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The Knolls is nestled between Coors and Golf Course -- just north of Paradise.

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A Recipe for Christmas
23 December 2006

Christmas floats through the air at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe as Lupe Jackson taps her San Felipe Pueblo heritage for her family's Bizcochito recipe to serve to Governor Bill and Barbara Richardson's family and friends.

The recipe remains a secret, but Lupe did divulge some tips for making Bizcochito cookies in a recent Albuquerque Journal article (December 22, 2006). Some of these tips are:

Lupe's recipe is unavailable, but here is a Bizcochito recipe from a Knoll's resident or use one from your family's traditions.


1 C lard
1 C sugar
2 eggs
3 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. anise seed

1/4 C sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream lard and sugar together until creamy.
Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
Stir in anise seeds.
Work dough with hands on a floured board.
Pat dough flat and finish with rolling pin.
Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
Place on parchment.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cookie bottoms are lightly browned.
If topping is desired, mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on warm cookies as they come from the oven. Feliz Navidad.

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Zia Pueblo Creates a Bowl for a Bowl

Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina have been commissioned to create a hand-coiled Zia pottery bowl by the New Mexico Bowl. It will become the trophy for the champions of the Bowl to be held on December 23, 2006 at the University of New Mexico Stadium.

The NM Bowl Selection Committee will pick the third or fourth place winner in the Mountain West Conference who will oppose the third place winner of Western Athletic conference. At 2:30 pm history will be made in Albuqerque when the first New Mexico college bowl will be played. This event is sponsored by ESPN who will televise it nationally. The sun will shine over the city as symbolized by the Zia sign on the unique winner's trophy.

Tickets are available for $23 in the Red Menace section and for $30 in the General Admission section.

Visit the NM Bowl for more information.

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Luminarias Light the Way at Christmas
22 December 2006

Christmas Eve is not complete in Albuquerque without a tour of neighborhoods lighting their walkways and roof tops with luminarias.

A listing of some of the participating neighborhoods will lead you into this beautiful night.

  1. Barelas Neighborhood
    [ Coal and Avenida César Chavez ]
  2. Alamosa Neighborhood
    [ E. South Coors near Gonzales SW ]
  3. Albuquerque Country Club
    [Central and Rio Grande]
  4. National Hispanic Cultural Center
    [Avenida César Chavez and 4th]
  5. Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course and Neighborhood
    [Pennsylvania and Vista del Arroyo Avenue]
  6. Huning Highland Neighborhood
    [ Martin Luther King and Coal ]
  7. Los Altos Neighborhood
    [ Old South Coors and Bridge SW ]
  8. Nor Este Neighborhood
    [ Paseo Del Norte and Wyoming :: Area is bounded by Modesto, Anaheim, Barstow, and Wyoming ]
  9. Martinez Town and Santa Barbara
    [ From Broadway and Indian School ( Odelia ) to Martin Luther King ]
  10. Old Coors
    [ Old Coors and Bridge North ]
  11. Old Town Plaza
    [ Rio Grande and Mountain ]
  12. Riverview Heights Neighborhood
    [ W of Rio Grande River and N of Bridge ]
  13. Silver Hill Neighborhood
    [ Yale and Sycamore ]
  14. Southeast Heights Neighborhood
    [ Carlisle and Ridgecrest ]
  15. Thomas Village & The Meadows Neighborhood
    [ Matthew and Indian School ]
  16. Lee Acres Neighborhood
    [ 4th Street and Alvarado ]
  17. Vista Magnifica
    [ Atrisco and Riverview Place ]
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    Holiday Lights Up Albuquerque
    20 December 2006

    It's time for the holidays and for family bonding. What a delight your family will have as it explores two coming attractions in Albuquerque: the Twinkle Light Parade on November 25 and the Luminaria Tour on December 24.

    Link up to two exciting events for your family at the November 25 Twinkle Parade and the December 24 Luminaria Tour. Here it is:

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    Last Chance to Enroll @ Bicycling 101
    12 December 2006

    Bicycling 101 will be held on December 16, 2006 from 9 am to 4:00 pm. Cost is $10.00.

    This comprehensive class will provide tips on riding your bike, fixing a flat, how-to's for tackling the traffic, bike routes, and the laws relating to bikes. The class is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque's Parks and Recreation Department.

    Hurry! You're at the dead-line stage. Call or email Julie Luna for more info or sign up at or 505-224-3454

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    Water Conservation Wins Albuquerque a Prize
    10 December 2006

    The Royal Courts of Justice in London, England announced on December 6, 2006 that Albuquerque, NM had won the World Leadership Award.

    This International Award spotlights cities who have exemplified creativity, foresight, and leadership in meeting local challenges. Albuquerque's challenge is to provide a future water supply in its desert environment. The development of the San Juan River Diversion Project was a key point in the decision making process of the World Leadership Forum who sponsored this prize.

    A pleased Mayor Martin Chavez was in London to accept this award at a black-tie event. Congratulations to the City of Albuquerque and to all its citizens who have become water conscious.

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    Holiday Ladder Safety Tips
    5 December 2006

    Don't use the top two ladder steps. This is a no-no

    You are directed to safety tips during the holiday season to prevent ladder tips and broken bones.

    Review these simple suggestions to make your holiday decorating happy and accident free.

    L evel your ladder.
    A bandon mittens.
    D on thin gloves for a better grip.
    D on't overreach.
    E lectrical work is safer on a fiberglass ladder. Wood ladders will conduct electricity when wet.
    R emember: Don't drink and decorate.
    S afety begins at home with a sturdy, well-placed ladder!!

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    A New Look at Knolls News
    1 December 2006

    After maintaining a website design since 2004 and seeing a myriad of positive changes in our neighborhood, it was decided that a new Movable Type website design was in order.

    We would like to offer special thanks to Stu Nichols of for providing demonstrations of CSS treasures. For the new website design of Knolls of Paradise Hills, a CSS magnification widget concept was employed. Please notice the widget on the front page of this site presenting a photograph of a tree. As you roll your mouse underneath the picture, a black cursor appears. Each movement of a mouse along this section will float you through a magnified view. We hope you will enjoy this feature.

    To create the actual template of this site, modifications were made to
    Andreas Viklund's free template. We appreciate the work of these individuals and their contributions to the development of different website approaches.

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    VIP in NYC Rings Bell!

    Albuquerque's economic development progress hit the Big Apple on November 24, 2006 with the clang of a bell.

    Mayor Martin Chavez was invited to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ. Albuquerque has had a series of positives in the economic department including its ranking as #1 city in America for business and careers by Forbes magazine. Chavez touted our city in brief remarks saying, "we are a city of great history, tradition, and culture, but the Albuquerque of today is founded on new technology. It's a place where people can earn a great living, a place that's leading the nation".

    Read about Albuquerque's national impact: