Sunday Mornings @ The Travel Bug
A Sunday morning gathering of progressing thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community.
Paul E. Paryski was a member of Governor Bill Richardson's Blue Ribbon Task Force; he is a Board Member of RIVER NETWORK (www.rivernetwork.org). He has been involved with environmental issues most of his professional life. As a board member of the River Network he helps assist local water organizations such as Amigos Bravos and The Santa Fe Watershed Association.He began his career as a teacher, then as a Foreign Service Officer, helped establish Haiti’s Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National and finally worked with the United Nations Development Programme on environmental policy, planning, peacekeeping and governance. In Haiti, he helped establish two national parks and the Haitian Ministry of the Environment.
He has been a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2000. He served on Governor Richardson’ s Blue Ribbon Water Task Force, the Jemez y Sangre Water Planning Council, the NM State Engineer’s Water Wise Development Committee, and was the Conservation Chair of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club. He was an active member of the Alliance for the Rio Grande Heritage.
He helped write and pass New Mexico’s Graywater Act and State Water Planning Act, and has been active in building bridges with traditional communities who depend on New Mexico’s unique natural resources. He consults for the City of Santa Fe on water and green building issues. He organized the first Jemez y Sangre (Northern New Mexico) Water Summit in September 2005. He is one of the founding members of the Santa Fe Complex (www.sfcomplex.org) . Paul has a BA from Williams College and a MA from Columbia University. Three new species of trees, plants and orchids have been named after him, as well a new frog species. He currently Vice-President of Northeast by Southwest LLC, a new company that promotes, catalyzes and facilitates green investments and jobs with initiatives that help protect the environment and mitigate climate change, anthropogenic global warming and their effects.
September 11, 2011, 11 am
ABOUT THE AUTHORS/EDITORS:
Robert J. Tórrez was born and raised in the northern Rio Arriba County community of Los Ojos and is a graduate of Tierra Amarilla High School. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000. During the past four decades more than one hundred of his scholarly and popular articles on New Mexico history and culture have been published in numerous regional and national publications. He has also contributed to a dozen books, and since 1992, has written a monthly column, “Voices From the Past,” for Round the Roundhouse. His recent books include UFOs Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico’s History (University of New Mexico Press, 2004), New Mexico in 1876-1877, A Newspaperman’s View (Rio Grande Books, 2007) and Myth of the Hanging Tree (University of New Mexico Press, 2008).
Robert Trapp is a native of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado and a veteran newspaperman. He served with the Army Air Force in World War II and after the war attended the University of Colorado under the GI Bill. He worked on daily newspapers in Alamosa, Colorado; New Bern, North Carolina; Rock Springs, Wyoming and Great Falls, Montana. In 1956, he, his wife Ruth, also a journalist, and another couple started the Rio Grande Sun in Española and he has worked as an editor/publisher since. He and Ruth have three children and live in an old adobe in Sombrillo, a suburb of Española. Their son, Robert B. Trapp, currently is managing editor of the Rio Grande Sun.
September 18, 2011, 11 am
William deBuys is a writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His first book, Enchantment and Exploitation: the Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range, which won a Southwest Book Award, combines the cultural and natural history of northern New Mexico. His recent books include River of Traps, Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California (winner of a Western States Book Award in 1999), and The Walk (an excerpt from which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008). His new book A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American West is due out in October from Oxford University Press.
He was a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Fellow. As a conservationist, he has helped protect more than 150,000 acres in New Mexico, Arizona, and North Carolina. From 1997 to 2004 he directed the Valle Grande Grass Bank in San Miguel County, New Mexico, and from 2001 to 2005, he served as founding chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, which administers the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. He lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. He is also a professor of documentary studies at the College of Santa Fe.
There's a new paper coming to Santa Fe! The Light of New Mexico (Illuminating Inconvenient Truths) will debut on Sept. 15.
This tabloid is a joint effort of Steve Klinger, Skip Whitson (Green Fire Times),and Lisa Pelletier, with help from a number of other concerned New Mexicans who continue to be frustrated by the mainstream media and their refusal to provide full and fair coverage of the news and issues of vital importance to our state – and beyond: clean (and adequate) water and air; nuclear proliferation and contamination; corruption in government; endless war; the rise of a ruthless right wing movement intent on abolishing everything from workers' rights to social safety nets and the economic linchpins of a civilized society – in short, the overriding threat of the forces of corporatism and plutocracy to our democracy and our planet.
Steve Klinger is editor of the new monthly newspaper, The Light of New Mexico. Before moving back to Santa Fe from Las Cruces, he was editor and publisher of Grassroots Press, a statewide alternative newspaper and web site, which he founded in 2003. Prior to that he owned and published the weekly Las Cruces Bulletin for 14 years, winning the New Mexico Press Association’s award for General Excellence in Class 1 weekly newspapers in 1993, along with several individual awards for editorial, column and feature writing. The Bulletin twice won top statewide honors for investigative reporting during his tenure there.
Klinger started his journalism career with the Rio Grande Sun in Española, where he served as advertising director and wrote a weekly column. In addition to his work on newspapers, he taught journalism and English over a 20-year period at New Mexico State University and was a senior associate with the newspaper brokerage firm of W. B. Grimes & Company from 1997-2010, selling newspapers and magazines in New Mexico, Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Hawaii. His articles and columns have appeared in numerous New Mexico publications, as well as Editor and Publisher, Publisher’s Auxiliary and Gourmet Magazine.