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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Stick Structures; We Are Not Alone

By R.W.

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.

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Stick Structures in Santa Fe National Forest; Who’s Building Them and Why?

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They are also concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

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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?

How to get Started on Your Own Penstemon Garden

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips, and photos to get you started on your own penstemon garden. This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).Continue reading

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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Further Helicopter Work Will Cause Temporary Closure of Main Trail at Bandelier 

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

 NPS Photo

In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction.  This project will continue on Monday, December 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.  This part of  the project is planned for about 225 loads of construction materials, at about a thousand pounds per load, carried by transport bags on a sling under the helicopter. The dirt will be used to fill in worn tread on the trail, while the stones are for use in the rockwork along the way.

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Balderas Opposes Trump’s Proposal to Dramatically Increase Entrance Fees at National Parks

By New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Joining a bipartisan coalition of 11 attorneys general, Attorney General Hector Balderas today expressed his strong opposition to the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fee during the five-month peak season would increase to $70 from $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would also increase by double or more.

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Stars and Mysteries in the Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

Sandra West

NATURE CENTER PLANETARIUM

On Friday, December 1st at 7 PM, Paul Arendt will project the December night sky on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome and introduce neighboring galaxy, planets, and other celestial objects visible without telescopes. Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play in the planetarium on December 2nd and 3rd at 2 PM. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

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The Jemez Post

By R.W.

The Jemez Post had another of its familiar “offline” incidents over the last few days.  It has miraculously recovered and normal posting will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Apologies to all who were awaiting announcements and news releases.

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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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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Udall, Luján Address Health Issues for Urban Native Americans

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.

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Bandelier Concession Closed Until March

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

The retail and food and beverage concession operation at Bandelier National Monument will be closed beginning November 21 and is expected to reopen in March 2018. There is currently no other food and beverage option at the monument. Other park services, including the trails and Visitor Center, remain open as scheduled. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band.

Three New Exhibitions Open at Newly-Refurbished Museum of Art

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.

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Expanded Schedule for Bugg Lights Opening Night

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.

See the Special Schedule

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If We’re Busting the Budget, Let’s Spend on Real Needs

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

UNITED STATES SENATE

Republicans seem to believe we can afford massive amounts of additional deficit spending, because their tax plan busts the budget by $1.5 trillion over 10 years to provide more tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests. If Republicans insist on deficit spending, imagine if instead we invested in our people and communities.

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Bandelier Open on Thanksgiving, November 23, and Celebrating OptOutside on Friday, November 24 

By Chris Judson
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, on Thursday, November 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 AM – 3 PM.  Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.

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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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Play Eight-Player Super Smash Bros. on the Nature Center Planetarium Dome

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

Play an eight-player Super Smash Bros. tournament on a 10’ x 20’ screen. Find out on Tuesday, November 21, when the Los Alamos Teen Center and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will project the video game onto the planetarium dome at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This event is free and open to the public. The tournament starts at 6 p.m., so bring your friends and quick reflexes.

This fun evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

Cacti are Cool:  Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums

Cacti are Cool:
Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums

Friday, December 1 | 10am – 12noon

MoCNA Project Lab

Take a moment to stop and smell…the cactus! Spend a morning learning about indigenous dryland and desert ecological practices through our current exhibition, Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance, and then put that knowledge to use by building your own cactus terrarium.

 

This event is limited to 20 participants with a fee of $10 for materials. For more information and to RSVP, please contact MoCNA Membership + Programs Manager Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) at (505) 428-5907 or ahanley@iaia.edu.