Census: Los Alamos, Sandoval counties lead NM in population growth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the sixth year in a row, more people moved out of New Mexico than moved in, but the state’s total population stayed steady last year as births continued to outpace deaths, according to recently released federal census data.

The data show Los Alamos and Sandoval counties leading with population growth between July 2016 and July 2017, while oil field boom towns in Eddy and Lea counties, which showed a spike in residents from 2012-2015, actually dropped in population. Local experts say the oil boom counties are now rebounding.

Los Alamos County even made the national top 10 list for fastest-growing micropolitan areas, those with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, ranking 5th with a growth of 3.13 percent.

The state’s largest county, Bernalillo County, followed the state trend with more moving out than moving in. The data show that overall it grew by about 1,185 people — about 0.18 percent — to 676,773. The data show a net loss of 749 residents from migration.


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Overall the state’s population grew just 0.3 percent to 2,088,070.

“We are growing, but it’s nominal growth because births are down, deaths are up and migration is out, and those three things are what drive population growth,” said Robert Rhatigan, associate director for Geospatial and Population Studies at the University of New Mexico.

The U.S. Census Bureau uses vital statistics of births and deaths to track what it calls natural population change and tax filings to track people moving in and out of the state, which it calls migration. Migration is the trickier of the data because people sometimes don’t file taxes or might work in one state and file taxes in another. Together, migration and natural change make up the total population change.

New Mexico’s total population grew by 2,638 people: that growth accounts for slightly more than 25,200 births and 17,800 deaths and a net loss of 4,666 residents to migration.

International residents, which can include U.S. citizens or military people moving back to the U.S., dominated the state’s incoming migration trend, with a net gain of 2,771 international residents. At the same time, 7,437 more domestic residents moved out of the state than moved in.

That was the same migration trend for the state in 2015-16, when the total state population grew but only by about 700 people.

These past two years of overall growth, while small, cap six straight years of net migration loss.

“That’s because our neighboring states began recovering from the recession and we didn’t,” Rhatigan said.

Pockets of net positive migration held steady in southern New Mexico as the oil and gas industry flourished through 2016. But the oil prices drop precipitated a population decline captured in this snapshot, which logged a net loss of 804 residents from Eddy County and a net loss of 1,709 residents from Lea County — the most dramatic net loss in migration of any county during this period.

“Population data lags, and so this loss was related to the fact that our big economic driver, which is really oil production, was really in a swoon for two years or so. It’s since come out of that,” said Steve Vierck, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Lea County.

Rhatigan said the Lea and Eddy population counts, like all in this snapshot, are estimates based in part on IRS fillings. That means oil and gas employees who work in New Mexico but also live in other states might have filed their taxes elsewhere, thus skewing population stats.

At the same rate that Lea County lost residents, Sandoval County gained them.

The county marked the largest total population growth in the state with a total of 2,283 new residents — about 1.6 percent growth. About 1,900 were relocations to Sandoval County from elsewhere in the U.S.

“It’s a bedroom community for both Albuquerque and Santa Fe,” Rhatigan said. “New homes are being built, and it’s a place to get an affordable and brand new home and decent schools.”

Los Alamos County also topped the list of percentage growth, with 3.13 percent, but the county gained only a net 586 residents.

In Doña Ana County, 294 international people took residency along with about 96 domestic relocations. The county as a whole grew 0.79 percent by about 1,705 people.

Santa Fe County grew by about 807 people, about 0.54 percent. It drew the second biggest domestic migration with 550 relocations and 148 international relocations.

Overall, 14 New Mexico counties experienced total population growth, none more than Los Alamos County. Harding County saw no net growth or loss. The other 18 counties dropped population, none more than Lea County’s 1.59 percent.

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Viva! NM Rural Animal Rescue helps at-risk pets in underfunded shelters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Viva! NM Rural Animal Rescue works throughout the state of New Mexico to help rural animal shelters lower their euthanasia rates.

Viva! NM Rural Animal Rescue is a small, volunteer-based animal rescue located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Established in 2012, they work throughout the state of New Mexico to help rural animal shelters lower their euthanasia rates.

Their efforts are focused on responsibly re-homing pets, promoting spay and neuter, community education, networking with other rescues, and helping shelters achieve an online presence.

VNMRAR is a foster-based rescue, which means they do not have a facility location. All of their adoptable dogs reside in foster homes where they live as members of the family until they are adopted.

Registration is now open for their fundraiser, the 4th Annual 4-Legged Race. The fun event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit their website.

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Pot decriminalization proposed for New Mexico’s biggest city

Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, left, discusses a proposal to decriminalize possessing an ounce of marijuana or less with Emily Kaltenbach, of the Drug Policy Alliance, center, and fellow Councilman Isaac Benton, right, at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, March 5, 2018. Davis and Benton’s proposed change to the local criminal code would add Albuquerque to a growing list of municipalities that have decriminalized possessing pot in small amounts. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz).

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque city councilors are pushing to decriminalize marijuana possession in cases where a person is caught with an ounce (28 grams) or less, saying their proposal will free up police time and resources to focus on more serious crimes.

Councilors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton announced their proposal Monday to amend Albuquerque’s criminal code by making low-level pot possession and paraphernalia without a valid medical marijuana referral a citable offense that can come with a $25 ticket but no jail time.

The proposed change —which still must go before the City Council and mayor for approval — would add Albuquerque to a growing list of municipalities that have decriminalized possessing pot in small amounts, including Orlando and Pittsburgh. Nine states and Washington, D.C, have already legalized recreational marijuana.

"It’s been needed for many years," said Emily Kaltenbach, the state director in New Mexico for the Drug Policy Alliance, which has advocated nationally for easing drug sentencing laws. "New Mexico is sort of behind the curve when it comes to marijuana reform."

She added that a single arrest for marijuana possession can hinder a person’s chances at securing housing or student loans. New Mexico is also among a handful of states where marijuana possession on a person’s record can block his or her chances of getting approval to adopt a child, she said.

Under the city’s criminal code now, police can issue $50 fines to first-time offenders possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. Authorities can also decide to send the first-time offenders to jail for a maximum of 15 days, though such instances appear to be rare. The fines and penalties increase with a second violation.

A review of Metropolitan Detention Center bookings over the past week showed no one was booked into the jail following an Albuquerque police arrest on a sole petty misdemeanor charge of paraphernalia or marijuana possession. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies only made one such arrest in Albuquerque resulting in a jail booking in Albuquerque in the same period.

The low rate of arrests has raised some question from skeptics, including Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, over the proposal’s impact. As a state lawmaker, she expressed opposition to legalizing marijuana in the past, saying she believes the state has bigger problems to address.

"I don’t see that people are being arrested or rearrested or that the justice system is being packed with all of these low-level possession crimes," she said. "I don’t see that it’s an issue or something we should be concerned about."

Citing Albuquerque police data, Davis, a former law enforcement officer and Democrat, said that in a recent 12-month period there were 177 instances in which marijuana possession was listed as the top offense. Each arrest or citation was likely to have resulted in potentially hours of police time to process.

In 2015, a similar proposal went before the City Council, but was vetoed by Mayor Richard Berry, a Republican. Berry was replaced late last year by Tim Keller, a Democrat.

Davis said he believes the proposal’s prospects have been boosted by the change in administrations.

This story corrects a previous version to say a similar ordinance was vetoed in 2015, not 2014.

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The homeless in San Diego are getting jobs – thanks to a 16-year-old boy

Kevin Barber, 16, was inspired by a TED Talk to tackle homelessness in his own town. – Carolyn BarberThe San Diego "Wheels of Change" van, which transports the newly employed work teams to their cleanu… – Carolyn BarberHomeless workers pose with trash they cleaned up from the streets of San Diego. – Alpha ProjectIn San Diego, a "Wheels of Change" work crew digs in. – Carolyn Barber

The homeless men and women step off the van and get straight to work. They pick up trash and bottles, and as they do, business owners and residents cheer them on — honking, clapping and even handing out refreshments.

It’s part of a pilot program in San Diego that hires homeless people to help clean up the city’s streets. And it was started by a 16 year-old boy: Kevin Barber.

Barber got the idea from a TED Talk video showcasing a similar program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that invited panhandlers to clean local streets in exchange for fair wages and access to city services.

"It just looked really simple, and the statistics were staggering," the high school junior told CNN.

Cities across the country are using programs like the one in Albuquerque to provide hundreds of part-time jobs to the homeless. Barber wanted to implement one in San Diego, which hosts the country’s fourth-largest homeless population.

It’s an issue the young activist was keenly aware of from conversations he had with his mother, an emergency room physician who interacts with the homeless on a daily basis.

"I see so many people who just don’t have many opportunities," Dr. Carolyn Barber said.

So mother and son reached out to the city government to start a trial run of the homeless program.

It’s called "Wheels for Change." Participants get paid $11.50 an hour. Kevin’s mom felt so strongly about the cause that she donated the funds to pay for the six-month pilot.

The city is considering financing the program moving forward. Local politicians are also getting on board.

"It’s a win-win for everybody," said City Councilman Scott Sherman. Employing the homeless population to clean up the city has the added benefit of easing the burden on San Diego’s sanitation department.

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Several times a week, a van picks up eight to ten people from one of the downtown homeless shelters. The workers travel to different locations, removing trash and debris from many of the same sidewalks and park benches where they once used to sleep.

Bob McElroy, who helps the homeless through the non-profit Alpha Project said he’s seen the program’s impact on the streets and on the faces of the homeless workers as their fellow citizens come out and cheer their efforts.

"It’s just so medicinal for our folks who have always been marginalized and irrelevant," he said.

After their shift, workers are brought back to the shelter and given their pay in cash. But their job isn’t over. They are expected to connect other homeless people with the services that the city and Alpha Project offer. Word of mouth is spreading; the waiting list to participate in "Wheels of Change" is more than 150 names long.

"Lord have mercy, our folks just wanted to participate," McElroy exclaimed. "San Diego is going to be spotless by the time we are through with this."

Susan Graham is one of these motivated folks. She was having suicidal thoughts just a couple weeks ago when she was brought to the Alpha Project shelter. After seven days there, she was introduced to the "Wheels of Change" program. Graham eagerly signed up.

"To give back means a lot to me because they have given so much to me," she said.

Graham plans to participate regularly in the program and has been placed in an apartment after eight months of homelessness.

"This is a miracle. I am a miracle," she said.

The first item Graham put up on her wall as decoration — $46 in cash she earned from her first day of work with "Wheels of Change."

High school student Kevin Barber is already working to expand the program and hopes to improve San Diego one work shift at a time.

"Our goal is to get another van and have it go more days of the week," he said. "Helping as many people as we can."

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NM high court affirms ‘copper rule’ for mining

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court today affirmed the state’s so-called “copper rule,” ruling that the 2013 regulation provides “significant groundwater protection” at open pit copper mines.

The court ruled unanimously that regulations adopted by the state’s Water Quality Control Commission were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act.

The New Mexico attorney general and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties, had challenged the regulation.

The regulation dictates how mining companies are required to protect – opponents say allowed to pollute – groundwater where they operate.
“We cannot conclude that the Copper Rule violates the (Water Quality Act) because it purportedly permits rather than prevents contamination when the Cooper Rule’s plain terms contain an abundance of provisions that afford significant groundwater protection at copper mine facilities designed to prevent pollution,” said the opinion written by Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura.

Supporters of the rule had argued that it strikes a balance and that overturning it could threaten the viability of copper mining in New Mexico.

The rule allows mining companies to exceed water quality standards at mining sites, including open pit operations and waste rock piles, as long as the concentration of contaminants found in monitoring wells around the perimeter of those areas meet water quality standards. Under the rule, pollution standards do not apply at the bottom of the pit, where water gathers in deep open pit mines.

Attorney General Hector Balderas argued that the rule would allow “widespread pollution.” He said in his petition that the case “raises the most important legal question New Mexico courts have faced with regard to protecting groundwater resources.”
The court found that the regulations “advance a comprehensive containment strategy” for acidic mining contaminants. Contaminated water in the pit is to be removed by evaporation or pumping, and groundwater monitoring wells are required outside the pit area to determine whether water quality standards are met at those locations, the court said.

The Copper Rule’s waiver of the water quality standards “reflects policy preferences and strategic choices designed to mitigate the environmental harms inherent in open pit copper mining,” the court said. “The waiver provision in no way invites industry to contaminate freely in that area.”

The justices rejected claims that the Copper Rule was invalid because it differed from past regulatory approaches for controlling water discharges at copper mines.

“To the extent the Copper Rule is a departure from past commission practice, the law makes clear that the commission is not constrained by its prior practices,” the Court said.

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Crime’s effect on NM’s commercial real estate and what buyers look for – Albuquerque Business First

Once you’re in, you’re hooked for the long haul.

That is the case for many in the commercial real estate industry. Take a gander at some of the top commercial real estate firms in New Mexico. Their longstanding employees have been in the business for 30, 35 or nearly 45 years. For many, that means staying in the same industry their whole career.

On the other hand, the industry is still attractive to newcomers. Many of the firms have agents who have been in the industry for two years or less. There will always be a need for office and warehouse space, and a steady stream of new brokers shows the industry is still kicking.

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Commercial real estate deals differ from other types of real estate deals in what they require and the length of time it takes to get them done. Many commercial real estate deals take about two or three months from start to finish, according to our List respondents. Buyers or leasers have a list of amenities they look for in their space, including parking, security and easy access.

There are over 1,200 listings in New Mexico for office space, according to the Commercial Association of REALTORS – New Mexico, as of January 2018.

Albuquerque has been grappling with crime for years. The FBI Uniform Crime report for 2016 showed Albuquerque saw an increase in violent crime of 15.5 percent since the previous year and a 41.8 percent increase in murder.

Crime affects all industries but presents a unique challenge to commercial real estate, from managing property to selling and leasing. Here’s what some local real estate leaders had to say about several issues related to crime.

“Crime has affected our apartment communities that we manage. Lots of auto break-ins and auto theft,” said John Menicucci, qualifying broker and principal at Berger Briggs Real Estate & Insurance Inc.

Crime in the real estate and construction industries isn’t new, though.


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“[Crime] continues to be a problem. Lighting is an important part of deterring crime. Increased patrol and tenant involvement have also been important,” said Walt Arnold, managing director of SVN/Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage Inc.

Some longtime problems are still prevalent, in addition to new problems with security.

“Copper wire theft is still a big problem. Crime has increased the cost typically spent on security and raised the cost to insure property,” said Jim Chynoweth, managing director for CBRE New Mexico.

The problem doesn’t exist just in Albuquerque, either. In other areas of the state, property managers and sellers are making changes to better ensure safety at their locations.

“In Gallup, all larger shopping centers have on-site security and video systems,” said Dan Frady, owner and broker at RE/MAX Combined Investments Inc.

Crime’s effect on the industry isn’t just hurting the real estate companies.

“Albuquerque’s crime reputation is hurting all local businesses and causes lots of out-of-state companies to reconsider locating here,” said Michael Leach, managing member of Sycamore Associates LLC.

Whatever the solution — extra lighting, security cameras, patrols, fencing (all of which are measures the biggest commercial real estate firms in the state have taken) — it is clear crime is having an impact on the real estate industry.

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Speaker: ABQ has potential in mid-level, starter homes

Affordable mid-market and starter homes as well as rental units near transit and bike paths for young adults, remain potential gold mines for developers who figure out the right balance of price, land costs, location and amenities, a speaker told the lunchtime crowd Monday at the NAIOP New Mexico February program.

While Albuquerque is primed to welcome more retirees, millenials and investors in rental properties, it still needs to to get more shovel ready land onto the market for the kinds of mid-priced single-family homes that a cross-section of buyers can actually afford, said John Covert, director of Metrostudy’s Colorado-New Mexico Region.

John Covert, Director of Metrostudys Colorado-New Mexico Region. (Courtesy Metrostudy)

Covert, who lives in Denver, regularly meets and consults with many of the top home builders in the Albuquerque metro area, as well as with lenders, developers, investors, suppliers, utilities, school districts, and local governments concerning trends in the local economy and their effect on the real estate market.

Albuquerque‘s new home construction rate currently lags other Western cities where economies are more robust.

Covert said that of the 6,000 lots available for single-family home construction in the metro area, only 1,800 of the parcels fit the bill. “Finding finished lots are a challenge,” Covert told the crowd, which includes members of the city’s commercial real estate development community. That means developers will more than likely build homes exceeding $250,000 in order for their investments to pencil out.

The upshot: as the supply of available homes tighten, prices rise and mortgage rates budge slightly, buyers will gravitate to existing homes, which are more affordable at the starter price points, said Covert.

The regional residential real estate update also featured Todd Clarke of New Mexico Apartment Advisors and Bob Grassburger, an assistant professor at UNM in organizational consulting and applied research.

Clarke detailed the growing interest in the multifamily housing market by local and out-of-town investors. He just accomplished a first: listing and selling a nicely remodeled fourplex for over $500,000. He forecasts more transactions in 2018, as sellers of older apartment units look to cash in, especially in Nob Hill and Old Town, both popular rental areas. These areas, with high bike, walk and transit scores, rate high with both baby boomers and millenials, Clarke said.

Grassburger spoke the benefits of attracting more retirees to New Mexico, especially those that “are healthy, wealthy and wise.”

His research, which focuses on the economic impacts of retirees, shows that every retiree household setting up in New Mexico creates “half a job.”

With stable “mailbox” incomes (money coming from pension or Social Security checks), retirees are strong contributors to to the state’s gross receipts tax fund and property tax rolls. Many retiring baby boomers, he said, also “are twice as likely” as other generations to launch businesses.

New Mexico is about 30 years behind Alabama, Arkansas and Texas — states that have strong marketing efforts to attract retirees, said Grassburger.

The current state budget proposes that $150,000 be set aside to research the feasibility of a similar marketing program, Grassburger said.

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As DACA debate continues, these Dreamers are saving lives

If Congress fails to reach a deal on immigration in the next couple of weeks, thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children could soon start losing their protection from deportation and their ability to legally work in the United States.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed nearly 689,000 Dreamers to come out from the shadows and openly attend school, get work permits and driver’s licenses and even buy homes without the fear of being deported.

But the March 5 deadline to end DACA, imposed by President Trump imposed last year, is looming. And while the courts have put the termination on hold for now, thousands of DACA recipients will become vulnerable to deportation if the court ruling is overturned and new legislation isn’t put in place.

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For some communities, that would mean the possibility of losing fellow residents who are firefighters, nurses, emergency care workers and teachers.

Here are three Dreamers who are saving and shaping lives in their communities, even as their own fate in America remains perilous.

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Ana Cueva, 25

As a shock-trauma nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, Ana Cueva has to be prepared for every type of emergency.

"We’re taking care of the sickest of the sick," said Cueva. She’s cared for patients who have been in near-fatal accidents and others who have undergone multi-organ failure. She has even helped in cases of severed spinal cords. "Every day is high anxiety. I have to be on my toes."

"I’ve had to resuscitate patients," said Cueva. "It’s emotionally taxing, but I have to have some degree of separation while I do my job because [the patients’] families are watching."

She’s lost patients, too. "We do our best, but it’s hard when that happens," she said.

Cueva was brought to the U.S. from Guadalajara, Mexico, when she was 5 years old. The family overstayed their tourist visas and settled in Utah.

"America became my home," she said.

One day when Cueva was seven, her mother collapsed at work due to complications from a tumor. "She would tell me how the nurses at the hospital helped her through a difficult time."

That helped Cueva to decide that she wanted to become a nurse one day.

In 2012, she received her DACA status, opening the door for her to enroll in nursing school. She graduated from Utah Valley University’s nursing program with honors in 2016 and started working at the hospital last year.

But now she’s worried her nursing career may be short-lived. Cueva’s DACA status expires in October. "I will be let go if there is no solution for us Dreamers," she said.

Her coworkers have mixed feelings about her situation, she said. Some are supportive. Others have told her she has to face the consequences of coming into the country illegally.

"I’ve worked so hard for my accomplishments and my skills as an ICU nurse. I can’t give all that up and go away," said Cueva. "This is my life. If there was any way I could have applied to be a legal resident or citizen of the United States, I would have done it in a heartbeat."


Jose Tapia-Garcia, 27

Jose Tapia-Garcia is helping to put out fires and respond to medical emergencies in three different communities in Washington state.

In the town of Quincy, he is an emergency medical technician with private ambulance company, Protection-1, where he works 12-to-24 hour shift per week.

The 27-year-old is also a resident firefighter/EMT with the City of Ephrata Fire Department, where he does weekly night shifts. And he has been volunteering (one weekend a month) for the Grant County Fire District 8 in Mattawa since 2015. That’s where he first got basic firefighter training and EMT classes.

"I hardly have any free time for myself because I keep myself pretty busy with these three agencies," he said.

But Tapia-Garcia wouldn’t have it any other way.

He is proud of the role he serves in these communities. "As an EMT, we are first responders to accident scenes. I’ve delivered chest compressions and given oxygen to individuals who had difficulty breathing," he said. "I’ve also extricated people from crash sites."

Tapia-Garcia, who arrived in the United States with his parents from Chiautla, Mexico, when he was 3 years old, gained his DACA status in 2014. If DACA dies with no permanent alternative, he won’t be allowed to keep working once his status expires in two years.

"My hopes and dreams will stop," he said. "This is what I want to do. It’s my calling."


Ivonne Orozco, 26

For some of her high school students, Ivonne Orozco’s DACA status has turned into a timely and personal lesson on immigration.

"My students are aware of my story and they’re asking questions," said Orozco, who has taught Spanish at the Public Academy for Performing Arts, a charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the past four years. "It’s great to see my students educating themselves, looking up what DACA means and becoming aware of the issue," she said.

Orozco was 12 when she left Chihuahua, Mexico, and arrived in the United States with her parents. They settled in a small town in New Mexico,where she initially struggled to learn English. She credits her teachers for helping her assimilate and become fluent in her second language. "It’s when I first noticed the power teachers have in helping you see yourself in a different light," said Orozco.

She attended the University of New Mexico and received a degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish. "Having learned English late in life, it allowed me to be conscious of what that process is like. I felt it was my strength to teach a second language," she said.

She wants her perspective as a woman of color in education to inspire her students. "We often have conversations in class about what success looks like," she said. "For many, I am the first Spanish-speaking person they know who has gone to college. So they look to me for answers they maybe can’t get at home."

After initially being skeptical of the DACA program, Orozco gained her DACA status in 2013. Her status is set to expire early next year.

Orozco said she hasn’t discussed with school administration what will happen to her job if DACA permanently ends. "I am hopeful that Congress will come through for Dreamers," she said.

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Feeling Zen? This New Mexico Retreat Comes With a Chanting Room


About an hour outside both Albuquerque and Los Alamos sits an adobe estate uniquely designed to inspire a spiritual experience. The home, built on 10 acres in Jemez Springs, NM, is now on the market for $925,000.

The 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 2000 by architect David Yarborough, according to listing agent David Cordova. Buddhist monks from the local Bodhi Mandala Zen Center provided Yarborough with assistance.

The home, which includes a separate studio and Buddhist-inspired chant room, was used by the owners as a spiritual retreat for groups. We confirmed that this is the only home in the entire country to featuring a room devoted to chanting.

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The layout of the home, along with its water fountains and fireplaces, were designed with “peace, balance and harmony in mind,” the listing notes.

The estate comes with perennial gardens featuring flowers and herbs, pistachio trees, peach trees, goji berry bushes, sea buckthorn shrubs, and a fish pond. And while the home is connected to the grid, its primary energy source is solar.

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The surrounding area features hot springs and waterfalls, making it a great location for hiking.

“You can walk the hills around the house and find pottery shards dating back thousands of years,” Cordova says. The home’s remote location makes it ideal for communing with nature.

As you approach, the residence seems to appear out of thin air, he explains.

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In Jemez Springs you can experience Native American, Hispanic, and modern American culture. This home and its picturesque 10 acres in the high desert offer a spiritual setting to quiet the mind and connect with a higher power. All you need is a comfortable sitting position and the right chant. The house does the rest.

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Blast of winter weather forecast for northern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Forecasters say the weekend will bring wintry weather conditions to northern New Mexico.

The National Weather Service says rain and mountain snow showers will dip below the Colorado line Saturday afternoon and the snow level will drop to valley bottoms by Saturday night.

Forecasts call for about 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow on Raton Pass, up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in mountains east of Albuquerque and west of Las Vegas and up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) at Angel Fire and Red River.

Travel conditions are expected to be satisfactory in most areas but Raton Pass late Saturday is expected to have a major impact from the cold front crossing the state.

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