GMCR Earth Matters: 2014 NM Legislative Preview

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This just in from Earth Matters, a program of Gila Mimbres Community Radio. Listen to Earth Matters’ 2014 NM Legislative Preview today!

The 2014 NM Legislative Session show includes interviews with Sierra Club lobbyist, Dan Lorimer and Todd Schulke of the Center for Biological Diversity. Allyson Siwik / Executive Director of both Gila Resources Information Project and Gila Conservation Coalition is your host.

This even-yeared session will last only 30 days and be focused primarily on budget issues but that doesn’t mean that contending forces within the legislature – and between the legislature and Governor Martinez – will not be vying to stake out new policy territory… particularly regarding water policy, infrastructure and the looming AWSA / Arizona Water Settlement Act. This session will be the last opportunity for the legislature to speak to the issue of AWSA before the state must declare its intent to pursue or forego a disastrous diversion of the Gila River to who knows who and who knows where to the tune of (so far) a cool $350 to $450 million dollars.

Earth Matters is GMCR’s 1st full length, locally produced and regularly scheduled program. This program is a collaborative effort between New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Gila Resources Information Project and Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and addresses environmental issues at the local, national and international levels. Allyson Siwik – Executive Director of GRIP, Nathan Newcomer – Silver City Grassroots Organizer for NM Wild and Donna Stevens – Executive Director of UGWA, rotate as the hosts of the program.