This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant leads a discussion on the latest projections for the state budget and two initiatives that might be on the ballot in Albuquerque for the 2016 General Election.

Producer Sarah Gustavus speaks with New Mexico author Ron Hamm about his book on Ross Calvin, an Episcopalian priest who came to New Mexico in the 1920’s and wrote about our state’s landscape and people.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick also sits down this week with Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times, about one of the deadliest days in American firefighting, when 19 members of the Granite mountain Hotshots perished in a 2013 Arizona blaze. Santos is the author of the book The Fire Line, where she takes a look at the events surrounding the tragedy.

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF 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.



  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
  • Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
  • Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe Reporter
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP


  • Sarah Gustavus
  • Megan Kamerick


  • Gene Grant

The producer of NMiF is Sarah Gustavus and associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for NMiF is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications fund and by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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