Film program wants to use NM historic ranch again

June 12, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say they can’t allow free use of a state-owned ranch to a teaching program associated with actor Robert Redford.

The Albuquerque Journal ( reports representatives for the [auth] Milagro at Los Luceros Program, which provides classes to Native American and Hispanic filmmakers, and Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration have been unable to agree on terms for using a hacienda north of Espanola.

Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica Gonzalez says the state Constitution’s anti-donation clause prohibits a private entity from using public resources.

Gonzalez says the state needs something in return and officials are working with the Milagro program to better define what that should be.

The Milagro program held workshops at Los Luceros ranch from 2009 until the property closed last year for remodeling.

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