State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons has tried to bypass the public with his proposal to trade White’s Peak land near Ocaté with apparently well-off ranchers. He has disregarded the input of the sportsmen of northern New Mexico, whose families have hunted at White’s Peak for generations.
Lyons’ office maintains that it has no legal duty to hold a public hearing on the transfer. But what would it hurt if the agency actually went the extra mile to keep the public it serves in the loop?
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