Winners of the 2017 Filmmakers Announced



New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the winners of the 2017 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place November 4 & 5, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The following winners were announced in seven (7) categories:

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New Mexicans Deliver Their Methane Comments

Ramona Blaber


On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and in Santa Fe, New Mexicans delivered comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices. The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.

“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy. We can clean up our air here in the center of the nation’s biggest methane cloud, and the state of New Mexico AND the oil and gas industry can make money plugging their leaks and eliminating waste,” said Katee McClure, Aztec city commissioner. “Capture the escaping methane; use it as an energy source and make money for the state. Clean up the air and create jobs for our community.”

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Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed

Julie Anne Overton 
Acting Public Affairs Officer, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 13.

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New Mexico Senators Cosponsor November as National Native American Heritage Month


U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.


U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation’s identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.

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New Mexicans Gear Up to Confront Interior Secretary Zinke Over the Air We Breathe

Ramona Blaber


The San Juan Basin, our  neighboring methane gas producing area.


Parents, faith leaders and elected officials will gather at BLM offices statewide Monday to deliver comments opposing another attempt to undermine a key BLM safeguard that would reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

New Mexico citizens have commented in overwhelming support of these rules again and again. The two-year delay proposed would undermine public health and royalty income to New Mexico and allow oil and gas companies to continue leaking methane and other toxic pollution into the air we breathe. New Mexicans will deliver comments in person on the last day of the BLM’s public-comment period on the proposed delay.

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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.

Watch Out For Danger of Burned Trees

Chris Judson


Photo: NPS Photo
Dead, falling, and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011
One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water.  She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank.  A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.  She looked up and then very quickly sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell right where she had been sitting, crushing her backpack but very narrowly missing her.  She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.Continue reading

New Mexico Museum of Art Reopens with New Exhibitions


Photo  Blair Clark

Karl Baden, Untitled (Selective Tones), 1983

Split-toned gelatin silver print, from negative with applied cliché-verre, 12 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.


Photo Jamey Stillings 
Susan York, Floating Column, 2008

Solid graphite.  Collection of the Lannan Foundation

After being closed since mid-September for an extensive renovation, on the 25th of this month the New Mexico Museum of Art reopens launching its Centennial year celebration. Two exhibitions, one,  Contact: Local to Global, highlights some world famous leading figures in art who have lived and worked in the region, and the other, Shifting Light : Photographic Perspectives,  a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s engagement with photography.

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Conference to Discuss Solving New Mexico’s Child Poverty Program

Sharon Kayne


With the aim of bringing together local stakeholders to discuss ways to solve the state’s child poverty crisis, NM Voices for Children and Ngage NM are hosting a KIDS COUNT Conference in Las Cruces on Nov. 9, 2017. The conference will focus on child well-being in the southern part of the state, particularly early childhood care and education, and encourage discussion about the impact on children in New Mexico of the changing political landscape – both nationally and locally as to the state prepares to elect a new governor.

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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.


…and other upcoming events at the UNM Art Museum.

Episode Airs Saturday, November 4, 4:00pm

New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV
Tune into ¡COLORES! New Mexico PBS to watch an interview with the curator of “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos.  In this segment Pablo Ortiz-Monasterio shares how these photographs, which lay hidden in the Frida Kahlo Museum for over 50 years, expand our understanding of her life and art.
¡COLORES! is a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit. The series features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

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Bandelier Announces Solicitation for Concession Proposals

Antoinette Vigil, Director


Sandoval County

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the release of two prospectuses for the award of two new concession contracts in Bandelier National Monument. Solicitation number CC-BAND002-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide food and beverage services from Historic Building 17, and solicitation number CC-BAND003-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide retail and winter recreation equipment rental services from Historic Building 15.

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Celebrating the Return of the Jemez Post Heavy Drinkers Invade Red Rocks Back Yard

Photos by R.W.

After a  sustained glitch, the Jemez Post lurches back onto the internet, still slightly dazed and not quite sure what really happened. Testing the waters, literally, here are some characters, signalling seasonal change, who, put out by the recent drought-like conditions jostle by a constantly refilled bowl of water. Anyone identifying some of these, especially the small one with all the white on its face, will be appreciated.

Yes, this one in the foreground.

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New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Next Weekend


New Mexico Film Office announced the 2017 NM Filmmakers Showcase awards ceremony, panel of 2016 winners and free screenings will be held in Albuquerque, NM. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center/Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

The NM Filmmakers Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from New Mexico residents from around the State. The Saturday (11/4) evening awards ceremony will announce the winners of each category and will also include a panel discussion with the 2016 NM Filmmaker Showcase winners (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm). On Sunday (11/5) afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) we will screen the winning films in their entirety.

Below (Continue Reading) are a list of nominees and this year we are excited to include a “Wild Card” award. The “Wild Card” award is a submitted film receiving the highest judges score outside of the top nominees.

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Red Meat Anyone?

By R.W.

“I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand (but…)
my IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

The most intelligent man on Earth is the President of the United States.  He is like a smart person. It is not true that he is, as his closest associates and team members report: a moron, a lunatic, not stable,  a sociopath, a delusional narcissist etc.

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A Discussion of Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces


Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in a special evening with IAIA A-i-R artists, Erica Lord (Athabaskan), Peter Williams (Yup’ik) and Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of Colville). The IAIA Artist-in- Residence (A-i-R) Programs host artists for residencies taking place on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the academic year.

A Discussion of Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30 -7:00pm
MoCNA Project Lab 2nd Floor

This event is free to the public.

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Forest Service Hiring for Temporary Positions for 2018 Field Season

By Julie Anne Overton, Acting Public Affairs Officer


The Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, will be accepting applications for temporary spring and summer jobs in Arizona and New Mexico from November 1-9, 2017.

More information on temporary employment in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region can be found at Centralized Temporary Hiring Outreach, including a link to the 2018 Outreach Notice with job listings for the Southwestern Region.

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By Jennifer Olson


As Autumn lays its frost at our feet, readying us for the big chill of Winter, most of our growers have little to offer in the way of produce. Except for Walter, there is none to be had at our Farmers Market.

So, to make it easier all the way around, you can go to the Bodhi on Saturday mornings, from 9 til 11, and buy directly from him there. If Hosen has yogurt, jams, or dried fruit, you can get it then. This will continue until there is no more harvest.

Walter has been covering the crops, so there will be greens, plus he said the broccoli and cauliflower are coming in. He also will have beets, turnips, carrots and ….??? You’ll just have to go see for yourself.

I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who made this such a great season for our farmers market at the gazebo – buyers and vendors alike. Warm hugs and smiles to you all. We’ll get together in the Spring and try it again.

Whattaya think?

Life and Death and All That Among Flickers of Faith and Hope

By R.W.

I realize that many people believe that God created man* in his present form, without alterations, the lovely creature that he is now, within the last 10,000 years. I also realize that to question this belief, as I did recently in the Jemez Post, and speak of it as if it were absurd, hurts and causes offence to many.

Creationists argue, as in an article in the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) that while the biblical account of creation is ridiculed by atheists, patronized by liberals and is often allegorized even by conservatives, it is however God’s own account of creation, corroborated by Jesus Christ (Mark 10:6-8, etc.), who was there.  Additional weight is given to this argument stating that God will someday hold us accountable for believing what He says, and that His description is reasonable and logical, fully in accord with all true science and history. The article affirms that there is peace and joy in believing God’s straightforward, rational, simple, satisfying, and truly scientific account of creation in Genesis.

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Points Through Time 


Projectile points are one of the most iconic images of archaeology in the American Southwest. This exhibition focuses on some of the projectile points that are commonly found here in New Mexico from Paleoindian times (13,500 years ago), through the Archaic, and into Puebloan times (1,260 to 110 years ago) as well as some of the exotic points that have come to New Mexico from California and Texas.

The exhibit discusses how archaeologists classify points, why they change through time, and how illegal collection of points can impact the archaeological record.

This exhibit opens on International Archaeology Day on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road).

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on holidays running from now through Oct 1, 2018 

For more information, contact Andy Albertson at 476-1271 or


Indian Country’s Ambassador Receives Honor


Veronica TIller was born in the Horse Lake area of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, the great granddaughter of the Jicarilla Chief Huerito Mundo. She graduated from Valley High School and University of New Mexico. UNM was also where her doctoral dissertation was the first history of the Jicarilla Apaches written by a Jicarilla person. Veronica became the official historian of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.Continue reading