Correspondent Gwyneth Doland takes an in-depth look at redistricting as she talks with Lilly Irvin-Vitela of New Mexico First and Rob Black of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry about how a citizen’s task force is working to redraw district maps to shift power into voters’ hands.  This report is part of the Your New Mexico Government Project. 

Our Land correspondent Laura Paskus talks with tribal representatives about infusing Native voices into discussions about water compacts along the Colorado River and Rio Grande. As states in the West grapple with climate change, extended drought and over-appropriated rivers, sovereign nations are pushing for greater inclusion. 

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel get political this week to talk about voting, debates, and polls. The Albuquerque Journal recently published polls on the presidential, senate, and congressional races here in New Mexico and The Line looks at the results. Panelists also get into a debate about whether political debates provide any new insights to voters, and they examine ways to ensure votes are cast and counted during a pandemic crisis.  

New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) and appears online shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 (WORLD) on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.     

In Focus Interviews

Our Land: Tribes Speak Out About River Compacts 

Laura Paskus 

Daryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache Nation water administrator 
Rep. Derrick Lente, (D) Pueblo of Sandia 

Rethinking Redistricting 

Gwyneth Doland 

Lilly Irvin-Vitela, New Mexico First president and executive director 
Rob Black, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry president and CEO 

The Line Opinion Panel
Dede Feldman, former state senator   
Dan Foley, former state representative   
​Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council  

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.”

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