state to help provide $150,000 for tourism development in Ruidoso | New Mexico News

ALBUQUERC, New Mexico (AP) — More than two months after a massive wildfire, the village of Ruidoso is looking to get back into the tourism sector.

Albuquerque magazine reported Friday that Ruidoso and the state Department of Tourism are jointly providing $150,000 to help bring visitors to New Mexico’s southern community.

Ruidoso is still recovering from the so-called McBride fire, which destroyed more than 200 homes and killed two people in April. The blaze, which covered 9.4 square miles (24 square kilometers), was completely contained a month ago.

Funding will be focused on tourists in west Texas, where most travelers come to Ruidoso.

Tourism director Ruidoso Elisabeth Ritter says there is still plenty of scenery to enjoy, even though trails are still limited due to the risk of wildfires.

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State tourism officials met with residents of the mountain town last month to discuss problems and ideas for restoration.

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