Ms. Virginia Sandia Celebrates 20 years at the Walatowa Convenience Store

RED ROCKS REPORTER

Virginia Sandia.

For more than 20 years, the Walatowa Convenience Store has met the grocery and fuel needs of people in our local communities. From the beginning, Ms. Virginia Sandia has been a vital asset to providing the community with these necessities through her friendly greetings, helpful knowledge, and overall outstanding customer service.

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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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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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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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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.

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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Difficult Driving Conditions in Jemez Area

New Mexico Roads warns of difficult driving conditions on US 550, mile marker 30-35 ( north of San Ysidro). Roads are icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated as conditions change.

The icy roads on this stretch, mile markers 30-40 (north of San Ysidro), have led to multiple crashes.  As mentioned above, roads in this area are icy and visibility is limited due to light snow. Drivers are warned to watch for emergency response vehicles and snow plows and to reduce speed.

Difficult Driving Conditions are also occurring on NM 4, between mile markers 24-46 (from just above Jemez Springs to the Los Alamos County Line) – Roads are snow packed and icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs.

Hike Up Mesa de Las Casas

By Stan Renfro
JEMEZ HIKING
Mesa de Las Casas
At 10 a.m., on Friday, December 8, I will lead a hike up Mesa de Las Casas, leaving from the intersection of Camino Corto and Vista Hermosa, located above the Trailhouse store.
Bring water and food, and don’t forget that the weather may get colder than it is, and may surprise us. The journey takes about five hours, and is precipitous.

Look at December 2017 in the Red Rocks

Photos R.W.

Last day this year for these asters and datura?

It feels like a front coming through today. Fierce winds are rattling whatever’s been left out to rattle and forecasts call for temperatures to drop to seasonable levels, or perhaps below, over the next few days. No more flowering gardens with bees and butterflies buzzing in still, warm air. It’s been nice while it lasted.

I realize, of course, that that Red Rocks (aka Banana Belt) has a somewhat different climate than some other parts of the Jemez and nearby areas, and that many folks have had their first frost a long time ago, but here is a sad farewell to a long flowering season from down our way.

This visitor dropped by yesterday.

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Gardening in December

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. I made sure to give thanks for all of you who support our local farmers market – plus those who don’t. This is just too wonderful a place not to be grateful for everything.

So here in this wondrous land of plenty, Walter keeps coaxing those veggies right out of the ground. And guess what? There’s enough to share. So get yourself to the Bodhi this Saturday, between 9 and 11, and take advantage of this cornucopia of healthy goodness.

Be sure to wear your smile and express your gratitude for this nutritious and delicious fresh produce, grown right in your back yard and the only effort needed from you is getting there to get it!! What more could you ask for?

Another Dog Caught in a Trap in the Jemez

By R.W.

 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.

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Jemez Ranger District Has Applied Vallecitos and Joaquin Prescribed Burns

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Taking advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have moved forward with previously announced prescribed burns to help reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the 2018 fire season.

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Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Prescribed Burn

Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, Nov. 28, on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and NM Highway 4.

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Ranger Ethan Ortega is now the Historic Site Instructional Coordinator

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.

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Still Abuzz, After All These Months

Photos R.W.

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.

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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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Magical Abundance

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

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.

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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Forest Service Hiring for Temporary Positions for 2018 Field Season

By Julie Anne Overton, Acting Public Affairs Officer

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

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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