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Some news and activity in the film production scene in New Mexico in the last few days. A current production, “Highway”, is being filmed partly in Moriarty, which makes perfect sense, since there is a highway in Moriarty. But, the NM Film Office also proudly announced that something called “Arizona” has just finished being filmed not just in New Mexico, but even in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Film buffs might recall that one of the big all-time hit movies, the 1955 Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” was shot in Nogales, Arizona. This was described as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. National Film Registry. So if Nogales is more like Oklahoma than Oklahoma is, no doubt Rio Rancho is more like Arizona than Arizona is, which says a lot about Arizona.

Here are some details about the two productions, as provided by the New Mexico Film Office:

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Bandelier Seeking Youth Work Crew Applicants

By Chris Judson
NPS Photo  Bandelier Preservation Corps crew with National Park Service preservationists
 For several summers, crews of young people have done valuable service for Bandelier National Monument, working on trails, archeological sites, and other projects.  The Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps are organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and supervised by park staff. Both crews are now seeking applicants for this summer.

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Jobs and Scholarships Under Consideration at the Legislative Session

Fred, Kristina, Othiamba, and Jennifer



First, the good news: on Friday, the Senate Rules Committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 262, which would create jobs by establishing a transparent, merit-based system for funding New Mexico’s essential public infrastructure projects. The bill, sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) and Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Belen), was drafted by Think New Mexico based on our 2015 report, The Story of the Christmas Tree Bill: Fixing Public Infrastructure Spending in New Mexico.

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Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez

Pueblo of Jemez


Please note the change in the application process:
The Pueblo of Jemez is no longer accepting paper applications for job opportunities. Candidates must apply online at www.jemezpueblo.org. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 834-7359.

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Jemez Ranger District Seeks Fire Fighting Crews



The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is seeking candidates for the Southwest Wildland Fire Fighters Crew (SWFF.) The SWFF crew is composed of A/D positions that work under emergency hire conditions. Applicants must be 18 years or older and be able to pass an arduous pack test.

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Expanded Youth Summer Jobs Program

By Chris Judson



Local partners have banded together to continue a conservation focused service-learning program through The Family YMCA.

“We almost didn’t have a program this year,” said Diana Martinez, Y Senior Program Director. ”The YMCA recently found out there would not be sufficient funding available for the program this summer. When Bandelier National Monument found out about the funding cuts, they approached the YMCA about entering into an agreement to help support the program as one of the monument’s summer youth corps programs.”  Additional support was provided by the Volunteer Task Force, Delle Foundation, Pajarito Trail Fest and the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos (UNMLA). As part of this program, UNMLA and Bandelier staff are putting together a summer college credit course on conservation and land management.

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Big Company Expansion and New Jobs in Bernalillo

By Tiffany Avery
Director of Marketing & Communications


Amfabsteel, Inc. announced today that they are expanding their operations in Bernalillo, adding 43 new positions. Under the same ownership, Phat Steel, Inc. announced they are also growing, adding 20 jobs. These hires will more than double the size of the companies.

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