Periodic Closures in Bandelier to Begin Monday, October 17, 2022, as Preservation and Accessibility Projects Begin

Los Alamos, NM – Beginning Monday October 17, 2022, visitors to Bandelier National Monument should be prepared for periodic closures of trails and archaeological sites in Frijoles Canyon as construction projects begin. The Pueblo Loop Trail will not be affected. Most of the Monument’s main attractions will remain open for the duration of the construction project. Projects to improve and … Read More

Bandelier Welcomes October Artist in Residence

Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier National Monument welcomes the second of three Artists in Residence of the 2022 season, Irene Owsley. Irene is an award-winning freelance photographer specializing in the outdoors and travel. Her work has appeared in Canoe & Kayak, National Parks, Earthwatch, and Natural History as well as the publications of several conservation organizations. While working as professional … Read More

Sandoval County 2022 Fair Come and Gone But Not To Be Forgotten

Good, old-fashion fun was had at this years’ Sandoval County Fair, located in the beautiful Cuba, NM, just 70 miles northwest of Rio Rancho. After two years without a County Fair due to Covid-19, this years’ County Fair did not disappoint. The experience and festivities were made complete with great food, dancing to live music, an exciting rodeo, youth events, … Read More

Jemez Springs restaurant remains the hub for its community

Jemez Springs – One Sandoval County restaurant with over 100 years of history is still thriving after facing the uncertainty of a global pandemic.  With a recent change in leadership, the Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon is busier than ever said new owner Monique Alton. Alton, who took over this bustling restaurant from her parents in June of 2021, said … Read More

Local business prides itself on the freedom it gives its artists

By Stephen Montoya CORRALES – Most locally run businesses will attribute any success they receive to following a series of rules and guidelines. However, there is one business in the heart of the Village of Corrales that prides itself on not following any rules whatsoever. The Village Print Shop, located at 4605 Corrales Road has been dancing to the beat … Read More

A Long Standing Tradition in the Town of Bernalillo Continues

Matachines Fiesta Dance 1

BERNALILLO – It’s just past six thirty on a stormy Friday evening as the participants in an over 300 year-old-tradition prepare to practice seven dances in honor of Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo). The street to the hosts, called the Mayordomos, for this year’s event where the practice is take place is flooded on both sides. It looks bleak for a … Read More

One of a kind academy offers classes that rock

Strat Academy

CORRALES – Imagine a classroom environment where cranking up a guitar solo is not only encouraged but mandatory to pass the class. Believe it or not, this is the type of curriculum that is offered, among many other guitar related items, at the Strat Academy located in the village of Corrales. The Strat Academy is the brainchild of owner and … Read More

Continental Divide hikers pass through Cuba New Mexico

Miller and Beissinger

By Stephen Montoya CUBA – What once started out as a fun pastime, has become a way of life for two hikers going the distance of the Continental Divide on foot. This nearly five and a half month trek is one of many for long-time hiking partners Renee Miller and Tim Beissinger. In fact, both Miller and Beissinger have made … Read More

Collecting Shed Antlers Illegal at Bandelier and Valles Caldera

Antler Shed Season

Los Alamos, NM – One of the signs of spring in the Jemez Mountains is deer and elk shedding their antlers. People like to collect these “sheds”, which is fine on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service. However, it is illegal within Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, and … Read More

New family run bistro opens across the street from Intel


It’s 9 a.m. at the newly opened Lily and Liam Bistro at 1751 NM 528 across the street from Intel, as a steady stream of customers wait to be seated. A fine mist of aroma from the kitchen fills the dining area just before co-owners and married couple James and Megan Garrigan prepare to sit down and discuss their inspiration … Read More