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SANTA FE, N.M. — Sanctuary Plans Open House

Kindred Spirits will hold its Spring Open House on May 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sanctuary houses senior dogs, horses and poultry, which you can visit during the free open house. Also, each day will feature educational talks and demonstrations by wellness caregivers.

Kindred Spirits is at 3749-A N.M. 14, 20 miles south of Santa Fe. For more information, go to www.kindredspiritsnm.org or call 505-471-5366

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N.M. Sens. Sponsor Wilderness Bill

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced a bill last week, co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980. “The Columbine-Hondo is one of the last remaining segments of this high alpine ecosystem to receive permanent wilderness protection,” Bingaman said in a news release. “After many years of hard work by local community leaders, a nearly unanimous consensus has formed in support of protecting this landscape as wilderness.”

The proposed Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act also would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by approximately 1,000 acres, while modifying a boundary to create a loop trail accessible by mountain bikes along the Lost Lake trail from Taos Ski Valley to the East Fork trail to Red River.

The legislation also proposes to transfer to Red River title to the National Forest land beneath the town’s existing waste water treatment plant, cemetery and public park, along with a public road.

The Village of Taos Ski Valley would receive the title to the National Forest land beneath its waste water treatment plant.

Statehood History Conference Set

The 2012 New Mexico Statehood History Conference, the centennial version of the Historical Society of New Mexico’s annual conference, will be Thursday through Friday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

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In conjunction with the conference, a daylong free symposium for the public will be held, along with free museum admission Thursday, at the New Mexico History Museum.

The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is also holding its annual conference at La Posada that weekend.

Details and registration for the Statehood History Conference can be found at the Historical Society’s website: www.hsnm.org.

The keynote address at Thursday’s public symposium, “New Mexico Statehood, An Earlier Perception,” will be given by Dr. Robert W. Larson, author of “New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood, 1846-1912.”Â

Other speakers include Dr. David Van Holtby, “New Mexico’s Rough Road to Statehood”; Robert Torrez, “Law and Order and the Quest for New Mexico Statehood”; and Henrietta Martinez Christmas, “New Mexico’s Icons.” Dr. Richard Melzer will introduce and moderate the symposium.

Topics at the Historical Society’s conference include traditional foods in Native American communities, land-grant studies, Western characters like Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp, and controversial New Mexico politicos, such as Thomas Benton Catron, Bronson Cutting and New Mexico’s first Territorial Governor (and possible U.S. spy) James S. Calhoun.

Solar Festival Is Saturday

Santa Fe Community College’s second annual Solar Festival will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at its Trades and Advanced Technology Center, 6401 Richards Ave.

While musicians perform solar-powered music, visitors can view an electric car show, solar product demonstrations and exhibits by solar vendors. Solar seminars will be held throughout the day and children’s activities will be offered.

SFCC’s green technologies faculty will be on hand to discuss training and job opportunities.

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