Posts Tagged ‘NM politics’

Jay McCleskey for The National Journal

You should read Daniel Libit’s article about political operative Jay McCleskey, the “Karl Rove of New Mexico” on The National Journal’s website.  I was really pleased to be asked to make these portraits of the “Shadow Governor”

 (Steven St. John)

Below are a few outtakes, more on my photographic archive.

11/17/13 11:06:08 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 10:29:36 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 11:12:34 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 11:05:44 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)

Bernallio County for NMORR

Juan Mata, left, and Esqui Padilla (CQ) go over plans the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)Construction workers connect fresh water piping as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)A construction laborer tamps dirt around a new fire hydrant as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)A laborer gulps water after another day at work under the hot sun as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)The construction crew walk down a hill to collect their pay after another week at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)Juan Mata, right, passes out paychecks to employees after another week at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)

I’ve been trying to lash together some sort of wisdom for this final post about my work for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but I haven’t been feeling very wise. So, here they are – documentary photos of tax dollars at work. In this case, right here in my backyard – construction crews at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project. The $3.4 million project was supported by $2 million from the ARRA and will provide clean water to hundreds of residents. Construction crews, real people hard at work.

There is a lot of debate going on in America about deficit spending. My analogy is this: It’s like we have known we were overweight for a while now, but we finally went to the doctor and she confirmed that we need to loose weight. So, should we starve ourselves? Should we cut off our arms and legs to get our weight down? No. It took years for us to become this badly out of shape, and it will take years fix. Many of the proposed budget cuts would destroy our ability to earn money as a state and a country. Yes, we need to control our budget, but cutting vital social services could cripple us. That’s just my two cents, and it will have to pass as wisdom for now.

One other note. I want to mention that one of the links I have listed below for Jake Schoellkopf has changed, so take a minute to visit Jake’s new site: jakeschoellkopf.com

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the fifth post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Happy Presidents day

Obama

I couldn’t resist making a few frames of President Obama with my iphone when he was in Rio Rancho back in May of 2009.

Santa Clara Pueblo for NMORR

A forest worker tamps down dirt around a newly transfered plant in the Rio Grande Bosque just south of Española in Rio Arriba County. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels. (Steven St. John)A chainsaw operator pushes down a tree in the Valles Caldera in Northern New Mexico. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)Elk run in a field inside the Villes Cladera in Northern New Mexico. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels. (Steven St. John)A worker carries a newly removed tree on a dirt road in the Valles Caldera. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)Trees waiting to be planted in the Valles Caldera are watered and counted. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)

Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels inside the Valles Caldera in Northern New Mexico. This was a long travel day for me, but man was it beautiful.

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the fifth post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Holloman Air Force Base for NMORR

An F-22 lands nearby as construction crews are at work building new runways at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County..HAFB received over $21 million to upgrade various facilities as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Steven St. John)Laborer Jaysen Raymond hammers down a stake as construction crews at work building new runways at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County. HAFB received over $21 million to upgrade various facilities as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Steven St. John)Construction crews at work building new runways at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County. HAFB received over $21 million to upgrade various facilities as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Steven St. John)Construction crews at work building new runways at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County. HAFB received over $21 million to upgrade various facilities as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Steven St. John)Laborer Jaysen Raymond pauses as construction crews at work building new runways at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County. HAFB received over $21 million to upgrade various facilities as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Steven St. John)

Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County received over $21 million to upgrade facilities including some runways as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This was probably one the  more difficult shoots I did for NMORR, as there wasn’t too much I was allowed to see, and I couldn’t go anywhere without my escort. Needless to say, they didn’t show me where they keep the UFO’s.

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the fourth post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.