This week on New Mexico in Focus, Our Land returns to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire, which burned 156,000 acres of the Jemez Mountains. Here in New Mexico, wildfire season is getting longer. Wildfires, bigger. And these trends will continue in our warming world. Laura Paskus examines how climate change is altering New Mexico’s forests—and what the future holds.
A 30-year veteran of the battle for affordable housing, Mike Loftin of Homewise talks with senior producer Matt Grubs about the ABQ Home for Life program. The effort by the city to attract new residents was born of work-from-home discoveries about the workforce. Loftin explains why it’s important to think holistically about housing costs.
The NMiF crew also takes a trip to the Santa Fe Farmers Market to find out how growers are emerging from the pandemic. The shutdown’s impact has forced changes in how some growers do business, including innovations that seem here to stay in a post-pandemic world.
The Line opinion panel reacts to a unanimous decision this week from the New Mexico Supreme Court denying financial compensation from the state to businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health order. The group also discusses Sen. Martin Heinrich’s call to have open and honest discussions about unidentified flying objects and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The Pentagon is expected to release a report later this month on these unexplained phenomena. The Line will also take a closer look at the committee charged with bringing fairness to the process of redrawing political boundaries after each Census count. The redistricting panel has all been appointed, but critics say it lacks geographic and cultural diversity.
New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 at 7 a.m.
Our Land: Forests Under Siege
Daniel Denipah, Pueblo of Santa Clara
Chad Brown, Pueblo of Santa Clara
Lindsey Quam, New Mexico Forestry Division
John Formby, New Mexico Forestry Division
Housing and Economic Development
Matt Grubs, NMiF senior producer
Mike Loftin, Homewise
Farmers and Growers Emerge from Pandemic
Debbie Burns, Santa Fe Farmers Market
Dan Bohnhorst, Green Tractor Farm
Manny Encinias, Trilogy Beef
Natasya Gundersen, Mr. G’s Organic Produce
Felisa Orozco, Mendez Produce
The Line opinion panel
Sophie Martin, attorney
Laura Sanchez, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
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."
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.