December 2016

Responses and Reflections Post-Election 2016


Higher Ground

A catalytic gathering of some of Santa Fe’s well-known authors, community leaders and musicians


On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, five days after an election that had over 60 million around the country shaking their heads in disbelief, an audience of 250 gathered at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe to participate in Higher Ground. The hastily organized event brought together some of Santa Fe’s well-known authors, musicians and community leaders who volunteered their insights, perspectives and suggestions to a live audience and thousands more around the world via video streaming.


“Inspiring…Positive…Very much needed…and Healing” were some of the comments participants used More >

Everyday Green / Ecopreneurs and the New Economy


 Susan Guyette


As we contemplate the next few years, getting mired in discouragement or despair will not bring about positive change. Getting specific about what we want and taking personal action will.


Where to put our energies? First, recognizing the basics of what is not working, and then taking personal responsibility for our role in the change process is central to a shift. Local-level activism through the choices of each individual holds great promise. New Mexico might be considered the “State Different,” and, with our cultural strengths, we have the potential to lead.


Several underlying faulty principles have led to the destruction of More >

Local Purchasing Powerhouses = Localism 2.0


Vicki Pozzebon and Alan Webber


There’s a new conversation, a new set of practices and a new vocabulary in the evolving effort to support local economies: Anchor institutions. Local procurement. Procurement policies. Impact investing.


What do these terms mean? And how do they represent the next stage of economic development that’s focused on producing better outcomes for local businesses and communities?


Anchor institutions are corporations, hospitals, universities and government agencies that are the largest job providers, biggest purchasers of goods and services in a community. These are the institutions that buy everything from food for their own cafeterias to cleaning services to uniforms More >

Hey New Mexico: It’s Time to Try an “Hour of Code™”


Jennifer Nevarez


Today, computing is reported as the number-one source of wages in the U.S. While there are more than 500,000 computing jobs available nationwide, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce this year. Furthermore, although computer science is fundamental to every industry in today’s economy, 75 percent of schools still don’t teach it.


This month New Mexico joins the “Largest Learning Event in History.” Local businesses, organizations and professionals are joining forces with New Mexico TechWorks and hundreds of students and teachers to participate in a regional “Hour of Code”™ (HoC) during National Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5–11. The More >

Wintertime Recipe and Health Tips


 Japa K. Khalsa


Don’t forget over the holidays that it’s always a good time in the winter to work on preserving and serving your own health. It’s easy to go into overindulgence mode with all the sweets and treats everywhere. Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel this holiday season, and what can I do for myself to feel nurtured and healthy from the inside out?” One winter wonderful way to strengthen your health is to make a cozy warm drink at night that is slightly sweet and gives you something to look forward to every day. This drink will have More >

Tiaso Artist Cooperative Mixes Art and Community


Many have argued that art has the power to change the world, and the Albuquerque-based Tiaso Artist Cooperative believes that their members do just that. Founded in the spring of this year, the cooperative is a member-owned, member-run organization that supports artists working to create positive community change.


The cooperative has attracted artists from all over the spectrum—from performing artists to poets, painters, sculptors and even textile artists. A couple of Tiaso’s artists you might know are Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s first poet laureate, and Valerie Martínez, Pulitzer Prize- nominated poet and collaborative artist. 


The co-op provides support and professional services the More >

In Praise of the Cultivation of Maíz

A new mural in Española


Alejandro López


Our town needs to experience the process through which a community can create something real and alive over an extended period of time. This way, people can share in something positive, open-ended and exciting taking place in our midst. Best of all, it’s taking place through the simple agents of paint, drawing and patience.

– Alexandra Jackson Rakovsky


Nestled between two mountain ranges at the confluence of three rivers and the intersection of five highways, the Española Valley, ancestral homeland of the Tewa Indian people, the first Mexican-Spanish capital of New Mexico, and the bastion of contemporary More >

The Moon Rises Over Hernandez Again and Again


Patricia Marina Trujillo


One of the most famous and most sought-after photographs in American fine-art photography is called “Moonrise, Hernandez, NM,” shot by Ansel Adams in 1941. I first encountered this photograph as capital “A” art in my university art history course. I was taught to appreciate it from an objective perspective, to memorize all manners of facts about its medium and technique. It is a silver gelatin print that stands the testament of time for many reasons. The photograph remains one of American photography’s most studied images because of how Adams reprinted the captured image over the years, adjusting the More >

Luminarias or Farolitos?

A Vignette from “Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette”


Andrew Lovato

Part six of an intermittent series


When the aspen leaves turned yellow and the mountain peaks wore a mantle of white, Elvis knew the change of seasons was upon him. As December approached, the days became shorter and the sun sank earlier behind the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A cold nip was in the morning air, and it wouldn’t be long before the first light snow blanketed Santa Fe and transformed the city into the inside of a Christmas ornament that glittered with snowflakes when you shook it.


The beginning of winter meant that More >

Newsbites – December 2016


Verde Transmission Line: Acceptance and Opposition

Hunt Power, a Dallas-based company owned by a family that deals in oil and gas production, is seeking to build a $60 to $80 million 345-kilowtt transmission line across northern Santa Fe County and southern Río Arriba County. The 33-mile project, the last uncompleted section of a loop the runs from the Four Corners area to Albuquerque and back, would go through the pueblos of Pojoaque, Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh and cross the Río Grande. Hunt has negotiated a right-of-way agreement with those pueblos but the Pueblo of San Ildefonso has refused; and so More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – December 2016


Dec. 7, 6:30–8:30 pm

Out from Under the Methane Cloud

ABQ Mennonite Church

1300 Girard NE

Workshop/discussion on NASA’s Four Corners methane study. Speakers include Jon Goldstein of the Environmental Defense Fund. Sponsored by the Sierra Club–Río Grande Chapter, 350 NM, NM Interfaith Power & Light, Conservation Voters of NM and Western Environmental Law Center.


Dec. 8, 11:30 am–1:15 pm

AED Quarterly Investors Luncheon

ABQ Marriott Uptown

2010 Louisiana NE

ABQ Economic Development, a private nonprofit, will present two speakers and provide an update on business development activities. $70/$40.


Dec. 8, 5 pm

Renewable Energy Industry Assn. Annual Meeting

CFV Solar Test Lab

5600-A University SE

Guest speakers: Mark Gaiser, NM Energy, More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – December 2016


Dec. 2–4

Recycle SF Art Festival

SF Convention Center

201 W. Marcy

18th annual. 12/2, 7 pm: Trash Fashion and Costume show created by adults, youth and children: $20/$15/$8. 505.988.1234, Friday Recycled Art Market: $5. 12/3, 9 am–5 pm and 12/4, 10 am–5 pm: Free. Hosted by the nonprofit Recycled Art Alliance and Keep SF Beautiful.


Dec. 3, 1–5 pm

Youth Shakespeare Festival

Scottish Rite Temple

463 Paseo de Peralta

Performances by Devon Glover The Sonnet Man, Upstart Crows of SF, students from the Academy for Technology and the Classics, NM School for the Arts and SF Indian School. $5. Info: 505.466.3533,


Dec. 3, 10, 17, More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – December 2016


Dec. 6, 7 pm

Benefit Concert for Standing Rock

KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Rd. 150, El Prado

Featuring Robert Mirabal, David Garver, Jimmy Stadler, Mina Tank and others. Admission: donation of 1-gallon or larger container of water, wool socks, sleeping bags, flashlights with batteries, wool or thermal blankets. Financial donations also accepted.


Dec. 10, 4–7 pm

Bonfires on Bent St.

John Dunn House Shops

120–124 Bent St.

Snacks, music and events all day.


Third Weds. Monthly

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

Taos County Courthouse Mural Room, Taos Plaza

Networking, presentations and discussion. Free.


Farmer-to-Farmer Training

Taos County and Española Valley

Learn to be an organic acequia farmer. 2017 yearlong training program is being started More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – December 2016


Dec. 2, 10 am–2 pm

Public Scoping Meeting about Chaco Area Fracking

Navajo Nation Museum

Window Rock, AZ.

Conducted by the BLM’s Farmington Field Office.,


Dec. 2–4

Red Rock Balloon Rally

Red Rock Park, Gallup, NM

About 200 hot air balloons float above the red rocks and canyons. 800.380.4989,


Dec. 10, 5–9 pm

Light Among the Ruins

Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs, NM

More than 1,400 farolitos. Complimentary horse and wagons bring visitors to and from Jemez Springs’ plaza to the site throughout the evening from 3 locations. Traditional Native American dances, flute music and complimentary refreshments. 575.829.3530,


Jan. 13, 5 pm Application Deadline

Recycling and Illegal Dumping Fund Grants

The More >