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2010-04-28 07:34:18

A binational team is studying whether running the Yuma Desalting Plant will affect Mexico's Cienega de Santa Clara, the largest wetland on the Colorado River Delta. The cienega, a 15,000-acre wetland, is home to several endangered species and is a major stopover for birds migrating north and south along the Pacific Flyway. The desalting plant, or YDP, is scheduled to begin its latest trial run May 3. "The plant will use U.S. agricultural runoff that would otherwise flow to this Mexican...

2008-10-01 18:00:19

By JULIE ANN GRIMM Developers trying to erect a new subdivision near La Cienega have narrowly earned conceptual approval from the Santa Fe County Commission. Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to give Santa Fe Canyon Ranch a green light for its master plan of 174 homes on about 1,300 acres. Now property owners Jim and Rick Borrego and David Schutz expect to spend the next nine months getting ready for the plat level of review, which will require another round of public meetings....

2008-09-10 18:00:15

By Kiera Hay Journal Staff Writer The jury's still out on Santa Fe Canyon Ranch. After listening to nearly three hours of testimony Tuesday night, the Santa Fe County Commission voted to table a proposed master plan on the controversial La Cienega development. The full chamber included dozens of people on both sides of the debate, including residents, lawyers and even a few former county commissioners. The turnout was hardly surprising. The plans to build a community of homes on...

2008-08-17 15:00:15

By STACI MATLOCK Acequia group, residents blame development for depleting spring By Staci Matlock The New Mexican La Cienega's namesake springs southwest of Santa Fe are slowly but surely drying up. Drought, water guzzling non-native trees and, in the last decade, a lot of new domestic wells, have contributed to the springs' demise, irrigators say. "We're down to zero," said Samuel Montoya, 58-year-old mayordomo of Acequia Capilla, the last acequia fed by La Cienega Creek. "There's...

2008-07-03 09:00:43

By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD Canyon Ranch developers say they'll ask county to overrule decision Plan: Many La Cienega residents are against project The La Cienega Development Review Committee voted 3-2 against approving the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch development's master plan Wednesday night. After hours of discussion, the committee decided the plan still contained too many unknowns for it to recommend approval to the County Commission. The latest plans for the south Santa Fe County project,...

2006-10-26 09:13:45

MEXICO CITY -- A trail of 13 fossilized footprints running through a valley in a desert in northern Mexico could be among the oldest in the Americas, Mexican archeologists said. The footprints were made by hunter gatherers who are believed to have lived thousands of years ago in the Coahuila valley of Cuatro Cienegas, 190 miles (306 kms) south of Eagle Pass, Texas, said archaeologist Yuri de la Rosa Gutierrez of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. "We believe (the...