I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Egolf criticizes White’s Peak deal, calls for an end to land swaps
On Tuesday Rep. Brian Egolf , D-Santa Fe, spoke to about 75 protestors gathered at the capitol to express their opposition to a controversial land swap deal. While there is still a fight over whether the deal will go through, Egolf said he wanted the Legislature to slam the door on similar deals in the future. Calling the idea a “back room deal” Egolf said he would introduce a bill to prevent the State Land office from swapping land with private entities. Swaps with the federal government would still be allowed.
Is the White’s Peak public-private land swap deal northeast of Las Vegas, N.M. a fair deal? Or a tailor made land grab for private business? Of course it depends who you ask:
A spokeswoman for the state Land Office told The Independent politics is the reason behind Egolf’s efforts–because state Land Commissioner Pat Lyons is the only Republican in the executive branch.
A spokeswoman for the office said Egolf is misinformed, saying: “He is unfamiliar with the situation. [Our] general counsel has approached him several times for a full briefing [about the deal] and he declined.”