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New Mexico ranch owners, state settle lawsuit after raid

June 29, 2019

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has settled a case with the owner of a ranch for troubled youth six years after the ranch was raided in 2013.

The Deming Headlight reports the state Department of Public Safety settled this month the lawsuit filed by Scott and Collette Chandler, owners of the Tierra Blanca Ranch High Country Youth Program.

The couple and a former Tierra Blanca participant allege that state police used deceit and intimidation to access the ranch. The Chandlers say their reputation and business suffered.

The ranch had been the focus of national media reports in 2013 following allegations of abuse and neglect at the ranch.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Tierra Blanca is nearly 47 square miles (over 121 square kilometers) of working cattle operation in New Mexico’s Black Range.


Information from: Headlight, http://www.demingheadlight.com

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