Youth climate activists don’t stop
Young climate change activists demonstrated yesterday ($TNM) at the New Mexico state capitol, calling on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to take heed. The activists—who asked to meet with the governor to discuss their concerns by the end of the month—want the state to ban fracking, and to use revenue from oil and gas to find ways to eliminate New Mexico's dependency on fossil fuels, among other action items. Yesterday's protest followed the climate marches across the globe earlier this month.
New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to tour points of interest on the US-Mexico border this week. The agenda includes the Antelope Wells Port of Entry, the Deming migrant shelter and border facilities in Santa Teresa. Members of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee also plan to meet with Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabad, who will discuss the impact US immigration policy is having on his city.
The Midtown Campus property could be a future Innovation District. So says Santa Fe native Jeremy Burke, co-founder of Boston-based startup Aretian Urban Analytics and Design. Burke shared his vision for the 64-acre property and former home of Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the College of Santa Fe with city officials last week ($TNM). Burke co-authored "The Atlas of Innovations Districts," which identifies types of urban clusters that foster innovation by analyzing various economic indicators. The city is accepting expressions of interest in the property through the end of October.
US Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, says artists looking for opportunities should feel free to contact his office to stay in the loop. Heinrich made his comments to SFR yesterday following the Celebrating Culture: Workshops Supporting New Mexico Arts and Culture at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, part of a series aimed at helping artists and art institutions navigate federal grants, compete for public art projects and navigate artist visas, among other bureaucratic challenges. While the spiritual value of art can't be quantified, Heinrich said (good to know), the financial impact can: $5 billion per year. Heinrich is set to make opening remarks at the second iteration of the workshop today in Albuquerque.
An apple a day
Four Santa Fe teachers were among the 16 educators statewide who are finalists for the 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. From that group, seven will be chosen for the award following site visits and other evaluations. Finalists receive a variety of perks, including a cash prize. Eighty-eight teachers from 26 different New Mexico communities were nominated this year. The 16 finalists come from eight communities. The Santa Fe finalists are Capital High teachers Jay Clack, Shantel Dixon and Carman Moon, as well as Richard Pitman from Santa Fe High.
Up, up and away
Tourism Santa Fe has eliminated a common excuse for skipping the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (driving at the crack of dawn) and has introduced for the first time a shuttle that will take sleepy Santa Feans (or visitors) to the Balloon Fiesta Park Oct. 5-13. The shuttle will pick up from three downtown hotels, starting with a 4:30 am pickup at the Eldorado Hotel.
Missing plane update … maybe
A plane was found yesterday approximately 10 miles southwest of Mora ($TNM), although no official word yet on whether this is the same plane that went missing after leaving the Santa Fe airport last Thursday. Crews had been searching for the missing plane in the Pecos Wilderness over the weekend. Authorities have confirmed a plane was found, but did not confirm it was the same plane nor provide information about the plane's occupants.
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