According to the Albuquerque Journal ( http://bit.ly/16MPdcX), Powell can accept or reject hearing officer James Hall's ruling issued Monday. However, Becky and Jim Mullane could challenge a rejection in court.
The Mullanes closed Dixon's after the orchard located in a canyon near Cochiti was devastated by fire and flooding in 2011.
The pueblo had agreed to pay $2.8 million to the Mullanes for their lease for the 627-acre orchard and an additional 8,600 acres of adjacent state trust land.
Powell has said the lease was a bad deal for taxpayers.