New Mexico in Focus

On the next New Mexico in Focus, a conversation with Lyla June Johnston, one of the founders of the Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council that initially proposed the name change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow as a way to initiate wider discussions about the history of Taos. The proposal was shelved due to varying opinions and, ultimately, insufficient public input.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

The Line opinion panel discusses an op-ed in the New York Times that criticized the Albuquerque Police Department for helping to foster a culture of violence that resulted in the murders of two homeless men, allegedly by three teenagers; a look at an announcement by Tesla Motors in which the car company told states competing for its giga-factory that they may need to contribute up to $500 million to land the project; and a proposal by the Martinez Administration to reinstitute and broaden the work requirements for those who receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.

Host:
* Gene Grant

Guests:
* Lyla June Johnston, co-founder, Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council

Line Panelists:
* Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
* Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
* Sophie Martin, attorney
* Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog          

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The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.