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Free seed exchange March 10

Home Grown New Mexico’s Santa Fe Seed Exchange—FREE Tuesday, March 10, 2014 Time: 4 pm – 7 pm Location: Frenchy’s Barn on Agua Fria and Osage

If you are looking for seeds for your vegetable or flower garden, come to the Santa Fe Seed Exchange. The City Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico are hosting this FREE event for all community gardens, school gardens and home gardeners. Agua Fria Nursery donated over $750 of seeds so there are plenty of seeds available. Come even if you do not have any to share. Bring flower, herb, vegetable and other seeds if More >

Journey Santa Fe: Courtney White, Author/Activist

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)

March 1, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

A Conversation with the Former Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition, Courtney White, On His Book: The Age of Consequences – A Chronicle of Concern and Hope Moderators: David Bacon and Xubi Wilson, co-hosts of KSFR’s “Living on the Edge” radio program. (Previously, Bacon ran a 2-year More >

NMSU to offer university-wide sustainability minor

Beyond the growing trend of “going green,” New Mexico State University has caught on to the universal movement transforming the job market for graduating students – a movement that benefits the student, the university and the planet. David Boje and his colleagues, Raymond Fierro and Sebastien Vendette prepare a table on sustainability opportunities at the annual Career Fair.

By implementing four sustainability minors housed in the colleges of Engineering; Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Business; and Arts and Sciences, management professor and faculty coordinator David Boje is “greening the curriculum.” The 18-credit, university-wide undergraduate minor offered in three tracks allows More >

SF Parks & Rec Seeks Multiple Members for Advisory Committee

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Feans interested in getting more involved in local government and serving their community have a new opportunity. The citizen-led advisory committee for the Parks and Recreation Department at the city of Santa Fe is seeking members to fill several open seats on the committee – one open right now and a few more opening up this June.

In particular, the committee is looking for interested Santa Feans who have a background in community recreation, whether that is organized sports or other recreation activities in the community.

The Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Commission (POSAC) was created in 2007 More >

SFCC and UNM Present: Can Science Improve Suicide Prevention?

 

With J. John Mann, MD

 

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales Delivering Introducing Dr. Mann

 

What: “Can Science Improve Suicide Prevention: an exercise in translational medical research.” Santa Fe Community College, the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the city of Santa Fe Youth and Family Services Department, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, present J. John Mann, MD, for a special talk about his research, which employs functional brain imaging, neurochemistry and molecular genetics to probe the causes of depression and suicide.               

 

Who:     J. John Mann, MD, is the Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience (in Psychiatry and in Radiology) and vice chair for More >

Journey Santa Fe—China: Energy, Environment, and Economy

February 22, Sunday, 11 am 

@Collected Works Bookstore

 

CHINA: Energy, Environment, and Economy

With Max Dupuy, Economist with RAP in Beijing

Moderator:  Former KSFR News Director Bill Dupuy

 

 

 

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)     Based in Beijing since 2009, Max Dupuy leads projects in the areas of power sector policy and regulation on behalf of a U.S.-based energy nonprofit. He has served as an author, public speaker, and expert More >

Fruit tree pruning workshop set for Alcalde

ALCALDE, N.M. – The groundhog may have said six more weeks until spring, but it is time to prune fruit trees to get ready for the new growth.

New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde will host its annual fruit tree pruning workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. The center is located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde.

The workshop will include presentations on pruning basics, common training systems and some new development for each species. There will be a hands-on session in the field after the presentations.

“Training and pruning can direct the tree to More >

NM Senate passes bill to ban coyote killing contests

 

By a decisive 27-13 bipartisan vote, the NM Senate approved a measure to end coyote killing contests in New Mexico last Friday. Although opponents portrayed SB 253 as an attack on rural communities, many coyote killing contests in New Mexico are held near urban centers such as Las Cruces, Farmington and Belen. The measure, co-sponsored by Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) and Representative Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces), moves next to the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee, where its passage will be difficult. The committee is chaired by Rep. Candy Ezzell (R), a rancher from Roswell, and dominated by members with More >

City seeks nominations for Sustainable Santa Fe Awards

Santa Fe, NM – The City of Santa Fe is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sustainable Santa Fe Awards, which recognize model sustainability projects helping Santa Fe reduce it ecological footprint, mitigate carbon emissions and build resilience in the face of climate change, in accordance with the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan.

These annual awards have been given since 2009.  Awards are limited to projects or programs with significant events that occurred during the 2014 calendar year or ongoing programs that haven’t yet been recognized.

Sustainable Santa Fe Annual Award recipients will be recognized during an annual awards gala on April 8th which More >

Energy Department Announces $13 Million to Strengthen Local Solar Markets and Spur Solar Deployment

 

 

The Energy Department on Friday announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar. This investment will make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install affordable solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide by decreasing costs and supporting communities’ efforts to transform solar energy markets.

The Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments—driving greater solar deployment and making it possible for even more American More >

Ute Prayer Trees and Rock Art Lecture at La Farge Library, Feb, 21

Santa Fe, NM – Native Americans used oral storytelling and songs to pass on their history and culture.  Once Europeans arrived, the stories began to disappear.

Dr. James Jefferson, a Southern Ute Elder speaks the Ute language and knows the songs and stories of his people, he is helping to teach the younger generations.  He believes that through film and interviews, the Ute stories, songs and culture can be saved for future generations.

Dr. Jefferson has specifically been studying Ute Prayer Trees and Rock Art, which are sacred to Native Americans.  Some trees point to water, shelter and stream crossings. Come hear More >

2015 Starts with Santa Fe Water Shortage, Again

No problems expected for water utility customers

Santa Fe, NM – Good planning and a diversity of sources mean Santa Fe will have adequate water supplies this year, despite El Niño’s no-show so far, but the dry winter is a signal to residents that conservation is a year-round commitment, city water managers said today.

Forecasters last fall predicted El Niño, the pattern of unusual warm temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that typically results in increased precipitation for the Southwest, could bring a wet winter to New Mexico. But through the end of the month, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration More >

Awards Celebrate Community Sustainability Leaders

The city of Santa Fe is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sustainable Santa Fe Awards to recognize model projects that are helping Santa Fe reduce its ecological footprint, mitigate carbon emissions and build resilience in the face of climate change. These annual awards are limited to projects or programs with significant events that occurred during the 2014 calendar year or ongoing programs that haven’t yet been recognized. Award recipients will be recognized at a gala on April 8. Nominations will be accepted until March 15 and can be made online. A link can be found at www.santafenm.gov or at the websites More >

Awesome Foundation Santa Fe Accepting Grant Applications

 

 

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe chapter of the Awesome Foundation is now 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 February 28, 2015, with the grant to be awarded in early April.

 

The chapter is looking to fund 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 More >

The Future of Libraries: A Panel Discussion, Saturday, Feb. 7 at St. John’s College

Santa Fe, NM – This panel discussion will be held at St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Great Hall.  The discussion will be moderated by author, columnist, and radio show host James McGrath Morris.

Panelists will include:

Michael Delello, acting state librarian and deputy cabinet secretary for Cultural Affairs; Sarah Heartt, former librarian, Santa Fe Public Schools; Patricia Hodapp, director, Santa Fe Public Library; Tomas Jaehn, Archivist, New Mexico History Museum; Jennifer Sprague, library director, St. John’s College

A reception will follow the panel discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the More >

Journey Santa Fe: Bruce Frederick on Water Law and Water Speculation

February 8, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St.

Books/Talks/Lectures (at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse) Attorney Bruce Frederick with Santa Fe County’s Attorney’s Office – Water Speculation in New Mexico – How It Conflicts with New Mexico Water Law in context of the aquifer situation at the Augustín Plains Ranch Moderator: Water Rights Attorney Peter White

Frederick will talk about water speculation in New Mexico and how it conflicts with New Mexico water law in the context of a controversial application submitted by Augustín Plains Ranch to appropriate and export 54000 acre-feet of water per year from Catron county.

Bruce More >

Journey Santa Fe: NM Wilderness Alliance director

February 1, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe

The State of Wilderness in New Mexico With Mark Allison, executive director of NM Wilderness Alliance

Mark Allison, executive director of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, presents a comparative picture of this state’s history, lineage and potential to lead the nation’s Wilderness conservation efforts. Core to the presentation is an examination of specific places, and what it takes to succeed  legislatively in the next 2-6 years to secure critical protections here.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild) is a non-profit 501(C)(3), grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued More >

Report: Violators of Pennsylvania fracking rules operate in New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – WPX Energy was among the top fracking violators examined in a new report, breaking health and environmental rules in nearly half the wells it drilled in Pennsylvania. WPX Energy is one of the top gas producers in New Mexico.

 

The Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center analysis, Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S., reveals that Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms, and even businesses who tout their environmental records are all prone to breaking rules intended to protect air, water, and human health—averaging more than a violation More >

Senate Bill Would Ban Coyote-killing Contests in NM

 

Please contact your legislators to urge their support

Senator Mark Moores (R) of Albuquerque has introduced Senate Bill 253 to ban coyote-killing contests in New Mexico. Cosponsored by Representative Jeff Steinborn (D) of Las Cruces, the bill makes it illegal for anyone to “organize, cause, sponsor, arrange, hold or participate in a coyote-killing contest,” which is defined as “an organized or sponsored competition with the objective of killing coyotes for prizes or entertainment.”

The Southwest Environmental Center and other groups had pushed for legislation that would ban all wildlife killing contests, but the sponsors decided that a bill limited to coyotes had More >

Mayor Gonzales Keynote Speaker at Fundraiser for The Global Warming Express Tonight

More than 100 area kids are now part of The Global Warming Express (GWE), an advocacy group founded by 9-year-olds at Acequia Madre Elementary School to encourage adults to adopt more earth-friendly practices. Tonight, Mayor Javier Gonzales will give the keynote at a fundraiser for the GWE at Tomasita’s Restaurant – an event sponsored by Positive Energy Solar. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, with all proceeds going to support the GWE mission of empowering kids’ voices to create awareness surrounding climate change.

Positive Energy Solar is committed to building community. The More >