(17 Total References)
Board Inc- El Ranchito de los Ninos | Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together
Co-Founder, El Ranchito de los Ninos
Owner, Sundance Mechanical
8. MICHAEL MECHENBIER, ...
8. MICHAEL MECHENBIER, Albuquerque
Four Daughters Ranch, Dockery-Collings Ranch, Pie Ranch
Michael Mechenbier is a second-generation New Mexican rancher.
dad, Jerry, had a ranch near Estancia in Torrance County.
But Jerry's ill health forced its sale in 1977.
, who grew up on the ranch, tried pig farming, but an epidemic killed a bunch of the swine.
At that point, in 1979, he moved to Albuquerque to start Sundance Mechanical & Utility Contractors, an industrial builder.
The company was successful, providing Mike
the wherewithal to keep ranching in the family.
So when a rancher friend started having financial problems in the mid-1980s, Mechenbier
property, west of the Huning Ranch, itself west of Los Lunas, consists of three adjoining spreads: Four Daughters Ranch, Dockery-Collins Ranch and Pie Ranch.
Why Four Daughters? ``It's because,'' says Mechenbier
, ``we have four daughters''--Jessica, Abby, Katie and Emily.
8. Michael Mechenbier
Republican Lyons, who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term, vehemently denies the contributions from Mike Mechenbier of the Four Daughters Ranch had anything to do with Lyons' decision to intervene in the 2004 court action.Mechenbier
filed the lawsuit against Isleta Pueblo officials over access to a road.However, Lyons' Democratic opponent, former state Land Commissioner Jim Baca, said the money from Mechenbier shows Lyons is guilty of an "ethical lapse."
..."Mike Mechenbier is a good Republican, a rancher, a hunter and a friend of mine for a long time."
State records show Mechenbier
gave Lyons $250 last year while the Isleta case was still in court, then several contributions totaling $4,225 between October 2005 and June 2006.
, contacted Friday, also denied any connection between the donation and the lawsuit.
"I've given Pat money before and after," he
said of the court case.
"I think (Baca) would be bad for the (ranching) industry, Mechenbier
...The Isleta dispute: A 1997 article in the now-defunct weekly publication Crosswinds listed Mechenbier, a second-generation New Mexico rancher, as the eighth largest landowner in the state.
The paper said he
owned some 135,000 acres in Valencia, Cibola and Socorro counties.Besides owning Four Daughters and other ranches, Mechenbier is president of Sundance Mechanical & Utility Co., an Albuquerque construction company.He is the founder of El Ranchito de Los Ninos, a private, nonprofit home for children near Los Lunas.
In June 2004, Mechenbier
filed a complaint for a temporary restraining order in state District Court in Valencia County against then-Isleta Gov.
claimed for about two years, the defendants locked a gate on a road that ran through Isleta onto his
Four Daughters Ranch.Mechenbier
said the road was a county road, which the pueblo disputed.
"I made them aware of the situation," Mechenbier
said."There's a lot of state land out there that would be inaccessible if that road is blocked."
In the motion to intervene, Lyons' lawyers argued the road in question "provides access to numerous 640-acre sections of state trust land located within and around land owned by (Mechenbier) # lack of access to (Land Office) trust properties leads to the inability of the SLO to lease this property, which would render the property almost valueless."
For a few months, the case was moved to federal court.However, in early 2005, a federal judge ordered it back to state court.
The parties agreed to vacate a hearing scheduled in May 2005.The state lists the case as closed, though Mechenbier
said Friday that no settlement has been reached.But he
said the parties have been negotiating and the road has remained open.
"Hopefully we'll get a settlement in the next month," Mechenbier
"It's a long, complicated deal," he
also has contributed to Democrats.He
...Mechenbier described himself as a big supporter of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, a Democrat.
Mike Mechenbier, owner of ...
Mike Mechenbier, owner of 4 Daughters Land and Cattle Co. told county commissioners Wednesday that he, New Mexico Travertine and the Pueblo of Isleta have reached an agreement on use of the road for access to their three properties.
In September of 2002, after the Pueblo of Isleta purchased the Comanche Ranch west of Belen, pueblo officials ordered locks put on the gate that closed off the road about four miles west of Alexander Airport.
said that decision was made because the pueblo wanted to stop trespassing and vandalism to its property.
Unfortunately, it locked out employees of New Mexico Travertine going to the marble quarry and ranch hands working at the 4 Daughters ranch.
After a lengthy court battle and two years of negotiations, Mechenbier
was happy to say the three parties had reached a settlement.
said the road, which cuts through the Comanche Ranch now owned by Isleta, goes into the quarry and then turns south to his
said the road that was built to the quarry was done using state funds when the Huning family was developing the area.
"The ambiguity comes in because the state abandoned its interest to the county, directing Huning to survey and document the road," Mechenbier
said no one else would be impacted and promised to forward a copy of the agreement to the county's attorney for review.
Welcome to El Ranchito de los Niños Online...
Founder: Mike Mechenbier