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You may have wondered what the colourful string of red peppers gracing the entrances of homes and offices around Santa Fe is all about.  Today, I am glad to share with you the story of the ristra.  Not only is it a beautiful and festive decoration, but it is also of practical use, as a way to dry chiles and preserve them for future consumption.  

 

A ristra is a string of drying chile pepper pods composed typically of large New Mexican chiles or Anaheim peppers, although any kind of chile may be used to construct it.  Chiles are in the genus Capsicum, which is in the nightshade family, and includes (interestingly) the tomato, potato, eggplant, tobacco and the petunia.  Colloquially, chiles are often referred to as "peppers," however, they are

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Santa Fe is a community with a vibrant history including Spanish explorers, cowboys, pueblos, breath-taking vistas and transformational art.  The air carries a distinct scent of sage and pinon, and the sky is brilliantly illuminated by shades of red, orange and yellow twice per day.  It is a land of enchantment, filled with the promise of both tranquillity and adventure.

 

This remarkable city offers a wealth of culture, outdoor pursuits and style.  Whatever your desires, they can be satisfied in the City Different.  And with an average of 300 sunny days each year, you’ll be sure you can enjoy them.

 

If I had only 24 hours in Santa Fe, I would check into the La Fonda on the Plaza.  You can’t beat the location – smack dab in the middle of the

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Many of us are familiar with Homestead Exemptions for property taxes.  In New Mexico, we have a Head of Family Exemption, a Value Freeze (for seniors or for disabled individuals), and a Veterans Exemption.

 

The Head of Family Exemption is a $2,000 reduction of the taxable value of residential property subject to the tax if the property is owned by the head of a family who is a New Mexico resident.  The exemption is deducted from taxable value of property to determine net taxable value of property.  In Santa Fe County, this will result in a property tax savings between $32 and $49 per year. A head of a family is entitled to the exemption in only one county in any tax year even though the claimant may own property in more than one county.  Once this

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