Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

White Peak Trade Put on the Shelf.(Journal North)

Byline: Mark Oswald Of the Journal

Lyons Eyes Other Options for Access

State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons announced Tuesday that he is postponing his plan to trade away state trust lands in the White Peak area.

Lyons' proposal to swap about 41,000 acres around White Peak east of Angel Fire for private land has drawn a firestorm of criticism from hunters, Gov. Bill Richardson and state Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

"I just want to sit back and look at it," Lyons said in an interview.

Lyons previously had planned to put the White Peak trust land out for trade offers in about a month. He has discussed swapping the White Peak land and two other state trust parcels for the 50,000-acre Dawson Ranch in central Colfax County. …

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