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.