Thursday News Roundup: Spanish Market in Albuquerque For The First Time

Dec 26, 2013

Winter Spanish Market Noted As A Success - The Associated Press

This marked the first year for Winter Spanish Market to be held in Albuquerque, and organizers say it was a success.

The two-day event organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society drew some 5,000 people. That number is more than twice the visitors the event had drawn in Santa Fe in recent years.

Marketing director Maggie Magalnick tells The Santa Fe New Mexican the plan is to hold the winter arts and crafts festival in Albuquerque again next year.

She says the idea to move to Albuquerque was to open the venue to a new audience. A total of 100 artists participated.

The art society started the summertime Spanish Market in 1965. That event draws up to 40,000 visitors.

There are no plans to move the summer market from Santa Fe.

Gaming Proposal Won't Face Warmer Reception - The Associated PressĀ 

It doesn't appear that a proposed gambling compact between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico will get any warmer reception than it did during the 2013 legislative session when it was met with complaints.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the proposal that was unveiled in the last days of the 2013 session had ran into trouble right off the bat and was never voted on by the full Legislature.

The proposal would be in force until 2037 and allow the tribe to have five casinos on the New Mexico side of the reservation.

The pact also contains several terms that other gambling tribes view as unfavorable and that they worry could become a precedent for their own, separate negotiations with the state.