From left, La Bajada mine opponent Marianna Hatten is comforted by Joanna Conte Durham on Tuesday after the County Commission decided to postpone a vote on the mine proposal. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
A crowd gathers in the County Commission chamber Tuesday for a hearing on a controversial rezoning proposal for a mine on La Bajada mesa. However, a decision on the request was postponed until further notice. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
The County Commission postponed a decision Tuesday on a request for rezoning to allow for a mine on La Bajada mesa. Many people who had gathered for a hearing on the issue were disappointed that the commissioners delayed a vote. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Updated: 7:22 am, Wed Aug 13, 2014.
A collective groan was heard from the crowd in the Santa Fe County Commission chamber on Tuesday when commissioners came out of a closed-door session and, for the second time, postponed a decision on a proposed 50-acre basalt mine on La Bajada mesa south of Santa Fe.
Reactions from people at the meeting were swift and angry. “I am shocked and I am horrified,” said Diane Senior, a Madrid resident who has been highly involved in the fight against the proposed mine. “We deserve a vote. This should not have been taken into a private meeting to discuss. They’ve had two months to consider this.”
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:30 pm.
Updated: 7:22 am.