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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, call 662-0460, or email

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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  or call (575)751-1420.

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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.

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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, call 662-0460, or email

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 >

Online Campaign Calls on President Obama and Secretary Jewell to Protect New Mexico’s Public Lands

Asks President Obama: What Would Teddy Do? Albuquerque, NM — Environment New Mexico launched an online campaign Friday calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting New Mexico’s public lands by asking, “What would Teddy do?”

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt began a presidential tradition of permanently protecting New Mexico’s national treasures. Thanks to President Teddy Roosevelt’s leadership, he helped create and expand more than 20 national parks and monuments including Chaco Canyon during his presidency.

“Today, despite record visits and popularity, our public lands are at risk from increased oil and More >

Exhibit of Historical Buddha Relics Visits Santa Fe

(Santa Fe, NM):  A public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Santa Fe on: Thursday December 5th, (Opening Ceremony at 6 pm to 7pm / Viewing 7pm to 8:30 pm); Friday, December 6th,  (10am to 7pm); Saturday, December 7th,  (10 am to 7 pm); Sunday, December 8th, (10 am to 5 pm) at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center 50 Mt. Carmel Rd Santa Fe. This is a rare opportunity to view these sacred relics, which More >

Expose on Dirty Drilling Released to Public Television Stations in 50 States


Albuquerque, NM — This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America, the national arm of Environment New Mexico, to public television stations across the country. As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.

“Fracking is taking a terrible toll on our environment and our health,” said Dominick Lawton, Field Associate for Environment New Mexico. “People should see and hear the truth before they find themselves living next door to dirty drilling.”

Shot on location in Pennsylvania –an epicenter of the More >

Journey Santa Fe: Think New Mexico founder on jobs crisis

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, Santa Fe. This Sunday

December 1, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore


For the last 15 years, Think New Mexico has effectively advocated in our legislature for needed reforms. Because of their work, the tax on food has been repealed, More >

Interfaith Worker Justice to hold Black Friday protests at Walmart locations

On Friday, November 29, people of faith and conscience will gather at Walmart stores around the country for peaceful and prayerful protests to support Walmart associates and warehouse workers. More than 1,500 rallies, vigils and protests are expected to happen leading up to and on Black Friday.   Here in Santa Fe, Interfaith Worker Justice – New Mexico (IWJ-NM) is organizing events at all three of the Walmart locations in Santa Fe.    According to the Rev. Holly Beaumont, Organizing Director of IWJ-NM: The theme for this year’s vigil is Share the Wealth with your Workers.  While Walmart workers struggle More >

Governor proposes $2 million for NM Water Resources Research Institute

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez proposed that the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute be funded with an additional $2 million to support research and innovation in water infrastructure in the state.

“The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute serves an invaluable role in our state,” Martinez said Tuesday at the WRRI office. “Increased funding will enable the Water Resources Research Institute to expand its mission and meet any additional water research needs associated with drought, water security, water planning and water-quality issues.”

The proposed funding for WRRI would be recurring funding through the New Mexico Legislature. Martinez recently proposed a $112 More >

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 __________________________


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 >