Congratulations to James Witcher who was added to the Geology Hall of Fame this year to honor his contributions in the field of geothermal energy. A celebration of Witcher’s career was held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Geology Hall of Fame Luncheon, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.
Jim owns Witcher and Associates of Las Cruces, a geothermal consulting company, and was honored as the preeminent researcher on geothermal energy in New Mexico in 2009 by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
Having graduated with a BS in 1977 and an MS in 1993 from NMSU, Jim has had a long association with the NM WRRI. He is the first author of a 2004 NM WRRI technical report entitled, “Sources of Salinity in the Rio Grande and Mesilla Basin Groundwater” and presented a talk at NM WRRI’s 2011 annual water conference, “Geothermal Resources Suitability for Desalination in New Mexico.”