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James Brown

Simonich should know that a cell tower on the St. John's campus must be line-of-site to St. John's Methodist's tower. This was well reported during coverage of 75' proposed tower last year. It was said that there might be one other possible location - near the lower dorms. Perhaps the trailhead location would provide better service to the neighbors. It is ironic that the most vocal opponents themselves built in the elite sprawl of the Ponderosa Ridge, Wilderness Gate and Upper Cruz Blanca upon historic trails that used to access the USFS boundary, thus relegating hikers to a viewless maze of tributary arroyos.

Stefanie Beninato

Why did this article quote Rebecca Wurzburger who now is going to do a silent protest at the site visit? She certainly did not actively participate in any of the other hearings on this tower. Is it name recognition or is she going to run for another political office?

Jason Yurtail

I live in the area near where the cell tower will be erected. Our cell service is non-existent so I have to have ancient CenturyLink or rely on WiFi calling. I'm sick of the rich folks at Los Miradores and Camino Cruz Blanca dictating what infrastructure we can have. It's time this city stops catering to the NIMBY attitudes of rich folks and the weird luddites and start making this city work. St John's is certainly not the villain here. It's shameful that the NM uses an editorial to support poor governance of the city and blame St. John's

John Cook

It's heartwarming that you go after the 'rich folks' on behalf of the poor people at St. John's.

Khal Spencer


david cartwright

As others have stated, our cell service in this lamentable poorly infrastructured tourist town, is terrible. The local grievance group opposes everything, so nothing changes and the cell service remains poor. I wish the politicians might consider the majority of people in need, and not just the gatecrashers and grievance mongerers that seem to comprise 99 % of those that attend public hearings.

Zhansaya Kuatzhan

How could someone let this article be published? It is extremely poorly written, hostile, and clearly biased. What a poor excuse for journalism.

Cellphone towers are a matter of safety — women in need of protection, school shootings, hiking accidents, to name a few.

Khal Spencer

In case you missed it, the story is about how St. John's college is mangling the process, not whether a cell tower is a good idea. Maybe if it is so important to St. John's college, it should be somewhere in the middle of the campus rather than at a trailhead?

Christian Vanschayk

There is no question that Santa Fe resides in the dark ages of telecom service. Dead spots, dodgy service and a luddite attitude present a formidable barrier to economic development. If we wish to attract high paying jobs we must move beyond tourism and government. That will require substantial upgrade of our IT infrastructure. Simply rejecting individual proposals is not the solution.

Stefanie Beninato

Your response is standard pro cell phone, who cares about anything else. In case you haven't noticed, there has been a proliferation of cell phone towers and broadband in town. People still have to go outside to make calls even when in a "covered areas" Why not suggest a tower in your backyard?....And maybe if tourists weren't so busy consulting cell phones sitting in open air restaurants and on the plaza, they would actually talk with locals...What a concept!

Khal Spencer

There is a big cell tower on La Tierra Trails which I think we all ignore. But that's not in a historic district and besides, its alongside a big, ugly water tank.

St. John's, though, is so elitist and important. Why should we hold them to standards everyone else has to follow? I mean, shouldn't we be kissing their feet just for them being here?

Scott Miller

The need for improved cell phone service in the area is real. I live nearby and must walk outside my house to keep calls from dropping. My neighbors do the same.

I hope St. John’s and neighbors will find an acceptable solution. The fact that we have unreliable cell phone service within the city limits of the state capital in 2021 is pathetic.

Where is the mayor’s leadership when we need it? St. John’s is a major employer in town. In this day of active shooters on campus, St. John’s needs to be able to reliably communicate with its students at all times. Let’s have some cooperation or we may end up with a second abandoned college campus in town.

Stefanie Beninato

AT the last meeting, St John's did not provide a designated representative. The head of student services spoke but it was unclear if she had participated in the negotiations. Most tellingly she said that the campus was higher than the proposed site and students would "have to look at it too" indicating to me that there are higher locations on campus but as reported in the paper months ago, the students "didn't want to see it".

Khal Spencer

In other words, "we want the service, but NIMBY" to the tower.

Toby Wright

I would LOVE to have a tower in my backyard (Glorieta). Who do I call?

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