Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Film industry loves New Mexico

A billion dollar boost from the film industry has area economies enthusiastic about the future in New Mexico.
A recent spike in film productions and industry inquiries comes as New Mexico is set to more than double its annual state spending cap on film incentives, and as Hollywood targets both Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive abortion laws. “It’s an exciting time for film and television in Albuquerque, and we have been seeing an increase in interest from productions as a result of the political topics in Georgia and Louisiana,” said Amber Dodson, city of Albuquerque film liaison. “Our doors are open; we are an inclusive city who welcomes everyone.” [Abortion politics help fuel NM film boom]
The production company for a series that stars Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley has been shooting in our neighborhood on the Santo Domingo Pueblo's portion of the Galisteo Dam Road, the Cochiti Pueblo's portion of the Tetilla Peak Road and at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. The soundtrack includes work from The Deep South who performed at the Santa Fe Brewing Company last July. Sam Peckinpah shot a bunch of scenes for his 1978 film Convoy out here, too.

Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and now after buying Albuquerque Studios Netflix is building industry presence in the Land of Enchantment.
“Deadline Hollywood is thrilled to debut our new Hot Spots conference series in Albuquerque,” said Stacey Farish, general manager of Deadline Hollywood. “Hot Spots is all about shining a light on Hollywood filming locations outside of Hollywood. And we think there is no better place to launch this exciting new event than New Mexico.” The conference targets film and TV producers, directors, location scouts, heads of production and business affairs and production coordinators. It will highlight what Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces have to offer in the film industry. [Deadline Hollywood debuts conference in ABQ]
New Mexico's flag has been named the coolest in America. The above image was captured at Mount Rushmore National Monument in the occupied Black Hills.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Industrial Cannabis a Trojan Horse

For the record, this blog can't support widespread growing of industrial cannabis (hemp), especially on tribal lands because it's an invasive species capable of overgrowing native grasses. Even in Canada using home grown seed is illegal. Why anyone would want to buy genetically engineered seed from Bayer Crop Science/Monsanto or some other earth hater every year remains a mystery. This crop is not the benign introduced species it’s cracked up to be and stray pollen from the hemp industry can wreak havoc on growers of therapeutic and “recreational” cannabis.
Pollen from hemp farms can travel for miles, reaching and pollinating marijuana farms. Cross-pollination can drastically lower a marijuana crop’s THC content. That’s the psychoactive compound that hemp plants are bred to keep low. Male plants are the pollinators. Socorro County passed an ordinance banning male hemp plants and non-feminized seeds. [Hemp Pollen Poses Risk To Outdoor Marijuana Crops]
Hemp is open range on meth. Medicine and a potential revenue source are being put at risk by an experiment that makes Jerusalem artichokes and Belgian endive look like safe investments.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Late primary states mostly irrelevant

Tuesday, June 2 is mostly a dead letter day in some states during the Democratic presidential primary where voters usually just go through the motions after the nominee has already been selected. Iowa should end her early caucus then join New Mexico and South Dakota in moving their primaries to Super Tuesday.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Quake rattles morning coffee

A 2.9 quake rattled our morning coffee at 0633 MST. Epicenter is about thirty miles from here as the Sandhill Crane flies.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

NM Legislature, pueblos preparing to tackle legal cannabis

New Mexico's unpaid citizen legislature will begin debating legal cannabis for all adults Tuesday following Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's State of the State Address. Home growing rules have yet to be agreed upon but her proposal that would keep taxes at roughly 17 to 19 percent would also make therapeutic cannabis tax-free while subsidizing it for low income patients.
“The Legislature has the opportunity to pass the largest job-creation program in New Mexico in a decade,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Skeptics have been right to preach study and patience. I agree with their caution – and that’s why we haven’t rushed into this issue. But if we are clear-eyed about the risks, we have to be clear-eyed about the opportunity.” The governor’s proposal, the Cannabis Regulation Act, House Bill 160, is based on a report by the Cannabis Legalization Working Group, a bipartisan task force she appointed to study the issue all throughout last year. Under the proposal, local jurisdictions are empowered to adopt reasonable time, place and manner operational rules. The initiative includes conviction and arrest-record expungement provisions and provides for a mechanism for possible recall and dismissal of cases of individuals incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses. And, among other highlights, the proposal provides a mechanism for entering into intergovernmental agreements with any sovereign tribe or pueblo that elects to implement the Cannabis Regulation Act. [New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham unveils recreational cannabis legalization proposal]
It's the view of this interested party that growers should be able to market their product like vineyards have tasting rooms and breweries have tap rooms but allowing state-owned stores will only give the government control over the various strains. The State of New Mexico should offer incentives to tribes, pueblos and others for organic cannabis grown with off-grid sources of electricity and rainwater harvest. Also, all grows and product offered for public sale, including cannabidiol or CBD, should be inspected by the state.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Day trips and more pix

Our Lady of the Arroyo and an interested party have been looping in Nuevo Mexico del Norte.

Stacked stone hacienda, adobe ruin and view of Sangre de Cristos all shot near Pine Mesa on Santa Fe County Road 51

Sangre de Cristos in a background shot from Cañon Blanco

Our Lady of the Arroyo with 20th Century artifact

Work at the Rift Gallery/Southwest Stoneworks in Rinconada, New Mexico

Obsidian found in a local arroyo was probably quarried near the Valles Caldera then crafted as a projectile point.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Water shortages limit cannabis growth in New Mexico

New Mexico's legislature is poised to legalize cannabis for all adults but the state is the most water-stressed in the entire US.
Domestic well water may not be used for agriculture in the state. Farmers must irrigate cannabis or other crops with another water source by acquiring a valid water right. “It’s important that legislation create a robust framework to deal with these important issues that currently doesn’t exist,” said Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, a co-sponsor of last year’s proposed Cannabis Regulation Act. “Just like any other agricultural or manufacturing product or process in existence today, rules, standards and environmental protections must be established and applied to all licensees to ensure compliance, and to safeguard our natural resources like water.” [Albuquerque Journal]
New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program has surpassed 80,000 patients.

Contaminated dietary supplements, vapes, ointments and edibles are unacceptable in a country with a long history of snake oil salesmen. Cannabis is a safe, effective palliative but black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes Americans less safe. Legalization and state inspections of a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life safety goals.

It's the view of this interested party that growers should be able to market their product like vineyards have tasting rooms and breweries have tap rooms but allowing state-owned stores will only give the government control over the various strains. The State of New Mexico should offer incentives to tribes, pueblos and others for organic cannabis grown with off-grid sources of electricity and rainwater harvest. Also, all grows and product offered for public sale, including cannabidiol or CBD, should be inspected by the state.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Montana blogger shames Billings for racist tourism campaign

A settler's little broken house on the prairie near US 212 just east of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana

Senator Mike Rounds (NAZI-SD) said he won't vote for the Senate companion to the Remove the Stain Act that would rescind Medals of Honor for twenty war criminals responsible for the slaughter of children, women and men in 1890 at Wounded Knee in occupied South Dakota. But he and the South Dakota Republican Party are hardly the only racists in the colonized American West.
A Billings ad campaign that was scrubbed a day after a blogger called it racist illustrates a larger systemic issue of excluding Native voices in marketing campaigns for tribal nations, several spokespeople and tribal members around the state said. [Billings Gazette]
Alexis Bonogofsky has been writing East of Billings for many years. She covers the environment, ranching and culture.
Let’s take a step back into history and talk about Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny is a term used to describe the 19th century doctrine or belief that it was the country’s divine destiny and right to expand westward to fill the American continent. The philosophy drove U.S. territorial expansion and was used to justify the forced removal of Native Americans from their land and genocide that followed. My family benefited from it. Both sides of my family homesteaded in North Dakota and Montana. The language being used by Visit Billings is the same language that was used to justify the genocide of Native Americans: onward pioneer, conquer, take, it’s ours. The Billings Chamber of Commerce should officially apologize to all of Montana’s tribal nations, especially to the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Tribes. I have an idea for a new slogan though. Instead of "Today is ours for the taking - tomorrow too" we should just go with "Billings - we have a lot of work to do." [Onward Pioneers: Visit Billings’s Manifest Destiny Tourism Campaign]
During the Battle of Greasy Grass near the Little Bighorn River in Montana George Custer attacked the encampment where the elderly, women and children were hidden and during the Washita Massacre he held a similar contingent as hostages and human shields.

Read more at the Billings Gazette.