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The México within New Mexico
Just as it is impossible to gain an understanding or appreciation for the spiritual and cultural depths of New Mexico without opening oneself to the wellsprings of the state’s diverse native peoples, so it is with its immense legacy from México. After all, Nuevo México, as its name denotes, was once an integral part of México before the United States appropriated it in 1846. Presently, it shares a lengthy border with northern México, a historically porous region through which streams of people have traveled north and south for thousands of years.
Similarly, it is not More >
La Ciénega and La Cieneguilla Pueblos / La Ciénega and La Cieneguilla Land Grant
Hilario E. Romero
From the earliest times prior to the Spanish arrival in Nuevo Mexico to the present, these communities were linked spiritually, culturally and physically. The trails along the watercourses allowed hunting, agriculture, wood gathering and trade among the ancient pueblos. After the arrival of the Spanish, the connection continued along what would be called El Camino Real. For both groups, this was the end of a long journey for those who followed the old Indian trails up the Río Grande and the beginning of a long More >
On June 8, 2014, the tightly knit community of Española, New Mexico, was severely traumatized by the sudden death of Victor Villalpando, a creative genius barely 16 years of age. After calling the police and informing them of his location and that “a person needed help,” a brief scuffle between Victor and the police ensued and, seconds later, Victor was shot. Was this Victor’s way of asking for help for himself?
In the following weeks, Victor’s family and the community participated in several solemn services in his honor until his body was laid to rest on a knoll above the More >
Our fate is written
In a book that none can see
Like every child in America, school was an important part of Elvis’s life. First- through-sixth-graders in his neighborhood attended a small Catholic school a few blocks away. The most valuable form of currency that kids could carry around in their pockets at Cristo Rey Elementary was an array of marbles. Every year with the coming of spring, the marble craze started up again, and Elvis was out on the playground with hordes of boys and a handful of girls kneeling in the dirt.
“Hey, who’s in?” shouted Miguel, as he More >
Last fall, my colleagues and I visited public and private schools across Santa Fe and asked teenage students a question many of them had not been asked in years, if ever. Our question was not what they wanted to be when they grew up or what they hoped to study someday in college. We didn’t ask them what class they liked best or what electives they hoped to take. Instead, we went beyond school and jobs and struck a human chord by asking, “What do you want to learn?”
Many of these young people had been waiting, it seemed, for More >
Lisa M. Randall
At the start of school year 2010-2011, Santa Fe Public Schools began building its Energy and Water Conservation program. Using ideas and models from other school districts and organizations around the country and customizing strategies to meet our own specific building portfolio, we focused on electricity and natural gas in year one and water, waste and recycling in year two. All of those areas continue to be at the forefront, and we’ve added food-waste composting, renewable-energy infrastructure, cradle-to-grave zero-waste electronics diversion and more sustainable building design. Becoming an environmentally responsible organization is an ever-evolving goal and arguably a More >
Come Be an Activist for Sustainability!
Ahhh, the milagro! And the irony. In a year in which a new battery of standardized tests was added to several existing ones, within a highly unsustainable climate of testing frenzy, it was a miracle that a real-world, hands-on problem- and project-based learning community of 12 teachers and about 300 students was able to launch Santa Fe High School’s first sustainability academy with some pretty impressive accomplishments.
Amidst walk-outs, teachers leaving mid-year and a completely new administrative team carrying forth a mandate to decrease dropout rates and increase student engagement through a new “academy More >
Rebecca Darling and Alexandra Nevárez
We ask our children to absorb all that they can to pass the next exam, go on to the next grade and move on to the real world. All the while, fieldtrips are becoming folk tales, and textbooks can often be outdated by the time they reach students’ hands. Although classroom-centered education has reigned for decades, community-based learning is an option that provides a valuable and enriching opportunity to bring learning to life and life to learning.
The Community Learning Network is a New Mexico nonprofit dedicated to providing hands-on learning experiences for groups of students and More >
Global Warming Express and Adelante Program
When the Santa Fe City Council opened the floor for public discussion concerning a plastic bag ban last year, several elementary school kids took to the podium to express their support. The ban was passed—minus the desired 10-cent tax for paper bags—due to a technicality. So, when the 10-cent fee for paper bags was reintroduced on April 29, the kids were ready to address the City Council again in favor of continuation of the plastic bag ban and the addition of a 10-cent fee.
During the discussion among the council members that followed the More >
I’ve just returned from a whirlwind convening of the annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) conference of localists in Phoenix, Arizona. I say whirlwind because I got swept up in the energy and excitement of this year’s theme, “What’s Working Locally.” This was my ninth year attending the conference and, every year, it does not disappoint. The localist movement is growing, and it’s not just about locally owned businesses anymore. It’s about investing locally in businesses that grow the local economy; it’s about equality and growing a truly equitable economy; it’s about knowing how your food is More >
If the world is indeed becoming a global village, then Santa Fe’s Museum Hill will be one of its great marketplaces. The largest event of its kind in the world, the International Folk Art Market-Santa Fe will include the work of more than 150 master artists from 57 countries. Last year’s market drew close to 20,000 visitors.
The market provides a chance for buyers to collect one-of-a-kind pieces, meet the artists and hear the stories behind their work. Each year a committee of experts, including representatives from leading international museums, chooses the artists from a deep pool of applicants.
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César Chávez Cultural Tourism Conference
August 1–2 at the Old Taos County Courthouse and Kit Carson Park
The Town of Taos will commemorate the work of farm worker/organizer César Chávez—while looking forward to a future of agriculture and cultural preservation—with a first-of-its-kind, cultural tourism conference. Panelists at the free event will provide historical perspectives on current issues related to reestablishing self-sufficiency.
“This event will be a powerful commentary on how the history of our area shapes the present landscape and economic possibilities, uses of the land and social issues,” said Judi Cantú, Taos councilwoman and co-creator of the event. “It’s a must-attend More >
July 1, 5:30-7 pm
Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second St. NW
Network with people interested in doing business locally, clean energy alternatives and creating sustainable opportunities in our communities. Presented the first Wednesday of each month by the ABQ and Río Rancho Green Chamber. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greendrinks.org
July 6, 10-11 am
Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour
ABQ Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE
Tour presented by the Xeric Garden Club of ABQ. Free. Children’s activities. www.xericgardenclub.org
July 10-Aug. 6
NM Jazz Festival
Albq. and Santa Fe
10th year of local as well as world-renowned artists and jazz masters. www.newmexicojazzfestival.org
July 11, 5-11 pm
NM Women in Film
Film Fiesta. Narrative, documentary, music video, commercial, experimental, More >
July 1, 6:30-8:30
Solarize Santa Fe
Frenchy’s Field Barn
Campaign to inform homeowners and businesses about cost-effective solar energy options. Speakers from the state, county, city, public schools, Sierra Club and others. 505.992-3044, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/events/471853056309514/
July 4, 25, 26
SF Concert Band
Free concerts. 7/4, 8 am on the SF Plaza. 7/25, 4 pm at the Southside Library, corner of Jaguar Dr. and Country Club Rd. 7/26, 2pm at the Federal Building lawn downtown.
July 4-5, 9 am-4 pm
Young Native Artists Show & Sale
NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.
Children and grandchildren of artists with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program. Free. 505.476.5200
July 7- Aug. 28
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Taos Pueblo Powwow
30th annual. Admission and camera fees. Gourd dancing, dance competitions. Arts & crafts and food booths. 7/10, 7 pm: Grand entry. 7/11, 1 pm, 7 pm: Grand entry. 7/12, 1 pm: Grand entry. 575.741.0181, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taospueblopowwow.com
July 31-Aug. 2
César Chávez Cultural Tourism Conference
Old Taos County Courthouse, Kit Carson Park
See newsbite, page 13
August 1, 9 am-4 pm
Taos Home & Garden Tour
Taos County Fair
Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center
Livestock exhibits, watermelon and pie eating contests, live music. 575.758.3982, taoscountyfair.com
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“Under the Tuscan Sun” Exposition
Galleria Italia, 2874 Hwy. 14 N., Madrid, NM
M-S 9:30 -5:30, 714.887.9131
July 8, 15, 22, 29, 9:30 am
Green Hour Hikes
PEEC, Los Alamos, NM
Meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Free. All ages. 505.662.0460, www.losalamosnature.org
July 9, 5:30-7 pm
Little Toad Pub, 200 N. Bullard St., Silver City, NM
Monthly meeting of the Southwest NM Green Chamber of Commerce and the NM Solar Energy Association-Silver City Chapter. Held every second Thursday of the month. 575.538.1337, swGreenChamber@gmail.com
Española Valley Fiesta
7/9, 6-10 pm: teen dance; 7/10, 3 pm: torch runners, 6 pm: procession to plaza More >