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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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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Government to Government Relations

By Benny Shendo
PUEBLO OF JEMEZ Tribal Administrator

Governor Joseph A. Toya, Tribal Administrator Benny Shendo Jr. , Councilman Dr. Raymond Loretto and Grants and Contracts Coordinator Jeri Loretto attended the quarterly meeting of the Self-Governance Tribes Advisory committee in Washington, DC on Oct. 23-27. The Pueblo of Jemez is the only tribe in New Mexico that has exercised its authority to take control of its programs from Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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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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New Archaeological Report on Jemez Historic Site Available Now

By Matthew J. Barbour

Regional Manager, CORONADO AND JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES & President, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO

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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Flash Flood Watch for the Jemez

Starting this afternoon all the way through Sunday night the National Weather Service has announced a  flash flood watch for large parts of New Mexico, including the Jemez. They tell us that a few strong storms are possible across western New Mexico this afternoon and evening. Torrential downpours and small hail are the primary threats. Minor flooding is possible due to heavy downpours over already saturated soils.

Both localized and distant heavy rainfall will create dangerous flows in arroyos and over low water crossings. Do not attempt to drive through these waters. Water in arroyos may travel many miles and take hours to reach your location from upstream rain areas.

In many locations the ground is already saturated from 2 days of moderate to heavy rainfall, so even moderate rain amounts in a short period of time could lead to flash flooding.  Other vulnerable locations will include steep terrain, urban areas and burn scars. Keep a watchful eye on arroyos and small streams, and stay out of flooded low water crossings.

Drier air will arrive from the west and southwest on Saturday evening decreasing the risk of flash flooding.

 

2nd Annual Jemez Harvest Festival Coming to Red Rocks

By Marlon Magdalena

JEMEZ ARTS AND CRAFTS ASSOCIATION

With the beginning of October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to New Mexico! Once the morning balloon events have taken place many travel to various sites close to Albuquerque and the Jemez Valley is one of their favorites! The Jemez Arts and Crafts Association invites you to the 2nd Annual “Jemez Harvest Festival” at the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks during the first weekend of the Balloon Fiesta.
We will have local farmers selling their harvest and multicultural arts and crafts vendors selling their artwork.
This event is open to ALL arts and crafts vendors that live in the Jemez Valley. Cost of exhibiting will be a donation. Bring your own canopies, tables, and chairs.
For more information, visit our website, www.jemezartsandcrafts.com, contact the Jemez Arts and Crafts Association at jaca@jemezpueblo.com or call 505-934-5601 or 505-249-3577. We are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jemezartisansDirections from Albuquerque: I-25 North to Bernalillo, Exit 242; West on Highway 550 to San Ysidro; North on State Highway 4 to Jemez Red Rocks

Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez

PUEBLO OF JEMEZ

Candidates must apply online at www.jemezpueblo.org. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 834-7359.

 

Victim Services Coordinator,   Regular Full-Time

Compliance Officer, Healthcare,   Regular Full-Time

Environmental Health & Safety Specialist,   Regular Full-Time

Human Resources Consultant,   Regular Full-Time

Childcare Worker,   Temporary Part-Time

Medical Assistant,   Regular Full-Time

Medical Billing Specialist,   Regular Full-Time

Coding Technical Specialist,   Regular Full-Time

First Blocks Placed in Pueblo of Jemez Subdivision

RED ROCKS REPORTER

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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New MexicoTribes Receive $660,000 for Historic Preservation

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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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Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez

PUEBLO OF JEMEZ

Candidates must apply online at www.jemezpueblo.org.

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

Brick Laying Ceremony for the Jemez Place Subdivision Demonstration House

By Tiffany Avery

Director of Marketing & Communications, SANDOVAL ECONOMIC ALLIANCE

Jemez Pueblo leadership, in collaboration with the Jemez Community Development Corporation, will hold a block laying ceremony for the new Pueblo of Jemez Self-Help Demonstration House that will be the first home built within the newly completed Pueblo Place subdivision.

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New Fitness Center Breaks Ground

PUEBLO OF JEMEZ HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Tribal Councilmen, the Governors, tribal staff and community members gathered at the Walatowa Youth Center on Thursday, June 29, to officially break ground for the new Fitness Center to be built adjacent to the building. Tribal Administrator Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. welcomed the group and served as emcee. Adam Waquie offered the opening prayer.

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P’êpô?

By R.W.

Mountain Fish.

When I hear the Jemez speak their amazing sounding language I can rarely separate a single word from the flow, let alone catch any of the meaning of what is being said. I have once or twice been coached, by bored Jemez looking for distraction, to utter simple greetings or pronounce the odd name place, only to have my attempts greeted with either puzzlement or total amusement.

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Hikers Lost in the Jemez

Update 9:25 p.m.: Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office says its Air Unit assisted the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office with locating 3 stranded hikers in the forest area near Jemez, it was originally believed one person may have died. They made no confirmation of this; their announcement so far carried no details of the hikers’ condition.

As of 8:20 p.m. there have been no updates on this story in any New Mexico publications. This story  is confusing since Sandoval County Sheriff’s Departament is also reported to have been conducting a similar search near Mount Taylor for three hikers, one of whom is reported to have died. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) issued this statement, presumably referring to the situation in the Jemez:

BCSO Metro Air Unit will be launching in reference to a search and rescue call for Sandoval County. Five people are stranded. One person had a heart attack and the others may be suffering from dehydration. BCSO will assist fire and rescue in locating the subjects and shuttling personnel.

 

A rescue operation is going on somewhere in the Jemez, where five hikers are reported to be lost. The report is very unclear, and says that they are lost near Jemez Pueblo, but this could mean somewhere in the mountains near the reservation. One of the hikers is reported to have suffered a heart attack, which implies that the sheriff’s deputies conducting the search have contact with the group, but are unable to locate them.

A sheriff’s office helicopter shuttling rescue personnel to and from the area may be visible over the valley.