This week, New Mexico in Focus continues the discussion on the Drought Crisis in New Mexico. NMiF correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with State Engineer Scott Verhines and Estevan López, director of the Interstate Stream Commission, to talk about water rights and the state’s plans to meet future demand.

New Mexico in Focus airs on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1 and appears online at shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday, June 29 at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.1. and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

The Line opinion panel looks at the controversy over Gov. Susana Martinez’s nomination of career prosecutor, Susan Riedel, to the new Public Defender Commission, and discuss a new report that indicates New Mexico will have 335,000 new job openings in 2020 but only 152,000 workers with the job skills and education required to fill them. The panel also discusses the phenomenon of farmers and ranchers, financially stressed by drought, selling their water rights to the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing.

* Scott Verhines, state engineer of New Mexico
* Estevan López, director of Interstate Stream Commission

Line Guest:
* Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor of New Mexico

Line Panelists:
* Dan Foley, former NM House Republican whip
* Sophie Martin, former editor-in-chief, New Mexico Law Review
* Larry Ahrens, host, "The Morning Brew"

Gwyneth Doland

* Gene Grant

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