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JourneySantaFe: A Look At The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy

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) June 28, Sunday, 11 am

A Look At The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, a state-wide coalition of community-based adult literacy programs with Executive Director Heather Heunermund

Moderator: Bill Dupuy, former news director for KSFR Radio Station

Have you ever wondered what the state of adult literacy is in New Mexico and the nation? Did you More >

PRC Grants Extension For PNM’s San Juan Filing


SANTA FE – In a 4-1 vote, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) today authorized an extension to Aug. 1 for Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to file needed documents regarding agreements between PNM and other entities pertaining to the San Juan Generating Station.

PNM had sought – and today was granted – an extension of time to file the agreements to be included in the PRC’s consideration of PNM’s plan to shut down two of the power plant’s four coal-fired units in order to comply with the federal government’s regional haze regulations.

PNM’s plan for the San Juan More >

Santa Fe River Community Cleanup Day

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Alto Park, Santa Fe.

This cleanup is part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup. Thousands of volunteers across the country are removing trash from their community’s most precious natural resource.

Volunteers will at Alto Park to sign-in and enjoy some light refreshments before heading out to each person’s assigned reach of the river.

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New Mexico Recycling Coalition announces 2015 winner in recycling

Santa Fe, June 18, 2015 – The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC at has announced the 2015 New Mexico Recycler of the Year Award winner: Jill Holbert, associate director of the city of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Department.

Holbert will be presented with her award at the Albuquerque Solid Waste Department’s office (4600 Edith Boulevard, NE) on Monday, June 22 at 11:30 am.

Holbert has worked towards improving recycling in New Mexico’s largest city since she started working with the city over six years ago.

At the city of Albuquerque, Holbert first worked to gain a diversion-oriented Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan to More >

Home Grown New Mexico’s Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour set for July 26

Home Grown New Mexico’s 5th Annual Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour in Santa Fe is on Sunday, July 26 from 9 am to 3 pm. Their tour is self-paced and features five inspirational properties with beautiful kitchen gardens, backyard chickens, beehives, goats, greenhouses, fruit trees, rainwater catchment systems and more. The five properties are:


  • Lisa Sarenduc, owner of Suitable Digs has green vacation lodgings on her sustainable property. Her property features a greenhouse, fruit and nut trees, raised vegetable and berry gardens, greywater system, a dome greenhouse, rainwater catchment, a swimming pond and solar energy.
  • Amelia Moody’s home has mixed plantings of raised vegetable More >

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center hosts info session on Creative Startups

Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine of New Mexico State University, will host an information session at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, with Alice Loy, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Creative Startups, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces. Alice Loy, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Creative Startups, will present an information session about the accelerator at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla. (Courtesy photo)

Creative Startups is the nation’s only startup accelerator specifically for businesses in the creative industries, and is accepting applications for the 2015 startup program.

Creative Startups accepts entrepreneurs whose startup More >

2015 National River Clean-up Day June 27


Santa Fe, New Mexico – Local citizens are banding together to tackle litter in the Santa Fe River, as part of National River Cleanup. The Santa Fe Watershed Association will conduct a river cleanup with the help of Volunteers from our Adopt the River program and volunteers from the community on Saturday, June 27 between 10:00 am and 12 Noon.  Locally it is called the Santa Fe River Community Clean-up Day 2015.

“The Santa Fe Watershed Association is dedicated to protecting the Santa Fe River because a healthy community starts with a healthy river. Working in the riverbed allows for all More >

Town: Public Bank Feasibility Study

Important Update on the Santa Fe Public Bank Feasibility Study from Katie Updike:

Monday, June 22 7:00pm Unitarian Church 107 W. Barcelona Rd

Banking on New Mexico urges the public to attend this important town Hall for an update on the feasibility study for a Public Bank of Santa Fe, which our city council approved in January.

Our featured speaker, Katie Updike, the consultant conducting the study, will report on its current status and invite input and questions about this ongoing process.

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Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian to Speak at Peace Prayer Day

Española, NM: Civil rights leader Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian will speak and receive the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji Social Justice Award at the International Peace Prayer Day Celebration. Reverend C.T. Vivian is scheduled to speak at 3:45 pm on Saturday June 20 at Ram Das Pur in Española. This is a free event open to the public.

Dr. Vivian is known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He was a Freedom Rider and organized sit-ins and other non-violent protests against racial segregation in the South. As More >

Journey Santa Fe: Dr. Andrew Gulliford On The Ethics of Wilderness

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)

June 14, Sunday, 11 am

Dr. Andrew Gulliford  On The Ethics of Wilderness and His Latest Book: “Outdoors In The Southwest: An Adventure Anthology”

Moderator: Alicia Johnson with the NM Wilderness Alliance

Dr. Gulliford was awarded the best book award in 2014 by Arizona and New Mexico booksellers. He has spoken for NM Wilderness Alliance twice.  His More >

NMSU to host beekeeping workshop in Abiquiú

Bees are an agriculture producer’’s friends. They are key to the pollination of many plants, especially fruit trees.

Establishing a hive on a farm is one way a grower can ensure that his or her crop will be pollinated.

To help producers in Río Arriba County learn about bees and the fundamentals of beekeeping, New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service office in Abiquiú will host a workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Río Arriba County Rural Event Center in Abiquiú, located on State Highway 554.

Melanie Margarita Kirby, co-owner of Zia Queenbee Co., will speak on the fundamentals More >

Southwest Environmental Center Urges Attendance in Taos

Speak Up for NM’s Wolves, Cougars and Bears

This Saturday, June 13th, the New Mexico Game Commission will meet in Taos to consider new policy for increasing hunting of bears and cougars, one month after it denied the Ladder Ranch wolf permit. Your voice is needed stand up for our wildlife and tell the Commission to protect our carnivores!

There are three agenda items of interest:

  • Proposed changes to bear and cougar rules
  • State Wildlife Strategy (Mexican wolves are a “species of greatest conservation need”)
  • Proposed procedure for improved trapping reporting (positive change)

Please attend and help support these often-persecuted species for one or all of these More >

Summer Solstice Solar Cooking Celebration in Silver City



SILVER CITY — Solar cooks and the “solar curious” are invited to the First Annual “Summer Solstice Solar Cooking Celebration” in downtown Silver City on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m..


Solar cooks are invited to bring their ovens, cook a meal, share skills, learn from others, and share our enjoyment of cooking with the sun—all in a relaxed, non-scheduled educational and celebratory event.


Those interested in learning about solar cooking are invited to come see the variety of home-built and manufactured ovens and see all the types of cooking that can be done with the sun, some of 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 July 3, 2015, with the grant to be awarded in late August.


The chapter funds creative local projects in the areas of 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 More >

Albuquerque Center For Peace And Justice Celebrates Sustainability With New Solar Expansion Installed By Students

Positive Energy Solar Co-Hosts Reception on Friday, June 12

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 8, 2015 – – New Mexico solar industry pioneers trained eager students with hands-on workshops sponsored by Solarize NM at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. Now, the Center is celebrating its expansion from one kilowatt (kW) to a full three kilowatts of solar energy with a sustainability reception on Friday, June 12. The public is invited to attend the celebration at the Center’s 202 Harvard Drive SE location from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Taiyoko Sadewic, co-founder of Positive Energy Solar, and Marlene Brown, former New Mexico Solar More >

State Engineer Approves Permit for La Mancha Wetland


Last month the NM State Engineer approved an application submitted nearly four years ago, providing the Southwest Environmental Center with the groundwater rights (courtesy of the city of Las Cruces) needed to move forward with its La Mancha Wetland Project. Located along the Río Grande near Mesilla, the project is intended to provide year-round aquatic habitat for native fish and other creatures. It is about 80 percent complete but has been on hold since 2011 while we awaited the State Engineer’s approval. The project is part of SWEC’s overall strategy for restoring the Río Grande to ecological health by creating off-channel wetlands and More >

EPA Draft Assessment Shows Vulnerabilities to Drinking Water Resources from Fracking


WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment June on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water. The assessment follows the water used for hydraulic fracturing from water acquisition, chemical mixing at the well-pad site, well injection of fracking fluids, the collection of More >

Free Concerts at Three State Historic Sites: Lincoln ▪ Ft. Selden ▪ Jémez

(June 2, 2015 SANTA FE, NM)— A series of free outdoor concerts at three of New Mexico’s eight historic sites will be presented this summer by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Music Commission.

Featuring some of New Mexico’s best musicians playing both traditional and contemporary site-specific music, this family-friendly and free concert series will highlight archival renditions and traditional tunes. The concerts will be at 11am and 1pm with noon-time docent-guided tours of the site for anyone wanting to learn more about the influence these places have on New Mexico history.

“We’re excited to bring some More >

Journey Santa Fe: Wilderness attorney Judy Calman

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)     May 31, Sunday, 11 am

NM Wilderness Attorney Judy Calman will give an overview of the McKittrick policy and lawsuit regarding NM Gray Wolves and the NM Game Commision/Ladder Ranch permit situation, Federal land use and agency planning, Santa Fe Geothermal Issues, and the controversial situation regarding Oil and Gas Development on federal lands, More >

‘Re-Think our Waste': Environmental Services Division Day at the Fuego Game

Santa Fe, NM – The city of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division will be on hand tomorrow night—Saturday, May 30—at the Santa Fe Fuego baseball game at Ft. Marcy Ball Park to give away recycling information, residential recycling bins and reusable bags.

Join us for a night of fun, baseball and recycling. Santa Feans are reminded they can always pick up new or replacement bins at 1142 Siler Rd, any day of the week, but in an effort to make recycling more accessible, the Environmental Services Division will be out this summer at numerous events distributing bins and giving away reusable More >