The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez told the top federal officials in a letter last week that a Bureau of Land Management proposal to route 45 miles of the SunZia line through the range should be changed to avoid affecting the range's tests and exercises.
The Defense Department opposes the proposed route in southern New Mexico. The BLM is part of the Department of Interior.
The BLM's planning coordinator for New Mexico, Dave Goodman, says the project is stalled until the federal government works out its differences.
The SunZia and Southline transmission line projects are separate, however proposed routes being considered by SunZia and
Southline parallel each other from Deming to Benson, Arizona.
Meanwhile, there will be a public meeting in Deming on the Southline project Wednesday, May 7th, from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Mimbres Valley Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine.