Henke wrongly portrayed in article

Henke wrongly portrayed in article

There are 15 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Sep 9, 2010, titled Henke wrongly portrayed in article. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

It was with considerable dismay that I read your article of Aug. 24, about the former Farmington Bureau Of Land Management district manager Steve Henke.

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Santa Fe, NM

#1 Sep 10, 2010
Paul Bandy

Any donations from oil and Gas industry lately?

I think we know where your bread is buttered
Brian G Wimbish

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 10, 2010
It is the people of this community that have at least brought out some fair and balance to this article ....Paul brings to the table some of the accomplishments that have been a result in working together for Industry and community......I guess these types of accomplishments can't bring in the big headlines ....are we would have read about it.....wouldn't we!...its truly a shame that this continued path of energy being a "BIG Bad Monster" gains speed by people that want to climb onto another agenda ....that speak out against .....and will have nothing to do with bringing together.......
Young Wing

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Sep 10, 2010
It doesn't matter how many good things you do for the community when you accept free trips and gifts for those you regualte you are wrong.
Before all the comments start about me being some left wing nut here are some facts:
I'm a conservative republican, a business owner, and make my living from Oil and Gas... If Henke took free trips, and gifts he deserves what he got.

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Sep 10, 2010
Paul - you are clueless. Henke was on the take.

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Sep 10, 2010
The Office of the Inspector General provided the report - there was no smear. It's called a senior public official taking gifts from natural gas companies. That may be difficult for Mr. Bandy to grasp.

Rio Rancho, NM

#6 Sep 10, 2010
It is up to the DT to report the facts - Progressive Socialist Bandy is entitled to his opinion.
The $-millions, donated to BLM for local location and pipeline damages, went to improve habitats in other parts of the country, not San Juan or Rio Arriba Counties.

Henke did improve his golf game on Williams Co.'s dime.

? We fail to see where the DT, the peoples advocate, should take the blame for what Henke did or did not do.

We Report, You Decide ?
Rose Bowl

Chandler, AZ

#7 Sep 10, 2010
So Paul, I guess as a good Republican you see nothing wrong with being on the take. A little more senority and you can get some too. The sad thing is that Henke did some good things for the environment and this tarnishes those accomplishments. Good Luck Steve. Put Paul Bandy in charge of the Parade. He is as clueless as the rest of them!

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Sep 10, 2010
Henke is corrupt. I can't believe it was decided not to prosecute him! Hearsay evidence is hard to convict on. Liberals and our tax dollars at work! It is unfortunate that the investigators weren't able to get the people they interviewed to talk fully or weren't able to dig deep enough for what ever reason! People were fearful for their jobs etc. Keep the letters to the editor and posts coming and maybe it will expose some other info or new evidence! Henke is very well connected politically and personally to top players in the oil and gas industry, the federal government and state government. Some people are very good at covering their tracks, but then every dog has it's day- right? Sometimes it just takes awhile. The report can be found at WWW.DOIOIG.GOV . Joe's posts are right on. Bandy should take a look at himself and notice who he is connected to. Obviously he believes in gifts and gratuities! Henke believes in it and got away with it and even has a nice retirement!

Santa Fe, NM

#10 Sep 10, 2010
The report on Henke can be found at:


Perhaps Representative Bandy wasn't aware that the report existed and that the report results contributed to Henke's resignation (er retirement). I hope Mr. Bandy enjoyed eating cake at the retirement party.

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Sep 10, 2010
Any time George Sharpe opens his mouth....he's lying. The guy is a cancer to this community and San Juan Country Club.

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Sep 10, 2010
I hope Paul Bandy is reading! Paul, did you personally write your letter, read your letter or obtain the facts you wrote/represented as a State Representative? Did you make a mistake when you gave Henke credit for getting more inspectors (18 to 40)or were you misinformed? I question the integrity of your letter signed as a "State Representative". You should have signed it as a private so-called rancher, or were you trying to make yourself important for Henke? Maybe you should brush up on your math. Everyone is capabale of a mistake, including you Paul, but Mr. Henke chose to accept, so those weren't mistakes, they were his corrupt/dirty ways!

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Sep 10, 2010
Bandy - you owe the Daily Times a sincere apology for false accusations of being "used." That's ironic cause when I think of being used I think of your simpleminded allegiance to industry. No wonder Santa Fe perceives you as a nut job.

Rio Rancho, NM

#14 Sep 10, 2010
'In September 2007, Merrion Oil & Gas provided Henke's relative with a three month internship with the company.

Henke denied that his relative's internship was at all related to the assistance Henke provided Merrion, and added he would have done the same expediting for any company.'

Merrion employee - George Sharpe, also serving as Farmington City Councilor at the time of the violation.

Merrion associate - Tommy Roberts, attorney, offices in Merrion Oil & Gas Co at the time of violation.

George Sharpe and Tommy Roberts, as you are both aware, you are complete idots for becoming part of a Federal Investigation into BLM Employee Ethics Charges - Giving Henke's relative an internship with Merrion in exchange for services rendered -

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Sep 10, 2010
In all fairness, note that according to George Sharpe's letter to the editor,"Henke's Allegations A Witch Hunt"; Mr. Henke's nephew was not an intern (as determined by the Inspector General's report), but rather was in a "mentor" program with 18 other students.
Farmington Local

Cedar Crest, NM

#16 Sep 11, 2010
"Voter" there was no special treatment given for Henke's relative- it was just an awful attempt at trying to tie Henke to O&G involvement. Students selected for the program were appointed by their teachers. Do your homework moron.

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