Map of Pajarito Mesa

  •  Rashad Mahmood
  •  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is the area known as Pajarito Mesa Southwest of Albuquerque. It extends West to the Rio Puerco, and East to an embankment that looks over the Rio Grande valley. The North and South borders are defined by the Pajarito land grant.

Without running water, without power, the mostly Hispanic and immigrant families on Pajarito Mesa are making a go of it on harsh terrain. There are questions about the legality of land-ownership or even whether people should be living in this part of Bernalillo County. Some county officials say they don’t want to encourage anyone to move there by providing services. Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco has the story.

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