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Richardson uses stimulus money to buy Ortiz Mountain Ranch « New Mexico Independent

By Gwyneth Doland 9/16/10 4:22 PM

Governor Richardson today announced that he is using $2.8 million in federal stimulus money to purchase 12,142 acres of land known as the Ortiz Mountain Ranch to expand Cerrillos Hills State Park and create a wild horse sanctuary.

The property had recently been listed for $3.4 million. According to the broker’s website, the property was owned by the Ball family, of canning jar fame, until 2004, when it was donated to the Nature Conservancy.

“The Galisteo Basin is one of New Mexico’s crown jewels,” Governor Bill Richardson said Thursday in a press release. “I am pleased that the Recovery Act has provided the means for a long-term investment in the land that will provide the public with opportunities for recreation, and support our local economy by supporting jobs, and promoting tourism.”

The state has entered into a purchase agreement with the Nature Conservancy and a private owner, the release said.

Richardson uses stimulus money to buy Ortiz Mountain Ranch « New Mexico Independent

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