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The past 100 years, May 25, 2019

May 25, 2019

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

May 25, 1969: Col. Robert S. Scott (USA Ret.) will be keynote speaker during dedication ceremonies this afternoon for the Nava Elementary School on Siringo Road.

Col. Scott, commander of Gen. Patrick J. Hurley No. 372 Military Order of the Purple Heart, will present the memorial for the late Lance Cpl. Francis Xavier Nava for whom the new elementary school is named.

Ceremonies begin at 2 p.m., with open house continuing through 5 p.m. The public is urged to attend.

Nava, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Nava, 742 Baca St., was the first Santa Fe serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam conflict.

May 25, 1994: Gov. Bruce King Tuesday stepped up his counterattack to accusations by Lt. Gov. Casey Luna that King profited at public expense from a land swap between King’s family business and the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Charging that Luna’s oft-broadcast television commercial criticizing King for the land exchange is “lies, for the most part,” the governor had his attorney brief reporters in detail about the land trade.

“We’re absolutely not making any profit,” King said.

Meanwhile, Luna called for King to sell the 800 acres in Santa Fe County that the Kings obtained in the trade. King should sell the land for what he and the BLM say it is worth, Luna said.

“If Bruce King really believes the land is worth only $1.7 million, then let him put it on the market for that amount,” said Luna, whose TV ad suggests the acreage is worth four times that much.

… In the 1992 exchange, the Kings traded 18,589 acres and some water rights in Cibola County to the BLM for 800 acres just south of Santa Fe. For purposes of the trade, the BLM put the value of both the Cibola County acreage and the Santa Fe land at $1.7 million.

Santa Fe real estate agent Mike Baker, in a court affidavit, has estimated that the Santa Fe property is worth as much as four times more than the BLM appraisals. …

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