Author, Professor John Fleck to speak to APWF in September

John Fleck at Morelos Dam

John Fleck at Morelos Dam

John Fleck, Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance in the University of New Mexico Department of Economics and director of the university’s Water Resources Program will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo Blvd. NE). Fleck will talk about water in the Southwest. He says “When we think of water in the West, we think of conflict and crisis. In recent years, newspaper headlines have screamed, “Scarce water and the death of California Farms,” “The Dust Bowl returns,” “A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades.” But Fleck says similar stories have been appearing for decades and the taps continue to flow. He argues that the talk of impending doom is not only untrue, but dangerous. This means upending some of the narratives that have dominated press coverage and public discourse about water for decades.

Fleck co-teaches classes in contemporary water policy issues, modeling, and technical communication for water managers. A science journalist with 30 years of newspaper experience, he first wrote about water in the 1980s as a beat reporter covering the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is the author of the book Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems, published by Island Press.

Everyone is welcome at meetings of APWF. Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own lunch. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Non-members will be charged an additional $5. at the door.

 

Press Women and Friends at El Pinto in June

Margaritas at El Pinto

Margaritas at El Pinto

Take a break with Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on June 14. We plan to meet in the bar at El Pinto Restaurant (10500 4th St.) at 5:30 p.m., talk and maybe move on to dinner. We will not have a speaker, but will be taking time to catch up with each other and enjoy a beautiful summer evening in Albuquerque. Come and bring a friend. We expect to have a great time.

This has been a busy year for everyone and it’s time to relax. If you have ideas for speakers or activities you would like to see the group undertake, please come and share what is on your mind.

We are taking the summer off as a group and this is the last time we will meet until September 11. At that time we will be back at the Golden Corral on San Mateo.

Albuquerque and the film industry May topic for APWF

Ann Lerner

Ann Lerner

Albuquerque Film Office director Ann Lerner will speak at the May lunch meeting of Albuquerque Press Women & Friends at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo NE.

Lerner will highlight past and current film production successes for Albuquerque and the outlook for future projects.
With more than 20 years in the film industry, Lerner has led Albuquerque’s effective work in increasing positive economic impact through bringing numerous productions to film in the metro area. Keeping Albuquerque “film friendly” is her number one goal. She will talk about the industry’s economic impact on Albuquerque.
The public is invited, and non-members pay $5 to attend the meeting. Reservations are not needed, and meeting attendees pay for their own lunch buffet items.