Notes From the Road: (Not the Last) Ditch Efforts

Connections to Community In recounting my connections to Sunrise Springs, I forgot one, New Mexico Algae, a business my three partners (all La Cienega residents) and I started over four years ago.  When we first began organizing the business, we held business lunch meetings at Sunrise Springs on an almost weekly basis. Our business continues…

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Notes From the Road: A Rich History

The Peopling of the La Cienega Area A few weeks ago, Sunrise hosted a presentation of local history by Mike Taylor, Lolly Martin, and Marcos Rosacker who discussed the history of the area from several perspectives.  Mike, Lolly and Marcus are friends who share a passion for the history and traditions of the La Cienega…

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Notes From the Road: Organic Farming in La Cienega

Community News The Green Tractor Farm in Lower La Cienega is under new ownership, but the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. In 2000 Tom and Mary Dixon left their successful construction business behind and started Green Tractor Farm on five acres of land that Tom grew up on. The farm is named…

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Notes From the Road: Remembering Conrado

Community Memories In 1987, my former wife Becky and I and moved with our our two daughters to house we built here in La Cienega. Someone recently described it as “the first house on the right, past the cows, on Paseo C’de Baca.” We had purchased the 1 ½ acre piece of land with an…

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Notes From the Road: Sunrise Memories III

The Downs Horses first ran on The Downs racetrack in June of 1971. In its early years, the track, located on 328 acres at the northeast corner of the La Cienega community, was quite successful with upwards of 10,000 bettors in attendance. The resulting traffic jams, Thursday through Saturday during the racing season, were legendary…

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Notes From the Road: Sunrise Memories, Part II

Facilities Update  It is just in the planning stages but come next spring we may be seeing the first official Sunrise Springs Farm. The area being considered for our farm is the vacant land between the swimming pool and the arroyo.  If things work out, we will have fresh organic produce from our own farm…

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Notes From the Road: Sunrise Memories I

Facilities Update   The millstone fountain has been installed on the inside part of the koi pond at the Sages. We are all wondering what the symbols on the millstone may represent. Is there a symbol expert among us? Please let us know. We can all thank the maintenance-landscape collaboration for the success of this…

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Notes From the Road: The Old Millstone

Facilities Update After a few challenging delays the Aqua Pavilion is up and running. Guests have begun to enjoy the warm waters and beautiful views provided by this special new addition to the Sunrise experience. What do you do if you find an old millstone on the property, one with interesting carvings on it? If…

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