Posts Tagged ‘NM politics’

Senior Meal in Torrance County for NMORR

Bernis Chavez carries meals to be delivered to Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez closes the hatch while holding meals to be delivered to Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez knocks at the door while waiting on the resident while holding meals to be delivered to Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez chats with a client on her route while making deliveries to Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez walks back to her vehicle after delivering meals to rural Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez delivers meals to Torrance County senior citizens as the resident waits at right. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)Bernis Chavez chats with a client on her route while making deliveries to Torrance County senior citizens. New Mexico has received more than $601,000 for senior meals programs around the state. (Steven St. John)

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 third post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Lea County Schools for NMORR

Lovington schools 1st grade student Alexa Rodriquez works with reading specialist Shawnlee Caballero (unseen). The schools in Lea County are using Recovery and Reinvestement funds to pay for much needed teachers and specialists like Cabalero. (Steven St. John)Lovington schools 4th grade teacher Vickie Auld works with students. The schools in Lea County are using Recovery and Reinvestement funds to pay for much needed teachers like Auld. (Steven St. John)Lovington schools math intervention specialist Maggie Clayton high-fives a student in reward for using chalk on the sidewalk to help solve a math problem. The schools in Lea County are using Recovery and Reinvestement funds to pay for much needed teachers and specialists like Clayton, who also coaches other teachers to help them come up with better ways to involve the students. (Steven St. John)

Lea County schools used stimulus funds to help pay for teachers and education specialists.

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 second post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

2,150 feet underground for NMORR

Sunflowers grow alongside a saltwater evaporation pond at The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The saltwater pond is used to capture runoff as part of the mining process. A new pond was built adjacent to this using recovery funds. (Steven St. John)The sky reflects in a newly finished saltwater evaporation pond at The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The saltwater pond is used to capture runoff as part of the mining process. (Steven St. John)A construction worker walks across a highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)A construction crew works on a gate along the new highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)A construction crew works on a fence along the new highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)Workers wait for the elevator operator to drop them 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)An employee waits for security doors to open 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Radioactive waste is stored 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)A worker checks electronics systems by headlamp 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)A shadow falls on a wall containing stored radioactive waste 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Workers install a new secure equipment gate 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Signs on the corner of the mine walls 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)

Being a photographer has offered me many backstage pass opportunity’s, and getting to go 2,150 feet underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern NM was one of those opportunities I love. Most of the funds were being spent building a new road to the facility, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to go underground. Lighting was a great challenge here, as most of the area is pitch black aside from the headlamps. Scary dark. Creative use of off camera flash wasn’t just for fun, it was essential.

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 first post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Susana Martinez for The Washington Post


Susana Martinez NM Governor’s race – Images by Steven St. John

I spent a few minutes with the leading candidate for Governor of New Mexico last week for The Washington Post. You can also read the article here.

Campos for The Communicator


Joe Campos – NM Lt. Gov candidate – Images by Steven St. John

My smallest and most famous client, The Guadalupe County Communicator, asked me to follow NM Lt. Governor candidate Joseph Campos in a benefit motorcycle ride from Albuquerque to Madrid. Here is to the Media Empire in Santa Rosa!