This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sits down for her first one-on-one, in-depth interview since the start of the legislative session. The governor talks about her legislative strategy, criticism of her approach and the controversial gun safety measures she's endorsed and lobbied to get to her desk.
Producer Matt Grubs also asks her about education reform, tax increases and tying New Mexico's renewal energy standards to a bill that helps electricity provider PNM recoup costs from shuttering its coal-fired generating station in San Juan County.
On March's installment of Our Land, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus travels to Socorro and a Superfund cleanup site where a plume of toxic groundwater from an old battery plant is seeping underneath homes. The Eagle Picher site has been a federally designated cleanup project since 2007, and the state has been aware of the problem since the 1980s. Paskus asks state officials about the holdup on one of the state's 16 designated Superfund sites.
Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the Senate-approved bill to create a new Early Childhood Education and Care Department and examine a Senate-approved resolution that would reshape the Public Regulation Commission by turning it into a three-member body appointed by the governor after vetting by an independent nominating committee. The Line panelists also look at a recent study that finds the rate of prisoners held in solitary confinement is more than double the 4 percent that state officials claim.
New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show 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.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Cheri Lerew, Socorro homeowner
Sabino Rivera, New Mexico Environment Department
Matt Grubs & Laura Paskus
Carolyn Carlson, reporter, The Weekly Alibi
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
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, NMiF 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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.
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