Breaking News

Old chemical weapons to NM?

The Panamanian government announced an agreement November 21 between the United States and Panama that could involve the disposal of old chemical weapons in the state of New Mexico. Panamanian Chancellor Fernando Nuñez Fabrega told the international press that old weapons will be removed from San Jose Island and buried in the desert of New Mexico in 2014.

“In this way, Panama will be free of bombs without exploding them on the island of San Jose, and this place will regain its tourism value,” Nuñez said.

Located in the Pacific Ocean about 50 miles off the coast of Panama, San Jose Island More >

Journey Santa Fe: Gregory Smith—Presence in Healing

This Sunday November 24, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. Santa Fe __________________________

Gregory Smith: PRESENCE IN HEALING: A JOURNEY INTO HOLISTIC HEALING AND A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE

Greg Smith   will present a type of bodywork called Presence in Healing, and describe how it is possible to become more present and aware, truly heal on all levels of consciousness, and change old habits that no longer serve you. The journey begins with a brief discussion of consciousness from mystical, religious and scientific views, and then Greg will explain his current understanding based on professional and personal experience… Full More >

Mora County Commission Votes to Defend the CELDF Bill of Rights Ordinance

The Mora County Commission voted unanimously yesterday in an historical vote to defend its CELDF Community Rights ordinance rather than to dismiss the ordinance.  Known as the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, this ordinance, which was passed into law in a 2:1 vote April, 2013, bans oil and gas extraction and other hydrocarbons within Mora County.

During the special Mora County Commission meeting, the Commissioners voted to defend the ordinance, to hire their legal counsel, and on how to respond to the lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit was filed November 12th in federal court by three More >

Recycling Bins and Free Reusable Shopping Bags Available at 15th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

SANTA FE, NM – The city of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division will be at the 15th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival and will have information on the new reusable bag ordinance and will be distributing residential recycling bins and giving away free reusable shopping bags. These bins are free for City of Santa Fe residents who receive curbside refuse and recycling service.

The Festival begins today and runs until Sunday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The bins will be available this evening from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from More >

City Council Passes Resolution Requesting President Obama Deny Permit Application to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

SANTA FE, NM – Tonight the Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution respectfully requesting that President Obama deny the permit application by TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The resolution, introduced on Oct. 30, 2013 by Mayor David Coss and co-sponsored by Councilors Chris Calvert, Patti Bushee, Peter Ives and Mayor pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger, went to a vote this evening and passed.

The Santa Fe City Council strongly supports public expression of resistance to approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, up to and including peaceful, nonviolent and dignified expressions of civil disobedience, according to city public More >

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, ekelley@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Stephanie Walker, 575-646-4398, swalker@nmsu.edu

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 >