Letters to Editor

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Without Propane as Winter Approaches:

As thousands of customers in the greater Grant County area have discovered, Ikard-Newsom , one of two of our local propane distributors, has been bought by a company out of Texas named Pinnacle Propane. There have been a number of unknown reasons behind Pinnacle's inability to run their newest retail propane acquisition and the net result of their expansion is a lot of homes are without propane. The poor receptionist at the new Pinnacle has been deluged with calls for propane and she has no answer as to when propane service might start. For some folks the situation is dire. With no warning that Ikard=Newsom was closing customers delayed their purchase because of our wonderful weather of late. But it almost froze at my house last night and it looks it's like a pattern of colder weather is setting in.

Holloman AFB proposes to; Alternative 1 - expand existing Talon Military Operations Area (MOA) and associated Air Traffic Controlled Assigned Airspace (ATCAA) Special Use Airspace (SUA) or Alternative 2 - reconfiguring and expanding the Cato/Smitty MOA and associated ATCAA and/or creating a new Lobos MOA/ATCAA SUA. The Air Force holds the view that “Optimizing Air Force controlled SUA would provide the scheduling flexibility necessary to conduct multiple, simultaneous training missions needed by the aircrews stationed at Holloman AFB, New Mexico to meet the pilot initial qualification training requirements (NOI Federal Register August 25, 2017).” However, is this statement by the US Air Force factual, can Holloman AFB F-16 training be conducted utilizing existing airspace MOAs and associated ATCAA SUAs as identified in the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Environmental Assessments and resultant Findings of No Significant Impacts?

Through my many years I’ve come to believe that most of our elected officials acquire their office and then ignore those of us who put them there. Over the past few years many constituents and I (members of the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA.org), a group that advocates for those of us that ride dual-sport motorcycles, ATVs, OHVs and drive jeeps off-highway) have attempted to get a response from numerous State politicians on an issue important to us with no response. I enjoy riding various off-highway vehicles in this wonderful area in which we all live. When I pay the registration fees on my off-highway vehicles the money goes into a fund that New Mexico Game and Fish administers to provide training for young riders as required by law. It also provides grants to assist local municipalities to create spaces to ride in our State and numerous other associated activities.