This week on New Mexico in Focus, a talk with Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño and Ken Sanchez, president of the Albuquerque City Council, about the resignation of three members of the Police Oversight Commission and plans by council members to put more money into oversight of the Albuquerque Police Department in the wake of a scathing report on APD from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1. and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Ahead of Earth Day, a discussion on the recent decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the Lesser Prairie Chicken and Grass Grouse as threatened species. The federal designation came in the midst of an aggressive voluntary conservation program already underway by landowners. Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce have blasted the decision and several states are now suing.

Also, host of Native America Calling Tara Gatewood speaks with a group of rural and indigenous leaders as part of the “Water Crisis in the West” series taking place at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque.

* Juan Estevan Arellano, journalist and writer
* Lyle Balenquah, archeologist
* Rey Garduño, Albuquerque City councilor
* Sandra McCardell, founder, Current-C Energy Systems Inc.
* Ken Sanchez, president, Albuquerque City Council
* Rina Swentzell, author and lecturer

Line Panelists:
* Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
* Sophie Martin, attorney
* Laura Sanchez, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, guest panelist
* Janice Arnold Jones, former New Mexico Representative

* Gene Grant

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