This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Laura Paskus goes to Sandia Peak for this month’s installment of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” She and Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque talk about New Mexico’s record low snowpack and what that means for the state.
Additionally, correspondent Matt Grubs sits down with Annette McGivney, author of “Pure Land.” McGivney spent a decade covering the brutal murder of a Japanese hiker in 2006. Investigating the circumstances of that murder brought her face to face with her own past.
Next, Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net sits down with NMiF host Gene Grant to talk about her legacy after two terms in office. He lives in Las Cruces and has covered Governor Susana Martinez since she was the district attorney in Dona Ana County.
Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss New Mexico’s ongoing battle with post-recession woes and look at “glitches” in the state’s new computer system that erroneously ended Medicaid coverage for some children. They also debate how the term “gentrification” might apply to some parts of Santa Fe.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
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.