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BOOK REVIEW/ Sisters in Blue: Sor María de Agreda Comes to New Mexico

by Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid

A review by Alejandro López


Sisters in Blue, Sor María de Agreda Comes to New Mexico, by Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid, with illustrations by Amy Córdova, is a recent University of New Mexico Press bilingual production from its Querencia Series. Querencia is a popular term in the Spanish-speaking world that is used to express a deeply rooted love of place and people. The series promotes a transnational, humanistic and creative vision of the U.S.-México borderlands, based on all aspects of expressive culture, both material and intangible.


This 75-page young people’s book presents More >

Community Conversations on Santa Fe’s 25-Year Sustainability Plan


John Alejandro


The Sustainable Santa Fe Commission (SSFC) is a volunteer citizen-advisory commission charged with advising the city’s governing body on sustainability-related programs, projects and policies. In 2014 the city council and mayor passed a resolution calling for the city to become carbon-neutral by 2040. To help achieve that goal of achieving zero carbon emissions (greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming), in 2015 the SSFC was charged with developing a 25-Year Sustainability Plan that also addresses renewable energy, energy efficiency, land use and water use, while developing a path by which the city can improve the overall well-being of its More >

Santa Fe’s Inaugural Verde Fund Investments

Projects support those most at-risk due to climate change, make solar panels accessible to low-income homeowners and provide job training


Particularly in the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord, local action has moved to the forefront as the best path forward in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Along with the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, the Climate Action Task Force, Carbon Neutral 2040 and the Climate Mayors Accord commitment, the Verde Fund is one of Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales’ signature environmental programs. In addition to combating climate change, it More >

Buildings that Conserve Resources


Katherine Mortimer


Designing water and energy conservation into buildings, sometimes called “green” building, is not only good for reducing the amount of water and energy resources used; it also provides more comfortable indoor environments and saves money. 


Heating and Cooling

Heat and cold from the outside get into a building in three ways: first by convection, where hot or cold air directly enters the building through cracks and openings; second by conduction, where the building materials transmit the temperature differential by getting cold or hot themselves and transmitting that outdoor temperature into the building. Insulation is intended to slow that process down. More >

Report on the First Annual Next Generation Water Summit


Nancy Grace


 The first annual Next Generation Water Summit took place at the Santa Fe Convention Center from June 4-6. The event was hosted by the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, the Green Builder® Coalition, the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. Santa Fe Community College was the official education sponsor (and site of the pre-conference QWEL certification course in water-efficient landscaping). Green Builder® Media was the national media sponsor.


Over 40 speakers gave presentations, which were grouped into three tracks: Builders, Developers & Architects; Water Professionals, and Policy. Roughly three-quarters of the speakers were from Santa Fe (city More >

OP-ED: Carol Pittman: Augustín Plains Water Mining Case Update


Water speculators are threatening Catron County’s water. Will yours be next? The Augustín Plains water mining case, the subject of litigation and fierce community resistance, could set a precedent affecting every New Mexican in the years to come. Where do big cities and profiteers look when they need more water? They look to smaller communities, those without economic clout or a political voice, those they view as easy targets. Catron County, however, is not going down without a fight.


Almost 10 years ago, an organization called the Augustín Plains Ranch LLC proposed to drill 37 wells to a depth of 3,000 More >

Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR): A Promising Emerging Energy Technology?


Virginia Cervantes


A promising, clean, limitless and affordable energy technology, rejected years ago by some scientists, is now receiving increasing reconsideration. Could this be an answer to our climate problems and dependence on the Middle East?


How was this potential new energy source discovered? Twenty-eight years ago, two respected scientists at the University of Utah, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, caused a stir in the scientific community by claiming that they had succeeded in generating “cold fusion” nuclear reactions in a laboratory. The process was called cold fusion because it operated at temperatures lower than conventional “hot fusion.” Cold fusion is More >

SFCC Hosts Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics


SANTA FE, NM – Santa Fe Community College’s Training Center Corporation and Apogee Spirulina hosts Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics, July 31 through August 4, on campus at 6401 Richards Ave. This comprehensive five-day course is a first of its kind, a combination Spirulina and Aquaponics course. Students will get four days of hands-on Artisan spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method, an introduction to aquaponics as well as discussions that will provide students with real life experience in what it takes to build and maintain a facility.


Registration is underway. The $1,600 fee includes training and materials More >

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 >