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Commissioner Garcia Richard Awards Lease for Second Albuquerque Senior Affordable Housing Community

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard announced today that the State Land Office is awarding a lease to Farolito Apartments LLLP to construct a new affordable housing community for Albuquerque’s seniors on state land near Eubank and Central. Sealed bid envelopes were opened at a public auction at the State Land Office this morning, and Farolito Apartments LLLP submitted the winning bid and met all application requirements. The lessee will pay approximately $2 million in rent payments ohe 60-year, long-term lease. The project will directly benefit New Mexico’s public schools. Farolito Apartments LLLP will have the option to renew the lease for four additional periods of five years each at the end of the initial 60-year term.

 

“The cost of living is becoming a bigger problem every year, especially for seniors on a fixed income. As your Land Commissioner, I’m committed to addressing this growing problem and am pleased this project will continue to revitalize the East Central corridor,” said Commissioner Garcia Richard. “The State Land Office is open for business in a variety of ways, including delivering more affordable housing options for our seniors. We’re committed to making as much money as possible for our schools and other beneficiaries while providing much-needed services to communities across New Mexico.”

“It’s partnerships and projects like these that are going to help us chip away at the housing gap and keep Albuquerque accessible,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “Making sure that folks in our city have a safe, affordable place to call home requires all of us to put our resources together to get it done. We look forward to what this will add to our Central corridor and the opportunities it will create for our seniors.”

The State Land Office hosted a public meeting on the proposed affordable housing project on September 8, 2022 and advertised the request for bids on the 2.2+ acre parcel of state land in accordance with state law.

 

In March 2022, the State Land Office, the City of Albuquerque, and the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the affordable Luminaria Senior Community on a parcel of state land across Central Avenue from the parcel of state land awarded today.

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised more than $5 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.

 

STATE LAND TRUSTS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING – December 6, 2022

NEW MEXICO STATE LAND OFFICE

 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 STATE LAND TRUSTS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

 The New Mexico State Land Trusts Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., and continuing thereafter as necessary. The meeting will be held via audio and video conference. The public may join the meeting through the following link:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85973540346?pwd=VmtwNWQ3clg4amg5WDRwNlVZVDRHUT09

 The public may also dial into the meeting via phone: (346) 248-7799; Meeting ID: 859 7354 0346. You may sign up for public comment in advance by calling (505) 827-5761 or emailing fdipalma@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 August 30, 2022 Minutes, Agency Update, Division Updates, Questions and Answers, Public Comments, Closing Remarks, Adjournment. 

 The Agenda is available on the State Land Office website. To request a hard copy, contact Francesca Di Palma at (505) 827-5761 or fdipalma@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 Francesca Di Palma by Monday, November 28, 2022 at (505) 827-5761 or fdipalma@slo.state.nm.us.

 

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State Land Office Releases FY22 Annual Report  

SANTA FE, NM – Today, the State Land Office released its annual report for Fiscal Year New Mexico state agencies are required to report to the Governor on activities and accomplishments of the previous year by December 1st of each calendar year. The report total revenue raised and the earnings for each of the 22 Trust beneficiaries, as well as a detailed overview of highlights from each of the State Land Office’s leasing and operational divisions.

Read the Annual Report: Click here to download a PDF of the report.

In FY22, the State Land Office earned a record-shattering $2.4 billion in revenue for New Mexico’s public schools, universities and hospitals. Prior to FY19, the agency had never exceeded $1 billion in revenue during a single fiscal year. The agency surpassed that total the first three fiscal years under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard before the revenue earned in FY22 roughly doubled the previous record of $1.25 billion in FY21. In all, the State Land Office has earned $5.4 billion in Commissioner Garcia Richard’s first four years in office.

Diversification is one of the leading tenets of my administration, and we’re starting to see excellent results from these efforts,” said Commissioner Garcia Richard. “As the first Latina and first educator to oversee the state lands that fund our public schools, universities, and hospitals, I know how important this work is to securing New Mexico’s future. And I’m fortunate that the professional employees at the State Land Office are committed to the same goals and put their whole hearts into it every day.”

Other highlights from the annual report include:

  • The State Land Office tripled renewable energy on state lands.
  • The agency’s Accountability & Enforcement program pushed industry to close over 100 abandoned oil and gas wells.
  • Commissioner Garcia Richard proposed a rule to protect cultural properties on state lands.
  • Outdoor recreation permitting increased by 425%.
  • The Surface Resources division worked with land grants and other agencies to gather fuelwood and increase fire resiliency after an historic wildfire season.

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised more than $5 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.

 

State Land Office and Partners Implement Collaborative Prescribed Fire in Catron County

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Land Office and partners have successfully completed a prescribed burn of 83 acres of state land south of Pie Town near Mangas Divide, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard announced today. The State Land Office teamed up with the Nature Conservancy,The Ember Alliance, and the Forest Stewards Guild for the burn, which took place from November 12-17.

Given the historic wildfire season in New Mexico this spring and summer, the State Land Office and its partners took a number of precautions to ensure a safe and successful prescribed burn, including:

  • Closely evaluating weather parameters and fuels conditions to ensure they match what is expected and required in the burn plan
  • Taking a low-risk, cautious approach
  • Requiring ignitions to be approved on a daily basis
  • Keeping resources and personnel on-site longer after the fire is complete to ensure there is no threat of additional ignitions

“After such an historic wildfire season earlier this year and the fragile conditions of our forests due to climate change, I’m proud that our staff and partners took appropriate precautions to ensure this prescribed burn completed without incident,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. “We made a deliberate choice to conduct the burn when weather conditions are most suitable for prescribed burns, and kept boots on the ground after its conclusion to ensure it didn’t spread out of control. Being good stewards of state land is our responsibility, but the safety of New Mexico’s residents always comes first. We are building a blueprint for how to conduct necessary fire management in a safe and thoughtful manner.” 

The project also represented a step forward in diversity for the prescribed burn community, as more than 60 percent of the fire crew were women. Many of the crew had also recently completed training, an encouraging sign for a field in need of new talent.

In addition to the precautions taken above, the State Land Office and its partners placed a public notice of the prescribed burn in a local newspaper, on the Catron County website, and at various businesses throughout the county.

Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised more than $5 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.

11/30/22 Public Meeting: SunZia Wind and Transmission Project (Estancia)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date of Notice: 11/11/2022

MEETING NOTICE

The New Mexico State Land Office gives notice that in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 19-7-9.1 that it will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 30 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Estancia Community Center, 513 Williams Street, Estancia, NM 87016. The meeting will be in-person as well as virtual for those unable to attend in person.  For those who wish to participate in the meeting via Zoom, the web address is as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84748110610

The purpose of this meeting is to receive public comment regarding a proposed right of way application submitted by RETA for the SunZia Transmission Project and the El Corazon Wind LLC generation-tie line right of way application for an easement from the New Mexico State Land Office.  The applicants proposed projects cross State Lands in Hidalgo, Luna, Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia and Torrance Counties.  

The in-person meeting will have staffed information stations available to answer questions. For those attending virtually, there will be virtual breakout rooms for individuals that have further questions regarding the project. Any change to the time will be posted with the Zoom link and a final agenda on the SLO webpage (http://www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified above.

Topic: Estancia Public Meeting: SunZia Wind & Transmission Project

Time: Nov 30, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84748110610

Meeting ID: 847 4811 0610

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+13602095623,,84748110610# US

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Meeting ID: 847 4811 0610

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbcYSs4fBa

If you have any questions, please contact:

State Land Office:

505-827-5760

www.nmstatelands.org

Project Developer, Pattern, may also be contacted at:

Project Hotline: (800) 780-3859

Email: sunzia@patternenergy.com

Meeting Agenda:

• 6:00 P.M. – Open House format begins

• 6:30 P.M. – Hybrid in-person / virtual presentation

• 7:00 P.M. – Public comment period (in person and virtually)

• 7:30 P.M. – Q&A session begins at either stations and/or virtual breakout room

• 8:00 P.M. – Meeting concludes

The Estancia Community Center is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Assistive listening devices, materials in other alternative formats, ASL interpreters and other accommodations will be made available upon request. Please contact Kate Turnage at 816-237-8949 or by email at keturnage@burnsmcd.com. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice will help to help ensure availability.

SunZia Transmission Map: https://www.nmstatelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/SunZia-Transmission-Map_2022-11-15_BBQ.pdf

SunZia Wind Map; https://www.nmstatelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/SunZia-Wind-Map_2022-11-15_BBQ.pdf

11/29/22 Public Meeting: SunZia Wind and Transmission Project (Belen)

Public Meeting: SunZia Wind and Transmission Project (Belen)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date of Notice: 11/11/2022

MEETING NOTICE

The New Mexico State Land Office gives notice that in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 19-7-9.1 that it will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane Belen, NM 87002. Representatives of the lease applicants, the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) and El Corazon Wind LLC, will participate and be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will be in-person as well as virtual for those unable to attend in person.  For those who wish to participate in the meeting via Zoom, the web address is as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89083459535

The purpose of this meeting is to receive public comment regarding a proposed right of way application submitted by RETA for the SunZia Transmission Project and the El Corazon Wind LLC generation-tie line right of way application for an easement from the New Mexico State Land Office.  The applicants proposed projects cross state trust lands in Hidalgo, Luna, Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia and Torrance Counties.  

The in-person meeting will have staffed information stations available to answer questions. For those attending virtually, there will be virtual breakout rooms for individuals that have further questions regarding the project. Any change to the time will be posted with the Zoom link and a final agenda on the SLO webpage (http://www.nmstatelands.org) at least 72 hours prior to the date and time specified above.

Topic: Belen Public Meeting: SunZia Wind & Transmission Project

Time: Nov 29, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89083459535

Meeting ID: 890 8345 9535

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+16694449171,,89083459535# US

+16699006833,,89083459535# US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 890 8345 9535

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUIiV1iRI

If you have any questions, please contact:

State Land Office:

505-827-5760

www.nmstatelands.org

Project Developer, Pattern, may also be contacted at:

Project Hotline: (800) 780-3859

Email: sunzia@patternenergy.com

Meeting Agenda:

• 6:00 P.M. – Open House format begins

• 6:30 P.M. – Hybrid in-person / virtual presentation

• 7:00 P.M. – Public comment period (in person and virtually)

• 7:30 P.M. – Q&A session begins at stations and/or virtual breakout rooms

• 8:00 P.M. – Meeting concludes

Belen Community Center is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Assistive listening devices, materials in other alternative formats, ASL interpreters and other accommodations will be made available upon request. Please contact Kate Turnage at 816-237-8949 or by email at keturnage@burnsmcd.com Providing at least 72 hours’ notice will help to help ensure availability.

SunZia Transmission Map: https://www.nmstatelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/SunZia-Transmission-Map_2022-11-15_BBQ.pdf

SunZia Wind Map; https://www.nmstatelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/SunZia-Wind-Map_2022-11-15_BBQ.pdf

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