Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Activist Omitted From Big I Panel.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

Mayor Denies Slight To Landscape Advocate

One of Albuquerque's leading advocates for highway landscaping failed to make the list of Mayor Jim Baca's appointments to a task force created to beautify the Big I.

Suzanne Probart, executive director of Tree New Mexico Inc., says her outspoken support for the Big I Pride Task Force angered Baca and doomed her appointment to that 10-member panel.

Baca "was not pleased with the whole concept of Big I Pride Task Force and he was not pleased about Tree New Mexico supporting that effort," Probart said Thursday.

A spokesman for Baca said Probart's omission from the task force had nothing to do with her support for the proposal. …

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