June 2016

The Revealing New Mexican Landscape along the Rail Runner Line

New Mexico’s Living Open Book


Alejandro López



New Mexico defies easy understanding or description because, aside from being geographically diverse and immense—the fifth-largest state in the Union—it has a partially unbroken history going back thousands of years. That notwithstanding, New Mexico also possesses a cutting-edge contemporary dimension. It also comprises a complex mosaic of cultures that includes diverse Native American tribal groups—Apache, Navajo, Zuni, Keres, Tiwa, Tewa and Towa. Coexisting with these original communities are the more recent Nuevo Mexicano, Mexicano, Anglo, Jewish, African-American, Sikh, Islamic, Central and South American, East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, Korean, Tibetan, Iberian Spanish, More >

Littleglobe’s Transmedia Team and the City of Dreamers Project


Chris Jonas and Veena Vasista



“What do you know about Capital High School?” Maya, a high school intern from the City of Dreamers media team, asked a young adult in Santa Fe Plaza. He responded, “It is a high school, and no one likes it there. I’ve never really been around that part of town, so…”


Priscilla, a high school senior, declares in a video, “I am a student from Capital High School. And if they say, ‘Oh, there?!’ I say, ‘Yeah, there! And it’s awesome, so deal with it!’”


On Mother’s Day evening, in May 2016, a cast of nearly 50 students, More >

Workforce Development for an Innovative Future

Highlighting Green, Tech and Film Careers in Northern New Mexico


Jennifer Nevárez



Many young New Mexicans are unaware of the vast array of opportunities for meaningful, rewarding work right in their own state.


With support from the McCune Charitable Foundation, this month the first “Career Academy” is offering students from 11 schools the opportunity to explore hands-on activities and meet professionals from three innovative industries identified by StartUp Santa Fe as growing in northern New Mexico: green, tech and film.


According to the UNM Center for Sustainability, New Mexico’s clean-energy sector grew by 118 percent in 10 years, while jobs in energy efficiency grew More >

Mentoring – Real-Life Learning that Works from Monte del Sol School


Judy Herzl


Passion is something both parents and educators alike tend to encourage because it’s well known we do best learning something that excites us. But what happens when a student has a passion that is not something normally part of a school’s curriculum? Sometimes, the student is fortunate to be able to pursue it outside school, independently or as a team sport or other extracurricular activity.


What if it is something like glassblowing, which requires safety and other training to be able to handle the hot glass? Or rock climbing, which requires lots of training, expensive gear, a climbing partner and More >

Creative Educators Take Learning to the Streets


By Youth Ambassadors from Tierra Encantada Charter School, 2016



“We are a group of up-and-coming Youth Ambassadors from Santa Fe, New Mexico. After an interesting couple of weeks exploring our community and finding locations that we enjoyed, we are inspired to teach the world how to love where they live. We never knew about all the great places our city has to offer. Now we know that even small cities have great hidden treasures. We take our communities for granted. It’s time to admire the world we live in.” – Caitlin Scott


During the spring intensive at Tierra Encantada Charter School, we More >

Business Profile: Simply Social Media


Simply Social Media (SSM) is a Santa Fe-based social-media strategy company that creates unique opportunities and campaigns to connect local businesses and organizations with new markets. SSM also engages with and promotes local communities through two Instagram accounts: @SimplySantaFeNM and @TravelNewMexico. The company’s owners, Caitlin E. Jenkins and Amy Tischler, are particularly interested in the possibilities that exist when virtual communities are connected in real life.


Having met through Instagram, Jenkins and Tischler see themselves as living proof of the power of technology and social media. By searching through similar local hashtags they found each other’s Instagram accounts and, after several More >

The Maker Movement: “Learn. Build. Thrive.”


By NMCareers.org


 In June 2014, President Obama launched the Nation of Makers initiative, an “all-hands-on-deck call to make sure more students, entrepreneurs and Americans of all backgrounds have access to a new class of technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters and desktop machine tools that are enabling more Americans to design, build and manufacture just about anything.”


The “maker movement” leverages digital technologies to remake manufacturing and job skills while simultaneously reconnecting us to our roots in creative problem-solving. “We’ve seen the maker movement have true economic impact in communities around the country,” said Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “We More >

Building Foundations, Bridges and Futures

The Arts + Creativity Center is coming to midtown Santa Fe


Sharna Langlais



Santa Fe has been designated a “UNESCO Creative City.” The Atlantic magazine considers Santa Fe the “Most Artistic City in America.” The Bureau of Business and Economic Research has reported that Santa Fe’s arts and creative industries contribute more than $1.1 billion annually to the local economy.


In 2005, when an economic-development study recommended a focus on “creative industries,” Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) was founded. Now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CrSF is “committed to strengthening the creative economy of the city by identifying key issues and opportunities, bringing community members More >

Stories Are Important


Monique Anair



My job is to help people tell stories. That sounds really easy and fun, and most days it is. But most of us don’t want to simply share our story; we want our story to influence people and the decisions they make. We want our story to have integrity and truth, and we want to stand out from the crowd. What we want is to be heard.


I have boiled down the definition of effective storytelling to this formula: Emotion + Information = Revolution. Great examples of this include the social-media revolution that exploded in Egypt, the popular documentary Black More >

So, What is Coding, Anyway?


Amy Traylor


Coding is a skill that lets you tell computers what to do. Through coding, you can tell computers to do all kinds of things. Through coding, you can make a website, find a job, build a career, work in many industries, start a software business, build an app, launch a video game, or just understand technology.



Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your operating system, the apps on your phone, Facebook…they’re all made with code. — codeconquest.com


Why learn coding?

Computer programming, or coding, is now considered a vital More >

Startup Santa Fe – Creating an Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship


Bonn Macy



Startup Santa Fe, “Your Hub for All Things Startup,” is a public-private partnership with the city of Santa Fe and Creative Santa Fe to provide access to entrepreneurial resources online and throughout New Mexico. If you have a great new idea, Startup Santa Fe can help you to learn how to move it forward and connect you with people who can help make it happen.


Through its website, Startup Santa Fe continuously delivers information about startups and innovation news across New Mexico and related events across the region. The initiative also produces networking and discussion groups that bring the community More >

Facts on the New Mexico Solar Industry

From the Solar Energy Industries Association


   There are currently more than 102 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Mexico, employing 1,900 people.

   In 2015, New Mexico installed 41 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 17th nationally.

   The 365 MW of solar energy currently installed in New Mexico ranks the state 12th in the country in installed solar capacity. That is enough solar energy installed to power 83,000 homes.

   In 2015, $86 million was invested on solar installations.

   Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily—by 6 percent from last year and 48 More >

Op-Ed: A Green Economy Is a Fair Economy

Creating employment opportunities and economic hope in New Mexico and beyond with renewable energy


Regina Wheeler


 With global temperatures revising the record books, droughts and wildfires threatening homes and food production, and people across the nation and world demanding urgent climate action, there’s no longer any doubt: We need to transition to renewable energy (RE). Moving from polluting fossil fuels to clean solar and wind is essential for adequately reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving the planet from catastrophic warming.


But, when it comes to the case for renewables, the environment is only part of the equation. Moving to a green economy is More >

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Releases Comprehensive Guide to the State’s Wildlands


Veteran and novice outdoor adventurers alike will find something to love in the latest publication from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico’s Wilderness is an unrivaled resource for anyone interested in the Land of Enchantment’s special wild places.

Part hiking guide and part reference book, the Wild Guide offers a lifetime of inspiration for hikes, weekend camping trips, desert wanderings and backpack adventures. It also is packed full of history, color maps and stunning images from some of New Mexico’s best photographers.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Mark Allison said, “I hope that this guide will provide the More >

Newsbites – June 2016


“Internet of Things” Lab Connects Business, Education and Technology

The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes the rapidly expanding network of machines and appliances, medical and environmental monitors, vehicles, and even homes that use connectivity to collect and exchange information.

VIZZIA Technologies is a Santa Fe-based provider of technology solutions for healthcare organizations. VIZZIA’s IoT project began in 2015 when the company received funding from the Venture Acceleration Fund, an award administered by the Española-based Regional Development Corporation. VIZZIA is now partnering with the UNM School of Engineering to launch the IoT Laboratory and the beginning of a unique curriculum. The Lab More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – June 2016


June 4, 10 am–2 pm

Intl. District Health Fair

Texas St. SE, btwn. Central Ave. and Zuni Rd.

Celebrating the community and health. Parking and shuttle services available at the Caravan East, 7605 Central NE. www.facebook.comIDhealthfair


June 7, 7–8:30 pm

Residential Rainwater Harvesting

Meadowlark Senior Center, Río Rancho

Gardening with the Masters lecture. Free and open to the public. SandovalMasterGardeners.org


June 8, 8–10 am

Branding, Marketing and Public Relations

Sandoval Economic Alliance, 1201 Río Rancho Blvd., Río Rancho

Educational workshop by Tom Garrity for local business owners. Light breakfast and course materials provided. $39. 7/13: NM Incentive Programs for Your Business. Peer-oriented roundtables meet every 2nd Weds. through 11/9. Presented by More >

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

Through June 18, Tues.–Sat.

Flashing on the Sixties

El Museo Cultural, 555 Cam. de la Familia

“A Trip Back to the Garden.” Photographs by Lisa Law plus memorabilia. www.elmuseocultural.org


Through March 5, 2017

Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods

NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

Car Culture of Northern NM. 505.476.5019, www.nmhistorymuseum.org


June 3, Aug. 5, 10 am–1 pm

Free Legal Clinics

First Judicial Court, 225 Montezuma Ave.

For low-income New Mexicans.  First Friday every other month. Attorneys provide free legal advice on civil matters only (no family or criminal law) on a first come, first serve basis limited to the first 25 people. Bring relevant paperwork. NM Legal Aid’s Volunteer Attorney More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – June 2016


July 1-17

Storytellers: Teaching Heritage through Song and Story

Millicent Rogers Museum, 1503 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Textiles, paintings, traditional ceramic storytellers. By museum admission: $10/discounts. 575.758.2462, www.millicentrogers.com


June 2–4

Taos Poetry Festival

Various locations

Readings, workshops, classes, salons. All events free for students. 919.949.2113, www.taospoetry.com


June 3–5

Music on the Mesa

Taos Mesa Brewing

Many performers including Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle on 6/5. Two outdoor stages and an indoor stage. Bring low-back chairs and blankets. www.taosmusiconthemesa.com


July 11-14

Integrative Medicine Professionals Symposium

Sagebrush Inn

7th Biennial symposium on integrative health featuring many distinguished speakers and local practitioners. Presented by the UNM School of Medicine’s Section of Integrative Medicine, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development, More >

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


June 10, 10 am–1 pm

Nonprofit Funding and Resources

NMHU, Las Vegas, NM

Working with the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Learn about funding support and the application process from SFCF staff. Free. 505.988.9715, amclaughlin@santafecf.org


June 11, 9:30 am

Pecos River Spring Cleanup

Meet at the Upper Pecos Watershed Association office, 78 S. Main St. for coffee and supplies. Free bbq picnic afterward at the Jamie Koch Pavillion. Info/RSVP: 505.757.3600, upwa@pecoswatershed.org


June 12–19

Sheep Is Life Celebration

Diné College, Tsailé, Navajo Nation

20th annual gathering for all who love sheep, wool, fiber arts and the cultures that have maintained these lifeways. Sponsored by Diné College and the Land Grant Office. Workshops, More >