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Our Land: Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Spill Update

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October 11, 2019 – New Mexico’s past, present and future are inextricably linked to the military. While the state’s three military bases, two national labs and other test sites provide a steady stream of federal dollars, they come at a cost. In Albuquerque, decades of jet fuel leaks at Kirtland Air Force Base have polluted the soil and water below the state’s largest city. Since 2015, the Air Force has been cleaning up in earnest. Local leaders say they’d still like to have more information about how much of the spill has been remediated. Environmental correspondent Laura Paskus visits the military’s treatment facility.

Guests:
Kate Lynnes, Senior Advisor, Bulk Fuels Facility Remediation Project
Maggie Hart Stebbins,Bernalillo County Commissioner
Diane Agnew, Environmental Manager, Albuquerque Water Utility Authority 

For Further Reading:

The Plume That Would Not DieWeekly Alibi

Interest wanes in KAFB spill advisory boardNM Political Report

Inside the fuel treatment facility — New Mexico Environment Department

Sports Events One of The Keys to Tourism in Albuquerque? | The Line

1314 Line ABQ Sports Bond

October 4, 2019 – This summer’s national Senior Games was a big boon for the city of Albuquerque, both in terms of prestige and tourism dollars. Mayor Tim Keller believes the city can capitalize on that momentum by investing 28 million dollars into local athletic facilities to attract even bigger sporting events. But in order to do that, the city would need to refinance the existing lodgers tax bonds. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists weigh the opportunity and discuss why there seems to be a lack of consensus on the idea among local hotel operators.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

For Further Reading:
Delay Sought for Vote on ‘Sports Tourism’ FundingAlbuquerque Journal

City of Albuquerque Proposes Multi-Million Dollar Projects to Enhance Sports TourismKRQE-TV