Thursday, June 16, 2016

State Rep. Jim Townsend on Governor Martinez's visit to Sacramento Mountains

 Rep. Townsend posted this on Facebook today:

Good Morning. Yesterday Governor Martinez and three of her Cabinet members, State Engineer Tom Blaine, Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and Director of Game and Fish Alexandra Sandoval spent the whole day in the Sacramento Mountains. The purpose was to investigate and address the issues caused particularly by the United States Forest Service. I am hopeful and supportive of the Governors comments supporting the ranchers and the agriculture industry yesterday. I can't remember a time that I've known of the Governor and three of her cabinet members to spend the entire day investigating and openly talking to constituents in such a manner. I am very appreciative to her and staff, as well the 50 Legislators, from both parties from all over the State, that signed the letter of support to these ranchers. This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue, it's a New Mexican issue potentially affecting every water user in the State of New Mexico. It was refreshing to see such genuine interest by Leadership in the issues confronting an industry in distress. One other thing that I thought remarkable and absolutely refreshing, at the end of the meeting, that at points might be described as pointed and emotional, State Engineer asked that we pray and thank God for strength and wisdom as we address the issue. So on the side of a dirt road in the Sacramento Mountains we prayed, and to that I say. AMEN.

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