Oasis could be looking to skies

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer

Oasis State Park is being considered as a possible location for the final of four observatories being built by the New Mexico State Parks.

The state parks department started the Reach for the Stars program in 2004 to promote the night skies of New Mexico as cultural resources, according to Marti Niman, New Mexico State Park’s public information officer. She said there is lot of interest in astronomy from the public, and state parks are a perfect setting to build these observatories.

Two observatories have already been constructed, one in the City of Rock (southeast of Silver City) 2005 and the other at Clayton Lake state parks in 2006.