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Ruidoso

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The cities of Ruidoso Downs, Hollywood, Mescalero, and Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area's population of 21,223.

A mountain resort town, Ruidoso lies in the rugged Sierra Blanca mountain range of southcentral New Mexico, where it merges with the Sacramento Mountains to the south. Ruidoso is a rapidly growing resort community due to the region's alpine scenery, Ruidoso Downs racetrack, and slopes of Ski Apache, the Mescalero Apache Indian-owned ski resort on the 12,000-foot (3,700 m) mountain Sierra Blanca. The tribe also operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort in the area, which includes a casino, hotel, and golf course. Ruidoso is the largest community in Lincoln County and serves as the regional economic hub.

Ruidoso has been experiencing explosive growth. Currently, Ruidoso is the 3rd fastest growing city in New Mexico. Massive investment has poured into the town from many developers. Major projects including large housing subdivisions, condos, and retail establishments have altered the face of the once "sleepy mountain community." As a result, the Village is contending with serious questions about the adequacy of the local water supply and zoning enforcement. Like many small communities that have been recently 'discovered', there is an ongoing debate about how best to plan for additional growth.

In December 2006 7% of eligible voters approved a $12.6 million bond issue to finance the expansion and modernization of the local wastewater treatment plant which was built in 1982. The plant is barely adequate to handle the existing population, and does not meet current EPA standards.

The village received its name from the Rio Ruidoso (Spanish for "Noisy River"), a small stream that weaves through the city.

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Schools in and around Ruidoso, NM

Name
Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $3,000 average out-state tuition; $1,080 average in-state tuition
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $4,776 average out-state tuition; $2,064 average in-state tuition
Olympian University of Cosmetology
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $5,123 average out-state tuition; $1,417 average in-state tuition
New Mexico Military Institute
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $5,800 average out-state tuition; $1,525 average in-state tuition
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Four or more years; Public; $15,095 average out-state tuition; $4,643 average in-state tuition
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $16,994 average out-state tuition; $4,553 average in-state tuition

Ruidoso, NM Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Central New Mexico Section Scholarship/Scholarship Reentry-SWE $1,250 February 15, 2017
Fred R. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship $500 January 31, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017