This week on New Mexico in Focus, Correspondent Laura Paskus looks at New Mexico’s environment in continuation of the series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” On the east side of the Sandia Mountains, many families are finding that their wells are producing less water…or even going dry. Paskus speaks about what these problems mean for individuals and the rest of the state.

Also, A few months ago, New Mexico In Focus featured a series examining ways to counteract the “brain drain” of young, talented New Mexicans leaving the state for jobs and economic opportunities. In this reprised segment, Gwyneth Doland sits down with young professionals to see what keeps them in New Mexico - or attracted them to return to their home state.

Additionally, host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top news stories of the week, including accountability in public schools regarding money and ethics, the search for the next University of New Mexico president, and the backlash after video caught a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy pointing a gun at a motorcyclist.

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.

Nicole Manning, young professional
Sofia Sanchez, young professional
Manu Sandoval, young professional

Dan Foley, former NM house minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
Giovanna Rossi, president of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, and producer/host of The Well Woman Show
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres

Gwyneth Doland and Laura Paskus         

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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