Appeals court affirms decision to allow cell phone tower in Corrales

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CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) – It appears the village of Corrales has lost a fight to keep a cell phone tower out.

According to the Rio Rancho Observer, a federal appeals court has affirmed a decision to allow AT&T to build a cell tower that is 65 feet tall in the middle of the village. AT&T says it will help fill a major gap in cell coverage there. Residents say it will ruin the landscape.

The mayor of Corrales says they do not plan to file an appeal and will approve AT&T’s application for the tower.

AT&T told the observer now that a decision has been made, the company can decide their next step. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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