SF New Mexican: Acequia Madre overflows, causing icy streets.
Whoopsie. Ice backed up against one of the gates, and is now flowing and freezing over the streets.
ArtDaily: Masks sold in Paris to be returned to tribes by The Annenberg Foundation.
“… these are not trophies to have on one’s mantel, they are truly sacred works for the Native Americans. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections. It gives me immense satisfaction to know that they will be returned home to their rightful owners …” Clued into this by frequent commenter Emmett.
Denver Post: Blakes sell Taos ski area to billionaire conservationist Louis Bacon.
Big news in New Mexico. The Ski Valley will live on.
CR4: Unknown Object In Desert.
“While exploring with the Google Earth satellite I came upon this object that appears to be some kind of aircraft. The object looks fake, but fake what? The area is a mile or two south of Interstate 40 (I-40) and a couple miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Obvious what it is, but the comment thread is entertaining.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe fire marshal grounds ‘flying farolitos’.
Bummer! Hardly worth going on the Xmas Eve walk, then. This was always a treat.
Guardian.UK: Native American artefacts sold for £1m in France.
Wrong. Many tribes are still in the process of reconstructing their past, after the failed ‘Americanizing’ policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any and all relics help them in this process. The Hopi have a particularly hard row to hoe; their small reservation was surrounded by the US Government’s various grants to the Navajo (one of the Hopi’s traditional enemies). I wish this sale had not occurred. It may be right in law, but not in ethics.
SciAm: Blame Heat Waves on Loss of Arctic Sea Ice.
“The loss of sea ice leads to a weakening of winds high in the atmosphere. The reduced temperature difference between the Arctic and lower latitudes diminishes the jet stream as well. It also moves the jet stream north, letting hot air sit longer.” In Santa Fe, ceiling fans used to be plenty. No more. We’re now on the cusp (some say beyond) of needing A/C for the summer months. As I’ve expressed repeatedly, we’re becoming Phoenix.
AZStarNet: Feds stymied probe into fire deaths.
“The probe determined state fire officials put protection of property ahead of firefighter safety, even though they knew the area couldn’t be defended. The report found commanders lacked key personnel at critical times, including officers focused only on safety, and that they knew a thunderstorm was brewing that likely would push the fire toward crews.” As everyone suspected.
SF New Mexican: Sam Pick - ‘Don’t tell me how to brush my teeth’.
“Local governing is … a civic commitment. It’s not political. It’s keeping the streets clean. It’s keeping the libraries open. It’s paying for the police and the fire and planners and the parks. That’s what it is.”
Youtube: NMELC/NM Copper Rule Video.
Hey, I know a lot o’ these people. Some backstory here, courtesy of the SF New Mexican. Debate the ‘logic’ of allowing groundwater pollution in a state that is still experiencing record-setting drought … if you can. Lined pits should be the law, at the very least. As we’ve seen with industries in the past, it’s too easy to set up a shell corporation and then bankrupt it before the expensive cleanup is required, dumping it on taxpayers. It’s a very common ‘rerun’ we’ve lived through many times before. It would be nice if our politicians would get on our side, for once. At this rate, ‘slippery slope’ is very likely. Donate if you can. NMELC does a fantastic job opposing these kinds of things, but they need $$ to do so.
Appropriate Disclosure: NMELC is a client of mine; however I get no compensation for agreeing with their actions. Only for occasional codesmithing.
A Continuous Lean: Classic Ivy Oxfords Straight From Japan.
Proper skilled single-needle stitching is da bomb. A crispness and level of craftsmanship that can make anyone stand out from a crowd. You do pay a premium for it, usually. These are economical at ~$80. Have to try one sometime. Little use for conventional business-wear in Santa Fe; dress is much more casual, excepting legal or governmental circles.
And so closes another Black Friday.
Youtube: How to chop wood without messing around.
Oy, dude. You’ve got clear lovely wood. Piñon and juniper are knotty, ugly wood. Smell great, but a total bear to chop. I have to chop the stuff we get narrower for our fireplace, and the resinous knots make it a nightmare. Entertaining fires afterwards mildly salve the muscle aches.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Upcoming Exhibitions: O’Keeffe and Adams, The Hawaii Pictures.
Who knew Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams spent time in Hawaii? I feel like a dunce. Gotta see this when it opens, February.
Yahoo News: Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing.
Fan-damn-tastic. Some inconsiderate loon and his/her dog left a ‘present’ right in the middle of my driveway the other week. You bought the damned dog, not I - you clean up after it. I’m hoping this spreads far and wide. Our trails here in Santa Fe are disgusting when spring warmth hits … trails being the most convenient place to let dogs go, sans cleanup. The first 1/2 mile is a penance on just about any NM trail.
SF New Mexican: Hilton Foundation grant to help save New Mexico church.
Yucca … and very subtle grass … in snow.
7 hours later.
“Monster storm” … starts.
First part of the so-called ‘one-two punch’ fizzled … looks like this second part will deliver.
RaCaveDigger: NM Carved Sandstone Cave Photos.
NY Times: Albuquerque Rejects 20-Week Abortion Ban.
TheWeek: Is Jeb Bush gearing up for 2016?
“Bush says he’s not making a decision until next year. But his travel plans and speeches suggest otherwise.” So it starts. Bush/Martinez,‘16 … expect it.
Sunset clouds, just to the southeast.
Much more interesting than the straight-on sunset. Enjoy a little bit of Santa Fe.
SF New Mexican: More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling.
Ironic, of course, after all the screaming over ‘closed loop’ systems that would ‘put the costs of drilling over the top.’
McClatchy: Obama woos tribes, says he’ll visit Indian Country in 2014.
Words, words, words. The sequestration hurts. Actions, Mr P. Actions.