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SANTA FE— Gov. Susana Martinez said next year’s centennial is New Mexico’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shine.
Martinez marked New Mexico’s 99th birthday last week by announcing ongoing plans for a 16-month commemoration of next year’s Statehood Centennial.
Plans include numerous exhibits, lectures and community projects statewide and educational efforts to encourage young people to learn about New Mexico history.
Martinez said the state intends to take full advantage of the occasion to increase tourism, generate economic activity and bring positive attention to New Mexico.
In November, Union Pacific Railroad will sponsor special events with its historic vintage steam locomotive from Tucumcari to Lordsburg.
In addition, an official centennial hot air balloon will be part of select activities statewide.