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Cypress Inc. Concedes Grazing Lease Cancellation, Drops Legal Contest

SANTA FE, NM – Cypress Inc., a corporation associated with Jeffrey Epstein, has conceded the State Land Office’s cancellation of two livestock grazing leases. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard sent a cancellation letter in early September giving Cypress 30 days’...

State Land Office Responds to Cypress Inc., Contest of Lease Cancellation

SANTA FE, NM – State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases. “Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the...

State Land Office Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SANTA FE, NM – State Land Office employees gathered this morning to raise an “End Domestic Violence” flag which features the purple ribbon recognizing survivors and victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National...

Royalty Audit Collections Increase 47% Over 2018

SANTA FE, NM – So far in 2019, the State Land Office has collected over $1.5 million from royalty audits, a 47% increase from 2018. These funds were collected by the Royalty Management Division team after audits were conducted on Land Office business with Chevron, DCP...

Office of Renewable Energy

SANTA FE, NM – The State Land Office has hired two new staff within the first ever Office of Renewable Energy. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard requested and received funding during the 2019 Legislative Session to create the Office of Renewable Energy in order to...

Cypress Lease Cancellation

SANTA FE, NM – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard today announced that a cancellation letter has been sent to Cypress Inc., a company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein and listed as the owner of the Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County. On July 16, 2019, the Land Office...

Land Use Restriction Signed Near Fort Bliss

SANTA FE, NM – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense. The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address...

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