Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Otero Canyon Plan Comment Period Extended.(State)

Byline: Carolyn Carlson Journal Staff Writer

Feds Want To Deny Access Near Kirtland

Kirtland Air Force Base officials have agreed to extend the public comment period on a proposed fence along the base's eastern boundary that would cut off access to hikers and bicyclists.

Otero Canyon in the Manzanita Mountains has grown popular with hikers and bikers who have created trails crossing over to the base property.

But the Department of Defense has proposed fencing off those trails, citing, among other reasons, anti-terrorism protection.

The deadline for public comment on environmental assessment documents issued in April concerning the fencing plan had been set for mid-June. …

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