This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and The Line Opinion Panel take up three stories developing around the state. 

Grant asks the panelists if a new advisory council at the state’s Children Youth and Families Department has any chance to help solve the longstanding issues within the agency. 

Grant updates the back-and-forth over the proposed PNM-Avangrid merger, as the state Supreme Court weighs whether to end the case or send it back to the Public Regulation Commission. 

The panel addresses the latest on allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the ongoing scandal surrounding the New Mexico State University men’s basketball program.  

The Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains is one of the most beautiful spots in the state, but its management has been complicated since the federal government bought the land in 2000 for $101 million. Our Land Senior Producer Larua Paskus sits down with Tom Ribe of the watchdog group Caldera Action for a conversation about illegal cattle grazing, public access and input and the preserve’s future challenges. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

NMiF Segments

Management Challenges at Valles Caldera National Preserve

Laura Paskus

Tom Ribe, executive director, Caldera Action 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Nuclear Waste License in NM

Laura Paskus

The Line Opinion Panel
Justine Fox-Young, Republican former NM state Representative
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican
Dede Feldman, Democratic former NM state Senator

Gene Grant

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."

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez and Co-producer 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.