SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Shirley MacLaine's mountaintop property here is apparently worth more to her financially than spiritually.

MacLaine wanted to build a huge home on a 35-acre parcel atop Atalaya Mountain but ran into tough opposition from locals who felt the structure would spoil the view.

Rather than fight, she agreed to sell, and Congress recently ponied up $1 million to make it a part of the Santa Fe National Forest. Santa Fe had already put up $280,000 and Santa Fe County has kicked in $100,000.

Deborah Frey, project manager for the Trust for Public Land in Santa Fe, said she expects the federal government to close on the site soon.

``It's the mountain itself that is important, I believe, spiritually to the people of this community,'' Ms. Frey said Tuesday. ``And what they were faced with was having a trophy home on the side of the mountain, in an area that is very popular recreationally.''