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“Harvey Girls” Dee Clark, left, and Martha Johnsen. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Las Vegas Harvey Girls part of the ‘renaissance’

By Andy Stiny / Journal Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Who knew the famous Harvey Girls, those “respectable young women” in black uniforms and white-starched pinafores who served the tourists eating at Harvey House restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway throughout the West during the first half of the last century, were spawned in Raton, New Mexico?

Tara Hedrick walks into the print shop at the Palace of the Governors Wednesday, when the building was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Historic palace ranks as NM National Treasure

By Jackie Jadrnak / Journal North Reporter

Generations of schoolkids and tourists have trooped through the Palace of the Governors on Santa Fe’s Plaza.

Ricardo Medina, caretaker of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch near Taos, walks past the shrine to Lawrence and his wife Frieda on the ranch earlier this week. Plans are being considered to improve the ranch and find more uses for the property, which is owned by the University of New Mexico. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Brushing the cobwebs off the D.H. Lawrence Ranch

By Mike Bush And Andy Stiny / Journal Staff Writers

UNM and others are looking for ways to put the famed novelist’s historic property to appropriate use

This photo shows an old building in Rhylolite, Nev., a ghost town located northeast of Death Valley National Park. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Ghost towns tell story of mining days in Old West

By John Marshall / The Associated Press

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. – The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.

Harold Simpson, top, a full-blooded Navajo tour guide, walks through the stark landscape of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Simpson stands in the middle of a controversy between tourism and preserving the land. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Monument Valley tourism spurs conflict

By John M. Glionna / Los Angeles Times

Remote Monument Valley pits Navajo elders concerned with preserving area’s spiritual significance against burgeoning tourism development