This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion roundtable offers reactions and insight on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s recent decision that gas stations have a duty to refuse to sell fuel to drunk drivers. Under the ruling, businesses could be held liable if a drunk driver then injures someone.  

The Line panel also explores the ethics complaint filed against Attorney General Hector Balderas over his handling of a proposed merger for the Public Service Company of New Mexico. The group also discusses the challenges around public financing of political campaigns, as demonstrated in the current Albuquerque mayor’s race, where challenger Manny Gonzales has been denied public money due to forged signatures and other documents.  

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with UNM professor and author Eli Revelle Yano Wilson about his newest book “Front of the House, Back of the House.” The book examines how the restaurant industry often reinforces discrimination and societal class systems.  

Our Land Correspondent Laura Paskus sits down with a pair of journalists in Michigan and New Jersey who are covering PFAS contamination in their communities. PFAS chemicals have also been found near a handful of New Mexico military installations and are tied to myriad serious health risks. Paskus has covered the issue for the last several years as part of our Groundwater War investigation.   

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 7 a.m.  

NMiF Segments

Front of the House, Back of the House 
Gwyneth Doland 

Eli Revelle Yano Wilson, UNM Dept. Of Sociology 

PFAS Reporter Roundtable 
Laura Paskus 

Garret Ellison, Michigan Live reporter
Michael Sol Warren, NJ Advance Media reporter 

The Line opinion panel      
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican                                        

Serge Martinez, UNM Law School 
Diane Snyder, former state senator  

Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

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