Sierra County residents have a lot riding on spaceport

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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013 11:00 pm

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — Sonia Marquez and Cherish Miller, both 17, rode their horses along N.M. 51 leading to Elephant Butte Reservoir on a crisp November evening after school.

Riding horses is one of the few things for teens to do in this laid-back town of 6,400 residents, once famous for its mineral hot springs and for renaming itself after a radio quiz show.

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  • Kim Audette posted at 6:42 pm on Fri, Jan 2, 2015.

    griffin87901 Posts: 5

    The Spaceport pretties up the misappropriation of Visitor Center funds into creating infrastructure based on speculation. There is no significant market for hangers or a Southern Road! There is a significant market for the Visitor's Centers in the small town of T or C, which has been paying 4x more than its fair share in GRT.

    There is significant disagreement about the interpretation of NMSA 7-20E-25B.
    "A governing body, at the time of enacting an ordinance imposing the tax authorized in Subsection A of this section, shall dedicate a minimum of seventy-five percent of the proceeds of the revenue to the regional spaceport district for the financing, planning, designing and engineering and construction of a spaceport or for projects or services of the district pursuant to the Regional Spaceport District Act..."

    When a reasonable person reads it, it's clear that the Visitor Centers were already funded. When 7 self-serving Spaceport Execs read it, their road is more important.

    The Board has been in violation of the statutory 50 mile limit on their offices for 6 years. T or C keeps rubbing their noses in their lawlessness, so the Board retaliates in the most immature and vindictive way possible. T or C's poverty level has increased 6% since the Board started misspending GRT in 2008 to 30% in 2013.

    Homans made the same promises in 2007 for extra severance tax funds. The promises were never met. It's purse-closing time!

  • Hans Townsend posted at 10:16 pm on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    xeeds Posts: 1

    Thank you Staci!
    Your article is superb, and reflects a great deal of the sentiment felt by residents and businesses here in Sierra County. It is informative, interesting, diverse, and extremely refreshing. It shows that you really did your research, digging deep in the community to pull together the consensus of opinions that has been sorely missed in most of the cheer leading and flag waving articles that have been appearing recently in the press.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 9:02 pm on Sun, Dec 8, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    Good work again, Stacy. And thanks to Jane Phillips, credited for many of the photos. I highly recommend all readers here to check out the photo gallery above, as they all have extra info & captioning, a great addition to the story text. I will refrain from my usual ritual of ridiculing the "Space"port generally, but do wish I could leave pithy comments below the photos as called for. Absent that; the firefighters (pictured washing their sweet SUV) must have the sweetest & easiest job there. If they're lucky, they'll get to take out the humongous "Crash 1" vehicle when Bill Richardson needs a lift from the boarding gate to the loading platform.


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