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Journey Santa Fe: History and gardens of Great Chalfield Manor

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 November 10, 11 am: Patsy and Robert Floyd THE HISTORY AND GARDENS OF GREAT CHALFIELD MANOR

Great Chalfield was restored a hundred years ago to its 15th century glory by Robert Fuller. His grandson, Robert Floyd, and Robert’s wife Patsy, made Great Chalfield Manor their home in 1985, and it now attracts 20,000 visitors a More >

Coss Urges Los Alamos National Laboratory to Analyze and Properly Dispose of its Nuclear Waste in Area G

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

SANTA FE, NM – Mayor David Coss, in his role as chairman of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Communities, presented a draft city of Santa Fe resolution at their monthly meeting today calling for LANL’s consideration of other alternatives to their proposed Technical Area (TA)- 54, Area G remedial action plan, as submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). The LANL plan leaves nuclear waste buried in pits and trenches at the Laboratory’s (TA)-54, Area G.

“Full cleanup of Area More >

New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference scheduled Dec. 3

November 4, 2013 WRITER: Emily C. Kelley, (575) 646-1957, CONTACT: Stephanie Walker, 575-646-4398,

New Mexico State University and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education will host the 2013 New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Deming, N.M.

The conference is free and sponsored by Western SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, a USDA program devoted to providing agricultural professionals with information and training in research-based, area specific, sustainable agriculture practices. The theme for this year’s conference is healthy soil – managing soils for long-term productivity.

Scheduled presentations include: “Growing the Community from the Roots Up,” by John Garlisch; “Organic More >

Forest restoration workshop at SFCC

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) Annual Workshop will be held Dec. 3-4 at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe (Jémez Rooms), telephone:  1-505-428-1000. The CFRP workshop is a great opportunity to hear from CFRP grantees about their accomplishments and challenges and explore innovative approaches to forest restoration and small diameter tree utilization.  The workshop is also an excellent opportunity to network among a wide range of stakeholders to explore new ideas.  The Forest Service will discuss common challenges in project implementation and share insights on future project opportunities as they relate to agency out year planning. More >

Greening the Workforce workshop

On Nov. 8, Bea Boccalandro will be leading a highly interactive half-day workshop on Greening the Workforce. As president of global consulting firm, VeraWorks, Boccalandro has transformed big-name companies such as Allstate, Bank of America, Levi, FedEx and countless more. She is a seasoned expert and will teach why engaging your workforce in environmental sustainability will transform them, your company, and possibly the world.

“Bea is one of the most innovative thinkers in corporate philanthropy. Spend time with her any way you can. Your giving program, your company, your community will benefit. And so will you!” said Caroline Barlerin, director of More >

Report shows wildfire smokes poses health risk to millions

Wildfires will get worse with climate change, not only endangering those near the blazes, but also threatening the health of millions of Americans from wildfire smoke that can drift hundreds of miles, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

As a result, communities must protect themselves from the health risks arising from exposure to wildfire smoke—including asthma attacks, pneumonia, and more serious chronic lung diseases. And the report, titled “Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke,” suggests the country take action to curb the threat of climate change.

“There’s trouble in the wind: What blazes in Texas rarely stays in More >

A Conversation with Jay Coghlan, Executive Director of Nuclear Watch 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 October 27, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

New Mexico is the birthplace of weapons of mass destruction that live up to the name. Weapons labs intend to prolong the functional lives of nuclear weapons for 30 years or more, despite denials at the highest levels of government. LANL plans to bury 1,000,000 cubic meters of radioactive More >

LWV Offers Talk on Climate Change: The Data Behind the Conclusions

Kimberly Samuels-Crow is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM.  She has an MS in Geochemistry from New Mexico Tech and a BS in Geology from UNM.

Her talk in Albuquerque will provide an overview of the data used to conclude that 1) Earth’s climate is changing, 2) climate change is largely due to increased concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, 3) the increased concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are due to human activities.   La Vida Llena is at 10501 Lagrima De Oro Rd NE Albuquerque, NM. (Juan Tabo & Lagrima More >

Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency Announces Television Recycling and Bicycle Reuse Pilot Programs

SANTA FE, NM — Residents and businesses in the City and County of Santa Fe can now safely recycle their televisions during the TV Recycling Pilot Program. The agency’s electronic waste recycler, Natural Evolutions of Tulsa, Okla., has expanded its take-back program and can now accept televisions for the same fee as other electronic waste.  Natural Evolutions is an “e-Stewards” certified e-waste recycler, which means that all e-waste collected by it is processed and recycled in the U.S.  Televisions were previously not accepted for recycling at the BuRRT facility because they contain around four pounds of lead in each CRT, More >

Linzey presentation on community rights Nov. 2

In the Name of Sustainability: A New Community Rights Movement A Presentation by Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq. Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 7:00 to 9:00 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church (UUCSF) – Sanctuary 107 West Barcelona (intersection of Galisteo and Barcelona) Santa Fe, NM Reminder: Thomas Linzey, an attorney and the executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) will speak about a new community rights movement which is emerging across the United States. CELDF is a nonprofit law firm which has assisted over three hundred community groups and municipal governments across the country. This movement consists of local More >

Neema Namadamu Returns to Journey Santa Fe

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

October 20, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Neema Namadamu Returns to Journey Santa Fe: “How Access to Technology is Changing the World for the Women of Congo”

She will be introduced by Santa Fe activist Carmen Stone, who traveled to the Congo to work with Neema’s organization, Maman Shujaa, which gives a voice to women in Congo More >

Global Frackdown 2 in Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Taos

Movement to Ban Fracking in New Mexico: Events among 200 uniting concerned citizens across six continents

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—From Friday, October 18, to Sunday, October 20, Food & Water Watch, Environment NM, Sierra Club and Wild Earth Guardians will convene a series of events in Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Taos to call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The events are in conjunction with the second annual Global Frackdown, an international day of action on Oct. 19.

Who: Food & Water Watch, Environment NM, Sierra Club and Wild Earth Guardians are local sponsors of the events. National partners for the Global More >

Recycling Containers for the Plaza

SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe Parks Division staff began cement slab prep work today, and will continue working through October 30, 2013 (weather permitting) in preparation for the installation of 11 trash/recycle receptacles that will be placed around the Plaza perimeter. The receptacles were purchased by the Environmental Services Division through a grant to Keep Santa Fe Beautiful from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful. The new containers are equipped with separate receptacles for paper, plastic and trash and will provide a convenient way for locals and visitors to dispose of trash and recyclables properly as well More >

NMSU to host Northern Pueblo Agricultural Day in Española

New Mexico State University agricultural specialists will provide the latest information in their fields to farmers and ranchers during the free Northern Pueblos Agricultural Day, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino Events Center, 460 N. Riverside Drive, Española.

“This event is to bring agricultural professionals and specialists to provide Northern New Mexico producers with the latest information to benefit their agricultural operation,” said Charlene Carr, NMSU’s Eight Northern Pueblos agricultural agent.

“The event is hosted by the Pueblo of Santa Clara, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service’s Northern New Mexico Outreach More >

NMGCC renewable energy conference Oct. 25-26 in LC

The New Mexico Green Chamber announces its Third Annual Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Conference and Renewable Energy Fair will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 25th-26th in Las Cruces.

Registration began October 4th.

This year, the event has expanded to include a public fair on Saturday, October 26th. The focus of the fair will be renewable energy advances for the residential and business consumers. Find out more about vendor opportunities below!

October 25th and 26th at the Ramada Palms de Las Cruces 201 E. University Avenue

Tentative Conference Schedule

Friday, October 25th

Morning Registration begins: 7:30am Morning Session/Panels: 8:00am-11:30am Lunch: 11:45am-1:00pm Afternoon Working Groups: More >

Fracking by the Numbers: New Report from Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center First to Quantify Damage Done by Gas Drilling

Albuquerque, N.M. — Two-thirds of New Mexico is still in moderate to extreme drought, despite the recent rains and floods. At the same time, a new report calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on our environment, including 1.3 billion gallons of freshwater used since 2005. The Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center report “Fracking by the Numbers” is the first of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking in New Mexico to date.

“The numbers don’t lie—fracking has taken a dirty and destructive toll on our environment. If fracking continues unchecked, these numbers will only get more dire,” More >

Community rights movement talks in SF, Taos, Las Vegas

“In the Name of Sustainability: A New Community Rights Movement” Speaker: Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq.

Open to the public , suggested donation, open to all

•  Santa Fe Evening Presentation with Thomas Linzey Co-sponsored by We Are People Here !  WAPH! New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights, NMCCR

Date:  Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church UUCSF Sanctuary 107 West Barcelona, Santa Fe (intersection of Galisteo and Barcelona)

•  Taos Evening Presentation with Thomas Linzey Sponsored by Renewable Taos, PPC Solar, New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights, NMCCR

Date:  Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 Time:  6:00 pm – More >

Journey Santa Fe: Conversation on Solace Crisis Treatment Center

Oct. 6, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. Santa Fe

Conversation with Maria Jose Rodriguez Cadiz, Executive Director of Solace Crisis Treatment Center

Many long-time Santa Fe residents have reason to gratefully remember the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, which changed its name to Solace Crisis Treatment Center in 2010. The change of name reflects a change of vision and a broadening of purpose in the local nonprofit, which turns 40 years old this year. Maria Jose will convey the history and vision of this essential local resource.


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Unique Corrales Art Show Will Raise Money for Two Animal Rescue Groups



Corrales, New Mexico, September 22, 2013. – On Oct. 5,  a unique and collaborative art show will be held in Corrales, NM called “Bowled and Beautiful.” Featured will be 25 vintage wooden bowling pins transformed by talented New Mexico artists into beautiful sculptural pieces. These works of art will be showcased at the St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 4908B Corrales Road, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each art piece will be sold by silent auction, as will products and services generously donated by local businesses. All proceeds of the event will go to two animal rescue non-profits; Second Chance Animal More >

Two composting classes offered in Albuquerque

Backyard Composting Class:     Date: 10/10/2013 Time:  1:30 – 3:30 pm Location: Open Space Visitor Center 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM Controlling evaporation in order to keep composting material damp is the biggest challenge in the desert and  requires a unique approach.  Come learn the basics of successful composting in the dry climate of the high desert. The class is free: to register or for more information call 505-897-8831 or email

Basic Composting Class:                Date: 10/19/2013 Time:  10:00 – 11:00 am Location: Osuna Nursery, 501 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque NM Keeping composting material damp in the dry climate of New More >