This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Laura Paskus presents this month’s segment of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.”  She sits down with Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Gail Armstrong to talk about proposed bills related to water and the environment that will be presented in the upcoming legislative session. They also look at how non-partisan issues, such as clean and accessible water, can be de-politicized.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the actions of New Mexico’s new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham – from her cabinet picks, to her inauguration and her first days in office. They analyze some of her recent decisions, like her executive order to end PARCC testing. The Line also discusses some of the bills filed in advance of the start of next week’s legislative session, and debate the merits of Albuquerque City Council’s proposed ban on non-reusable plastics.

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.

Studio Guests
Peter Wirth (D), NM Senate Majority Floor Leader
Gail Armstrong (R), NM House of Representatives

Laura Paskus (Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future)

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita

Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

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