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Journey Santa Fe: John Hendry, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO on New Mexico Film Incentive Package 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 at  Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

May 24, Sunday, 11 am

John Hendry, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO  on New Mexico Film Incentive Package and more. Moderator: Bill Dupuy, former news director for KSFR Radio Station

Jon Hendry is the president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and the Business Agent for IATSE Local 480. As one of the More >

Santolina in the news

The resistance to the Santolina development, which is planned for the outskirts of Albuquerque on the lands of the Atrisco Land Grant, was covered by The Guardian, a major global news outlet.  South Valley leaders Santiago Maestas, president and founder of the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias, Lorenzo Candelaria, farmer and mayordomo, and Virginia Necochea, Executive Director of CESOSS.

 

The Bernalillo County Planning Commission approved the Santolina Master Plan early in 2015 and several groups, including SVRAA and CESOSS filed appeals to the decision.  The appeal is now before the Bernalillo County Commission.  At a May 11 hearing, Norm Gaume, More >

Protect the Gila River Organizing Meeting May 21

Protect the Gila River Organizing Meeting Thursday, May 21, 6pm 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Student Memorial Bldg. Western New Mexico University Silver City

Join us for an informational meeting to learn the latest on the Arizona Water Settlements Act planning process, designation of the NM CAP Entity and the latest JPA, the NM Unit Agreement, and more.

For more information, call the Gila Conservation Coalition 575.538.8078.

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Journey Santa Fe: A Conversation with ’60s activist Mark Rudd

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 17, Sunday, 11 am

Journey Santa Fe: A Conversation with ’60s activist Mark Rudd and former news director for KSFR radio station Bill Dupuy, on Naomi Klein’s latest book, This Changes Everything.

In 1968 Mark Rudd led the “legendary occupation of five buildings at Columbia University, a dramatic act of protest against the University’s support More >

NMLC Seeks Stewardship Coordinator

The New Mexico Land Conservancy, a non-profit land trust located in Santa Fe, NM, seeks a qualified and motivated individual to coordinate its conservation easement stewardship, monitoring, reporting and information systems; and assist with land conservation, outreach, and project-related fundraising activities in support of the organization’s mission and in accordance with its established policies, plans and strategies.

This position reports to the Conservation Director and works closely with other staff, interns and volunteers, but supervises no staff.   A full job description, benefits, and how to apply can be found on our website at www.nmlandconservancy.org

Application deadline June 19, 2015.  No phone calls More >

Join us for the Kickoff Reception for the OMDP Anniversary Week Celebrations

 

The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks (OMDP) Coalition of groups and agencies would like to formally extend an invitation to join us on Friday, May 15th at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum for the official Kickoff Reception of the 1 year anniversary celebration of the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

 

 The event will feature a tribal blessing, the unveiling of the OMDP Achievement badge for the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, entertainment, and booths with information related to the monument. The event will feature a “class picture” taken of all of the groups and individuals More >

Feeding Santa Fe Invites Local Gardeners to ‘Grow a Row’

 

According to the 2014 Hunger in New Mexico report, published by the New Mexico Association of Food Banks, an estimated 20,780 members of the Santa Fe community experience food insecurity. Many are children and senior citizens. Santa Feans who keep a garden or plan to start one, are invited to “Grow a Row” of vegetables to share with a needy family.

 

The idea behind Grow a Row, this charitable horticulture initiative, is to inspire local gardeners to provide their neighbors in need with fresh, nutritious items such as zucchini, tomatoes, beans or other vegetables from their garden.

 

“We will be happy to More >

Journey Santa Fe: An Overview of the Green Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Fe Green Festival

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 10, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

An Overview of the Green Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Fe Green Festival, Santa Fe’s Biggest Gathering of Sustainably-minded Consumers With Executive Director Glen Schiffbauer

Moderators: Les Lakind & KSFR radio host Xubi Wilson

Northern New Mexico’s green businesses and organizations are rolling out the green carpet for More >

Sustainable agriculture seminar set for May 14 at NMSU in Las Cruces

Programs and activities related to sustainable agriculture research and education will be the topic during a seminar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in Room 297 at Gerald Thomas Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education is a national organization started in 1988, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

SARE provides grants and education programs to advance agricultural innovation, promote profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and improve quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. SARE is divided into different regions to be able to effectively address sustainability issues in More >

PNM to Begin Construction of Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center

(SANTA FE, N.M.) – Groundbreaking for the Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center will take place on May 7 at 2 p.m. The new solar energy center will add nearly 10 megawatts of solar capacity to PNM’s system. It is located south of the National Guard off of I-25’s east frontage road. PNM is investing $19 million in this project, which will have more than 40,000 panels and will generate the equivalent of the energy used by about 4,000 average residential customers. The center will provide approximately $165,000 in taxes to Santa Fe County and short-term construction jobs.

By the end More >

Protecting Agricultural Land—Workshop in Nambé

On Thursday, May 7, New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA )invites anyone interested in protecting agricultural lands to attend a workshop at the Nambé Community Center starting at 9am and ending with lunch around 12 noon.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide landowners with vital information and tools to maintain land in agricultural use.  The presentations will focus on three main areas:

1) The workshop will cover how to ensure that you maintain the agricultural status of land to keep property taxes low.  We will discuss the importance of maintaining agricultural use of land and tips to keep land in agricultural More >

USDA Announces Acequia Funding Initiative

On Thursday, May 7 a top USDA official will visit New Mexico to announce a new funding initiative aimed at acequia projects that improve water conservation and irrigation efficiency. Jason Weller, chief of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will be in northern New Mexico to announce funding for acequias through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). According to state officials, $1.2 million will be available in the first year and with successful implementation more resources may be available in coming years.

Weller will be joined by Kenny Salazar, President of the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD), on KDCE More >

Santa Cruz Farm Tour Saturday

American Friends Service Committee New Mexico Acequia Association And Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farm

Invite you to help us thank our legislators for all their support, enjoy a farm tour, local foods and connecting with farmers of the area.

SANTA CRUZ FARM TOUR

at Don Bustos’ Santa Cruz Farm

May 2, 2015 1PM to 3PM

830 El Llano Rd. Española, NM 87533 

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE 2047 Tapia SW Albuquerque, NM 87105 505 842-7343 afsc.org/office/albuquerque-nm    

NM ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION 805 Early St, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 955-9644 lasacequias.org

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NMSU to host hoop house maintenance, vegetable workshop in Abiquiú

 

 

 

ABIQUIÚ – So you built a hoop house on your small-acreage farm. Now what do you do with it?

 

Since 2001, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents have helped small-scale farmers extend their growing season by building hoop houses on their property. Many have been built in northern New Mexico, including Río Arriba County.

“Our county has the most small-scale farmers in New Mexico, who are raising a very diverse range of crops,” said Donald Martinez, NMSU’s Extension agricultural agent in Río Arriba County. “We have a lot of hoop houses in our county.

“These farmers have discovered there is More >

Journey Santa Fe: Santa Fe Public Utilities Lawyer Bruce Throne

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)

April 26, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Why PNM is Going in the Wrong Direction with Coal and Nuclear and How New Mexico Can Change That 
With Santa Fe Public Utilities Lawyer BRUCE THRONE Moderator: Attorney Denise Fort, Research Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law

This is a critical moment for the state’s More >

Desert Light Film Competition, Festival April 24

Alamogordo, NM— The Desert Light Film Festival committee wishes to announce that New Mexico Film Office Locations Coordinator, Don Gray, will travel to Alamogordo soon to provide the keynote speeches this year for the film festival’s middle school and high school students who come to attend Desert Light’s festival day.

Desert Light is the longest running (12 years) and possibly the only statewide student film competition and festival day designed especially for middle school and high school filmmakers. The festival is organized each year by the Otero County Film Office, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts More >

New Los Alamos Nature Center & Planetarium to Open on Earth Day, April 22

LOS ALAMOS, NM—The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in cooperation with Los Alamos County announced today that they will open the highly anticipated Los Alamos Nature Center and planetarium on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 – exactly one year from the center’s groundbreaking. A public ribbon cutting ceremony led by local dignitaries, County officials, and PEEC staff will take place at 2 p.m., followed by a special performance by the Aspen Elementary school choir and refreshments.

The $4.3 million, 6,000 square foot nature center includes a new, state of the art 32-foot planetarium which will feature shows. The building was designed More >

PRC Commission to Consider PNM’s Stipulated Agreement Wednesday

From New Energy Economy:

 

This Earth Day the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will have the opportunity to protect the environment and ratepayers

Join us to demand they make the right choice!

The Hearing Examiner will present his recommended decision to reject PNM’s Stipulated Agreement for more coal. Help us pack the PRC Chambers in support of his recommendation.

Wednesday, April 22nd 9:30 am Public Regulation Commission Chambers PERA Building, 1120 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Earth Day Celebration to be held in the Colonias of La Uñión and Mesquite, NM

Caravan tour celebration to dedicate new water systems funded by USDA

ALBUQUERQUE, NM April 20, 2015 –USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner will join the citizens living in the Colonias of La Uñión and Mesquite, New Mexico south of Las Cruces to celebrate Earth Day.  The celebration in both communities will be highlighted with the dedication of the upgraded water systems in both communities. All together both projects received over $6-million to complete.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to bring attention and to educate people to be more responsible trustees of the Earth’s environment. The two projects were picked to More >

Journey Santa Fe: Update on Efforts to Ban Fracking in Chaco Canyon

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)

 

Update on Efforts to Ban Fracking in Chaco Canyon and Ban the Building of the Piñón Pipeline

With  Rebecca Sobel, former news reporter and fracking campaigner at Wildearth Guardians & Erik Schlenker-Goodrich of the Western Environmental Law Center with Brian Sweeney WELC’S communications director

Moderators:  Les Lakind & KSFR radio host Xubi Wilson

 

 

The Greater Chaco region of northwestern New More >