September 2015

INTRO / Linda Pedro: A Remembrance by Camilla Trujillo


Linda Pedro de Allander y Martínez was the only child of Ramona Martínez and James Allander, and the adopted daughter of Bertha and Vincent Groves. Her mind and heart were engaged in life, on life’s terms. On Good Fridays, she opened her home to the walkers headed to El Santuario, complementing the special day of fasting and prayer with a meatless meal that all could take part in. She blessed those heading out for the remaining three miles and asked them carry her prayers with them.

In retrospect, one could say that Linda was born with a special assignment: improve the More >

2015 Santa Fe Energy Summit

Seth Roffman


On Aug. 12, Santa Fe Community College hosted the 2015 Santa Fe Energy Summit. Federal, state, tribal and local public officials gathered to share ideas about the changing face of energy generation and New Mexico’s potentially pivotal role in determining the course of the United States’ energy future. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who happens to be a Santa Fe resident, gave the keynote speech and participated in a Q&A with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), moderated by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.   A Microgrid Panel discussed emerging options such as community solar initiatives More >

New Mexico Renewable Energy Newsbites

  Wind Power in New Mexico

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Wind Technologies Market Report, New Mexico is 13th among states for wind-power generation capacity installed in 2014 (35 megawatts) and 18th for total wind power installed through last year. Texas led the pack for new wind power installed in 2014 (1,811 MW) and also leads for total wind power installed through that year.

Seven percent of the New Mexico’s power is generated by wind, the report says.


New Mexico Solar Financing Guide for Homeowners

Due, in part, to the price of solar PV systems having come down dramatically in recent years, More >

Earth USA 2015 International Conference—Oct. 2-4 in Santa Fe

Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials

Adobe bricks, made from the most basic elements—earth and water—can be produced in abundance and then used to build locally where they are needed most. It has been demonstrated by indigenous populations throughout the southwestern U.S. that communities working together can build efficient and sustainable housing. Many pueblos in New Mexico are a testament to a synergy between community and sustainability, and adobe exists there as a time-tested and trusted glue.   Passive-solar adobe structures combine the natural power of the sun with the great thermal storage capacity of adobe to reduce heating and cooling More >

Pathway to a More Vital Local Food System

The Natural Evolution of New Mexico’s Acequia Culture


B.J. Pheiffer


As most New Mexicans know, acequias—centuries-old cooperative irrigation systems found throughout New Mexico’s Hispanic communities—refer to both irrigation ditches and the community of farmers organized around them. Acequias, farm cooperatives and rural electric co-ops have long populated New Mexico’s landscape for many reasons.

Cooperatives help small agricultural producers solve numerous challenges related to their remoteness, lack of access to pricing information for inputs and food in national and international markets, access to loans, lack of transport and other infrastructure. Agricultural cooperatives can help farmers by offering group purchasing and by helping them innovate More >

End of the Long Journey on El Camino Real: La Merced de La Majada y La Caja Del Rió /Part 2


Hilario E. Romero


Part One of this article, in the July issue of Green Fire Times, covered the history of the La Ciénega and La Cieneguilla pueblos and land grants along “El Camino Real.” I explained how these pueblos and Spanish land grant villages were connected through family and trade with villages on the east side moving toward La Villa Real de San Francisco de La Santa Fe. To the west of La Ciénega and La Cieneguilla, there were two other land-grant communities: La Caja Del Rió and La Majada. They too were connected by family and trade. La Majada was More >

Linda Pedro (1946-2015): Reflections on a Río Arriba Wise Woman / Warrior for the Disabled


Jim Parker


My home is important to me. It’s my anchor in the storm. It means my very life, my spirit and light in my life. I love my home, family and community. Linda Pedro

I met Linda in the early 1990s. We both had been appointed to a Home- and Community-Based Services Task Force by then-Gov. Bruce King. Our mission was to make recommendations for improving in-home services for New Mexicans with disabilities.   Linda had a lot at stake in the fight for community- and home-based services. In 1979, the state of New Mexico attempted to force her, a vibrant young woman with a More >

From Independence to Interdependence: Coming Home Connection


Alejandro López When it came time for Cathy Aitken to speak at a recent gathering to honor Coming Home Connection, Santa Fe’s only volunteer hospice and long-term care service, she had to be transported by wheelchair to the microphone. During the long but pleasant afternoon, during which we had occupied the same general space in the chambers of the imposing Scottish Rite Temple, I had seen her only from afar and was struck by her statuesque figure and regal bearing as she sat around a table with friends. Never for a moment did I imagine that with her first sentence she More >

When Linda Pedro Ran for the New Mexico State Senate

  Mary Frei


There is a saying in Spanish, “La lucha es la vida” — struggle is life. I would say it’s the truth. — Linda Pedro

It was the summer of 1980, and Linda was 34. She had been a quadriplegic for 14 years, at a time when Medicaid did not provide home attendant care. She was the single mother of an 8-year-old, living on the edge in Chimayó, New Mexico. Within the disabled community she was a national hero because, two years earlier, when she faced institutionalization for herself and foster care for her son, she successfully sued the New Mexico More >

Linda Martínez de Pedro

Interview conducted by Rita González-Mahoney for New America: “Women Artists and Writers of the Southwest,” 1982


As Hispanics and as artists, these women represent the political, social and cultural revolution that has taken place over the past 15 years throughout the Southwest in Spanish-speaking communities. Each sees her art as part of the ongoing struggle of La Raza for self-determination and cultural integrity.


Linda Pedro began painting as a child, influenced by her mother, who was from an old Spanish ranch family, and her father, who was from a Scottish coal-mining family. As a painter of retablos—paintings of saints in tempura colors More >

Linda and Peyote / Interview Excerpt: Linda Martínez de Pedro

Conducted by Jack Loeffler on June 28, 2008

My name is Linda Martínez de Pedro, and I’ve lived for 37 years here in Chimayó. I call myself a hearth-keeper. I would say, first and foremost, that I feel my spiritual journey with peyote created a most incredible life for me, way beyond anything I ever imagined.

When I was a senior in high school, 17 years old, I was hanging out where the beatniks hung out at the Denver Folklore Center. This man came down the street and, all of a sudden, it looked like he was making a beeline for me, More >

Linda and the American Church of God

Dick Brown

In 1962, I was working at Three Cities of Spain, a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was afterhours one night when two men and a woman whom I had never seen before walked in. They looked interesting, so I engaged them in conversation. Their names were Jimmy Hopper, Randy Allen and Jonnie Baynor. They said they’d been down in México and were passing through Santa Fe, hitchhiking their way up to Seattle to the World’s Fair. I asked them, “Do you have a place to sleep?” I invited them to my place on Canyon Road. They had More >

A Tribute to Linda Pedro

Judith K. Moore

The deep bond my cousin, Linda Pedro, and I shared was through our commitment to the welfare of humanity; we both felt it ran in our blood. Our parents were human-rights activists, and throughout their lives they taught us to be committed to the causes of justice and freedom. Jim Allander, Linda’s father, smuggled money into France during World War II to help Jewish people escape Hitler. Our grandparents emigrated from Scotland and were union organizers in the coal mines. Our Grandma Genie was a midwife in the coal-mining camps of southern Colorado. They were people who had More >

Linda Pedro Is Alive in My Memory

J. Michael Combs

The first time I met Linda Pedro was at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. This woman in a wheelchair with a powerful, beautiful smile came up to me and requested una ranchera, a Mexican song. After I complied and asked her name, I told her, “I always knew that someday we’d meet.” That was because I’d been hearing her name around the valleys of el norte for probably 30 years, always spoken in a way that denoted a woman of power.

Once Linda and I finally met, we made up for lost time. I visited her often in her More >

Linda Pedro and the Historic March against Drugs and Violence, May 1999

Dr. José Griego, Ph.D.

I have learned to open my heart to a wisdom that does not flee from suffering, breakdown, or error. Rather, the wisdom of this place knows these aspects of life as inseparable from job, triumph, and communion.

Chellis Glendinning, Chimayó resident and author of Chiva, a Village takes on the Global Heroin Trade

Linda Pedro called me, one day in 1998, to a meeting. She was serious about addressing the issues of violence and drug abuse in Chimayó and Española. Linda was living between two notorious heroin dealers. There had been incidents of gunshots near and through her property More >

New Mexico Land Conservancy Awarded National Accreditation

The New Mexico Land Conservancy is a statewide land trust founded in 2002 to preserve the state’s land heritage by helping people conserve the beauty, character and biodiversity of places they love. NMLC does this by partnering with private landowners, communities, conservation organizations and public agencies to protect significant wildlife habitat, productive agricultural lands, scenic open space, cultural and historic resources and recreational lands. NMLC works collaboratively at community, watershed and landscape scales.

To date, NMLC has conserved just under 150,000 acres with a long-term goal of conserving one million acres statewide. The primary tool that NMLC uses is a conservation easement, More >

Newsbites – September 2015

Greenhouse Grocery Inks Land Purchase Agreement

Greenhouse Grocery and Salman Enterprises have signed an agreement allowing the grocery to purchase four acres of the former Santa Fe Greenhouses at 2904 Rufina St., off Siler Road. Slated to open July 2016, the site is to be home to a new, mid-city cooperative grocery whose mission is to serve the entire community, providing healthy, nutritious food at affordable prices. In so doing, the grocery’s founders are aiming for food equity and security, economic resilience and community empowerment. For more information, visit

2015 Taos Fall Arts Festival—Sept. 25 – Oct. 4

The 2015 Taos Fall More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – September 2015

Sept. 2, 5:30-7 pm

Green Drinks

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.,

Sept. 9, 9-10:30 am

Agriculture Collaborative

MRCOG, 809 Copper NW

Presentation/discussion about the future of food & agriculture in NM through the eyes of a UNM student initiative. Followed by a NM Food & Ag Policy Council committee meeting at 10:45 am. 505.247.1750,

Sept. 10, 9 am-2 pm

UNM Health Sciences Job Fair

HSC North Campus Upper Plaza

Annual job fair hosted by UNM More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – September 2015

Sept. 2, 11:30-1 p.m.

Green Lunch

SFAHBA Offices, 1409 Luisa St.

Guest speaker: B.J. Pheiffer, founder of Greenhouse Grocery, community food cooperative. $15/$20. Reservations: 505.982.1774. Presented by the SF Green Chamber of Commerce.

Sept. 5, 10 am-12 pm

Citizens Climate Lobby

1st Sat. each month. “Creating political will for a livable world.”

Sept. 7, 11 am-3 pm

Family Labor Day Celebration

Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.

Games for kids, award-winning film screening, speakers, music, raffles, prizes, BBQ. Park behind building.

Sept. 10, 9:30 am-12 pm, , 5:30-8 pm

Craft Entrepreneurship

Two sessions to help creative entrepreneurs learn business basics and start an online shop on ETSY to sell More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – September 2015

Sept. 5-6, 10 am-5 pm

 Chama Valley Studio Tour

 Galleries in Chama, Brazos, Los Ojos and Laguna Vista. Maps at the Chama Station Inn. 575.756.2315,

Sept. 5-7, 8 am-5 pm

 Arts & Crafts Market

 Santo Domingo Pueblo

 Annual event with more than 300 artisans, pueblo-grown produce, Native dances. 505.465.0406

Sept. 9, 8 am-12 pm

 Chile Field Day

 NMSU Plant Science Research Center, 8 mi. SE of Las Cruces on Hwy. 28

 Showcase of research projects, graduate student posters, field tours. 575.646.4398,

Sept. 11, 9-11 am

 Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

 Ohkay Casino Conference Center, 68 NM-291, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

 Monthly board meeting open to the public. In partnership with 8 cities, the More >