This Week’s New Mexico in Focus Looks at Job Losses

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is the prime-time news magazine show for New Mexico PBS covering the events, issues and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. 

Hosted by Gene Grant, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS regularly airs at 7 p.m., Fridays and 7 a.m., Sundays on Channel 5, and 5 p.m., Saturdays on Channel 9.

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Santa Fe National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

SFNF News:

Effective at 8 a.m., Thursday July 12, the Santa Fe National Forest will go from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to no fire restrictions forest-wide, to include the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Current monsoon rains and favorable weather forecasts are allowing for the complete lifting of fire restrictions.

“We’ve experienced some of the driest conditions this forest has seen in many years,” said Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia. “The monsoon rains are a very welcome relief, and I’m glad to see conditions improve enough to lift fire restrictions throughout the


Public Invited to Valle Santa Rosa Workshop and Campout

Courtesy photo

Los Amigo de Valles Caldera News:

The second of three workshops is planned on the tributaries of San Antonio Creek this summer.

Santa Rosa Creek is a major tributary to San Antonio Creek. It is being severely impacted by increased runoff from adjacent slopes burned by the Las Conchas Fire.

The Los Amigos are again partnering with the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF) to accomplish valuable wetland restoration.

We will be camping in the far northwest area of the Preserve at the San Antonio Cabin area. We invite you to join us for the two days of work and two nights camping.



Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Host Old-Timers and Members BBQ

The Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/Los Amigos de Valles Caldera


  • Los Amigos de Valles Caldera Old-Timers and Members BBQ at 3 p.m., Saturday Aug. 4

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera would like to invite you to a free BBQ at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

The Valles Caldera management has been kind enough to allow us to use the bunkhouse in the Historic Area. 

For those interested we will also have a morning work session to clean up around the headquarters area.

This event gives members and old-timers a chance to enjoy time on the Preserve, learn about


Northern New Mexico Cultural Exchange Nannies Keep Up Safety Education at Los Alamos Pool

Cultural Care Au Pair News:

Northern New Mexico Au Pairs. Courtesy photo

Au pairs from France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia met at the Aquatic Center for continuing safety education.

Scientists from around the world are not the only international residents in northern New Mexico.

There is also a vibrant group of young people from around the world who have come here to work, study and live with a U.S. family for a year – these young people are au pairs.

As part of their year-long program, they participate in mandatory safety training sessions, including a summer water-safety


Journey Through Indian Country Part 5: A Zero Tolerance Approach

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney. “We’ve made it a priority … to lower, if not eliminate, our thresholds to take these cases.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 5

The arrest of a 20-year-old Zuni woman for selling two baggies of cocaine that each contained less than one gram of the drug might be considered a minor offense in many jurisdictions—but in Indian Country, federal prosecutors are taking a different approach.

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s


Legal Notice of Decision for Travel Management on the Santa Fe National Forest Published

SFNF News:

Illustration: Map of the Santa Fe National Forest showing the widely separated Ranger Districts. Courtesy/SFNF

SANTA FE—The legal notice of decision, which triggers the appeal period, for travel management on the Santa Fe National Forest was published today, July 6, 2012, in the Albuquerque Journal. The Notice of Availability for the Santa Fe National Forest’s Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for managing motorized travel were also published in the Federal Register today.

The decision makes changes to the forest’s motorized transportation


One Year Later: Udall to Tour Las Conchas & Wallow Fire Sites

SOCORRO – This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will visit Catron County and Santa Clara Pueblo to examine the destructive long-term effects of last year’s Las Conchasand Wallow fires and their implications for the current record-breaking wildfire season.

Udall will also visit the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA).

Today, July 2, Udall will travel to the JVLA radio telescope facility near Magdalena.

Udall will tour the site with association directors and scientists and travel up into the interior of an antenna.

Udall will then travel to Spur Ranch in Luna where last year’s Wallow Fire crossed


NMSU, NMBC, Beef Industry Experts Host National Beef Academy for Youth at Valles Caldera July 8-13

Valles Caldera. Photo by Greg Kendall/
To address the concern that ranching is an aging industry, New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host a weeklong applied skills beef academy for youth from across the United States at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico, July 8-13.

“The average age of the New Mexico rancher is 57,” said Dina Chacon-Reitzel, executive director of the New Mexico Beef Council. “And 97 percent of New Mexico’s ranches are family owned and operated multigenerational outfits.


Espanola YMCA Teen Center Celebrates Tournament


Team members gathered with their trophies at the Espanola YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/Espanola YMCA Teen Center


By Gabriel Dion, Program Co-Director
Espanola YMCA Teen Center

The Espanola YMCA Teen Center hosted its fourth annual Str8 Ballin’ Basketball Tournament Saturday, June 16.

The event drew 150 audience members and 44 youth-age participants.

The youth of Espanola were given a chance to shine and that is what we, the Espanola YMCA Teen Center are all about. The teens love it when they have a passion and interest in something whether it’s big or small and are given