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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 Yes, We Have Some Potatoes

By Jennifer Olson


And, they come in patriotic colors – red, white and purple.

We also have beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, cucumbers, eggs, greens, herbs, honey, onions peppers, radishes, spinach, squash of all kinds, tomatoes, turnips and possibly pecans, peaches or some other such wonderful surprises.

We will also have artwork, balms, cards, granola, jams, jewelry, soaps and wristees, plus whatever else shows up at the market. I guess you’ll just have to come and find out for yourself. Be prepared for lots of smiles and ready to throw them right back at the senders.

And, don’t forget to have fun – the veggies like that, and will be easier to digest.

A Little Hiccup (Note from the Editor, R.W.)

I am currently enjoying a brief respite from being “connected” to the world, and apologize to anyone who needed information that I am in the habit of posting. I will now continue to blunder around in the wilds of the American Southwest, perhaps sneaking in a few photo essays and odd bits of notices sent to me  at wired moments over the next few days.

The 2016 Consumer Confidence Report for the Canon Mutual Domestic Water Association is Available for Viewing

By Wayne Punjak

The Canon Water Association Consumer Confidence Report CMDWA Board is pleased to announce availability of the 2016 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report, prepared annually, is designed to provide details about where the association’s water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. It is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.

We are committed to providing you with information because informed members are our best allies. Members may request a copy of the 2016 CCR by emailing or calling (575) 834-7853. Copies are also posted at the Jemez Valley Community Center in Canon, the Jemez Valley Credit Union, the Jemez Valley Medical Clinic, and Post Offices in Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo and San Ysidro, and on the CMDWA Facebook page. Thanks!

Hazardous Weather Outlook for Jemez Area


Update: This forecast was issued at about 2:00 p.m. and is no longer up. Also, the hazardous weather warning has been removed from the regular National Weather Service forecast site.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of north and central New Mexico that includes he Jemez area. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain along the western portion of the Thompson Ridge burn scar. Up to 1.35 inches of rain has fallen in the last 30 minutes near Sulphur Springs. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. This may impact the Thompson Ridge burn scar including but not limited to Sulphur Creek Road, Sulphur Springs, Freelove Canyon, Mormon Canyon, Deer Canyon, Valles Caldera Preserve Headquarters, Redondo Creek, and Redondo Peak area.

Gathering Monsoon Both Decreases and Increases Fire Danger

A couple of lightning caused fires that have broken out currently suggest a different pattern of fire danger emerging. The forests are still dry and ready to ignite at any carelessly flicked cigarette butt or abandoned campfire, but the recent weather has brought with it some increased moisture in the forests together with instances of dry lightning storms.

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Join a Forest Service Archaeologist to Explore a Unique Piece of Pre-History on Glorieta Mesa.  

By Julie Anne Overton


Predating written language, petroglyphs give us a glimpse into the lives of ancient people who shared their stories, ideas and plans by carving onto rock surfaces.

Typically found in caves or on cliff walls, rock art is prevalent throughout the Southwest where arid climates have helped preserve them.  Dating to roughly 4000 to 3300 B.C., the Glorieta Mesa panels are unique because they were carved onto horizontal surfaces.

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Throw a Couple of Cherries on Top

By Jennifer Olson


This week at the Farmers Market, besides our fabulous regulars, Dave will be bringing his knife sharpening equipment (he’ll be here the 8th and the 22nd) and Karen will bring blackberries!

We are all eagerly anticipating fresh tomatoes, but with this heat those dang things kinda go on strike and refuse to grow. So, we all have to be patient and dance, drum, sing, stomp or pray for RAIN to quench this heat and let the tomatoes flow. But on the other hand, amazingly, we have fresh greens, beets, carrots, herbs, onions, garlic, zuchinni, choys, lettuce, carrots. radishes, honey, spinach, rhubarb, arugala. collards, flowers, eggs, balms, yogurt and MORE.

As I write this, I’m even impressed. So dig out your dull knives and get your smiles ready to share and show up this Saturday for some of the finest produce and company to be had. See you there.

13 White Male Republicans Make an Offer

By R.W.

The government has just announced a scheme to make cuts to health programs for the poor and middle classes, and give huge tax reductions for the wealthy. It proposes to dramatically cut and restructure Medicaid and eventually lead to another 23 million Americans to lose any health insurance whatsoever. This will allow to finance a broad tax cut for the rich with billions of dollars pulled from Medicaid.

The biggest tax cut is to individuals earning more than $200,000 a year or to married couples with combined incomes of more than $250,000 and applies mostly to the taxation of investment income. This tax is repealed retroactively, to return to rich families tax money they paid over the last year.

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From Palestine to New Mexico: Connecting Environment, Science, Human Rights and Peace

By Alan Wagman


Albuquerque Jewish Voice for Peace and Friends of Sabeel ABQ invite you to hear from Palestinian scientist, environmental activist, agitator, and conflict resolution specialist, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 pm., at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande NW, Albuquerque.

Drawing from his experience as a Professor at Bethlehem University and the Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, Dr. Qumsiyeh will speak on the connections between science and peace, environmental justice and human rights, climate and conflict resolution, Israel and Palestine.

For more information, contact

Dogs Welcome on Santa Fe NF, But Owners Have Responsibilities

By Julie Anne Overton


Last week, a visitor to the Santa Fe National Forest was resting on a rock by the trail after hiking up Tesuque Peak Road from the Aspen Vista Picnic Site.  His idyllic afternoon took a turn for the worse when an 80-pound pit bull – running free – charged him with teeth bared.  The hiker had the wherewithal to thrust his walking stick between his face and the dog’s jaws.  Then the dog took another try, knocking the 74-year-old 150-pound man off the rock.

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Hikers Lost in the Jemez

Update 9:25 p.m.: Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office says its Air Unit assisted the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office with locating 3 stranded hikers in the forest area near Jemez, it was originally believed one person may have died. They made no confirmation of this; their announcement so far carried no details of the hikers’ condition.

As of 8:20 p.m. there have been no updates on this story in any New Mexico publications. This story  is confusing since Sandoval County Sheriff’s Departament is also reported to have been conducting a similar search near Mount Taylor for three hikers, one of whom is reported to have died. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) issued this statement, presumably referring to the situation in the Jemez:

BCSO Metro Air Unit will be launching in reference to a search and rescue call for Sandoval County. Five people are stranded. One person had a heart attack and the others may be suffering from dehydration. BCSO will assist fire and rescue in locating the subjects and shuttling personnel.


A rescue operation is going on somewhere in the Jemez, where five hikers are reported to be lost. The report is very unclear, and says that they are lost near Jemez Pueblo, but this could mean somewhere in the mountains near the reservation. One of the hikers is reported to have suffered a heart attack, which implies that the sheriff’s deputies conducting the search have contact with the group, but are unable to locate them.

A sheriff’s office helicopter shuttling rescue personnel to and from the area may be visible over the valley.




Forest Service Offers On Site Demonstrations to Explain Treatments to Restore Forest Health

By Julie Anne Overton



Members of the public are invited to join Forest Service specialists on a field trip to the La Jara Phase III project area on Friday, May 5, 2017, to learn about planned treatments to restore forest health and protect the La Jara watershed from catastrophic wildfire.

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Fire Weather Watch


A warmer day is on tap, with above normal highs and plenty of sunshine. Winds will be on the uptrend as well, as a Pacific storm
system approaches from over the Great Basin.

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Mammal Alert

By R.W.


Are you a large mammal?

All large mammals in the Jemez should report to the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service.  A grant of $100,000 has just been awarded to assess your response to forest management in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. A GPS collar will be placed around your throat where it will remain through at least 2019 pending continued funding availability.

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Dirty Dozen Tax Scams


IRS Wraps Up the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2016
IR-2016-29, Feb. 19, 2016 — The IRS today wrapped up its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with identity theft topping this year’s list but with phone scams and phishing schemes also deserving special mention.

Frivolous Tax Arguments Completes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season IR-2016-27, Feb. 17, 2016 – The IRS today finished its 2016 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes.

Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits is on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-23, Feb. 12, 2016 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits on their returns, which is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2016 filing season.

Inflated Refund Claims Again Made the IRS Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-18, Feb. 8, 2016 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season.

Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-15, Feb. 3, 2016 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information, also known as “phishing.”

Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season
IR-2016-14, Feb. 2, 2016 — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, the IRS announced today.

Identity Theft an Ongoing Concern on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid
IR-2016-12, Feb. 1, 2016 — The IRS today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime as the first scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.

Dirty Dozen Tax Scams 2015
The IRS issued a list of the top scams for 2015.


Words of Warning from the IRS



The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for 2017.

“Exercise caution when a return preparer promises an extremely large refund or one based on credits or benefits you’ve never been able to claim before,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The “Dirty Dozen,” an annual list compiled by the IRS, outlines common scams that taxpayers may encounter. These schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire others to help with their taxes. Scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.


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