New Mexicans Speak Out Against Proposed Politicized Science Standards


Hundreds of New Mexicans spoke Monday in opposition to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s politicized edits to the Next Generation Science Standards, removing references to climate change and the age of the Earth for its proposed public-school science curriculum.

Speakers urged the state to adopt the unedited Next Generation framework, which was developed by the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Achieve. Every commenter at Monday’s hearing opposed the politicized edits. Below are excerpts from today’s Rally for Quality Science Education:

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Volunteers Needed For Rio Cebolla Wetland Restoration


We will work with Santa Fe National Forest personnel to construct several beaver dam analogs (BDAs) on the Rio Cebolla meadows downstream of where the Cebolla flows under FR 376. The work area is approximately 10 miles north of Porter’s Landing on FR 376.

This is the first stage of a project to increase riparian wetland area, to improve water quality, and to benefit fish habitat on the Rio Cebolla. We will be applying techniques similar to those Bill Zeedyk taught at a NM Trout workshop in 2015, including post pounding, rock placement, and willow weir construction. Some of the work will be in-stream and other parts will be on the stream banks. We suggest you bring waders if you plan to work in the stream.

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No to legislation That Would Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal

Rabbi Joseph Berman
Government Affairs Manager

How many more paths to war can we go down? On Friday, Donald Trump shoved us closer to confrontation with Iran, and it’s up to all of us to force Congress to choose diplomacy instead.

Act now and tell Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Tom Udall: No new sanctions on Iran, and don’t pass legislation to kill the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Everyone— from the the International Atomic Energy Association, to the U.S. Intelligence Community, to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson— agrees that sticking with the Iran Nuclear Deal is in everyone’s best interest.

But on Friday, in a speech full of misleading falsehoods, Trump announced he was “decertifying” the Iran Deal.

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Jemez Mountain Trail Sale Will Happen Saturday and Sunday Oct. 21 and 22

This year, the 14th year of the Jemez Mountain Trail sale, will catch the bosque Fall colors at their peak. So there will be a light chill in the air this late in October, but that will just add vigor to the whole event.

The sale area will extend along the length of N.M. Highway 4 in its Jemez Valley stretch, also branching out to Gilman along N.M. Highway 485 and to Ponderosa along N.M. Highway 290. Starting this Saturday and running through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each day there will be over 150 sellers along these stretches of road, selling a wide variety of goods ranging from traditional yard sale material to high quality arts and crafts.

The event is sponsored by Jemez Valley Credit Union, Laughing Lizard Inn, & Jemez Springs Bath House.

For any additional information contact Joy Bandy at 928-432-5109 (c) or 575-834-7729 or


Firewood Permits at Santa Fe National Forest Offices

We might be in the midst of an unseasonably warm spell, but since seasons do change what lies ahead is Winter. I have noticed that folk have been reaching an old post, dating back to May this year, that details the firewood permits offered by the  Santa Fe National Forest. That information is still accurate, so to make access to it easier here it is again.


Jemez Ranger District Firewood Permits for Sale Now

‘Acoustic Phenomena’ To Be Recorded By World-Renowned Multimedia Composer at Chaco Culture National Historical Park


New York-based composer and multimedia artist, Grant Culter, concentrates his artistic focus in sensory experiences as Chaco Canyon National Historical Park’s newest Artist-in-Residence. The program is offered as the collaboration between the National Park Service and non-profit organization, National Parks Arts Foundation.
There will be a FREE presentation and field-recording workshop offered to the public on October 28th . Culter will be hosting the event, where he looks forward to assisting guests with soundtracking the distinctive auditory ambiance of the park. “In facilitating recordings, and the act of listening to sounds around them amplified in headphones, I hope to present to others a new tool with which to engage with the richness of this environment…” Said the artist, regarding his intended outcome of the workshop. The artist will also be leading discussions regarding his artistic process and productive experience at the Chaco Culture Visitor Center Auditorium.

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New Mexicans Invited to Rally Before Hearing on Science Curriculum


Rally for Science.


New Mexico’s Public Education Department has proposed Next Generation Science Standards as the science curriculum for public schools, but the department made politicized edits made by climate denial and other ideological groups. The new standards would omit references to evolution, rising global temperatures and the age of Earth from the state’s science curriculum. The Next Generation Science Standards develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Developed by science teachers, higher-education faculty, scientists and business leaders, these standards can prepare students for high-skilled, high-wage jobs and improve New Mexico’s prospects for economic progress.

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Just This Once

By Jennifer Olson


This Saturday, the growers will be at the Walatowa Open Air Market, which will be going on in the parking lot of the visitors center – just north of the gas station in the red rocks.
While you’re there picking up eggs and veggies, check out the dancers and all the fine arts and crafts available at this event.
Be sure to keep your smiles ready to meet new friends and greet old ones.
The market will be back at the gazebo October 21

(Little) Yawning Gasps From Hell aka Sulphur Springs

Photos R.W.

New Mexico is not short on unearthly landscapes, one of them, a small confined one,  looms over us on the borders between La Cueva and the Valles Caldera: Sulphur Springs. Its unearthliness seems derived from both its natural forms as from human activity. It might be that as visited and indulged in over the millenia by Native Americans it was a strange, eerie wonderland with stinky sulphorous steam rising over some white deposits into a ponderosa forest canopy. It might have also been that way when the first settlers arrived on the scene and built their crude cabins on the land.

Boiling water-like liquid emerges from ghastly orifices in the land.

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Democracy and Lots of Money are At Stake for New Mexico in the Upcoming Census 

By Amber Wallin



Amber Wallin.

Pop quiz. Which of the following statements are true? 

  1. The census is constitutionally required in order to count every person in the U.S. 
  1. The census determines how much federal money—more than $6 billion—flows into New Mexico’s economy every year. 
  1. New Mexicans are more at risk of not being counted by the census than are people in most every other state. 
  1. The census is in jeopardy—and that puts New Mexicans in jeopardy. 

 If you said all of the above are true, you’d be correct. Unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee you the prize of being counted and represented in the next big census if things continue the way they are going. 
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 Job Announcements  for October 2017


AICCNM are pleased to announce the following JOB Announcement. Below are Great Opportunities from our friends at:

Santa Fe MBDA Center

Hyatt Regency Resort

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Isleta Resort & Casino

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Features Strong Line-up of Indigenous Films


Return to Rainy Mountain and Tribute to Scott Momaday is directed by Jill Momaday.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) to be included as one of their community-level sponsors.
The Ninth Annual SFIFF is the premiere film event in Santa Fe, showcasing the very best independent films of 2017 in Santa Fe’s top theaters. This year, the SFIFF runs from October 18, 2017 through October 22, 2017, featuring five days of independent film, social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops. SFIFF’s goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich the Santa Fe community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico. For this year’s schedule and more information please visit, or call 505.349.1414.
As part of the 2017 programming, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) presents a special slate of Native American Film programming which features narratives, documentaries, and shorts with a unique perspective on Native America and Indigenous communities. These films include the top Indigenous films of 2017, plus local selections and films by up-and-coming Native Filmmakers.

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The Albuquerque Box

Since it is Balloon Fiesta time, it’s a good time to reflect on what it is that makes Albuquerque such an attractive location for the hot-air folks. Here is some interesting information from the National Weather Service:

The Albuquerque box is essentially a valley wind pattern which develops under certain “stable” conditions. During the nighttime hours, the air near the ground is cooled by the process of radiational cooling. This process is most efficient with clear skies, low humidity and light wind. Cooler, and therefore more dense, air flows downslope and pools at lower elevations such as along arroyos and river valleys – as depicted in by the white arrows in the figure below. The cool air that pools in the Rio Grande valley is shallow (generally no more than a few hundred feet in depth). During the early morning hours this “drainage wind” flows from north to south down the valley from higher to lower elevations much as any fluid flows downhill. In much of the Albuquerque metro area, including the balloon park, a north wind of generally less than 10 mph can result.

To see additional illustrations and read more look here.

Plan to Revel in Dia de los Muertos at the Museum of International Folk Art


The Museum of International Folk Art announces its annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, 1–4 pm, Sunday, October 29, 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill.

Celebrated throughout Latin America traditionally on November 2, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. The holiday celebrates the lives of the deceased, particularly family members, with food, drink, dancing, and other activities the dead enjoyed in life. It is thought that at this time, the deceased awaken in spirit and join the living in revelry.

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Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women


U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

Senator Heinrich joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August.

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Real Chill Creeping In

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but snow already? Well, perhaps not in the lower reaches of the Jemez Valley, but up and above 9,000 feet and in the frigid heights of places like the Sangre de Cristos and Raton Pass, where up to 5 inches are possible.

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A Legacy of Brutality

By Matthew J. Barbour


Spaniard feeding children to dogs by Theodor de Bry. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Pivotal to any discussion of Spanish Colonial efforts in the New World is the notion of the “black legend.” Some historians believe that the Spanish are given a bad rap, both by their contemporaries and modern society. They believe the accusations of cannibalism, genocide, and torture made against the Spanish during the 16th and 17th centuries were false or, if not false, isolated incidents promoted and popularized by their rivals.

This is simply not the case. The discovery and colonization of the New World was a brutal affair. While the Spanish were not alone in committing atrocities against Native American peoples, these activities cannot be excused or ignored. The Spanish often wrote of their involvement and justified their actions.

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SCAM ALERT: Craigslist scams hitting the Albuquerque-area


Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn NewMexicans of new scams on Craigslist that have victimized Albuquerque-area residents. One Albuquerque woman reported paying $2,000 to a rent-to-own listing on Craigslist without receiving all the keys—and being locked out of and unable to occupy the house. In another recent instance, a person offered a house for rent and asked for a deposit of earnest money—even though the “seller” did not own the house at all.

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It Was Fun While it Lasted

Early Fall mini-monsoon made up somewhat for absence of full-blown Summer monsoon with swirling brown waters, great puddles to drive through and mud to waddle in and out of. Now, back to the still air, cool mornings and clear skies of what we expect at this time of the year, with the Balloon Fiesta set to enjoy what New Mexico promises each year (but does not always deliver).

Looking back over the past few days:

Gushing and swirling brown liquid at Soda dam.  

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The 60s: Great Dreams or Nightmares



Divine Union, 1970, California. Museum Collection of Yogi Bhajan,Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma.

The way you answer that question may depend on your age, your gender, your geographic location, your income, and your race. The Bay Area, Mississippi, Taos, Greenwich Village, and Chicago tell different stories, with some common threads running through them. For some, it was a time of great promise and renewed social activism; for others, these same activities posed a challenge to the established order and a threat to national security.

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“Tremors” to Film in New Mexico


Tremors is back.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the SYFY television pilot “Tremors,” produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Blumhouse Television, will begin principal photography in Albuquerque at the end of October through the middle of November.

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Digging into the Past at Kuaua

By Ethan O. Ortega, Ranger and Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager


Arrowhead uncovered at Coronado Historic Site, photo by Ethan Ortega.

This summer Coronado Historic Site, the Office of Archaeological Studies, and the Friends of Coronado Historic Site organized a joint effort to perform the first ever comprehensive survey and test excavations of Coronado Historic Site. Entitled “Dig Kuaua,” the project utilized over seventy-five local volunteers and allowed visitors to get close to real archaeology.

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Bandelier Welcomes Artist in Residence for October

By Chris Judson


 Photo NPS

Lisa Grossman, Bandelier National Monument’s Artist in Residence in October.

Bandelier National Monument is happy to introduce this month’s Artist in Residence, Lisa Grossman.  In the two weeks she will be here, she is planning to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. She wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archaeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.

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Stricken Tree in Area 3

By Suzanne Swetnam

This  Douglas Fir tree was struck by lightning this morning on Ponderosa Drive in Area 3, right above the road at the big curve, about 200 yards from our house. It hit about 7:30 a.m.

As you can see, the lightning blew the bark off from the top to the ground. Bark shards are dispersed all over the ground and road.  It was so close that it shorted out our internet modem and the monitoring system for our solar power grid. I heard a popping sound in the house at the same time as the thunder and lightning.

Too close for comfort.

Photos by Suzanne Swetnam