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Northern New Mexico highway being dedicated for Varela

November 10, 2018

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico highway is being dedicated for a longtime state legislator.

A ceremony was scheduled Saturday in Pecos to dedicate State Highway 50 after the late Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, a Democrat and native of Pecos who served in the state House from the mid-1980s until 2016.

The House unanimously approved a memorial dedicating the 6 mile (nearly 10 kilometer)-long highway for Varela after he died earlier this year at age 82.

As a lawmaker, Varela was considered an expert on the state budget, technology and the public education system.

Pecos is 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Santa Fe.

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