This week on New Mexico in Focus, KUNM reporter Ed Williams sits down with producer Sarah Gustavus to discuss his coverage of a chemical plume under downtown Albuquerque. The plume has existed for years, but homeowners and business leaders were not notified until recently.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

PBS News Hour reporter Kathleen McCleery travels to northern New Mexico to hear what is being done to study and address methane emissions.

Meet 12-year-old entrepreneur Donovan Smith, who is giving back to the community while also growing his local soap business.

Local mixed martial arts fighter (MMA) and undefeated former Bantamweight Boxer Holly Holm made national and international news in the past week after knocking out her opponent Ronda Rousey and taking the UFC women's bantamweight championship. NMiF Correspondent Megan Kamerick sat down with “The Preacher’s Daughter” last year and NMiF revisits part of that conversation, about her childhood, career and values as an athlete and MMA fighter.

Host Gene Grant and this week's Line opinion panelists discuss local reactions to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Governor Susana Martinez's announcement that she does not support the relocation of Syrian refugees to New Mexico. They also debate recent controversial political appointments and the latest news coverage of allegations of misuse of campaign finance spending around the state.

Holly Holm, UFC women's bantamweight champion
Donovan Smith, owner of Toil and Trouble Baths
Ed Williams, public health reporter at KUNM

Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP


Gene Grant
Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick
Kathleen McCleery, PBS NEWSHOUR reporter

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus.  Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation. The Holly Holm segment was originally produced by Kelsie Kloepfer, an intern in the UNM Political Science Department.

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