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Noche de Ronde Celebrates Tularosa Valley's Hispanic Heritage

LAS CRUCES -A celebration honoring the earliest Hispanic settlers of the Tularosa Basin will be held Aug. 26 in Alamogordo.

"The point of the event is to honor the Hispanics who helped settle the Tularosa Basin and who are such an integral part of the history of the entire Southwest," said Mike Cook, coordinator of New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

Guest speakers for Noche de Ronde include Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron and U.S. Army Maj. Nick Guerra. The Holloman Air Force Base Hispanic Folklore Show will be featured as well as music by Selmo.

The celebration is sponsored by the Committee for the Recognition of the Hispanic Pioneers of the Tularosa Basin. Proceeds will benefit two memorial projects: a fresco and a bronze sculpture of the first Hispanic settlers in the Tularosa Basin. Both will be placed in Founders Park in Alamogordo.

The event will be held at the Alamogordo Civic Center at 6 p.m. Admission prices start at $15. For more information, call (505) 434-0036 or (505) 437-7225. Or, call REDTT at (505) 646-8009. REDTT is a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and promotes agriculture through tourism.