Sandoval County Spends $62,000 on a Oil And Gas Study They Do Not Plan To Use?


Mike Neas, PLACITAS RESIDENT,, (505) 269-4261


Why is  Sandoval County spending $62,000 to pay for an oil and gas resource assessment of Sandoval County if it does not plan to use it?

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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Issues Gift Card Advisory

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued tips for both givers and receivers of gift cards this holiday season, noting that the use and abuse of gift cards has continued to increase with the increase of online shopping.
“Scammers are out to steal from you, especially during the holiday shopping season. They are ready to prey on your love and generosity for family and friends, so be diligent and protect your money from these thieves,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “Purchasing gift cards as holiday gifts has become increasingly popular, but there are reasons for both the gift-giver and the gift-card-receiver to take care in the transaction.”

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Get Yourself and Your Family Covered

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Beginning this week, New Mexicans can visit our state’s health insurance exchange at to shop for health insurance plans for 2018. If you have questions, you can also call 1-833-862-3935 to talk to an enrollment counselor for free. Coverage options will be available until the open enrollment period ends on December 15.
I am working to ensure that our communities have everything they need to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act. For additional helpful information, I encourage you and your family to visit the Health Care Resources page on my website.
Please make sure all members of your family get covered. If I can be of further assistance to you in enrolling in health coverage – including through New Mexico’s health insurance exchange or through Medicare or Medicaid – please call my office nearest you or write to me.

Magical Abundance

By Jennifer Olson


Before the sun crests over the mesa to shine on the fall foliage, there is a mystical quality in the atmosphere, and the air itself is tinged with gold. It magically holds your soul and reflects the beauty that we are so fortunate to behold. Kinda like the ever-flourishing garden at the Bodhi, as it spews forth the bounty of the land under the ever watchful eye of Walter and the Woofers.

Hosen reported that the market last Saturday was a huge success, with Walter harvesting as it was needed, and people happily carrying off the absolute freshest produce to be had. So, take your smiling selves there again this Saturday, and haul away even more happiness. There is still an abundance of greens of all sorts, broccoli, cauliflower, and whatever else the earth is offering up there. Hosen said there would be quince preserves and yogurt available.

Get your rear in gear and stay on the road to good, healthy eating, starting with Saturday mornings at the Bodhi, 9 til 11. Offer up smiles of gratitude for this magical abundance of beauty and bounty. We all live in a wonderful place.

Stable Mesa Prescribed Burn Begins


Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest started operations on the 1,950-acre Stable Mesa prescribed burn today, blacklining the perimeter of the treatment area.  If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable, the expectation is to complete ignitions this weekend.

The Stable Mesa unit is located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva.

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Global Warming is Cool Again, But…

By R.W.

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) made a dramatic late-night announcement of a second round of changes to New Mexico’s science standards. Under pressure from scientists, educators, parents, students, various organizations, New Mexico’s two US senators and members of the public, the Republican administration backed down from some previously held positions and agreed  to restore references to evolution, global warming, and the age of the Earth that had been removed from the state’s proposed science education standards.

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New Archaeological Report on Jemez Historic Site Available Now

By Matthew J. Barbour


Rooms excavated at Jemez Historic Site in 1965, photo courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture-Laboratory of Anthropology.

Giusewa: Laurens C. Hammack’s 1965 Excavations for the Visitor Center Water Line at Jemez Historic Site, Sandoval County, New Mexico, by Regge N. Wiseman, was published October 13 by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico. The report details the excavation of six rooms at Giusewa Pueblo. These rooms were occupied by the Jemez people during the seventeenth century and revealed a plethora of artifacts and features associated with pueblo life under the Franciscan Mission of San Jose.

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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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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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All over?…

Entrance to the “fire zone” off Forest Road 376 yesterday. Rising smoke visible beyond skyline.

Julie Anne Overton, Acting Public Affairs Officer for the Santa Fe National Forest issued this final sounding press release concerning the Deer Creek Fire:

Crews on the Santa Fe National Forest have completed fire operations on the 1,022-acre Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).  The lightning-caused wildfire on Peggy Mesa gave fire managers the opportunity to capitalize on a natural ignition to provide long-term benefits to the fire-adapted ecosystem.

Objectives for the fire included:

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Not For Distribution, but…

By R.W.

 Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

It took U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke nearly four months to declare which protected U.S. public lands to “unprotect”, and to open them to commercial activities. The act, protecting these lands, was signed into law in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, has, according to Secretary Zinke, allowed both Republican and Democratic presidents to “overreach”, as he put it, in designating these lands.

In the last 110 years, sixteen presidents, including eight Republicans and eight Democrats, have used the act to designate national monuments. But now, in a turning tide, sitting at opposite ends of New Mexico the Rio Grande del Norte near Taos and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces are up for review in the report Zinke sent to President Donald Trump.

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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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 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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