This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales previews the Native Women’s Business Summit, scheduled for April 5 -6. After selling out the first year, organizers have bigger plans for this spring’s conference, which draws from across the country to support Native women who are oftentimes already leaders in their communities, but are faced with unique challenges.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the executive director of the Santa Fe Film Office, Eric Witt, to look at a bill passed this legislative session that revamps New Mexico’s film incentive program. The governor seems poised to lift the $50 million annual cap on the program, though some say it offered much-needed predictability for state finances.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine the fallout of the news blast that resounded around the nation when U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he would not seek reelection in 2020. The Line also looks at U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s bill to address the doctor shortage in rural areas like those found in New Mexico. And the Line debates the consequences of New Mexico being named the number one state in the nation for its dependence on the federal government.

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

Antonia Gonzales

Megan Kamerick

Field Guests
Stephine Poston, co-founder, Native Women Lead

Jaclyn Roessel, co-founder, Native Women Lead

Studio Guest
Eric Witt, executive director, Santa Fe Film Office

Line Panelists
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

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.

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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

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