This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel explores possible solutions to a stark reality on the Rio Grande, where about 50 miles of the river are now dry in New Mexico. 

Plus, the Panel looks through the changes coming to the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department after a review of how the agency handled critical incidents, like child deaths. 

And The Line explore whether the State Ethics Commission carries enough power to properly deter and enforce violations.  

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with two members of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition about the Pope’s apology to Canada for the church’s role in the country’s indigenous boarding school program. She also asks what this means for reconciliation efforts here in New Mexico.  

Our Land Producer Laura Paskus discusses the drying Rio Grande with a professor emeritus of biology to find out the long-term impacts this will have, not only on humans in the southwest, but also the surrounding ecosystem. 

Paskus also discusses the concerns one New Mexico Representative has about the plan to bring nuclear waste from around the country here to NM for storage.  

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments 

Rio Grande Drying 
Laura Paskus 

Clifford Dahm, UNM Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology 

Catholic Apology on Canadian Indian Boarding Schools 
Antonia Gonzales 

Joannie Romero, Pueblo of Cochiti, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition 
Samuel Torres, Mexica/Nahua, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition 

Concern Over Nuclear Disposal Plan 
Laura Paskus 

St. Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Doña Ana 

The Line opinion panel
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group Public Relations 
Julia Goldberg, senior correspondent, Santa Fe Reporter 
Dave Mulryan, Mulryan-Nash Advertising 

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." 

Senior Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Lou DiVizio with Kathy Wimmer, co-producer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.  

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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