MainStreet gets BNSF grant for tourism

The Belen MainStreet Partnership this week was awarded a $3,500 grant from Burlington Northern Santa Fe for tourism promotion. The grant will be used to design, publish and distribute a brochure to promote railroad tourism throughout New Mexico. The brochure will be distributed to hotels, restaurants and tourism hotspots throughout the state. Belen MainStreet has […]

MainStreet gets state tourism grant

The Belen MainStreet Partnership has been awarded a $10,000 grant to promote tourism in Belen. The New Mexico Tourism Department awarded the money to the MainStreet group after it submitted a proposal to promote tourism from Belen to Santa Fe using the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. The grant will involve cooperation between the various […]

Schwarzenegger films ‘The Last Stand’

Former California governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Belen during the month of November filing The Last Stand, a movie about a small bordertown sheriff who takes on drug kingpin who just escaped from FBI custody. The Last Stand — a film that has brought Jaimie Alexander, Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzman to […]

Belen builds Rail Runner pedestrian bridge

Bill Richardson Governor Gary L. J. Girón Transportation Secretary June 23, 2010 PRESS RELEASE State and Local Officials Break Ground on Reinken Avenue ARRA Project in Belen BELEN — Transportation Secretary Gary L. J. Girón was joined by state and local officials today as they broke ground on the Reinken Avenue project in Belen. The […]

Udall visits Belen for MainStreet kickoff

United States Sen. Tom Udall visited Belen today to help kick off the New Mexico MainStreet program, an economic development effort lead by locals and supported by the state that’s seeking to revitalize downtown Belen. Udall met with several business owners in the proposed MainStreet district — the physical area of focus for the local […]

Local wants a renovated, vibrant Central Hotel

The two-story Central Hotel is an eyesore on Belen’s historic Becker Avenue. The roof is caving in, windows are boarded up and the brick and cement are cracking to pieces. What was once an historic hotel has been abandoned for years. But now Tom Greer, a local developer and investor, wants to buy it and […]