Santa Clara Pueblo flooding concerns, author and chef Dan Barber, Line Opinion Panel

On the next New Mexico in Focus, we get an update on how Santa Clara Pueblo continues to address environmental damage from record-breaking wildfires in recent years. Rains across the state were welcomed in many communities last month, but rain can also lead to dangerous flooding. The Pueblo of Santa Clara continues to address flooding concerns years after the devastating Las Conchas wildfire. Sarah Gustavus sits down with Governor Michael Chavarria and forester Matthew Tafoya.

You’ve probably heard about the “farm to table” movement. But what if the values of that movement are missing the mark? NMIF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with author and chef Dan Barber to talk about food culture and why he says restaurants can influence demand for crops that would better support farmers and the land.

Host Gene Grant and this week’s line opinion panelists discuss issues from the headlines this week, including the proposed Santolina development that was considered again by the Bernalillo County Commission on Tuesday. The line will also debate rapid transit, the state’s copper rule, and a controversial contract between the city of Albuquerque and attorney Scott Greenwood, who negotiated the city’s agreement on APD reforms with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Governor J. Michael Chavarria,Santa Clara Pueblo
Forester Matthew Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo
Dan Barber, chef and author of “The Third Plate”

Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Dennis Domrzalski, Associate Editor, ABQ Free Press
Joey Peters, Senior Reporter, NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivet, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

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.

Episode 849 airs June 19, 2015

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