Sandoval County Spends $62,000 on a Oil And Gas Study They Do Not Plan To Use?


Mike Neas, PLACITAS RESIDENT,, (505) 269-4261


Why is  Sandoval County spending $62,000 to pay for an oil and gas resource assessment of Sandoval County if it does not plan to use it?

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History Museum and Santa Fe Opera Present New Mexico’s ‘Atomic Histories’


The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019. The exhibition will highlight American artist Meridel Rubenstein’s artwork including two photo/video/glass/steel installations from the traveling exhibition Critical Mass (1993-97) and “Oppenheimer’s Chair” (1995) commissioned by the first SITE Santa Fe Biennial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first atomic test.

“To enhance understanding of the legacy of the Manhattan Project, the New Mexico History Museum is developing an interpretive exploration of our state’s atomic history,” said Andrew Wulf, executive director of the New Mexico History Museum.

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Connecting Tribal Communities to High-Speed Internet

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

For some Americans today, logging on to the internet is as easy as going home and turning on the lights. And access to high-speed internet is becoming increasingly essential for economic and educational opportunities. However, in parts of New Mexico, and especially in tribal communities, a lack of access to high-speed broadband internet is leaving far too many of our children unable to learn and compete on an even playing field.

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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.

Red Meat Anyone?

By R.W.

“I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand (but…)
my IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

The most intelligent man on Earth is the President of the United States.  He is like a smart person. It is not true that he is, as his closest associates and team members report: a moron, a lunatic, not stable,  a sociopath, a delusional narcissist etc.

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New Mexico Leads the Way in Banning Lunch Shaming in Schools


It is amazing that this practice has ever existed in New Mexico, it is amazing that it continues in other parts of the country.

The majority of families with school age children in the Jemez Valley and adjoining areas live in poverty. In the Jemez Valley Public Schools and at Walatowa High Charter School the overwhelming majority of students receive free school lunches. Similar statistics occur in the Cuba and Bernalillo school districts; around 90 percent and more families in all three locations qualify for free lunches at school for their Children.

Not happy statistics, but on the bright side we can see that all these children now receive lunches and often breakfasts at their schools and that the horrendous practice of shaming them for their parents poverty does not take place.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, in addition to the video above posted the following statement on his Facebook page:

Half of all school districts nationwide are allowed to punish kids when their parents haven’t paid their school lunch bill. Our children have enough to worry about—they should be able to focus on learning and growing, not being punished or going hungry for something they can’t control.

I’m proud that thanks to the leadership of New Mexico Appleseed and others, my home state of New Mexico is leading the way – it’s time for the whole nation to join us. Share this video if you think we should end #lunchshaming in America.

Large Animals Thrive in the Jemez in Improved Forest Conditions

Video: New Mexico State University. 

An article in the Las Cruces Sun-News explores the results of habitat restoration  through prescribed burns and forest thinning that have been part of the Southwest Jemez Collaborative Landscape Restoration Project.

The study results so far give interesting insights into the changing conditions into the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve in the mountains above us.

The link to the article is here.


It Is Hard To See the Sun Through Clouds, So…


…just in case it turns out the way the forecasters predict (mostly cloudy), you can sit back where you normally sit back (not healthy, I know, but…) and get the full experience of a NASA sponsored total eclipse.

On the day of the eclipse go to is external)(link is external), where you will be directed by default to the NASA TV broadcast. The broadcast starts at 12 noon EDT and will connect with many of the NASA broadcasts distributed across the country.

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A Visit to the Tunnels



I can see that the notice of the closure of the Gilman Tunnels has produced quite a strong response from people. A site so familiar, so often visited, and a route to so much beyond has been snatched from us for a long spell. So to wipe a few tears, here’s a video posted on the Sandoval County site that takes us through those holes in granite in an unfamiliar way. The authors present themselves as Drone UP North, but I am not familiar with their names.

As an aside, fun though this video is, I would not be happy to be driving through the tunnels at the same time that this thing appeared, buzzing just below the roof.

If you enter Drone UP North’s video pages, there is more interesting drone footage to watch there.


Fighting Harmful Gas Emissions and the Wasting of State’s Taxpayer Money

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall


Each year in New Mexico, $100 million in taxpayer resources are wasted from the leaking, venting and flaring of natural gas on public lands. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management created a new rule to save taxpayers’ money and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by curbing this unnecessary natural gas waste.

But now, oil and gas lobbyists in Washington are putting pressure on congressional Republicans to repeal this common-sense measure to stop waste and protect taxpayers, public health and the environment.

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