This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion panel looks at all that has been accomplished so far in this unique, virtual legislative session. The panelists will also delve into what work has yet to be done, and what measures may run out of time when the session ends at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

The Line also weighs in on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s letter to President Biden this week, asking for some relief on his Executive Order instituting an indefinite moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands. The move comes as she is trying to push New Mexico toward more renewable energy sources.

The Line opinion panelists also reflect on Deb Haaland’s historic week, as the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination as the nation’s first Native American Cabinet Secretary. They’ll also discuss the upcoming special election to replace her in the U.S. House of Representatives, which we have now learned will take place on June 1. 

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales also gets reaction to Deb Haaland’s history-making accomplishment. She is joined by tribal leaders, a business owner and youth advocates to discuss the importance of representation but also how indigenous communities will be holding Sec. Haaland accountable in her new role.  

Our Land correspondent Laura Paskus continues our series on local reaction to President Joe Biden’s Climate Change actions. This week it’s Jon Goldstein, from the Environmental Defense Fund. Goldstein works on oil and gas issues, including how to reduce methane emissions from the industry. He also served as the Energy, Minerals and Natural Services Department Secretary under former Gov. Bill Richardson.  

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m.        


Deb Haaland Makes History, Native Community Reacts 

Antonia Gonzales


Jenelle Roybal, Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor 
Stephine Poston, Poston and Associates, Sandia Pueblo 
Alysia Coriz, co-chair, All Pueblo Council of Governors Youth Committee (Kewa Pueblo)                              
Shayna Naranjo, co-chair, All Pueblo Council of Governors Youth Committee (Kha’p’o Owingeh) 

Environmental Defense Fund on Climate Change Action 

Laura Paskus, NMiF environmental reporter

John Goldstein, Environmental Defense Fund

Line opinion panelists
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima public relations 
Dede Feldman, former state senator   
Eric Griego, former state senator 
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator 

Gene Grant

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