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Starry Night-The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501

Starry Night-The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501

Last night I received a call from a neighbor of a vacant home I have listed for sale. She lives in a neighborhood of  luxury homes and it was a friendly call to say that someone had forgotten to turn off an outdoor porch light.  She went on to say that she’d give me a couple of days to have it turned off or she would call the sheriff. Of course, I immediately went and took care of the problem.

On January 1, 2000, the New Mexico Sky Protection Act was passed.  There is also a Santa Fe County Low- Light ordinance to “preserve and enhance the state’s dark sky while promoting safety, conserving energy and preserving the environment for astronomy.”  Across the state, there is a fine of $25 for light pollution and an enforcement clause signed by the  Governor, Bill Richardson.

I invite you to lift your eyes to the night sky, behold the string  of stars woven in gorgeous abundance around a moon hiding behind the clouds.

The Santa Fean Magazine

The April-May issue of The Santa Fean Magazine is now online.  On pages 38-39 is an article on Jazz music in Santa Fe with a photo of yours truly along with a few other cool local musicians.

I’ll see you in the neighborhood,


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  1. Santa Fe never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think that it can’t get any better, you find out some small detail that sets your daydreams soaring.

    Living in Pennsylvania, I rarely have a chance to enjoy the stars. There are so many lights, even in the small towns, that prevent anyone from seeing much other than the BIG DIPPER.

    I have always loved looking at them anyway. For me, they provide a true feeling of oneness with the Earth and a chance to imagine what else could be out there…

    On our much anticipated journey to our new home in Santa Fe, I will look up at the night sky knowing that Santa Feans have been seriously committed to the magic of the stars. My thoughts coincide regarding energy conservation, and the allurement of the protected night sky is just another extension to the ever long and growing list of reasons to live in the Land of Enchantment.

    Thank you Santa Feans, for understanding what is truly important in life and, for keeping things beautiful for everyone.


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