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New Mexico resumes tours of former penitentiary

New Mexico resumes tours of former penitentiary

Tours of New Mexico’s former penitentiary are once again underway.

Corrections officials say they want to use the facility near Santa Fe as a historical attraction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the public tours resumed earlier this month on Oct. 4th and 11th, quickly selling out. New tours will continue this coming Friday and Saturday and cost $10.

In an interesting twist, the prison offers free tours Oct. 25 for those who were involved in the prison’s famous riot in 1980. This includes survivors, first responders, and religious leaders directly affected by the rioting.

Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says officials want to hear the individuals' perceptions about the riot in which 33 inmates were killed and the time around it.

People on the public tours will also have a chance to give their feedback.

New $100 bill begin circulation

New $100 bill begin circulation

The new $100 bill will debut today after the delayed circulation since 2011.

According to the Federal Reserve, the new bill’s new security measure was causing creasing during printing.

The new bill will feature a better likeness of Benjamin Franklin

CNN says that the new bill will make it even more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate and copy illegally. One of the reasons why it will be more difficult to replicate is due to the color shifting ink that changes from copper to green if the note gets tilted.

Behind the $1 bill, the $100 bill is the second most common bill in circulation according to CNN.

Report suggests Head Start not improving NM educational results

Report suggests Head Start not improving NM educational results

Money spent on child care and the Head Start Program has made little progress in improving educational results according to a report prepared for the Legislative Finance Committee.

Early childhood funding has been increased by 44 percent since 2012 by the Legislature.

80 percent of children from low-income families begin their education already behind and one out four children who enter kindergarten are unable to read one letter.

“Unfortunately, neither child care nor Head Start is producing better academic outcomes. Rather than continuing with this fragmented system, the state should create an integrated PreK program, applying the same program standards across all publicly-funded early education initiatives,” said the author of the report.

The federal government administers the Head Start Program which serves about 8,000 children which costs about $61 million.

New Mexico to celebrate National Public Land Day

New Mexico to celebrate National Public Land Day

The state of New Mexico is encouraging citizens to visit and support the state parks in the state in honor of National Public Lands Day this Saturday, September 28th.

This year, New Mexico is staying focused on the commitment to support public lands and encourage everyone to stay active outdoors.

A number of activities have been organized for the special event across the state:

Federal grants to help NM farmers

Federal grants to help NM farmers

 

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture gets awarded $429,000 in grants to help support the production and distribution of specialty crops like green chile.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan declared the grants for seven projects that he says can help expand market opportunities for New Mexico's farmers.

The grant also extends to other crops like grapes and pecans.

Lujan says some of the money will go towards promotional materials. Part of the plan is to partner with the New Mexico Wine Growers Association to develop promotional materials for tourists and a smartphone application to help people find wineries in the state.

Grant proceeds from the grant will be put back into new marketing efforts, including restaurant promotions, to increase demand for chile peppers.

Albuquerque nominated for best sunset in North America

Albuquerque nominated for best sunset in North America

Albuquerque is on an online contest once again after winning the title of America’s Best Regional Food with green chili.

Albuquerque is in the race along with 20 other locations to be the best place in North America to see the sunset. 10 Best, associated with USA Today, is running the contest.

They claim on their website that the one of the main reason the city is in contention for the title is because of the grandeur of the Albuquerque Tram.

“One of the first things any Albuquerque resident will do when they have visitors is take them to the top of Sandia Peak (10,378 feet above sea level) on the world’s longest aerial tram to watch the sunset over the extinct volcanoes of the West Mesa,” according to the site’s description of the view.

Voting for the contest is still open through October 14th. The winner will be announced on October 16th at noon.

Water flowing in the Santa Fe River

Water flowing in the Santa Fe River

The Santa Fe River is currently flowing with water and will continue to do so for the next two weeks.

The City of Santa Fe has been able to send approximately 1.25 million gallons of water per day into the river due to the recent rainfall and the upgrade of the Nichols Dam.

“The timing of recent rainfall and the infrastructure improvements at Nichols Reservoir has worked out very well for the objectives of the city's Santa Fe River Target Flow Program,” said Brian Drypolcher, River and Watershed Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe. “We're moving water down the river before plants go dormant for the winter. The flowing water looks great, sounds great and it comes at a time that's good for the ecosystems along the river.”

The Nichols Dam has been taken out of service. Due to this fact, water levels must be drawn down for the removal of the existing intake tower, which allows for more water to flow into the river.