This week on New Mexico in Focus, national landmarks are among the country’s most important and iconic sites, and now they face real threats from rising sea levels, fires and epic floods. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists is sounding the alarm about the risk to national landmarks from climate change. NMiF Correspondent Floyd Vasquez looks what this means for Bandelier National Monument, the Valles Caldera and Santa Clara Pueblo.
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. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.
NMiF Correspondent Gwyneth Doland speaks with Hank Shaw, a former political reporter who has carved out an unusual space in the food world as a master chef, who also believes the best way to eat is to forage, grow, hunt and fish for your ingredients.
The Line opinion panel delves into the latest developments around the Albuquerque Police Department. The Department of Justice, which issued a scathing report on APD, is expected to release a draft agreement with APD soon. Meanwhile Chief Gordon Eden has called upon the Albuquerque Police Association to back APD reforms or risk losing some of its power. He also forbade any unauthorized contact by officers with DOJ. Meanwhile two new citizens groups have formed to push for reform in the department. One is made up of clergy and one is a coalition that includes relatives of those shot by APD.
The Line looks at the ongoing scandal at the Veterans Administration hospitals. At least 21 people have died while waiting to see a doctor, but local VA officials say they are already implementing changes that have reduced waiting times. Some advocates are demanding more resources for the VA, which has been deluged with aging Vietnam-era veterans as well as new patients from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Rep. Steve Pearce is pushing a plan that would allow veterans to use local doctors and hospitals rather than traveling to VA facilities.
The Line also looks at a fresh effort to revamp New Mexico’s tax structure, particularly the gross receipts tax. It’s an issue that has bi-partisan support, yet never seems to quite come to fruition in the legislature.
* Walter Dasheno, Former Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo
* Hank Shaw, Hunter, Angler and Food Blogger/Author
* Anastasia Steffen, Archaeologist, Valles Caldera National Preserve
Line Guest Panelists
* Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter
* Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
* Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog
* Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions
* Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent
* Floyd Vasquez, NMiF Correspondent
* Gene Grant
New Mexico in Focus is produced by Megan Kamerick with Associate Producer Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.