This week on New Mexico in Focus, the monthly “Our Land” series looks at how the record low snowpack in New Mexico will affect the upcoming fire season. Correspondent Laura Paskus travels to Jemez Springs to meet a renowned tree ring expert, who has prepared his property for fires and is spreading the word to neighbors.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with former border patrol agent Francisco Cantú. He is the author of “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border,” a reflection on how his experiences in the border patrol began to weigh heavily upon him. 

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the election of Alan Webber as the new mayor of Santa Fe, in the city’s first ranked choice “instant runoff” election. They also debate the decision by the Albuquerque City Council to increase the gross receipts tax, and look at the Supreme Court’s ruling on an ongoing Rio Grande water dispute.

NMiF airs Friday, March 9 at  7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 and repeats Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. on channel 9.1.

Studio guests
Francisco Cantú, author of “The Line Becomes a River

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor, 
Santa Fe New Mexican
Sophie Martin, attorney 

Sarah Gustavus
Laura Paskus 

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus and Associate Producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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.