The New Order

By R.W.

Opinion

Well, today was a big day. Most presidential inaugurations are historic events, but this one today was special, perhaps even an epoch changing event. Trump, the minority president (who lost the popular vote, and won the electoral college vote by a squeaker) spoke to the sparse crowd of upturned white faces  in Washington’s mall:

“You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

There has been much focus, of course, and much insightful analysis, of course, of what just took place; I cannot compete with or contest the mighty players in this scene, but a simple single thought is plaguing me. It’s scary and won’t go away:

 

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Guns Will Protect Jemez Schools From Attack by Grizzly Bears

By R.W.

Opinion/Editorial

Betsy DeVos.

Almost 90 percent of this country’s children are in public schools. Now, we are faced with a lobbyist for private, religious and for-profit charter schools, the Amway heiress, multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos, described by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten as the most ideological, anti-public education nominee in the Department of Education’s history who has been nominated for the position of U.S. Secretary for Education by President-elect Donald Trump. She is seen as an advocate for turning public education into a business, part of a trend sweeping the country that emphasizes profit and not education as the purpose of schools.

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Down a Dusty Track

Photos by R.W.

We live in a variety of landscapes, not all visible in our daily passages.

On the “other” side of N.M. 550, just a little southeast of San Ysidro, lies Cabezon Road. A casual rider on the main highway could never suspect what wonders lie hidden in the nooks and crannies of the landscapes down those dusty tracks. In fact, dusty tracks leading off those dusty tracks is where the real wonders lie.

 

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Senator Heinrich Seeks Public Input

By Senator Martin Heinrich

United States Senate

 

 

As Congress reconvenes, I remain committed to standing up for New Mexico values. I am taking the power you have lent me to fight every day to solve the problems facing our state and our nation. With a background in engineering, I have always taken a pragmatic approach to my job–putting aside partisan differences and focusing on what really matters to all of us.

Please take a moment to share which issues you and your family care most about and sign up to continue receiving updates on them from me.

 

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Indios Amigos: Mesoamerican Auxiliaries in the Spanish Conquest of North America

 

By Matthew J. Barbour

Manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites

 

 

In the last two decades, the public has begun to realize that the Coronado Expedition to New Mexico consisted primarily of Mesoamerican Indians. Roughly 3,000 strong, these men are often referred to by the Spanish as indios amigos (or friendly Indians). However, modern descriptions and depictions of these Nahuatl speaking peoples remain problematic. They are often referred to as porters or slaves. They are relegated to a passive role which satisfies the perception of an unrelenting Spanish hunger for glory. This is simply untrue, not just in terms of these Mesoamericans’ contributions to New Mexico, but rather their collective role in the conquests of the New World as whole.

 

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New Mexico’s Welfare Program Could Do a Much Better Job

By Sharon Kayne

Communications Director, NM Voices for Children

New Mexico’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program—what was formerly known as ‘welfare’—could do a much better job of helping families find educational pathways out of poverty. No TANF money is spent on education and training services that help parents gain credentials and secure family-sustaining employment. And while a significant percentage of TANF funding is used to pay for services like child care assistance and NM Pre-K, too few families with young children who receive TANF benefits are able to take advantage of these programs.

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Forest Issues

By R.W.

Photo R.W.

A road-like strip of mud made by visitors to the forest.

 

If it’s not bark beetles, fires, or droughts, it’s us. Not as direct and purpose driven as clear-cut logging or similar exploitative abuses of the natural environment by commercial operations in the near past, but mysterious acts of destruction and spoilage by an unidentified subculture in our midst,  whose motives are hard to fathom.

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