Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Councilor Carmichael Dominguez Invites Constituents from District 3 to Walk and Talk With Your Santa Fe City Councilor

Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez will be hosting a series of Walk and Talk events, giving constituents in his district the opportunity to discuss issues that they are concerned about.

“Join me for a little exercise and let’s talk about the issues that concern you in District 3 or the City of Santa Fe,” said City Councilor, Carmichael Dominguez.

The walks will start at the Tierra Contenta Fire Station Number 8 and will take place on the following Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.

·         Saturday, August 3, 2013
·         Saturday, September 7, 2013

·         Saturday, October 5, 2013

Get Ready for Kindergarten, Aug. 5-7

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back to School Tax-Free Weekend 2013

Get those those back to school necessities like clothing, pencils, and computers without paying sales tax from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2nd until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 4th.

Coming soon to a retail store near you is the annual New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday. This year it’s August 2-4, and if you have school-age children, it’s nothing short of a bonanza. For that weekend the state suspends collection of gross receipts tax on sales of qualifying items so you can buy the items tax free. Because many merchants also absorb the tax on a number of non-qualifying items, you are the beneficiary all around. 

The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 2, 2013 and concludes on August 4, 2013 at midnight.
During that time the law provides a deduction from gross receipts for retail sales of qualifying tangible personal property; in effect allowing the retailer to sell the items “tax free.”

Here is handy list of what is not taxed during that time and what still is, with contact info at the bottom:
(please note that within some categories there is a set dollar maximum. To qualify for the deduction, clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit. The price limit for desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers is $1,000, and for related computer hardware it is $500. School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit. There are items specifically excluded by statute in all categories. Those items are always taxable.)

The City of Santa Fe Invites Zozobra to a Party in his Honor

Invitation will be Read and Delivered
Sunday, August 4, at Noon on the Plaza

Be There to Witness the Restoration of a Santa Fe Tradition!
 This Sunday, August 4, at noon on the plaza, Zozobra will also be formally invited to a Fiesta Party held in his honor by Santa Fe Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger. In the invitation, Zozobra will be offered a “truce” by the people of Santa Fe. The last time Zozobra was enticed out of hiding for a formal invitation was in 1941. Come witness the formal invitation on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at noon, during the Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on the Plaza. The Legend begins again.

Who:          Mayor Pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger will invite Señor Zozobra to a Fiesta Party in his honor
What:         Zozobra receives his official invitation to a Fiesta Party
When:        Sunday, August 4, at 12:00 - noon
Where:       Santa Fe Plaza Stage
Why:          Find out why Zozobra comes dressed in formal attire

Photo by AA

Monday, July 29, 2013

Santa Fe Fire Chief, Erik Litzenberg Scheduled to Speak in Washington, DC to Provide Expert Opinion on Climate Change and Wildland Fires on July 30

City of Santa Fe Fire Chief, Erik Litzenberg will be in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 30, to speak at the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Forum on Climate and Wildfires at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Chief Litzenberg will represent the International Association of Fire Chiefs as well as the City of Santa Fe. Experts from around the country are going to testify before the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on the impact of climate change on wildland fires, and how they affect fire fighters, local responders, and at risk communities. The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change is co-chaired by Representative Henry A. Waxman (CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). The purpose of the task force is to create effective policy responses to the constant challenge of climate change and bring the issue congressional and public attention.

“The annual average number and size of fires have both increased significantly; and the issues of smoke, air quality and post fire flooding continue to grow,” said City of Santa Fe Fire Chief, Erik Litzenberg. “Wildland fire impacts local economies and now is a good time to address policies and behaviors as a culture and a community to keep up with these new paradigms.”

Santa Fe Ranked Among America’s 10 Great Places to Live by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Rankings Emphasize Livability in Small and Mid-Size Cities

Santa Fe has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 10 Great Places to Live for 2013. The rankings considered metro areas with a population of one million or less that have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care. The rankings appear in Kiplinger’s September 2013 issue—on newsstands August 6, 2013—and available online.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the many incredible assets we have in Santa Fe.  Our quality of life is deeply connected to our economy.  The investments we have made as a community in things like parks, trails and in creating good jobs have enhanced that. I’m proud of the values that have made Santa Fe one of the best places in the country,” said Mayor David Coss.

“Each year we take a look at America’s cities and choose those that stand out in a particular category—say, for raising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement,” says Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “The cities in this year’s rankings have a manageable size combined with a wide range of benefits that allow residents to enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Colorado River Day in Santa Fe Attracts City Leaders and Rural Voices United in the Call for Water Conservation and Healthy River Flows

From left to right: New Mexico State Land Assistant Commissioner Surface Resources, Mike D. Anaya; City of Santa Fe Water Resources & Conservation Manager Rick Carpenter; Mayor David Coss; Councilor Patti Bushee; Vice President of the Acequia Association and organic farmer, Harold Trujillo; and Mayor Pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger.

Santa Fe celebrated Colorado River Day 2013 at City Hall this afternoon along with five other western cities: Denver, Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and San Diego, California. Today marks the river’s 92nd birthday, honors the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions.

Colorado River Day brings people together across divides in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River. This year, urban and rural interests unite. It takes place on July 25th each year, as this was the day in 1921 when Congress re-named the river from the “Grand” to the “Colorado.”

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss is an ardent supporter of common sense solutions to water imbalances that promote efficiency while also providing water for our cities, communities and farms.

“Santa Fe is already a leader and among the best water conservers in the Southwest. Our daily water usage of 106 gallons per capita is one of lowest of any comparable city in the country,” said Mayor Coss. “Today, I join other Mayors from cities big and small on behalf of urban residents and farmers to call on the states and the federal government to help us achieve more needed water efficiency measures by producing actionable proposals to implement them.”

These issues serve as a very good reminder of how vitally important it is for our region and our community to be good stewards of our water resources and to always observe sound water conservation practices,” said City of Santa Fe Water Resources & Conservation Manager, Rick Carpenter.

Mayor Coss, as well as city leaders have signed a statement supporting improved urban and agricultural water conservation as a means to improve their communities’ water security and sustain a healthy flowing Colorado River for generations to come.

In addition to Mayor Coss, other local signors include:

Councilor Patti Bushee
Mayor Pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger
New Mexico State Land Commissioner, Ray Powell
New Mexico State Land Assistant Commissioner Surface Resources, Mike D. Anaya
New Mexico State Land Assistant Commissioner for Special Projects, Ralph Gallegos
Vice President of the Acequia Association and organic farmer, Harold Trujillo
City of Santa Fe Water Resources & Conservation Manager, Rick Carpenter.

The statement of commitment supports robust progress for urban and agricultural water conservation in the Southwest. The statement was launched today with a handful of founding signees at the event. After one month of collecting additional signatures from locally elected officials, the statement will be delivered to state and Department of Interior officials who are currently weighing next steps on water conservation and how to maintain healthy river flows.  These state and federal actors are participating in stakeholder workgroups that were created in the wake of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Study and are set to conclude their work and offer recommendations next year.

The Animas, La Plata, Mancos, Navajo and San Juan rivers are all Colorado River tributaries that flow through New Mexico. Over one million New Mexicans depend on the Colorado River system for drinking water, and the San Juan River irrigates 100,000 acres of farm land in the state. Recreation on Colorado River tributaries in New Mexico results in nearly $1.7 billion in total economic output annually and supports over 17,000 jobs in the state. 

Colorado River Day brings people together across divides in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River. Last year, progressives and conservatives came together in support of river. This year, urban and rural interests unite. It takes place on July 25th each year, as this was the day in 1921 when Congress re-named the river from the “Grand” to the “Colorado”. It is produced by a wide coalition of organizations including National Young Farmers Union, Save the Colorado. Protect the Flows and Nuestro Rio.

More photos from today’s event are available at the city’s Facebook page at:

Friends of SFPL Spanish Market Book Sale, Saturday, July 27

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library will hold a special Spanish Market Book Sale, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. They will be set up in front of the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, selling used books about the Southwest, Spanish and Mexican art and history, and more. Great bargains will be available. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Library, providing funds for new books. Stop by for great deals on your way to Spanish Market.

Everything you want to know about Zozobra but were afraid to ask...

When is Zozobra this year?
The 89th burning of ZOZOBRA will take place on Thursday, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 at Fort Marcy ball park in beautiful downtown Santa Fe. Gates Open at 3 p.m.
Entertainment begins at 3:00 p.m.
Official Opening begins at 7:00 p.m.
We recommend you arrive in the venue by 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 dollars, children under 10 enter free.
 Buy tickets online at

What is the ticket contest?

You and nine of your family or friends will be invited onto the Zozobra music stage to lead the crowd in the world famous “Burn Him Burn Him Burn Him” chant. Are you going to go for the full aggressive jump up and down fist pump chant or are you going to go for more of a more of a musical ten part harmony chant? If you win this prize be prepared to be the most popular and sought after person in Santa Fe. How many people have ever been able to do this in front of 30,000 plus? Exactly.

It doesn’t get any more inside than this! Once Zozobra has been engulfed in flames you’ve seen people at the top of the hill and wondered ‘what are they up to? We’re going to let you in on the ultimate Zozobra insider tradition, roasting marshmallows on Zozobra’s burning carcass, the ultimate insult to the fallen boogeyman. You and five of your friends will be escorted to the top of the hill and given everything you need, a long stick and a bag of marshmallows to roast to a fiery burnt perfection.

You will be one of the last ones to have your picture taken on the stairs with Zozobra before the party begins. You and five of your family or friends will be escorted on to the stairs where a professional photographer will take your picture with the guest of honor. Will you survive Zozobra’s glare as he wonders why you and your friends have invaded his space?
Click here for rules and terms

How tall is Zozobra? 50 feet, 2 inches tall

How much does Zozobra weigh? About 2,000 lbs.

What is Zozobra made of? Wood, wire, poultry netting, muslin, nails, screws, pulleys, plywood, shredded paper, spray paint, pizza pans and duct tape!

When is Gloom Sign Up? Auditions and sign up for Gloomie is Saturday, August, 3rd, location to be announced.

How old do children need to be in order to become a Gloom? Gloomies are ages 10 to 14. Application can be found at, click on event info, then become a Gloomie.

When is the Zozobra Art Show? The 9th annual Zozobra Art and Photography Event will be part of ZozoFEST. Also on display and for sale will be Historical art work, photography & contemporary works by local Santa Fe Artists, Sculptors and Photographers Signed posters and official merchandise will be available!

 On Friday August 30th:
-Free Live Music at the Water Tower 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
-Free Movie on the Railyard Performance Green 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

On Saturday, August 31st:
-2nd Annual Boys & Girls Club Family Fun Fair

ZozoFest will take place at EL MUSEO CULTURAL DE SANTA FE AND THE SANTA FE RAILYARD, 555 Camino De La Familia Santa Fe, NM 87501
All ZozoFest activities are free of charge!

Is there parking at the venue or the neighborhood? There are 40 handicap spaces on a first come basis but there is no parking anywhere else within a four block radius. Most people walk to the event from downtown and the plaza and a park and ride program operates from the bus line locations and the Rail Runner.

May I bring food and drink into the venue? Food can be brought into the venue and all packages are searched for Alcohol which is prohibited. No glass containers are allowed.

Is there food available? There are over 20 different food vendors including roasted corn, burritos and the other usual items. The local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water and Coke and candy products.

May I bring pets? No, only assistance animals are allowed.

May I bring lawn chairs? No metal framed large lawn chairs, umbrella style lawn chairs are allowed.

May I bring a stroller? You will be able to check in your stroller at the stroller check on Mager's Field to proceed into the ball park/main viewing area. If you do not want to check in the stroller you may view the event from the family area south of the ball park.

May I bring a cooler? You will be able to check in your cooler at the stroller check on Mager's Field to proceed into the ball park/main viewing area. If you do not want to check in the cooler you may view the event from the family area south of the ball park. No metal cutlery (Plastic ones ok). See the event map above. Remember there are over 20 different food vendors including roasted corn, burritos and the other usual items. The local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water and Coke and candy products. So bringing a cooler could just be a hassle, but it’s up to you!

Will Zozobra sell out? No, Tickets are available up to the burn time.

Are tickets available online? Tickets for the 89th burning of Zozobra may be purchased online on at
Or at the following physical locations in Santa Fe only until Friday August 30th at 4pm (after that, tickets may be purchased on-line):
State Employees Credit Union
Guadalupe Credit Union
First National Bank of Santa Fe
The Boys and Girls club of Santa Fe.

How many people attended the event? Approximately 30,000!

What happens if it rains? We let it… Zozobra is a Rain or Shine event.

May I bring things to put in Zozobra? Yes, a gloom box is placed near the TV stage at the Lost and Found KBAC Tent and most people bring Notes, Divorce decrees and other legal papers, photos and other flammable mementos. No dangerous items are allowed. The items are placed in Zozobra right before show time. A Gloom box is also located at the SF Reporter Offices on Marcy Street during the month of August. P.S., you can stuff your own glooms into Zozobra during ZozoFest.

What is not allowed? Non-allowed items: no tables, no guns, knives or other weaponry, no glass containers either open or unopened, no alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or any synthetic substance banned by law, no open containers of any kind, no tents, no metal framed large lawn chairs, umbrella style lawn chairs are allowed, no dogs or other pets with exception of service aide animals. No laser lights allowed. No explosives, fireworks or and held sparklers, no large umbrellas. Only small hand held umbrellas allowed. No metal cutlery (Plastic ones ok). No unauthorized vendors with their own merchandise.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Colorado River Day in Santa Fe July 25, 2013

Promoting Water Conservation and Healthy River Flows

Santa Fe Mayor Coss is one of one of six city mayor’s hosting a celebratory event and a day of action as part of Colorado River Day, a region-wide movement to honor the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions. The Colorado River Day event in Santa Fe will take place at City Hall on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Mayor David Coss, State Land Office Assistant Commissioner for Surface Resources Michael Anaya, City of Santa Fe Water Resources & Conservation Manager Rick Carpenter, and Mora County organic farmer, Harold Trujillo, who is also Vice Chairman of the New Mexico Acequia Association, and Don Bustos, a local farmer associated with Santa Fe Farmer’s Market; will discuss how our community can preserve this precious resource by improving urban and agricultural water conservation by focusing on efficiency and flexibility. The City of Santa Fe receives a significant portion of our water from the San Juan Chama Project, which is tributary to the Colorado River, and that the State of New Mexico is signatory to the multi-state Colorado River Compact, therefore we have a vested interest, not only in conservation of water within our City, but also in the health and vitality of the Colorado River system itself.

What:                             Colorado River Day 2013 – Coming together in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River which provides drinking water, agricultural irrigation, recreation and jobs to New Mexicans.

When:                            Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

Where:                           Main Entrance of City Hall at 200 Lincoln Avenue

Who:                              City of Santa Fe, Mayor David Coss; State Land Office Assistant Commissioner for Surface Resources Michael Anaya, City of Santa Fe Water Resources & Conservation Manager Rick Carpenter, Mora County organic farmer Harold Trujillo, who is also Vice President of the Acequia Association, and Don Bustos, a local farmer associated with Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.

Why:                              The Colorado River and its tributaries runs through seven states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) supplies drinking water for 36 million Americans. The river system irrigates 15% of our nation’s crops, and facilitates recreation that adds up to $26 billion annually and supports a quarter million American jobs. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Santa Fe Bandstand and Environmental Stewardship Night on the Plaza, July 24th

The City of Santa Fe Utilities Division is sponsoring Environmental Stewardship night at Santa Fe Bandstand on the plaza, July 24, at 6:00 p.m. Acts playing that night are Baile Español, the cutest, best-dressed traditional Spanish dancing kids in Northern New Mexico and Manzanares, Flamenco, a classic New Mexican band. Residential recycling bins will be available and information will be provided on all environmental and conservation programs.

What:                         The City of Santa Fe Public Utilities Department sponsoring Santa Fe Bandstand and hosting an Environmental Stewardship Night; Distribution of residential curbside recycling bins and recycling information; Water Conservation Information; Composting information, in partnership with the Santa Fe Master Gardeners;
                                    A night of fun, music, and the environment!

When:                        Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Where:                       Santa Fe Plaza

Who:                          Environmental Services Division, Water Division, Wastewater Division,
                                    Master Gardeners of Santa Fe

Entertainment:        Baile Español, 6:00 p.m.
Manzaners, Flamenco, 7:15 p.m.

I Will Act on Climate Change Bus Tour Stops in Santa Fe Tomorrow

The I Will Act on Climate Change Bus Tour is coming to Santa Fe’s City Hall on Wednesday July 24, at 9:30 a.m.  Speakers from different backgrounds will address the issue of climate change focusing on wildfires and the impact on the local economy. Ron Curry, Administrator for EPA’s South Central Region will speak as well as Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, Santa Fe Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg, Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy Mariel Nanasi, and local business owners. The I Will Act on Climate Change Bus Tour is part of President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan to protect our environment for future generations.

What:                          I Will Act on Climate Change Bus Tour in Santa Fe – Focus on Wildland Fires and the impact on the local economy – Climate Change hurts jobs/tourism

When:                         Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Where:                        South Lawn of City Hall at 200 Lincoln Avenue at Marcy Street

Who:                              City of Santa Fe, Mayor David Coss; Santa Fe Fire Department, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce businesses; Mary Wolf, Owner, Collected Works Bookstore; Dan McCarthy, Owner, Santa Fe Mountain Sports; Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy; and Ron Curry, Administrator for EPA's South Central Region (Region 6: NM, TX, OK, AR, LA)

Gnomin’ Outdoors!

We were just starting to worry about our favorite library gnomes, Sticky and Blue, when they dropped us a line to let us know what they were up to this past week!  Apparently they have been getting a little antsy and decided they needed to head outdoors to have some fun and get some exercise.

What do gnomes do for exercise? Well, for one, they apparently love baseball.

Sticky knocked this one out of the park!

In addition to its fab baseball diamonds, Sticky and Blue heard that Ragle Park has a very impressive slide!

After all their playground fun, our gnomes still weren’t tired, and headed over to the Genoveva Chavez Center for a nice strenuous workout.

The gnomes are pretty fascinated with cowboys, and had been working on their roping skills, but sadly didn’t make it in time for the Rodeo. Oh well, there are still plenty of other activities for the gnomes to check out. We heard that next on Sticky and Blue’s agenda is a nice camping trip now that many of the fire restrictions have been lifted.  Stay tuned...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Students’ Recycling Posters Featured Around Town by Local Businesses to Encourage Residents to Recycle

The City of Santa Fe Environmental and Solid Waste Division and Santa Fe Public Schools partnered together to promote recycling. The program originated as a contest for local students to paint recycling signs to help promote recycling throughout the community. Selected signs are going to be enlarged and placed on the city’s refuse and recycling trucks.

The city is currently asking businesses to hang the signs created by the students in their businesses to promote recycling city wide and to increase recycling in businesses and residences.

The program launched June 17. For more information please contact the Solid Waste Management Community Relations Administrator Randall Marco at 505-955-2228.

How to Conduct Your Own Home Energy Audit Workshops

During the last two weeks of July, the City of Santa Fe will host workshops teaching homeowners how to carry out their own in-home energy surveys. This fall, the City will be launching a website that allows homeowners to input their homes’ information—type of water heater, type of windows, typical thermostat settings, etc.—into the platform and receive valuable feedback on what improvements they could make to their homes to save energy and money. The site will tell you just how much you could save in energy costs per year through different upgrades or behavior changes, as well as rebates that are available at both the local and federal level.

The workshops will give an overview of the home energy audit process, as well as provide information on affordable financing options should you decide to pursue more costly upgrades to your home. There will be four sessions all held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013—Santa Fe Convention Center—Naambe Room
Monday, July 29, 2013—Main Library—Main Pick Room
Tuesday, July 30, 2013—La Farge Library—La Farge Community Room
Wednesday, July 31, 2013—Southside Library—Café Room

Please join us to learn how to save both the environment and your pocketbook!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Free Healthy Kids Celebration

The Santa Fe Police Department wants to remind everyone to come out The Healthy Kid Celebration Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

The FREE event is sponsored by Christus Saint Vincent, Santa Fe Fire Department, City of Santa Fe and KOB TV.

The Police Department is hosting a Car Seat Safety Clinic, our SWAT truck and Community K-9’s will also be there, and don’t forget FREE hotdogs and hamburgers while supplies last!

SFFD will be participating in the 5k run starting at 8:30 a.m. to commemorate the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. 19 members of the fire department will run the race in a single file line to honor the fallen heroes.  The 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required.


Fire Restrictions Lifted Forest-wide

Over the past few weeks, constant monsoon moisture has decreased fire danger from extreme to low. Effective Friday, July 19, at 8 a.m., current Stage I fire restrictions blanketing the Forest will be lifted. Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety.

Forest visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during, and after you've built it. For more information on outdoor safety tips please visit:

For a list of recreation opportunities on the Forest visit:
For information about the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Jaroso fire closures visit:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Art Submission Meetings at Main Library Canceled for August and September

Art submission meetings at the Main branch of the Santa Fe Public Library have been canceled for August and September due to the gallery being booked far into 2014. Those interested in submitting an application for a 2014 show may download the application at:

Also, please call 505-955-6792 if you intend to submit work at the October meeting (Wednesday, October 2) or at later monthly meetings.

Summer Reading Craft: Decorate a Dinosaur, July 23-25

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dig Into Reading: Salida Circus, July 19-20

Oh Deer! A Fawn Greeted Employees at City Hall on Friday

City of Santa Fe employees were all smiles when they arrived to work last Friday and were greeted by a fawn, whom staff called Bambi, that had decided to take a break in front of City Hall.

Bambi was safely captured by a City Animal Control Officer with assistance from Santa Fe Police around 8:00 a.m. and was taken to the Wildlife Center in Espanola for rehabilitation and will hopefully be released back into the wild.

More photos are available on the City’s Facebook page:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Call for Entries - 2013-2014 City of Santa Fe Art on Loan Exhibition

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is pleased to announce the launch of the 11th Annual City of Santa Fe Art on Loan Exhibition. The Art on Loan Program provides a unique opportunity for artists to give back to their community, further arts awareness and appreciation in Santa Fe, and become a part of the city's vibrant artistic legacy through temporarily displaying their work on City-owned property. Artists working in all media suitable for outdoor display are encouraged to apply; winning entries will be displayed in various locations around Santa Fe for one-year terms. The deadline for priority submissions is August 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, the Art on Loan program places privately-owned artworks on city-owned property such as public parks, major buildings or other outdoor locations. As Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee Michael Namingha states, “We have a broad range of settings highlighting the work of these artists throughout the city. The program offers an opportunity for artists to have their work appreciated by a much broader audience, outside the realm of a formal gallery setting.” A list of 17 current works and their locations can be found on the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission website.

“We are excited to see how this year's submissions will continue the spirit of collaboration, creativity, and civic pride that defines the Art on Loan Program" says Debra Garcia y Griego, Arts Commission Director.

All submissions for the 2013-2014 Exhibition will be reviewed by the City of Santa Fe Art in Public Places (AIPP) Committee. Selections will be made on the basis of artistic quality, site compatibility, material suitability, environment impact, public safety, and contribution to the City’s public art collection. Lenders are responsible for installation and any necessary insurance, and must sign a loan agreement with the City of Santa Fe.

Loan proposal forms are available on the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission website, under the Art in Public Places page. For more information, including a list of available sites, please call 505-955-6707 or email

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gnomes Love Art!

Did you know that most garden gnomes, in addition to being lovers of history and reading, are great lovers of the arts? Well, it’s true.  Most gnomes are very cultured indeed!

The library’s resident gnomes, Sticky and Blue, are no exception.  They have been thoroughly enjoying the awesome arts scene here in Santa Fe over the past couple weeks.

Last week they checked out Canyon Road and then headed over to the Plaza to rock out to the musical stylings of Funktasm with Little Leroy and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band at Bandstand.  It was a fabulous day!  Who knew gnomes could get so funky!!! 

Their next stop was the New Mexico Museum of Art, where they saw some fabulous works of art.  They were especially blown away by all of the New Mexico artists on display!

While they were out and about, our gnomes found lovely works of art everywhere!  Can you guess where they found this sculpture?

Post and Photos by MM

Today is the last day to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!

Toddlers and children up to 12 years of age are eligible to participate in the 2013 Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program. Children may read on their own or parents (grandparents, etc.) may read to their children. They can read their own books or library books.

Please register and turn in logs at only one library branch. When you register in the children's room of your library, you will receive a free book bag. In your book bag is the first reading log.

Children must read six books or 6 chapters of a book and record the titles on their weekly log. Once a week, bring the log to the children's desk in your library and receive a prize.

Starting with the 3rd log the child may complete an entry card for the free bike drawing. This means that if your child completes all 7 weekly reading logs, the child will have 5 chances to win the free bike drawing. Each library branch will give away one girl's bike and one boy's bike, along with helmets for a different size if necessary. Drawings will be held at the end-of-summer party at each branch. Entrants need not be present to win.

All children who participate in the summer reading program are invited to a party at the end of the 8 week program at their library branch. Each child will receive a certificate showing their reading accomplishment.
Registration begins Saturday, May 25th and ends Wednesday, July 10th. No reading logs will be accepted the day of the parties.

Thank you again for choosing to participate in the summer reading program. If you have any questions, contact the children's department at your library. Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

La Farge is Open!

Monday afternoon the La Farge Branch Library was faced with a flood in the building due to the hailstorm and heavy rain run-off. The storm hit so quickly, things had to move fast to protect the Library.  The staff want to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone—patrons and staff--who moved computers, mopped up the water, dug trenches to divert water and got down on their hands and knees on wet carpet to help us stem the tide. We don’t know who you all are but everyone was invaluable in protecting the library’s books and computers. No books or computers were damaged due to the quick action of these staff and patrons who were willing to get wet! We appreciate your efforts on your library’s behalf.  Thank You!!!

Kathryn Spangle
Manager, La Farge Branch Library

And the Santa Fe Library staff

Southside Gnome Chronicles: Sticky and Blue Visit Historic Churches

When we last reported on our intrepid library gnomes Sticky and Blue and their weekend adventures, we found them standing on the steps of this mysterious unidentified Santa Fe landmark. 

If you guessed that they were visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (yep that’s really the cathedral’s full name), you are absolutely correct!  Sticky and Blue had a great time touring the cathedral.  They especially enjoyed the beautiful landscaping.

From the Cathedral, they headed to check out a couple other landmark Santa Fe churches, Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission.

Sticky and Blue take in the miraculous stairs.

Sticky and Blue at San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the U.S.

La Farge Branch Library Scheduled to Open at 1:00 p.m. Today

Rains Flood Library

Thanks to Quick Acting Patrons Who Helped Staff With Mops - No Serious Damage

The La Farge Branch Library located at 1730 Llano Street will open at 1:00 p.m. today. The library was flooded with rain and hail yesterday, but thanks to staff and quick acting patrons who assisted with the clean-up damage was only minimal. The library will open today at 1:00 p.m.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank quick acting staff and patrons who helped fight back the flow of hail and water into the library,” said La Farge Branch Manager Kathryn Spangle. “Their efforts meant that there was only water damage to the carpet and no books were spoiled.”

Monday, July 08, 2013

La Farge Branch Emergency Closing

Due to some major flooding, the La Farge branch is closing immediately and may be closed tomorrow, depending on circumstances. Remember, Main and Southside branches are still open regular hours!

Santa Fe National Forest Closure

Santa Fe National Forest is closed (with the exception of the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor) until further notice. NM 475 (Hyde Park Road) is closed from mile marker 6 through the Ski Basin as part of this closure. City trails remain open.

Visit for more information on road work or closures state-wide. 

The City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College and Hutton Broadcasting Partner to Provide Live Streaming of Santa Fe Bandstand

The City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College, and Hutton Broadcasting partner to provide live streaming of Santa Fe Bandstand. Santa Fe Bandstand is a free summer concert series held on the Santa Fe Plaza. The streams will be available online at and live on Santa Fe Community Television Channel 16.

The streams are made available through collaboration between the Santa Fe Bandstand, the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College SFCTV 16 and Hutton Broadcasting.

All performances will air between approximately 6-9 p.m.

The slated streaming dates are:

July 8 – James “Slim” Hand (7:15 p.m.)/Simon Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew (6 p.m.)

July 13 – Wagogo (7:15 p.m.)/Suzanne Teng (6 p.m.)

July 18 – Free Range Ramblers (7:15 p.m)/Greg Daigle (6 p.m.)

July 24 – Manzanares (7:15 p.m)/Baile Espanol (6 p.m.)

July 31 – Lumbre del Sol (7:15p)/Mariachi Buenaventura (6 p.m.)

August 7 – Max Gomez (7:15 p.m)/Tiho Dimitrov (6 p.m.)

(Tentative) August 9 – The Derailers (7:15p)/Paula Rhae McDonald (6 p.m.)

(Tentative) August 13 – DJ P.A. TRIX (7:15 p.m)/Nosotros (6 p.m.)

August 14 – Robert Mirabal (7:15 p.m)/Indigie Femme (6 p.m.)

August 20 – Jimmy Stadler (7:15 p.m)/Broomdust Caravan (6 p.m.)

August 23 – Jono Manson (7:15 p.m)/Boris McCutcheon (6 p.m.)

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Luke Renner, the String Slinger, Yo-Yo Extravaganza, July 12-13

This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
Funded by the Mary Dolores Vocelle Estate.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Sticky and Blue’s Weekend Adventures

We’re happy to report that Sticky and Blue, our resident library gnomes, had a great weekend taking in the sights and sounds of downtown Santa Fe.  They made stops at many iconic Santa Fe locations, and learned a lot about the history of Santa Fe!

One of the first stops they made was the Palace of the Governors.  They were blown away by all of the interesting artifacts housed inside, and all of the beautiful jewelry for sale under the portal!

Sticky and Blue were a little tired after their adventures at the Palace of the Governors, so they decided to take a break on the Plaza.  They did some people-watching there and refreshed themselves in some of the lush planters of flowers. It was a beautiful day! 

Garden gnomes can’t resist flowers!

After their break, the gnomes headed to another famous Santa Fe sight.  Can you guess from the picture where they went next?

Stay tuned to learn where Sticky and Blue went…

Post and Photos by MM

City of Santa Fe Public Works Department Announces Information Regarding Citywide Safe Routes to School Project

The City of Santa Fe was recently awarded a grant by the New Mexico Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements under the Safe Routes to School Program. Proposed improvements are located around various K through 8 schools in the city. Construction is scheduled to start late to mid-Fall 2013. Improvements and locations are summarized as follows:

  • Zia Rd. – Chaparral Elementary School and Capshaw Middle School: Pedestrian improvements including sidewalk between Portavela Street and Ardor Street and sidewalk and crossings between the Cancer Institute and Chelsea Lane.

  • La Madera St. – Aspen Community Magnet School: Pedestrian improvements between Alto St. and Agua Fria that may include traffic calming, medians and crossings.

  • Botulph Rd. – Capshaw Middle School, Santa Fe Girls School, and EJ Martinez Elementary School: Pedestrian improvements including sidewalk, curb and gutter between Siringo Rd. and Kiva Court.

  • Rio Vista/Placita de Oro – Gonzales Community School: Pedestrian and intersection improvements including traffic calming and crossings.

  • South Meadows Rd. – Ortiz Middle School and Sweeny Elementary School: Pedestrian improvements including crossings between Airport Rd. and Jaguar Drive.

  • Catron St. – Carlos Gilbert Elementary School: Pedestrian and intersection improvements including sidewalk and crossings between Guadalupe St. and Griffin St.

  • Paseo del Sol & Avenida Contenta – Cesar Chavez Elementary School: Pedestrian improvements including sidewalk, crossing and various street improvements around Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

For more information, please contact LeAnn Valdez with the City of Santa Fe Public Works Department Roadway and Trails Engineering Division at (505) 955-6931 or via email at

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Summer Reading Craft: Snake Craft, July 9-11

City of Santa Fe Prepared to Use Ground Water to Meet Summer Demand

The City of Santa Fe Water Division is prepared to tap into more groundwater to meet this summer’s water use demand. As Rio Grande and upper Santa Fe River surface water levels decrease, the municipal water system can switch from relying on surface water for daily water use and rely more on wells that draw groundwater from the aquifer.

The city’s approach to coping with the drought begins with a variety of planning documents, ordinances and operations plans. The city has invested in a robust and diverse portfolio of surface and ground water supplies to ensure Santa Fe’s water supply is here for the long-term so that we can manage for drought conditions. Santa Fe’s water comes from the Buckman well field, the city well field, the Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant treating Santa Fe River water, and the Buckman Direct Diversion on the Rio Grande. Surface water diverted from the Rio Grande and the upper Santa Fe River, are the primary sources of water for the city.

“Santa Fe has a very diversified and sustainable water supply – two surface water sources that are derived from the two different regional water basins (San Juan- Chama basin via the Rio Grande and Upper Santa Fe River Watershed) and two groundwater resources- something very rare in the American Southwest,” said Rick Carpenter, city water resource and conservation manager. Groundwater is pumped as needed to supplement surface water supplies.

The city’s fresh water supplies are also supplemented by a significant amount of reclaimed treated wastewater. The reclaimed wastewater is put to non-potable beneficial use in a variety of ways which helps offset what otherwise might be uses requiring irrigation from potable sources.

“Using more groundwater when surface water is less available has always been the plan.  By resting the aquifer over the last four years, we’ve stretched the available groundwater supplies, which we can turn to in this third year of drought,” stated Carpenter.

Year-round water restrictions also play an important part in the city’s water resource planning.  “Most Santa Feans are water warriors, using an average of 59 gallons per person per day, less than most in the Southwest,” said Laurie Trevizo, city water conservation manager.

Currently, the city’s water demand is being met by water system supply. However, if this situation changes, the City Council can declare emergency water restrictions and invoke the Emergency Water Management Plan in two stages – water warning orange and water crisis red – with restrictions that increase with the level of the emergency. Water Warning Orange begins when the water system can only supply 80 percent to 99 percent of operational water demand. Water Crisis Red begins when our water system can supply less than 80 percent of demand. In Water Crisis Red nearly all outdoor irrigation using potable (drinking water) is prohibited. Gray water use is not restricted. (See Sidebar for Restrictions).

To find out more about the city’s plans for handling drought, please visit

On-Going Water Restrictions

·         No outdoors watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and no more than three times per week.
·         Outdoor swimming pools must be covered when not in use.
·         Vehicle washing at residences is limited to once per month, per vehicle, and must be done with a hose equipped with a “positive shut-off nozzle,” one that automatically shuts off when not in use.
·         Commercial car sale lots and other commercial and governmental entities with on-site vehicle washing facilities are limited to washing each vehicle one time per month except under certain circumstances.
·         No one is allowed to use water to clean sidewalks, driveways, patios or other hard surfaces with a hose or power washer.
·         Water from landscape irrigation cannot flow onto hard surfaces or neighboring properties.
·         Hand watering must be done with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle and overhead watering is prohibited for trees and shrubs.
·         Turf grass sod or grass seed mixes cannot contain more than 25 percent Kentucky bluegrass.
·         A permit is required for all new irrigation system installations.
·         Those who violate the water-use rules can be fined up to $200. Violations are applied to water bills. Those who want to report water waste can call 995-4222. To report watering at City Parks call 955-2100.

Emergency Water Restrictions (if invoked)
Water Warning Orange
Trigger:  Water System Supply Can Only Supply 80 percent to 99 percent of demand.

·         Landscape irrigation is limited to no more than twice a week.  Odd home addresses can water Wednesday and Sunday. Even addresses can water Tuesday and Saturday.
·         Vehicle washing is discouraged and only with a shut-off nozzle.
·         Ponds and fountains are allowed.
·         One initial filling is allowed for both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spas.
·         Water for parks, public schools, athletic fields and roadside landscaping is reduced.

Water Crisis – Red
Trigger:  Water system can only supply less than 80 percent of demand and nearly all outdoor irrigation using potable (drinking) water is prohibited.

·         No landscape water allowed.
·         No vehicle washing.
·         No ponds or fountains are allowed.
·         Swimming pools and spas are prohibited.

·         Parks, public schools, athletic fields and roadside landscaping will be watered enough to maintain the health of plants.