Final decision on asphalt plant on Santa Fe’s South Side expected this summer

Three years of resistance to asphalt plant consolidation continues

By Austin Fisher
Source NM
April 21, 2022

A final decision on whether an asphalt company can expand its operations on Santa Fe’s South Side is expected this summer, after community groups appealed the project’s approval by state environmental regulators and hundreds of local residents petitioned Monday for the decision to be overturned….

Farmers Push Back on Commissioner’s Water Comments

By Theresa Davis
Albuquerque Journal
April 20, 2022

About two dozen South Valley farmers protested at Civic Plaza on Wednesday in response to comments about agricultural water use made by Bernalillo County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada who referred to farmers as being among the “biggest wasters of water.”

The commissioner walked back his comments during Wednesday’s Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board meeting….

Santolina Has Hit a Wall: Ignoring Staff Recommendations, CPC Tells Barclay Bank “No”

By Gwynne Ann Unruh
The Paper.

March 3, 2022

Community groups scored a big win today. For the past eight years, it’s been a back-and-forth battle with Santolina and community groups that oppose a development the size of Santa Fe on Albuquerque’s west mesa. In a highly unusual move, despite the County Staff’s urging to approve the Santolina amendments, the Bernalillo County Planning Commission (CPC) members voted 3-2 to deny amended Level A Master Plan and 3-1 to deny the Level B.II Master Plan for the proposed Santolina development project….

Newest Request by Santolina Opposed

By Jessica Dyer
Albuquerque Journal

March 2, 2022

A proposal that would have paved the way for industrial uses inside Santolina hit rough waters Wednesday as the Bernalillo County Planning Commission opposed amendments to the site’s previously approved master plan….

‘Green amendment’ to define environmental rights revived, advanced by New Mexico lawmakers

By Adrian Hedden
Carlsbad Current-Argus

February 8, 2022

New Mexicans’ right to a clean environment could be codified into state law as a resolution advanced from its first committee last week during the 2022 Legislative Session.

House Joint Resolution 2 sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-37) of Las Cruces was known as the “green amendment,” and would put language on the ballot in the next general election to alter the state’s constitution to define environmental rights….