Beyond the MetroABQ: Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins

Beyond the MetroABQ: Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins
by Chris Lucas

Near Mountainair, New Mexico, sits some of the coolest ruins in the country. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument consists of three Spanish Missions amid numerous Pueblo Ruins: Gran Quivira, Abo Ruins & Quarai Mission. Read More


Beyond the MetroABQ...Tia: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary's New Guinea Singing Dog

Beyond the MetroABQ...Tia: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary's New Guinea Singing Dog
by Chris Lucas

Every year I sponsor abandoned animals at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, NM. Usually it's an older wolf who someone tried to keep as a pet & it didn't work out so well...This year I am helping support two different types of dogs: a New Guinea Singing Dog & an Australian Dingo.  Read More


Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

The private Diamond Street Compound residences enjoy a half acre of land & is discreetly hidden behind gates on a side-street, a few blocks from the Plaza. If you know what you're looking for--beautifully decorated sculptures that act as gates--you'll know when you pass by. Built in the mid 1920's, the three rock houses sit amongst gardens, greenspaces & incredible sculptures across the property. The rock walls are approximately 18" thick & are comprised of random-sized uncut boulders & stones with plaster interiors. You can see the gates & stone houses below. Read More


Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)
by Chris Lucas

A short & very scenic two-hour drive to Las Vegas New Mexico is always an incredible daytrip. Read More


Beyond the MetroABQ: The Rawlins in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Beyond the MetroABQ: The Rawlins in Las Vegas, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a gem of a town, tucked discreetly in the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, in northern New Mexico. When word of the revival of one of two Fred Harvey Houses in the city (the Plaza is the 2nd) go out, that area, called Old Town, began getting some much needed attention. San Miguel County Assistant District Attorney Tom Clayton is now restoring the nearby Rawlings Building, which once served as a dorm for the Harvey Girls who worked at La Castañeda in its heyday. Read More


Metal Roofs: Green Environmentally & Saves Green

Metal Roofs: Green Environmentally & Saves Green
by Chris Lucas

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Beyond the MetroABQ: Hotel Casteñeda in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Beyond the MetroABQ: Hotel Casteñeda in Las Vegas, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

At 120 years old, La Castañeda Hotel has seen better times--for 50+ years it was a Fred Harvey Hotel & considered the "Queen of Las Vegas," New Mexico. Las Vegas is a small town with over 900 homes & businesses on the National Register of Historic Places, a stunning number of historic buildings, especially for a town of just 14,000 people. Around mid-century though. the railroad made way for cars & motels, & The Queen, a fantastic Mission Revival example, was left alone & neglected... Read More


Wild spirit Wolf Sanctuary Newsletter -- July

Wild spirit Wolf Sanctuary Newsletter -- July
by Chris Lucas

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