April 13, 2018 – Governor Martinez recently appointed Michael Brasher to serve on the UNM Board of Regents. Brasher replaces Alex Romero, who stepped down after less than a year on the board. Brasher also currently serves on the State Board of Finance. Jessica Dyer from the Albuquerque Journal reported this week that there are questions about whether serving on both boards will create conflicts of interest. Gene Grant and this week’s Line panelists discuss this story and how to avoid conflicts of interest in public life.
Line Panelists :
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dan McKay, reporter for the Albuquerque Journal
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
April 13, 2018 – You might be surprised to see how low the Rio Grande is through Albuquerque right now. The river has already dried for more than ten miles south of Socorro, and it’s running low in northern New Mexico as it runs through the Taos Gorge and alongside towns like Pilar.
But scientists aren’t necessarily surprised. Many have been researching how climate change will affect both surface and ground water supplies in the southwestern United States. In a new paper from University of New Mexico graduate Shaleene Chavarria and UNM’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor David Gutzler, the two show how warming is affecting snowpack and streamflows.
New Mexico in Focus has been covering record-low snowpack this year on Our Land, our monthly environmental series on environmental issues. And this week we look at what’s happening now that snowmelt is not refilling the river—and what new research tells us about where we are headed.