Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Has Change Of Heart On Butte.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash Journal Capitol Bureau

Richardson Will Meet With Mayors

SANTA FE Gov. Bill Richardson planned to meet today with two Sierra County mayors and will later send economic aides to the drought-troubled Elephant Butte Reservoir area in a change of heart over a boater protest Monday.

Elephant Butte Mayor Bob Barnes and Truth or Consequences Mayor Jimmy Rainey this week sent Richardson letters convincing him that the protesters represented only a fraction of the southern New Mexico communities dependent on lake business and recreation.

"The letters from the mayors, they were conciliatory, they were positive," Richardson said in an interview Thursday. …

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