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Albuquerque New Mexico Vacation

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When you think of traveling by RV down autumn roads made bright by fall foliage, do you think of Albuquerque? You should, because the region surrounding this ancient New Mexico city comes to life when the leaves begin to turn.

One of the best-known ways to see miles and miles of autumn color in Albuquerque is to take the tram to the top of Sandia Crest. Standing more than ten thousand three hundred feet above Cibola National Forest, this peak offers a panoramic view in autumn that is simply stunning. You can also drive to the top of the mountain on Sandia Crest Road.

If you like to do your leaf peeping a little closer to the ground, hiking in Cibola National Forest will fill the bill...

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White Sands New Mexico Vacation

White Sands New Mexico Vacation Rentals

The Tularosa Basin, in southern New Mexico, isn’t especially overcrowded today. It was practically uninhabited, at least by the lights of Washington bean-counters, when, 70-odd years ago, chunks of it were given over to serve as a range on which to light up missiles and barrage the poor horned lizards and pronghorn with artillery and tank fire. The firepower would become more awesome in 1945, when the basin saw the world’s first atomic explosion, the one from which bomb inventor Robert Oppenheimer recoiled and said, “Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds.”

For those of us who grew up during the Cold War and all its weird duck-and-cover glory, White Sands, in the heart of the Tularosa, is and shall ever be ground zero of a particular state of mind...

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Chimayo New Mexico Vacation

Chimayo New Mexico Vacation Rentals

This past January I spent a week in New Mexico with my good friend Kate. It was her birthday and I said months before that I’d go wherever she wanted to go. We went to New Mexico. In the 6 days there (less if you don’t count arrival on Saturday and leaving on Friday) we put 800 miles on the car we rented. I did the driving.  I was ready for a vacation from my vacation when i returned!

We stayed in Albuquerque and daily left out for day trips. We went to Acoma (already blogged about that) and then headed up to Abiquiu and Cerro Pedernal and checked out the area where Georgia O’Keefe lived for so many years and yes, I know why she loved the area so much. AMAZING!

We drove to Ojo Caliente and Chimayo...

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Propane Price Gouging

The Santa Fe New Mexican ran an article by Bob Quick 11/17/08 titled:
‘Cheaper gas, propane bring relief to struggling households’

An excerpt from the article reads: “The price of propane, which closely tracks the price of crude oil, also is down this heating season, falling from $2.69 per gallon to $2.24 per gallon in the last three weeks,
according to Jose Garcia, one of the managers of AAA Gas Service, a propane company.”

I have been curious why propane hasn’t gone down much in Angel Fire. I telephoned a propane provider in Las Vegas NM and their price is $1.99, but they don’t service Angel Fire. So if propane is $2.24 in Santa Fe and $1.99 in Las Vegas, why is propane in Angel Fire $2.44 – $2.99?

A couple months ago, there was a man in Taos who would daily stand at the corner of Hwy 585 ...

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New Mexico Welcomes Longest Walk II

Crownpoint, NM – More than 150 walkers on the Longest Walk 2 arrive in Crownpoint today after spending two days at Chaco Rio. The Longest Walk 2, which began February 11th on Alcatraz Island, is crossing the U.S. to call attention to Native American rights and the urgent need for environmental protection. It marks the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk of 1978 that resulted in historic changes for Native Americans.

 

{mosimage}The Southern Route, now in New Mexico, is one of two routes that will meet in Washington DC in July, 2008. Both routes will cover more than 8,000 miles to deliver Native concerns to Congress. “Upon our arrival, we will deliver a resolution to elected officials,” says Dennis Banks, organizer of the Southern Route...

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Edwards Aquifer Collaborative Environmental Program Marks Initial Progress

Initial directives for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program mandated by the Texas Legislature have been met and the program is beginning to take shape, according to program participants.
The program was created through Senate Bill 3 to facilitate a collaborative process in which to protect and improve the status of listed endangered species while simultaneously protecting existing and future water uses in the region.

            More than 1.7 million Texans and at least eight endangered species depend upon the aquifer.

            “The aquifer recovery program’s emphasis is on using sound science and adaptive management to form effective solutions that reflect community values,” said Sen. Glenn Hegar, author of the recovery plan portion of the bill...

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Red River Lodging at Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge Red River re-designs website to add online reservations and news blog.

{mosimage}Located at the base of Flagge Mountain, Deer Lodge is ½ block off of Main Street. Our location offers tranquility, yet is conveniently located within walking distance to the river, shopping, restaurants, Community House, Conference Center, parks, ski area & nature trails. It is not uncommon the see deer stroll through our property in the early mornings and evenings.

All our rooms are street level with parking right in front of your door. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, but pets are welcome in all our units with a one time non-refundable $20.00 pet fee. We provide cable TV in all rooms and wireless Internet is available to all our guests. The Deer Lodge offers comfortable and clean

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Grants Support Administration’s Renewable Energy Goals and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the award of $6.2 million in grants to more than two dozen small businesses and community groups to develop innovative uses for woody biomass, including renewable energy and new products, from national forests.

“These grants help communities, entrepreneurs and others turn residues from forest restoration activities into marketable forest and energy products,” said Johanns. “Not only will these projects reduce the risk of wildfire, they will help us to achieve the President’s energy goals. Our farm bill proposals would take this effort to the next level by providing funding for research and new woody biomass projects.”

The Administration’s farm bill proposals would accelerate the development of new technologies to better utilize low-valu...

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Ranch Becomes Part of the Little Missouri National Grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that the USDA Forest Service has purchased a 5,200 acre parcel—which houses the historically significant and natural resource rich Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota.

The Elkhorn Ranch—located in the Badlands of western North Dakota—was the site where President Theodore Roosevelt operated a ranch in the 1880s. The ranch, purchased for $4.8 million from a private owner, becomes part of the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The Forest Service will honor existing legal rights and valid permits. Traditional uses such as livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and hunting will continue...

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