New Mexico’s Black Children Doing Well Compared to Black Kids across Nation

Sharon Kayne, Communications Director


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New Mexico’s children, in all racial and ethnic groups except African American, lag behind their demographic cohorts across the nation when it comes to meeting key milestones that will help them achieve their unique potential. That’s according to data in the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Race for Results report uses an index that measures children’s progress on key education, health, and economic milestones, and across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The report’s index uses a composite score of these milestones on a scale of one (lowest) to 1,000 (highest) to make comparisons. No state has all children in any racial group meeting all milestones. However, nationally Asian and white children tend to fare better as a whole, while Hispanic, Native American, and Black children are less likely to be meeting milestones.

New Mexico’s index scores for all groups, except one, were lower than the national average (see the accompanying fact sheet for scores). New Mexico’s scores for Black children —who scored the lowest at the national level—were higher than the state’s scores for both Native and Hispanic children. Only nine other states had higher scores for their Black children (six states had no data on black children). African-American children comprise just 2 percent of New Mexico’s child population.Continue reading

Free Small Business Marketing Resources Workshop


Local small business owners are invited to Bernalillo’s El Zócalo Plaza on Friday, October 27, 2017 to learn about the free marketing and promotions resources available through the Sandoval County CNM Digital Media Lab.

The lab offers a list of services ranging from designing business logos and web sites to developing mobile apps and producing promotional videos. All services are free to local business owners.

A workshop to showcase these services is scheduled for 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017 at El Zócalo Plaza, 264 Camino Del Pueblo, in Bernalillo.

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The Glow is On

It was a treat to share the full wonder of the Jemez Valley in Fall with so many visitors this weekend, and to see their wonderment at it. 

Trail Sale

Photos R.W.

Can’t complain about the setting. The Jemez Valley bosque put on a great Fall show; the Jemez Valley Trail Sale caught it at just the right moment this year.

Here  are some shots of (some of) what went on, here and there:

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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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Blaze a Trail to the Gazebo

By Jennifer Olson


And in the midst of all the rummage, you will find some fine produce. Walter has lots and lots of greens, of many varieties, delicious cooked or in salad. The autumn squash are in. I think I saw butternut and several other varieties when he was at the open air market. Maybe some pumpkins? There should also be melons, beets and sweet potatoes. Plus, whatever else is ripe and ready. I’m sure his table will be overflowing with lots of goodness. You’ll just have to come and see what’s there for yourself.

Hosen will be selling yogurt, dried apples and raisins. You will be able to get coffee and sweet rolls and see what else is available. Shirley will not be there this week with her eggs, and Ron’s been hit with frost. But, there will still be lots of smiles, goodwill and friendship.

So, come on down, say hello and stock up while you can. The season is drawing to a close, but I’ll keep you posted.

Fall Color Road Bike Ride

Sandra West


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Photo by ©Phillip Noll

Jemez Springs.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a road ride from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back on Sunday, October 29th. Join Ross Lemons on a paved ride to enjoy fall colors, great company, and colorful geology.

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Offer of Los Alamos and Sandia Labs to Help With the Reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure.

From left to right Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Sen.  Martin Heinrich  and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the four Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation who made the appeal.

U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

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Smoke Rising Over the Valles


A prescribed burn has started a few days ago in the Valles Caldera National Preserve on an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.

The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Continue reading

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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Helicopter Operations Close Part of Main Trail at Bandelier

Chris Judson


Beginning the morning of Monday, October 23, and continuing for about 4 days, parts of the popular Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument will be closed for visitor safety during operations in which a helicopter will be carrying many sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project.

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People’s Rally and Press Conference on the Sandoval County Oil and Gas Ordinance


Tribal allies and community, citizen and environmental groups will gather before the Oct. 19 Sandoval County Commission meeting to rally against the county’s exclusion of Sandoval residents from the process of creating an oil and gas ordinance. The Stoddard oil and gas ordinance lacks water and public health protections, meaningful tribal consultation, and does not require public notification or input during the drilling approval process.

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Opportunity Rover Heading Our Way


New Mexico on the map…of Mars, but still good.

With names like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, and a giant crater the size of the Valles Caldera, future maps of the planet Mars will contain a lot of names familiar to the people of New Mexico. Suggested by a member of the Mars Rover team based in New Mexico, the names are of cities and locales along the legendary El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and are being used to name features visited by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during an important phase of its mission.

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Construction Boom at the Southern End of Sandoval County

Photos R.W.

So far, so good. Anyone travelling over the Rio Grande bridge in Bernalillo during the rush hour(s) hits pretty much the same degree of congestion as before. The plan to ease this problem is likely to make it much worse in the short term. Work on the new bridge that will carry the extra lanes has just started, but looks like it is moving at apace.

Work at the  $50 million expansion project at the Santa Ana Star Casino that, as far as I know is  mostly a hotel, is at a more advanced stage. Certainly looks impressive; it would easily dominate downtown Albuquerque if placed there.

First the bridge:

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Common Cause New Mexico Gives Best in Government Awards at Annual Luncheon December 2 

Common Cause New Mexico will honor elected officials, citizens, student advocates, journalists, and good government partners at its annual luncheon at noon on December 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd in Albuquerque. The cost of the luncheon is $30, and registration is through  or by calling 323-6399 and leaving your name, phone number and number of tickets.

Every year, we recognize the contributions of outstanding citizens and elected officials who have made the year a bright one for good government and transparency. This year awardees came from seven categories:

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New Mexicans Speak Out Against Proposed Politicized Science Standards


Hundreds of New Mexicans spoke Monday in opposition to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s politicized edits to the Next Generation Science Standards, removing references to climate change and the age of the Earth for its proposed public-school science curriculum.

Speakers urged the state to adopt the unedited Next Generation framework, which was developed by the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Achieve. Every commenter at Monday’s hearing opposed the politicized edits. Below are excerpts from today’s Rally for Quality Science Education:

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Volunteers Needed For Rio Cebolla Wetland Restoration


We will work with Santa Fe National Forest personnel to construct several beaver dam analogs (BDAs) on the Rio Cebolla meadows downstream of where the Cebolla flows under FR 376. The work area is approximately 10 miles north of Porter’s Landing on FR 376.

This is the first stage of a project to increase riparian wetland area, to improve water quality, and to benefit fish habitat on the Rio Cebolla. We will be applying techniques similar to those Bill Zeedyk taught at a NM Trout workshop in 2015, including post pounding, rock placement, and willow weir construction. Some of the work will be in-stream and other parts will be on the stream banks. We suggest you bring waders if you plan to work in the stream.

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No to legislation That Would Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal

Rabbi Joseph Berman
Government Affairs Manager

How many more paths to war can we go down? On Friday, Donald Trump shoved us closer to confrontation with Iran, and it’s up to all of us to force Congress to choose diplomacy instead.

Act now and tell Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Tom Udall: No new sanctions on Iran, and don’t pass legislation to kill the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Everyone— from the the International Atomic Energy Association, to the U.S. Intelligence Community, to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson— agrees that sticking with the Iran Nuclear Deal is in everyone’s best interest.

But on Friday, in a speech full of misleading falsehoods, Trump announced he was “decertifying” the Iran Deal.

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Jemez Mountain Trail Sale Will Happen Saturday and Sunday Oct. 21 and 22

This year, the 14th year of the Jemez Mountain Trail sale, will catch the bosque Fall colors at their peak. So there will be a light chill in the air this late in October, but that will just add vigor to the whole event.

The sale area will extend along the length of N.M. Highway 4 in its Jemez Valley stretch, also branching out to Gilman along N.M. Highway 485 and to Ponderosa along N.M. Highway 290. Starting this Saturday and running through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each day there will be over 150 sellers along these stretches of road, selling a wide variety of goods ranging from traditional yard sale material to high quality arts and crafts.

The event is sponsored by Jemez Valley Credit Union, Laughing Lizard Inn, & Jemez Springs Bath House.

For any additional information contact Joy Bandy at 928-432-5109 (c) or 575-834-7729 or


Firewood Permits at Santa Fe National Forest Offices

We might be in the midst of an unseasonably warm spell, but since seasons do change what lies ahead is Winter. I have noticed that folk have been reaching an old post, dating back to May this year, that details the firewood permits offered by the  Santa Fe National Forest. That information is still accurate, so to make access to it easier here it is again.


Jemez Ranger District Firewood Permits for Sale Now

‘Acoustic Phenomena’ To Be Recorded By World-Renowned Multimedia Composer at Chaco Culture National Historical Park


New York-based composer and multimedia artist, Grant Culter, concentrates his artistic focus in sensory experiences as Chaco Canyon National Historical Park’s newest Artist-in-Residence. The program is offered as the collaboration between the National Park Service and non-profit organization, National Parks Arts Foundation.
There will be a FREE presentation and field-recording workshop offered to the public on October 28th . Culter will be hosting the event, where he looks forward to assisting guests with soundtracking the distinctive auditory ambiance of the park. “In facilitating recordings, and the act of listening to sounds around them amplified in headphones, I hope to present to others a new tool with which to engage with the richness of this environment…” Said the artist, regarding his intended outcome of the workshop. The artist will also be leading discussions regarding his artistic process and productive experience at the Chaco Culture Visitor Center Auditorium.

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New Mexicans Invited to Rally Before Hearing on Science Curriculum


Rally for Science.


New Mexico’s Public Education Department has proposed Next Generation Science Standards as the science curriculum for public schools, but the department made politicized edits made by climate denial and other ideological groups. The new standards would omit references to evolution, rising global temperatures and the age of Earth from the state’s science curriculum. The Next Generation Science Standards develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Developed by science teachers, higher-education faculty, scientists and business leaders, these standards can prepare students for high-skilled, high-wage jobs and improve New Mexico’s prospects for economic progress.

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