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Newsbites – August 2016

Chaco Canyon Fracking Leases Postponed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed an oil and gas lease sale on San Juan Basin land near Chaco Canyon until Jan. 18, 2017.

Approximately 843 acres, 15 miles from the ruins of an 11th-century ceremonial great house—a three-story building that encloses a plaza and four kivas and is surrounded by 14 buried kivas and a great kiva—have been proposed as drilling sites. Three parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage Site, had been slated to be sold at the BLM’s October 2016 lease sale but were withdrawn to allow analysis related More >

Tibetan Buddhist monks to construct Mandala Sand Painting in Santa Fe

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Wednesday, Aug.10 to Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe during the museum’s open hours (10:00am – 5:00pm).

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – August 2016



Aug. 5, evening; Aug. 6, 8 am–4 pm

Summer Wings

Río Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW

22nd annual event celebrates NM’s wildlife. Hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, lizards, snakes and porcupines. Guided bilingual walk. Speakers. Free. Parking $3. Crafts for kids. 505.344.7240,


Aug. 6

4th Annual Resilience Run

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW

Family-friendly, community event commemorates the runners who enabled the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and raises funds for educational programs. 10K run at 7 am. 5K at 8:30 am, kids’ 1K and walk at 9:15 am. Free museum admission and traditional Native music and dance at 11 am and 2 pm. More >

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


Aug. 1–6, all day

SF County Fair

SF County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Rd.

Annual event offers youth and adults an opportunity to enter their crafts, food and animals in contests. Live entertainment, food, educational opportunities. http:/


Aug. 3–7, 10–14, 8 am–5 pm

Horse Shows

Hipico SF, 100 S. Polo Dr.

Equestrian jumping, competition, 100+ artists, food, Sat. concert. Free.


Aug. 3–7

Transformation and Healing Conference

New Earth Institute of Southwestern College

“At the Crossroads of Human Potential”

35th annual conference. CEUs available. Keynote by Gregg Braden. 505.471.5756,,


Aug. 3, 11:30–1 pm

Energy Storage Talk

SF Area Homebuilders, 2520-B Cam. Entrada

Green lunch. Presentation by Peter Page of Amenergy on the history of More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – August 2016



Aug. 6, 8 pm

The Rifters


Southwestern folk-country-Americana. $10, 575.758.5826


Through Sept. 11

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company

Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St.

“American Moderns and the West,” an exhibit detailing Luhan’s impact on the art, writings and activism of 20th-century modernists Dorothy Brett, D.H. Lawrence, Marsden Hartley and others. Closed Mondays. 575.758.9826,


Sept. 24, 10 am–1:30 pm

Wetlands and Private Lands Workshop

Taos Land Trust Property

Learn how to make your rangeland more productive while protecting wetland resources. Speakers’ presentations and time in the field. RSVP: 575.758.3874,


Third Weds. Monthly

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

Taos County Courthouse Mural Room, Taos Plaza

Networking, presentations and discussion. Free.



Holy Cross Hospital Health Support

HCH More >

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



Aug. 4, 5:30–7 pm

Green Drinks

Little Toad Pub backroom, Silver City, NM Monthly meeting of the SW NM Green Chamber of Commerce and the NM Solar Energy Assn. Silver City Chapter. 575.538.1337,


Aug. 6

Places with a Past

Las Vegas, NM

Tour of historic homes and buildings will focus on filmmaking in the area. 505.425.8803,


Aug. 6–7


Honeybee Sanctuary, Cleveland, NM

Biodynamic apiculture event presented by Michael Thiele. The ecological and regenerative dimensions of honeybees. Accommodations/camping available. 575.387.5907,


Aug. 10, 5 pm Application Deadline

Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants

Proposals accepted from Native communities looking to gain better understanding about historical, current and future state of their local food More >

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe present Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part 1

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe announces its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s history play, King Henry IV, Part 1, Aug. 11-14 at the Performing Arts Center at Santa Fe High School, 2100 Yucca St. The play, with its raucous tavern scenes, political intrigue, and numerous stage fights, will be presented uncut by 24 young Santa Feans ages 10-17 making up two full casts. The troupe, which began in September 2014 with three eager young Shakespeareans, has grown exponentially over the past year, adding members with each production they’ve done. Six new Crows are taking part this summer.

Crows founder and artistic director More >

New Wednesday Night Market

Santa Fe Farmers’ Markets has a new Wednesday Night Market—

Market Hours from 4-8pm

Stop by after work and enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe summer evenings by shopping at the new Wednesday Night Farmers’ Market.

For more info:

JourneySantaFe: SF Reporter Co-Founder/Author Richard McCord

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 & Iconic Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

July 24, Sunday, 11 am

NEWS With Richard McCord Host: Bill Dupuy

Richard McCord co-founded the Santa Fe Reporter in June, 1974 with Laurel Knowles and acted as its editor and publisher for 15 years. A briefcase containing his favorite papers from that era includes award-winning exposés More >

NMSU hosts grafting workshop in Alcalde

ALCALDE – New Mexico State University’’s Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will host a fruit tree grafting/budding workshop Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

Grafting is very useful in fruit tree production for both commercial growers and home gardeners. There are many reasons to graft.

“Commercial growers can use grafting to propagate their own trees’ unique cultivars,” NMSU’s Shengrui Yao said. “Top-grafting can be used to switch cultivars to make the orchard more profitable.”

Home gardeners can graft multiple cultivars in the same tree to keep heirloom cultivars alive, or to More >

JourneySantaFe: Creativity for Peace

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).

July 17, Sunday, 11 am

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE With Executive Director Dottie Indyke on Bringing Palestinian and Israeli Students Together Moderators: Alan Webber and Bill Dupuy

“In difficult times, when it is scary just to walk the streets, I realize just how much we need to change things.” -Adi, 27, Israeli

Creativity More >

WaterSmart Gardening Class in Albuquerque

Earn a $20 rebate from the Albuquerque/Bernalillo Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA). Greater ABQ Habitat for Humanity (GAHH) is teaming up with the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden at Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The class is in the West Campus Multipurpose Center. In order to qualify for the rebate, your name must match the name on your ABCWUA bill. This class is free, but you must pre-register with GAHH. Call (505) 359- 2423 or e-mail Sponsored by State Farm and Bank of the West.

Professional Shakespearean Acting Workshops


The International Shakespeare Center hosts two acting workshops with Masters graduates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (lamda), Ariana Karp and Will McKay. The lamda conservatory approach offers a holistic perspective on practice, helping actors access classical text through physical engagement. The workshops will feature vocal, physical, and group exercises for actors of all ages.

During their last visit to Santa Fe, Karp directed Ducdame Ensemble’s Dames of Thrones during the First Folio February events, and McKay performed in the show. Both acted as demonstrators for lamda faculty Judith Phillips and Rodney Cottier in their workshops.

The Saturday July 16 More >


Help Reduce Gun Violence in New Mexico

Join Mayor Javier Gonzales, author Valerie Plame, and Ambassador Joe Wilson

Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for a private screening of the film, Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence (54 min.) reception to follow.

Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe

There will be a demonstration of collected firearms being forged into garden shovels, spades, and public art installations.


New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) launches a critical statewide gun buyback campaign to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets. Over the next year, More >

JourneySantaFe: Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group

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).

July 10, Sunday, 11 am

Greg Mello, executive director & co-founder of LOS ALAMOS STUDY GROUP, in Conversation with attorney Denise Fort on Policy Research, Environmental Analysis, and more. Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Since 1989, the Los Alamos Study Group community-staff and board, volunteers, interns, and supporters-has consistently More >

SFCC Co-hosts Free Brownfields Community Revitalization Workshop on Aug. 9


Register by Aug. 3 to learn about Brownfields funding and technical resources to facilitate economic development and community revitalization through remediation of contaminated sites


SANTA FE, NM – Santa Fe Community College will co-host a free Brownfields Workshop on Tues. Aug. 9, in cooperation with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), EPA Region 6 and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University.


The Environmental Protection Agency defines Brownfields properties as those that have the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Communities often struggle with how to develop, expand, or reuse a property that might More >

The 10 Microeconomies of New Mexico


Alan M. Webber


 We New Mexicans know that our state is doing far too poorly in too many important categories. We hate the ratings, but we can’t ignore them unless we’re willing to accept the status quo. Because the hard truth is, the headlines and the numbers don’t lie.


We have some of the worst unemployment statistics in the country. We’re at the bottom when it comes to children living in poverty; when it comes to the overall well-being of children, we rank next to the bottom. Too many New Mexicans find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, which leads More >

New Mexico Taxes and Economic Development


Brian McDonald, Jim Peach, Lee Reynis, Chuck Wellborn


Employment levels in New Mexico are still not back to the levels achieved in 2007 before the Great Recession. The state has been hit hard by the federal sequestration, the bust in construction activity and now the decline in energy prices. Despite claims that recent job gains signal economic recovery, these new jobs continue to be largely healthcare jobs and are due not to state economic-development initiatives but to enactment of the federal Affordable Care Act and the resulting increase in medical care for state residents. Albuquerque Business First reported on April 29 that, More >

Excerpts from a Statement about New Mexico’s Economy

Before the Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 20, 2016

Jim Peach


In the short run, the New Mexico economy faces considerable uncertainty. A few things to watch:

Employment growth is the key to sustaining personal income growth and

            • State job growth has been modest during the recovery.

            • Although Albuquerque has shown some strength in recent months, the rest of the state is much weaker.


Oil and Gas:

Many oil analysts expect a protracted period of low oil prices. … Without a substantial reduction in world production in 2016, there is little reason to anticipate a rebound in oil prices. … The big players in More >

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Growing a 21st Century Economy in New Mexico


Marie Longserre


 One of the most dramatic trends affecting the U.S. economy in the past several decades has been the rise of entrepreneurial activity as a foundation for business and job growth. While small businesses of all types have always played a critical role and continue to do so, a combination of technology, financial capital, market evolution and support infrastructure has launched a new type of entrepreneur, one focused on innovation.


Innovation in this context is used to mean new approaches to solving practical problems through business ventures, including reimagining product design, business models and markets. At its extreme, “disruptive innovation” topples More >