Grasshopper Bait Available

By Jennifer Olson



There has been a scourge of grasshoppers plaguing our valley over the past several years.  If unabated, they come out of the ground when it warms up and eat anything and everything you’re trying to grow.

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Fire in the Jemez

By Thomas W. Swetnam, Regents’ Professor of Dendrochronology, Emeritus



Photo: Archeology Southwest.

The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds of homes, and the burned-out forest landscapes that are now slowly recovering. The long-term history of the Jemez, however, includes a rich interplay of humans, forests and fires spanning many centuries. Despite what we have witnessed in recent decades, for the most part, the long-term history is one of co-existence — of people and fire living together, sustainably.

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Retablos and Bultos in Walatowa High

Story and Photos by Troy Meek, Art Teacher


Walatowa High Charter School held a very successful workshop attended by 9th, 10th and 11th graders, presented by Rhonda Crespin. A resident of Jemez Springs for many years, she is well known and collected for her Bultos, or round 3D hand carved devotional artworks, and for her Retablos, which are flat paintings on wood.

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Recapping the 2017 Legislative Session

By Fred, Kristina, Othiamba, and Jennifer


Food Tax Defeated Once Again

Yet again this year there was a serious effort to reimpose the food tax. Along with three stand-alone food tax bills, the comprehensive tax reform package (House Bill 412) initially proposed to reimpose the food tax.

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Food Pantries in the Jemez Valley


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If you or someone you know is struggling with adequate food resources or food security, you should know that there are three food pantries in the Jemez Valley that provide help. Jemez Helping Hands stocks and facilitates a food pantry at Jemez Pueblo. Contact Louise Bradley at 834-0402, Susan Minter at 829-3912, or Sharon Palma at 829-3185 for more information about access.

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Jemez Contributions to Native American Easel Art


By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager



Deborah Ellis, Docent


Painting by Vidal Casiquito Jr.


In the early twentieth century, a group of Native American artists gained recognition for producing portable paintings depicting traditional cultural practices and life experiences. Known as “easel paintings,” these works reflected a new form of artistic expression for Native Americans in New Mexico. The paintings were illustrated in a distinct two-dimensional graphic style, primarily using opaque water colors. The works of two artists from Jemez Pueblo are on display before you.

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“Dark Money” Bill Headed for Governor’s Signature

By Dede Feldman




The NM Senate today concurred with the House of Representatives on two bills sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth to update the NM election code. One will require greater transparency from large independent donors and the other will require accountability from candidates using the state’s public financing system.

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Glancing Down

Photos by R.W.

Does this look familiar? Squint to see the elk herds.


Most readers must have noticed that ever since I’ve been abducted by aliens I have somewhat slowed down posting. However, now I’m back at the keyboard and will make entries based on what people send me over the next few weeks until I return to the Land of Enchantment. These images taken from the airborne craft are the last I saw of our fair land. It looks just as intriguing from up on high as it does from ground level.

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Almost Full, for the Last Time This Winter

Photo R.W.

The moon rising over the west facing side of Guadalupe Mesa last night.


East Coast Native Americans called the March full moon the Full Worm Moon, to mark when the frozen ground begins to soften enough for early earthworms to wriggle to near the surface.  In different zones and cultures it went by as the Sap Moon, Crow moon, Moon of Winds, Lenten Moon, Storm Moon, Chaste Moon or even Crayfish Moon and more.

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More Bighorn Sheep Relocated in the Jemez


Bighorn sheep.


They’re back to  where they belong. More Bighorn sheep have just been shipped to the Jemez Mountains by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The latest group, 34 strays from the Wheeler Peak herd, has joined a herd of 45 or so in the Cochiti Canyon area that were released there in the Fall of 2014.

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Three New Film Productions Gearing Up in Town


After a long lull (I keep an eye on the new Mexico Film Office press releases, and there have been no announcements since November), suddenly there is a spurt of film activity in the state. Anyone looking for work on a film production, connected enterprises or just interested in local filming activities may now wipe their brow and breathe a sigh of relief.

Here are descriptions of the three new productions to appear down our way. To make further and deeper contact with the Film Office, visit their site at

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Fire Investigation Class and Youth Employment Program in News from Bandelier National Monument

By Chris Judson



On March 14 to March 16 Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types. To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.  Smoke may be visible from Highway 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

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Wood You Believe It

Photos R.W.

It lies hidden, but ready to explore.


Unseen by most passers-by on N.M. Highway 4 is an amazing site hidden behind a few bends of a dirt road leading to the Walatowa Timber Industries, the logging and sawmill company operated by the Pueblo of Jemez.

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Bill to Help Native American Students Succeed Passed in House

Rep. Derrick Lente.


Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) was happy to make this statement on his Facebook page : Tonight I passed my first bill. HB 484 is a substantial movement for Native American education in New Mexico. Requiring culturally relevant, all-inclusive assessment, systematic evaluation and reporting to help our Native children in public schools (grades K-12) improve their scholastic attainment.

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The Other Side (Just to be Fair)





I have recently been posting my opinions on recent developments which arise from my observations and the positions that I take which, I assume, are shared by many of the readers of the Jemez Post. But not all, it seems. So here, to strike a balance, is a response to the U.S. Senator Tom Udall piece, which I posted below on this page, by an (unfortunately anonymous poster) calling himself Coy, whom I assume to be Trump supporter:

Mr. Udall, with all due respect, you politicians need a reality check. I live in a rural area in NM where there are many illegals. They are even my neighbors. They don’t work, they do not pay taxes, they drive better cars than most and overall they live better than most and many of them are well known for their drug dealing.

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By Bill Jordan

Senior Policy Adviser and Government Relations Officer of NEW MEXICO VOICES FOR CHILDREN




The American Health Care Act, as written, would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and impose a per capita cap on Medicaid, which would drastically cut federal funds coming into the state. This would be detrimental to New Mexico in many ways.

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Pictorial Traditions of the Kiowa

MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE                                                               

 Deer, man and stream by Silver Horn (Haungooah).


Around the turn of the century, the Kiowa people experienced a radical shift from a buffalo hunting society to resettlement in individual family allotments in southwest Oklahoma. Silver Horn (1860-1940), a ledger artist of exceptional talent, illustrated Kiowa life and culture during this time of change.

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The Jemez Post

By R.W. (Ryszard Wasilewski)


We are teetering on the brink of something yet unexplored in this country, something which changes everything, something which calls for changing our interaction with the world around us.

So here are a few timely words about the current purpose of this publication.

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The Light

A Short Story by R.W.


A short story, written many years ago, seems relevant these days, in these interesting times.


Darkness fell. Our interrogators were late that evening. Perhaps they had car trouble or perhaps they had matters of greater importance to attend to. They were both young, anonymous looking. We were never quite sure if they were the same people who came to arrest my father a few months ago; they wore the same kind of clothes and had a similar air about them.

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How To Help a Bird in Need

Sandra West


Sally Fitzgibbon, Carol Taschek and Jo Ferdinand will give a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center about how to know whether a bird needs help and how to care for songbirds that need a helping hand. For years people have helped injured wildlife heal and return home. As the weather warms, we are more likely to see wildlife, especially young birds. This presentation is perfect for anyone who wants to help wild songbirds in need.
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