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Santa Fe is Full of History and Culture Worth Experiencing Firsthand

Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is home to many US historical landmarks and one of the oldest state capitals. Today, Santa Fe is a destination for art, inspiration, and outdoor recreation. Its history and modernization make it one of the few places in the US where you can see an ancient Pueblo, classic Roman Catholic cathedrals, as well as contemporary art spaces.

Climate and Population

On average, the city sees about 283 days of sunshine. The summers are enjoyable with highs averaging in the 80s. Annually, the city gets approximately 25 inches of snow and 14 inches of rain. The coldest month tends to be January, where it reaches a low of 19 degrees. It has been said that the best weather is between mid-June and late August, making it perfect summer destination.

As of 2016, the city’s population was 83,875, which is almost 16,000 more than 2010’s census. While the median income per household is $40,392, one of the financial barriers to families has been housing. The median cost of a home is $318,600. According to Forbes, the cost of living is 6% above the national average.

What has tremendously helped the city’s economy is its steady tourist industry. In the winter, the city sees an influx of people from nearby states visiting Ski Santa Fe, but even if there’s a lack of snowfall, people come to hike the mountains and take in the southwest landscape.

Something to See All Year Round

Loretto Chapel. The Roman Catholic church, now a museum, was completed in 1878 and is made of rare wood that does not originate from the Southwest. Inside, it features a 360-degree spiral staircase. Many locals use the church to host weddings as it serves as a breathtaking backdrop.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Originally from Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe fell in love with New Mexico in 1917 where some of her greatest works were inspired by the arid desert. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984 and died there in 1986. The eponymous museum features over 3,000 works of art including 140 of O’Keeffe’s oil paintings and 700 drawings.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Named after Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Santa Fe, the Roman Catholic cathedral is located in downtown Sante Fe and was completed in 1887. Today the cathedral holds mass and confession at various times throughout the week.
The Plaza. The Santa Fe Plaza is a National Historic Landmark located downtown that is in the style of traditional Spanish-American colonial cities. It was established in 1610 and is known as the “heart of Santa Fe.”
Santuario De Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Built between 1776 and 1796, the church is one of the oldest shrines in the US honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The Oldest House. Located in Santa Fe’s “Barrio Analco” which is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the US, the historic site is visited by tourists from all over the world who want to witness the home that was built in the 1600s.
Liquid Light Glass. The Liquid Light Glass is a gallery and studio known for its award-winning glass art, many of which have become permanent pieces inside guest’s homes who partake in the classes offered onsite.

Workers’ Compensation Laws in New Mexico

Santa Fe attracts people from all over the world who fall in love with its laid-back lifestyle, historical scenery, enjoyable weather, artistic opportunities, and friendly environment. Working in Santa Fe offers many opportunities for those seeking employment in the industries of art, science, and hospitality. If you live and work in Santa Fe, you are entitled to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, which are there to protect workers in the event of an injury or wrongful termination.

Here’s what you need to know:

New Mexico requires businesses with three or more employees to have workers’ comp insurance. A few exceptions include freelancers, contractors, some salespeople, and private domestic workers (nannies, caretakers, or house cleaners).
While you have 15 days to notify your employer of a work-related injury, in certain cases, the time to notify may be extended up to 60 days, if for example, you are physically or mentally unable to function. Your employer has 72 hours to report the incident to their workers’ comp insurance provider.
The State of New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) has a standard in place to help employees understand the procedure of filing a workers’ comp claim.
Your employer should readily be able to provide you with information regarding their insurance policies.
If your place of employment does not have workers’ comp insurance as required by law, that company can become responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment and a percentage of your wages.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in Santa Fe, NM

Dealing with workers’ comp claims can become increasingly difficult and in some cases impossible. If you or someone you know is having trouble fighting a workers’ comp claim, please give our office a call at (575) 393 – 0021. We can help guide you in the right direction.

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