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SVI stories updated August 2015

Sunport Extention environmental report asks for a finding of no significant impact

Residents of the South Valley have long known that there are lots of traffic backups on Rio Bravo and I-25, and that the drive from Gibson to Rio Bravo going south is difficult during the best of times at rush hour. The same is true of the trip north from Rio Bravo to Gibson.

Sunport Blvd Extension Project Hearing Aug. 5, 2015

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MRGCD Candidates answer questions from SVI

South Valley Ink contacted the candidates through email where available.  Click the view more button to see the answers to all the questions.  These questions were asked:
1.  What makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?
2.  What issues/challenges are currently facing  the MRGCD and how would you fix them?
3. In light of the current financial crunch in the district, what steps would you take to ensure ratepayers’ money is wisely spent?  (Note: The mill levy was recently raised.)
4. What priority items/issues/ideas will you like to see the MRGCD consider in the future?
5. Why is the MRGCD important to the ratepayers and why should people get out and vote?
As more directors respond, their answers will be added to the website.
MRGCD press releases note that “the MRGCD: The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District has been promoting sustainable agriculture for the past 75 years. The District delivers water to about 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. That water is reused time and time again. It waters crops, sustains the cottonwood bosque along the Rio Grande, helps sustain the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow and recharges the aquifer. The District owns 30,000 acres of bosque in the valley, a stretch of land that provides unprecedented recreational opportunities and an irreplaceable swath of greenbelt in New Mexico largest metropolitan area. The District was formed in 1925 to alleviate flooding and to reclaim farmland in the valley. Its boundaries stretch 150 miles from Cochiti to the northern boundary of the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, running through Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia and Socorro Counties. It operates more than 1,200 miles of canals, laterals and drains, which are used to convey water to and from cropland. The District is funded by water service charges and property assessments on the benefited lands within its boundaries.”

Glen Duggins, Position 1 at large

What makes you uniquely qualified to  serve on the MRGCD board?

Answer:  I’m 100 % farmer I’ve owned and operated my farm now for 30+ years I can make sound decisions. I understand first hand the problems of small and bigger farms alike. Understanding the value of recreational uses of mrgcd properties. And the importance of maintaining drains and flood control.



Michael  Sandoval, Position 1 at large

WWhat makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?
Answer:   I have worked with water for close to 30 years – first with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Branch of SW Water Resources Office and now as the Water Resources Specialist for the Pueblo of San Felipe. Additionally, I am a former Governor of San Felipe. Water is a very large issue with Indian communities and for the entire Middle Rio Grande, and it is important that we are cognizant of every water issue that is happening in the state. I am a traditional farmer and from the time I was a child, was taught to respect the water. The water in New Mexico belongs to the people of NM...


Janet Jarratt, Position 1 at large

What makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?
Answer:   I’ve spent close to 20 years as a public advocate for water and land use issues.  I live and breathe the issues facing the MRGCD.  As a native New Mexican, mother, and farmer, I understand the water, land, and conservation issues we face, and have a deep commitment to stewardship of our precious resources.
  I have experience on the MRGCD board, the Executive Committee of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, ...


John P. Kelly , Position 2 BernCo

What makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?

Answer:  The Board has been well served by the diversity of the backgrounds and experience of the seven members.  It is important to have representatives for the large and small farmers, Pueblo and non-Pueblo constituents, the environmental interests, as well as the interests of the District’s urban constituents.  

With my background as a practicing civil engineer and managing the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority for eleven years, I bring in my experience in incorporating multi-use and aesthetics in storm water projects...



Steve D. Gallegos, Position 2 BernCo

What makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?

Answer: I have served for a number of years in various positions. Including County Commissioner and City Councilor.

What issues/challenges are currently facing the MRGCD and how would you fix them?
Answer: Currently, MRGCD members are faced with access to water to provide sustainable crops and access to the bureaucracy of the MRGCD. I will work with various government agencies including local, state, and federal to develop resolutions to our concerns.

In light of the current financial crunch in the district, what steps would you take to ensure ratepayers’ money is wisely spent?
Answer: I have dealt with large budgets before that have often been in distress.



Beverly Dominguez Romero,

Position 5 Valencia  County

What makes you uniquely qualified to serve on the MRGCD board?

Answer:  I am a lifelong resident of Valencia County. I served as the Valencia County Assessor for 2 terms, and worked in the assessor’s office for a total of 26 years. I also have served on several boards such as the New Mexico Association of Counties and the Assessor’s Affiliate. I have worked with my constituents and helped them resolve their issues related to county taxes and services. I own and farm in Tome and understand the working of MRGCD. I am a problem solver.








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