For New Mexico’s historic preservation community, the fate of St. Anthony’s church in Questa is perilous, along with a larger sense of history and priority. Some worry that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which owns more than 200 historic churches and missions across northern New Mexico, may be returning to the policy of “active demolition,” as one preservationist calls it, that led to the loss of three significant historic churches in the 1980s.
Gail Y Okawa’s essay on her grandfather's internment in Santa Fe during WW II appears in the Museum of New Mexico Press book Telling New Mexico: A New History. In complement to Okawa’s March 28 lecture, part of the museum’s Telling New Mexico inaugural lecture series, SFR presents an excerpt from Okawa’s essay, “Finding American World War II Internment in Santa Fe: Voices through Time” and an interview with the author.
Gov. Bill Richardson for many years has declared New Mexico the “clean energy state” and called for the export of electricity generated from wind to large markets such as California. Sounds good. But behind the hype, talk to any expert about future wind development in the state and it becomes clear there is one major problem: Transmission lines are already at capacity.
Within a month of becoming president of the Santa Fe-based Permaculture Credit Union, Don Sarich had his first encounter with a skeptical government regulator. “One of the regulators said to me, ‘Don’t worry, you can get a job somewhere else because we’re going to shut you down.’ That’s a true quote,” Sarich says. “I thought, ‘Now I have to prove you wrong.’”