New Mexico in Focus gets a local take on renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry scheduled to arrive in Cuba to open the U.S. embassy in Havana this week.

Three New Mexico residents who were born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as young people will share their reflections on this historic change in foreign policy. 

Also, host Gene Grant and this week's Line opinion panelists talk about some of the top news stories in New Mexico this week, including the spill this week in the Animas River that impacted communities in New Mexico and Colorado.

Additional discussions include Google moving operations for Titan Aerospace from Moriarty to the Bay Area and the panelists react to the release of text messages from the new APS superintendent to an APS staff member, which he intended to send to New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

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.

Margie Kintz, attended opening of Cuban Embassy in D.C.
Victor Alvarez, founder of the band Savor
Rev. Bernardo Monserrat, Center for Spiritual Living

Line Panelists
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Carolyn Parrs, Mind Over Markets
Laura E. Sanchez-Rivét, attorney - Sanchez Legal Solutions

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus along with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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