This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel discuss the recent arrest of a suspect in the shots-fired incidents involving New Mexico lawmakers. At this point, no charges in those cases have been filed and state leaders are preparing to return to the Roundhouse. 

The Panel will also talk through new data from the state Public Education Department showing declining enrollment in public schools over a period of years. Gene asks our panelists if there’s something districts can do to turn that trend around.

Lastly, the Line reacts to the opening of a new shelter at the Gibson Health Hub in Albuquerque, months before the planned opening of the highly-anticipated Gateway Center.  

In conversation with Our Land’s producer Laura Paskus, Angus Goodbody, a hydrologist with Water and Climate Services at the National Water and Climate Center, and Jaz Ammon, a water supply specialist with the New Mexico Snow Survey Program, talk about conditions in the Rio Grande Basin and what they could mean for water supply in the spring and summer. 

New Mexico in Focus correspondent Russell Contreras speaks with UNM Professor and Author Bernadine Hernandez about her book, 'Border Bodies.' The book discusses how racialized sexuality, sexual capital, and violence in the 19th-century borderlands contributed to the southwest as we know and understand it today. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel
Dave Mulryan, president, Mulryan-Nash Advertising 
Laura Sanchez, attorney 
Dan Foley, former New Mexico State Representative  

Tracking the Rio Grande’s Snowpack 
Laura Paskus  

Angus Goodbody, hydrologist, Water and Climate Services, National Water and Climate Center 
Jaz Ammon, water supply specialist, New Mexico Snow Survey Program, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service  

'Border Bodies’ 
Russell Contreras 

Dr. Bernadine Hernández, author, associate professor of American Literary Studies at UNM 

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." 

New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.