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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Nov. 10

This week: Celebrate New Mexico’s El Camino Real International Heritage Center’s birthday, get a half-price bargain on Arizona’s fishing licenses, and Vail Resorts buys Colorado Mountain Express

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Celebrate Autumn at New Mexico's Newest Monument

Celebración de Otoño, the third annual birthday bash for New Mexico's El Camino Real International Heritage Center, will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, and it's an event not to be missed.

El Camino Real International Heritage Center is about 30 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico on I-25, or about half-way between Socorro and Truth or Consequences. It opened in 2005 and is one of New Mexico's six state monuments.

Celebración de Otoño, which is Spanish for Celebrate Autumn, starts at 9:30 a.m. and what you'll find there are food, music, dancing, demonstrations, historical lectures and all-day events. The party ends at 4:30 p.m. The event free with paid Monument admission.

On-going presentations during the day include:

  • Living history demonstration of Spanish colonial life, courtesy of La Sociedad de la Entrada
  • Horno-baking demonstrations, courtesy of El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Living History Museum near Santa Fe
  • Cornhusk doll making, courtesy of El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Living History Museum
  • Mule Packing demonstrations, courtesy of the Socorro Mule and Donkey Club

El Camino Real International Heritage Center (ECRIHC) tells the story of more than three centuries of trade and commerce that traversed El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior Lands. The trail is one of the oldest in the United States and historically stretches 1,500 miles from Mexico City to San Juan Pueblo/Ohkay Owenge, just north of Santa Fe.

If you miss the party, plan on visiting the center next time you're in New Mexico. For more information call theheritage center at (575) 854-3600 or visit the Web site at

Arizona Offering Half-Price Fishing License Deal

Arizona has a great deal for anglers through the end of the year, and it's for state residents as well as visitors.

Arizona's 2008 general and urban fishing licenses are both on sale for half price during November and December, said Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.

"This is a sweet deal each year following Halloween," said Arizona Fisheries Chief Kirk Young. "With the winter trout stockings picking up steam, this is a terrific time to catch this half-price fishing deal."

The 2008 General Fishing License (Class A) is on sale in November and December for $11.75 for residents and $35.13 for nonresidents. The 2008 Class U (urban) Fishing License is on sale for $9.25 for residents and nonresidents alike.

The popular Lower Salt River below Saguaro Lake is being stocked with trout, as will Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, the Verde River between Camp Verde and Cottonwood, Fain and Lynx lakes near Prescott, plus Patagonia and Parker Canyon lakes in southern Arizona.

"With the unseasonably mild weather right now," Young said, "Anglers have a wide range for good fishing opportunities from bass, crappie and catfish in the larger desert impoundments to trout in the high country, plus the winter stocking program and the urban lakes."

Vail Resorts Completes Colorado Mountain Express Purchase

Colorado's Vail Resorts has acquired Colorado Mountain Express, the resort ground transportation business, which will allow the resort to offer visitors a complete destination package from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport to Vail Resorts.

"We are pleased to be adding Colorado Mountain Express to the Vail Resorts portfolio, which represents the first touch point with many of our guests when they arrive by air to Colorado for a world-class ski, snowboard and mountain resort experience" said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

"The acquisition of Colorado Mountain Express is also closely aligned with our company's goals of improving access to the mountains and operating in a sustainable manner by providing guests the option of minimizing traffic on I-70 and reducing fuel usage through carpooled ground transportation," he added.

Colorado Mountain Express offers four primary types of service, including door-to-door shuttle business, point-to-point shuttle business with centralized drop-off at transportation hubs, private chartered vans and premier luxury charter vehicles.

The vehicle fleet consists of approximately 250 vans and luxury SUVs, and currently transports approximately 420,000 resort guests each year.

For Colorado Mountain Express information and reservations, call toll-free at (800) 525-6363 or visit
www.ridecme.com .