Indiscriminate Immigrant Raids Contrary to Core American Values

By Sharon Kayne


James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico: “We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.

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New Mexico Looks To Increase State’s Internet Connection Speed


New Mexico Internet connection speed ranks 48th in the nation and is similar to the average connection speed of Iraq and Molodova. According to Federal Communication Commission study, even a 7 percent increase in broadband adoption could create an estimated 15,000 jobs to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at creating jobs and opportunities through increased broadband access and increased Internet speed across the state.

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Jemez Ranger District Seeks Fire Fighting Crews



The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is seeking candidates for the Southwest Wildland Fire Fighters Crew (SWFF.) The SWFF crew is composed of A/D positions that work under emergency hire conditions. Applicants must be 18 years or older and be able to pass an arduous pack test.

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Fee Free Presidents Day and Other Events at Bandelier

By Chris Judson


NPS Photo

Mesas in the Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument

Looking for an inexpensive way to get into the outdoors on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday?  Perfect – it’s a Fee Free Day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas across the country, which means no entrance fees are charged.

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The modern poster was a unique invention using color lithography when it was still a new medium for creative design and responding to the needs of a burgeoning consumer culture that spurred the development of modern advertising. Inspired by the freedom from constraining traditions of art, the modern poster has entered history as art, design, and advertising. Dr. Ruth Iskin, Professor Emeritus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, acclaimed author and scholar of modern and contemporary art, will discuss the unique convergence of art, advertising, and design in the modern poster.

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 Forest Service Seeks Comment on Uranium Mine Cleanup

Steven McDonald, On-Scene Coordinator

USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region


The Forest Service is asking for public review and comment on the proposed action for an environmental cleanup plan for abandoned uranium mines on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).  The cleanup will be done under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

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Winter White House Questions

By Tom Udall


Sen. Tom Udall.


Two weeks ago, Senator Whitehouse and I asked for a list of the members who are paying $200,000 a pop to gain access to President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago ‘Winter White House’. We asked about what steps were being taken to screen members and guests to ensure they presented no security risks. We’ve heard nothing.

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Opportunities for Andrenaline Junkies



Most firefighters are eager to finally get their “big one” – but smokejumpers get their “big one” every time the alarm sounds.

Smokejumpers combine skydiving and firefighting, jumping from turbine engines into rampant wildfires in areas not accessible by road. As they jump, winds can propel their parachutes to 20 miles an hour (or more), making landing coordinates nearly impossible to predict. Once they’ve landed, the job actually begins, fighting a fire sprawling over hundreds of acres without support.

Being a smokejumper is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. Could you hack it in this extreme profession?

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Leaky Lab up on the Hill Above Us

By R.W.

Panic, chaos and rage rule in a new administration in D.C. where a  puffed up, thin skinned, combed over egomaniac threatens to snuff out life on earth with a jab of a finger at a red button at his disposal. Here, in our bucolic Jemez valley and mountains,  far removed from the horrors and dangers that blight life in so much of our troubled world, we live an ideal country life that so many others must surely yearn for.

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Jemez Governor Assumes New Position



Pueblo of Jemez Governor Joseph A. Toya has been elected as Chairman of the Southern Pueblos Council of Governors. Previously, Councilman Raymond Gachupin, also Jemez,  served as Chairman of the Council in 2000 and 2007.

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Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera this Saturday

Sandra West


The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people explore its frozen beauty. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter. The next hike will take place in the afternoon this Saturday, February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative. Along the way, participants will have the chance to learn tricks and tips for navigating by snowshoe, understanding how plants and animals adapt to cope with winter, and exploring the fascinating geology of the Jemez Mountains.

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning for Today


The above represents a maybe/perhaps weather situation up in the high country this Monday. Photo taken some years ago.


Update: Jemez Day School is running on a two hour delay. The Valles Caldera is closed. No other closings or delays have been reported so far. Difficult driving conditions on N.M. Highway 4 from mile marker 19 to 46.

A Winter Storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Jemez area, lasting from this Sunday evening until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Chances of snowfall over the next couple of days range from 80 to 30 percent. At the lower elevations the temperatures are expected to be high enough for the snow to turn to rain during the daylight hours.

Up in the higher elevations conditions are expected to be severe. The Valle Caldera National Preserve issued this statement:

Main Entrance & Contact Station Closed February 13 Due to Severe Winter Conditions. For the safety of staff and visitors, the main entrance and contact station will be closed Monday, February 13th in anticipation of severe winter weather. The preserve will reopen Tuesday, February 14th at 9 AM if conditions allow.

Updates, including possible school closings, will follow in the morning.

Dining Out

Photos R.W.


A grey, dismal day, for a change, with promise of moisture in the air. Despite the gloom, downtown Cañon was bustling, and its roadside attractions much appreciated.

Trap Free New Mexico Legislative Alert

By Mary Katherine Ray


Senate Bill 286, the New Mexico state bill to ban traps and poisons on public lands, has its first hearing on Thursday, February 16 at 8 AM in Room 311 of the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe. Please attend the hearing! Your presence and a short, 30-second comment in support of the bill is the most powerful message you can deliver to our legislators.

Imagine being able to recreate on our beautiful public lands without the worry and fear that a hidden trap could be lying in wait to harm your dog or your family. Imagine the peace of mind knowing you won’t come across an animal brutalized by a trap. Imagine the opportunity to see a beautiful bobcat, fox or other wild creature without the looming danger of baited, steel-jaw, leg-hold traps.

Senate Bill 286, the NM WILDLIFE PROTECTION & PUBLIC SAFETY ACT to prohibit traps and poisons on New Mexico’s public lands has been introduced!


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Stop “Buy Ivanka’s Stuff”

By Tom Udall

Senator for New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


Yesterday, Senators Tom Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) urged the White House Counsel to take decisive action to end the troubling pattern of apparently blatant conflicts of interest plaguing the Trump Administration.


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Visit the Valles Caldera by Moonlight Tonight

Valles Caldera National Preserve

 Snowshoe, Ski, Hike, take pictures and tell tall stories by a fire tonight.

Valles Caldera National Preserve will be offering extended hours for winter recreation on Saturday, February 11th. Normal operational hours, currently 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, will be extended until 9:30 pm with the entrance gate closing at 10:00 pm.


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Just Spring Cleaning

Photos R.W.


Looking south from the Jemez Historic Site.

Not really Spring yet, and we should be braced for a few more blasts of Winter, but today, and the last few days, gave us a taste of the coming season, and some wafts of spring cleaning activities.  Clouds of thick smoke rising above Jemez Springs might have caused alarm for some folks (early fire season?); on closer inspection this turned out to be a weed and brush clearing operation on the the Pueblo of Jemez Property, the old Servants of the Paraclete land.


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Bandelier Asking For Public Comments on Project

By Chris Judson


Image NPS

Sketch of proposed tri-plex housing unit, Bandelier National Monument


The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park’s Mesa Housing Area.

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Words of Warning from the IRS



The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for 2017.

“Exercise caution when a return preparer promises an extremely large refund or one based on credits or benefits you’ve never been able to claim before,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The “Dirty Dozen,” an annual list compiled by the IRS, outlines common scams that taxpayers may encounter. These schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire others to help with their taxes. Scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.


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The Siege of Santa Fe

By Matthew J. Barbour




The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was a pivotal event in New Mexico history. Under the guidance of a religious leader, Popay, Pueblo peoples of the Northern Rio Grande united and with their Apache and Ute allies drove out the Spanish. The center of this conflict focused on the siege of Santa Fe, which lasted for about eight days between August 13 and August 21.


During the siege, residents of the villa and surrounding communities retreated into the Palace of the Governors. Water to the Palace came by way of an acequia, which was cut off by Pueblo warriors surrounding the settlement. Governor Antonio de Otermín rallied the Spaniards and sallied forth to retake the village. However, he met with staunch resistance. After a hard-fought battle, Otermín drove the Pueblo warriors back but failed to destroy their forces. Fearing what might happen if he stayed in Santa Fe, Otermín collected the Spanish settlers and retreated south to El Paso.


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