ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Parks director Christy Tafoya moved here nearly three decades ago even though she had never set foot on New Mexican soil.
She had just graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., earning bachelor’s degrees in history and historic preservation. It was 1991 and she accepted a job with Lincoln National Forest, inspired by New Mexican culture, history and architecture.
“I came out here sight unseen,” she said. “My mom was thrilled.”
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