This week, New Mexico in Focus continues its series on entrepreneurship in Albuquerque in a conversation with Gary Oppedahl, director of the city of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department. Oppedahl is known locally as a serial entrepreneur who started several companies in New Mexico.

Producer Sarah Gustavus asks why he is now working with public and private leaders to increase access to resources for people who want to start a business in Albuquerque.

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.

Sen. Tom Udall is pushing for changes in regulations of chemicals in the United States. He sits down with Gwyneth Doland to talk about the details of the legislation.

NMiF also hears from Sen. Martin Heinrich, who joins Sarah Gustavus in studio to talk about proposed changes in mining regulations following the Gold King Mine spill earlier this summer.

Host Gene Grant and this week's Line opinion panelists debate the latest news headlines.


  • Gary Oppedahl, director, Albuquerque Economic Development
  • Sen. Tom Udall
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state senator
  • Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
  • Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions


  • Gwyneth Doland
  • Sarah Gustavus


  • Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus, along with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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