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The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2016


There are a lot of environmental issues on which New Mexicans will focus in 2016—drilling near Chaco Canyon, coal-fired power plants and wildlife issues to name a few—but here are the top 10 issues that the attorneys at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) will focus on in the new year:

1) New Mexico Copper Rule. This Martínez-era regulation, written by the Freeport-McMoRan copper company, allows all copper mines in New Mexico to pollute groundwater above water-quality standards. The Supreme Court is currently considering challenges by the NMELC and its clients, Amigos Bravos and the Gila Resources Information Project, as More >

Averting Dystopia


Jack Loeffler


Arid New Mexico, where distant mountain ranges mark far horizons that encompass vast living emptiness, where major ecosystems are easily distinguished one from the other, where waterways are modest in their yield and thus recognized and valued as the life-giving source, where the sky is an upturned bowl of blue wherein clouds dance over mountains and refine human imagination, where wind passes through the grasses and rustles the boughs of mountain pines, where the greater chorus of the biotic community sings praise to existence—this is homeland so powerful as to grab the undivided attention of those with the consciousness More >

Book Profile: Two Percent Solutions for the Planet


Two Percent Solutions for the Planet 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change By Courtney White, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015, 240 pages

Two Percent Solutions for the Planet profiles 50 innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production and increase water quality. The “two percent” refers to the amount of new carbon in the soil needed to reap a wide variety of ecological and economic benefits; the percentage of the nation’s population who are farmers and ranchers; and the low financial cost (in terms of GDP) needed to get this work More >

An Unprecedented Future


Courtney White


Some years ago, Craig Allen, an old friend, stopped by the office to catch up. He’s a forest ecologist stationed in the Jémez Mountains of northern New Mexico, and his career mirrors how ecological research has changed, as well as its likely future trajectory.

When I first met Craig more than 20 years ago, his focus was on the interlocking variables of ecological function, historical use and plant and animal community dynamics, in order to understand more clearly the condition of the region’s forests. And what he discovered was worrisome. Specifically, he worried about forest “thickening” due to decades of More >

A Vision of Intense Engagement with the World and with One Another

Alejandro López Let there be an opening to the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible, and see what shimmers within the storm


  In our current world, it is easy to remain a passive observer of the state of things and simply turn on the television and reach for a beer. Or, worse, a weapon, as is apparently becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, New Mexico included. It is much harder to dig through the massive amount of information available and figure out what is happening at our own front door, More >

My Hopes for the Future of My Community


Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie I love my hometown. Although I was away for 10 years, I returned to teach for two more years and am now in my second year of retirement. As I get back into the broader social swing of events, through all the different societal layers, I note a great many newcomers in my neighborhood. But I often run into vecinos I have known since the days of my youth.

Taos has always been somewhat separated from downstream communities by beautiful but challenging terrain. Over generations, as a result of this isolation from the lower Río Grande Valley, my ancestral More >

EVERYDAY GREEN: A Spiritual Business

Susan Guyette

Ngodup Dorjee, a Tibetan immigrant living in Santa Fe, is developing a new business form based on what he calls a spiritual business model. Through persistence, trial and error and hard work, his model, guided by community values rather than individual profit, is succeeding. More than 40 vendors are served through a cooperative structure at Blessings, his business at DeVargas Mall. Here, Dorjee explains the concept, why it works well as social entrepreneurship, and its potential for other businesses in New Mexico.

SG: How did you come to the idea of a spiritual business?

ND: I came from East Tibet to Nepal in More >

Breaking Big Money’s Grip on New Mexico and the Country


Bruce Berlin

Any serious observer of government in America knows that, for the most part, Big Money controls our elections and public policy. In the beginning of my new book, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America: Working Together to Revive Our Democracy, I state the following premise:

While some individuals would argue that climate change or income inequality are the great challenges of our time, the chances of our successfully resolving them, or any other major problem, are virtually zero unless we break Big Money’s grip on our government. In fact, according to one bipartisan political organization, 74 percent of all voters agree More >

Newsbites – January 2016


Economic Diversity in New Mexico

A diverse economy can help a state weather economic downturns. According to the Labor Market Review, released in August 2015 by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, New Mexico has one of the least-diverse economies in the country, ranking 45th among states. That is a score that does not indicate a balanced economy generally associated with economic stability. New Mexico has a large government workforce and a large mining and energy sector.

The Hachman Index location quotient is a calculation of a specific employment sector’s size relative to total employment. A 1.0 means a sector’s employment More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – January 2016


Jan. 4, 16, 20

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Events

2401 12th St. NW

1/4, 11 am – 12 pm: Traditional Farming, Wellness & Recipe Exchange. Aaron Kie (Laguna/Isleta) will speak about the connection between traditional farming and wellness; 1/16, 1-2 pm: Bean Pot Cooking Demo with Therese Tohtsoni (Picuris). Cooking in a micaceous clay pot; 1/20, 5:30 – 7 pm: Wellness, Healing & Traditional Foods. Joseph Brophy Toledo (Jemez) will share his perspective as a medicine man. All events are free. 1.866.855.7902,


Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, 9-10 am

One Million Cups

Fat Pipe ABQ, 200 Broadway Blvd. NE

Network with local entrepreneurs and hear their More >

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


Jan. 1-31

Tree Seedlings

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the NM State Forestry Division, is offering applications for low-cost tree seedlings. Applicants must own one acre of land or more and plant seedlings for windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas tree sales or wildlife plantings. Sponsored by the Santa Fe-Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District. 505.473.0410, ext. 3 (M-F, 7:30 am-4 pm)


Jan. 2-9, 2016, 6 pm

IAIA Winter Writers’ Festival

IAIA Campus Library, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd.

Public invited to free nightly readings, which include published authors such as poet Joy Harjo along with Institute of American Indian Arts students. Film screening features such More >

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


Jan. 14, 5:30-7 pm NM Solar Energy Ass’n. Chapter Meeting Little Toad Pub backroom, 200 N. Bullard St., Silver City, NM Every second Thursday. 575.538.1337,


Jan. 6

King’s Day Celebrations

Honoring of new pueblo tribal officials. Most pueblos open to the public. Picuris Pueblo: various dances; Nambe Pueblo: Buffalo, Deer and Antelope dances; Sandia Pueblo: various dances; Taos Pueblo: Deer and Buffalo dances; Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa): various dances


January 7 – March 9

Resilience in NM Agriculture

Locations around NM

Farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors, market organizers, policymakers and advocates are invited to participate in a discussion about creating a strategic plan for NM’s food and agricultural system. Presented More >

Algae Foundation’s ATEC unit collaborates with Santa Fe Community College to offer new degree program

The Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about algae, its biology, ecology, cultivation and commercial potential, has been awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Energy to develop a college degree in algal biology, technology and  cultivation as well as an aquaculture extension training program. The Algae Foundation has formed the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), a partnership between universities, community colleges, national research laboratories, and industry leaders charged with the development of a two-year college degree and the implementation of a comprehensive algal focused curriculum. The Consortium will develop novel educational programs to strengthen More >

Santa Fe Public School Election Update



Registration closes tomorrow, Jan. 5, for voting in the Feb. Santa Fe Public School District Election.


Absentee in person voting will begin on Friday, Jan. 8, at 8 a.m. and continue through Jan. 29, at 5:00 p.m. in the Office of the County Clerk.


There will be no absentee voting on Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Holiday.


Early Voting begins on Jan. 13, and ends Jan. 29, 6 at the below locations.  Early voting polling places will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except the Office of the County Clerk, which is closed on More >

JourneySantaFe: The Meow Wolf Collaborative Art Project

JourneySantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore  (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

January 3, 2016, Sunday, 11 am 



The Meow Wolf Collaborative Art Project

with Megan Roniger, Artist/Administrator

Moderator: Ellen Dupuy 

Meow Wolf is an arts production company in Santa Fe, NM that currently employs 65 artists in various forms of media. It  started as an eight-person collaborative pushing small installations in several cities. Their upcoming electronics- and sensory-heavy exhibit, The House of Eternal Return, will feature a Victorian More >

Upstart Crows to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe announces its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s romance, ‘A Winter’s Tale’—a fitting kick-off to the arrival of the Folger Library’s First Folio of Shakespeare’s works at the New Mexico Museum of Art in February. The tale, which combines tragedy and antic comedy, will be performed by 25 young Santa Feans age 11-17 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. Twelve-year-old Anna Gunter expressed the actors’€™ enthusiasm this way, “€œI feel like More >

GLOW—Winter Lights Event at Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s GLOW—A Winter Lights Event in the Garden is in its final weekend and will be going out with a bang: To celebrate another year as one of Santa Fe’s unique holiday traditions, GLOW will be free to all children 12 years of age and under on Friday (Jan. 1) and Saturday (Jan. 2) night. This weekend will also feature live music with honky tonk band Half Broke Horses, on Friday night and New Orleans funk band, Pollo Trio, on Saturday.

A fun way to kick off the new year, the event will include an extraordinary display of More >

JourneySantaFe: Poetry Reading with Jane Lipman and Mary McGinnis

JourneySantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

December 20, Sunday, 11 am

Poetry Reading with Jane Lipman and Mary McGinnis

Jane Lipman and Mary McGinnis will be reading their poems of relationship—their powerful relationships with nature, with this winter season, and with the people who have crossed their paths.

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JourneySantaFe: 2016 Legislative Preview with House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf

JourneySantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

December 13, Sunday, 11 am

A 2016 Legislative Preview with House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf, Democratic Minority Floor Leader in the NM House of Representatives  (representing District 47) Host: Bill Dupuy, former News Director for KSFR Radio Station Moderator: Alan Webber, Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

The conservative blog New Mexico Watchdog has called Egolf “perhaps the More >

Bruce Berlin book launch Dec. 13

​Don’t Miss the Launch of this Timely & Compelling Book Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America

By Bruce Berlin Book Launch Sunday, December 13 at 3pm Downtown Santa Fe Public Library Community Room 145 Washington Ave, Santa Fe

Berlin’s book is an urgent call to all Americans – Left, Right and Center – to focus on a very critical issue: the power huge sums of money has to unjustly influence US elections and public policy in favor of special interests. The book provides a strategy for how we can convert our government into one that serves the true needs and desires of More >