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2009-05-11 12:45:00

Farmers and experts are concerned that native northern New Mexico chile lines are on the verge of dying out completely, taking with them invaluable plant genetics and the cultural heritage of an entire region, The Associated Press reported. For more than three centuries farmers have grown the chile crops in what has become a time-honored tradition, but that could soon end as farming lands are being covered by homes and younger generations abandon farming altogether. Gene Lopez, who has been...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

By ANNE CONSTABLE Tecton Energy, the Houston-based company that applied for permits to drill in the Galisteo Basin last winter, might be trying to sell its mineral leases in the area. Last week, Meagher Oil and Gas Properties Inc., a divestiture firm serving the industry, began listing Tecton's leases on more than 100,000 acres in the Albuquerque Basin and 75,000 acres in the Santa Fe Hagen Embayment, which includes the Galisteo area. William Dirks, president of Tecton, said the...

2008-10-01 18:00:19

By STACI MATLOCK Public-hearing process slated to begin Oct. 16 By Staci Matlock The New Mexican Santa Fe County's draft oil and gas ordinance doesn't stop drilling cold, but it proposes hefty requirements before companies could sink a well and start pumping. Among other restrictions in the 126-page document released Tuesday, companies can only use fresh water for fracturing rock to draw out oil or gas. Brine and chemicals typically used in that process would be banned. The draft...

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....

2008-10-01 15:00:21

By Kiera Hay Journal Staff Writer Santa Fe Canyon Ranch is a go. A master plan for the controversial development, which has drawn vocal opposition from many area residents, was approved Tuesday by the Santa Fe County Commission in a tight, 3-2 vote. "I just really feel it was the right decision. Now we move forward," developer David Schutz said, while partner Jim Borrego called the outcome "a relief." Opponents, meanwhile, are contemplating their options. Commissioner Harry...

2008-10-01 12:00:14

By STACI MATLOCK Smoke from a large prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed was expected to settle in Santa Fe through midmorning today. A helicopter contracted by the Santa Fe National Forest dropped pingpong-size balls -- filled with a substance that exploded upon impact -- around portions of 1,600 acres on the north side of the watershed Friday. The Forest Service started the burn around noon, and smoke rapidly filled the skyline over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains....

2008-09-30 18:01:09

By JOHN SENA Choices narrowed down to nine By John Sena The New Mexican One of the first things visitors to Nava Elementary see is a lighted display case with a picture of Francis Xavier Nava. The school's namesake was the first Santa Fean killed in the Vietnam War. And for many years since the school was built, Nava and his living relatives have been honored during a Veteran's Day celebration. While some might not pay much attention to how the school got its name, Principal Anita...

2008-09-22 09:00:30

By Journal Staff Report A prescribed burn is scheduled to begin in the Jemez Mountains on Monday. The burn area is located on Peggy Mesa directly east of Pajarito Peak, approximately 8 miles northwest of Jemez Pueblo and 7 miles southwest of Jemez Springs. The burn, which could run through Oct. 3 as weather permits, is meant to take advantage of good fall weather and ideal burning conditions, according to a Santa Fe National Forest press release. The broadcast burn will be done by...

2008-09-15 15:00:17

By Journal Staff Report Burning of piles of forest-thinning material in the Santa Fe Watershed is expected to start this week, if the weather remains dry, according to the National Forest Service. The burning may take as long as 10 days to complete. The prescribed burn project area is south of Hyde Park Road and Black Canyon campground. Smoke from the burn will be "very visible" from Santa Fe, the Forest Service said. "This is a good time of year for burning, not only because...

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...


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