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Ban Sought on New Mexico’s Wildlife-killing Contests

 

New National Data Rank State Highest in the Number of Cruel Killing Contests

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Ten conservation groups today called for a ban on wildlife-killing contests in New Mexico after a new national ranking gave the state the dubious honor of holding the highest number of cruel killing contests each year. The killing contests target coyotes, bobcats, foxes, prairie dogs and other animals. The groups are calling on the Governor and state legislature to ban these biologically unsound contests.

 

At least 17 wildlife killing contests were held in New Mexico between August 2013 and July 2014, according to data provided More >

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk at the Chavez Center

 

 

Santa Fe, NM – The city of Santa Fe Outdoor Recreation Section and the Labyrinth Resource Group are proud to host the second annual indoor guided meditative labyrinth walk honoring The Winter Solstice with the theme “Celebrating the Light of Lights: Walking the Labyrinth in Quiet Joy and Harmony.”

 

Enjoy soothing music of crystal healing bowls; Tibetan singing bowls and other ancient instruments performed live by intuitive musician, Rick Bastine.

 

This free event is on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk begins at 2:15 p.m. following an opening ceremony. The whole family is welcome.

 

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Journey Santa Fe: Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino on health care, marijuana laws and more

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 14, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino brings us up to date on the latest news in Health Care, Marijuana laws, Education, Job Growth, and more. Moderator: Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Alan Webber

Senator Pino will be speaking about the upcoming legislative session and what he views as the most More >

Bushee to present resolution on energy collaboration

Santa Fe, NM – On Wednesday, Councilor Bushee along with her co-sponsors, will present a resolution outing collaborative course for the City’s energy future.

WHAT:

Councilor Bushee forming partnerships to strengthen Santa Fe’s energy future while respecting the need to minimize Santa Fe’s environmental impact.

WHERE:

Santa Fe – City Hall Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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Buckman Diversion Wins 2014 NAIOP Award of Merit

Santa Fe, NM – Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) received a nomination and a 2014 Award of Merit from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), New Mexico Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association for its newest solar array at BDD’s Booster Station 2A. NAIOP honored the top New Mexico real estate projects at its annual Awards of Excellence luncheon.

Recognized in the Civic/Public project for the solar build by Bradbury-Stamm Construction and Positive Energy Solar, this 4,608 solar panel array increases the BDD’s energy by another 1.5 MW for a total of 2.5 MW and 41% total More >

Journey Santa Fe: Norm Gaume on The Controversial Gila River Diversion 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)

December 7, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Norm Gaume on The Controversial Gila River Diversion Project Moderator: Steve Harris, Executive Director of The Río Grade Foundation

A proposal to divert water from the Gila River in southwest New Mexico underestimates the cost and overestimates the water available, the former head of the New Mexico state More >

Watchdog Urges Increasing DOE Accountability in Wake of Fines

Santa Fe, NM – Today the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) declared multiple violations at both the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). NMED plans to fine WIPP $17.7 million and LANL $36.6 million due to major procedural problems related to the handling of radioactive transuranic (TRU) wastes that contributed to two significant incidents at WIPP earlier this year.

In addition to “failure to adequately characterize waste” and other violations, LANL was cited for the processing of nitrate-bearing wastes and adding neutralizing agents to that waste stream. LANL treated this procedure as if it was outside More >

Coal Ash Stories screening Dec. 11

Please join us for a free screening of Coal Ash Stories, a compilation of four short documentary films focused on coal ash, public health concerns, and policy with a presentation on PNM’s controversial replacement power plan and New Mexico’s energy future to follow.

December 11, 2014 7PM

Center for Contemporary Arts

1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM

Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

Hosted by: New Energy Economy, 350.org NM, Wild Earth Guardians, Earth Care

BACKGROUND: This February 2014 coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s site in Eden, NC released nearly 39,000 tons of toxic-laden coal ash into North Carolina’s Dan River. Ulla Reeves, More >

Journey Santa Fe: Gila River Diversion Project

December 7, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Norm Gaume on The Controversial Gila River Diversion Project Moderator: Steve Harris, Executive Director of The Rio Grade Foundation

A proposal to divert water from the Gila River in southwest New Mexico underestimates the cost and overestimates the water available, the former head of the New Mexico state agency considering the idea says.

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Wind energy tax credits set to expire

 

Albuquerque, NM — The carbon pollution from more than three coal plants could be eliminated in New Mexico if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

 

“Wind power can replace the dirty energy sources of the past and the pollution that comes with them,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center.  “But Congress needs to act now to ensure a clean energy future.”

 

Continued, rapid development of wind More >

Journey Santa Fe: Lessons on Brewing Coffee

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)

November 30, Sunday, 11 am

@Collected Works Bookstore

Lessons on Brewing Coffee With Mario Cervantes Pacheco, the Barrista at Collected Works Bookstore Moderator: Xubi Wilson, KSFR radio host

Come sample delicious coffees and pick up tips on brewing!

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SowItForward’s grants for food gardens deadline is Jan. 9

The application deadline for Sow It Forward’s 2015 grant cycle is 5pm Eastern Time, Friday Jan. 9, 2015.

Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. The grant is for nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501(c)3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community.  Past grantees include school gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, library gardens, senior gardens, prison gardens and homeless shelter gardens among others.

For our 2015 round of giving, we expect to offer 100 full grants and roughly 60 partial More >

NM Solar Energy Association announces events

2014 Solar Fiesta Presentations on YouTube

Some of the very best presentations from NMSEA’s 2014 Spring & Fall Solar Fiestas are now available on NMSEA’s YouTube Channel at  www.youtube.com/user/NMSolarEnergy

Excellent quality – great content!

 

Tuesday Dec 2:   Free Showing of “Years of Living Dangerously” – Abq

6:30 – 8:30pm   at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque

Join 350.org & the Climate Coalition for this 2014 film, followed by a Q&A with an expert panel about New Mexico’s energy future.

 

Tuesday Dec 9: NMSEA Alamogordo Chapter Meeting - Alamogordo

6-7:45pm at the Alamogordo Public Library, 10th & Oregon Ave

Alamogordo NMSEA Fall meetings have resumed. Presentation Topic TBA.

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Democrats ‘compromise’ throws alternative energy under the bus

 

 

Nation of Change reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress.

Under the terms of the $444 billion agreement, lawmakers would phase out all tax breaks for clean energy and wind energy but would maintain fossil fuel subsidies. Expanded eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would also end in 2017, even though the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities More >

ISC supports diversion of Gila River

Interstate Stream Commission Votes for Gila River boondoggle

The Southwest Environmental Center reports that, as expected, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) today approved a costly diversion project on the last free flowing river in New Mexico. The Commission’s decision marks the end of a ten-year planning process set in motion with passage of the Arizona Water Settlement Act in 2004.

The ISC and its staff have been criticized for favoring a diversion project over other alternatives as well as a lack of transparency in their deliberations. Recently revealed text messages between an investment banker and a public official suggest the More >

Statewide Air Quality Report Reveals Toxics in Our Air

The Breathe In New Mexico campaign, an initiative of SouthWest Organizing Project, involved communities in Mesquite, NM, the San Jose neighborhood of Albuquerque, and the Four Corners region in a full year of community-based air monitoring. The communities used particulate monitors and bucket air monitors, which are cheap and effective air monitoring units that hold up to rigorous scientific standards.

Through our testing we found dangerously elevated levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like Chlorobenzene and particulate matter that contains elements like crystalline silica and elemental carbon (soot). The Breathe In NM campaign contends that these environmental justice communities need more air More >

Journey Santa Fe: Post-election update from Sen. Peter Wirth

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)

November 23, Sunday, 11 am 

 

Sentor Peter Wirth: 

After The Elections… What Comes Next?

Moderator: Bill Dupuy, former award-winning KSFR news director

 

 

Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe – 25) is a second term State Senator. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House from 2004 through 2008, replacing Max Coll who retired from the seat. Peter offers an overview of what More >

Wage-theft clinic informs workers about their rights

SANTA FE–On Tuesday, Nov. 25 the United Workers Center of New Mexico (a project of Somos Un Pueblo Unido) and the city of Santa Fe are co-sponsoring a wage-theft clinic. Employment attorneys, representatives from the city and federal wage enforcement departments, and Somos staff will be on hand to answer questions and to help workers file claims. All workers are invited to participate in the clinic. The event is free and open to the public.

What: Wage-Theft Clinic

When: Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: United Workers Center of New Mexico Somos Un Pueblo Unido 1804 Espinacitas St. Santa More >

Residents defeat water grab effort

  State Engineer Denies Water Application

Santa Fe, N.M. – On Nov. 14, 2014, New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines denied the company Aquifer Science LLC the right to pump hundreds of acre-feet of water annually from the Sandia Underground Water Basin because there is no unappropriated groundwater available in the Basin to satisfy the application. On behalf of dozens of landowners in the area, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) successfully argued before the State Engineer that there was not sufficient water in the Sandia Basin to serve the new development.

“We are thankful that State Engineer Verhines agreed with More >

SF Green Chamber: Ice cream social tonight with Ben Cohen

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Alan Webber join Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s tonight as he shares his out-of-the-carton business practices and social entrepreneurship. Santa Fe Green Chamber presents an evening of Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Chubby Hubby Saturday, Nov. 15 at Santa Fe Convention Center. Cohen’s presentation, “Chunky Money: Ice Cream and Activism,” includes his latest effort on getting money out of politics. After the talk, there will be ice cream for everyone. General admission $12-20 (includes ice cream). Tickets available at lensic.org or call 505 988-1234.

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