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  •  As a ditch commissioner this year (4+ / 0-)
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    hhex65, DMiller, lgmcp, NearlyNormal

    I have occasion to visit the headgates from time to time.  Have been advised to bring a gun along, because mountain lion tracks are seen around there (c.2 miles from home) from time to time.  Bear tracks & scat in the "yard"; coyote den too.  (It's my hope/suspicion that coyotes keep the bears a little bit at bay.)  Most of the paternal ancestors were Roosevelt Republicans, members of Trout Unlimited, and so on.  My dad taught me to shoot before I was ten, so I guess I take it for granted.

    •  Out of ignorance (0+ / 0-)

      what the heck is a ditch commissioner?

      •  Ditch as in irrigation ditch (2+ / 0-)
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        citizenx, NearlyNormal

        Small operations in mountain valleys hereabouts.  Actually an official unit of government in New Mexico, so I'm actually an elected official.  Something I never sought or expected in my lifetime.

        Been operating pretty much the same way for centuries.  ('Cept the Army Corps of Engineers steps in from time to time to "help" in recent decades.)

        •  In MI we call them drain commisioners (4+ / 0-)

          They manage small streams, irrigation ditches, write permits, resolve water usage problems between landowners (short of litigation) and things like that. They're elected here too.

          "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain

          by dougymi on Tue May 02, 2006 at 02:41:48 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, here it's... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...acequia from the Arabic, via Spain.  But I'd have to explain that anyhow.  So just said ditch.  Oh well.

            •  Mayordomo of the Acequia (0+ / 0-)

              = ditch commissioner.

              Headgates on the Alameda, or the Corrales side??

              The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function -- Edward Teller.

              by lgmcp on Tue May 02, 2006 at 03:37:30 PM PDT

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              •  Not the Mayordomo (0+ / 0-)

                Mayordomo responsible for operation.  Commission oversees, deals with disputes, and responsible for monies.  Have a recalcitrant scofflaw, for example, that we're considering asking the county assessor to cancel their agricultural exemption for property tax.  Extreme case.

                But way up north on tributaries in the mountains, not off the Rio Grande in the central valley.  That's MRGCD, and an whole other can of beans.

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