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Local businesses to offer spring break discounts

Some 30 Santa Fe hotels, museums, restaurants and other attractions have now joined the effort by Tourism Santa Fe to promote the city as a spring break travel destination.

The Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017 is a promotion for families throughout March and the middle of April, providing kids 12 and under with complimentary lodging, meals, spa and culturally immersive activities in Santa Fe.

“Spring break is a special time for families to be together, have fun and make lifetime memories,” said Tourism Santa Fe Executive Director Randy Randall. “Families deserve a break. We want our guests to discover new and exciting experiences without stressing the budget. As Santa Fe is all about family, it’s only natural that we extend these offers.”

Spring break 2017 includes a variety of hotel choices and activities, treasure hunts, spa treats, and sports and outdoor adventures. There’s also free art classes, exhibits, attractions, music, Flamenco classes and an Easter egg hunt.

To see the promotions, go to

Event offers public chance to explore coding

Members of the public wondering, “What the heck is coding, anyway?” or looking for a possible career are invited to the Santa Fe “Try-athon” from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Violet Crown Cinema in the Santa Fe Railyard.

Educators, students, professionals and those ready to work will come together to get a hands-on taste of real-life coding. No experience is necessary, and local tutors, including professional software developers, will be on site to help individuals try an “Hour of Code” at this free community event.

Attendees who wish to give coding a try should bring a personal smartphone, laptop or tablet to work on, plus register online at www.nmtech

“Hour of Code” is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11. To learn more about New Mexico’s regional efforts to support this national initiative, visit www.nmtech

Average New Mexico gas price increases slightly

The average gas price in New Mexico is now $2.06 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. That price is 2 cents more than last week and 10 cents more per gallon than last year.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed, drivers in Santa Fe are paying the most on average at $2.12 per gallon, while drivers in Albuquerque are paying the least at $1.96 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.15, which is 2 cents more than last week and 11 cents more per gallon than last year.

This week, OPEC reached an oil production agreement and announced it will cut production beginning Jan. 1 by 1.2 million barrels per day or 1 percent of total global oil production. As a result of the announcement, markets reacted quickly, and crude oil prices increased by $4.21 to settle at $49.44. The impact on retail prices will most likely be seen by the end of the week, and any lingering impact on prices will depend on whether OPEC implements the cuts in 2017. This agreement is slated to last six months, with the possibility of an extension in May 2017.

Pump prices in the Mountain Region have remained relatively stable compared to other markets, due primarily to the fact that there have been few regional disruptions to production in recent months and the region’s geographic location, which is away from coastal price swings.

“New Mexico drivers are paying about $29 to fill up a 14-gallon tank, which is the size of an average family vehicle. This is about $1 less than the national average per fill up,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.

The New Mexican

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