March 2017

New Mexicans Need Fire-Adapted Communities


Eytan Krasilovsky


Wildfire has been part of New Mexico for thousands of years, and humans have been living with wildfire in this region during that time. Today, thousands of New Mexicans live with unprecedented wildfire risk year-round.


How did we get to this situation? How can we return to a place of balance?

New Mexico is blessed with beautiful and ecologically rich grasslands, woodlands and forests spread across majestic landscapes and terrain. These lands evolved in a climate with dry seasons that bring lightning storms and regular periods of drought. Because the plants and animals of New Mexico evolved with fire, More >

Meadow Magic, a Tool for Water Management and Increasing Biodiversity


Paul Paryski


Charles Dickens, in his wonderful novel, A Tale of Two Cities, wrote:


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in More >

La Bajada: From Territorial and Statehood Periods to the 1920s (1848-1929)


Part II of Three Articles by Hilario E. Romero



In Part I (GFT January 2017) of this history, I traced general events and settlement of people in the aera of La Bajada, focusing on the struggle at Las Bocas to maintain a rural, trade-based lifestyle during the pre-European, Spanish colonial and Mexican periods of New Mexico history. That account involved settlement in and movement through the area, including caravans, semi-nomadic Indian raids, changes in land use and conveyances as well as subsistence ranching and farming. 


The Río Santa Fe flowed through El Cañón de las Bocas (Santa Fe River Canyon) to More >

A Short History of the World with Immigrants in Mind


Alejandro López


 “We are all bound by the ties of love. …Scientists tell us that without the presence of the cohesive force amongst the atoms that comprise this globe of ours, it would crumble to pieces and we would cease to exist, and even as there is cohesive force in blind matter, so must there be in all things animate, and the name for that cohesive force among animate beings is love.  We notice it between father and son, between brother and sister, friend and friend…where there is love, there is life.”  — Mahatma Gandhi


To my knowledge, when human beings are More >

New Mexico’s Solar Industry

Job Growth from the Sky


Seth Roffman


New Mexico has 76 solar companies and had 2,929 solar jobs in 2016, a 54 percent increase from 2015, according to a report from the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based Solar Foundation. About a fifth of those jobs are in manufacturing. Others are in installing, sales, project development, training, research and development. New Mexico ranked No. 8 in the country for solar jobs per capita. Most are in Bernalillo County.


The foundation’s jobs census says that one of every 50 new jobs in the country was in the solar industry, which added more jobs than oil, natural More >

Health & Wellness / Meditation Is the Ultimate Resistance


Japa K. Khalsa


I didn’t grow up with a contemplative practice but began meditating years ago in college. I knew very little about what meditation was, and there was no Internet at the time to cruise for ideas. I knew that I wanted to feel less stress about my sense of life. Looking back, I see what an easy life I had—no mortgage, no kids and no job—but at the time it seemed truly overwhelming, just because of my own brain’s activities.


I picked up a book at the library on the topic and began a simple mental focus meditation where you More >

GrayWatch: The Road to Better Health in New Mexico

Janet Bailey


It was a Sunday afternoon and I had been feeling lousy. Suddenly, lousy turned to scary. I had a fever of 103º, nausea and agonizing muscle cramps. As people do, my husband and I debated whether a trip to the emergency room was necessary. We delayed, we tried to wait it out; we didn’t want to overreact.


At last, we rushed to Christus St. Vincent, where they took my condition very seriously indeed. I had a dangerous, runaway infection. Over the next eight days, I was in the hands of strangers. I was in a place where the language More >

St. Vincent Hospital Foundation


Imagine what could happen if an organization had money that was not part of its operating budget and that could be used to further the organization’s mission to improve the community. What could these additional funds do for healthcare in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico? In 1980, a group of forward-thinking community leaders recognized the value that philanthropic support could add to a hospital and founded St. Vincent Hospital Foundation (SVHF). In the years since, the foundation has identified healthcare needs that are unmet and creatively addressed those needs. Governed by an independent board of directors, the foundation raises More >

Santa Fe Neighbors/Vecinos de Santa Fe

 Neighbors helping Neighbors Age Independently at Home


Terri Jerry


How do you want to grow older? In your own home among family and friends, with your pets, your garden, your memories and the things you love?


Decades ago, we used to gather for long, lively dinners with quantities of food and wine that lasted deep into the evening and involved much love and laughter. Even back then, we knew how we wanted to live when we were old and grey. It looked pretty similar to the way we were living at the time… but with a little help. Perhaps someone to drive us More >

EVERYDAY GREEN / Cleaning Green


Susan Guyette


That time of year is here again for cleaning our nests. Will you safeguard your family’s health or reach for the toxic cleaner? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates an average of over 400 toxic exposures daily in the average household. And cleaners comprise a high number of those exposures. Small, chronic everyday exposures can easily add up to health problems.


Chemicals in household products can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled into the lungs or ingested into the stomach. Exposure is greatest during the actual use of the product and continues as residues linger. Chlorinated hydrocarbons, often contained in More >

Newsbites – March 2017

Navajo Uranium Mine Settlement

The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation recently reached a settlement agreement with two subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan to clean up 94 abandoned uranium mines in western New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Cyrus Amax and Western Nuclear will evaluate the engineering. The EPA will collaborate with the tribe’s environmental protection agency to oversee the work. Environmental investigation and remediation jobs will be offered to members of the Navajo Nation. The federal government has agreed to place $335 million into a trust account to pay about half of the cleanups’ costs.


The consent decree is subject More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – March 2017


March 3, 5

Women on War and Warriorship

Tricklock Performance Lab

110 Gold SW

A spoken word performance by and about women vets for vets, their families and the public. A featured event of Women & Creativity Month.,,


March 6, 20, 5 pm

350 New Mexico

ABQ Center for Peace & Justice

202 Harvard SE

Building a grassroots climate movement to address the impact of climate change on New Mexicans. Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays each month.


March 8, 9–10:30 am

Agricultural Collaborative

MRCOG Office, 809 Copper NW

Monthly meeting of citizens, growers, farmers, producers, food processors, buyers, representatives from agencies & organizations.


March 11, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

ABQ Citizens’ More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – March 2017


March 2–4

Mountain West Seed Summit

Hotel Santa Fe

The vanguard of a burgeoning movement to reclaim seed sovereignty in local communities and create a sustainable food future.,


March 3, 9 am–3 pm

Renewable Energy Day

The Roundhouse, State Capitol

The Future of Sustainability in NM: Global carbon reduction starts at home. Presentations, displays. 505.490.1915,


March 3, 9 am–3 pm

Development without Displacement Symposium

Genoveva Chávez Center

Interactive activities, speeches and panels focused on solving SF’s housing and equity crisis. Speakers include Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez. Free. Presented by the nonprofit Chainbreaker. 505.989.3858,


March 5, 4–8 pm

Greenhouse Grocery Pop-Up

Skylight, 139 W. San Francisco

Talks by chef/author Deborah Madison, Grassland Farming More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – March 2017


March 7, 6–8 pm

Upper Río Grande Watershed

BLM Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Rd.

Community meeting. NM Environment Dept. Surface Water Quality Bureau survey planning presentation. 505.827.2621,


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. The NM Acequia Association has a yearlong training program. It includes farm and business planning, season extension, fertility and soil health, equipment maintenance, planting & harvesting, organic pest management and more. 505.995.9644,


Paid AmeriCorps Terms

Young women and men ages 18–25 sought for seasonal, full-time conservation projects in Taos area More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – March 2017


March 9, 5–7 pm

San Juan River Watershed

Farmington Civic Center

200 W. Arlington St., Farmington, NM

NM Environment Dept. Surface Water Quality Bureau survey planning presentation. Community meeting. 505.827.2621,


March 11, 9:30 am–12 pm

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Corrales, NM

Nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization. Meets on the second Sat. each month.


March 11, 2–5 pm

Simple Greywater Systems

UNM-Los Alamos Campus

Greywater is an important resource that can be used safely for creating gardens and wildlife habitats in our dry climate. Amanda Bramble will explain NM code and gravity-fed systems. $50.


March 13–15

Solar Power Colorado 2017

Omni Resort, Broomfield, Colo.

“Innovation: Making Solar Mainstream.” Hosted by the Colorado Solar Industries Association. More >