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Area Code -- In 2007 New Mexico added a new area code. The northwestern section, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, retained the 505 code, while the rest of the state changed to 575.

ATMs -- You can find ATMs all over town, at supermarkets, banks, and drive-throughs.

Business Hours -- Offices and stores are generally open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with many stores also open Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday in the summer season. Most banks are also open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Some may be open Saturday morning. Most branches have ATMs available 24 hours. Call establishments for specific hours.

Currency Exchange -- Foreign currency can be exchanged at any of the branches of Bank of America (its main office is at 303 Roma NW; tel. 505/282-2450).

Dentists -- Call the Albuquerque District Dental Society, at tel. 505/237-1412, for emergency service.

Doctors -- Call the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association, at tel. 505/821-4583, for information.

Emergencies -- For police, fire, or ambulance, dial tel. 911.

Hospitals -- The major hospital facilities are Presbyterian Hospital, 1100 Central Ave. SE (tel. 505/841-1234, or 505/841-1111 for emergency services), and University of New Mexico Hospital, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE (tel. 505/272-2111, or 505/272-2411 for emergency services).

Hot Lines -- The following hot lines are available in Albuquerque: rape crisis (tel. 505/266-7711), poison control (tel. 800/432-6866), suicide (tel. 505/247-1121), and Psychiatric Emergency Services (tel. 505/272-2920).

Internet Access -- Fedex Kinko's provides high-speed Internet access at five locations throughout the city. Two convenient ones are 6220 San Mateo Blvd. NE at Academy Boulevard (tel. 505/821-2222) and 2706 Central Ave. SE at Princeton Boulevard (tel. 505/255-9673).

Library -- The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library's main branch is at 501 Copper Ave. NW, between Fifth and Sixth streets (tel. 505/768-5140). You can find the locations of the 17 other library facilities in the area by checking online at www.cabq.gov/library.

Liquor Laws -- The legal drinking age is 21 throughout New Mexico. Bars may remain open until 2am Monday to Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. Wine, beer, and spirits are sold at licensed supermarkets and liquor stores. It is illegal to transport liquor through most Native American reservations.

Lost Property -- Contact the city police at tel. 505/768-2229 or 505/768-2278.

Newspapers & Magazines -- The daily newspaper is the Albuquerque Journal (tel. 505/823-7777; www.abqjournal.com). You can pick up the Alibi (tel. 505/346-0660; www.alibi.com), Albuquerque's alternative weekly, for free at newsstands all over town, especially around the University of New Mexico. It offers entertainment listings and alternative views on a variety of subjects.

Pharmacies -- Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) has many locations throughout Albuquerque. To find one near you, call tel. 800/WALGREENS (925-4733). Two centrally located ones that are open 24 hours are 8011 Harper Dr. NE at Wyoming Boulevard (tel. 505/858-3134) and 5001 Montgomery Blvd. NE at San Mateo (tel. 505/881-5210).

Police -- For emergencies, call tel. 911. For other business, contact the Albuquerque City Police (tel. 505/242-COPS [2677]) or the New Mexico State Police (tel. 505/841-9256).

Post Offices -- To find the nearest U.S. Post Office, dial tel. 800/275-8777. The service will ask for your zip code and give you the closest post office address and hours.

Radio -- The local AM station KKOB (770) broadcasts news and events. FM band stations include KUNM (89.9), the University of New Mexico station, which broadcasts Public Radio programming and a variety of music; KPEK (100.3), which plays adult contemporary music; and KHFM (95.5), which broadcasts classical music.

Taxes -- In Albuquerque, the sales tax is 6.875%. An additional hotel tax of 6% will be added to your bill.

Television -- There are five Albuquerque network affiliates: KOB-TV (Channel 4, NBC), KOAT-TV (Channel 7, ABC), KQRE-TV (Channel 13, CBS), KASA-TV (Channel 2, FOX), and KNME-TV (Channel 5, PBS).

Time -- As is true throughout New Mexico, Albuquerque is on Mountain Standard Time. It's 2 hours earlier than New York, 1 hour earlier than Chicago, and 1 hour later than Los Angeles. Daylight saving time is in effect from mid-March to early November.

Transit Information -- ABQ Ride is the public bus system. Call tel. 505/243-7433 for schedules and information.

Useful Telephone Numbers -- For road information, call tel. 800/432-4269 and for emergency road service (AAA), call tel. 505/291-6600.

Weather -- For time and temperature, call tel. 505/821-1111. To get weather forecasts on the Internet, check www.accuweather.com and use the Albuquerque zip code, 87104.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.