This week on New Mexico in Focus, Libertarian congressional candidate Chris Manning speaks with producer Matt Grubs. The Libertarian Party selected the military veteran as their candidate in the June 1 special election to replace Deb Haaland. 

The Line opinion panel looks at the implications of the New Mexico Republican Party’s decision to hold its spring convention in Texas. Party leaders say limitations on gatherings in New Mexico forced them to cross the border. The group also talks about the return of the job search requirement for those receiving unemployment support, as well as the potential for an avalanche of evictions as a federal moratorium has been successfully challenged in court.  

On this month’s episode of “Our Land,” we look back to a 2019 episode about blue-green algae. Blooms of that toxic cyanobacteria are harmful to people and pets. Unfortunately, they’re becoming more of a reality in New Mexico’s lakes and reservoirs, even in northern New Mexico. As the climate continues to warm, it’s more important than ever for water managers and others to work together on the issue. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 at 7 a.m.  

NMiF Segments  
Libertarian Candidate for CD-1 

Matt Grubs, NMiF senior producer 

 Chris Manning, Libertarian congressional candidate

Our Land: The Return of Blue Green Algae Blooms 
Laura Paskus 

Becky Bixby, UNM Water Resources Program 
John Mueller, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abiquiu Lake 
Kristopher Barrios, NM Environment Dept. Water Quality Bureau 

The Line Opinion Panel 
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert   
Dan Foley, former House minority whip 
Laura Sanchez, attorney 

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."

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.

The McCune Charitable Foundation provides NMiF funding, along with viewers like you.

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