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Myths About Water In The West

NMiF: John Fleck

March 3, 2017 - This week on New Mexico In Focus, we talk with John Fleck about his 2016 book, “Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West.” A reporter with the Albuquerque Journal for decades, Fleck now directs the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. We talk about the Colorado River, New Mexico’s most pressing water issues and the role of science in solving tough disputes.

Further reading:

Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West—John Fleck
Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land and Water­—Fred M. Phillips, G. Emlen Hall, Mary E. Black
High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River—G. Emlen Hall
Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court—Laura Paskus, NM Political Report
Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment (2013)

How the repeal of the ACA could effect New Mexico, reforming ethics to help the local economy, protecting water in Standing Rock and New Mexico, tribal leaders discuss priorities on American Indian Day, and a discussion about behavioral health funding.

Flags at Standing Rock

Photo by Antonia Gonzales

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse on efforts to create an independent ethics commission and she speaks with the new Secretary of State about increasing transparency. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales, at the Roundhouse on American Indian Day, speaks with current and future leaders about priorities for their tribes. Both interviews are part of People, Power and Democracy, a project that covers ethics, transparency and accountability in state government.

Since 2015, a tax overwhelmingly approved by voters is providing up to $20 million annually for mental health programs in Bernalillo County. Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with city and county officials and a mental health advocate about progress made so far in getting more services to more people in distress. 

In November and December of 2015, Navajo filmmaker Tony Estrada was at several camps near the Standing Rock Reservation where people were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL projects. Estrada spoke with those wishing to protect key water sources and interviewed some water protectors who came from New Mexico to support opposition to the project.

New Mexico in Focus host Gene Grant sits down with a representative from New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, an authority on health policy, and an advocate for Native Americans to talk about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could affect our state. 

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Antonia Gonzales
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Douglas Chaplin, director, Family & Community Services, city of Albuquerque
Katrina Hotrum, director, Substance Abuse Programs, Bernalillo County
Jim Ogle, member, Behavioral Health Taskforce and
former president, NAMI-New Mexico
Roxane Spruce Bly, independent consultant, Bly and Associates
Gabriel Sanchez, director, RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM and Latino Decisions,
Linda Wedeen, interim CEO, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (beWellnm)

Note: there is no Line Panel this week


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