|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||13 May 2005 03:47:32 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Otero Canyon trails and Kirtland Air Force Base (NM)|
[Last year I hiked these trails with members of Friends of Otero, and
it's clear, from the ground, that the Air Force can accommodate trail
users without impacting Air Force or Energy Department activities in the
area. - LS]|
Guest View: KAFB Fence, Trails Can Coexist
By Friends of Otero Mountain View Telegraph (NM) May 12, 2005
The controversy regarding the location of Kirtland Air Force Base's (KAFB) proposed eastern boundary fence and the subsequent withdrawal of the popular Otero Canyon trail system from public use continues.
Most recently, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., submitted an appropriation bill that includes $5 million (Albuquerque Journal, April 8, 2005) to fund this new perimeter. In a press release dated April 22, 2005, he further clarifies that he believes "the Air Force can and should proceed in a way that meets the security needs of KAFB while ensuring continued public access to existing hiking and biking trails."
In addition, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., continues to support the community's view that there are viable alternatives for the location of the perimeter fence. The Congresswoman has requested a review by the Secretary of the Air Force to determine where the eastern perimeter fence should be placed. This review is still pending.
For the entire column, see http://www.mvtelegraph.com/opinion/350384mtnoped05-12-05.htm
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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