“Think New Mexico”; health care affordability
Jeff Bingaman served from 1983-2013 and is a member of the Democratic Party and served as Chairman of Committee Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus. At the time of his retirement from the Senate he was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Kurtz is the owner of Rio Associates, a consulting firm in political campaigns and public policy in New Mexico.
Valerie Espinoza was elected Commissioner of District 3 of the Public Regulation Commission in November 2012. She began serving her term and was selected to be Vice-Chair of the Commission in January 2013.
She is committed to protecting the public interest while engaging utilities to advance efficiency and clean energy sources. She promotes innovation and technological advancement in the electric, gas, telecommunications, water, wastewater and transportation industries and advocates for public safety in oversight of the Fire Marshal.
Boomers Against Elder Abuse With Marcia Southwick, Director of The National Association
The Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Your Choices - Your Behavior and The Environment
With Amanda Hatherly, Director of the New Mexico Energy Smart Academy at the Community College
Debra Haaland is the newly elected State Democratic Chair of New Mexico, and one of the state’s leading political activists with a long and storied history of working for the interests of the people of New Mexico regardless of race, color, creed or economic strata.
As the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor during the 2014 general election she visited every corner of the state and demonstrated her care for and understanding of New Mexico’s people and issues.
Deb has worked to increase voter turnout in underrepresented communities for more than a decade. As the Native American Vote Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign she, again, traveled across the state, where she was instrumental in generating nearly a 60% voter turnout in Native American precincts with 89% of the votes cast going for the President.
The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL) was founded in 1987 by First Lady Katherine Carruthers in response to the public's concern about the high illiteracy rate among adults in New Mexico. For twenty-five years, the NMCL has providedfunding, training, and technical assistance to local adult literacy programs statewide. These local programs, in turn, provide literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their literacy skills.
Mary McGinnis has been writing and living in New Mexico since 1972. Her work has been published in over 70 magazines and anthologies. The terrain and spaciousness of New Mexico have inspired her to write poems about nature, and love.
She has published two full length collections, Listening for Cactus(1996) and October Again (2008). As a licensed professional counselor she enjoys serving couples and people with both hidden and visible disabilities. As a woman who is blind, she is inspired to write about the disability experience, as well. She participates in three writing groups where lots of laughter, writing, and sharing of good food and words takes place.
"Yellow House, Mauve Sky" is a fable by Judith Hert about a mouse who becomes a painter. Not a children's book, the story's climax is Morris Mouse's first show and the books' art is the paintings from that show. So Judith is channeling a mouse, insecure and largely self trained but in love with color. The story begins with the Degas quote: "It's easy to paint when you don't know how but difficult when you do." The story includes an art review by the Morris's friend the Critical Crow. This is a small, arty or artful, playful book, not easily categorized.
Judith Hert lives, writes, paints in Truchas on the High Road where she has her own gallery. In her previous life she was a college teacher and administrator.
Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches popular college courses in wilderness and environmental history and is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, andBoomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. He also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His articles and photographs have appeared in national publications including High Country News, Preservation, American Heritage, Colorado Heritage, andMontana.
The Executive Director of The Western Environmental Law Center, Attorney Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, On Methane Emissions in Four Corners With Tom Singer, Ph.D.
Erik Schlenker-Goodrich was appointed Executive Director in 2012. He joined WELC as an attorney in 2003 and has worked to safeguard our climate from dirty fossil fuels, promote our transition to the efficient use of carbon free, renewable energy, and protect the American West’s rivers and wildlands. Before taking over the reins, Erik served as both the director of the Southwest office (Taos, N.M.) and of WELC's Climate & Energy Program. Prior to joining WELC, he worked for The Wilderness Society as an attorney on public lands issues. Erik is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Natural Resources, and earned his law degree and an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the University of Oregon School of Law.
An Overview of the Green Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Fe Green Festival, Santa Fe’s Biggest Gathering of Sustainably-minded Consumers - With Executive Director Glen Schiffbauer
Northern New Mexico’s green businesses and organizations are rolling out the green carpet for Santa Feans young and old at the Santa Fe Green Festival in May. In conjunction with the Santa Fe Farmers Market, festival goers can experience new renewable energy technologies, the latest in electric vehicles, organic food, water harvesting, interactive exhibits for kids and much much more!
The festival showcases green products, services and missions the environmentally and socially-focused audience here in Northern New Mexico (over 2500 people visit the Farmer’s Market each week in this season!). This unique platform is designed to generate both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales, promote brands, and create new relationships and customers in an engaging green marketplace. Oh yeah!
A Conversation with MARK RUDD, Former SDS and Weathermen Member,
and Bill Dupuy, the former News Director for KSFR Radio Station
In 1968 Mark Rudd led the "legendary occupation of five buildings at Columbia University, a dramatic act of protest against the University's support of the Vietnam War and it's institutional racism. Mark was the charismatic chairman of the Columbia Chapter of the SDS, Students for Democratic Action, the largest radical student organization in the United States". Rudd has been an activist his whole life. A good friend of Bill Ayers he lives in Albuquerque where he taught math at a local high school for many years.
Today he is embracing a new challenge and will discuss Naomi Klein's book, "This Changes Everything," as he talks about the substance of the book, its critics and global warming in a conversation with Bill Dupuy, the former News Director for KSFR Radio Station.
Mark has invited Camilla Feilbelman, director of NM Sierra Club, to participate in the discussion.
Update on Efforts to Ban Fracking in Chaco Canyon and Ban the Building of the Piñón Pipeline
With Rebecca Sobel, former news reporter and fracking campaigner at Wildearth Guardians & Erik Schlenker-Goodrich of the Western Environmental Law Center with Brian Sweeney WELC’S communications director
The Greater Chaco region of northwestern New Mexico is facing unprecedented threats as the Bureau of Land Management approves more fracking. The region’s native communities, clean air, water, and our climate are all at risk. Together with a coalition of local, regional, and national organizations and individuals, we’re pushing back, filing suit to put the brakes the oil and gas industry and calling on our Congressional leaders to stand up for a healthy future. Help keep Chaco frack-free!
Santa Fe Public Utilities Lawyer Bruce Throne on Why New Mexico Doesn't Use More Renewable Energy, with Attorney Denise Fort and Moderator former KSFR News Director Bill Dupuy
From 1994 to present, Bruce Throne’s law practice has focused primarily on the regulation of public utility, telecommunications and common carrier services, including ratemaking, rate design, renewable energy and energy efficiency matters before the PRC and courts for business customers, local exchange carriers, trade associations and other intervener parties, as well as general administrative, antitrust, unfair trade practices, real estate, land use and commercial law consulting, transactions and litigation.
Brian Egolf grew up in Santa Fe and ran for the State House, because he wants his kids to be able to raise their families here. He has been active in making our community a better place to live, following a long family tradition of service. In fact, his great-grandfather was a Santa Fe County delegate to the 1912 New Mexico Progressive Party convention. Today, Brian lives with his wife Kelly and daughters Cameron and Sidney in the house where he grew up.
Brian received a bachelors degree in diplomacy and public service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. This education has helped Brian further develop his natural skills as an effective leader, negotiator, and consensus builder. While in Washington, Brian worked in the White House for President Bill Clinton and on President Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign. After serving in the White House, Brian worked at the United States Treasury Department and then moved to the office of Congressman Tom Udall. Representative Egolf currently serves as the NM House Democratic Leader.
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, Talks About His First Year In Office and What's Next in 2015
Javier Gonzales took office as the Mayor of Santa Fe in March, 2014. Gonzales is the city's first openly gay mayor and is the son of another former mayor of Santa Fe, George Gonzales.
Javier is known for his progressive vision and inclusive style. A lifelong resident of the City Different, his family has deep roots in our city. Prior to his election to the mayoralty, he worked as vice-president of a commercial real estate firm, and served on the county commission of Santa Fe County and as chair of the state Democractic Party.
A Good GoodBye - Funeral Planning For Those Who Don't Plan To Die With Humorist and Author Gail Rubin
For those of you who don’t plan to die, our speaker today will enlighten us on the finer points of not dying and what happens when you don’t plan.
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, starts end-of-life and funeral planningconversations with a light touch on a serious subject, using humor, funny films, and in-depth knowledge. Find out what she can do for you, your family or your business! Rubin talks about Green Burials and More!
“Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead — and your family will benefit from the conversation. Let’s get the conversation started!” — Gail Rubin.
River Conservationist Steve Harris - An Overview of the New Mexico 2015 Legislative Water Issues
Harris will address The Gila River Diversion Proposal, USC Reform, Watershed Restoration, Steam Access and Landowner Rights and Public and Private Partnerships. Harris is the Executive Director of The Rio Grande Restoration and the Chama Flow Project and runs a river business called Far Flung Adventures.
Rio Grande Restoration is a New Mexico non-profit organization, established in 1994 to secure the river flows necessary to support restoration of the “great river”. The Rio Grande is vitally important to individuals and communities, yet it has been so over-developed as to cease to flow at certain times and places. Protective and restorative policies must be initiated at state and national levels, if we are to prevent continued ecological decline and socio-economic conflict along the Rio Grande.
A Conversation with the Former Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition, Courtney White, On His Book: The Age of Consequences - A Chronicle of Concern and Hope.
Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon – soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas – at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned up half the planet’s known reserves of oil – one trillion barrels – in less than a century. When these sources of energy-rich carbon go into severe decline, as they surely will, society will follow.
Former archeologist and Sierra Club activist Courtney White calls this moment the Age of Consequences — a time when the worrying consequences of our environmental actions– or inaction — have begun to raise unavoidable and difficult questions. How should we respond? What are effective (and realistic) solutions?