Monday, September 30, 2013

Reminder: Teatro Paraguas this Friday and Saturday at SFPL

Recuerdos Vivos New Mexico and Teatro Paraguas presents a staged reading of Nasario Garcia's story Grandpa Lolo's Navajo Saddle Blanket at all three Santa Fe Public Library branches: Santa Fe Downtown Branch (145 Washington Ave.) Friday, Oct. 4 at 4:00 pm, 
La Farge Branch (1730 Llano St.) Saturday, Oct 5 at 10:30 pm, and
 Southside Branch (6599 Jaguar Drive) Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 pm, for children 6-96, free.

Text and Photo from Teatro Paraguas website:

A River Runs Through it! For the Next Two Weeks, Water Will Run in the Santa Fe River

The Santa Fe River is currently flowing through the City Different. The recent rainfall and the upgrade of the Nichols Dam have enabled the City of Santa Fe to send approximately 1.25 million gallons per day into the river. Some of the flow is to support a living Santa Fe River and some is to drain the Nichols Reservoir for the intake structure construction project.

River water is flowing because Nichols Dam has been taken out of service and water levels must be drawn down for the removal of the existing intake tower. The intake tower is the structure that funnels water to the treatment plant. The water in Nichols Reservoir is typically treated at the Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant and delivered to consumers, while a portion may be by-passed to the Santa Fe River as part of the living river program.

September rainfall has made a significant impact on reservoir storage. The McClure Reservoir is at 81 percent capacity with an inflow rate of approximately 12 million gallons per day. As recently as a September 12, 2013, the McClure Reservoir was at approximately 30 percent of capacity with an inflow rate of less than 0.25 million gallons per day.

“The timing of recent rainfall and the infrastructure improvements at Nichols Reservoir has worked out very well for the objectives of the city's Santa Fe River Target Flow Program,” said Brian Drypolcher, River and Watershed Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe. “We're moving water down the river before plants go dormant for the winter. The flowing water looks great, sounds great and it comes at a time that's good for the ecosystems along the river.”

The river flows are administered under the terms of the City's "Target Flow" ordinance in support of the Living River Initiative (Ordinance #2012-1 0). The ordinance provides that up to 1000 acre feet of water can be by-passed from diversion and use and allowed to flow through the city and beyond. In years when the forecast for the runoff from mountain snows falls below 75 percent of the annual average, river flows are scaled downward. For the current target year, the runoff from mountain snows was forecast to be at about 32 percent of average. Consistent with the Target Flow guidelines, river flows were scaled downward to match the forecast and the river water commitment was capped at 320 acre feet for the year. Current flows will enable the City of Santa Fe to meet this year’s flow objectives.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Family Bedtime Stories, Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30pm, Oliver La Farge Branch

The Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, offers a series of Family Bedtime Stories. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. when Children's Librarian, Walter Cook, will select and conduct story times.

Cook has been a Children's Librarian for over ten years. Telling stories to families is one of my favorite things about being a Children's Librarian. Not only am I sharing great stories, I see families together listening and creating their own memories, says Cook.

Children and their families are invited to participate in fun stories and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity to make literature come alive for the whole family, as well as build memories and stimulate family conversations.

For more information please call (505) 955-4867.
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library.

GET UP AND GET MOVING FREE Santa Fe Walking Trails Orientations will be held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center

The City of Santa Fe Recreation Division will offer free Santa Fe Walking Trails Orientation sessions at the Chavez Center this fall. This Walking Trails Orientation will feature a brief introduction to City Parks and Trails. Topics to be covered include where to go, how to get started, how to use proper equipment along with how to set realistic goals.

Orientations will be offered at 6:00 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday September 26, Wednesday, October 2, and Tuesday, October 8.

The program is free with advance registration. Please call 505-955-4047, or email

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport and the Santa Fe Civil Air Patrol Squadron Host Search and Rescue Expo, Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport and the Santa Fe Civil Air Patrol Squadron (CAP) are hosting our first ever Search and Rescue (SAR) Expo at the airport on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The Expo will showcase ground and air search and rescue organizations that are ready to serve the Santa Fe community 24/7 in the event of a lost hiker, downed aircraft, or other emergency.

“I was very excited when CAP approached me about having an expo here at the airport.  I’m pleased that we are able to offer them an opportunity to do this and hope it will become an annual event,” noted Francey Jesson, Airport Manager.

The event is free and will be from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop by and learn about the people and equipment that support search and rescue in the Santa Fe area. Displays include a National Guard helicopter, CAP aircraft and mobile operations center, the airport’s aircraft firefighting vehicle, and urban and mountain rescue gear. Additionally, the Atalaya and Santa Fe SAR teams, Santa Fe County’s technical rescue team, and the state’s Urban SAR Bureau will be represented.

“CAP looks forward to showing the public how we and our partner agencies can help during state, local, or individual emergencies”, stated Major John Gravel, New Mexico CAP Deputy Commander.

The Expo will be on the north ramp of the airport near Sierra Aviation (look for signs). At 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. there will be a CAP aircraft flyover and communications demonstration. Ground team emergency locator demonstrations will be ongoing.

For information about the Expo, call 505-603-8791 or see

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SFPL Presents Teatro Paraguas in Honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Transitional Education Kick-Off Meeting, September 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

The City of Santa Fe Children & Youth Commission is partnering with local leaders to develop a plan through a collective community impact team to reduce the drop-out rate in Santa Fe Public Schools through a community collaborative. The initial meeting of the community-wide impact team will consist of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan, N.M. State Representative Jim Trujillo, Mayor David Coss, City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, New Mexico Voices for Children, the Santa Fe Regional Juvenile Justice Board, SFPS Board Chair and Superintendent, the City Children and Youth Commission, Optum Health, the Brindle Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, service providers, and SFPS students and parents. Residents are invited to attend.

Who:               The City of Santa Fe Children & Youth Commission and local, state and federal leaders

What:              A Plan through a Collective Community Impact Team to address the Drop-out rate in Santa Fe Public Schools

When:             September 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Where:            Zona del Sol
                        6600 Valentine Way
                        Santa Fe, NM 87507

Why:               New Mexico has one of the highest drop-out rates amongst high school students nation-wide as recently cited by New Mexico Voices for Children, in May 2013, in its Kids Count Data Book. New Mexico came in 50th for the well-being of our children based on 16 key indicators. One of these 16 key indicators is the drop-out rate and the City of Sana Fe was one of the top three cities with the highest rate of students dropping out of school.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

City of Santa Fe Plans Ahead for the Plastic Bag Ban

On February 27, 2014 You Will Need to Bring Your Own Reusable Bags to the Store

nullThe City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division is planning ahead as the plastic bag ban clock begins to tick. First, it is important to know and be reminded that the ban on plastic bags does not become effective until February 27, 2014. The next six months are to give Santa Fe residents, businesses, and City staff the time needed to plan and gear up for the changes. It is also important to remember that the ban on plastic bags is more than just a ban on the vast majority of plastic bags from being used at most retail establishments. It is also way for each of us to take one more step in protecting our fragile and beautiful environment.

Practical implementation... What does it mean for me... and how do I participate?

Residents at the Store:
Beginning February 27, 2014 you will need to bring your own reusable bag to the store. It's really quite simple, just pack up several reusable bags (any type of bag will do, cloth, paper, boxes too!) into your vehicle and, this is the tricky part, remember to take them with you into the store when you shop.
What if I, don't have a car, ride my bike, walk, or take the bus? Again it's simple, just put a few bags inside one bag and carry them in your back pack, purse, or hands. (Of course you have to figure out how to carry them out of the store and get home, but you would have to do the same with plastic bags...). If you forget your own bag, you can purchase a paper bag for 10 cents.

What if I receive government assistance (WIC or SNAP)? The establishment cannot charge you the ten cent fee and must provide you with bags, but you should have your own with you so that you can do your part to help the environment. The retail establishment must also have reusable bags available, either free of charge or for sale.

Business Owners:
I have a business in Santa Fe that provides goods for sale, what do I do? 
Again, it's pretty simple. You do not need to provide plastic bags for items sold, but you do need to have paper bags available for purchase in case your customer does not have their own bag. Your receipting system needs to show the cost of the bags and the quantity purchased.  Additionally, you need to have reusable bags available for purchase. What type or size or how much you charge for the bags is up to you. 

Who and what type of bag is exempt? And why?
There are some exceptions to the ban. Reusable bags are exempt, and they are defined as a bag with handles, is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, is made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mls thick or is made of another durable material suitable for reuse.

Other exemptions include:
  • Laundry dry cleaning bags, door-hanger bags, newspaper bags, or packages of multiple bags intended for garbage, pet waste, or yard waste;
  • Bags provided by pharmacists or veterinarians to contain prescription drugs or other medical necessities;
  • Bags used by restaurants to take away prepared food;
  • Bags used by a consumer inside a retail establishment to:
  • Contain bulk items, such as produce, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether or not prepackaged;
  • Contain or wrap flowers, potted plants or other items to prevent moisture damage to other purchases;
  • Contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods;
  • Bags used by a non-profit corporation or other hunger-relief charity to distribute food, grocery products, clothing, or other household items.
Why are they exempt from the new law?
The short answer is most of these bags are reusable, and the intent of the law is to do away with single use plastic bags. You know the ones; they end up as litter everywhere and are sometimes called New Mexico's new state flower.

The rest of the answer is about being practical and protecting human health. For instance, the bags we use in the produce department are designed to keep our produce away from other food items and other germs. Public health is also the reason that non-profits dedicated to hunger relief are also exempt. (Pharmacists, veterinarians and restaurants are exempt because they typically use much smaller bags, and their volume of use is less than grocery stores.)

Will there be a place to get reusable bags?
The Environmental Services Division will provide reusable bags to the general public at most special events on the Plaza or on specific days at libraries, the Water Division, and City Hall. Residential customers serviced through low income subsidies or who are qualified for special assistance can call the Environmental Services Division for delivery or pick them up at 1142 Siler Road.

What about education?
The Environmental Services Division will partner with local retail establishments and schools to provide public education prior to the actual implementation of the ban. 

How can I participate?
The best way to participate is to get reusable bags and become a part of the solution. Take your bags to the store and remind others to do the same thing! It really is easy.

Make the pledge to Recycle! Curbside recycling is easy and it is already included in your monthly garbage bill so why not?

Volunteer. We need your help, call the Environmental Services Division at 505-955-2200, Sustainable Santa Fe at 505-955-2262, or Keep Santa Fe Beautiful at 505-955-2215 and get involved. Help educate residents about reusable bags and how we can all do our part to protect our fragile environment.

For more information call Cindy Padilla, Environmental Services Division Director at 505-955-2209, Gilda Montano, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful 505-955-2215, or Katherine Mortimer, Sustainable Santa Fe at 505-955-2262.

Science After School Tomorrow at Main

Monday, September 23, 2013

Special City Council Meeting

Special City Council Meeting
September 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Genoveva Chavez Community Center – Community Room – 3221 Rodeo Road – Santa Fe, NM 87507

SANTA FE, NM – The Santa Fe City Council will hold a special City Council Meeting at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in the Community Room to discuss three resolutions concerning the Santa Fe Municipal Charter amendments.

  • A Resolution Calling for Santa Fe Municipal Charter Amendments; Recommended by the Charter Review Commission be Placed on the Ballot of a Special Election to be Held in Conjunction with the Regular Municipal Election on March 4, 2014. (Councilor lves, Mayor Coss and Councilor Wurzburger) (Zachary Shandler)

  • A Resolution Calling for Santa Fe Municipal Charter Amendment Questions; Related to Water Protection and Conservation, Neighborhood Preservation, an Independent Redistricting Commission, Timely Disclosure of the Purposes of Tax Increases and Bond Measures, Campaign Contribution Limits, an Audit Committee and Children's Issues and Concerns be Placed on the Ballot of a Special Election to be Held in Conjunction with the Regular Municipal Election on March 4, 2014. (Councilor Bushee) (Zachary Shandler)

  • A Resolution Calling for Santa Fe Municipal Charter Amendment Questions; Related to the Powers and Duties of the Mayor; Removal of the City Manager and the Establishment of a Runoff Election Provision; and Authorizing that Such Amendments be Placed on the Ballot of a Special Election to be Held in Conjunction with the Regular Municipal Election on March 4, 2014. (Mayor Coss, Councilor lves, Councilor Wurzburger and Councilor Bushee) (Zachary Shandler)

Who:               The Santa Fe City Council

What:              Special City Council Meeting

When:             September 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Where:            Genoveva Chavez Community Center – Community Room
                        3221 Rodeo Road
                        Santa Fe, NM 87507

Why:               To discuss three resolutions concerning the Santa Fe Municipal Charter amendments.

It's Banned Books Week!

Find out all about it at and tell us about your favorite banned book or most reprehensible case of a book being banned.

(Photo courtesy of

From the website:

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28.  Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Call For New Mexico Artists For Upcoming Exhibit of the Human Form

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery is seeking artists to participate in an upcoming exhibition, “Incarnate”, featuring New Mexico artists whose work explores and celebrates the human form. The human figure is one of the most persistent themes in the visual arts. It is a challenge for artists, requiring technical skill and understanding of musculature and movement. At one point in their work, most artists will explore the figure, regardless of it becoming a feature in their work. The intent of this exhibit is to encourage local visual artists to explore the human form in myriad representations. Portrait artists, figurative sculptors, video artists, photographers and all artists interested in the theme are encouraged to submit their portfolios in order to be considered for inclusion in this sensual, intriguing exhibit. This exhibit will feature approximately 30 studies of the human form created by local artists.

The Community Gallery is planning the exhibit to run from March through May 2014. Artists are asked to provide portfolios of previous work for review no later than October 18, 2013. Artists will be notified of their participation by the end of November, 2013.

Interested artists should submit a portfolio of their work to Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager. Portfolios should consist of 5-10 printed images of the artist’s work on standard digital print paper and an artist statement, resume and/or bio. Please be sure to include a cover letter stating your interest in being considered for “Incarnate” as well as complete contact information Portfolios should be addressed to Community Gallery, PO Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Portfolios must be received by September 27, 2013 for consideration.

The Community Gallery promotes and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. For more information about the Community Gallery, visit, send an email to or call 505-955-6705.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for Applications 2014 Cathedral Park Arts & Crafts Shows

The City of Santa Fe is currently accepting applications from nonprofit arts organizations interested in presenting up to three arts and craft shows in Cathedral Park during 2014. To be eligible to apply, organizations must have their IRS nonprofit status and demonstrate experience organizing outdoor arts and crafts shows on City of Santa Fe property, featuring Santa Fe area artists. Arts and crafts shows may occur only on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as the Monday of Memorial Day weekend only, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All shows must be juried, with a limit of 30 booths per show. Selected organizations will be solely responsible for presentation of the show(s). Organizations must comply with all applicable licensing, permitting and insurance requirements of the City of Santa Fe and other agencies. 

Full application requirements and details are available on the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s website,, by emailing, or calling 505-955-6707.  The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013. 

Join Keep Santa Fe Beautiful for Toss No Mas Fall Clean-Up Day September 28

The City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful have teamed up to keep Santa Fe beautiful. Join their efforts by helping out in the communitywide Toss No Mas Fall Clean-Up Day Saturday, September 28.
On this day, citizens, businesses, schools, neighborhood, and civic groups can join Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and the city of Santa Fe's Solid Waste Management and Parks divisions in picking up litter from city parks, school campuses, neighborhoods, rights-of-way and other visible public areas around the city. Students who need community service time to fulfill high school graduation requirements also are encouraged to participate.

Volunteers interested in participating in Toss No Mas Fall Clean-Up Day are asked to go to 1142 Siler Road between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. that morning to pick up refuse bags. Individuals and volunteers can clean areas they have identified or be assigned an area by Keep Santa Fe Beautiful to clean. City crews will pick up the refuse for disposal.

To sign up for Toss No Mas Fall Clean-Up Day, e-mail Gilda Montaño at or visit Keep Santa Fe Beautiful at and on Facebook.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes Santa Fe for one of the “Best Under the Radar Business Incubators”

“What began in 1995 as three acres of weeds is now the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI), a sprawling facility that has generated revenues in excess of $100 million, more than 75 businesses and over 800 new jobs.” That’s according to a recent article for Entrepreneur Magazine.

Through the efforts of the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the original SFBI facility opened in December 1997. The City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Division has provided substantial funding for SFBI since then and counts it as a cornerstone of business development in the community. In Fiscal Year 2012-2013, SFBI served 15 tenant businesses and five affiliate businesses and report creating 58 full-time and 38 part time jobs.

“One of the most extraordinary things about the Santa Fe Business Incubator is how we have cultivated a diverse and innovative group of companies – from wind to whiskey and from software to bioscience. We are a dynamic entrepreneurial community in Santa Fe. The City’s robust economic development programs continue to evolve to catapult growing businesses to success,” said Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger, chair of the Business and Quality of Life Committee which oversees City of Santa Fe Economic Development.

The Entrepreneur Magazine article continues: “Catering to a variety of startups, such as Adora Fibers (which produces knitting kits for beginning and intermediate knitters), Bluenergy Solarwind (makers of hybrid photovoltaic and wind power turbines), and Santa Fe Spirits (an artisan distillery that crafts whisky and brandy), the SFBI recently launched a $1.25 million bio-science initiative.”

The original 10,000 square foot SFBI facility was expanded to 30,000 square feet in 2002.Then, in January 2006, SFBI became the first New Mexico Certified Business Incubator under New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Business Incubator Certification Program. 

“The Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI) was one of the first in New Mexico and it set the standard of excellence in business incubation that others have followed,” said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela.

SFBI recently received the $1.25 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to build a shared biosicience laboratory to support the growing bio tech and bio science business community. According to SFBI, The companies who have participated in the incubation program to date have created hundreds of jobs, generated millions in annual revenues, helped to diversify the economy, increased the tax base and provided new career opportunities for the citizens of New Mexico.

Starts Tomorrow at Southside, sign up NOW!

Increase your tech savvy this fall at Santa Fe Public Library!  The Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Dr.,  will be offering free workshops on checking out e-books, as well as an open computer forum for those with basic computer questions:


Did you know that Santa Fe Public Library now has e-books available for loan?  Come join us for a free workshop to learn how to start using this exciting service powered by Overdrive, and begin checking out e-books from the Library on your e-reader, smart phone, tablet, or computer. This workshop will teach you how to find e-book titles in our collection, place holds, and demonstrate how to check them out on a variety of different devices. Feel free to bring your e-reader and/or laptop to follow along!

Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.


In this open forum, inspired by the many computer-related questions we get at the reference desk, we will attempt to answer your basic or general computer questions. Topics covered depend on what you want to know, but may include email, attaching files, copying and pasting, online job applications, and anything in between. Come prepared to ask us all of your burning computer questions! This course was designed with the beginner in mind.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

All workshops will be held in the Jeff and Michelle Branch Community Room at Southside Library. Spaced is limited and registration is required. Registration begins two weeks prior to the workshop date.  Please call 955-2820 to sign up, or with any questions.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Anne Hillerman Launches Spider Woman's Daughter on October 2

Anne Hillerman, the daughter of New Mexico’s bestselling mystery author the late Tony Hillerman, continues her father’s popular series with this fresh new Navajo Country mystery. Hillerman’s debut novel,  Spider Woman’s Daughter,  is filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, and the rich atmosphere of the Southwest. 

The free program, will be held at the Inn at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. The program will include a slide show with commentary and readings by Hillerman and students from the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Anne Hillerman shares, "I am honored and humbled to continue the Chee/Leaphorn legacy and to have the opportunity to give another of my favorite characters, officer Bernadette Manuelito, a chance to shine in "Spider Woman's Daughter." After growing up with Dad's dinner table talk about his writing, I felt as though Chee and Leaphorn were my adopted uncles. I am also happy to do what I can to help the Santa Fe Public Library continue its important work in our community. Without libraries, I never would have become a reader or a writer."

Hillerman is known for her books about Santa Fe and most recently author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, with husband and photographer Don Strel. The book lets readers view the landscape of Navajo country through Anne’s remembrances of travel with her father to the places in his novels and Don’s photography.       
Admittance for the program is FREE. Valet parking is available for $5.00, or self parking nearby. 

Following the reading, the celebration will continue with a reception at the home of Charles & Edwina Milner, to raise funds for the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. Tickets for the reception are available through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic:  Reception tickets are $50 per person (donation to the Friends of the Santa Fe Library) and $35 per person for Sustaining and Business Members of the Friends of the Santa Fe Library. (Sustaining or Business membership must be purchased by September 25th to qualify for the reduced price for the reception. Online Membership form:

Anne Hillerman will be available to sign copies of the book which can be purchased at the event.  If you are unable to attend and wish to purchase a book, please call Collected Works Bookstore at 988-4226 to reserve your signed copy.

The event is sponsored by Collected Works Book Store and New Mexico Bank and Trust. Proceeds will support the Friends’ mission to preserve and enhance the Santa Fe Public Libraries.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Who got out to the Fiesta parades?  With all the mayoral choices this year, the Historical Hysterical Parade couldn't help but be mostly political, and it provided us a good opportunity to look at our options and how well they accessorized their vehicles.  The parade also had the usual floats, marching bands, horses, high schools, and other politicians, and lots of candy was called for and happily given.  (Which is, of course, everyone’s favorite part!)  Personal favorites included the martial arts students and the gymnasts.  A wonderful time was had by all!  ¡Que viva la Fiesta!  
by A.A

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Science After School at the SFPL, Fall 2013

Autumn Book Sale, Sept. 21 & 22, Main Library

  • Saturday, September 21, Members Only, 10 a.m. - noon, Open to the Public, noon - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Bag Day, $3 to fill a bag
Specially priced books in the Southwest Room (first floor). Discount books in the Community Room (second floor). Cash and checks only. The Main Library is located at 145 Washington Avenue.

City of Santa Fe Holds a Public Meeting on its Hazard Mitigation Plan

City of Santa Fe Holds a Public Meeting on its Hazard Mitigation Plan
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center in the Nambe Room

Public Comment Will be Accepted Until October 9, 2013

The City of Santa Fe will hold a public meeting on its Hazard Mitigation Plan on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nambe Room of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center located at 201 West Marcy Ave., Santa Fe, NM.

The purpose of the meeting is to give the public an opportunity to comment on the Mitigation Plan, meet some of the planning team, discuss the mitigation planning process, and provide comments and make recommendations to the final plan.

A copy of the draft Mitigation Plan is available online at:

Written comments will be accepted until October 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. and may be submitted to:

Andrew Phelps
Emergency Manager
City of Santa Fe
PO Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Comments may also be sent via email to

The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

“While we cannot eliminate all of the hazards that could impact the City of Santa Fe, we can prevent these hazards from becoming disasters. That is exactly what this Mitigation Plan is designed to do” said Andrew Phelps, Emergency Manager for the City of Santa Fe.

Free Computer Workshops at Southside, Fall 2013

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Library Fiesta Closings

Friday, Sept. 6: All libraries close at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7: 
Main Library Closed, La Farge and Southside Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8: All libraries Closed

Que Viva la Fiesta!

"Que Viva la Fiesta! Que Viva Nuestra Señora La Conquistadora," these words can be heard throughout the City of Holy Faith during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe. The people of Santa Fe have taken pride in the historical and religious significance that this event projected since 1712. Fiesta de Santa Fe is the oldest continuous community celebration of its kind in the United States. It's a unique blend of-- a rich multi-cultural heritage commemorating the re-settlement of the Spanish colonists. The Santa Fe Plaza is alive throughout Fiesta week with a variety of entertainment, which includes Spanish dancers, mariachi music, food booths, arts and craft booths, and parades.

Fiesta officially begins at 6:00 a.m. at the Pregón de la Fiesta on Fiesta Friday. The faithful of Santa Fe gather to complete the promise made by Governor Don Diego de Vargas.

One of Fiesta's most beloved and well attended events is the Children's Pet Parade, or Desfile de los Niños, which begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7. Children, parents and pets ranging from cats and dogs to llamas and snakes circle the Plaza and walk along downtown streets dressed in costumes (arrive early for a good curbside seat).

Sunday afternoon is the Historical/Hysterical parade which features all kinds of zany, eccentric, and sometimes outlandish floats, high school marching bands, horses, and royalty from nearby communities. This year, the parade will be televised live by Santa Fe Community Television, channel 16 and webcast by and hosted by, Todd Lovato and Jodi McGinnis Porter. Sunday evening is the Fiesta Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis Cathedral, Basilica followed by a Candlelight Procession from the church through the historic downtown streets, up the hill to Cross of the Martyrs. The light from their candles is a breath taking sight and an appropriate ending to the weekend's events.

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Doggie Dip at Bicentennial Pool, September 7, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The City of Santa Fe Recreation Division has teamed up with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for the first ever Doggie Dip at Bicentennial Pool. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and all of the proceeds will benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Several vendors are also planning to participate at the event and the Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption team will be on hand with adoptable dogs.

All healthy, friendly dogs and their owners are invited to the event for dog swimming, games, merchandise, pup-sickles and doggie bags. The Bicentennial Swimming Pool is located within the Alto Park complex at: 1043 Alto Street.

For more information contact Liz Roybal at 505-955-2503.

Who:               Friendly dogs and their owners

What:             Doggie Dip

When:             September 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Where:            Bicentennial Pool
                        1043 Alto Street
                        Santa Fe, NM

Admission:      $10