Why I Love Winter #1

Hugh telemarking untracked powder on Roadrunner

Skinning up and telemark skiing down with a good friend on a powder day.

Friday, Dec. 14th is Opening Day at Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort. Sipapu, Red River and Enchanted Forest Cross Country ski areas are already open!

Think Snow!

SnowCode.org

Reduce, Reboot, Recycle your Computer

Very old computer

If you've been using computers for more than a couple of years you are probably familiar with the 'Upgrade Cycle'. Thanks to Moore's Law and the tendency of software companies to write programs that need ever more computing power to run, it becomes necessary to buy a new computer every few years. We are all familiar with one end of the Upgrade Cycle, buying a new computer. I decided that it was finally time to get rid of a Pentium 90 laptop and a 486 PC.

Composting in the High Desert

Wood Pallet Compost Bin

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is one part of living a healthy lifestyle. Eating all of those fruits and veggies produces a lot of seeds, cores, peels and husks. Some people think that leftover fruit and veggie bits are trash and don't realize what they could be - fertile, organic soil. Composting may be the perfect use for fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, spoiled foods, yard waste and other organic materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Don't Bury Your Problems

Recycle Santa Fe Logo1

Landfills are A) An increasingly expensive strategy for solid waste disposal. B) A potential source of groundwater contamination and methane pollution. C) A possible source of raw materials for manufacturing in the future. D) All of the Above.
My answer was D.

Recycling is one way to reduce many of the problems posed by landfills. While recycling isn't perfect, it diverts valuable materials and toxic substances from being buried in an unreliable grave.

Flush With Pride!

High Rise (High Flow) Toilet

Fresh water is a precious, highly valuable resource, doubly so in the American Southwest. The last thing in the world we should do with it is to pour it down the drain. But outdated plumbing fixtures do just that by wasting many gallons of water when only one or two are needed. If you don't have low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures in your house yet, then now is the time to swap them out.

Why I Garden #5

Planting Garlic

Allium sativum L.

Planting 10 cloves of Bosque Early Garlic from the Santa Fe Farmer's Market ( a little late I know ) for harvest next year. Hopefully.

Reduce, Reuse, Make Art

Green Recycle Symbol

What: 9th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival 2007
Where: El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM
When: November 16-18
- Friday, November 16, 5-9pm
- Saturday, November 17, 9am - 5pm
- Sunday, November 18, 10am - 5pm
Admission: Friday night $5 to Art Market and $10 to both the Art Market and Trash Fashion and Costume contest premier seating area. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is Free! General Admission to the entire event is free for kids under 12.

Gear Up For Winter

Crossed Skis

What: Santa Fe Ski Team Annual Ski Swap
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM.
When: November 9, 10 & 11, 2007
- Friday 9th, 8 – 10pm Preview Sale, Admission $25 + $5 per family member
- Saturday 10th, 9am – 5pm, Admission: $2 per person
- Sunday 11th, 10am – 1pm, Admission: FREE!

Warren Miller's PLAYGROUND, Nov. 9th in Santa Fe

Skier Julian Carr photographed by Will Wissman

WHAT: Warren Miller's PLAYGROUND
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9th, 6 & 8:30pm
WHERE: CinemaCafé, 1616 St. Michael's Drive
TICKETS: $10 at the door

Oil Drilling in Santa Fe

Topographic Map of Galisteo, NM

Talking 'bout Texas Tea in Santa Fe, NM

What: Public Information Meeting hosted by Tecton Energy to discuss the company's plans for oil-and-gas drilling in Santa Fe County.
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 1
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM.

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