New Mexico hires director to lead new outdoor office

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has tapped the digital editorial director at Outside Magazine to lead the state’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation.

State officials say Santa Fe resident Axie Navas started Monday.

Legislation passed and signed by the governor earlier this year called for the creation of the outdoor office as part of a push to build on hiking, biking and other recreational offerings across New Mexico’s diverse landscapes.

Navas managed a team of 25 writers, editors and website developers at Outside Magazine. She also led the publication’s online gear channel.

Santa Fe native Peter Mitchell will be the deputy director of the outdoor office. He has worked in economic development since 1994 in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Texas and helped to shepherd the outdoor recreation legislation through the Legislature.

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