Haunted hotel in Albooquerque

By The CNM Tourism Club

This building was originally known as the Santa Fe hospital in 1926, Memorial Hospital in the 1980’s and Hotel Parq Central today.

This historical landmark has been vested for just shy of one hundred years.

Back when the establishment opened in 1926 the Santa Fe hospital was a treatment center for young adults and adolescence suffer­ing from mental conditions.

Throughout the years, the business has changed everything from the ownership, to its name. In 2010 with support from the city, the Hunting Highland Historic District Neighborhood Association and a huge $21 million dollar investment it was converted into the new Hotel Parq Central which is a luxurious hotel, located right off I-25.

This extravagant hotel stands today as one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in Albuquerque.

One of the most fascinating things about Hotel Parq Central is that there have been reports of paranormal activity throughout the years.

Some of the hotels visitors have said they have had their own experiences including the sighting of apparitions and report having their bed sheets pulled off them in the middle of the night.

Aside from spooky sightings and bed sheets vanishing in the middle of the night a paranormal investiga­tion group called the Los Muertos Spirit Seekers did some hunting of their own.

The investiga­tion involved the use of multiple forms of equip­ment that ranged from cameras, flash lights, and voice recorders.

After listening to what was captured on the digital voice recording and using the flight-lighting technique which is an attempt at com­munication with a spirit that involves the answering of ques­tions through the turning on of a flash­light, they claim to have found proof of some of these paranormal activities.

Non the less, this is still one of the most highly recommended spots in Albuquerque to get away, unwind, de-stress and restore with many different thrilling, comforting, culture filled amenities that come with a stay at the ‘urban oasis’ Hotel Parq Central.

So it is a recommended visit for those that wish to get away in luxury or just want to make an attempt at contacting the other side.

For more information please visit www. hotelparqcentral.com or www.losmuertosspir­itseekers.com.

Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos Events

By Guadaluoe Santos- Sanchez, Staff Reporter

There are many things to do in Albuquerque and in surrounding areas for Halloween try one of the following events happening special for the holidays, there is something for everybody.


Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch


September 27 – October 31

Tuesdays/Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays/Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Santa Ana Star Center

3001 Civic Center Cir NE

Rio Rancho, NM 87144


Another tour around the city of Albuquerque to visit its haunted sites.

Rated R, All ages- bring children at own discretion


800 Rio Grande Blvd NW

The Trans-Siberian Express Murders

“The year, 1941. The train has been delayed and unsuspecting passengers are forced to wait in the station while suspicious characters lurk within. What happens next will shock you,” is all emct.org will tell about the show.

October 24, 25

6:30 p.m. dinner

7:15 p.m. show

Tickets available for dinner and show, or show only

Visit http://www.emct.org/our-season/trans-siberian/for ticket prices

Vista Grande Community Center

15 La Madera Rd

Sandia Park, NM

Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow

People of all ages and artistic talent are invited to participate pumpkin carving, accord­ing to losalamosartscouncil.org.

October 25

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fuller Lodge Art Center Lawn

2132 Central Ave

Los Alamos, NM 87544

Zoo Boo

A safe Halloween fun and trick-or-treating alternative. Will include games, haunted habitats, costumes, and candy, according to cabq.org.

October 25

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regular Zoo Admission

Adult Abq Resident $9

Child Abq Resident $4

Non-resident $12.50

4 costumed children can get in for free as long as they are accompanied by 1 paying adult

903 Tenth SW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

McCall Pumpkin Patch

“Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, pick your own pumpkin from the field, try to find your way through the 16-acre corn maze, feed the farm animals, race a pedal kart, launch a pumpkin, glide down our giant slide, mine for gemstones, shop, eat & much, much more,” according to mccallpumpkinpatch.com.

September 20 – October 26

Saturdays/Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Per person $11.95

Children ages 2 and under FREE

2 McCall Ln

Moriarty, NM 87035

Ghost Tours

“Old Town is one of the most actively haunted locations in North America” and in the tours people get to explore those haunted areas and hear the stories behind them, accord­ing to toursofoldtown.com

Tours meet at Ticket Window

303 Romero St NW

Plaza Don Luis #N120

Albuquerque, NM 87104

Call 246-TOUR (8687) for reservations

Ghost Tours

Nightly at 8 p.m.

Adults $20

Seniors ages 55 and up, military, and college students $18

Students ages 13 to 17 $16

Children ages 6 to 12 $10

Ages 5 and under Free

Ghost Hunting for Kids

October 14 – 30

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For ages 6 to 12 accompanied with an adult

Family 4 Pack $60

3 people $50

2 people $35

Breaking Boo Haunted RV Tours

90 min tour

October 24 – November 1

Rated R, for ages 12 and up


Haunted Houses:

Fright Night

Will feature show, live music, cash bar, viewing from the observatory and much more, according to nmnaturalhistory.org.

October 24

6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.


Members $8

Students $7

Ages 21 and over

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

1801 Mountain Rd NW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

McCall Haunted Farm

Equipped with Field of Screams, Haunted Barn, and Zombie Hunt. Rides include a clown themed maze called Curtain Chaos, Coffin Rides, and Mechanical Bull Rides, according to mccallhauntedfarm.com.

Fridays/Saturdays until November 1

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit http://www.mccallshauntedfarm.com/ for prices

34 McCall Ln

Moriarty, NM 87035

NM Slaughter House

“Enter the home of the demented couple, where you will meet the young female “Nina”. Follow her throughout the secret passages that the children made in order to survive this terrifying house of slaughter. You will be walking between walls, climbing steps, entering and exiting thru vents, closets and cabinets. You will encounter several hidden booby traps that “Leather Head” installed, to eliminate their chance of escape,” according to nmslaughterhouse.com.

Until November 1

General $25

VIP Fast Pass $35

Low Scare Admission $15

Paintball $30

1909 Bellamah Ave

Albuquerque, NM


“Civilization is collapsing. The undead still roam the streets of New Mexico and the cities aren’t safe. A quarantine camp has been set up at Rio Grande Community Farm, it is the living’s last refuge in Albuquerque…” according to quarantineabq.com.

October 3 to November 1

Various Times


Visit http://www.quarantineabq.com/ for more details

Blackout Theatre

3901 Central Ave NE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Abq Boo

“Non-professional Disney inspired haunt” that features an animated graveyard, singing busts, deadly pirates the Batcave- and the Batmobile, according to abqboo.com.

October 31 and November 1

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6808 Rustler Rd NW

Expo Fright Fest

The Dragon’s House of Horror Haunted House, Zombie Attack Laser Tag Arena, NM Fright Fest Film Festival, Strange Danger 1800s Carnival Style Thrill Show and Museum, and a Sugar Zombies Harvest Festival for the kids, according to exponm.com.

October 4 to November 1

Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday/Saturday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Visit http://exponm.com/event-details/?event_id=364#location for prices and locations

The Haunted Scarecrow

Non-profit haunted house, follow the halls of the Haunted Scarecrow, according to hauntedscarecrow.wix.com.

Every Friday/Saturday in October and November 1

Thursday through Saturday the week of Halloween

Per Person $15

Group of 5 $1 off

Group of 10 $2 off

Half off for military, veterans, public safety

508 1st St NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Realm of Darkness Haunted Asylum

According to realmofdarknessnm.com, they are going to scare the crazy out of you.

September 26 to November 1

General $18

Fast Pass $28

10000 Coors Blvd Bypass NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

Dia De Los Muertos:

Marigold Parade and Festival

November 2

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Starts at Bernalillo Sheriff’s Substation on Centro Familiar and Isleta

Music, altars, food, art vendors

Westside Community Center

1250 Isleta Blvd SW

El Campo Santo’s Dia de Los Muertos Celebración

Face painting, games, sugar skull painting, music and refreshments, flowers for your loved ones, and more, according to atriscoheritagefoundation.org.

November 1

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

San Jose de Armijo Cemetery

2957 Arenal Rd SW

Albuquerque, NM 87121

CNM Monster Mash is back

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter

The CNM Monster Mash Costume Contest is coming back to the school on Oct. 31, 2014.

The costume contest will be at the CNM Main Campus SRC Breezeway, said Events Manager at Outreach Services, Maren Stockhoff.

CNM Students, Faculty, and Staff can get their picture taken at the photo booth any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., she said.

If students are not going to be on the Main Campus on Halloween they can email a picture of themselves in their costume to tweet@cnm.edu before 3 p.m. the day of Halloween, she said.

The pictures will be put up on the CNM Facebook Page and the top three pictures that receive the most likes will be declared the winners of the contest, she said.

The top three winners will get prizes that will be determined after the winners are picked, she said.

This is the fifth year that CNM host the Monster Mash Costume Contest, the first one having been in 2010, she said.

The first year they held the costume contest to see if it was something students and employees would enjoy, she said.

“It’s been popular from the beginning. We are looking for­ward to another fun day and seeing some awesome cos­tumes,” Stockhoff said.

Breast cancer awareness month at CNM; CNM hosts mobile mammograms at Main Campus

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter

There will be mammograms provided by Assured Imaging from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 at CNM’s Annual Employee and Wellness Fair in front of Smith Brasher Hall in the Main Campus, said Marti Brittenham, director of the Student Health Center at CNM.

The United Stated Public Health Service (USPHS) has recommended that health ser­vices providers not do breast exams unless somebody is feeling a lump, she said.

“I think it is important for women to check their breasts if for no other reason than to reas­sure themselves that there is nothing wrong,” she said.

It is important for women to know what is normal because otherwise they might find something and then proceed to worry about it even if it is not cancer, she said.

If a person already has been told about something and know what is normal and how it should feel it makes it easier to know what is not normal and what should be checked out, she said.

“I teach breast exams when I do a Gynecological exam or a well woman exam, I teach women to do their own breast exams and I teach them what is normal and what is not,” Brittenham said.

A well woman exam is a periodical exam that often includes a pelvic exam and a Pap smear exam, she said.

It empowers women to know how to do their own breast exams, she said.

She has seen a number of her patients find their own breast cancer after a normal mam­mogram, she said.

“I found my own breast cancer six months after a normal mammogram,” Brittenham said.

When it is time to get mammograms it is important for women to make the appointment and get it done, she said.

“Most breast cancers happen to women over 40 because the breast tissue changes through­out a woman’s lifetime, and that’s why after age 40 is when mammograms are typically done,” Brittenham said.

At a younger age the breasts are not as fatty, they have more support tissue, she said.

The mammogram is not as good at picking up a breast lump in a young woman because of the structural tissue that’s there, she said.

For younger people ultrasounds are done and they are more likely to find a lump, she said.

Breast cancer is a group of cancerous cells in one or both breasts, that used to be normal breast tissue, Brittenham said.

“There is no statistical difference in length of life post diagnosis, whether you do a mas­tectomy or a lumpectomy with radiation and chemotherapy,” she said.

Some women will opt for breast sparing surgery, other women will opt for a mastec­tomy, and there is a variety of different radia­tion and chemotherapy regiments that are offered, she said.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection (BCC) program can potentially help women all through their diagnosis and treat­ment, Brittenham said.

“It is a nationwide program, through the Center for Disease Control that funds health departments to do mammograms and pap smears on women who probably would not get them otherwise, and it’s been a very good thing for the women of New Mexico,” she said.

A pap smear exam is the examination of the external genitalia, the vagina, the cervix, the uterus and the ovaries, she said.

The program has funds to be able to take care of women who have abnormal pap smears or abnormal mammograms to get them to the appropriate facilities and have them further diagnosed, she said.

If they need treatment for cancer it helps with that financially or it gets the women on a special insurance program for those in need of treatment for breast cancer, she said.

Some of the programs in place are public health department clinics, some private doctor offices and other low-income clinics, she said.

“I do pap smears and breast exams through this program and if the woman is over 30 or over 40 we can start getting her mammo­grams on the regular, and that is done for free,” Brittenham said.

Letter to the Editor: Watch the road, not the phone

This is something we all know we should not do but I still see so many people get in their car and pick up their phone then never put it down while they are driving. A lot of them are heading in the same direction I am which is usually to school at CNM or home after class. Driving while on their phone or texting. We can never say enough about this until a tragedy happens. If we can stop one person from doing this very bad habit of being on their phone or texting while driving we might be able to save someone from losing a life including their own. Once the tragedy happens you cannot turn back time. How difficult is it to just put the phone down in your purse, under the seat or in the back seat and just turn on some good music and focus on driving safely to school, work, or taking your kids to school. Multi-tasking was never meant to be done while driving. I hope when people read this someone will say to themselves, “You are right I need to put my phone away while driving before something very bad happens to me or to someone I might hit and injure or cause death too just because I was using my phone while driving and that was so much more important”. A safe driver should have steps to follow. How hard is it for someone to put the phone away before putting the key in the ignition? Thank you for thinking twice before operating a vehicle and using a phone at the same time. It is just not worth the loss of life. It is time to Wake Up! Habits can always be changed for the better. Thank you for listening.

Before you start your vehicle, pause all text/email/ social media. Arrive to your destination safely. #itcanwait

Sandra Knudsen

Concerned CNM Student

Clery Report information

By Daniel Johnson, Editor In Chief

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, otherwise known as the Clery Act, is a federal law that requires CNM to disclose information about campus crime. This law applies to crimes that occur on CNM campuses, property owned or controlled by CNM, public property (thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking areas) within or immediately adjacent to campus, and non-campus locations at which approved college activities are taking place. For more information on the rules and regulations as well as general information on the Clery Act please visit.

CNM security website at

Click to access Your-Right-to-Know_2013.pdf

The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook.pdf

A brief look at CNM in 2013


Counts at CNM – 1

Forcible Sex Offense is defined as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person’s will.

There are four types of Forcible Sex Offenses:

  • Forcible Rape
  • Forcible Sodomy
  • Sexual Assault With an Object
  • Forcible Fondling


Counts at CNM – 3

The State of New Mexico defines the term domestic violence as domestic abuse. Domestic abuse does not include self-defense conduct. However, it does mean an incident of stalking or sexual assault whether committed by a household member or not and resulting in any of the following:

  • physical harm
  • severe emotional distress
  • bodily injury or assault
  • a threat causing imminent fear of bodily injury by any household member
  • criminal trespass
  • criminal damage to property
  • repeatedly driving by a residence or work place
  • telephone harassment
  • harassment
  • harm or threatened harm to children


Counts at CNM – 4

Dating violence is a form of domestic abuse. Dating violence can be defined as an incident of stalking or sexual assault committed by a dating partner. It can also mean an incident by one dating partner against another dating partner resulting in:

  • physical harm;
  • severe emotional distress
  • bodily injury or assault
  • a threat causing imminent fear of bodily injury by any household member
  • criminal trespass
  • criminal damage to property
  • repeatedly driving by a residence or work place
  • telephone harassment
  • harassment
  • harm or threatened harm to children


Counts at CNM – 8

Stalking consists of knowingly following or watch­ing a specific individual with the possible threat of death, bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint of the individual.


Counts at CNM – 1

Sexual assault has been defined to mean the crime of any criminal sexual penetration.


Counts at CNM 1

Robbery is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or violence or by putting the victim in fear.


Counts at CNM – 4

Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or something that could cause death or great bodily harm.


Counts at CNM – 2

Burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.


Counts at CNM – 15

Motor vehicle theft is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.


Counts at CNM – 263

Larceny-Theft is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of prop­erty from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive posses­sion is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.

Classified as Larceny:

  • Thefts of bicycles or automobile accessories.
  • Shoplifting.
  • Pocket-picking.
  • The stealing of any property or article which is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.


Counts at CNM – 3

Arrest for the Clery Act purposes is defined as persons processed by arrest, cita­tion or summons.

Drug Abuse Violations are the violation of laws prohibiting the production, dis­tribution or use of certain controlled substances and the paraphernalia utilized in their preparation or use.


Counts at CNM – 8

Referrals for disciplinary action is defined as the referral of any person to any official who initiates a disciplinary action of which a record is kept and which may result in the imposition of a school related sanction.


Counts at CNM – 1

Weapons: Carrying, Possessing, Etc., is defined as the violation of laws prohib­iting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons.

CNM Tourism Club

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter

The new Tourism Club at CNM is just at its inception with the members having just had their orientation the last week of September, said Juan Flores, president of the Tourism Club.

In meetings they talk about new projects for the club and what they want to do to try and get the most out of the events that they par­ticipate in all while thinking or ways to get the word out about the club, he said.

“It is really important that we contribute to the community because the community is an essential part of tourism and hospitality”, he said.

The most recent event the club participated in was at the Santa Ana Golf Course were busi­ness leaders in the Hospitality and Tourism field held a golf tournament, he said.

Management and other leading members of the industry were all present to partake in this e event which allowed members of the club opportunities to network and meet their poten­tial bosses in the fields they study, he said.

“We were able to help them set up the tour­nament and we were able to have some fun by monitoring the players and interacting with the various groups that passed through and it was a really good time,” Flores said.

At this event, the members of the club were able to get first hand exchange and input from people in the business and get the word out about who they were, Flores said.

Monique Martinez, Secretary and Treasurer of the Tourism Club said the club is going to help students get the networking and exposure that will be extremely beneficial in the Hospitality and Tourism industries in order to get good jobs after graduation.

“It’s always cool to have a sense of belonging and unity, so I think at the very least people will get support for each other, but hopefully they’ll also maybe find a pretty decent job or at least be able to promote their own busi­nesses that they choose to open later,” Martinez said.

Lynne Cash, Vice president of the Tourism Club said the club will also help others in the CNM sur­rounding community become aware of what Hospitality and Tourism is really all about.

The club is working hard to get the CNM name out there and word of mouth is one of the most important things to be able to do when it comes to network, Cash said.

“Hospitality and Tourism is basi­cally the way a person is treated by another, it is a way of opening up your doors, it can be a home, an establish­ment, a business or an organization, and making any visitors or guest feel happy, wanted and satisfied with all parts of their visit,” she said.

Tourism Club advisor, Dr. David Mack Jackson said the members of the club are going to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real world situations.

What they are learning about hospitality is how it applies to all business, he said.

“The Tourism club is an awesome way that Hospitality and Tourism students at CNM can actually apply what they learn in the classroom, not just at a community level but at a national level and I recommend any CNM student to join this club because it’s so enriching,” he said.

It is going to help Hospitality and Tourism students apply the concepts of 21st century hospi­tality, Jackson said.

“Plus they make connections, my main focus with all my students is to help them get a job, the tourism club will help them because it’s going to put them in the right connections, the right networking, and with the right people,” Jackson said.

They are also learning that tour­ism cannot exist without a destina­tion’s unique history, he said.

All the students in this club are exploring the unique history of New Mexico and its local historical value so when a person wants to know what there is to do or what there is to see they can be given a list of items with a detailed history on each one which is what most visitors request when planning to see a new location, he said.

Luis Estrada, Hospitality and Tourism major and club member said the club is going to help people know why things are here and where they originated from because a lot of people in the city might not even realize the amount of histori­cal stuff located right here in the city.

“I’m really looking forward to being in the club, I’m hoping to learn how tourism works and how to make it work for me, also to get experi­ence,” he said.

In these explorations club members will be able to meet with different businesses like the Great Albuquerque Innkeepers Association and the Albuquerque New Mexico Tourism Association, Jackson said.

These organiza­tions are the leaders in the industry in the state of New Mexico so this provides unique opportunities for the members of the club, he said.

The club is currently planning future events which may include conventions, the Breaking Bad Tour, the Dia de Los Muertos Parade, and various educational opportunities on different landmarks in Albuquerque, Flores said.

The club is also planning to work with The Chronicle to bring in some of New Mexico’s unknown history and share it with the student body of CNM, he said.

“People will benefit a lot more being part of the club because it will increase the value of what they are learning”, Jackson said.

More than just pink

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter

The month of October is Breast Cancer awareness month but many people do not know that there are multiple types of awareness that also take place in the month of October, Director of the Student Health Center at CNM Marti Brittenham said.

Students should know that if they ever have any questions regarding any of the items on this list they can check in with the health center for any and all medical related issues, she said.

“The health center will help anyway we can even if it is just to direct a student in the right direction”, she said.

The following is a list of other awareness that take place in the month of October along with a little information about each one which was provided by Marti Brittenham

  • Down Syndrome Awareness

Down syndrome is a genetic malformation that causes mental retardation, heart malformations, and other maladies.

While it can happen in any pregnancy, it is more likely to occur to women who become pregnant after the age of 35.

  • Infertility Awareness

Infertility is a situation when a couple is unable to have a baby together. Either one of the people in the relationship may be infertile and unable to cause a pregnancy.

  • Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence is when one or more of the people in a household or in a relationship beats up another member of the household. It also can be when one member of a relationship intimidates, stalks, or otherwise causes the other member of the household. This is treated as a crime.

  • Lupus Erythematosus Awareness

Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease. It can be a mild disease that only causes a rash on the face or it can be a serious long-term illness.

  • Spina Bifida Awareness

Spina Bifida is a birth defect where the spinal bones don’t completely fuse over the spinal column. It can be fairly small or it can cause the child not to be able to walk.

  • Rett Syndrome Awareness

Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs almost entirely in girls. A baby is born and seems to be developing normally, but then the development slows down and the child loses the ability to effectively use their hands and may not be able to speak. This is a rare syndrome which was only recognized in 1966.

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness

Sudden infant death syndrome is when a younger baby dies suddenly of no apparent cause.

  • Blindness Awareness is worldwide in October.

National Mental Illness Awareness week is Oct. 5 – 11 this year.