February 2013

OP-ED: Community Members Appeal the Río Grande Restoration and Recreation Project


Basia Miller


A riverside trail through trees and a boat launch on the Río Grande? An idyllic picture to be sure, but it gives no hint that, as documented by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)*, plutonium, cesium, strontium, uranium, americium and trace and heavy metals—a veritable cocktail of contaminants from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)—have been found in the soil in this area. Nearby are intake pipes for the Buckman Direct Diversion Project, from which Santa Fe gets up to 60 percent of its drinking water.


A proposal to restore riparian areas and enhance recreation facilities in the Río Grande More >

Investing in Local Food Means Celebrating Entrepreneurship


Vicki Pozzebon


In a struggling economy, I believe (call me crazy) that starting with the lowest-hanging fruit is how you rebuild. Our local food movement is booming with more farmers’ markets, more new products on the shelves and restaurants committed to sourcing as local as possible. It’s happening fast and could grow even faster, creating more products and jobs. This could be exactly what we need to rebuild our economy.


The Rio Grande Community Development Corporation (RGCDC) is asking the New Mexico Legislature for $1.4 million over four years (HB56) to build a food-related economic development infrastructure across rural NM, using the More >

NEWSBITES – February 2013


Healthcare Industry Pay in New Mexico

Despite New Mexico’s significant job losses in recent years, the growth of the state’s healthcare services has made it “recession-proof,” according to UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.


The latest available (2010) Census Bureau statistics on county business patterns rank Santa Fe 92nd out of 695 metro and micropolitan areas on average pay ($44,300) per healthcare employee in private-sector companies. Santa Fe’s annual payroll was $367.9 million for 8,297 employees at 516 healthcare and social assistance facilities.


Albuquerque ranked 174th on the list, with average pay per employee at $42,100 for the city’s 43,338 employees More >





Retrofitting Commercial Buildings for Water and Energy Efficiency

Certificate course offered by UNM’s Division of Continuing Education in partnership with Global Energy. Designed for building and facility managers, building owners, contractors, engineers, architects and the trades that support them. How to analyze a building and its systems, how to identify the best savings opportunities, how to write a retrofit plan. Free to most trainees. For eligibility and enrollment, contact Julie Kare: 505.277.2382 or jkare@unm.edu


Through February

100 Years of State & Federal Policy: Its Impact on Pueblo Nations

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW

Exhibition reflects on the human experience behind enacted policies and More >




Feb. 1 Registration Opens

Foundation of Herbal Medicine Course

Milagro School of Herbal Medicine. 250 hours of professional training in SW botanical medicine. Includes field trips, botany, pharmacy and clinical applications. Info: 505.820.6321, info@milagroherbs.com


Feb. 2, 10 am-12 pm

Citizens Climate Lobby

SF Public Library, 145 Washington Ave.

Monthly meeting, first Saturday of every month. Help create the political will for a stable climate. 10-11 am: discussion of local actions; 11-12 pm: national conference call with guest speaker Dr. Mark Tresguerres on ocean acidification. Info: 505.570.7586 or maria@myearthprints.com


Feb. 2, 10 am-12 pm

Pinon and Juniper Ecosystem

½-mile N. of Cerrillos on Cty. Road 59

What at first glance may More >



Through October

Diabetes Prevention Course

Rio Arriba Health Commons, 2010 Industrial Park Rd., Espanola, NM

Lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and maintain at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. Classes limited to 15 participants. Sponsored by the NM Department of Health. Free. Info: 505.662.3100 or mchapman@laymca.org


Feb. 4-5

NM Chile Conference

Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces

Information for growers, processors and producers. Topics include biotechnology, fungicides, food biosecurity, marketing and laws governing food safety and labeling. $110. Presented by NMSU. Info/registration: www.chilepepperinstitute.org or 575.646.3028


Feb. 9, 10 am-4 pm

Sustainable Homes Tour

Las Vegas, NM

Self-guided tour starting at the Arts Council (140 Bridge St.) sponsored by More >