Institute of American Indian Arts November 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program


Athena LaTocha.

The Institute of American Indian Arts(IAIA) continues their series of month-long artist residencies at the school which began in August, 2015 and announces the Artist-in-Residence Schedule of Activities for November 2017. Native and First Nations artists were selected to come to Santa Fe to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program includes public receptions and artist talks from each of the artists. A selection committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed applications for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program and selected artists for the 2017 sessions.

The November A-i-R artists are: Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe),
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Brown (Koyukan Athabascan), and
Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).

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The Basin in Our Corner

Photo Courtesy EcoFlight

Oil and gas production sites in the Four Corners.

An entry in EcoFlight describes in word and images the San Juan Basin, which has contributed more than eight percent of the nation’s current natural gas supply. Our area has produced more than 370 million barrels of oil and nearly 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  There are currently more than 20,000 producing wells with a prediction of up to 5,000 additional wells targeting natural gas in the upcoming years.

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Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest: the Lama Foundation



Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June 2017-February 2018 for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.

Siddiq Hans von Briesen, the brother of Lama Foundation cofounder Barbara Durkee, was an early communard at Lama. Von Briesen will speak about the commune’s evolution over its fifty years.

Lama Foundation sits in a forested area at 8,800 feet on the western aspect of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range north of Taos, New Mexico. In 1967 local artist Herman “the hermit” Rednick found a piece of land with a natural spring and encouraged Steve and Barbara Durkee and Jonathan Altman to establish their alternative-living effort there. The Durkees had been living in Garnerville, New York, where their social circle of artists had become known for psychedelic light shows and experiments with LSD. Drawn to nature, the two ventured to the Southwest in search of an idyllic place to situate a new commune. Shortly after founding Lama, they imposed a rule forbidding the use of illegal drugs on the property. As a result, some original numbers decamped immediately. Gradually the commune flourished as the residents constructed uniquely impressive buildings and devoted themselves to spiritual practice from every persuasion. Lama Foundation is one of very few of the communes that remain in the northern Rio Grande Watershed.

Heinrich’s Bipartisan Legislation To Prohibit the Exporting of Sacred Native American Items


U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to consider the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. November 8, 2017.

More  News From the Wooded Areas Up Above Us and All Around Us

Julie Anne Overton


The Santa Fe National Forest invites fuelwood permit holders to take advantage of recent thinning projects along Forest Road (FR) 376 near the Gilman Tunnels to collect firewood for the winter.

The wood has already been felled, limbed and bucked into six-foot lengths for the convenience of the public.  All you need to collect up to five cords of wood is a valid fuelwood permit which can be purchased for $20.  The FR 376 fuelwood area will be open until Dec. 31, 2017.

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Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Can Get One Free


Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.

As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at  Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit.  The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23, 2017.  Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

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Of Big Oil and Gas in Sandoval County

By Anita Amstutz


Jobs, jobs, jobs. It’s the rallying cry of our time. And why not? Right livelihood brings self respect, good wages, and ability to take care of one’s own and participate in the human community. Unfortunately the public is continually handed the tired myth that we must have jobs at any cost. Ultimatums and lame excuses frame an either or proposition.

Recently the citizenry of Rio Rancho and surrounding communities of Sandoval County saw this golden calf paraded out again by the County Commissioners and the oil and gas industry—-we must bow down to the sacred, hungry machinery of big oil and gas or else we will not have jobs, jobs, jobs.

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Winners of the 2017 Filmmakers Announced



New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the winners of the 2017 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place November 4 & 5, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The following winners were announced in seven (7) categories:

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New Mexicans Deliver Their Methane Comments

Ramona Blaber


On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and in Santa Fe, New Mexicans delivered comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices. The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.

“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy. We can clean up our air here in the center of the nation’s biggest methane cloud, and the state of New Mexico AND the oil and gas industry can make money plugging their leaks and eliminating waste,” said Katee McClure, Aztec city commissioner. “Capture the escaping methane; use it as an energy source and make money for the state. Clean up the air and create jobs for our community.”

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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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New Mexico Senators Cosponsor November as National Native American Heritage Month


U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.


U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation’s identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.

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New Mexicans Gear Up to Confront Interior Secretary Zinke Over the Air We Breathe

Ramona Blaber


The San Juan Basin, our  neighboring methane gas producing area.


Parents, faith leaders and elected officials will gather at BLM offices statewide Monday to deliver comments opposing another attempt to undermine a key BLM safeguard that would reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

New Mexico citizens have commented in overwhelming support of these rules again and again. The two-year delay proposed would undermine public health and royalty income to New Mexico and allow oil and gas companies to continue leaking methane and other toxic pollution into the air we breathe. New Mexicans will deliver comments in person on the last day of the BLM’s public-comment period on the proposed delay.

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Get Yourself and Your Family Covered

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Beginning this week, New Mexicans can visit our state’s health insurance exchange at to shop for health insurance plans for 2018. If you have questions, you can also call 1-833-862-3935 to talk to an enrollment counselor for free. Coverage options will be available until the open enrollment period ends on December 15.
I am working to ensure that our communities have everything they need to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act. For additional helpful information, I encourage you and your family to visit the Health Care Resources page on my website.
Please make sure all members of your family get covered. If I can be of further assistance to you in enrolling in health coverage – including through New Mexico’s health insurance exchange or through Medicare or Medicaid – please call my office nearest you or write to me.

Watch Out For Danger of Burned Trees

Chris Judson


Photo: NPS Photo
Dead, falling, and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011
One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water.  She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank.  A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.  She looked up and then very quickly sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell right where she had been sitting, crushing her backpack but very narrowly missing her.  She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.Continue reading

New Mexico Museum of Art Reopens with New Exhibitions


Photo  Blair Clark

Karl Baden, Untitled (Selective Tones), 1983

Split-toned gelatin silver print, from negative with applied cliché-verre, 12 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.


Photo Jamey Stillings 
Susan York, Floating Column, 2008

Solid graphite.  Collection of the Lannan Foundation

After being closed since mid-September for an extensive renovation, on the 25th of this month the New Mexico Museum of Art reopens launching its Centennial year celebration. Two exhibitions, one,  Contact: Local to Global, highlights some world famous leading figures in art who have lived and worked in the region, and the other, Shifting Light : Photographic Perspectives,  a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s engagement with photography.

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Conference to Discuss Solving New Mexico’s Child Poverty Program

Sharon Kayne


With the aim of bringing together local stakeholders to discuss ways to solve the state’s child poverty crisis, NM Voices for Children and Ngage NM are hosting a KIDS COUNT Conference in Las Cruces on Nov. 9, 2017. The conference will focus on child well-being in the southern part of the state, particularly early childhood care and education, and encourage discussion about the impact on children in New Mexico of the changing political landscape – both nationally and locally as to the state prepares to elect a new governor.

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Magical Abundance

By Jennifer Olson


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.


…and other upcoming events at the UNM Art Museum.

Episode Airs Saturday, November 4, 4:00pm

New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV
Tune into ¡COLORES! New Mexico PBS to watch an interview with the curator of “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos.  In this segment Pablo Ortiz-Monasterio shares how these photographs, which lay hidden in the Frida Kahlo Museum for over 50 years, expand our understanding of her life and art.
¡COLORES! is a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit. The series features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

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Bandelier Announces Solicitation for Concession Proposals

Antoinette Vigil, Director


Sandoval County

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the release of two prospectuses for the award of two new concession contracts in Bandelier National Monument. Solicitation number CC-BAND002-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide food and beverage services from Historic Building 17, and solicitation number CC-BAND003-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide retail and winter recreation equipment rental services from Historic Building 15.

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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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New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Next Weekend


New Mexico Film Office announced the 2017 NM Filmmakers Showcase awards ceremony, panel of 2016 winners and free screenings will be held in Albuquerque, NM. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center/Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

The NM Filmmakers Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from New Mexico residents from around the State. The Saturday (11/4) evening awards ceremony will announce the winners of each category and will also include a panel discussion with the 2016 NM Filmmaker Showcase winners (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm). On Sunday (11/5) afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) we will screen the winning films in their entirety.

Below (Continue Reading) are a list of nominees and this year we are excited to include a “Wild Card” award. The “Wild Card” award is a submitted film receiving the highest judges score outside of the top nominees.

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