First Blocks Placed in Pueblo of Jemez Subdivision


Tribal, federal, state and dignitaries, staff and guests set the first blocks on the demonstration house at Pueblo Place at a ceremony on Monday, August 7. Governor Joseph Toya welcomed the group and offered the opening prayer.

“This is the foundation,” he said. “As we build houses, we build our community.”

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Santa Clara Artist Rose B. Simpson, Revives Ancient Arts With Contemporary Context

Cecilia Wainright,


Rose Simpson, daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, will be the artist in residence at the Aztec Ruins National Monument.


Internationally recognized multi-media artist and sculptor Rose Simpson, has been announced as National Parks Arts Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence at Aztec Ruins National Monument, by the patronage of the National Parks Arts Foundation and NPS. Perpetuating the honorable tradition of familial importance, her mother, renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic artist Roxanne Swentzell, will be working alongside Simpson at times, during the residency. A free celebratory showcasing and dinner will display traditionally thrown and fired pottery, completed while in residence at the park, along with a not-to-be-missed lecture regarding her artistic career will be held at the Aztec Ruins National Monument Visitor Center Auditorium on September 16th at 6 p.m., and will be open to the public. A full listing of public engagements can be found below.
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New MexicoTribes Receive $660,000 for Historic Preservation


U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state. This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of$58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.

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Frida Kahlo – Her Photos



The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents the international traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo – Her Photos. The exhibition opening is on Friday Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will feature a rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs. This exhibition was curated from a collection of 6500 images that lay hidden in the Blue House for 50 years, and offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life and work of a beloved cultural icon.

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Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez


Candidates must apply online at

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 834-7359. 


Medical Records Clerk, Regular, Full-Time

Forestry Laborer, Temporary, Full-Time

Fitness Trainer, Regular, Full-Time

Childcare Worker, Temporary, Part-Time

Compliance Officer, Regular, Full-Time

Youth Center Assistant, Regular, Full-Time

Personal Care Attendant/Caregiver, Temporary, Part-Time

Personal Care Attendant/Caregiver, Temporary, Full-Time

Technical Writer, Regular, Full-Time

Medical Billing Specialist, Regular, Full-Time

Coding Technical Specialist, Regular, Full-Time

Medical Assistant, Regular, Full-Time

Judith Isaacs Presents Rock Art of Utah

By Judith Isaacs
Many of you know that Southwest archaeology has been my hobby for many years. Starting in the 1980s, John and I hiked hundreds of miles to seek out Ancestral Puebloan ruins and rock art throughout the Four Corners, mostly in SE Utah. Please join me in the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. for a program titled “Rock Art of Utah” sponsored by Friends of the Library.  I will share photos and stories of some of my favorite sites.
Hope to see you there –- and bring a friend. 

Please note location change from earlier announcement: from the library conference room to Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.  Same time and day:  2 p.m. Saturday.

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

By Chris Judson


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Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew.

Recently, a graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their ten weeks of summer work.  The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.  All three crews worked hard outdoors, learning to use hand tools, assessing the best approaches for needed work, and perhaps most importantly, working together with other crew members and supervisors.

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Are You a Stone Monkey?

By Sandra West


 Join Forest Altherr for a presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite.

At the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22 Forest Altherr will talk about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite. The presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.
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Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rugs on Show and for Sale at Bandelier

By Chris Judson


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Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. 


From Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show. It will be presented from 9 AM to 5 PM each day at the park Visitor Center.

Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell’s trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 AM and 2 PM each day.

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Gilman Tunnels Are Back

It took a while, somewhat close to what the Forest Service predicted, but at last the tunnels over the Rio Guadalupe have reopened. It is hard to tell what has been removed; I will need to dig deep into my photo archives and do a before-and-after study. A casual glance up above still gives that slightly uncomfortable feeling that any moment a rock will tumble down on me, but then what do I know about the subtle science of granite rock stabilization.

What makes the most impact are the piles of granite lining the sides and the wonderful absence of graffiti. Even the guardrails have been cleaned; let’s hope this lasts for a while.

As good as new, just the rail track missing.

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They’re Out to Kill and Maim Us All

By R.W.

Are these the bizarre ramblings of unhinged conspiracy theorists: the majority of U.S. politicians is in a pact with criminal organizations to kill and disable untold numbers of Americans?

Not at all. Of course this is true.

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Bad Day for Bad Bird

At the top of the news this weekend: forces of nature (Physics,  centrifugal forces, mostly) thwart  theft.

Please identify bird below and send information to either comments on this page or in Facebook.


At first all went well, and Bad Bird (BB) got a few deeply drawn sucks of nectar. 


But then, something strange began to happen…

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Reward for Information on Elk Poaching

By Chris Judson


Bandelier rangers offer reward for information on elk poaching.

Between the evening of August 3rd and morning of August 4th 2017,  an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument.  Evidence was collected at the scene and some parts of the poached elk were taken by the suspects.  The incident occurred along Highway 4 near milepost 44 near Cerro Grande. The elk was on the south side of the road.  If you observed a vehicle stopped along the road during this time, Bandelier law enforcement rangers want to know about it.

If you have any information you believe may be related, please call 505-672-3861 extension 401 or 402. Bandelier National Monument is offering a reward of $3,000 for information leading to the prosecution of those involved.

It’s Happening Now

By Jennifer Olson


The bounty of the harvest is an overflowing cornucopia of delights. And our market is bringing it all to you. Let me see if I can list some of the bounty.


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The Sky Will Flicker (If Only That Moon and Those Clouds Will Go Away)

The big show in the sky is just a couple of days away. The Perseids meteor shower is due to peak on the 12th of this month, with most streaks in the sky occurring between midnight and dawn on the mornings of August 12 and 13, though the morning of August 11 might be not too shabby either.

A problem this year will be the bright moon on each of those mornings. Meteor watchers advise to gaze at the sky before the moonrise, but the best meteor showers normally happen between midnight and dawn. Try to position yourself in the shadow of the moon, and if observing the sky with companions, assign sections of the sky to each other to alert one another to any Perseids streaking up there.

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See Who’s Hiring in Sandoval County

Employers with the most job openings:

Click on the name of the organization for more information.

Convergys: 140
Bank of America: 70
Alliance Data: 24
Rio Rancho Public Schools: 23
Amfabsteel: 18 (email resume)
PCM: 18
UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center: 12
City of Rio Rancho: 8
Phat Steel: 6 (email resume)
Hyatt: 5


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Why are the Sirens Blaring Along the Highway All Day Long (See Final Update)

Update 3:  The incident ended last night with Sandoval County sheriff’s deputies arresting a man wanted for a probation violation who barricaded himself in a house in Sierra los Pinos. The response, witnessed to some degree by travellers on NM Highway 4, involved  a New Mexico State Police tact team, an NMSP bomb team and an Albuquerque Police Department SWAT unit all of whom worked with the Sandoval County sheriff’s office. These folks spent all day arriving at the site, scattering traffic onto the highway shoulders as they came, but the suspect, after being held at bay for most of the day, still managed to escape from the house and was only apprehended by a K-9 unit in the woods afterwards. He is reported to have suffered minor injuries.
Thank you Stan Wilson of KOB TV for information about the incident, before it was available anywhere else. 
Update 2: A report on KOB TV now identifies the area as Sierra los Pinos, not Thompson Ridge, as previously reported. The identity of the wanted person or what he is wanted for has not been revealed.
Update: CODE RED  issued
According to Stan Wilson of KOB TV, NM State Police and Sandoval County Sheriffs have issued a code red alert advising residents of the Thompson Ridge area of the Jemez mountains to stay in their homes. Travel on local roads may be restricted. There is an armed individual barricaded in his home in the area with an unknown number of firearms.
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Every kind of emergency vehicle, including state police, ambulances and negotiating teams have been tearing along NM Highway 4 since this morning, and heading up into the mountains. However, neither the state police nor any of the local TV news sources have given detailed information.
According to Stan Wilson of KOB TV who has spoken with NM State Police, the police are executing a search warrant  somewhere, someplace up there in an unspecified location in the Jemez area.
Wilson also noted that the State Police stated that no evacuations have been ordered.

Travellers to Santa Fe have reported seeing armoured vehicles on the highway. It is not clear if this has any connection with the events in the Jemez.

Stay tuned.

Area Fishing Conditions by New Mexico Trout President

Jerry Burton, President



The monsoon season is here and it often makes for some difficult fly fishing for trout. After a downpour a stream may become so turbid that the trout cannot see a fly on the surface. What to do? You can try to fish a dark nymph on the edges of the current or call it a day. It is also the wrong time to be out in an open meadow where you and your lightning rod (fly rod) are the tallest thing. When I was guiding clients I would tell them that when I said “wrap them up and let’s get back to the vehicle” I was making the call and expected them to do it, no questions.

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Talent alone isn’t enough.  If you want to make a living making art, if you want to succeed as an independent artist–or in ANY business–consider studying business at IAIA.  In our courses you will gain a solid foundation in business and financial skills, along with plenty of personal attention in our small classes Our instructors are experienced in teaching AND in running businesses, so there is plenty of practical, hands-on, real life teaching.

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Restoration and Replacement Projects in Frijoles Canyon

By Chris Judson


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These ladders leading to Alcove House are among the ones that will be replaced. 


For anyone who has ever wondered if the ladders leading up the cliffs in Bandelier National Monument are replaced regularly, the answer is yes.  And the proof will be easily seen this fall, when the park maintenance and preservation crews will replace the long ladders leading up to Alcove House, as well as the shorter ones that provide access to the smaller caves in the cliffs. As might be expected, that means that the ladders will occasionally be closed during the work.

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Santa Fe NF Declares Cow Fire Out

By Dianne Berry


Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out today at noon.

The fire started on July 18th in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire.  Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres.  The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was located about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, on Twitter @SantaFeNF and For additional information, contact the Pecos Ranger District at 505.757.6121.

Join Local Expert for Monthly Wildflower Walk

By Sandra West


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On Monday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m., join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing on September 11th before the chill of fall sets in! Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.

The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, to carpool to the trailhead.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call (505) 662-0460.

Some Hogans and Other Structures on the Rez

Photos R.W.

The Navajo Reservation stretches across a variety of landscapes, but what leaves the most lasting impression for me is the vastness, the vast emptiness, and the amazing setting for human habitation that this presents. People often live in isolated clusters of structures without another cluttering up the horizon. These are on occasion decent enough homes, but most often pictures of desperate poverty: a trailer, hogan and outhouse, and surrounded by vehicles in various degrees of completeness.

This is poverty that seems not to belong in this country, and yet it sits amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery on the continent, a site visited by millions of tourists from all over the world, who take away a picture of the U.S., a land of extreme wealth and poverty, and of a desperate struggle for survival amongst stunning beauty.

The stunning beauty of sites like Canyon de Chelly, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are rare on this planet, and the fact that a people live among all this grandeur gives them an air of being blessed with extraordinary privilege that denies any hardship that their circumstances might bring.

Welcome to some shots taken from a moving vehicle:

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The Effects of Climate Change on Hummingbird Populations 

By Sandra West


On Saturday, August 12th, researcher Bob Walker will lead two groups, one at 7:30 AM and one at 9:30 AM, to the hummingbird monitoring site in Bandelier National Monument. This location is one of a network of sites in the Western U.S. that tracks the impact of climate change on the movement and behavior of hummingbirds. To join one of the groups, visit to register. This is a free program offered by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

These tours will start from the Los Alamos Nature Center and carpool to the site. The first hummingbird monitoring session will meet at 7:30 AM and the second will meet at 9:30 AM. Registration is required for this event, and admission is free. This program is open to individuals ages 12 and older.

For more information about these and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, and to register for the count, visit, email or call (505) 662-0460.

Sandoval County Gained $1.6 Billion in Wealth Between 1992 and 2015

By Tiffany Avery, Director of Marketing & Communications


Sandoval County gained $1.6 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) from 1992-2015, making it one of only two counties in New Mexico to increase in wealth during that time, according to the US Census Bureau and the IRS Division of Statistics. Of the $1.6 billion, most came from neighboring communities: $566 million from Bernalillo County, $85 million from Santa Fe County, and $26 million from Los Alamos County. An additional $65 million moved to Sandoval from California: $44 million from Los Angeles County and $21 million from Orange County.

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Your Voices Matter

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich


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Ensuring a free and open internet is essential for New Mexico businesses and internet users to access broadband on an even playing field. As a staunch supporter of net neutrality, I believe the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must have strong, enforceable rules. The internet must remain open and conducive to free expression, innovation, and competition, not a tiered system based on financial relationships with internet service providers.

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