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TOPIC: N.M History Timeline - 2000-2008


Subject: N.M History Timeline 2000-2008
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:20 PM MST
Comments: The following email was received by the Office of the State Historian. It is being posted here in the hope that a community discussion can take place in order to help this fifth grader complete a New Mexico History project. The email is as follows: Hello, My name is Cameron and I am in the 5th grade. I am doing my state timeline report on New Mexico's history up until current times. I am having trouble finding a major event in New Mexico history that happened in the last 7 years. Do you know of any? Any help would be great. Thank you, Cameron
Posted By: Jen for Cameron


Subject: Some Historical Events 2000-2008
Posted: February 14, 2008 6:05 PM MST
Comments: May 2000 - Cerro Grande Fire, began as a 900 acre prescribed burn. Spread over 13 days to eventually burn 43,000 acres.

2000 - Valles Caldera Preserve Established - On July 25, 2000, the American people purchased approximately 89,000 acres of the Baca Ranch in northern New Mexico. The Valles Caldera Preservation Act designated these spectacular lands as the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a unit of the National Forest System. The Act also created the Valles Caldera Trust to manage the Preserve. The Valles Caldera Preservation Act established the Preserve to: ". . .protect and preserve the scientific, scenic, geologic, watershed, fish, wildlife, historic, cultural, and recreational values of the Preserve, and to provide for multiple use and sustained yield of renewable resources within the Preserve," consistent with Valles Caldera Preservation Act. The stated purposes of the Trust is to: Provide management and administrative services for the Preserve; establish and implement management policies which will best achieve the purposes and requirements of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act; receive and collect funds from private and public sources and to make dispositions in support of the management and administration of the Preserve; cooperate with Federal, State, and local governmental units, and with Indian tribes and Pueblos, to further the purposes for which the Preserve was established.

2000 - Rio Grande Silvery minnow (endangered species) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a silvery minnow egg salvage pilot project. Biologists from the Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and University of New Mexico collect minnow eggs as well as reproductively-ready adult minnows near Elephant Butte, where these efforts do not disturb upstream populations. Captured adult minnows are induced to spawn, either at th
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Subject: New Mexico History
Posted: February 15, 2008 2:33 PM MST
Comments: Hi Cameron, Have you added anything about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant? I also included their website below. WIPP - The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Who Wants WIPP? Business Against Radioactive Transport. What is WIPP? In 1979, Congress authorized the Department of Energy (DOE) to construct WIPP 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The waste is buried 2,150 ft. beneath the surface in a salt formation. DOE claims that WIPP has been constructed to demonstrate the safe underground disposal of transuranic nuclear weapons waste presently stored at DOE facilities around the US. DOE also maintains the option to dispose of its non-weapons transuranic wastes at WIPP. On March 25, 1999 the first shipment of waste arrived at WIPP from Los Alamos National Laboratory. http://www.nuclearactive.org/wipp/index.html
Posted By: Rosa


Subject: Los Alamos Homesteaders
Posted: February 16, 2008 11:06 AM MST
Comments: To establish the Manhattan Project during World War II, the Los Alamos Homesteaders were removed from their lands and compensated unfairly. In 2004, Congress established a $10 million fund to pay the Los Alamos Homesteaders’ descendents a fairer share for their land. In 2007 the monies were distributed. Visit the following website http://www.losalamoshistory.org/homestead.htm
Posted By: Miguél


Subject: 2000 - Rio Grande Silvery minnow (endangered species)
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:01 PM MST
Comments: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a silvery minnow egg salvage pilot project. Biologists from the Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and University of New Mexico collect minnow eggs as well as reproductively-ready adult minnows near Elephant Butte, where these efforts do not disturb upstream populations. Captured adult minnows are induced to spawn, either at the Albuquerque Biological Park or the Service's New Mexico Fishery Resources Office. Biologists then either return the resulting fish to the Rio Grande or hold them for captive propagation.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: 2002 - First Woman Lieutenant Governor
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:02 PM MST
Comments: Diane D. Denish (born March 3, 1949) is the Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, the first woman to hold that post.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: January 8, 2003 - First Latina/Hispanic Woman Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:06 PM MST
Comments: The Honorable Petra Jimenez-Maes was designated by unanimous vote of her colleagues to serve as Chief Justice, thus becoming the first Latina/Hispanic Woman Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: April 2003 - Taos upholds size limit in zoning
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:08 PM MST
Comments: Taos upholds size limit in zoning keeping Wal-Mart out of their city. Many grassroots groups across the nation have looked at their victory in their efforts to keep big box stores out of their communities.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: 2005 - Spaceport America near White Sands
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:09 PM MST
Comments: Spaceport America will offer commercial space flight capabilities to a variety of companies. The spaceport is located in Southern New Mexico, approximately 45 miles north of Las Cruces and 30 miles east of Truth or Consequences. The site is approximately 28.5-square-miles (18,200 acres) of open range land with an average elevation of 4,500 ft. The $225 million venture was announced in mid-December 2005 in Santa Fe. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first flight from the spaceport in 2009. Virgin has already collected its $200,000 per-person fee from the first 100 passengers. It was reported on April 4, 2006 that construction at the spaceport site had started.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: November 2005
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:12 PM MST
Comments: R.C. Gorman, an internationally prominent Navajo artist whose portraits of voluptuous women in flowing traditional dress embodied the American Southwest for collectors around the world, died at a hospital in Albuquerque. A longtime resident of Taos, N.M., he was believed to be in his mid-70s.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: July 14, 2006
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:14 PM MST
Comments: New Mexico gets a commuter train (Rail Runner).
Posted By: Jen


Subject: June 2006
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:15 PM MST
Comments: Luis Jimenez, a sculptor whose color-splashed images of swirling dancers, roughneck cowboys in motion and the working class made him a controversial and easily recognized international figure in the art world, died at his studio in rural Hondo, N.M. He was 65.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: September 16, 2006
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:17 PM MST
Comments: Esther Martinez, Native language teacher and storyteller, dies in a car accident. This occurred just days after she received a National Heritage Fellowship award for her efforts to preserve the Tewa language.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: December 12, 2006
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:18 PM MST
Comments: Valle Vidal drilling and mining prohibited (www.vallevidal.org/news.html.)
Posted By: Jen


Subject: December 26, 2006
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:20 PM MST
Comments: Native American preservation bill, H.R. 4766 the Esther Martinez Native American Language Preservation Act, becomes law. A bill that will help tribes preserve their languages was signed into law. It authorizes funding for new programs that tribes will use to prevent the loss of their heritage and culture.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: January 21, 2007
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:22 PM MST
Comments: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson runs for President.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: March 5, 2007
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:23 PM MST
Comments: Governor Bill Richardson enacts landmark clean energy bills, Senate bill 418, and House bill 188, to quadruple New Mexico’s clean electricity by 2020
Posted By: Jen


Subject: October 7, 2007
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:25 PM MST
Comments: Dr. David J. Schmidly was installed as the 20th President of the University of New Mexico. As President, he is responsible for UNM campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia as well as at the UNM Health Sciences Center, which includes the nationally renowned UNM Cancer Center.
Posted By: Jen


Subject: January 2008
Posted: February 22, 2008 1:26 PM MST
Comments: Arthur Sussman, an artist who lived and worked in Albuquerque for more than 40 years and whose paintings and stained-glass windows reflected Old Testament, Native American spiritual and metaphysical themes, died after a long illness at the age of 80.
Posted By: Jen


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