V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
MRGCD election Tuesday, June 4
It’s all about the water
By Barron Jones [ Mon Jun 3 2013 10:09 AM ]
Property owners in several New Mexico counties will head to the polls this Tuesday to elect board members for the agency that regulates the usage of the water trickling down the Rio Grande from Sandoval to Socorro counties.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) is holding the election so that verified property owners can select board members for positions three and four in Bernalillo County and positions six and seven in Socorro and Sandoval counties, respectively.
Nearly all the candidates agree that the most troubling issues facing the MRGCD is the area’s lack of water.
Incumbent Adrian Oglesby said persistent drought conditions over the past three years makes this one of the most important elections since the district was formed nearly 100 years ago.
“The next four years will be critical, we are in the worst drought we ever seen, our reservoirs are functionally empty and we have huge infrastructure issues,” Oglesby said. “So the next four years we need really intelligent leadership to make sure the district survives.”
The MRGCD with its 200 employees and $20 million budget is responsible for upkeep of drainage ditches, levees and canals along the Rio Grande from Cochiti Dam to Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge. The district is also responsible for delivering water to nearly 60,000 acres of farmland for farms of all sizes, ranging from one-acre family plots to 900-acre commercial farming operations.
Oglesby said that in the past the MRGCD has relied on stored water to irrigate those farmlands, but aggressive drought conditions has him projecting that the stored water will run dry in early July. He added that water reserve depletion would amount to some pretty substantial losses and a big hit to the middle valley economy.
“If that happens we are obligated to shut off water to everyone but the pueblos that have very senior water rights. They have a small portion of water being held for that, and once that water runs out, then farming stops until it start raining again,” Oglesby said.
Jim Roberts is facing incumbent Karen Dunning for Position No. 3 in Bernalillo County. Adrian Oglesby will face challenger Louis Trujillo for Position No. 4 in Bernalillo County. A third candidate, Andrew Leo Lopez died May 28. Lopez will remain on the ballot, and if he wins board members will appoint someone to take his seat.
David Lorenzo C’ de Baca is challenging incumbent Derrick Lente for Sandoval County Position No. 7 and Chris Sichler faces challenger Jericho Sanchez for Socorro County’s Position No. 6.
The nearly 80,000 eligible voters can cast their ballots at any one of 26 polling locations throughout Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Socorro counties. Unlike most elections, voters must show a driver’s license or state ID to cast their ballots because of a property rights requirement for voting. Those who can’t supply ID or prove property ownership at the polls will be issued a provisional ballot.
The MRGCD was formed in the mid-1920s primarily to drain ground water from farmlands in the Atrisco and Old Town areas of the city. However, a couple of years later, the District added irrigation to its list of responsibilities.
V.22 No.20 |
The Daily Word in shady dentistry, bear bile and riding a Ferris wheel for way too long
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed May 22 2013 9:03 AM ]
New Mexico's at the top of the list! Of worst droughts in the country!
And pumping water out of the ground just isn't working like it used to.
"El Dentista," an unlicensed dentist in Santa Fe who performed his "services" out of a van, left a trail of mouth infections and unnecessarily removed teeth in his wake. The New Mexico Department of Health is offering free counseling, blood testing and referrals to his victims. But remember, it could be worse.
Developers in Oklahoma are resistant to the idea of including tornado shelters in their homes because it costs too much money. Sad trombone.
Clinton Shepherd of Chicago just finished riding a Ferris wheel for two days straight. "I was thrilled and honored to be able to have all the love and support I did," Shepherd said.
And it turns out that increasing demand for bear bile (used in a nonsense "home-remedy") is really bad for bears.
V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #295: Mermaids.
By Brutus De Cervantes [ Tue May 21 2013 1:47 PM ]
I swim in deep marble tanks with dreadlocked mermaids.
V.21 No.30 |
The Daily Word in Chick-fil-A, Chick-fil-A, and Chick-fil-A
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sun Jul 29 2012 9:34 AM ]
Student Ghetto residents are trying to stop a townhouse under construction at Garfield and Girard.
The 101 year old Peterson Dam in Las Vegas New Mexico is leaking 60 million gallons of water per year.
Albuquerque's Hope Christian School denied enrollment to a boy because his parents are gay.
Last Thursday Rick Santorum weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy. Friday, Sarah Palin ate some Chick-fil-A. Saturday, The Vice President of public relations at Chick-fil-A died. The Mayor of D.C. calls Chick-fil-A "Hate Chicken."
Tourette's syndrome can really make your life complicated.
The Plaid wasn't a particularly loud pattern but I tried to kill him anyway.
Heard of "concierge medicine" yet?
The founder of Amazon has pledged 2.5 million dollars to support marriage equality in Washington.
London's Zil Lanes.
Money awarded to record labels that won their case against Pirate Bay will not be shared with the artists whose rights were being defended.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Is “Megadrought” the new normal?
By Ari LeVaux [ Tue Jul 24 2012 4:13 PM ]
We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.
V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: Flooded Village
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Thu Jul 19 2012 2:55 PM ]
Dig a trench from the river to water the plants and float the boats. Don't drown the people. Sounds simple enough, but the grid-based puzzler Flooded Village throws enough twists and turns at you to keep the old think-box working overtime. Further impediments (like ice) rear their ugly heads, forcing you to make more convoluted excavations in the landscape. What are you waiting for? Get digging!
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal
By Ari LeVaux
In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.
V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Mining the Law
An interview with Pete Domenici Jr., attorney for industry
By Carolyn Carlson
For Domenici Jr., it's a question of balance: "You start with the premise that the reality is that human beings will affect their environment when resources are developed," he says. "So as a society we have to figure out ways to protect the environment while allowing population growth and economic growth to occur."
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
Super Sucker Smackdown
By Christie Chisholm
The State Engineer rejects a company’s application to pump water from beneath tiny Datil, N.M. But Augustin Plains Ranch LLC vows to fight back.
V.21 No.11 | 3/15/2012
Tonight! Outdoor cinema at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
By Laura Marrich [ Tue Mar 20 2012 4:19 PM ]
The world-touring film fest makes a pit stop at the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m. Its fluid and beautifully shot collection of short films features mountain culture, outdoor sports and environmental subjects—including Chasing Water, previewed in this week’s feature. Bonus: $10 to $12 tickets benefit the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Mountain Fund.
A River Ran Through It
The tale of the once-mighty Colorado waterway, part of Tuesday’s Banff Mountain Film Festival tour stop
By Traci Hukil
In a sense, photographer Pete McBride has been preparing to make Chasing Water all his life. Raised on a cattle ranch in central Colorado, he grew up working hay fields irrigated by snowmelt that carved the Grand Canyon and slaked the thirst of the Southwest. “I often used to think about water,” says McBride in the film. “I wondered how much went into our fields and how much returned to the creek ... I wondered how long it would take irrigation water to reach the sea.” Later, as a photographer for National Geographic, Outside and Men’s Journal, McBride traveled to some of the world’s most exotic locales—often, as it happened, shooting stories that related in some way to water.
V.21 No.8 | 2/23/2012
From Toilet to Tap
Rio Rancho plans to pour effluent into the aquifer
By Christie Chisholm
Rio Rancho’s waste is being wasted. The same is true for most cities, which treat their sewage well enough to be used for gray water purposes but then send it downriver. Due to the plight of the desert and a rapidly growing population, Rio Rancho no longer wants to send off its sewage.
V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Down by the Banks
Does our desert city have the right to drink from the Rio Grande?
By Christie Chisholm
In 2008, the city stopped relying solely on a rapidly dwindling aquifer. Our water utility flipped a switch, and the Drinking Water Project came online. The good news is the project seems to be working. The bad news is the New Mexico Court of Appeals just ruled the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority doesn’t have the rights for the Rio Grande.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
When your eyeballs are like raisins, then it’s a drought. Maybe.
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Dec 2 2011 3:34 PM ]
Remember when it didn’t rain for months, and the sun punched you during the day? And because of fires devouring trees in every direction, the moon glowed orange at night through the smokey haze?
I think the superheavy instrumental act Pelican sums it up nicely in this number. -------->
But, more to the point, the Water Utility Authority is looking to change how it defines levels of drought. The utility bases drought on how much water we suck from the aquifer under our desert outpost. When the city drinks more than projected, officials can initiate a drought advisory, watch, warning or emergency. As the level increases in urgency, so do water-use restrictions.
But the utility is looking to change the game and proposed new rules. If they come to pass, we’ll have to use up way more aquifer water before an advisory goes into effect. And water-use restrictions would not be tied to the level of drought that’s been initiated. Even if an emergency is declared, your neighbor won’t necessarily have to stop washing her Escalade for hours every afternoon. Instead, the board that oversees the utility will select from a menu of remedies and impose them on customers.
All this and more in this week’s news section.
V.20 No.48 | 12/1/2011
How Dry Is Dry?
Officials aim to change what we call “drought”
By Jack King
The Water Authority aims to change when we officially call it “drought.”
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