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Delicias Bakery offers variety

Janis Marston-News-Bulletin photo: BAKER ALDO GARCIA, left, serves customer Bill Wetzel, a railroad man from Winslow, Ariz., at Garcia’s Delicias Bakery Cafe in Belen.

With one sign and its foot-and-a-half-tall lettering "BAKERY" and another sign sporting "Free Coffee," it's hard to miss Delicias Bakery Cafe in Belen.

Harvey Girls captured on the big screen

News-Bulletin file photo: The Belen Harvey House Museum was the inspiration of the documentary about the Harvey Girls. The filmmaker visited the museum while she was in college and gained a lot of information for the movie.

Tales about taming America's Wild West don't often include women. But, beginning in the 1880s, more than 100,000 young women left home to work as waitresses in restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway lines.

The Tondre Family

Photo courtesy of Tony Williams: Joseph and Ruth Tondre met when he was transporting mentally ill prisoners to Las Vegas, N.M. The lawman courted Ruth through love letters.

Whenever Los Lunas lawyer Tony Williams hears news about a police shooting, he thinks of his grandfather — legendary lawman Joe Tondre — and how he never fired a shot at anyone.

Movie-making mania

Janis Marston-News-Bulletin photo: MOVIE MEMORABILIA fills one upstairs room of the Harvey House Museum in Belen as movie buffs, such as museum technician Ronnie Torres, like to show off those films shot in Valencia County, including the 17 movies shot in Belen.

Like a pebble tossed into a pond, there's a ripple effect throughout the economy whenever Hollywood comes to town. In short, making movies means money.

Reading Room remembrances

Janis Marston-News-Bulletin photo: Judy Ricker inspects the names of her aunt and uncle’s visitors, each one logged in from 1946 through 1955, while they managed Belen’s Santa Fe Reading Room.

Judy Ricker's memories of the Harvey House Museum are a little more intimate than most. As a little girl, she lived in it, when it was the Santa Fe Reading Room.

Peace of Pie will make anything

Janis Marston-News-Bulletin photo: PEACE OF PIE OWNERS Lola and Ashli Chavez stand in front of their brightly painted food truck, regularly parked on Main Street in Belen.

Ashli and Lola Chavez rolled into town in their converted Snap-on tool truck for a visit. In short order, the cooks decided to stay and run their gourmet food-on-wheels business, Peace of Pie.