Udall, Luján Address Health Issues for Urban Native Americans

U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL AND U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJÁN

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Senator Tom Udall.

 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run facilities. All three types of facilities are available in New Mexico.

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Three New Exhibitions Open at Newly-Refurbished Museum of Art

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

Laura Gilpin, Campo Santo at El Valle, 1961, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in

 

The New Mexico Museum of Art launches its Centennial year celebration Saturday, November 25, after being closed more than two months for a significant renovation.  Three new exhibitions opened as New Mexico’s first Museum sets out on its second century.

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Expanded Schedule for Bugg Lights Opening Night

RAIL RUNNER EXPRESS

Join us on Saturday, November 25 for the opening night of the Bugg Lights display at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. This free, family-friendly event will feature a dazzling array of holiday lights, beautifully decorated trees, and whimsical characters at the Harvey House, as well as a parade and holiday festival on Belen’s Main Street!

Expanded Schedule & Free Shuttles! Visitors from north of Belen are encouraged to take the Rail Runner. There will be an additional southbound train for the event, as well as free shuttles.

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Bandelier Open on Thanksgiving, November 23, and Celebrating OptOutside on Friday, November 24 

By Chris Judson
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, on Thursday, November 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 AM – 3 PM.  Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.

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Ranger Ethan Ortega is now the Historic Site Instructional Coordinator

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager

 CORONADO & JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES

After an exhaustive search, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ranger Ethan Ortega, has been selected as the new Instructional Coordinator. He replaces Instructional Coordinator Sharon Walker who departed Coronado Historic Site on June 15. During her relatively brief two-year tenure, Ms. Walker visited over 50 public schools and published 11 lesson plans utilizing Common Core State Standards for literacy.

The role, as envisioned for Mr. Ortega, is quite a bit different from the one Ms. Walker held. He will not only service Coronado Historic Site, but the entire Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites. It will include duties both at Jemez and Los Luceros (situated in Acalde, New Mexico). Mr. Ortega will work in tandem with Jemez Instructional Coordinator Marlon Magdalena on public outreach and digital media promoting the sites. However, Coordinator Ortega’s primary role –at least initially- will be on re-imagining the exhibits at Jemez Historic Site.

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PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

PEEC was one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left.

 

The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed their first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, November 9, at EEANM’s 2017 Environmental Literacy Summit. “EEANM is a valuable resource and community for our state and we are honored to be recognized by them,” said Niklasson.

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New Mexico is in a State of Emergency due to the Opioid Crisis

Hector Balderas

State of New Mexico Attorney General 

 

Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late yesterday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable. The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis. On average, over 500 New Mexicans die annually of a drug overdose, and approximately 70% of those deaths resulted from either opioid pain relievers or heroin. In more than a third of NM counties, over 80 of every 100 citizens has a prescription for opioids.

“New Mexico is in a state of emergency due to the opioid crisis that is ravaging our families, law enforcement agencies, healthcare system and economy,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

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Thanksgiving Schedule for NM Rail Runner Express & Rio Metro Buses

Railrunner and Rio Metro

Thanksgiving Day (11/23/17): There will be no Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.

Day After Thanksgiving (11/24/17): The Rail Runner will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Rio Metro bus service.

See the Holiday Schedule

Bus Connections:

North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD): No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving with the exception of the Mountain Trail bus. (website)

New Mexico Park & Ride: No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving. (website)

Santa Fe Trails: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (website)

ABQ RIDE: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving. (website)

 

Risky Changes to NM Public Health On Tap at State Water Commission Hearing

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER

           

This media alert came in late, just after 5 p.m., perhaps too late for most people with an interest in the matter to react, but, better late than never, here it is:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. MT

WHERE: Room 317, State Capitol Building | 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

WHO: — Impacted residents of New Mexico’s “Dairy Row” — Members of the Citizen Dairy Coalition, the community group Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, and the organizations Amigos Bravos, & Gila Resources Information Project   — Representatives of the Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter

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Still Abuzz, After All These Months

Photos R.W.

I know, official winter doesn’t begin for well over a month yet, and most folks in the Jemez have already had their first season-closing freeze and are all set for their long dark chill ’till late March, early April, while here, we nestled up in the warm glow of red earth and red rocks you see no smoke rising from our chimneys,  it’s still Summer, late Summer perhaps, no decent banana crop ’till climate change gets a good hold, but the air dense with more bugs than through all the past months of this year, doing what they do with their loads of pollen buzzing from flower to flower and birds gasping for a sip from the bowl of fresh well water provided for their comfort in this bit of a drought, drought lite, but growing, sharing it with the odd chipmunk, rabbit, even the occasional lizard or the neighbor’s cat.

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Institute of American Indian Arts November 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program

THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS

Athena LaTocha.

The Institute of American Indian Arts(IAIA) continues their series of month-long artist residencies at the school which began in August, 2015 and announces the Artist-in-Residence Schedule of Activities for November 2017. Native and First Nations artists were selected to come to Santa Fe to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program includes public receptions and artist talks from each of the artists. A selection committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed applications for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program and selected artists for the 2017 sessions.

The November A-i-R artists are: Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe),
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Brown (Koyukan Athabascan), and
Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).

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The Basin in Our Corner

Photo Courtesy EcoFlight

Oil and gas production sites in the Four Corners.

An entry in EcoFlight describes in word and images the San Juan Basin, which has contributed more than eight percent of the nation’s current natural gas supply. Our area has produced more than 370 million barrels of oil and nearly 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  There are currently more than 20,000 producing wells with a prediction of up to 5,000 additional wells targeting natural gas in the upcoming years.

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Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest: the Lama Foundation

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM

 

Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June 2017-February 2018 for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.

Siddiq Hans von Briesen, the brother of Lama Foundation cofounder Barbara Durkee, was an early communard at Lama. Von Briesen will speak about the commune’s evolution over its fifty years.

Lama Foundation sits in a forested area at 8,800 feet on the western aspect of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range north of Taos, New Mexico. In 1967 local artist Herman “the hermit” Rednick found a piece of land with a natural spring and encouraged Steve and Barbara Durkee and Jonathan Altman to establish their alternative-living effort there. The Durkees had been living in Garnerville, New York, where their social circle of artists had become known for psychedelic light shows and experiments with LSD. Drawn to nature, the two ventured to the Southwest in search of an idyllic place to situate a new commune. Shortly after founding Lama, they imposed a rule forbidding the use of illegal drugs on the property. As a result, some original numbers decamped immediately. Gradually the commune flourished as the residents constructed uniquely impressive buildings and devoted themselves to spiritual practice from every persuasion. Lama Foundation is one of very few of the communes that remain in the northern Rio Grande Watershed.

Heinrich’s Bipartisan Legislation To Prohibit the Exporting of Sacred Native American Items

UNITED STATES SENATE

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. November 8, 2017.

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Can Get One Free

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.

As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov.  Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit.  The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23, 2017.  Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

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Of Big Oil and Gas in Sandoval County

By Anita Amstutz

 

Jobs, jobs, jobs. It’s the rallying cry of our time. And why not? Right livelihood brings self respect, good wages, and ability to take care of one’s own and participate in the human community. Unfortunately the public is continually handed the tired myth that we must have jobs at any cost. Ultimatums and lame excuses frame an either or proposition.

Recently the citizenry of Rio Rancho and surrounding communities of Sandoval County saw this golden calf paraded out again by the County Commissioners and the oil and gas industry—-we must bow down to the sacred, hungry machinery of big oil and gas or else we will not have jobs, jobs, jobs.

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Winners of the 2017 Filmmakers Announced

NEW MEXICO STATE FILM OFFICE

 

New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the winners of the 2017 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place November 4 & 5, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The following winners were announced in seven (7) categories:

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New Mexicans Deliver Their Methane Comments

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB

On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and in Santa Fe, New Mexicans delivered comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices. The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.

“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy. We can clean up our air here in the center of the nation’s biggest methane cloud, and the state of New Mexico AND the oil and gas industry can make money plugging their leaks and eliminating waste,” said Katee McClure, Aztec city commissioner. “Capture the escaping methane; use it as an energy source and make money for the state. Clean up the air and create jobs for our community.”

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Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed

Julie Anne Overton 
Acting Public Affairs Officer, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 13.

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New Mexicans Gear Up to Confront Interior Secretary Zinke Over the Air We Breathe

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB

The San Juan Basin, our  neighboring methane gas producing area.

 

Parents, faith leaders and elected officials will gather at BLM offices statewide Monday to deliver comments opposing another attempt to undermine a key BLM safeguard that would reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

New Mexico citizens have commented in overwhelming support of these rules again and again. The two-year delay proposed would undermine public health and royalty income to New Mexico and allow oil and gas companies to continue leaking methane and other toxic pollution into the air we breathe. New Mexicans will deliver comments in person on the last day of the BLM’s public-comment period on the proposed delay.

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New Mexico Museum of Art Reopens with New Exhibitions

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

Photo  Blair Clark

Karl Baden, Untitled (Selective Tones), 1983

Split-toned gelatin silver print, from negative with applied cliché-verre, 12 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.

 

Photo Jamey Stillings 
Susan York, Floating Column, 2008

Solid graphite.  Collection of the Lannan Foundation

After being closed since mid-September for an extensive renovation, on the 25th of this month the New Mexico Museum of Art reopens launching its Centennial year celebration. Two exhibitions, one,  Contact: Local to Global, highlights some world famous leading figures in art who have lived and worked in the region, and the other, Shifting Light : Photographic Perspectives,  a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s engagement with photography.

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Conference to Discuss Solving New Mexico’s Child Poverty Program

Sharon Kayne

NEW MEXICO VOICES FOR CHILDREN

With the aim of bringing together local stakeholders to discuss ways to solve the state’s child poverty crisis, NM Voices for Children and Ngage NM are hosting a KIDS COUNT Conference in Las Cruces on Nov. 9, 2017. The conference will focus on child well-being in the southern part of the state, particularly early childhood care and education, and encourage discussion about the impact on children in New Mexico of the changing political landscape – both nationally and locally as to the state prepares to elect a new governor.

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¡COLORES! EPISODE FEATURING FRIDA KAHLO – HER PHOTOSCURATOR PABLO ORTIZ MONASTERIO

…and other upcoming events at the UNM Art Museum.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Episode Airs Saturday, November 4, 4:00pm

New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV
Tune into ¡COLORES! New Mexico PBS to watch an interview with the curator of “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos.  In this segment Pablo Ortiz-Monasterio shares how these photographs, which lay hidden in the Frida Kahlo Museum for over 50 years, expand our understanding of her life and art.
¡COLORES! is a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit. The series features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

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Celebrating the Return of the Jemez Post Heavy Drinkers Invade Red Rocks Back Yard

Photos by R.W.

After a  sustained glitch, the Jemez Post lurches back onto the internet, still slightly dazed and not quite sure what really happened. Testing the waters, literally, here are some characters, signalling seasonal change, who, put out by the recent drought-like conditions jostle by a constantly refilled bowl of water. Anyone identifying some of these, especially the small one with all the white on its face, will be appreciated.

Yes, this one in the foreground.

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New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Next Weekend

NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE

New Mexico Film Office announced the 2017 NM Filmmakers Showcase awards ceremony, panel of 2016 winners and free screenings will be held in Albuquerque, NM. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center/Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

The NM Filmmakers Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from New Mexico residents from around the State. The Saturday (11/4) evening awards ceremony will announce the winners of each category and will also include a panel discussion with the 2016 NM Filmmaker Showcase winners (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm). On Sunday (11/5) afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) we will screen the winning films in their entirety.

Below (Continue Reading) are a list of nominees and this year we are excited to include a “Wild Card” award. The “Wild Card” award is a submitted film receiving the highest judges score outside of the top nominees.

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