New Mexico is home to five national forests, one of which is the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Each national forest is divided into districts, and the SFNF has five districts: Jemez, Cuba, Espanola, Coyote and Pecos/Las Vegas. Most of the area we cover in Jemez Valley History is surroundedContinue Reading

The first Tri-Cultural Symposium sponsored by Jemez Springs Public Library received a lot of publicity and attracted attendees from all over the U.S. Here are some examples of the stories. Excerpts from a column by Jim Belshaw in the Albuquerque Journal, Oct. 10, 2005: I like the way that, threeContinue Reading

From Jemez Thunder, March 01, 1995 By Susan Burritt In the past two and a half years, the Servants of the Paraclete, located in Jemez Springs, just north of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood and the Bodhi Mandala Zen Center, have become nationally known because of sex offense claimsContinue Reading

From Jemez Thunder, December 01, 1997 CAPTION FOR PLAQUE AWARDED- DECEMBER 1, 1997 PLAQUE AWARDED – National Civic League President Chris Gates, Jemez Thunder editor Kathleen Wiegner and Mayor David Sanchez were in Washington, DC, to receive the All-American City Award on Nov. 18. The Mayor was congratulated by ViceContinue Reading

Published December 1, 1997 | Edit By Nancy Metnik, Postmaster, from Jemez Thunder, December 01, 1997 After many months of seeing activity at the new Jemez Springs Post Office and of wondering when it would be occupied – it has happened! On Monday, Nov. 24, the move began with theContinue Reading

The Clay Hotel, also known as the Esperanza Hotel or Esperanza Ranch, was demolished when Via Coeli was built across from what is now Jemez Historic Site. According to information shared by Amie Adams Green, the hotel was under construction starting in 1921, and hot water came directly from theContinue Reading

The former home of the Otero family was occupied until 2015 by the Handmaids of the Precious Blood.  The cloistered religious community was founded in 1947  to pray for all priests and especially the guests at Via Coeli, a complex built next door to house Servants of the Paraclete. TheContinue Reading

Following practices brought from Spain and Mexico, early farmers irrigated through the use of a community ditch. Under New Mexico’s complicated and controversial water rights laws, the first people on the land are awarded rights to the water (in this case the Jemez River) in perpetuity based on when theyContinue Reading