July 2013

The Passing of Diego Mulligan


We are extremely sorry to note the loss of Diego Mulligan, long-time host of KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio’s daily show, The Journey Home, who died last month following a long illness. Diego brought many years of insightful and inspiring conversation to the airwaves, educating people of northern and central New Mexico about the human condition, our society and environment. Diego considered himself a progressive, embracing the best of liberal and conservative approaches to public policy. He had little interest in the Left or Right political ideologies.

Believing in the innovative power of people, Diego knowledgeably and cheerfully interviewed More >

Valuing the Role of Culture in Sustainable Development

  The Hangzhou International Congress


Sabrina Pratt


Culture and sustainability are becoming a priority worldwide. At the first international conference organized by UNESCO to discuss the link between culture and sustainable development since 1998, attendees from over 70 countries discussed culture and its role in raising the quality of life in developing countries, as well as related issues, including how culture contributes to achieving sustainable cities and environmental sustainability.


The context of the discussion was the goals set by the United Nations for international aid to developing countries where basic needs such as food, health, housing and education aren’t satisfied; peace and reconciliation efforts More >

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise


Governments, NGOs, artisans, retailers and international organizations partner to tackle obstacles.


Hundreds of thousands of people around the world participate in the artisan sector. Goldsmiths in Benin, silk weavers in Thailand, embroiderers in Afghanistan—all struggle for work that is real, that is used, that keeps ancient traditions alive, and that provides needed income for families.


Artisan enterprise is not generally considered a key driver of economic growth, nor looked to as a major component of development assistance efforts. And yet:


  • The artisan sector is a major job creator globally—especially for women. In the developing world, behind agriculture, artisan businesses are the second-largest More >

Healthy People – Healthy Places

Addressing Health Inequities



What are the two factors that best predict a community’s health?


Kristine Suozzi, Ph.D., coordinator of the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, pauses before she provides the answer: zip code and color of your skin. She begins her presentations with this illuminating fact when she speaks about health equity. Then she continues with other startling statistics:


  • People’s life expectancy in Bernalillo County differs by 22 years, depending on where they live.
  • People who live in poor neighborhoods in Bernalillo County are two-to-three times more likely to die of diabetes before age 65 than those who live in affluent neighborhoods.
  • Americans rank More >

Help Plan an Affordable Creative Space in Santa Fe


Kris Swedin



The Arts + Creativity Center, envisioned as a vibrant hub where people working in creative industries gather to live, work, create, collaborate, rehearse, perform, conduct business and thrive, is closer than ever to becoming a reality.


The need for a facility of this type has been well documented through economic development and strategic planning studies over the past decade. Santa Fe needs to strengthen opportunities for young and emerging artists and creative business to keep them in our community.


You can support this project by investing 15 minutes of your time in planning the future of affordable creative space in Santa More >

FANTASE Festival: Connected Community Engagement


Katelyn Peer and Kris Swedin


Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Santa Fe on June 15 to celebrate the opening of the newly redesigned DeVargas Park and Skate Park. The FANTASE Festival was a community event organized by Creative Santa Fe, along with nonprofit, business and governmental partners. DeVargas Park is located at the corner of Guadalupe and West DeVargas streets, halfway between the Railyard and the historic plaza.

The festival marked the completion of the first phase of the larger Parque del Río, envisioned as an urban linear park running along the length of the Santa Fe River. The completed phase features More >

Treats for Tourists: The Superfoods of New Mexico


Dr. Japa K. Khalsa


Travelers have the opportunity to sample the unique local foods of an area and indulge while vacationing. We often hear people say, “I need a vacation from my vacation” when they come back from a trip because they’ve put on a few pounds and have worn themselves out in different ways. Why not try a lighter approach, and strengthen and fortify oneself with the power crops from the region you have visited? Instead of pigging out, just sample the unique foods and stock up on the actual crop instead of the “chocolate-dipped” version of a specialty food. More >

EVERYDAY GREEN: Somos el Maíz – A School of Agriculture

  An Interview with Alejandro López


Susan Guyette


Somos el Maíz, We are corn—is a phrase that denotes a profound interdependence on, and identification with, this plant held in the highest esteem by many of the peoples of the Americas, including the Pueblos, the Mayas, the Navajo and the modern-day Mexicanos. There are innumerable stories of compassion toward people by protective beings who, usually in a moment of great need, sent the gift of corn to alleviate suffering. As a principal mother deity among many peoples and a constant source of nourishment, she sustains us physically, spiritually, socially and in every other way. More >

The Local Spirit Behind Santa Fe Spirits


Vicki Pozzebon


If you are a foodie, or maybe not even a foodie but just care about where your food comes from, chances are you also care where your beer, wine and spirits come from. Maybe you just like to impress your party guests with local brews. Whatever your defense of drinking local, you should know that your choice to do so matters.


At Santa Fe Spirits, a local micro-distillery on the south side of Santa Fe, you get a contact buzz just walking into their tasting room. The barrel room is right off the tasting room, begging for a sniff of More >

Service Learning Links Northern New Mexico with South America




The Santa Cruz, New Mexico-based Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute successfully completed its first service learning trip to South America in January. “It was a small group, but a great educational experience for all of us,” said Executive Director Emigdio Ballon. Ballon and co-founder Lorraine Gray began their journey in Peru with six fellow travelers, including Percy and Louise Schmeiser, internationally renowned for their 16-year legal battle with Monsanto, as a result of having their canola fields contaminated with GMO (genetically modified organism) seed.


The group took a 22-hour bus ride from Lima to Cusco through the Andes Mountains to participate More >

Geothermal Energy and Jobs Coming to New Mexico


Ray Powell, Commissioner of Public Lands


As New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands my job is to generate revenue from our 13 million acres of State Trust Lands while protecting the health of these lands and resources for future generations.


Despite last year’s record-breaking $653 million in State Land Office-generated revenue, which goes to support our state’s public schools, universities and hospitals, we at the Land Office are always searching for ways to earn more money for the people of New Mexico and to better protect our lands and the environment. One energy source that can do both things is geothermal, More >

Free Training for Green Collar Jobs


Lee Einer


Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) is offering free job training through its Environmental Workforce Development program, which is designed to provide a single solution to the dual challenges of environmental protection and long-term unemployment.


The program is funded through a $300,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is part of the EPA’s Brownfields program, which arose out of environmental justice issues. Its purpose is to restore land that has been contaminated by industrial pollutants so that it can be made safe and returned to productive use. Perhaps the best-known example in northern New Mexico is More >

NM Legislature Takes Action – Wildfires and Watersheds


Michael Aune



A major change in fighting wildfires in New Mexico occurred this year because state senators and representatives raised the issue to the agency directors in Washington, DC. Also, discussion and debate in both the state House and the Senate helped the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) and the Interstate Stream Commission revise their positions on watersheds originating on federally managed public lands. These are big deals, and tangible results are now being seen.


During the Whitewater Baldy Fire in 2012, the NM-based federal forest fire managers stated in writing: “The present tactical plan does not call for the use More >

OP-ED: Our Constitutions Are the Avenue to Challenge and Change the Injustice


Kathleen Dudley


Our amazing intelligence seems to have outstripped our instinct for survival—we plunder the Earth hoping that accumulating material surplus will make up for it—the profound unfathomable thing we have lost.” – Arundhati Roy, Imagining the World


Our rural lands are under siege by corporations who are “mining” our communities for their raw materials—water, forests, oil and gas, coal, iron ore, uranium, etc.—materials that are part of nature’s DNA and our DNA, in the words of acclaimed poet and activist John Trudell. The very ecosystems upon which we depend for our health, well-being and sustainable future are being ravaged in the More >

Newsbites – July 2013


New Mexico a Leader in Clean Technology

According to Clean Edge, a research and marketing firm in San Francisco, New Mexico is one of the leaders in clean technology development. New Mexico ranked seventh in the nation based on criteria such as clean-energy generation and capacity, green-building deployment, state policy (utilities are required to provide a certain amount of renewable energy), energy-efficiency expenditures, smart meters, emissions, clean-technology patents and more.

Clean Edge’s annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index also praised the work the state’s national laboratories are doing in areas such as solar- and smart-grid research. Said study author and senior More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – July 2013



Through July 27, 6-8 pm

REI, 1550 Mercantile NE

Solar PV/Photovoltaic Installation Training

Classes offered by CNM’s Workforce Training Center’s Photovoltaic Academy. 505.224.5200, workforce@cnm.edu

July 3, 5:30-7:30 pm

Green Drinks

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St. NW

Network with people interested in local business, clean energy and other green issues. Guest speaker: James Glover of Once a Day Marketing, LLC, on “Positioning Your Brand in the Minds of Your Consumers.” Hosted by the Albuquerque & Río Rancho Green Chamber of Commerce. Info: 505.244.3700, lindsay@nmgreenchamber.com

July 13-14, 8 am-4 pm

Lavender in the Village

Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Río Grande NW, Los Ranchos de ABQ

Celebration of all things lavender. Pick your own, buy More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – July 2013


Through Aug. 23

Viva Flora! Treasured Plants of NM

SF Community Gallery, SF Convention Center

Exhibit co-sponsored by the SF Botanical Garden features 30 artists. Includes historic, endangered and native plants.


Through Dec. 12, 5:45 pm

Local Organic Meals on a Budget Classes

Kitchen Angels, 1222 Siler Rd.

90-minute classes, second and fourth Wednesday each month. Participants enjoy tastings of the meal being prepared. $18., Free for WIC and EBT recipients. Presented by Kitchen Angels, Home Grown NM, SF Farmers’ Market Institute. Info: 505.982.8285, 505.473.1403, www.localorganicmeals.com


Through Jan. 5, 2014

New World Cuisine: Histories of Chocolate, Maté y Más

Museum of International Folk Art

Exhibit focuses on the mixing of food More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – July 2013


Through July 14

Annual Wood Show

Tome Gallery, 2930 Hwy. 47, Los Lunas

Wood from the Río Grande bosque to the far reaches of Africa turned into a beautiful array of art and furniture. 505.715.1560, visualescapes@mindspring.com


July 13, 9 am

Celebrando las Acequias

Mission Embudo, Dixon, NM

Agenda includes a presentation about repartimiento, discussion of issues facing Embudo Valley acequias including drought. Afternoon break-outs. Lunch served to attendees. For info, contact Estévan Arellano: 505.579.4027, estevan_2002@yahoo.com


July 13, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Wise Woman Retreat for Women with Horses

Abiquiú, NM

A retreat for women who have a desire to embrace their inner wisdom through the horse. No horse experience necessary. Healing Through More >