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Community acupuncture clinic observes anniversary

We the People Community Acupuncture Clinic (WPCA) celebrates its fifth year on Jan. 21, 2014, providing  affordable healthcare to the Santa Fe and surrounding communities.  Since 2009 Kelly Allen, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and her staff have provided over 150 treatments per week the medically underserved community using a non-income dependent sliding scale of $15-40.  The clinic’s policy is, pay what you like, no questions asked.

After a private intake, treatments are given in a quiet group space resembling a large living room. “Affordable treatment received in a group is nothing new.” says Dr. Allen, “It’s the way acupuncture is given More >

‘Chasing Ice’ to be shown at Desert Academy School

SANTA FE, NM – Mayor David Coss will participate in Desert Academy School’s Movie Night this Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7 p.m., $5 donation, at the Desert Academy campus located at 7300 Old Santa Fe Trail. The Mayor and students will watch the film, “Chasing Ice” and discuss potential local solutions about the issue on climate change. The event is sponsored by three student clubs: the Outdoors and Sustainability Club, the Loving the Lands Club, and the Hobbits Club.

The film, “Chasing Ice” is the story of a National Geographic photographer whose dramatic footage of collapsing glaciers and changing landscapes More >

Lamy residents organize against oil transfer plan

As you have probably heard, Pacer Energy Marketing and Santa Fe Southern Railway are already making efforts to go forward with their plan to use Lamy as a Crude Oil Transfer site.

This is not “just” a Lamy village issue, it is a HWY 285 South Corridor issue. An oil spill here would affect the water sources for Eldorado and Galisteo in addition to Lamy. Public safety and noise issues will affect all who live along HWY 285 due to the planned 50-100 trucks a week (traveling round-trip) from NW New Mexico.

Please take 5 minutes to read the attached fact sheet and More >

Journey Santa Fe: THE JOY OF FINANCIAL SECURITY – with Donna Skeels Cygan

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore 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 & Coffeehouse at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday

January 12, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

THE JOY OF FINANCIAL SECURITY  – with Donna Skeels Cygan

Grounded in psychology and neuroscience, and six years in the writing, The Joy of Financial Security is designed to help people become financially secure and happier at the same time. Cygan has been recognized as one of the top financial More >

“Do-It-Yourself Passive Solar Design” in Silver City

SILVER CITY, NM — “Do-It-Yourself Passive Solar Design” will be the subject of a workshop this Saturday, January 11, in which participants will learn the basic principles underlying passive solar design, see ovens cooking, tour the passive solar home where the workshop will take place, get mini-consultations based on sketches of participants’ own homes, and much more.

(Passive solar has nothing to do with blue panels or big investments! Passive solar projects range from low-cost ovens made of cardboard and aluminum foil to whole-house solar water heaters, also made of salvage materials, to beautiful, architecturally-designed sunrooms – and much more in More >

Climate Change & Water- Get the facts

On January 25th at 9:00 -10:30AM in the Performance Space at la Tienda, Eldorado, Prof. David Gutzler, from UNM will present a public lecture on Climate Change and Water Resources in New Mexico. Professor Gutzler will discuss the scientific understanding. Armed with the facts, you can help our communities address the social and political concerns that must be a part of preparing for our future climate.

–Submitted by Duncan Sibley Eldorado resident and professor of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University, where he teaches an online course on Global Climate Change

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute goes from red to green with latest variety: NuMex Sandia Select

Green means go for researchers at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute. They are nearly ready to release NuMex Sandia Select, a new Sandia variety that allows the traditionally red chile pepper to be used as a green chile.

“Growers were wanting a Sandia variety that was better for green use,” said Danise Coon, an agricultural research scientist at the Chile Pepper Institute. “But we needed something with a thicker wall and a longer, straighter pod.”

The chile pepper breeding program at NMSU began in the late 1800s with famed agriculturalist Fabian Garcia. Today, it specifically works with New Mexico chile More >

Journey Santa Fe: Life Planning in New Mexico

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore 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 & Coffeehouse at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday January 5, 2014 – 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore __________________________

LIFE PLANNING IN NEW MEXICO with Merri Rudd and Shannon Bulman

Elder law attorney Rudd graduated from UNM’s School of Law in 1986 and practiced elder law for years before becoming a teacher. She served as Bernalillo County’s Probate Judge from 2001 through 2010 and wrote More >

SF River Trail meeting rescheduled

You are invited to join us for an informational open house to discuss improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle crossing at the St. Francis Drive / West Alameda Street intersection. Representatives from the City of Santa Fe and the project team will be available to answer questions and collect your feedback.

When:             Thursday, January 16, 2014; 5:00-6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – brief presentation

Where:            Gonzales Community School Library 851 West Alameda St.  Santa Fe, NM

Please Note: The above referenced meeting was originally scheduled for early December but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. This rescheduled meeting date will be the public’s More >

Craig Barnes Lecture Series

Author, poet, playwright and host of the weekly KSFR radio program Our Times, Craig Barnes will speak on “An Enquiry into Empire, Capitalism and the Engines of Inequality” Jan. 9-Feb. 13, Thursdays 6-8 pm at Collected Works Bookstore 202 Galisteo St.,  Santa Fe.

2014: Ring in the New Year with Resolution to Save Water and Energy

The city of Santa Fe says Santa Feans should consider including water conservation in their New Year’s resolutions; a resolution that helps the community as well as their pocketbooks. “Most New Year’s resolutions are about ways to improve ourselves. People vow to lose weight, stop smoking, organize closets. These are all great but we’re asking Santa Feans to go big and not just improve themselves but also their community,” said Laurie Trevizo, the city’s water conservation manager.

A resolution to “waste no water” is easier than a resolution to diet or quit smoking, and has a much broader impact. “Here in More >

Journey Santa Fe: Rev. Holly Beaumont on Interfaith Worker Justice in NM

December 29, Sunday, 11 am Books/Talks/Lectures (at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse) Journey Santa Fe presents: Rev. Holly Beaumont of Interfaith Worker Justice of New Mexico: CREATING A MORAL BUDGET IN THE POOREST STATE WITH THE GREATEST INCOME DISPARITY

This legislative session will be pivotal, for its own sake as well as it providing a running start of the 2014 election for Governor and US Representatives. Interfaith Worker Justice of New Mexico, a consortium of individuals and organizations of faith and conscience, believes that a budget is a moral document that reflects and shapes our values. Holly Beaumont reminds us that New Mexico More >

Backcountry Film Festival in Los Alamos celebrates outdoors

January 30, 7:00 p.m. Backcountry Film Festival. The only showing in NM! The ten unique films included in this year’s traveling Backcountry Film Festival will inspire you to embrace your spirit for outdoor adventure, grab your gear and your friends, and head out to make some tracks. Beer and wine available for purchase, and great prizes raffled at intermission. Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave., Los Alamos. $12 in advance at the theater, or $15 at the door. To learn more, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

Conservation group seeks youth volunteers

Applications Due February 14, 2014

Paid Volunteer Opportunity

Do you want to join a non-profit organization working on conservation in Northern New Mexico? Do you want to earn a college scholarship? Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is hiring young women and men ages 18-25 for seasonal, full-time Conservation Programs. Applications and program descriptions are on our website www.youthcorps.org  or call (575)751-1420.

Journey Santa Fe Yule-Solstice-Festivus Celebration

December 22, Sunday, 11 am Books/Talks/Lectures (at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse) Journey Santa Fe presents: YULE-SOLSTICE-FESTIVUS CELEBRATION

Cookies, Kids and Carols! Luminaria and Farolitos! Canyon Road walk! It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year to be a Santafesino/a. We are putting together a little celebration to capture the beauty of the season and express our gratitude that you and Collected Works Bookstore have supported another year of presentations and conversations.

Religious Leaders Applaud Organ Mountains Monument Proposal

Urge Obama to Designate Monument in Light of Congressional Gridlock

Washington, DC – Seven senior religious leaders representing 137 congregations throughout southern New Mexico presented New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich with a thank you letter Monday applauding their proposed legislation to protect the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks region.  This letter included signatures by the heads of communion from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Rocky Mountain Synod, the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist More >

SF City Council asks LANL to dispose of nuclear waste at Area G

Calls on New Mexico Environment Department to Not Allow the Creation of a Permanent Nuclear Waste Dump

The Santa Fe City Council unanimously passed Resolution 2013- 111 Wednesday before a fully packed chamber sponsored by Mayor David Coss and co-sponsored by Councilor Patti Bushee and Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger. The resolution requests consideration of alternatives to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) proposed plan of leaving nuclear wastes buried in place at TA-54, Area G; urging instead for full characterization and excavation of the wastes, offsite disposal of any high-level, transuranic, and mixed low level radioactive wastes, and directing the City More >

Alternative Energy film to screen Dec. 29 in Los Alamos

December 29, 4:00 p.m. We’ve Got the Power: A Special Screening. PEEC is pleased to sponsor a special screening of Brad Marshland’s new documentary, We’ve Got the Power at the Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. A follow-on to his Emmy® Award-winning Filmsight Production, The Next Frontier, this film explores the important topic of alternative energies. $12. For more information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

The time shown corrects an earlier announcement, as carried in What’s Going On, the calendar of events in the print edition of the December issue of Green Fire Times.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center More >

PPC Solar Launches Online Crowdsourcing Campaign to Bring Solar to Ethiopia

Taos solar installer, PPC Solar, announces the launch of its online campaign to raise $5,000.00 to fund a solar electric system for the Abada Community in Ethiopia (population approximately 2,000). Under the guidance and project management of PPC Solar CEO Daniel Weinman and in conjunction with non-profit Imagine1day, the 7kW off-grid solar installation will take place February 2014.   Donations will fund system components, transportation, installation, and training necessary to build local technical skills to sustain the system and effectively integrate it into the community. Electricity is one of the biggest impediments to progress and education in Africa.  Currently, there is More >

Positive Energy Solar Op Ed: Commissioner Lyons Teams with Intel’s Attorney to Cut Renewable Energy in New Mexico by 10%

By Randy Sadewic

On November 20, in swift action intended to circumvent public input, Commissioner Patrick Lyons and two other Commissioners of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted to permanently cut the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 10%.  The Renewable Portfolio Standard is the law in New Mexico that requires that utilities use some renewable energy sources.  This reduction of the RPS was done at the behest of New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers (NMIEC), an industry organization representing some large electricity users including Intel, UNM and the City of Albuquerque.  Commissioners Hall and Bicente-Aguilar voted with Commissioner Lyons to More >