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I-25 charging station fills gap for electric drivers

~Signpost Staff

With the snip of a ribbon on May 11, drivers of electric vehicles in need of a charge could begin stopping at Santo Domingo Pueblo.

The charging station is located at the pueblo's travel stop just west of Interstate 25 at Exit 259.

"Today's unveiling of the new electric vehicle charging station is our tribe's continued commitment in meeting the growing needs of our traveling public," tribal Gov. Robert Coriz said.

The charging station is a joint project of the pueblo, PNM, U-Go Stations, and Nissan. Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, it reduces the "range anxiety" associated with long-distance electric-vehicle travel, according to PNM.

Last year’s San Antonio feast day procession along Placitas Village road
Photo credit: —Kejka Collins

An invitation to a traditional Placitas celebration

~Bob Gajkowski

Each year in mid-June, the Village of Placitas celebrates its relationship with San Antonio de Padua, its patron saint. The event began with the earliest families of the Village and serves to thank the patron for his intercessions on their behalf. This tradition has long been carried on by the congregation of San Antonio de Padua Catholic Mission Church, Paseo de San Antonio, off Highway 165, in Placitas.

This year’s festivities will take place on June 11. Beginning with the offering of Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m., the Feast Day celebration will continue with a solemn procession along the roads of the Village. The santo and mayordomos of San Antonio Mission will be joined by those of San Jose Mission, Algodones, the San Lorenzo Sanctuario, and Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

Accompanied by an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus and musicians, the procession will stop at several homes along the route for short prayers and blessings. After returning to the Mission, everyone is invited to a ranchos-style brunch at the Mission Social Center. For more information, call 771-0253.

Nature hike in Placitas

 ~Sandy Johnson, Las Placitas Association

Las Placitas Association is pleased to announce this month’s native plant hike led by Michael Crofoot. On June 17, Michael invites you to join him to see what the open space looks like as the warm weather has already forced many flowers to bloom. The hike will start at 9:00 a.m. and last about two hours. He will try to identify every plant species seen and tell stories to help hikers understanding the environmental history of this wonderful park. There will be time to take photographs and for a short discussion. Wear a good hat, rugged shoes, bring plenty of liquids, and be prepared for a relatively easy hike with a bunch of nature lovers. Meet at 8:45 a.m. Go through the east gate of the Open Space off the BLM access road, taking Palomino, from Camino de Las Huertas, until it dead-ends; then make a left and drive until you reach the Open Space parking lot.

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