Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Water Talks Dry Up.(Journal North)

Byline: John T. Huddy Journal Staff Writer

Las Campanas Leaves Mediation

Mediation of a water-issues lawsuit between Las Campanas and the city of Santa Fe has apparently died before it ever really started.

Las Campanas announced Thursday that it was pulling out of mediation talks and blasted the city's opening position for the negotiations as "extreme."

But a lawyer for the city -- which filed the lawsuit in an effort to clarify that Las Campanas must follow city water-use restrictions during times of drought -- said later that the city may ask a judge to order that the mediation talks continue.

Harry Turner, Las Campanas' general manager, called the city's positions outlined in a letter to Las Campanas dated Tuesday "so extreme that they expand the scope of mediation far beyond what was originally offered and accepted. …

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