As Hurricane Harvey Approaches

By R.W.

Our thoughts should now be with the folks in Texas and the horror that they are facing. We should also note  that while these untold numbers flee for their lives, abandoning their homes and facing an uncertain future some others see this as an opportunity to sneak in a few measures that  might pass unnoticed in the turmoil.

During when most people are encouraged to flee, undocumented Texans are faced with a choice of getting detained and likely deported at manned checkpoints, or staying behind and possibly dying in the storm. Unlike in previous hurricanes on the coast, Border Patrol officials announced late Thursday they were not planning to close roadside immigration checkpoints north of the affected area as fleeing people made their way out of several coastal counties.

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants  will be making a choice between possible death and possible deportation.

Also, just as the storm began brushing against the coast, President Trump suddenly turned his attention elsewhere, pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and signed an order barring transgender people from joining the military.

There will be other things to focus on in the coming days and weeks as the horror and suffering for the residents of the Texas coast unfolds, but the consequences of these, and who knows, perhaps other decisions made under cover of Hurricane Harvey, will stay with us for some time to come.

The Planned Destruction of the Nation’s Past, Present and Future

By R.W.

Photo by Laurascudder – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Monarch Cave Ruin cliff dwelling on Comb Ridge

Fossil-fuel corporate polluters, represented by  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, are reaching their soiled, grasping mitts on vast areas of natural wonder that define this country, this continent, areas that hold  deep historic and cultural meaning as well as enduring habitats, endangered monuments to this country’s earliest human habitation , and also monuments to its natural diversity, linking our past and present, and linking a wide variety of biospheres.

President Donald Trump described the removal of secessionist war leaders statues as destroying  the nation’s history and culture. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” he said.

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New Mexico Makes Massive New Education Spending Cuts

Brian Urban, Operations Manager


The resulting tuition increases will make college less affordable for low-income students

New Mexico’s state funding for higher education is 33 percent less now than it was before the recession, when looking at inflation-adjusted state spending per student. Looking at the dollar investment, the state is spending $4,509 less in 2017 than it did in 2008 on a per student, inflation-adjusted basis. Only Louisiana has made deeper cuts over that time period.

These are among the findings of a report released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). As a result of these funding cuts, tuition at the nation’s public four-year colleges and universities has increased on average 35 percent since 2008 on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis. New Mexico has seen the same 35 percent tuition increase over that time period.

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JoAnn Bishop Named “Dreamstarter Teacher” By Olympian Billy Mills 


Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills, co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Olympic gold medalist, announced that JoAnn Bishop from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is one of 13 talented educators in the to be named Dreamstarter Teachers. Each educator will receive $500 – $1,000 grants to support the educational needs of Native students.

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Why Buy at Your Farmers Market

By Jennifer Olson


At the Farmers Market, you can talk to the growers and get to how your food is treated before you get it. You can ask what kind of seeds they use and what practices they employ. You can even get suggestions on how to cook what they are offering. Our growers usually employ organic, sustainable, earth friendly practices to bring you fresh picked, delicious, nutritious produce.

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Common Cause New Mexico Releases First “New Mexico GPA” Report Card

By Heather Ferguson



New Mexico’s citizens will now be able to easily see where their legislators stood on the issues that are a critical part of our state’s ability to function in a fair and open manner

Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) today issued its first New Mexico GPA (NMGPA) Legislative Report Card recording the votes of legislators on its 2017 priority transparency, ethics and good government legislation. The report card is featured on the organization’s new website.

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Gilman Tunnels Before and After

Photos R.W.

Some images of the tunnels from a couple of years ago set against their current condition. They were even more vandalized after the photo was taken. Sad to see the little shrine go away. There was also another shrine by the road above the tunnels, where people laid cigarettes under a small cross; that is also either gone or buried deep under a heap of granite.

Hard to see much change in the shape of the rocks on the face of the tunnel entrance.

Before and after:


A Few Glimpses Through the Clouds

Photos R.W.

Not the best solar eclipse viewing conditions. I hope the people who paid thousands for their airbnb shelters all down the eclipse track, had clearer skies. Here in New Mexico, with a 75 percent eclipse, the moon was clearly visible partly obstructing the sun, and a gentle murk settled in for a few moments, interrupting an otherwise bright, partly overcast day.

Here are a few shots of discs in the sky interacting:







It Is Hard To See the Sun Through Clouds, So…


…just in case it turns out the way the forecasters predict (mostly cloudy), you can sit back where you normally sit back (not healthy, I know, but…) and get the full experience of a NASA sponsored total eclipse.

On the day of the eclipse go to is external)(link is external), where you will be directed by default to the NASA TV broadcast. The broadcast starts at 12 noon EDT and will connect with many of the NASA broadcasts distributed across the country.

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See the Solar Eclipse in the Valles Caldera Tomorrow


The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.
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First Blocks Placed in Pueblo of Jemez Subdivision


Tribal, federal, state and dignitaries, staff and guests set the first blocks on the demonstration house at Pueblo Place at a ceremony on Monday, August 7. Governor Joseph Toya welcomed the group and offered the opening prayer.

“This is the foundation,” he said. “As we build houses, we build our community.”

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Santa Clara Artist Rose B. Simpson, Revives Ancient Arts With Contemporary Context

Cecilia Wainright,


Rose Simpson, daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, will be the artist in residence at the Aztec Ruins National Monument.


Internationally recognized multi-media artist and sculptor Rose Simpson, has been announced as National Parks Arts Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence at Aztec Ruins National Monument, by the patronage of the National Parks Arts Foundation and NPS. Perpetuating the honorable tradition of familial importance, her mother, renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic artist Roxanne Swentzell, will be working alongside Simpson at times, during the residency. A free celebratory showcasing and dinner will display traditionally thrown and fired pottery, completed while in residence at the park, along with a not-to-be-missed lecture regarding her artistic career will be held at the Aztec Ruins National Monument Visitor Center Auditorium on September 16th at 6 p.m., and will be open to the public. A full listing of public engagements can be found below.
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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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Frida Kahlo – Her Photos



The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents the international traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo – Her Photos. The exhibition opening is on Friday Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will feature a rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs. This exhibition was curated from a collection of 6500 images that lay hidden in the Blue House for 50 years, and offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life and work of a beloved cultural icon.

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Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez


Candidates must apply online at

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 834-7359. 


Medical Records Clerk, Regular, Full-Time

Forestry Laborer, Temporary, Full-Time

Fitness Trainer, Regular, Full-Time

Childcare Worker, Temporary, Part-Time

Compliance Officer, Regular, Full-Time

Youth Center Assistant, Regular, Full-Time

Personal Care Attendant/Caregiver, Temporary, Part-Time

Personal Care Attendant/Caregiver, Temporary, Full-Time

Technical Writer, Regular, Full-Time

Medical Billing Specialist, Regular, Full-Time

Coding Technical Specialist, Regular, Full-Time

Medical Assistant, Regular, Full-Time

Judith Isaacs Presents Rock Art of Utah

By Judith Isaacs
Many of you know that Southwest archaeology has been my hobby for many years. Starting in the 1980s, John and I hiked hundreds of miles to seek out Ancestral Puebloan ruins and rock art throughout the Four Corners, mostly in SE Utah. Please join me in the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. for a program titled “Rock Art of Utah” sponsored by Friends of the Library.  I will share photos and stories of some of my favorite sites.
Hope to see you there –- and bring a friend. 

Please note location change from earlier announcement: from the library conference room to Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.  Same time and day:  2 p.m. Saturday.

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

By Chris Judson


NPS Photo

Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew.

Recently, a graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their ten weeks of summer work.  The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.  All three crews worked hard outdoors, learning to use hand tools, assessing the best approaches for needed work, and perhaps most importantly, working together with other crew members and supervisors.

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Are You a Stone Monkey?

By Sandra West


 Join Forest Altherr for a presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite.

At the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22 Forest Altherr will talk about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite. The presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.
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Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rugs on Show and for Sale at Bandelier

By Chris Judson


Photo Hubbell Trading Post

Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. 


From Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show. It will be presented from 9 AM to 5 PM each day at the park Visitor Center.

Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell’s trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 AM and 2 PM each day.

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Gilman Tunnels Are Back

It took a while, somewhat close to what the Forest Service predicted, but at last the tunnels over the Rio Guadalupe have reopened. It is hard to tell what has been removed; I will need to dig deep into my photo archives and do a before-and-after study. A casual glance up above still gives that slightly uncomfortable feeling that any moment a rock will tumble down on me, but then what do I know about the subtle science of granite rock stabilization.

What makes the most impact are the piles of granite lining the sides and the wonderful absence of graffiti. Even the guardrails have been cleaned; let’s hope this lasts for a while.

As good as new, just the rail track missing.

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