Gary Mauro, letter to ed, 1995
Tinkering with unknown Editor: The Mauro family has owned the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort for the past 63 years. We have a healing, rejuvenating spa that "locals" and tourists have enjoyed for more than a half century. We employ 60 to 70 people at the hot springs, and we have been one of the principal employers of area people and families for the last 63 years. Many people find Ojo to be an alternative medicine, a spiritual experience, a place of renewal, a place undisturbed by the outside world and the "makings of man." The geothermal waters at Ojo have flown for many centuries. There is evidence of inhabitants in this area for 16,000 years. The 15th century saw the rise of a great Native American pueblo culture who gathered around these waters. We feel like the proposed detonation in the Jarita Mesa near Petaca could have a negative effect on the geologic occurrence of these waters. The explosion could interrupt the flow of the waters, affect the temperatures of the waters or change the volume of the waters. The proposed explosion could produce unmeasured, unexpected, undesirable disturbances to our Ojo water, the area wildlife and area peoples. It is our belief that this explosive experiment is tinkering with the unknown. Our company, its many employees, their families, local residents and peoples from all around northern New Mexico would like to go on record as firmly opposed to this experiment. GARY MAURO Ojo Caliente This letter was also signed by three other family members.