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State Land Commissioner Seeks to Protect Ogallala Aquifer from Depletion


Effective July 1, 2017, the State Land Office, without first reviewing hydrologic information, will not approve new, or renew, land access to drill water wells on State Trust Lands that involve the use of fresh water from the Ogallala aquifer for oil and gas production and related activities.

The announcement follows Commissioner Aubrey Dunn’s adoption of a policy in January of this year seeking to protect fresh water under State Trust Lands.

In June of 2016,  Dunn was sued on account of his efforts to require existing easement holders to drill their wells into deeper, non-potable sources where the water is to More >

2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Los Alamos Ranch School



Los Alamos, NM – The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun. This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.


The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and physical curriculum, and later went on More >

Awesome Foundation Santa Fe Accepting Grant Applications



Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe chapter of the Awesome Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 micro-grant that will be awarded to invest in a local project that aims to make Santa Fe a better place to live, work, and play. Applications are due by August 4, 2017, with the grant to be awarded in September.


The foundation funds local projects in science, technology, art, education, entertainment, or social good. Projects should demonstrate a clear community benefit with immediate impact by helping other people or creating a better environment for them.


The grant application is open to individuals and groups More >

14th Annual International Folk Art Market — Santa Fe


The largest, most diverse folk-art festival in the world—featuring 160 master artists from 53 countries—will take place  on July 14, 15 and 16 on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


People of all backgrounds and beliefs will unite as the market welcomes artists, entrepreneurs, global citizens and community leaders whose creativity provides common ground in an increasingly polarized world. Some 20,000 visitors are expected.


The Market, juried by two panels of experts, is carefully curated to represent the highest quality folk art made by individual artists, family enterprises and community artist cooperatives. The impact is especially great for disenfranchised women and More >

Newsbites – July 2017


Methane Emission Rules Intercepted


The Trump administration has moved quickly to suspend, and perhaps rescind, two Obama-era rules intended to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to delay for at least two years a rule that would require companies to monitor and reduce leaks. The rule was one of the regulations intended to help the U.S. meet its commitment to the Paris Climate accord. President Trump has announced that he is withdrawing the U.S. from that agreement.


Claiming the rule would harm energy development, jobs and revenue in states such as New Mexico, the More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – July 2017


July 8, 10 am12 pm

Abq Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Edna Fergusson Library

3700 San Mateo Ne

Monthly meeting of group working for climate change solutions that bridge the partisan divide.,


July 9, 911 am

Seasons of Growth Gardening Class

Indian pueblo cultural center

2401 12th nw

Resilience garden session checking each plant species’ health. $5 suggested donation. 11 am–12 pm: volunteer work. 505.843.7270, reservations:


July 13, 6:309 pm

Voices Of The Barrio: Abq Slam Team

El chante: casa de cultura

804 park ave. Sw

Open mic music and poetry rooted in the uniqueness of nm culture and centered on community activism and social justice. The ABQ Slam Team is going to More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – July 2017


July 4–8

Hands for Land Community Art Workshop

Make art with local artists at two free interactive workshops. 7/4, 3–6 pm at Mercado del Aur, 6009 Jaguar Dr.; 7/5, 3–6 pm at sf farmers’ market, 1607 Paseo de Peralta. Artwork will be auctioned at community celebration fundraiser on 7/8, 11 am–2 pm at the Railyard community room. Proceeds benefit Earth Care Community Garden. Sponsored by Creative Activist Network. Http://


July 5–August 25

Santa Fe Bandstand

Santa fe plaza

Live performances. Free.


July 7, 125 pm; July 8, 9 am2 pm

Well Water Testing

Pojoaque valley high school gym

1574 nm-502

Sf County NMED and NMDOH are offering free water tests More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – July 2017


July 2, 9, 16, 15 pm

Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Series

Arroyo seco, nm

Final 3 of 7 classes taught by author/healer Howard Badhand (Lakota), hierbera/food scientist Margaret Garcia, curanderas Tonita Gonzales and Rita Navarrate Perez, and farmer/herbalist Emigdio Ballon (Quechua). $350 for the full series. Natives from local pueblos may pay on a donation basis. 914.400.7558,


July 7–9

Taos Pueblo Powwow

$15/day, $20 2-day pass/$25 3-day pass. Children 10 & under free. Cash only. 7/7–8, 10 am–10 pm; 7/9, 10 am–6 pm. 888.285.6344,


July 8–9

Botanical & Culinary Medicine in Integrative Practice

Sagebrush inn & suites

Symposium, workshops, cooking demos on herbs and spices in health and More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – July 2017


July 15, 7 am3 pm

Uranium tailings spill commemoration

east church rock, nm

Red water pond road community on the Navajo Nation is hosting its annual commemoration of the 1979 uranium tailings spill, the largest in the u.s. 12 miles north of Red Rock State Park on State Hwy. 566. 505.577.8438,


July 22, 11 am2 pm

Los amigos del valles caldera 10-year anniversary

Valle caldera national preserve, nm 4, main entrance

Celebration with music, refreshments, art demos, wildlife from the NM Wildlife Center, bookstore ribbon-cutting at noon. Http://


Through july 23

Wild rivers plein air paint-out

Questa, nm area

Plein air artists’ interpretations of the Questa, San Cristobal, Lama, El More >

Journey Santa Fe: Why Local Media Matters, With Julia Ann Grimm, Editor and Publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter

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).

June 25, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore & Iconic Coffeehouse

Why Local Media Matters, With Julia Ann Grimm, Editor and Publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Whether it’s digging in to the details of city budget proposals, More >

Journey Santa Fe: The No-Food Shaming Bill, With Jennifer Ramo

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).

June 4, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am AT Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse

The No-Food Shaming Bill, With Jennifer Ramo, Executive Director of the Anti-Hunger Group, New Mexico Appleseed Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy

Jennifer Ramo worked with Senator Michael Padilla to write state More >

La Bajada Village

Surviving the Depression (1929–1941), Enduring World War II (1942–1947), Abandonment, 1950s Drought, Revival (1960–80), Struggle to Remain a Village (1980–2017)


Part III of three articles by Hilario E. Romero



It is truly amazing that the village of La Bajada is still functioning. The concluding article of this series outlines challenges the village endured. The U.S. Census of 1920 shows the Montoya family as the most numerous of families in the village. By the 1940s they were joined by the Gallegos, Sánchez, Ortiz, Gonzales, Dimas, Baca, Armijo, Lucero, Valdez, Martínez, Lueses and Benavides families, among others. With the arrival of the U.S. highway More >

OP-ED: Alejandro López The Path, the Road and the Superhighway

Where are we going?


At the start of the movie Excalibur, when rival groups of roving medieval knights go in search of the Holy Grail, the prevailing culture’s worldview has given rise to dark, heavy armor and apparel, which make the humans clunky and repulsive. As the people of that era merge with their own creations, their society reshapes the people’s consciousness in endless circles of cause and effect.


Then, a sudden revolution in consciousness occurs, and the armor and garments become elegant and resplendent. This revolution has a comparable effect on the bearing and comportment of the people and, in turn, on More >

Lisa Law and Ray Belcher

Vintage New Mexico


Vintage photos spanning 50 years, by two of New Mexico’s longtime residents and photographic chroniclers, Lisa Law and Ray Belcher, are on exhibit this summer at Edition One Gallery. Both photographers offer insight into lands and residents of New Mexico. The exhibition features a selection of one-of-a-kind prints.


Lisa Law has photographed the shifting tides of American culture. Her photography often reflects a sense of intimacy and spontaneity. Law is known for chronicling the era of hippie migration from the West and East coasts to New Mexico, along with their intersections with elders from Taos Pueblo and the communities More >

Embracing the Future to Preserve the Past

How Northern NM College’s El Rito Campus is going solar


Mohammad Ali Musawi


If you regularly make the journey north on NM 554, next winter part of the landscape you are used to seeing will begin to change. Upon entering El Rito, instead of scattered chamisa and sage, you will be greeted by about 4,000 shimmering blue and silver solar panels that could well be mistaken for a body of water from a distance.


The solar array, which will sit on seven acres on the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) campus in El Rito, is part of an ambitious six-year plan by More >

Española Community Market

A Food Co-op Serving the Española Valley


Andy Salazar


When the Española Community Market (ECM) Cooperative opened its doors on the city’s main street almost five years ago, its founders’ intent was clear. They wanted to start a cooperatively run business that could provide the valley’s residents with organic and locally grown foods. They believed in the typical values associated with a co-op: autonomy, self-responsibility, democracy, community, equity and community solidarity. The co-op’s mission was embodied in its by-laws: “ECM is organized to provide high-quality, natural and organic products at the lowest prices possible, as well as education [about the products it More >

The Río Chama Watershed Congreso


Rosemary Romero


The second Río Chama Watershed Congreso was held in March at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico. The congreso was convened to discuss issues related to watershed governance and to explore opportunities for broad collaboration to improve conditions in the watershed.


A congreso is an annual meeting where information is shared and everyone is welcome at no cost. For this congreso there was a combined benefit of science from agencies and nonprofits. Participants included the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, acequia parciantes (water rights holders), conservation organizations, students and many others.


Steve Harris, project leader for the Río Chama Watershed Project, More >

Native Medicines for New Mexico Pollinators


Melanie Margarita Kirby


Sol, agua, tierra. The combination of sunlight, water and earth gives us sustenance by nurturing the growth of plants. Plants exchange pollen—their life-giving force—and in doing so, give birth to seeds. These seeds carry on the stories of the plants, from one generation to the next. And while seeds are the stories, who are the storytellers sharing the pollen?  

Those who tend to the elements are considered caretakers of creation. They are the storytellers sharing the seed stories. But before they are able to share these stories with their comadres and compadres and their communities, the seeds themselves had midwives. More >

OP-ED: War on Forests

A Response to “New Mexicans Need Fire-Adapted Communities” (March 2017 GFT)


We, the members of the forest conservation organization Once A Forest, are horrified that Green Fire Times printed a pro-development, anti-environmental, non-historical piece of propaganda by Eytan Krasilovsky as the cover story for its March 2017 issue. The idea that the plants and animals that compose our forests suffer from a deficiency of fire is an outrageous lie, propagated by the U.S. Forest Service in the service of commercial interests that are rapidly destroying our planet. The idea that there are too many trees in the forest, and that we should More >

The Forest Steward Guild’s Response

New Mexico’s ecosystems have evolved and have been shaped by fire


Eytan Krasilovsky


The Forest Stewards Guild prides itself on its mission and principles1 which put the needs of the forest first, and state that the “well-being of human society is dependent on responsible forest management that places the highest priority on the maintenance and enhancement of the entire forest ecosystem.”


With this mission and these principles, the Guild’s Southwest Program implements long-standing forest resilience, fire-adapted communities and forest stewards youth corps programs. These principles are the roots of all of our members’ forest stewardship ethic, which aligns our organization with land ethic More >