U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Band To Perform At Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center (4/5/12)

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The following comes from Moriarty-Edgewood School District Superintendent Karen Couch:

I am thrilled to announce the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Band has selected the Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center  (MHS PAC) as a venue for their national tour!  The U.S. Army Jazz Band tours nationally and internationally, completing a touring circuit of the entire nation every two and a half years. This once in a lifetime concert is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., April 5th at the MHS PAC.  In addition, several members of the Moriarty High School Jazz band will be featured as guest performers for one song with the band!!  THIS IS A FREE CONCERT.  Tickets may be obtained by contacting the superintendent’s office (limiting 4 per request).  We anticipate that this concert will be SOLD OUT, so request your tickets as soon as possible.  Tell your friends about this concert as well……

Additional information about the band.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier touring big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group’s creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, and patriotic selections. The band has appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique collaborations with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.During a joint performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marvin Hamlisch declared, “I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country.”  The United States Congress has proclaimed jazz “a national treasure.” Wherever they travel, the Jazz Ambassadors proudly carry the message of patriotism and goodwill to audiences worldwide.

You may also access the PSA’s for this concert by clicking on the following link:


Hope to see you there!

Karen  M. Couch, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Moriarty-Edgewood School District
PO Box 2000
Moriarty, NM 87035
505.832.5801     Fax: 505.832.4472

La Gente Habla — The People Speak

This Comes From Pastor Max Sanchez Of The  NM Christian Tea Party In Albuquerque.  Please abide by the RSVP on the flier found below and find a map and additional information under “Upcoming Events” on the Sandia Tea Party home page.

Description :

La Gente Habla believes that the United States of America must begin to understand that the Nation can only be rescued by dedicated constituents who are devoted to the vision on the Founding Fathers and to the restoration of The United States of America.


La Gente Habla es por la familia. We are for family and conservative values. Preserving our constitution and our forefathers dreams of a free country and a country where the people must be heard and the government must follow

We Need To Work Harder To Pay For …

This advertisement ran in The News Herald of Panama City Florida:

Yes, the good doctor is real and Mr. & Ms. Obama need to get that way.  By the way; it’s not the number, it is the sheer cost of the journeys and the entourage which seems huge.

And, it wasn’t any funnier when G.W. Bush took 30 little trips mostly to his ranch in Crawford, Texas the last year he was in office.

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Today’s Municipal Candidate Forum Sponsored By The Sandia Tea Party

The Sandia Tea Party would like to express the sincere appreciation of its members for the candidates’ appearance and participation in the municipal candidate forum for contestants from Edgewood and Moriarty.

We are grateful for your attention to detail and your honorable conduct.

We hope the citizens attending learned something about their candidates and their local governments and found the forum beneficial.

Thank you, one and all, for making the forum a success.  We ask for your attendance at our future forums.

We also express our continuing gratitude for the kindness of Pastor and Ms. Milford and others from East Mountain Calvary Chapel.


The Sandia Tea Party Officers and Members

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Dictionary Of Regional American English — A Fun Distraction

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If my friends wonder why I speak the way I do … they may find the cause in the Dictionary Of Regional American English:



Edgewood Chamber Of Commerce Friday Blast (2/24/12)


     Friday Blast
               February 24, 2012

Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
This Saturday, February 25
Grand opening and Ribbon Cutting
Prudencio Insurance Agency –
Farm Bureau Financial Services
This Saturday from 10 to 2pm

Chamber Board of Directors will cut the ribbon at noon

 at 1912 Old Hwy 66
 (In the Old Mill Farm and Ranch Supply Building across from the Post Office).
Robin and Dominick Prudencio plan lots of good events including a drawing for Hay, and two jackets, a rabies shot clinic for only $6, Free Credit check, and amazing food. 
Don’t miss the chance to welcome our new business to Edgewood! 
Home-Based Business Expo 
Saturday March 24  Masonic Lodge  10am-3pm
If you own a home based business or know someone who does, this is the perfect business event for you!
Not only will you have a booth and table at the event on March 24, but you will have your own full color ad in The Independent in a special Home Based Business section which will be published on Wednesday March 21.
Cost is only $35 for Chamber members who are Home Based Businesses;
$95 for non-members, and includes a one year membership in the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce.
Call Linda Thomas at 463-2647 or
Madeline in the office at 850-2523.
    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
Wildlife West Nature Park has received a grant from the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps for this season’s youth employment at the park.
The first orientation will be held on
March 10 at 10am
All interested youth aged between 16 and 25 please bring a resume and two references to the orientation.
Returning corps members can come prepared for orientation and ready to work that afternoon.
For more information call 281-7655.
Hours of operation 6am to 6pm. 
Accepting Infants to Preschool age children.
87 Saddle Spur Trail, Edgewood NM 87015
Call Mary Dammann 286-4749
Sunday February 26 
The Sandia Tea Party presents
A Candidates’ Forum for those running for office in Edgewood and Moriarty.  The Event will be held at Calvary Church in Edgewood.
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
9:00am – 3:30pm
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:

info@ edgewoodchambernm.com
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Just search:
Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
                              Term ends 12/31
Chris Hopper                        2013
Vice President:
 Misty Miller                         2013
 Patrick Thompson               2013
Robin Markley                      2013
Ray Seagers                         2013
Saul Araque                          2013
Howard Calkins                   2012
Gary Birkman                      2012
Membership:     Howard Calkins
Marketing:                Misty Miller
Political Affairs &
By Laws:          Ray Seagers
Events:                  Gary Birkman
Education:                   Lisa Vigil
Programs:           Brenda Murray
Luncheon:           Linda Thomas
March Edgewood
Chamber Dates  
ECOC Board Meeting
March 12 at 6:15 pm at the Chamber Offices.
Membership Luncheon
March 14 at 11:30am at Edgewood Community Center.  Speaker is
Saul Araque, of Workforce Connection
“Resources available to you in Business and Education from the Workforce Connection.”
ECOC Mixer
Thursday March 15 at 5:30.  Hosted by Seagers Construction
Stuart Seagers
following Leadership Edgewood 2012 Session on” Arts, Culture and History of the Area.”

Town of Edgewood
 Town Council
meets First and Third
Wednesdays of the month at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
·         “My model for business is The Beatles:
       They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check;
       they balanced each other.
       And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.
       Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”
        -Steve Jobs 1955-2011
© 2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved
PO Box 457 Edgewood NM 8701

PO Box 457, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA

Knox Supreme Court Case: California Civil Servants Challenge SEIU Misuse of Nonunion Dues for Union Politics

The National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation has challenged the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their violation of labor laws:

In 2005, the California State Employees Association (CSEA) union, a local affiliate of the SEIU, imposed a “special assessment” on every civil servants in its bargaining unit to pay for a campaign to defeat several California ballot initiatives. CSEA officials collected money from all employees to pay for union political activism, including those who were not union members. In 2007, a federal district court ruled that the CSEA was required to provide a notice to nonunion employees about the assessment, allow them to opt-out of paying into the union political fund, provide a refund of monies spent on union politics, and pay interest from the dates of the deductions to nonmembers who chose to opt out. After CSEA lawyers appealed the case, a Ninth Circuit panel reversed that decision in December 2010. On June 27, 2011, the United States Supreme Court announced it would review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

Here’s a video addressing the merits of the case:

Below, you’ll find links to relevant legal documents, Foundation news releases, and notable media coverage.


California State Employees Lay Out Class-Action Lawsuit before Supreme Court (9/14/2011)

Supreme Court to Review Ninth Circuit Ruling that Forces Nonunion Workers to Fund Union Political Activism (6/27/2011)


Petition for writ of certiorari

CSEA brief in opposition to Supreme Court granting certiorari

Reply to CSEA brief in opposition to granting certiorari

Petitioners’ brief on the merits of the case

CSEA’s brief on the merits of the case

CSEA’s motion to dismiss

Petitioners’ response to motion to dismiss

CSEA’s reply

Pacific Legal Foundation’s amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioners

Transcript of oral arguments


SCOTUSblog’s Knox page

Unions and Forced Political Speech,”National Review, 7/1/2011

Government employees’ free speech on trial,” Washington Times, 1/9/2012

Sandia Tea Party Presents: Area Municipal Candidate Forum On 2/26/12

Please plan to attend the first municipal candidate forum sponsored by the Sandia Tea Party.  Candidates from Estancia,Moriarty and Edgewood have been invited to participate.
Thus far, eleven candidates have committed to attend this non-partisan event, and everyone, regardless of party affiliation, will be welcomed.

The forum will last from 2 – 5 PM on February 26 and the venue is the East Mountain Calvary Chapel, located 2.5 miles north of Wal-Mart on State Road 344.  Refreshments will be provided.

Each candidate will be allotted ten minutes to explain their visions and goals.  After all candidates have spoken, a meet and greet of at least forty-five minutes will be held to inform those in attendance of additional information regarding each candidate’s position on matters concerning their individual jurisdictions.

There is no charge for this event and no candidate will be endorsed by the Sandia Tea Party.  Of course, individual Sandia Tea Party members may support any candidate/candidates they wish to endorse.

For a map and additional information please check “Upcoming Events” on the right of the home page