Saturday Springboard

  • Now that the Mayan calendar has officially concluded, it’s time to start planning ways to celebrate the boring old Gregorian calendar’s new year. Meow Wolf, instigator of intricate art insurrections and music events, is throwing a psychedic party at Molly’s Lounge in Santa Fe. Pre-sale tickets are only ten bucks.
  • How much does the public art scene in the state’s biggest city matter? To what extent does it enhance the urban environment and quality of life? Contribute your two cents to the Albuquerque Public Art Program’s survey. It’s open to visitors and Burqueños until Jan. 15, 2013, and results will be incorporated into the Cultural Services Department’s plan. Access the survey here.
  • New Mexico First, a public policy nonprofit co-founded by Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman, released a report from November’s science, engineering, technology and math education summit. Attendees included Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján and State Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera. The summit summary recommends several steps, including that New Mexico adopt national Next Generation Science Standards. The full report is available online.
  • One of many federal tax deductions set to expire as federal lawmakers wrangle over the fiscal cliff is the earned income tax credit. The Southwest Organizing Project‘s online publication, El Grito, reports that working families on the verge of poverty in New Mexico will suffer if lawmakers agree to eliminate it. Listen to another localized discussion of the fiscal cliff and its potential impact on New Mexicans here at KUNM’s morning call-in show archive.
  • State District 25′s Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) this week pre-filed a proposed amendment to the Food Act, which would require special labeling for genetically engineered food and animal feed. His SB-18, which is set to be deliberated in the upcoming legislative session, already has the backing of consumer advocacy group Food and Water Watch. It’ll be interesting to see if corporate giants like Monsanto and Dupont, who spent millions fighting a similar initiative in California, combat Wirth’s legislation.



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