This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales and producer Sarah Gustavus present the final story in the series “Reconnecting with a Healthy Lifestyle,” which examines grassroots efforts to help Native people find the support and resources they need to lead healthier lives. They examine how some communities use gardening and traditional foods to help families eat a healthy diet and get outdoor exercise.

Correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for a look behind the scenes at how managers maintain the habitat to support sandhill cranes, geese, and other wildlife. It’s the first segment in the new year of “Our Land,” NMiF’s monthly series on environmental issues in New Mexico.

Producer Sarah Gustavus also talks with Laura Paskus about her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court case over water use in the Rio Grande. Paskus traveled to Washington D.C. to cover oral arguments from attorneys representing New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and the U.S.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists preview the upcoming legislative session that begins next week. They also discuss Mayor Keller’s concerns over issues with the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, and voice their opinions on the water rights lawsuit.

The program airs Friday, Jan. 5 on New Mexico PBS, KNME 5.1 and repeats Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7 a.m. Watch New Mexico in Focus again online shortly thereafter.

Studio Guests

  • Laura Paskus, journalist

Line Panelists

  • Marisa Demarco, general assignment reporter, KUNM
  • Dan Foley, former House minority whip
  • Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


  • Antonia Gonzales
  • Sarah Gustavus
  • 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. Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.

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