San Miguel County officials tour Scientology compound

Associated Press in KVIA TV 7/December 11, 2005

Trementina, N.M. -- San Miguel County Sheriff Chris Najar says a Church of Scientology compound near Trementina is designed to hold archives for a thousand years.

Najar, San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya, Commissioners LeRoy H. Garcia and Kenny Medina and others recently toured the facilities.

The 43-acre compound was built in the 1980s in this high desert community about 40 miles east of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Najar says an expensive archival center stores writings of Scientology founder and late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Najar and others who have visited the compound say it also has a landing strip, dormitory, cafeteria space, meeting rooms and an area holding livestock. A generator provides the facility's electricity.

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