I used to live around Bernal, right at the foot of Starvation Peak. Cleofes Ortiz was my landlord, friend and neighbor. I lived there for several years in the ‘70s, had owned property in the area and was currently hoping to find a nice parcel to build a passive solar adobe. My wife and I looked at a few properties in the Blanchard area and would have bought a charming eight-acre site we like until we learned of the proposed wind farm in Rowe Mesa.
I support alternative energy development but also believe in sustainable, vibrant community. After reading what literature I could on the subject both from the company (Invenergy), the local press and a nonprofit site www.newmexicocare.org, I came to the conclusion that as much as I love the area around Starvation Peak, I’m not about to buy land only to find out my view had been spoiled, possibly annoying low-frequency waves will be passing over my head and, after talking with a few former neighbors, it appears to be nothing short of a local range war as this company seems intent on pitting neighbor against neighbor to seal the deals for rights-of-way for transmission lines and turbine placement.
Rowe Mesa always had a great countenance — peaceful, ennobling almost, with its majestic spirit (especially those cold January days when the truck’s heater didn’t work, the chain saw needed sharpening and all you’re trying to do is get a half cord of pinon back home for some heat).