AMERICAN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEW MEXICO
AMERICAN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEW MEXICO
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 Lake) to 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.
Friday, December 8 | 12noon-1:30pm
2nd Floor MoCNA Project Lab
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.
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
NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE
New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the action western feature “Big Kill” produced by Big Kill, LLC and Archstone Pictures will begin principal photography mid-November through mid-December. Production will take place in Santa Fe.
Since there were so many searching, probing and perceptive entries on the Jemez Post Facebook page concerning the issue of Stick Structures in the National Forests, I feel compelled to clear the matter up.
Yes, there were some good comments, and yes, some were reaching the heart of the matter, which is not surprising, since the answer to the mystery is quite simple.
A dog being walked by a couple of Jemez folks ran into an animal trap set in an arroyo beside a designated road, on Forest Road 376, about half a mile north of the Gilman Tunnels.
They were alerted to the animal’s distress when it began shrieking and jumping around in panic. It was easily within view and quickly released by its owners. They observed that there was fresh blood sprinkled all over the trap (not the dog’s), and a chunk of meat a few feet away such that an animal would have to step on the trap to get to the meat.
This dog was not too badly injured, but there have been ugly incidents in the past with terrible consequences for people’s pets, traumatic for both the animals and their owners.
Some time ago Patti Foy, local resident, had an experience with her dogs, walking them in the Jemez, who became injured in traps set near a road. She wrote an informative article, which is worth revisiting, in which she gives useful information for people who might find themselves in a similar situation.
NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE
The independent feature “Willenberger,” produced by Willenberger Productions, LLC will begin principal photography mid-November through the end of December. Production will take place in Roy, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL AND U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJÁN
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Senator Tom Udall.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run facilities. All three types of facilities are available in New Mexico.
NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART
Laura Gilpin, Campo Santo at El Valle, 1961, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in
The New Mexico Museum of Art launches its Centennial year celebration Saturday, November 25, after being closed more than two months for a significant renovation. Three new exhibitions opened as New Mexico’s first Museum sets out on its second century.
RAIL RUNNER EXPRESS
Join us on Saturday, November 25 for the opening night of the Bugg Lights display at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. This free, family-friendly event will feature a dazzling array of holiday lights, beautifully decorated trees, and whimsical characters at the Harvey House, as well as a parade and holiday festival on Belen’s Main Street!
Expanded Schedule & Free Shuttles! Visitors from north of Belen are encouraged to take the Rail Runner. There will be an additional southbound train for the event, as well as free shuttles.
By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager
CORONADO & JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES
After an exhaustive search, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ranger Ethan Ortega, has been selected as the new Instructional Coordinator. He replaces Instructional Coordinator Sharon Walker who departed Coronado Historic Site on June 15. During her relatively brief two-year tenure, Ms. Walker visited over 50 public schools and published 11 lesson plans utilizing Common Core State Standards for literacy.
The role, as envisioned for Mr. Ortega, is quite a bit different from the one Ms. Walker held. He will not only service Coronado Historic Site, but the entire Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites. It will include duties both at Jemez and Los Luceros (situated in Acalde, New Mexico). Mr. Ortega will work in tandem with Jemez Instructional Coordinator Marlon Magdalena on public outreach and digital media promoting the sites. However, Coordinator Ortega’s primary role –at least initially- will be on re-imagining the exhibits at Jemez Historic Site.
By Sandra West
PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
PEEC was one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left.
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed their first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, November 9, at EEANM’s 2017 Environmental Literacy Summit. “EEANM is a valuable resource and community for our state and we are honored to be recognized by them,” said Niklasson.
State of New Mexico Attorney General
Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late yesterday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable. The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis. On average, over 500 New Mexicans die annually of a drug overdose, and approximately 70% of those deaths resulted from either opioid pain relievers or heroin. In more than a third of NM counties, over 80 of every 100 citizens has a prescription for opioids.
“New Mexico is in a state of emergency due to the opioid crisis that is ravaging our families, law enforcement agencies, healthcare system and economy,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.
Railrunner and Rio Metro
Thanksgiving Day (11/23/17): There will be no Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service.
Day After Thanksgiving (11/24/17): The Rail Runner will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Rio Metro bus service.
North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD): No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving with the exception of the Mountain Trail bus. (website)
New Mexico Park & Ride: No service on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving. (website)
Santa Fe Trails: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (website)
ABQ RIDE: No service on Thanksgiving Day. Saturday service on the day after Thanksgiving. (website)
SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER
This media alert came in late, just after 5 p.m., perhaps too late for most people with an interest in the matter to react, but, better late than never, here it is:
WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. MT
WHERE: Room 317, State Capitol Building | 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
WHO: — Impacted residents of New Mexico’s “Dairy Row” — Members of the Citizen Dairy Coalition, the community group Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, and the organizations Amigos Bravos, & Gila Resources Information Project — Representatives of the Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter
U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján
Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today introduced the Broadband Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (BFIA), a bill that leverages public-private partnerships and uses a fresh approach to spur deployment of high-speed internet in New Mexico and other parts of the country.
I know, official winter doesn’t begin for well over a month yet, and most folks in the Jemez have already had their first season-closing freeze and are all set for their long dark chill ’till late March, early April, while here, we nestled up in the warm glow of red earth and red rocks you see no smoke rising from our chimneys, it’s still Summer, late Summer perhaps, no decent banana crop ’till climate change gets a good hold, but the air dense with more bugs than through all the past months of this year, doing what they do with their loads of pollen buzzing from flower to flower and birds gasping for a sip from the bowl of fresh well water provided for their comfort in this bit of a drought, drought lite, but growing, sharing it with the odd chipmunk, rabbit, even the occasional lizard or the neighbor’s cat.
THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS
The Institute of American Indian Arts(IAIA) continues their series of month-long artist residencies at the school which began in August, 2015 and announces the Artist-in-Residence Schedule of Activities for November 2017. Native and First Nations artists were selected to come to Santa Fe to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program includes public receptions and artist talks from each of the artists. A selection committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed applications for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program and selected artists for the 2017 sessions.
The November A-i-R artists are: Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe),
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Brown (Koyukan Athabascan), and
Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).
Photo Courtesy EcoFlight
Oil and gas production sites in the Four Corners.
An entry in EcoFlight describes in word and images the San Juan Basin, which has contributed more than eight percent of the nation’s current natural gas supply. Our area has produced more than 370 million barrels of oil and nearly 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. There are currently more than 20,000 producing wells with a prediction of up to 5,000 additional wells targeting natural gas in the upcoming years.
NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM
Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June 2017-February 2018 for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.
Siddiq Hans von Briesen, the brother of Lama Foundation cofounder Barbara Durkee, was an early communard at Lama. Von Briesen will speak about the commune’s evolution over its fifty years.
Lama Foundation sits in a forested area at 8,800 feet on the western aspect of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range north of Taos, New Mexico. In 1967 local artist Herman “the hermit” Rednick found a piece of land with a natural spring and encouraged Steve and Barbara Durkee and Jonathan Altman to establish their alternative-living effort there. The Durkees had been living in Garnerville, New York, where their social circle of artists had become known for psychedelic light shows and experiments with LSD. Drawn to nature, the two ventured to the Southwest in search of an idyllic place to situate a new commune. Shortly after founding Lama, they imposed a rule forbidding the use of illegal drugs on the property. As a result, some original numbers decamped immediately. Gradually the commune flourished as the residents constructed uniquely impressive buildings and devoted themselves to spiritual practice from every persuasion. Lama Foundation is one of very few of the communes that remain in the northern Rio Grande Watershed.
UNITED STATES SENATE
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. November 8, 2017.
SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST
Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov. Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit. The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.
The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23, 2017. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.
By Anita Amstutz
Jobs, jobs, jobs. It’s the rallying cry of our time. And why not? Right livelihood brings self respect, good wages, and ability to take care of one’s own and participate in the human community. Unfortunately the public is continually handed the tired myth that we must have jobs at any cost. Ultimatums and lame excuses frame an either or proposition.
Recently the citizenry of Rio Rancho and surrounding communities of Sandoval County saw this golden calf paraded out again by the County Commissioners and the oil and gas industry—-we must bow down to the sacred, hungry machinery of big oil and gas or else we will not have jobs, jobs, jobs.
NEW MEXICO STATE FILM OFFICE
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: