Wilderness and the Election

September 30, 2008

'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=viagra looking north from Hadley, was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, buy cialis 000, case John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, buy cialis 000, case John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, cure
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John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, cialis “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
Whether you are a Republican, information pills Independent or Democratic voter one of the important considerations in voting for candidates for state legislature and Congress should be if they support the Citizens’ Wilderness and National Conservation Area Proposal for the Organ Mountains. This is the only concrete way to preserve the beautiful Organ Mountains for future generations.

However, pharmacy we have some candidates:  Stanford Locke, tuberculosis Kent “Spaceport Tax” Evans, Leonard Lee Rawson and Edward R. Tinsley III who support Congressman Stevan Pearce’s odious anti-Wilderness proposal.  This  is a throw-back to the notorious New Mexican Senator and Interior Secretary Albert Fall of the 1910s and 1920s, who, like Congressman Pearce and his cohorts are advocates for selling off all public lands to the highest bidder or biggest campaign contributors. These candidates want to open the Organ Mountains and its foothills to exploitation by greedy developers and mineral extraction  speculators for a quick buck and easy money. They support a pseudo-wilderness scheme pushed by a vociferous minority. There is no way  ranchers will be greatly affected by Wilderness despite the exaggerated clamors of some extremists.

An overwhelming number of Las Cruces residents support the proposal. We should vote for candidates who support our view as a community. Historians have noted that President Teddy Roosevelt, a rancher,  was a conservationist and  preservationist, who envisioned the importance of Wilderness areas for Americans.  As he stated: “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation.”  We have a number of worthy candidates on this issue: Jeff Steinborn, Nate Cote, Steve Fischmann and Harry Teague. It is time to stand up and protect our distinctive Organ Mountains or as our Spanish forbears called them – La Sierra de la Soledad!

Greg Lennes

Las Cruces

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