South Valley residents voice concerns on new gates that change access, block ditch banks

South Valley residents voice concerns on new gates that change access, block ditch banks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People who live near the Bosque in the South Valley got to voice their opinions Tuesday night about gates put up to block the ditch banks from ATV’s.

“I think putting those gates up does deter people from scoping out my property and neighbors property,” said one South Valley resident. “We’re here to help each other and not block each other from something that everybody is supposed to be able to use and enjoy.”

On special assignment Monday night, KRQE News 13’s Chris McKee reported on how some in the South Valley are upset with the changes. Tuesday night they voiced their concerns.

Some say the gates are stopping them from driving horses with carts in an area that’s been open for decades.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says they put in three gates recently, in an effort to stop ATV riders from causing problems.

“I can see the people that are getting continually buzzed by the ATV’s,” Lenor Morrison, South Valley resident, said.

“I think that they need to solve the ATV issue in a different method rather than building gates,” Bernice Harrera, South Valley resident, said.

No decision was made about the gates Tuesday.

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