Free Permaculture Gathering And More In Edgewood, New Mexico

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Free Annual Permaculture Gathering

At La Resolana

In Edgewood

Saturday, October 2, 2010

12:00 PM                  Site Tour

2:00 PM                    Potluck

3:30 PM                    Bruce Noll — Keeping within the Poetry of Nature

This free permaculture gathering will include a site tour of rainwater cisterns, gravity as a resource, woodchip berms, swales, sponges, and tools I find useful.

La Resolana is the new name of this place in Edgewood. La Resolana is a place on the south side that harvests the sun and is shielded from the wind: a fertile place for dynamic sharing, creative thinking, and dialogue for what is possible.

Please bring interested friends and children, a favorite dish that you will enjoy sharing with others, and your finest sun hat! Please car pool and leave pets at home.

Bruce Noll will recite his favorite poets, including Walt Whitman, and his own wonderful nature poetry. He will share poetry that inspires insight within nature and within ourselves.

Take I-40 to Exit #187 in Edgewood (25 miles east of Albuquerque and 8 miles west of Moriarty). At the end of the off-ramp, go south two blocks to the stoplight at the intersection with Highway #333 (Smith’s Grocery will be on your left). Go straight up the hill on Edgewood Road #7 and turn right in ½ mile onto Moriarty Road (gravel). Go ¼ mile to #24 and turn right into my driveway or go straight ahead down the hill and park on your left.

I will have Brad Lancaster’s informative books on rainwater harvesting available for review and purchase (see his extensive website at

I look forward to seeing everyone and meeting new friends! If you need a map or a timely update, please call me at 281-4871.

Christian Meuli

Health Care Service Can Be A Mess — No Matter The Location

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Why is it that the segment of society with the most potential need turns out  the most abused by scam artists and crooks.

We speak of the health care needs in our country and the almost constant barrage of reports telling us of the latest Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs illegally manipulated and dipped into by dishonest health care workers; whether nurses, doctors, clerks or others charged with caring for the ill or just plain unhealthy because of malnutrition or other causes.

The latest scandal has hit the Indian Health Service (IHS) and according to a story appearing in the Associated Press MyWay by Matthew Daly, it is a sordid tale of waste and other abuse:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal Indian Health Service has hired convicted criminals, failed to stop employees from stealing narcotics and allowed workers to take paid leave for more than a year while being investigated for misconduct, a federal investigation has found.

The investigation disclosed years of mismanagement that have led to poor patient care, long-term vacancies and other problems at the Aberdeen Area of the Indian Health Service, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Reports of dangerous prescription drugs and/or narcotics stolen  and then sold by employees are not uncommon.  In some cases employees convicted in drug cases have been rehired in the very same area in which the crimes were committed:

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., the panel’s chairman, said Tuesday that the Aberdeen office “appears to me to be completely dysfunctional.”

Dorgan said he was stunned to learn that the region’s deputy director had been placed on paid leave for undisclosed reasons for more than a year. The official, Shelly R. Harris, has stayed home, at taxpayer expense, while allegations against her are investigated, said Charlene Red Thunder, director of the Aberdeen region.

An IHS spokesman said Harris is paid $125,109 per year. He declined to comment on the allegations against her or say when they may be resolved, citing privacy laws.

Dorgan called the lengthy leave unacceptable and said it was impossible to believe that a private-sector employer would allow such an action. “Not on your life!” he said.

The Aberdeen area IHS has many facilities which can serve as ready targets for any person or group ready to steal from the IHS:

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., the panel’s chairman, said Tuesday that the Aberdeen office “appears to me to be completely dysfunctional.”

The Aberdeen office serves more than 100,000 Indians on reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The region includes nine hospitals, eight health centers, two school health stations, and several smaller health stations and satellite clinics.

You can read some additional details by clicking here.

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East Mountain Federation Of Republican Women Sponsor Class On Constitution



Workshop Application

“Making of America in the History of Our Constitution”

October 9, 2010

1400 Rt. 66 Masonic Lodge, Edgewood, New Mexico * 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Name: (LAST) _____________________,         (FIRST)___________________

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City: _________________________________, State: NM Zip: _____________________

County: _______________________   Voting Precinct (on your voters card)   _________

Telephone: ( 505 )____________________   Cell (         ) ___________________________

Email address: _____________________________________________________________

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Payment Information:

Workbook on the Constitution – $20.00 for Adults, $15.00 for Students – includes lunch and refreshments.

Number of Adults: ___________            Number of Students:___________

Total Amount Enclosed: $___________

Make check payable to EMFRW and mail application to:

Carroll Bodo, Treasurer                                                           Contact Information:

18 Holiday Loop                                                                       Lori K. Harris, (505)235-6276

Tijeras, NM  87059

Agreement and Signature

By submitting this application, I affirm that I am signing up for the work shop on Making of America in the History of our constitution.
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Our Policy

EMFRW is the host for this event.  This is a workshop brought to you by the National Center For Constitutional Studies and all funds are for the printing of the workbook and lunch.  All payments are non-refundable.  This event and its hosts provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.  This is a non partisan workshop.  Thank you for your interest.

Andy Stern — Will He Burn

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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An apparent big friend and/or very close associate of POTUS and a frequent flier in and out of the Whitehouse is under investigation by the FBI and the United States Department of Labor (USDL.)  Mr. Andy Stern has long been involved with such notable organizations as ACORN and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), each of which have been in and out of the news and the life of  President Obama.  According to Sam Hananel in AP’s MyWay he is in for substantial questioning regarding fraud and other potential charges:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.

The two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and his role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who allegedly performed no work.

SEIU has contributed an estimated 44 million to Democratic candidates and attended or initiated more than a few demonstrations in favor of Democratic causes:

The disclosure about the federal inquiry of Stern – who abruptly resigned as president of the 2.2-million member SEIU in April – comes just weeks ahead of contentious congressional elections in which the union is spending an estimated $44 million to support its favored Democratic candidates.

The SEIU has been plagued with several financial scandals since 2008, when the Los Angeles Times reported that Tyrone Freeman, head of the union’s largest California local, misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union. The union ousted Freeman and demanded that he return the money. No federal charges have been filed against him, but SEIU spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette said the union has been cooperating with the FBI.

The article from AP continues enumerating other potential problems for  SEIU, Mr. Stern and some of his associates … labor union and otherwise.  It will be interesting to see if the investigation hits a wall and falls into a rabbit hole.  Here’s a link to the rest of the article.

Barela Announces Endorsements from New Mexico Job Creators …



header.jpg At Local Small Business, Jon Barela Announces Endorsements from New Mexico Job Creators and Outlines Principles for Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Jon Barela, the Republican candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, held an event at an Albuquerque small business – Yearout Industrial, Inc. – to discuss the principles that would drive his approach to reviving our economy and creating jobs.  Barela also announced the endorsement small business organizations and thanked numerous Albuquerque small business owners for their support.

Minda McGonagle, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, told the audience and members of the media that the NFIB is supporting Barela because “he has the knowledge and experience to make government a productive partner with small businesses – not a detached, imposing regulator.”  She continued, “Jon Barela understands the struggles of job creators, and he understands that pro-growth economic policies will allow businesses to invest in labor and capital that will create jobs in New Mexico.  Jon is a small businessman and business leader in our community, and the NFIB is proud to endorse Jon for Congress this year.”

Barela also thanked the National Restaurant Association, the Association of Building Contractors, the Association of General Contractors, BIPAC and other business-related organizations for their support for his campaign.

“Small businesses face tremendous uncertainty as our national economy takes on unprecedented levels of debt and Congress passes intrusive domestic policy legislation packed with job-killing taxes, mandates, and regulations,” Barela remarked.  “My opponent seems to believe that government spending and increased regulation of the private sector will somehow turn our economy around.  This is a flawed view, and it has failed in practice.  America will achieve an economic resurgence, but it will be small business owners – local job creators in New Mexico communities and elsewhere – who will lead the recovery and provide the jobs of the future.”

Barela also laid out a series of principles for economic recovery that included a mandate on Congress to produce a federal budget – something that, for the first time since 1974, was not done by Congress this year.  He also discussed his support for simplifying the tax code, reducing unnecessary and costly regulations on small businesses (such as the new 1099 filing requirements in the health care bill), making a concerted effort to increase and diversify the nation’s energy supply, ending wasteful government spending, extending the ’01 and ’03 tax cuts for all Americans and job creators, and reducing the federal deficit and debt by reigning in government spending.

Yearout Mechanical, Inc., the host of today’s event, is a New Mexico based company specializing in the installation of mechanical and process systems for the commercial, government, manufacturing and industrial communities of New Mexico.  Kevin Yearout, its owner, employs 197 people, and said he is supporting Barela because, “Jon will enforce the same sort of spending restraint and budget-balancing in Washington that I, and other small business owners and families, must use on a daily basis in our homes and businesses.”

Numerous other small business owners from the First Congressional District also offered their support for Barela’s campaign and his job-creation agenda.  These included Jack Price, from University Volkswagon; Larry Garcia, from Robek’s Fruit Smoothies and Healthy Eats; and, Kent and Melanie Cravens, from Alphagraphics.

Carla Sonntag, owner of Sonntag Enterprises, Inc., a small business specializing in organizational management and forensic consulting, has been affected by the job-killing policies supported by the current Congress and is enthusiastic in her support of Barela’s candidacy.  “We were on a path to grow the business, expecting to increase our number of employees, but we were stopped in our tracks because of President Obama’s initiatives – which have been supported by Representative Heinrich and Nancy Pelosi – that seek to use small businesses like ours to pay for expensive and intrusive government programs.” Sonntag said.


BonusJet Segment To Air Locally


We received the following from Geri Salazar, Grants Administrator for the City of Moriarty.  We are posting the information here for more area citizens to be aware of the information. The information was received by Ms. Salazar from Bob Carlton of Desert, Aerospace, LLC


A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from KRQE‘s Bob Martin.  He had seen

the BonusJet article in Wired magazine and wanted to do a news segment

on it.  He brought the news helicopter and some micro cameras out to

Moriarty and the segment grew to include ASC, Sundance and the OLC.

We did air-to-air from the helicopter, as well as several flights with

cameras on the wings, tail and cockpit .  Almost all of the footage was

shot in HD.

The segment is tentatively scheduled to air this Friday night at 10:00

PM on KRQE 13, and again Saturday at 9:00PM on Fox 2.

If you miss it, KRQE will have it on their website.

Bob Carlton

Desert Aerospace, LLC

Albuquerque, NM USA


Editor’s note:  I tried to post the English version of, but was unable to do so.  Perhaps someone who knows the process can post instructions or the English version link in a comment.

Demos Meltdown — Repubs Not Blowing It

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William Kristol writing an editorial on The says the Democrats are in meltdown and the Republicans are not blowing it (for once.)  we aren’t sure we can agree with Mr. Kristol’s opinion this soon as there are signals, such as Mr. Rove’s blubbering that might lead others to believe differently.  Since we respect Mr. Kristol, it is only right that he be given space  to show he is correct or close to reality in his editorial.  Whatever he might do, Mr. Kristol cuts to the chase without mincing words or withholding much in the way of what appears  serious joy:

It would be unbecoming for us at The Weekly-Standard​—we do have to uphold standards, after all!—to chortle with glee as the Democratic party melts down. It would be unkind to whoop at the top of our lungs as Obama White House big shots quit or get fired, and to cheer with gusto as the GOP leadership behaves sensibly, the Tea Party goes from strength to strength, and momentum builds towards a huge Election Day repudiation of big government liberalism.

So, instead, we’ll simply point out, calmly and quietly, that the Democratic party is in meltdown, the Obama White House is in disarray, and the voters are in rebellion against both of them.

Let’s just say right here, that we cry no tears, crocodile or otherwise, to hear this opinion as we stop short of saying we told you as much on more than one occasion, and would have told you again and again, but we were relatively convinced that most of you, no matter the party affiliation managed to get it close-in to the beginning of this administration.

If this administration was a piece of prime steak ready for basting, now would be the time for Kristol to rub it in, and he doesn’t disappoint.  Let’s see:

… This White House will have lost, by the end of this year, a remarkably high percentage of its original senior staff members. The White House counsel, communications director, budget director, and chair of the council of economic advisers are already gone—to say nothing of the estimable Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs, enterprise, and innovation. The chief of staff, national security adviser, and top economic policy director will follow shortly. Almost all of them were oh-so-convinced they were the best and brightest, oh-so-contemptuous of others who had labored in those jobs, and oh-so-disdainful of the American people. If we were less good-hearted and generous in spirit, we would be tempted to say: Goodbye and good riddance.

At this point in his editorial Mr. Kristol begin to praise … at least to raise, the Republican’s Pledge to America as an indication the Republicans have not blown their chance to recapture congress, but have instead, rushed rapidly toward that goal.  Here, since we are political neophytes, is the point where doubt creeps in and reason lingers behind.  At least it does so a short distance as it is quite difficult, given the last ten years, and especially the eight years of Mr. George W. Bush‘s administration to be convinced the Republicans really do have it, or that they will get it.

Mr. Kristol believes the “Pledge” is the right direction in many decent steps toward Republicans taking over Congress.  He says the Pledge to America differs from The Contract With America (circa: 1994) in several ways:

The Pledge, moreover, is a step up from 1994’s Contract with America. GOP strategists in 1994 seized on the idea of a “contract” as a way of bringing disillusioned Perot voters back into the tent. One source of Republican disillusion was that the first President Bush had promised not to raise taxes, and then did so. A contract was a way to make up for the failure to honor the promise to “read my lips.” And the good-faith and sincere attempt to implement the contract, to the degree congressional Republicans were able to do so, went a long way to repairing the damage of the broken promise of 1990.

Mr. Kristol rounds it all up and out with two more paragraph.  You can read all of his editorial right here.

Important Military/Veteran Benefits Set To Expire On 10/21/10


We received an email from United States Senator Tom Udall involving a military benefit that is on the verge of expiring  (no doubt others received the same email.)  Senator Udall asked for help in publicizing this benefit and we are pleased to do so.  We thank Senator Udall for pointing to the danger of some military members and veterans missing out on this benefit.

The information from Senator Udall’s office and blog is found below.  We ask that readers do what they can to get the word out on this important information.  Please feel free to blog  the information, Tweet the information or place it on Facebook.

Get Out the Word on Service Member Benefits

Dear Chuck,

I need your help to get out the word about important benefits for our veterans and service members.

In 2009, Congress made compensation available to service members of every military branch whose enlistment was involuntarily extended or retirement involuntarily suspended to support our ongoing war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Stop Loss” is a policy our military uses to quickly retain and generate forces in a time of need.

Members of our military whose service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are entitled to this special, retroactive “Stop Loss” compensation. However, the deadline to claim this benefit is Oct. 21, so they must act quickly to apply.

‘Stop Loss’ Pay Deadline is Oct. 21

If you served in the military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 and your service was involuntarily extended, or your retirement was suspended due to “Stop Loss,” you are eligible for special compensation.

This is not a gimmick or a scam. It’s a real opportunity for our troops who have sacrificed so much. You can find out more about the program on the Defense Department’s website here.

Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to “Stop Loss,” a policy utilized during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. Eligible Service members will receive $500 for every month they were on active duty after their discharge date.

58,000 claims have already been paid out, with the average benefit being $3,800, and the Department of Defense estimates that more than 145,000 personnel are eligible.

I encourage the servicemen and women whose service was extended by ‘Stop Loss’ to apply for retroactive pay benefits now. Our Active Duty, Reserve and Guard troops have shown great dedication by continuing to defend America during its time of need and they have earned this compensation.

If you think you might be eligible, you should contact your branch of the armed services here:


Marine Corps


Air Force

And if you’re having trouble with an application, contact my office and a member of my staff will do their best to help.


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