This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland takes us to the Roundhouse for the final week of the 2017 legislative session. This segment is part of the People, Power and Democracy Project, a collaborative multimedia project that examines ethics and transparency in state government.  

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.

Also this week, Producer Sarah Gustavus also talks to volunteers with Humans of New Mexico, which aims to bring people together through storytelling. The project’s website states that it highlights diverse New Mexicans in order “to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and offer a platform to voice everyday practices of resistance to societal pressures.”

In addition, Gustavus goes to Corrales to hear how residents and farmers are responding to the national debate over immigration policy. Corrales councilors consider, and ultimately reject, a resolution to declare the village “immigrant and refugee friendly.”

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top stories in the news, including:

  • Final Week Of The 2017 Legislative Session
  • NM’s Senate Votes To Override Gov. Martinez’s Veto of a Teacher Sick-Leave Bill
  • Possible Solutions To NM’s Unemployment Rate - Currently The Highest In the U.S.

Studio Guests

  • Sradha Patel, Humans of New Mexico
  • Georgia Weiss-Elliott, Humans of New Mexico

Line Panelists

  • Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
  • Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
  • Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
  • Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of


  • Gwyneth Doland
  • Sarah Gustavus

Host / Commentator

  • 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. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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