of Things” Lab Connects Business, Education and Technology

The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes the rapidly expanding network of machines and appliances, medical and environmental monitors, vehicles, and even homes that use connectivity to collect and exchange information.

VIZZIA Technologies is a Santa Fe-based provider of technology solutions for healthcare organizations. VIZZIA’s IoT project began in 2015 when the company received funding from the Venture Acceleration Fund, an award administered by the Española-based Regional Development Corporation. VIZZIA is now partnering with the UNM School of Engineering to launch the IoT Laboratory and the beginning of a unique curriculum. The Lab More >

Animal Protection Voters to hold “Howl and Be Heard” benefit concerts

The public is invited to join Animal Protection Voters (APV) and acclaimed folk musician Dana Lyons at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19, at the APV Santa Fe Office for a special benefit concert – “Howl and Be Heard.” Lyons will also perform in Albuquerque Saturday, June 18, to raise funds and supporters for APV.

Lyons is a singer-songwriter best known for his 1996 hit “Cows with Guns,” a humorous tale of a bovine uprising with an underlying message about the dangers of factory farming. A prolific musician, activist and environmentalist, some of Lyons’ most recent work includes “Salmon Come Home,” written More >

NMSU, Acoma Pueblo to host seventh annual Acoma Agriculture Day

ACOMA – Maintaining livestock health and controlling pests and noxious weeds are ongoing tasks for ranchers.

 

Solutions to these issues will be discussed at the Acoma Agriculture Day, set for Friday, June 17, at the Acoma Tribal Auditorium on Pinsbaari Drive.

New Mexico State University’s Northern New Mexico Outreach Project and the Pueblo of Acoma are hosting the free event that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, June 16, prior to the program at the auditorium, Nick Ashcroft, NMSU Extension range management specialist, will conduct a range monitoring workshop on the Acoma livestock allotment. The More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – June 2016

 

June 4, 10 am–2 pm

Intl. District Health Fair

Texas St. SE, btwn. Central Ave. and Zuni Rd.

Celebrating the community and health. Parking and shuttle services available at the Caravan East, 7605 Central NE. www.facebook.comIDhealthfair

 

June 7, 7–8:30 pm

Residential Rainwater Harvesting

Meadowlark Senior Center, Río Rancho

Gardening with the Masters lecture. Free and open to the public. SandovalMasterGardeners.org

 

June 8, 8–10 am

Branding, Marketing and Public Relations

Sandoval Economic Alliance, 1201 Río Rancho Blvd., Río Rancho

Educational workshop by Tom Garrity for local business owners. Light breakfast and course materials provided. $39. 7/13: NM Incentive Programs for Your Business. Peer-oriented roundtables meet every 2nd Weds. through 11/9. Presented by More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – June 2016

Through June 18, Tues.–Sat.

Flashing on the Sixties

El Museo Cultural, 555 Cam. de la Familia

“A Trip Back to the Garden.” Photographs by Lisa Law plus memorabilia. www.elmuseocultural.org

 

Through March 5, 2017

Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods

NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

Car Culture of Northern NM. 505.476.5019, www.nmhistorymuseum.org

 

June 3, Aug. 5, 10 am–1 pm

Free Legal Clinics

First Judicial Court, 225 Montezuma Ave.

For low-income New Mexicans.  First Friday every other month. Attorneys provide free legal advice on civil matters only (no family or criminal law) on a first come, first serve basis limited to the first 25 people. Bring relevant paperwork. NM Legal Aid’s Volunteer Attorney More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – June 2016

 

July 1-17

Storytellers: Teaching Heritage through Song and Story

Millicent Rogers Museum, 1503 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Textiles, paintings, traditional ceramic storytellers. By museum admission: $10/discounts. 575.758.2462, www.millicentrogers.com

 

June 2–4

Taos Poetry Festival

Various locations

Readings, workshops, classes, salons. All events free for students. 919.949.2113, www.taospoetry.com

 

June 3–5

Music on the Mesa

Taos Mesa Brewing

Many performers including Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle on 6/5. Two outdoor stages and an indoor stage. Bring low-back chairs and blankets. www.taosmusiconthemesa.com

 

July 11-14

Integrative Medicine Professionals Symposium

Sagebrush Inn

7th Biennial symposium on integrative health featuring many distinguished speakers and local practitioners. Presented by the UNM School of Medicine’s Section of Integrative Medicine, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development, More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – June 2016

 

June 10, 10 am–1 pm

Nonprofit Funding and Resources

NMHU, Las Vegas, NM

Working with the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Learn about funding support and the application process from SFCF staff. Free. 505.988.9715, amclaughlin@santafecf.org

 

June 11, 9:30 am

Pecos River Spring Cleanup

Meet at the Upper Pecos Watershed Association office, 78 S. Main St. for coffee and supplies. Free bbq picnic afterward at the Jamie Koch Pavillion. Info/RSVP: 505.757.3600, upwa@pecoswatershed.org

 

June 12–19

Sheep Is Life Celebration

Diné College, Tsailé, Navajo Nation

20th annual gathering for all who love sheep, wool, fiber arts and the cultures that have maintained these lifeways. Sponsored by Diné College and the Land Grant Office. Workshops, More >

JourneySantaFe: Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino on the Behavioral Health Care Crisis

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 (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 29, Sunday, 11 am

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino on The Behavioral Health Crisis in New Mexico, the State of Health Care, Politics, and more Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Four New Mexico politicos gathered recently to discuss the state of the presidential race and more on Democracy More >

Commentary: Voting For a Sustainable World

 

For the pristine American West environment, there is so much at stake in this presidential election. We have to be continually concerned about sustainability and protecting the environment from the growing manipulation by large destructive corporate interests. These include water and air pollution, destruction of forests and privatization of national forests, large scale copper mining devastation, encroachments on Native American reserves and many more areas of concern. Big changes may be just around the corner, if either of the front runners win. Bernie Sanders makes it clear for him by saying, “Leave it in the ground.”

 

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JourneySantaFe: Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

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 (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 22, Sunday, 11 am

Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce: Comparison Studies of Commerce and City Budgets, and What Brackley Would Do to Fix the City Budget Deficit and Get the Santa Fe Economy Going Again. Journey Host: Alan Webber

Simon Brackley knows Santa More >

JourneySantaFe: Mark Rudd and Alan Webber on Democratic Socialism

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 (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

May 15, Sunday, 11 am

’60s Activist Mark Rudd and 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Alan Webber: Does Democratic Socialism represent the future of the Democratic Party?

Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Are there long-term consequences to Bernie Sanders’ current run for the presidential nomination?

Rudd is a political organizer, mathematics instructor, More >

Deep Seeds and First Foods

 

Centers of Origin and Diversification of Maíz in the Río Arriba

and the Survival of Heritage Cuisines

 

Devon G. Peña, Ph.D.

 

 

For several decades, farmers, eaters and resilience advocates have made impassioned calls to reorient our food systems toward local and slow foods. From an indigenous vantage point, this also means remaining mindful of what I call “Deep Food” or what my friend and mentor, Delbert Miller, calls “First Foods,” by which we wish to designate the heritage cuisines that arise in a place-based manner as a result of a long duration process of indigenous agroecological, ethnobotanical and ethnogastronomical knowledge and practices More >

Fresh AIRE / From Seeds to Landraces: A Story of Reconnection and Understanding

 

Miguel Santistevan

 

 

One of the greatest achievements of humankind is the domestication of crops over thousands of years. Our crops of today came from wild plants of different families, domesticated by cultures around the globe for a multitude of uses. Over time, cultures came to be characterized byamong other thingsfoods from the crops they developed that were specialized to particular agricultural practices and environments. These specialized crops withstood countless generations of good and bad years and came to have genetic traits that allowed survival through a myriad of agricultural problems. Termed “landraces,” these crops can be considered humankind’s foundational half More >

A Talk by Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library

 

Kristen Davenport

The statistics are depressing: Agrochemical giant Monsanto owns 26 percent of all the seeds sold in the United States. Recently, a $130 billion merger between DuPont and Dow means that company now owns 18.2 percent of the seed market share. Roughly three companies, in other words, sell half of all the seeds in the country.

Nonetheless, there is a real uprising in the United States of growers who want more choices. Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Library (www.seedlibrary.org), based in upstate New York, came to Santa Fe in March to talk about seed sovereignty, seed saving and the More >

Op-Ed: Germplasm: The Centralization of Seed and Efforts to Conserve Seed Diversity

L. Acuna Sandoval

Seed and germplasm are a reservoir of genetic information that at times seem so small and, to some, unimportant. Seed contains vast information about a plant’s history and evolution. It is difficult to describe how vital this is. This year, I am growing seed for a conservation farm; it is seed that used to be in Thomas Jefferson’s collection. It is not going well. I know nothing of the history of the seed except that its yield has declined. I grow many varieties of peppers every season including landrace peppers that have been in areas of New Mexico More >