State lawmakers recently considered a handful of bills that dealt with the Gila River. The future of the river is an ongoing debate outside of the legislative session.
The Interstate Stream Commission voted last fall to move forward with plans to pursue a diversion project, although the final proposal has not yet been settled.
NMiF correspondent Gwyneth Doland sat down with Craig Roepke, deputy director of the ISC, at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.
Gwyeth Doland also spoke with Norman Gaume, a former ISC director who sued the commission for violations of the state Open Meetings Act. The ISC filed a countersuit against Gaume alleging that his suit intended to cause the commission to miss a deadline to move forward with plans to build a diversion on the Gila River.
Gaume’s attorney Dan Yohalem also joined the conversation to shed some lights on the current legal issues.
Web Extra: Norman Gaume tells NMiF what projects he thinks should be considered for the communities along the Gila River.
This week NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS starts with one of the biggest news stories this week – student protests over the PARCC exam. Students in schools across the state walked out of class to protest the tests. A group of Albuquerque seniors who participated in the protests tell us why they are concerned about the test. Also, Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss the current state of student assessments in New Mexico.
Last fall, the Interstate Stream Commission voted to move forward with plans to develop a diversion project on the Gila River. There are still many questions about how much a potential project would cost and whether it could meet the water needs for southeastern New Mexico. NMIF speaks with Norman Gaume, the former director of the ISC, who opposes the diversion plan and filed a lawsuit against the ISC over violations of the state Open Meetings Act, as well as sitting down with Craig Roepke, deputy director of the ISC to hear his view on the process of considering a large project over many years.
Gene Grant and the panelists talk about funding for mental health services in Bernalillo County and calls for the federal government to stop letting APD officers engage in “military-style training” at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Norman Gaume, former director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Craig Roepke, deputy director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Dan Yohalem, ACLU of New Mexico
Janelle Astorga, senior at Albuquerque High School
Astrid Carrete, senior at Albuquerque High School
Maya Quinones, senior at Albuquerque High School
Sophie Martin, Editor, DukeCityFix.com & Attorney
Mark Boitano, Former New Mexico Senator
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions
The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.