Thursday, September 1, 2011

End of Summer

Firefighters and Mayor Coss

The Atalaya Firefighters—a group of handsome hard bodies--got a round of well-deserved applause at the Santa Fe City Council meeting this week. Then the mayor recognized the winners of the Santa Fe App Challenge, including the app/website I co-created and co-founded, Backstory Santa Fe. As I stood on stage with the commissioners and lanky Mayor David Coss, it was a mix of formal (the Pledge of Allegiance, saluting the NM flag) and informal (I saw one commissioner casually refreshing her lipstick).

While developing the app, I’ve gotten to know some particularly smart and sophisticated folks, like Marie Longserre from the Santa Fe Business Incubator (, Kate Noble from Santa Fe’s economic development division, and Eric Renz-Whitmore from the NM Tech Council. With a population of around 100,000, Santa Fe is the perfect size city – – a place where anybody can go to the city council meeting and you might even do some social networking with the mayor online.

Wolf Schneider has been editor in chief of the Santa Fean, editor of Living West, consulting editor of Southwest Art, and also blogs at

Photographer: David Alfaya, Taken in Artist Studio: Gregory Lomayesva