This week New Mexico in Focus takes a look at proposed plans by the city of Albuquerque to add trails and other projects in the Bosque, which have drawn the ire of some environmentalists and residents, who say it's too much for a unique wild place within city boundaries.
New Mexico in Focus talks with Mathew Schmader, the city's superintendent for Open Space, about the ideas put forth by Albuquerque officials. Joining that discussion to offer alternatives to the city's proposals will be Richard Barish, a member of the Sierra Club, and Anthony Anella, a local architect who serves on the boards of the New Mexico Land Conservancy and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
The Line opinion panel looks at the devastating floods that hit New Mexico following heavy rains, and what it means for communities in terms of infrastructure and getting funds to prepare for the next round of severe weather. The Line also talks about a proposal by a city councilman to institute criminal penalties against businesses that don't comply with Albuquerque's minimum wage law.
The group will also discuss the Affordable Care Act and the campaign starting up Oct. 1 to begin enrolling more people in Medicaid and through the health insurance exchange.
• Mathew Schmader, superintendent, Open Space, City of Albuquerque
• Richard Barish, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
• Anthony Anella, Architect and board member of Aldo Leopold Foundation
Line Guest Panelists
• Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First
• Russell Contreras, Associated Press
• Dan Foley, former NM House Republican Whip
• Laura Sanchez, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce
• Gwyneth Doland
• Gene Grant
New Mexico in Focus is produced by Megan Kamerick and Kathy Wimmer. Funding has been provided in part by the McCune Foundation.