This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel examines the findings of a recent Legislative Finance report alleging major shortcomings in Bernalillo County’s handling of behavioral health issues. 

Plus, the Panel responds to news that Santa Fe will miss out on major law enforcement recruitment funding because they failed to apply. Gene asks what that could mean for the capital city’s police force. The panelists also react to the announcement from the U.S. Forest Service that prescribed burns can be used again, under new protocols.   

Gene Grant speaks with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health to ask about new COVID-19 boosters and who should receive them. Dr. Laura Parajon explains what seniors and parents need to know about those new vaccines. 

Gene also catches up with Anna Martinez, a civil rights attorney and Albuquerque’s newest Poet Laureate.    

Senior Producer Lou DiVizio sits down with three members of the U.S. Navy to talk about Navy week in Albuquerque and to explain some of the connections New Mexico has with that branch of the armed services.  

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments  

NMDOH Explains New COVID-19 Booster Shots  

Gene Grant 

Dr. Laura Parajon, deputy secretary, New Mexico Department of Health  

Albuquerque’s 2022 Poet Laureate  

Gene Grant 

Anna Martinez, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, civil rights attorney    

New Mexico Connections at Navy Week  

Lou DiVizio  

Gene Price, Rear Admiral, United Stated Navy  
Trey Olsen, Lieutenant, U.S.S. New Mexico, United States Navy  
Hunter Jones, Petty Officer Second Class, U.S.S. Santa Fe, United States Navy  

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." 

New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus is Kathy Wimmer. 

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You. Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

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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