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Horse racing permit decision postponed

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A decision about a special use permit requested for a horse racing, rodeo and special events venue in Dexter has been postponed.

Michael Gomez, an attorney for the applicants associated with Los Primos Training Facility at 70 Vista Largo Road in Dexter, said that the group intends to address the permit issue at the next Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

That meeting is now scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on July 6 at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place, according to Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo.

Gomez said the postponement request was made after speaking with Sheriff Mike Herrington about some of his concerns.

According to county documents, the applicants for the special use permit are Juan Meraz, Jose Meraz and Manuel Duran. They and their wives intend to purchase the 40-acre property from the prior owner, who has had permits from the county to operate a horse training and special events venue at the site since about 2007. The permit was renewed periodically over the years with many stipulations. The most recent permit elapsed in May 2021.

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The Chaves County Planning and Zoning Department indicated in their report that its staff and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office were not in favor of extending the permit, as it was originally presented. Among the concerns of the Planning and Zoning staff was that no business plan had been presented.

Speaking after a brief meeting on June 1 where the postponement was agreed to, Gomez did not provide details on what concerns he discussed with the Sheriff’s Office, but said he thought a business plan was a good idea.

“We agreed that there are some valid concerns that law enforcement has,” he said, “and I think it is only fair that we prepare a business plan to address those concerns.”

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.