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18-Hole Championship Maude’s Canyon Disc Golf Course Lease Approved in Silver City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications – NMSLO

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

Jennifer Olson, Communications Specialist – WNMU

Jennifer.Olson@wnmu.edu

18-Hole Championship Maude’s Canyon Disc Golf Course Lease Approved in Silver City

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and Western New Mexico University (WNMU) recently signed final lease paperwork to allow the University to begin designing plans for the development, management, and upkeep of an 18-hole tournament-ready disc golf course in Silver City. The lease to WNMU encompasses approximately 135 acres of state trust land known as Maude’s Canyon, located east of the Ben Altamirano Sports Complex. (map)

The SLO exists to raise revenue for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and state universities, including WNMU. The SLO estimates that the disc golf course will raise an additional $1,500 annually for New Mexico public schools on land that is currently unleased.

“Our Open for Adventure campaign is seeing results. The Maude’s Canyon disc golf course will establish a recreational asset for Silver City, and the entire south west corner of the state, that does not currently exist,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said. “We were so proud to work with WNMU – one of the beneficiaries that we work on behalf of – to make this course a reality.”

With guidance from WNMU Natural Sciences faculty members, the university’s Geographic Information System students will design the course, working with the SLO and local residents to determine ideal specifications and ensure the protection of wildlife corridors and other natural features.

“By leasing this land for and involving students in the creation of a disc golf course, Western New Mexico University is developing more opportunities for the community to recreate outside,” said Kathy Whiteman, Ph.D., who is WNMU Natural Sciences Department Chair and Director of the WNMU Center for a Sustainable Future and Outdoor Programs.

This partnership is the result of conversations WNMU is leading around greenspace usage for the advancement of a sustainable and connected community.

“You don’t need to spend a lot of money or have a high level of fitness to be a contender in disc golf, making the sport accessible for people who live locally and for visitors to Silver City,” Whiteman said.

WNMU Vice President of Business Affairs Kelley Riddle and Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
sign the Maude’s Canyon disc golf course lease on the WNMU campus.

The SLO advertised for and held a virtual public meeting on May 20, 2021, in order to gather feedback from the community prior to approving the lease. The public engagement process also included a 60-day public comment period and conversations with local elected officials.

WNMU now begins the process of designing a plan for the course and a parking lot, for SLO consideration. In approving final plans, the SLO and appropriate staff will be involved to assure the course avoids any ground disturbance of biologically or culturally significant areas or properties. The final design will be presented to the public at a future public meeting.

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised $3.4 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

August 31, 2021 State Land Trusts Advisory Board

The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., and continuing thereafter as necessary, via audio and video conference due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The public may join the meeting through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88077468878?pwd=VGZPS3JHUTZjVHRPaUVVL2VjVXpwUT09.

The public may also dial into the meeting via phone: (346) 248-7799; Meeting ID: 880 7746 8878. You may sign up for public comment in advance by calling (505) 827-5761 or emailing ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

Any change to the location or time of the meeting will be posted with a final agenda on the SLO webpage (www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified in this notice.

The agenda includes: Call to Order, Roll Call, Welcome, Approval of Agenda, Approval of December 11, 2020 Minutes, Adoption of 2021 Open Meetings Act Resolution, Officer Elections, Financial Disclosure Update, Agency Update, Division Updates, Questions and Answers, Public Comments, Closing Remarks, Closed Executive Session, Adjournment.

The agenda is linked below. To request a hard copy, contact Alysha Shaw at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

If you are an individual with a disability and you require assistance or an auxiliary aid (such as a sign language interpreter) to participate in any aspect of this meeting, please contact Alysha Shaw by Monday, August 16, 2021 at (505) 827-5761 or ashaw@slo.state.nm.us.

Download the agenda here.

State Land Office Community Conversations Continue in Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 27, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Community Conversations Continue in Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan County

SANTA FE, NM – The State Land Office (SLO) today announced Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan Counties as the next locations in a series of community conversations taking place across the state. The purpose of the events is to connect with lease holders and the general public to discuss the work, accomplishments, and priorities of the state agency, which is charged with managing and stewarding over 13 million acres of state trust land in the best interest of the public. The Commissioner and staff will conduct informal conversations with community members, answering questions and receiving feedback from those who attend these conversations.


“At the State Land Office, we strive to be transparent and responsive to the constituents and communities we serve throughout New Mexico,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “These community conversations are just one part of these efforts.”

For three years in a row, the SLO has raised over $1 billion annually to benefit New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. The SLO leases land in 32 of New Mexico’s 33 Counties for a variety of uses including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

Stephanie Garcia Richard is the first woman, first Latina, and first educator to serve as New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands. Learn more here.

Cibola County (Grants) Community Conversation:

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, SLO staff and YOU, members of the public interested in learning more about the State Land Office and providing feedback

What: In-person informal meeting

When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Cibola Community Convention Center, 515 W. High St., Grants, NM

McKinley County (Gallup) Community Conversation:

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, SLO staff and YOU, members of the public interested in learning more about the State Land Office and providing feedback

What: In-person informal meeting

When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Where: El Morro Event Center,

210 South Second Street, Gallup, NM

San Juan County (Farmington) Community Conversation:

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, SLO staff and YOU, members of the public interested in learning more about the State Land Office and providing feedback

What: In-person informal meeting

When: Friday, July 30, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Where: 800 Municipal Drive, Farmington, NM

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised $3.4 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

August 17th, 2021 Public Meeting re: Land Sale No. 0121

Notice of Public Meeting to Receive Public Comment Regarding

Proposed Sale of State Trust Lands

Land Sale No. LS-0121

The New Mexico State Land Office (“SLO”) gives notice in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 19-7-9.1 that it will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. MDT to 7:30 p.m. MDT, at the Rio Rancho City Hall, Governing Body Overflow Room, 3200 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Those wishing to participate by Zoom may do so by registering at https://nmstatelands.org/public-meetings. Any change to the location or time will be posted with a final agenda on the SLO webpage (http://www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified above.

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Topic: NMSLO Public Meeting LS-0121
Time: Aug 17, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment regarding a proposed sale of state trust lands located in the Paseo Gateway master plan area of Rio Rancho at the northwest corner of the intersection of Paseo del Volcan and Westphalia Boulevard NE.  The land is currently designated as Tract 2 of Unit 17 as the same is shown and designated on the plat entitled “Paseo Gateway Parcel A, Tracts 1 thru 9, 10A, 10B, 10C, 11 thru 18, A and B-1A, a Replat of Portions of Tract C in the Town of Alameda Grant Unit Seventeen etc.,” filed in the office of the County Clerk, Sandoval County, New Mexico on November 14, 2008 as Instrument No. 2008033908, in Book 411, Page 33908, containing 18.85 acres, more or less.  The land to be offered for sale may include some additional contiguous state trust lands to be shown in a re-plat of Tract 2 prior to the sale.

The land is zone C-1 (Commercial).  It is expected that any buyer of the land will develop the land for use consistent with the C-1 zoning.  The land is currently subject to a lease (No. BL-1952, as amended) under which the lessee (Paseo Gateway, LLC) has performed certain real estate planning and development.  Pursuant to the lease, which would be relinquished as to the land at the closing of the proposed sale, the lessee has extended or caused to be extended certain infrastructure to the boundary of the land.  The City of Rio Rancho may, in accordance with current resolutions, ordinances and policies in effect at the time for any specific proposal, require additional off-site improvements in order to approve development and use of the land and issue required development permits. 

Some, but not all, of the land surrounding Tract 2 is state trust land under the custody, control and management of the Commissioner of Public Lands and subject to the aforementioned lease under which the lessee has performed and will continue to perform certain real estate planning and development on a large portion of the land within the Paseo Gateway master plan area.  Under that lease, the lessee’s authorized planning and development project involves (i) bringing municipal water and all necessary infrastructure to the leased land; (ii) obtaining all necessary approvals of zoning; and (iii) creating buildable residential, industrial and/or commercial lots or tracts and reserving certain open spaces, all for the purpose of successfully establishing and maintaining a profitable mixed use development on the leased land.  Under the lease, the lessee may request that the Commissioner of Public Land offer for sale or long-term lease lands that the lessee has improved by constructing base infrastructure to or through it and obtaining entitlements.

Sale of Tract 2 and development by the eventual purchaser is expected to facilitate commercial use of the land that until now has not existed in the near vicinity.  While increasing traffic and intensifying development of nearby lands, the City-approved commercial use of the land may provide amenities that until now have not existed in the near vicinity.

If the SLO makes a final decision to proceed with a potential sale, the Commissioner of Public Lands would conduct a public auction in accordance with the New Mexico Enabling Act (36 Stat. 557); NMSA Sections 19-7-1, 19-7-2 and 19-7-9; and State Land Office Rule 19.2.14 NMAC.  The Commissioner of Public Lands would issue a notice of public auction published for at least 10 weeks as required by law soliciting bids on the land. A minimum sale price would be established in accordance with an appraisal to ensure that any sale is for at least the true value of the land.  The land would be offered for a cash sale (i.e., full payment in cash due at closing) as a single tract.  Additional requirements may be established for submitting bids and completing the sale.  The Commissioner would also reserves the right to reject all bids and withdraw the land from sale or to reinitiate the process of offering the land for sale on the same or different terms.  The purchaser would be required to pay all costs associated with the transaction, including but not limited to the cost of the appraisal, advertisement of the auction, and recording fees. Conveyance of the land would be subject to all valid and existing leases, easements, restrictions, and reservations, including a reservation to the State of New Mexico of all minerals and geothermal resources in, under or upon the Land.  The SLO may offer a negative easement or surface non-disturbance agreement with regard to the reserved minerals and geothermal resources. 

If you have any questions please contact Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications, at 505-470-2965 or email aposs@slo.state.nm.us.

State Land Office Community Conversations Kicking Off in San Miguel and Mora Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2021

Contact:

Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications

aposs@slo.state.nm.us

State Land Office Community Conversations Kicking Off in San Miguel and Mora Counties

SANTA FE, NM – The State Land Office (SLO) today announced San Miguel and Mora County as the first locations in a series of community conversations that will be taking place across the state. Both events will take place this Thursday, July 22nd. Full details are below. The purpose of the events is to connect with lease holders and the general public to discuss the work, accomplishments, and priorities of the state agency, which is charged with managing and stewarding over 13 million acres of state trust land in the best interest of the public. The Commissioner and staff will conduct informal conversations with community members, answering questions and receiving feedback from those who attend these conversations.


“At the State Land Office, we strive to be transparent and responsive to the constituents and communities we serve throughout New Mexico,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “These community conversations are just one part of these efforts.”

For three years in a row, the SLO has raised over $1 billion annually to benefit New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. The SLO leases land in 32 of New Mexico’s 33 Counties for a variety of uses including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

Stephanie Garcia Richard is the first woman, first Latina, and first educator to serve as New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands. Learn more here.

San Miguel County (Las Vegas) Community Conversation:

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, SLO staff and YOU, members of the public interested in learning more about the State Land Office and providing feedback

What: In-person informal meeting

When: Thursday, July 2, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Where: San Miguel County Commissioner Chambers

500 West National Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Mora County (Mora) Community Conversation:

Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, SLO staff and YOU, members of the public interested in learning more about the State Land Office and providing feedback

What: In-person informal meeting

When: Thursday, July 2, 2021 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Where: Mora County Commissioner Chambers

1 Courthouse Drive, Mora NM 87732

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised $3.4 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.

Land Exchange No. LE-1415

Proposed Disposition of State Trust Lands by Land Exchange

Land Exchange No. LE-1415

STATE LAND OFFICE

Notice of Meeting to Receive Public Comment Regarding

Proposed Disposition of State Trust Lands by Land Exchange

Land Exchange No. LE-1415

The New Mexico State Land Office (“SLO”) gives notice in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 19-7-9.1 that it will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers for the Sandoval County Commission, Administrative Building, Third Floor, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004. Any change to the location or time will be posted with a final agenda on the SLO webpage (http://www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified above.

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Topic: NMSLO | Santa Ana LE – 1415
Time: Jul 19, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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AGENDA:

•Land acknowledgement, overview of the State Land Office, and introduction of special guests

•Presentation of Proposed Exchange: James White, Commercial Resources Division

•Public Comment and Q&A moderated by Assistant Commissioner Angie Poss

The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment regarding a proposed disposition of the following state trust lands in a land exchange:

Section 32, Township 14 North, Range 1 East, N.M.P.M. – 640 acres

Section 16, Township 14 North, Range 1 West, N.M.P.M. – 640 acres

Section 16, Township 14 North, Range 2 West, N.M.P.M. – 640 acres

These three separate tracts of state trust lands are located in Sandoval County, northwest of the City of Rio Rancho, near the boundaries of the Pueblo of Santa Ana reservation, and they are currently leased to the Pueblo of Santa Ana for livestock grazing.  Section 32 is located west of the Del Norte Gun Club, and the two other sections are located roughly 4.4 miles and 14.5 miles further northwest.  At the request of the Pueblo of Santa Ana and because of the cultural and historical connection with the Pueblo of Santa Ana, the State Land Office has proposed a land exchange in which it would convey these state trust lands to the Pueblo of Santa Ana in exchange for lands of equal or greater value having the potential for commercial development and thereby providing greater income potential to the trust land beneficiary, which is New Mexico public schools.

Conveyance of these state trust lands is not expected to change the nature of the use of the state trust lands or surrounding lands.  If the SLO makes a final decision to proceed with an exchange, the Commissioner of Public Lands would execute an exchange agreement providing for a conveyance of the state trust lands subject to a reservation to the State of New Mexico of all minerals and geothermal resources in, under or upon the Land.  The SLO may offer a negative easement or surface non-disturbance agreement with regard to the reserved minerals and geothermal resources. 

If you have any questions please contact Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications, at 505-470-2965 or email aposs@slo.state.nm.us..

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