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NMSU Regents approve energy performance contract

SANTA FE – At a regular meeting Jan. 31, in Santa Fe, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved an energy performance contract that will save the institution millions of dollars over time.

The guaranteed utility savings contract with Ameresco, an energy services company, will allow NMSU to make energy efficiency upgrades to 46 buildings, totaling 2,701,972 gross square feet. The total project cost of $15,734,306, including $659,459 for the investment-grade audit Ameresco conducted at all NMSU facilities throughout the state, will come at no up-front cost to the university.

The improvements will pay for themselves, over the life More >

Journey Santa Fe: Municipal Elections

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 February 2 – 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore __________________________

SANTA FE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: A Conversation with Houston Johansen and Rick Lass About Proposed Amendments to the City Charter

No less frequently than every ten years, city voters are asked whether to amend the city’s charter, the mini-constitution that governs city government. We will look More >

Santa Fe River Trail Connections and Improvements: Two Public Involvement Meetings, Open House Format

The City of Santa Fe invites the public to learn about current efforts to develop new, multi-use (bicycle and pedestrian), trail connections and improvements at a number of locations along the Santa Fe River Trail. These projects include improvements to the urban trail system envisioned in the Santa Fe River Corridor Master Plan and the Santa Fe Metropolitan Bicycle Master Plan.  The work is financed with funds provided by City of Santa Fe general obligation bonds.  The meetings will be conducted in an “open house” format with opportunities to view the project locations, ask questions, and provide comments regarding the More >

Immigrant Day of Action

Hundreds of Immigrant Workers and Families to Travel to Capitol to Support Immigrants’ Rights Santa Fe – Immigrants and allies from across New Mexico will lobby legislators and hold a press conference on Wednesday, January 29th to oppose the Governor’s anti-immigrant proposal to repeal the current driver’s license law. This year’s Immigrant Day of Action features a delegation of immigrant workers and their families from the southeastern part of the state who work in agriculture, dairies and the oil and gas industries.

Participants will deliver hundreds of personalized milk cartons, hard hats, and petitions to legislators to remind them of the important More >

Journey Santa Fe: Democratic Party and Legislative Issues

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

January 26, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

THE DEMOCRATIC PRE-PRIMARY, THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, AND ISSUES FACING THE NEW MEXICO DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN 2014 –  Richard Ellenberg in conversation with Rick Lass and KSFR Radio Host Xubi Wilson

Richard Ellenberg, chair of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party, will join us the day after the More >

Plastic Bag Meeting for Business Owners Friday

The city of Santa Fe’s Single-use Plastic Carry Out Bag Ordinance will go into effect on February 27, 2014. The City has proposed an amendment to the Ordinance that will eliminate the required 10 cents fee for paper shopping bags and provides for a 30-day implementation period. The Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe will hold a public hearing and take a final vote on the amendment on February 26, 2014. Should the measure pass it will become effective immediately.

There will be an informational meeting for all retail businesses at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center located at More >

Feb 17: Renewable Energy Day at the Roundhouse

10am-2pm at NM State Capitol Building, Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta. Free parking in the garage at 420 Galisteo Street.

Join NMSEA at the NM State Capitol Building to celebrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency during Renewable Energy Day! With 300 days of sunshine, New Mexico has the potential to lead the nation in renewable energy development, creating jobs, improving the economy and reducing water use. Join us to learn about the latest developments in this exciting field and network with others who are working to improve New Mexico’s energy future.

A More >

Colorado Community Rights Network Files Constitutional Amendment

Denver, Colorado, January 20, 2014 – The Colorado Community Rights Network (COCRN) has submitted to the state for review and comment the language for a Community Rights Constitutional Amendment to be placed on the 2014 ballot. The significance of the proposed state constitutional amendment was explained by COCRN member, Cliff  Willmeng:

“Communities throughout Colorado and across the country are finding that, in the face of corporate exploitation, they don’t have full authority, due to state preemption, to protect public health, safety and welfare, economic and environmental sustainability, property value, and overall quality of life. To do so without repeated challenges from More >

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute set to bring the heat with 2014 New Mexico Chile Conference

 

The 2014 New Mexico Chile Conference will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The annual conference is hosted by New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute and features practical solutions for chile growers, processors and producers.

“The New Mexico Chile Conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in chile pepper research,” said Paul Bosland, Chile Pepper Institute director and chair of the conference. “The New Mexico Chile Conference is the world’s largest conference dedicated to chile peppers, and we are pleased to showcase NMSU’s research discoveries to the world.”

The 2014 More >

Array Technologies Expands Operational Headquarters

ATI increases total square footage at home office by 42%

Albuquerque, NM – Recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the state of New Mexico, Array Technologies has announced the completion of 22,500 square feet of new office and warehouse space. The addition has expanded ATI’s manufacturing and product testing capabilities while doubling the available office space for corporate staff, bringing the entire headquarters to a total of 72,500 square feet.

 

Array Technologies celebrated this milestone Jan. 17 at its Midway Place headquarters surrounded by local decision makers, media and fellow New Mexico solar industry professionals. The 2-hour event More >

Journey Santa Fe: Shining A Light on PNM

January 19, Sunday, 11 am Books/Talks/Lectures (at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St.) SHINING A LIGHT ON PNM AND NEW MEXICO’S ENERGY FUTURE with Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy Mariel Nanasi will talk about the most important energy decision the NM Public Regulation Commission (the PRC) will make for the next 20 years. As a result of years of legal activism and political organizing, PNM recently announced the retirement of 850 megawatts (2 units worth) of coal capacity at the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington. PNM is expected to seek PRC approval to abandon More >

Farming in drought added to annual organic farming conference topics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drought is the big topic on the minds of agricultural producers, and it will be the hot topic at this year’s New Mexico Organic Farming Conference, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Road NE.

“This is the largest and most diverse agriculture conference held in New Mexico,” said Joanie Quinn, New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s organic commodity adviser and conference coordinator. The event is organized by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, NMDA and Farm to Table.

Traditional agricultural producers will find plenty of useful information at the conference, More >

2014 Sustainable Santa Fe Award Nominations Sought

SANTA FE, NM — The City of Santa Fe is seeking nominations for the 2014 Sustainable Santa Fe Awards to recognize model sustainability projects that are helping Santa Fe reduce it ecological footprint, mitigate carbon emissions and build resilience in the face of climate change, in accordance with the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan. These annual awards have been given since 2009. Awards are limited to projects or programs with significant events that occurred during the 2013 calendar year or ongoing programs that haven’t yet been recognized.

Sustainable Santa Fe Annual Award recipients will be recognized during an annual awards reception in More >

New Mexicans for Gun Safety Meeting Thurs. in SF

New Mexicans for Gun Safety joins with all Americans in sadness at the shooting event in Roswell, NM. We hope and pray for the recovery of all those injured and frightened by the gun violence in this community.

“The focus of all New Mexicans should be for the swift recovery of the two children wounded in the Roswell incident, and to pray for the well being of the students and staff of Berrendo Middle School.” State Rep Miguel P Garcia

Please meet with us to discuss protecting our communities: Thursday, January 16th, 6-8 pm at The First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue, More >

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