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Judge affirms reversal of land exchange
SANTA FE - District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has issued a final order affirming cancellation of an exchange of state trust land in the White Peak area with the Stanley Ranch.
The Judge also determined the action was in accordance with an order issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court in January of 2011.
David Stanley, of the Stanley Ranch near Ocate, filed an appeal of Commissioner Powell's ruling in his Order to Show Cause that cancelled the land exchange.
The exchange involved 7,205 acres of state trust land in the White Peak area and 3,327 acres of land on the Stanley Ranch in northern New Mexico. The exchange was initiated by former Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick Lyons.
"The District Court confirmed the Supreme Court's decision to take back this valuable State Trust Land which generates revenues for our public schools, universities, and hospitals," said State Land Commissioner Ray Powell. "This land exchange was a bad deal for the State Land Trust, our local communities, and sportsmen. I am making sure that future land exchanges are done in an open, transparent, and fair manner."
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