This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick looks into the deal Mayor Tim Keller signed to bring Netflix’s new production hub to Albuquerque. She talks with a union president and leaders in the film offices of Albuquerque and Santa Fe about the future of the film industry in New Mexico. A longer conversation with the group, and an additional panel on the impact of the Netflix deal to the state’s economic development, will be aired next week.

Correspondent Laura Paskus visits with Joran Viers, forester for the City of Albuquerque, for a look at the importance of trees to an urban forest in this month’s episode of Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.

New Mexico in Focus visits a very special Dia de los Muertos art installation, designed and created by Working Classroom here in Albuquerque and meant to bring attention to water contamination issues.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections and analyze what the wins and losses mean for New Mexico. They also discuss the state’s teacher shortage and brainstorm possible solutions.

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.

Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests
Alicia Keyes, film liaison, City of Albuquerque
Eric Witt, executive director, Santa Fe Film Office
Liz Pecos, president of the local International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE Local 480)

Line Panelists
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

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 Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME TV and viewers like you.

Get updates, watch and follow New Mexico PBS on FacebookTwitterYouTube and more.