Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Blaze Having Little Effect On Tourism.(Journal North)

Byline: Angela Turner Journal Staff Writer

Stores, Hotels See Slight Drop-Off in Business

TAOS -- A stream of tourists buzzed about the Plaza Saturday as smoke from the nearby pueblo fire darkened the eastern skies.

Kevin Lowenstern of Amarillo, Texas, stood outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Saturday eating ice cream with wife Becky and two friends from Dallas. Earlier that afternoon, they rode their motorcycles from their hotel in Red River to Taos, which they try to visit once or twice a year, they said.

"I've taken a lot of pictures, and I'm sorry it happened, but it hasn't ruined our vacation at all," he said.

Tourists seated at the Plaza Saturday or shopping at nearby shops seemed indifferent to the forest fire burning on Taos Pueblo land. …

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