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Earth Day Celebration at Ghost Ranch: Water’s for Cooperating Over

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2013 The arid Southwest generally, New Mexico specifically, has been the scene of intense competition for resources. With today’s news filled with stories of conflict over water- it is easy to accept the old canard that `water’s for fighting over.’ But is it really? We will examine historic instances in which societies have come together to share nature’s most precious resource. Instructors will present stories which highlight such social systems, explode the myth of water conflict and point toward a future with `just enough’ water for human and nature’s uses. Instructors: Steve Harris is a More >

Love Your River Clean Up Day – February 16, 2013

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

At Frenchy’s Field Barn, Agua Fria at Osage.

Come to register, get trash bags & supplies

Have hot coffee, hot chocolate & donuts

Enter our drawing for prizes!

please RSVP with Robin,  robin@santafewatershed.org or call 820-1696

RecycleMania competition kicks off at NMSU

New Mexico State University has kicked off its participation in the 2013 RecycleMania tournament, the national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

NMSU has been a leader in RecycleMania in recent years, placing fifth in both 2011 and 2012, and second in 2010 in the competition division of the tournament. More than 525 schools from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada are participating this year. Schools compete in 11 categories to see who recycles the most on a per capita basis, which produces the More >

Environment Department Clarifies Differences Between Uranium Isotopes

Uranium in Santa Fe-Española Area Well Water is Naturally Occurring (Santa Fe, NM) – Geologists have known for decades that the sandstones near Santa Fe and Española contain uranium. The yellow and brown mineral coatings on sand grains will kick a Geiger counter but are not rich enough to be mined at the present time. Most water wells in the area contain detectable uranium. More than 200 private and public wells contain uranium in excess of the drinking water health standard of 30 parts-per-billion (ppb), and some wells contain hundreds of ppb. The primary health concern of uranium in drinking water More >

NM utility to buy solar power for less than coal

From http://thinkprogress.org:

Bloomberg reports El Paso Electric Co., a southwestern utility, has agreed to purchase electricity from a New Mexico solar project owned by the solar panel manufacturer First Solar, for a price lower than the going rate for coal:

First Solar bought the 50-megawatt Macho Springs project from Element Power Solar, according to a statement yesterday. El Paso Electric Co. (EE) agreed to buy the power for 5.79 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to a Jan. 22 procedural order from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

That’s less than half the 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour average price for new coal plants, according to More >

Republicans, six Democrats kill GMO-labeling bill

On Thursday, Jan. 31, GMO food labeling bill SB 18 was declared “dead” by its sponsor, Senator Peter Wirth, and by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. In a Senate floor vote on Wednesday, a 23-17 majority voted to reject Tuesday’s no-recommendation decision by the Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), effectively killing the bill through a rarely used — some have said unprecedented — procedural tactic. This was done by a united front of Republicans joined by six Democrats. “YES” in this vote means rejecting the SPAC report. Four out of six Democrats on the Corporations Committee, where the bill would More >

Environmental History of the Río Grande

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, 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 & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday February 3, 2013 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

A Look At The Environmental History of the Río Grande  with Steve Harris, the executive director of The

Río Grande Restoration Project.

 

Harris will be In Conversation with KSFR radio host David Bacon, part of Bacon’s continuing series Who Controls Water in the Bio Region.

Harris writes: “Rivers More >

Rights of Nature Teleclass with Osprey Orielle Lake on Friday, February 8

Santa Fe nonprofit Alliance for the Earth will be teaming up with Beth Beloff and Associates to co-present an hour-long teleclass on the global Rights of Nature movement with Osprey Orielle Lake on Friday, February 8 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that trees, oceans, animals, mountains have rights just as human beings have rights. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. At their heart, Rights of Nature More >

NMSU to offer global perspective in March 2-3 acequia symposium

New Mexico takes pride in its acequias, the age-old system of ditch irrigation – and social organization – especially prevalent in the northern part of the state. But this approach is actually not unique to the region, nor are the challenges faced by residents involved in acequia-supported agricultural activities.

With this in mind, New Mexico State University will host a unique two-day symposium, Acequias and the Future of Resilience in Global Perspective, March 2-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces.

The term “resilience” in this context refers to the ability of ecosystems to recover from More >

Bill would ban animal killing contests

Santa Fe, NM – Rep. Nate Cote (D-Doña Ana, Otero-53), has introduced legislation to prohibit animal killing contests. Recent attention has been focused on the promotion of killing animals without regard for public safety or the health of our lands. Citizens of New Mexico have expressed outrage and horror over the senseless killing of animals for prizes and Rep. Cote will not allow those concerns to go unheard. House Bill 316 will criminalize organizing, causing, sponsoring, arranging or holding an animal-killing contest and apply a civil fine of up to $1000. Subsequent convictions could range up to $5000 and 1 More >

Rainwater harvesting workshop in southern NM

New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Extension Office will host their Rainwater Harvesting and Roof-reliant Landscaping Workshop from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18-19 at the DACC Workforce Center, 2345 E. Nevada St., in Las Cruces.

“With the ongoing drought conditions we are facing in our region, it is important to utilize all of our resources available to us,” said Jeff Anderson, the agronomy and horticulture agent for Dona Ana County. “Rainwater harvesting can supply a source of pure water for use in a vegetable or floral garden and works wonderfully if you like growing plants in a greenhouse. This is More >

Farming for Tough Times

As tough growing conditions confront farmers and ranchers across the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, some rural producers and their allies are looking to innovative, sustainable practices to cope with climate change and grow healthy, local economies. In the coming weeks, New Mexico will host a series of events dedicated to fostering vibrant farming in a challenging time.

For starters, hundreds are expected to attend the annual New Mexico Organic Farming Conference scheduled February 15-16 for the Albuquerque Pyramid North Hotel. The 2013 edition of the  long-running, popular gathering will feature two intensive days of workshops and presentations on topics including More >

It’s a First: Sierra Club Endorses Civil Disobedience

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” President Obama stated in his second inaugural address on Monday. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”

The very next day, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved the passage of the controversial Keystone Pipeline through his state.

That was enough for Michael Brune, Sierra Club President, to announce that for the first time in its 120-year life, More >

Journey SF offers conversation on 2013 Legislature

This Sunday January 27, 2013 10 am @Collected Works Bookstore

A Conversation on the 2013 New Mexico State Legislature with Senator Peter Wirth and Unicopia Green Radio Host Faren Dancer

We will meet at Collected Works Bookstore at 10 am for a brief discussion and coffee with Faren Dancer, and then walk to the Round House at 10:45 am to meet Senator Peter Wirth for our regular 11am program, which will take place in the legislature at the state capital building, Room 311.

JOURNEYSantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the More >

ZERO Waste Training Feb. 20, 21

ZERO Waste Training with Gary Liss will be held in February.  Two events:  Thursday, Feb 20, 7-9 pm at Santa Fe Community College, Jémez room, and one day intensive Friday, February 21, 9:30-4:30 pm Jémez room. Cost is $10 for Thursday, $250 for Friday, 20% discount for buddy pass or multiple discount. For more information, or to register, visit: www.carboneconomyseries.com or call 505-819-3828 or 505-913-2877. Schedule subject to change.

 

GE food labeling bill heads to Senate Public Affairs Committee

The first Senate Committee hearing on SB18, a bill to require labeling for genetically engineered foods, is scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 2:30 pm in Room 321 of the State Capitol (300 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe) with the Public Affairs Committee. Advocates for the bill are urging supporters to fill the Senate Hearing Room (321) to capacity to show senators widespread public support for the bill. Show up early to secure your seat and be prepared to wait for SB18 to come up on the agenda. The second Committee hearing will be Judiciary, date TBA. More information about More >

Army dedicates largest solar array at WSMR

The  Associated Press reports the U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar energy-producing system last week at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

According a report excerpted from The Santa Fe New Mexican, The $16.8-million array includes nearly 15,500 sun-tracking solar panels spread across 42 acres, according to the report. It will be capable of producing 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — enough to meet about 10 percent of the need of the missile range.

Federal law currently requires at least 7.5 percent of an installation’s total electricity consumption to include energy produced by renewable resources. The Defense Department More >

Learn the Basics of Gardening in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Master Gardener Association again offers its popular Gardening 101: The Basics of Gardening in Santa Fe, a full day course in gardening essentials, on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The course is designed to give new or new-to-Santa Fe gardeners a primer of gardening knowledge that will help them deal with the special challenges of gardening in the area. Teaching the class are long-time, local gardening experts Tracy Neal and Jannine Cabossel. Topics covered include:

Garden planning and plant selection  that take local soil types, regional climate patterns and microclimate  into consideration to improve chances of More >