Alibi V.14 No.50 • Dec 15-21, 2005 
Wes Naman


A Place by the Water

The potential sale of Westland Development has spurred a battle, and the cries of protest are getting louder

James Aranda and Jaime Chavez are looking out over the West Mesa, on land that runs through their blood like the Rio Grande runs through Albuquerque. They are standing on Atrisco land, pointing out the boundaries of their heritage—the east bank of the Rio Puerco, the west bank of the Rio Grande, Pajarito Road on the south and St. Joseph Drive by St. Pius High School on the north. I smile when I realize what 82,000 acres means.

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