Native Student Success Vital to New Mexico’s Future: We Must Do Better

By Representative Derrick Lente, (D-Sandia Pueblo)

Rep. Derrick Lente

Although New Mexico has the fourth largest Native American population in the country, services for Native students remain significantly low. Across the state, Native students continue to fall behind and lack the necessary resources to succeed.

Last year, the legislature passed my bill to ensure Native students have the support to succeed with bipartisan support, but Governor Martinez vetoed it.

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Late Winter Activities in Bandelier – A Star Party, Birds and the Park’s Birthday

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

On February 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating a new park out in a largely unknown area of the largely unknown State of New Mexico.  This year marks the 102nd birthday of Bandelier National Monument, which, with about 200,000 visitors a year, is not nearly as unknown now as it was in 1916. It’s not exactly isolated out in the wilds of New Mexico any more either, since it has two more National Park Service areas, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, as neighbors.  To celebrate the 102nd, there will be cookies at the Bandelier Visitor Center starting at 1:00 p.m.

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This Time Last Year; The Pronghorns Are back

 

 

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Eclectic animal, the Pronghorn, here with all its derived parts explained.

(This was first posted February 5, 2017)

40 or so Pronghorns  are being reintroduced to their historic rangeland along the Interstate-25 corridor between Albuquerque and Santa Fe on Santa Ana Pueblo reservation land, within the daily track of many travelers from the Jemez to lands beyond our nook. The Pueblo tribal council looks forward to establishing a sustainable population over the coming years.

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Looking Back & Moving Forward: The Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites

By Matthew Barbour

Regional Manager, NEW MEXICO HISTORIC SITES

Photo Patrick Moore.

Jemez Historic Site Light Among the Ruins.

 

The Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites includes: Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Coronado Historic Site was opened preserve the ancient village of Kuaua and to interpret the Coronado Expedition, while Jemez was established to preserve and interpret San Jose de los Jemez Mission and Giusewa Pueblo. They are two of the five original State Monuments established in 1935, the others being Abo, Quarai, and Pecos. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Cultural Properties. On October 16, 2012, Jemez Historic Site was also designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Legislation That Would Bring Back the Regressive Food Tax Back on the Table

Fred, Kristina, Othiamba and Susan

THINK NEW MEXICO

As you may have seen in the news (read the coverage in the Santa Fe New Mexican), Senator Cliff Pirtle has introduced Senate Bill 129, which would reimpose the food tax on all groceries other than meat, flour tortillas, and items eligible for WIC, the Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program.

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Jemez Ranger District Slash Pit Prescribed Burn Planned for February

Bruce Hill Jr ., Public Affairs Officer, Forest Service

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will evaluate weather conditions between now and February 28 to burn the community slash pit and reduce accumulated slash.

The burn is expected to be completed in one day.

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We Have to Broaden the Economic Recovery Beyond Wall Street

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

UNITED STATES SENATE

Over the last year, President Trump has left New Mexicans deeply uncertain and worried about the direction our nation is headed. He held basic governance and global security hostage to his impulses and tweets, shamefully turned away refugees and immigrants and dismantled important protections for our natural resources and public health. He had the opportunity to change course and unite the country during his State of the Union address. But instead he doubled down on his divisive rhetoric and empty promises.

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The Next Step Plan for Cougar Graduates 2017-2018 Walatowa High Charter School Gear UP Senior Information

Document developed by G. Toya, WHCS Consultant, F. Garcia WHCS Gear Up Coordinator, G Minthorn, WHCS Instructor and Dr. A. Wilkinson-WHCS Executive Director.

The Next Step Plan is a personal, written plan that is developed by each student at the end of grades 8–11 and during the senior year (grade 12). The purpose of the plan is to target the student’s postsecondary interests and set forth the studies he or she will complete during high school in order to be on track for graduation. The student reviews and updates his or her NSP annually, and each year’s plan must explain any differences from the previous year. Quarterly meetings will be scheduled in August, December and May.

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Some Improvement and Some Decline in Child Well-Being as High Rates of Child Poverty Persist

Sharon Kayne, Communications Director

NEW MEXICO VOICES FOR CHILDREN

Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state. That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today at 10am at the Roundhouse by New Mexico Voices for Children to coincide with the start of the legislative session.

The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child Well-being in New Mexico” to reflect unprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the fact that this year New Mexico voters will elect a new governor because the current one is term-limited.

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Reclaimed Passion Show Creations by Jennnifer Olson on Exhibit at the Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery

By Jennifer Olson

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Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery interior

I have enjoyed working with semi-precious stones and making jewelry for many years. At times, I became obsessed with it, and made it with passion. Then, the passion would begin to wane. I still enjoyed it – just not as much.

I recently started working with metal and getting really excited about it. It’s doing the trick. The passion is back! The possibilities seem endless, and I’m having some serious fun creating new jewelry.

So, come on by the Artisans Gallery and say those three magic words – “I want it!” That would make me so happy, my passion will overflow.

My creations will be there February 2rd – through the 16th. If you show up on Saturday, the 10th, between 1 and 3, I’ll be there to say “hi”, feed you snacks, and smile at you. You might even be able to commission me to make something just for you. And while you’re there, you can browse others works of passion.

Bandelier National Monument Gets Valuable Help from Friends Group

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

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Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn’t have been done within Bandelier’s regular budget. With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more.

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Winter 2017 At Last

By R.W.

Last light of a passing season, last night.

This morning at 9:28 a.m. was the Winter Solstice, first official day of winter in the calendar and the shortest day of the year. Last night autumn made a brilliant exit, the setting sun briefly lighting up the sky in a “thank you and goodnight” display.

My apologies for not posting for so long; I have been set back by ailments and such-like setbacks, which you will be very disappointed to hear I have chosen not to write a long essay about. But, I will continue to be restrained with posting until about the middle of January, while still putting up Jemez and similar “local” news releases and material that is sent to me.

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

Contact:

Mike Neas, PLACITAS RESIDENT, mikneas@aol.com, (505) 269-4261

Miya King-Flaherty, SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER PUBLIC LANDS FELLOW, miya.king-flaherty@sierraclub.org, (505) 301-0863

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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History Museum and Santa Fe Opera Present New Mexico’s ‘Atomic Histories’

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM

The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019. The exhibition will highlight American artist Meridel Rubenstein’s artwork including two photo/video/glass/steel installations from the traveling exhibition Critical Mass (1993-97) and “Oppenheimer’s Chair” (1995) commissioned by the first SITE Santa Fe Biennial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first atomic test.

“To enhance understanding of the legacy of the Manhattan Project, the New Mexico History Museum is developing an interpretive exploration of our state’s atomic history,” said Andrew Wulf, executive director of the New Mexico History Museum.

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Final Update on the Guadalupe Fire in the Jemez

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

The human caused Guadalupe Fire near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest that burned 6.3 acres is now 100 percent contained.

The fire consumed mostly logging slash and pre-made piles, but produced enough thick smoke to be visible from as far as Rio Rancho. It was first reported to the Jemez Ranger District office on Friday, Dec. 8 at 12:27 p.m. and was contained on Sunday, Dec. 10.

County’s El Zocalo Center Hosting Rural Economic Development Forum

SANDOVAL COUNTY

The last in a series of forums focusing on economic development in rural central New Mexico communities will take place in Bernalillo on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

This forum will focus on the challenges, barriers, smart goals, and assets to formulate a concise framework for the drafting of a regional economic development plan. The meeting is part of a collaborative effort among officials from Sandoval, Los Alamos and Bernalillo Counties.

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O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) Finds “Forever Home” at the New Mexico Museum of Art

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

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In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Laketo the Museum. With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece, becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection.  The painting is currently on display in the Governor’s Residence.

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New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions for Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

By New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG Balderas is seeking comments from the public, consumer protection advocates and industry representatives.
As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.

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December Events at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


Brown Bag it with MoCNA: IAIA Artist-in-Residence Talk

Friday, December 8 | 12noon-1:30pm
2nd Floor MoCNA Project Lab

 

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artists-in-Residence as they discuss their artistic practice. All artists conclude their month of participation in the IAIA Artist-in- Residence program on the IAIA campus with this event. Featuring IAIA A-i-R artists, Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Reed Brown (Koyukan Athabascan)and Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).
This event is free to the public.

Connecting Tribal Communities to High-Speed Internet

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

For some Americans today, logging on to the internet is as easy as going home and turning on the lights. And access to high-speed internet is becoming increasingly essential for economic and educational opportunities. However, in parts of New Mexico, and especially in tribal communities, a lack of access to high-speed broadband internet is leaving far too many of our children unable to learn and compete on an even playing field.

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Update on the Guadalupe Fire

The latest report on the Guadalupe Fire has it at 6.2 acres and 40 percent contained. By 6 p.m. fire crews had established a line around the fire, said Forest Service spokesman Bruce Hill.

John Fredlund wrote on the Jemez Post Facbook page:  USFS was all over it and they are doing a great job. LCVFD was asked to bring water, and they put us to work patrolling/improving the line. I am optimistic that they caught it and will be able to keep it inside the lines – keep fingers crossed.

It has been determined that the fire was human caused by someone setting it in the logging slash and pre-made piles. These are not the same as the stick structures reported to be appearing on the Jemez Ranger District (and Sasquatch is not a suspect).

Wildfire Breaks Out in the Jemez

An uncommon event this time of the year, a wildfire has broken out in the Jemez.

First reported today at 12:27 p.m., the wildfire, now named the Guadalupe Fire, broke out near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District, consuming about 2 to 3 acres so far. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and it is mostly burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

The fire is producing heavy smoke which is which visible as far south as Rio Rancho, and starts to loom as an alarming site for travelers approaching the Jemez along U.S. Highway 550.

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N.M. Highway 4 Still Slick And Dangerous In The Mountains

NMROADS warns travelers on N.M. Highway 4 going north toward Los Alamos and Bandelier that the roads in the higher elevations remain icy in shaded areas and wet in other areas,and are expected to freeze with lower temperatures after sunset.. Visibility is good during daylight hours, but watch out for ice, drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated on the NMROADS site as conditions change.

Get It While You Can

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

I talked with Walter today and learned this Saturday will be the last time you will be able to get fresh plucked produce for a while. He says it’s just getting too cold.

This Saturday he will have kale, lettuce, chard, spinach, turnips, beets, lots of choys, Chinese cabbage, carrots, radishes and you’ll just have to go see for yourself what else. But there probably will be yogurt, kim chee, strawberry, as well as quince preserves. And if you buddy up real nice you might get some baby greens that have been thinned. There will also be James’ honey available and Shirley will bring some eggs. Just think – one stop shopping.

He also said the hoop house is worth seeing right now, and would remind you of Spring, and winter is not even officially here. So get yourself to the Bodhi on Saturday between 9 and 11, thank Walter and Hosen for creating this for us. Be sure to wear your smile and have a merry time.

Happy holidays to all.

Shooting at Aztec High School

The Farmington Daily Times reports that two Aztec High School students were shot to death this morning by another student who was later shot by police officers. The families of the victims were notified immediately and most other families had heard from their students. There were no other injuries reported.

Schools in Farmington, Kirtland, Shiprock and Bloomfield have been placed in lockdown.

“Our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray for the survivors, and are grateful to the brave first responders for their heroic actions on the scene,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas in a statement. “We have offered Office of the Attorney General resources to support the victims, the Four Corners community, and first responders during this horrific tragedy