(Above) President David Schmidly
and Janet Schmidly join Jemez Pueblo Governor Raymond Gauchupin,
Miss Indian UNM Juanita Toledo and her mother, Lynn Toledo,
at tribal headquarters in Jemez. Schmidly made the trip to
strengthen ties with the pueblo.
UNM and Jemez Pueblo
partner to create early college for Native youth
UNM’s Department of Native American Studies
is partnering with Walatowa Charter High School in Jemez Pueblo
and the Seattle-based Center for Native Education to develop
dual enrollment opportunities for Native students.
Funded in part by a $12 million eight-year Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, with support from the
Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation for Education,
early college high schools aim to increase the number of Native
students who graduate and go on to college. Partnerships between
tribal, high school, and college stakeholders allow early
college students the opportunity to earn up to two years of
college credit while still in high school.
“On behalf of the Native American Studies
(NAS) program at the University of New Mexico, I want to extend
our congratulations to the Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Charter High
School for the award of an early college grant,” said
Greg Cajete, NAS chair. “We are proud to be one of the
institutional partners with Walatowa Charter High School on
this project. We look forward to our collaboration and the
future success of the Early College Initiative at Walatowa.”
Walatowa Charter High School fills a need in
a district that struggles with only twenty-nine percent of
its eleventh grade American Indian students meeting or exceeding
proficiency on state reading assessments—a figure that
compares to an overall fifty-eight percent in New Mexico.
On state math assessments, eighteen percent of the district’s
Native students were proficient, compared with thirty-one
percent of all New Mexico eleventh graders.
On average, students in early colleges for Native
youth experience a thirty-two percent increase in state reading
scores and a thirteen percent increase on math scores.
“Our hope is that through this early college
exposure, our youth can make a seamless adjustment after high
school, be successful in the college and field of their choice,
and develop the tools and skills to preserve and protect our
culture and language while advancing the interests of our
tribe into the future,” said Jemez Pueblo Governor Raymond
• A falta de faisán, buenos
son rábanos con pan.
Lacking pheasant, radishes with bread are good.
• Bien predica quien bien vive.
He preaches well who lives well.
• Cada campana suena según
el metal del que está hecha.
Each bell sounds according to the metal of which it is
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
County Historical Society meeting will feature DeLavy history
The Sandoval County Historical Society will
meet on January 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the DeLavy House Museum
(off Highway 550 west of Bernalillo between the Coronado State
Monument and the Santa Ana Star Casino). Slim Randles, author
of Ol’ Slim’s View from the Porch, will present
the life and retrospective of western artist Ed DeLavy and
his paintings. The meeting is free and open to the public.
of Montezuma open space still not open
After four years of negotiation and red tape,
the one-thousand-acre proposed open space at the Crest of
Montezuma in Placitas is still not a done deal. Last month,
however, Santo Domingo Pueblo, current owners of the property,
did request the dedication of a public right-of-way for .54
miles of Diamond Tail Road and 0.8 miles of Camino de San
Francisco. The Sandoval County Commission approved the right-of-way
dedication for public access to the open space property and
a future fire station site.
Tom Gow of the Bureau of Land Management said
that transfer of the property from private ownership could
take place in the near future, but that until the title company
completes its very thorough study, the proposed open space
remains on hold.
Colorado Library receives architectural award
The City of Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado
Main Library has received a 2007 Citation Award from AIA Albuquerque,
a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Out of
thirty-six projects submitted for consideration, only eight
were recognized for excellence in design.
This award recognizes the City of Rio Rancho
and those who worked on the building. This includes Wilson
and Company Engineers and Architects, Hidell and Associates,
and Jaynes Corporation General Contractors.
The Loma Colorado Main Library opened to the
public in December 2006. This thirty-two-thousand-square-foot
facility has a 130-seat auditorium, conference room, local
history room, computer lab, teen area, study rooms, and more.
It was funded through a $5.5 million general obligation bond,
as well as contributions from citizens and groups such as
Pulte Homes of New Mexico.
The library was constructed to optimize water
efficiency and indoor environmental quality. It uses recycled
and renewable materials and has many other sustainable features.
In 2008, certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Green Building from the U.S. Green Building
Council will be sought for the facility.
AIA represents the professional interests of
America’s architects. AIA members are committed to excellence
in design and livability related to the nation’s buildings
and communities. Members follow a code of ethics and professional
conduct that assures dedication to the highest standards in
For more information about the city’s
Library and Information Services Department, visit the city’s
website at www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.
snow play area open weather permitting
—KAREN TAKAI, USFS
The Capulin Snow Play area will be open when
crews and highway department are able to clear roads and parking
area. The Snow Play area is located approximately 8 miles
up the Sandia Crest National Scenic Byway (Highway 536). To
check on the status of the area contact Sandia Ranger District
at 505-281-3304 or www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola/sandia. Please
note the Capulin Snow Play Area is unsupervised, participate
at your own risk. Rental equipment is not available at the
Snow Play area.
The following are prohibited at the Capulin
Snow Play Area:
Skis (downhill and cross-country), sleds (with
wood, metal, molded plastic or other hard materials) and snowboards.
Sliding out of the defined area. Careless, Reckless
Sliding. Alcoholic Beverages and glass containers.
Please note: Sliding, sledding and tubing are
prohibited at the following trailheads and slopes associated
with these areas: Tree Springs Trailhead, 10K Trailhead, and
the hairpin curve on State Highway 536 below Tree Springs
• Observe all posted signs and warnings.
Keep out of closed areas.
• Before starting downhill, look above,
below and to the side of you and yield to others.
• People below you have the right of way.
It is your responsibility to avoid them.
• Maintain control in order to avoid other
people or objects (rocks, trees, etc.)
• Do not stop where you obstruct a slope,
or are not visible from above.
An Amenity Fee is required and the cost is $3.00
per vehicle ($10.00 per vehicle with capacity of 15 or more).
Self-issue fee envelopes are available on site. The Sandia
Annual Pass is honored at the site, and can be purchased for
$30.00 at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras and at the
Cibola National Forest Supervisor’s Office, REI, Charlie’s
Sporting Goods, Two Wheel Drive, and area Wal Mart Sporting
Goods Departments. For more information contact the Sandia
Ranger District at 281-3304.