This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion panel talks takeaways from the special election for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. With the eyes of the national political crowd on Albuquerque and the rest of the district, Democratic candidate Melanie Stansbury ran away with the election, hitting the 60 percent mark over three challengers. The opinion panel also discusses New Mexico’s vaccination push – which added a cash sweepstakes to the effort this week – and the rising homicide rate in Albuquerque. 
Senior producer Matt Grubs has a pair of interviews, as Albuquerque Journal photojournalist Dean Hanson calls it a career after 35 years at the paper. Hanson looks back at his experience and shares some of his favorite images. Looking to leverage what has traditionally been a low cost of living and affordable housing market, the City of Albuquerque is expanding its “Home for Life” program. The effort seeks to lure former residents and remote workers to New Mexico. But, a booming housing market means homes are harder to find than ever before. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 7 a.m.  

NMiF Segments

Albuquerque Journal Photo Editor Retires 
Matt Grubs, NMiF senior producer 

Dean Hanson, photojournalist 

Albuquerque Expands ‘Home for Life’ Program 
Matt Grubs, NMiF senior producer 

Synthia Jaramillo, Albuquerque Economic Development Department 

The Line opinion panel
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima public relations 
Dan Foley, former state representative 
Eric Griego, former state senator 

Gene Grant

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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