This week on New Mexico in Focus, newly minted University of New Mexico President Robert Frank is in-studio to talk with host Gene Grant about his plans for UNM's academic future, its athletic programs and Frank's vision for the state's flagship higher education institution.

New Mexico PBS' one hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1. The show can also be seen on New Mexico PBS Channel 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

This week, the panel focuses on the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso and the government response. New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce has criticized federal management of forests and says large, hard to fight blazes have become the norm.

Panelists also examine a federal raid on the Ruidoso Downs horse racing track and alleged connections to a money laundering scheme run by the Zetas cartel in Mexico.

The group also looks at the fractured relationship between Governor Martinez and her fellow Republicans in the wake of hard-fought primary contests.

• Robert Frank, president, University of New Mexico

Line Guest Panelists
• Trip Jennings, political reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican
• Whitney Waite, The Waite Company Public Relations

Line Panelists
• Dan Foley, former New Mexico House Republican Whip
• Laura Sanchez, environmental lawyer

Host / Commentator
• Gene Grant

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