September 16, 2008

The Past 100 Years

From The Santa Fe New Mexican:

September 13, 1908: William Frazer, oldtime mining man in Taos County and principal owner of copper mines in the Frazer Mountains, reached the city last evening and registered at the Palace.

Solomon Luna, president of the Bank of Commerce of Albuquerque and member of the Republican Committee, arrived in Santa Fe last evening from his southern home and registered at the Claire.

September 13, 1983: Food prices next year will surpass government projections because of a reduced 1983 corn harvest that can be blamed on the summer heat wave and drought, Agriculture Secretary John R. Block says. The agriculture department's reduced forecast means retail food price inflation is likely to run as high as 6.5 percent instead of the 4 to 5 percent estimated previously, Block said. Even so, he contended, 'there's no reason for anyone to become overly concerned about soaring food costs.'

Chimay -- The adobe homes of at least 11 families in Chimay may crumble because of a water table whose levels officials say were boosted by heavy snowfall last winter. Water is bubbling out of the ground in eastern Chimay, north of N.M. 76, and residents have had to dig trenches to the nearest irrigation ditch or culvert in an effort to channel the water to the Santa Cruz River. Three state agencies are at work on a project to provide drainage in the area.

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