This week on New Mexico in Focus, NMPBS celebrates five years of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” This local series explores the state’s rivers and landscapes with an eye toward understanding issues like climate change, habitat restoration, community farming, wildfire management, traditional knowledge, and more.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments

Correspondent - all stories
Laura Paskus

Rio Grande’s Dire Future 
Guests 
Gary Esslinger, Manager, Elephant Butte Irrigation District 
Dagmar Llewellyn, Hydrologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 

Short-term Weather Impacts of Climate Change 
Guest
Jonathan Overpeck, University of Michigan School for Environmental Sustainability 

Santa Ana Pueblo Restoration 
Guests
Lawrence A. Montoya, Governor, Pueblo of Santa Ana 
Ruben Lujan, Supervisor, Juniper Thinning Crew 
Glenn Harper, Range & Wildlife Division Manager, Pueblo of Santa Ana 

Together for Brothers 
Guests
Christopher Ramirez, Executive Director, Together for Brothers 
David Grubbs Jr., Together for Brothers 
Alejandro Villezcas, Together for Brothers 

UNM Students Rally for Divestment 
Guests
Emily Phan, UNM Student 
Paula Noriega, UNM Student 
Raven Alcott, UNM Student, Pueblo of San Ildefonso 
Sophia Jenkins Nieto, UNM LEAF (Leaders for Environmental Action and Foresight) 

Rivers Through Pueblo Feminist Lens 
Guest
Julia Bernal, Pueblo Action Alliance 

Climate Change and Faith 
Guest
Larry Rasmussen, Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary 

Coping with a Changing Planet 
Guest
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt 

Project Feeding the Hood 
Guests 
Lorenzo Candelaria, South Valley Farmer, Cornelio Candelaria Organics 
Travis McKenzie, Project Feed the Hood Co-founder 
Oscar Bojorquez, Project Feed the Hood Student Intern 
Kevin Ortiz, Project Feed the Hood Student Intern 
Stefanie Olivas, Southwest Organizing Project Food Corps Service Member 
Luzero Velasquez, Southwest Organizing Project Youth Intern 

Bringing Levity to Water Education 
Guest
Endion Schichtel, ringleader, Conservation Carnival 

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." 

Senior Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Lou DiVizio with Kathy Wimmer, co-producer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.  

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You. Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

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. 

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