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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.

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!

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.

For other details, please More >

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.

Renewable energy documentary screening in Albuquerque Dec. 2

What: FREE Showing of the 2014 Emmy Award-winning Showtime climate change documentary Years of Living Dangerously: Winds of Change, followed by Q&A with an expert panel on the promise of renewable energy, state efforts to repeal Renewable Energy Standards, methane leaks and fracking. Learn how to get involved with the January 2015 decision by the NM Public Regulatory Commission on New Mexico’s energy future… Will we go with Coal, Methane and Nuclear, or Renewable Energy?

Expert Panel: Chuck Noble- Attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Jason Marks-former PRC commissioner, Dr. Bernie Zak – climate scientist Sandia Labs retired, Tweeti Blancett More >

Conservation district offers tree seedlings

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the New Mexico State Forestry Division, will be offering applications for low-cost tree seedlings sales. To be eligible, applicants must own one acre of land or more and plant seedlings for windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas tree sales, or wildlife plantings. Call 471-0410 x3, Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 7:30am -4pm, Monday through Friday. The program is ponsored by the Santa Fe-Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District.

ANSWER Film Showing and Discussion: Uranium mining on Indigenous Lands

ANSWER Film Showing and Discussion Part of a Two Part series on Environmental Racism. Pt. I. Uranium mining on Indigenous Lands

Friday, November 7 @7pm 305 Washington Street SE, ABQ (b/w Central & Zuni)

* Following the film there will be discussion and presentation with special guest speaker  Diné activist Leona Morgan.

37 mins. In Diné (Navajo) with English subtitles

Nearly one out of three people in the Navajo Nation struggle with  contaminated drinking water. The consistently detoured path toward reparation is littered with too many failures and broken promises. For many Navajos, those who have already been exposed and those who lost their More >

Hawaiians win GMO victory

Residents of Maui County in Hawaii, frequently referred to as ‘GMO Ground Zero,’ claimed a victory Tuesday evening when a measure to ban the planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) passed with 50.2 percent.

Agribusiness giants Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, which for decades have run enormous growing and testing operations on the island, spent nearly $8 million dollars to defeat the ban, making it the most expensive campaign in Hawaii’s history, according toHonolulu Civil Beat.

Known as the Maui County Genetically Modified Organism Moratorium Initiative, the measure will ban all GMO growth, testing or cultivation in the county until an environmental and public health study is More >

Journey Santa Fe: Election Night Preview, with Political Commentator Joe Monahan

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 2, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Election Night Preview, with Political Commentator Joe Monahan Moderator: KSFR Radio Host Xubi Wilson

Full program details at: www.JourneySantaFe.com Like us on Facebook!