Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Phone Towers Raise Concern.(Final)

Byline: Wren Propp

Environmental Impact in Question

SANTA FE -- A slight improvement in the national economy is bringing cell phone tower construction back to New Mexico's mesas, plains and canyons.

And as more towers spring up, questions are being raised about whether cell tower builders are following federal requirements to study a tower's impacts on natural and historic resources, said archaeologist Phil Young. He is a compliance reviewer with the state Historic Preservation Office.

"So many of the builders want to go up on high places," Young said, "and that often conflicts with the use of traditional cultural properties" of importance to Indian tribes, for example.

Taos Pueblo is embroiled in a dispute with a New Mexico company called Vertical Real Estate over a 2-year-old, 195-foot tower built on the old Taos National Guard Armory property without consultation with the tribe. …

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