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Around Northern New Mexico

Heritage Hotels Names 3 Managers

Three new people have been named to management posts over Heritage Hotels and Resorts in Santa Fe.

They are Helga Byndas, regional general manager; Jeff Mahan, regional food and beverage general manager; and Juan Vigil, regional revenue manager. They will oversee operations at the Lodge at Santa Fe, Hotel St. Francis and Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe.

Byndas has been with the company since 2000, most recently as general manager for Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. She is treasurer of the New Mexico Lodging Association.

Mahan has more than 25 years of executive level experience in the hospitality industry, launching and operating award-winning luxury hotels in New Mexico, including Encantado Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa in Taos, and Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe. He will oversee operations for catering, bars, and Heritage’s restaurants, including Tabla de Los Santos, Tia’s Cocina New Mexican Restaurant, and Los Cuates in Santa Fe.

Vigil, a native of Chimayó, has been in the hospitality industry since 1996. He worked at Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, El Monte Sagrado in Taos, and Encantado Resort and Spa in Santa Fe in reservations, front desk, and revenue management positions.

2 Cited for Selling Alcohol to Minors

In a check of 30 alcohol retailers in Santa Fe County on Dec. 29, two sales to minors with six administrative citations were issued.

The operation was conducted by the Department of Public Safety, supported by the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance, with the Santa Fe Police Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The businesses cited for selling to minors were Sunflower Market in De Vargas Mall and El Paseo Bar & Grill on Galisteo Street. Officers also made one felony arrest and one referral.

Mullins Won’t Run For House Seat

Farmington petroleum engineer Tom Mullins, who lost in his 2010 challenge to incumbent Congressman Ben Ray Luján, told supporters Wednesday that he decided not to resurrect his campaign this year.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to seek the GOP nomination for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District of the US House,” Mullins wrote in an email. “At the present time, I am unable to fully commit myself to the effort necessary to win this challenging seat. I have family and business obligations that preclude me from serving New Mexicans in this important position, should I succeed.”

He added that he might seek public service at another time.

In 2010, Luján got about 56 percent of the vote to Mullins’ 44 percent.