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Teachers Union Attempts To Get Out Early Vote

...with limited results

Local NewsWednesday, October 22, 2014 by Joey Peters

It may be a down year for voter turnout, but that's not stopping Patricia Gay-Webb from being excited about the upcoming election. 

"I'm not thinking Halloween," the dual-language El Camino Real Academy teacher says. "I'm thinking election. It is critical for us educators because it has gotten so bad."

Gay-Webb, who is also the political action director for the National Education Association's Santa Fe Chapter, participated in the union's statewide effort to get out the early vote Wednesday afternoon. She and other union members alerted teachers in Santa Fe about the effort through flyers and social media before dropping by the Santa Fe County Clerk's Office to assist voters.

The idea is to get as many teachers out voting early as possible. At the County Clerk's office, the teachers were limited from speaking out about which candidates they were supporting. But NEA-New Mexico did make endorsements this year, and none of the politicians they gave the nod to are Republicans. 

"It is very important that we elect candidates who are going to support [a bigger] budget for our schools and who are going to support all the issues that we educators are fighting about," she says. 

NEA is also advocating against "high stakes" testing and the state's current teacher evaluation system.

"It's not really about things that are good for the kids," says Bernice Garcia-Baca, a counselor at Aspen Community Magnet School and past president of NEA-SF. "It's all about data and producing data, whether it's good or bad." 

Still, not many voters were seen casting ballots on this partly cloudy afternoon. 

"I really believe it's the economics because most people are off at second jobs," Garcia-Baca says. "And unfortunately the political process becomes secondary to many of us."

Early voting continues through at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office through Nov. 1. Other county sites for early voting include the Santa Fe County Fair Building, the Pojoaque County Satellite Office, the Eldorado Senior Center and the Old Edgewood Fire Station.

SFR's 2015 Restaurant Guide Is Out!

Here's where to find it

Small BitesWednesday, October 22, 2014 by SFR

T

hough it might not seem entirely appetizing, SFR's 2015 Restaurant Guide is laden with the blood, sweat and tears of its contributors, who have delivered our biggest guide yet.

Along with naming a new Restaurant of the Year, listing the Top 10 eateries in town and your 20 Faves, we've gone above and beyond with stories on the essential green chile trail, a spotlight piece on local cooking schools, a roundup of the best food trucks in Santa Fe and a historical take on the evolution of Southwestern food.

Want to eat good on the cheap? Check out our lists of five items under $5. In the mood to wet your whistle? Our Happy Hour centerfold has got you covered.

Free copies of the 2015 Restaurant Guide are available at SFR headquarters (132 E Marcy St.) and these fine locations:

  • Buffalo Thunder
  • Canyon Road
  • Casita Cielo Grande
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Chavez Center
  • City Shoe Repair
  • Collected Works
  • Convention Center
  • El Corazón de Santa Fe
  • Del Norte
  • Eye Associates
  • Fitness Plus
  • Fort Marcy Rec. Complex
  • Kokoman Liquor’s
  • Mailboxes Etc.
  • Mesa Public Library
  • Montecito of Santa Fe
  • Montoya Bldg.
  • NM State Library
  • Las Palomas
  • The Plaza
  • Pojoaque Market
  • Runnels Building
  • Sanbusco Market Center
  • SFCC Main Entrance
  • SF School Administration
  • Santa Fe Spa
  • Santa Fe Village
  • Southside Library
  • Sports Medicine Center
  • St. John’s College
  • State Capitol Building
  • State Education Building
  • State Employees Credit Union
  • Visitors Info Center
  • Vitamin Cottage
  • Water Street
  • & The Best Hotels in Town!

Bon appétit!

Candidate Chat

Maggie Tolouse-Oliver wants to fill the NM secretary of state seat

Local NewsWednesday, October 22, 2014 by SFR

Maggie Tolouse Oliver wants to be New Mexico's next secretary of state.

The current Bernalillo County clerk is running against incumbent Dianna Duran, elected to the position in November 2010 as the state's first Republican secretary of state since 1928.

Duran's campaign representative Rod Adair phoned SFR to talk about the invitation, but she declined to appear on camera.

This is the latest in a series of videos intended to help voters make decisions in the general election. Absentee ballots are already being cast. Election Day is Nov. 4. See videos with more candidates here.




He's running for District 50 against Vickie Perea, appointed to the job by Gov. Susana Martinez after the elected representative, Stephen Easley, died in office.

Perea, a Republican, said she was too busy to meet with SFR and her opponent.

This is the latest in a series of videos intended to help voters make decisions in the general election. Absentee ballots are already being cast. Election Day is Nov. 4. See videos with more candidates here. - See more at: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-9340-candidate-chat.html#sthash.OOmaIDdt.dpuf

He's running for District 50 against Vickie Perea, appointed to the job by Gov. Susana Martinez after the elected representative, Stephen Easley, died in office.

Perea, a Republican, said she was too busy to meet with SFR and her opponent.

This is the latest in a series of videos intended to help voters make decisions in the general election. Absentee ballots are already being cast. Election Day is Nov. 4. See videos with more candidates here. - See more at: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-9340-candidate-chat.html#sthash.OOmaIDdt.dpuf

3 Questions

with Irene Hofmann

3 QuestionsTuesday, October 21, 2014 by Enrique Limón
Dubbed as “small grants for big ideas,” SITE Santa Fe’s SPREAD dinner, happening this Friday, serves as the springboard for the cultural institution’s artistic funding campaign. Hofmann is the chief curator at SITE.


For the uninitiated, what is SPREAD?

SPREAD is a recurring community dinner hosted by SITE Santa Fe that raises funds for artists and creative initiatives. All the money from SPREAD dinner tickets becomes a grant for a New Mexico-based artist. At each SPREAD, diners pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they receive dinner and a ballot. During dinner, eight artists, whose applications have been selected by a jury, get up on stage and make short presentations about their work. After the presentations, SPREAD diners vote for their favorite artist. At the end of the evening, the artist who receives the most votes is awarded all funds collected at the door to realize their artistic endeavors.

What can people expect from its fifth iteration?
We focused on artists who have a studio-based practice. Past SPREAD events have largely featured collectives, community-based projects, and theater and performing arts groups. This time, we will meet eight artists who have a more solitary studio practice dedicated to expanding each of their creative visions.

How important to SF’s art scene are grants like this?
As we have heard from many of our finalists and winners, this grant is truly career boosting. Participating in SPREAD is an opportunity for significant visibility for their work, has given artists new tools for talking about their work, and an overall boost in confidence. Many new opportunities have been presented and new doors opened for so many of our finalists. And of course, for the winners of the grants, SPREAD funds have made projects possible that would otherwise be unattainable.

Burn, baby, burn!

Rome if you want to, part two

PicksTuesday, October 21, 2014 by Enrique Limón
Take the current pig-tastic cover as a subconscious homage to The Burning of Rome, who in 2009 made audiences gasp at the San Diego Music Awards when they employed five impaled pig heads during their live performance.

The move, singer Adam Traub told me at the time, was meant to be a nod to Lord of the Flies gone awry. Still, we all had a good laugh, and at the time, all the movers and shakers remembered the band’s name, forever etched from the fleshy Porky Pig meets Saw moment.

Since then, and the band’s move to Los Angeles and mine to Santa Fe, I’ve kept up with the hometown heroes. I’ve cheered from afar watching them on Last Call with Carson Daly and almost caused a three-car pileup down Cerrillos Road when I heard one of their songs play on Radio Free Santa Fe. So, it was with utter excitement, that I welcomed Traub (in the dapper top hat, left), keyboardist Aimee Jacobs, bassist Keveen Baudouin, drummer Danny King and barefoot axe-wielder Joe Aguilar last August for their first Santa Fe appearance. The gig, the gods would have it, coincided with my birthday and dammit, we tore the place up.

Shots of Jameson flowed like manna. Collective beads of sweat flew from all directions and the wooden beam ceiling at the Underground was pounded like it never was pounded before. Closing the place down, the band came to the realization that there were no hotel rooms available thanks to Indian Market, so in my stupor, I suggested we do the short jaunt to SFR headquarters. “We have like, three couches,” I somewhat remember slurring.

The party continued on Marcy Street. Bodies passed out in rock ‘n’ roll torpor until our cleaning lady, Gabrielle, walked in to do her thing at around 6 am and let out a guttural shriek. All but Traub, with his enviable death-like slumber, woke up, and after a cup of coffee or three, breakfast burritos at Tia Sophia’s and a still-drunk walking tour of Santa Fe were at hand. Well, somehow the band was convinced that SF is the place to be as they make their triumphant return on Sunday. Please help me keep the illusion alive and let loose to the soundtrack of their current album, Year of the Ox

Coming full circle, Ox recently won Best Alternative Album at the 2014 SD Music Awards, where they also nabbed Best Live Band and Song of the Year. That’s all [for now] folks!


The Burning of Rome
9 pm Sunday, Oct. 26. $5
The Underground
200 W San Francisco St.

Squash the Squash Spectacle!

The seasonal onslaught of pumpkin-spice-flavored items has got to stop. Here’s how you can help

Food WritingTuesday, October 21, 2014 by Rob DeWalt

Can we have an honest discussion about the dehumanizing and demoralizing nature of the pumpkin spice craze?

According to Fortune’s Beth Kowitt, corporate caffeine pimp Starbucks has sold more than 200 million PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) since the drink’s introduction. I’ve never had one, nor do I plan to. Ever. To worsen the matter, you can now find pumpkin spice in M&M’s, frozen pancakes and waffles, Pop Tarts, tea, coffee, beer, muffin mix, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt, body butter…hell, there’s even a Corsair-brand pumpkin spice moonshine, which is perhaps just strong enough to make you forget how much pumpkin spice has infiltrated your lives.

I say NO MORE! To adopt a popular Dune meme for the purposes of weaning you off all this played-out, store-bought garbage: “He who controls the pumpkin spice controls the universe.” Seems to be working incredibly well for the ‘Bucks. But it’s time to take the spice back, one DIY pumpkin dish at a time. Hack the PSL system. It’s easy, and it’s delicious!

Slow-Cooked Spiced Pumpkin Butter

(yields about 2 pints)

2 cups roasted-pumpkin purée (see method below) or canned plain pumpkin

1 cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Jars or freezer containers for storing (not canning!)*

For pumpkin purée:

Preheat oven to 375º F. Carefully cut two pie pumpkins (also called sugar pumpkins) into quarters. Scrape out seeds and stringy guts and reserve in a nonreactive bowl (glass or stainless steel) of warm saltwater for the green chile pumpkin seeds recipe. Place pumpkin pieces skin-side up in tall-sided cookie pans or casserole dishes. Add hot water halfway up the sides of the pans and cover tightly with foil. Roast squash on middle rack until the flesh is soft, about 45 minutes to an hour. Cool completely. Scrape cooked flesh out of pumpkins and pulse in a food processor on high until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For butter:

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and stir well. Cover and cook on low for four hours. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom or scorching on the sides. Store in airtight containers, and refrigerate or freeze.

*IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, it is too dangerous to use traditional home-canning methods in the preservation of puréed squash, because it is too dense, lacks the acceptable levels of acid and contains lots of moisture (PDF: bit.ly/pumpkindanger). Store some in the fridge for up to eight weeks and freeze the rest for up to a year. But seriously, if you still have some left after a couple weeks, you’re either stingy, dead inside or both.

Chile-Dusted Pumpkin Seeds (yields about three cups)

3 cups fresh pumpkin seeds

2-3 tablespoons red, green or chipotle chile powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/8 cup vegetable oil

Fine sea salt to taste

Soak the pumpkin seeds in a strong saltwater solution (a gallon of warm water with 2/3 cup salt dissolved in it) for three or four hours at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. The solution not only helps season the seeds, it also helps break down the stringy fibers that cling to the seeds after removing them from the pumpkin. Preheat oven to 300º F. Remove seeds from saltwater, pat excess moisture off them with a towel or paper towels, and spread them on a large cookie sheet with sides. Stir the oil into the seeds and sprinkle the chile powder, garlic powder and a little salt all over them. Roast on middle rack, stirring occasionally, until slightly golden and hardened, about 40 minutes to an hour. Depending on the size of the seeds, you may need to adjust the time. Drain cooked seeds on paper towels to remove excess oil and adjust seasoning. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Step away from the latte! Here’s a few more ways of getting your pumpkin spice fix.
Rob DeWalt

Buttery Pumpkin Biscuits (yields about 24 three-inch biscuits)

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 ¼ tablespoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ to 1 tablespoon chipotle powder (optional)

1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, chilled

1 ½ cup pumpkin purée

1 tablespoon honey

½ cup milk or buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400º F. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut butter into the dry mixture with a pastry cutter or butter knife until it resembles extra-coarse cornmeal. Stir in the honey, milk and pumpkin purée just until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours. Gently knead cold dough for about 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out to ¾-inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a three-inch-diameter biscuit cutter or glass. Place rounds of dough one inch apart on slightly buttered baking sheets. Bake on center rack, turning once during cooking, for about 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks or serve immediately with pumpkin butter.

7 Days

10.22.14

7 DaysTuesday, October 21, 2014 by SFR
1

State puts all its prisons on lockdown

Inmates reportedly smuggling pumpkin spice lattes.

2

Vatican reneges on pro-gay statements

Totally ruining last week’s joke.

3

IMUS RANCH ON MARKET FOR $32 MILLION

Sale price includes collection of oversized cowboy hats and cassette tapes.

4

Breaking Bad action figures take fire

Even a miniature bag of meth is a bad idea.

5

Creepy Clowns are all the rage

Please choose this over “Ebola doctor” for a Halloween costume.

6

Santa Fe Mayor gets credit for hospital labor deal

Now we can all go back to complaining about the bills.

7

Manhattan is picked up for a second season

Take that, 'Longmire'.

Election, What Election?

News BriefsTuesday, October 21, 2014 by Joey Peters

This year’s electoral reality of a lackluster top of the ticket has some Democrats worried about a lower-than-usual turnout to the polls on Nov. 4, spelling trouble for a party with a weakly supported challenger facing a popular Republican incumbent governor.

But local pollster Bruce Donisthorpe is projecting a 2014 general election turnout comparable to any other non-presidential election year. That means somewhere around 600,000 people across the state voting by the close of polls.

“I don’t find anything that suggests that things are going to be significantly lower now than they are in any historical midterm election,” he says.

Presidential election years, which bring more people to the polls, usually prompt a 750,000 to 800,000 person turnout in New Mexico, he adds.

It’s still not much to boast over. That’s because in the grand scheme of things, people just aren’t voting.

During the last midterm election in 2010, just 44 percent of registered voters in New Mexico bothered to show up and vote. Even during the 2012 presidential cycle, just 61 percent of registered New Mexico voters cast a ballot. And those numbers don’t take into account residents who meet the voting age but aren’t registered to vote.

Meanwhile, Donisthorpe will be in the field this week doing one last projection of voter turnout.

Early voting continues locally at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office through Saturday, Nov. 1. Other county sites for early voting include the Santa Fe County Fair Building, the Pojoaque County Satellite Office, the Eldorado Senior Center and the Old Edgewood Fire Station.

Pump Away

News BriefsTuesday, October 21, 2014 by Julie Ann Grimm

Groundwater pumping at the Glorieta camp appears to be perfectly legal, says a spokeswoman for the Office of the State Engineer.

Despite complaints from neighboring landowners that increased production from wells at the 2,400-acre site has caused problems for their water supplies, the state reports that the camp is “functioning within the limit of the water rights.”

The property formerly known as Glorieta Baptist Conference Center is owned today by a nonprofit called Glorieta 2.0. A sign posted this summer at the campus said a swimming pool was planned for next summer. Officials there say some of the water use this year has been for a recreational lake on the property.

The camp has rights to 869 acre-feet of water per year, but at least five area residents say its use of that water prevents people who live in the area from accessing their legitimate claims to water, too [News, Oct. 1, “Water Wars”].

Lela Hunt, a spokeswoman for the state engineer, told SFR in early October that the district engineer for the area would be available soon for an interview about the matter. This week, she said she would only answer written questions instead.

Glorieta resident Jack Anderson says he’s not happy with the answers from the office so far.

“You’d think that running people’s wells dry would be a problem,” he says, noting that neighbors are crafting a formal written complaint.

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