This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland catches up with elected officials in Santa Fe and speaks to Democratic state representatives Andrea Romero, G. Andrés Romero and Sen. Benny Shendo Jr., about alternative energy and school graduation bills. 

Then, senior producer Lou DiVizio sits down with Source New Mexico Editor Shaun Griswold and Republican former state representative Justine Fox-Young to discuss which bills have passed, which haven't, and what still might get through the Roundhouse. First, the roundtable examines the fate of the governor's favored public safety bills. In the second half of their discussion, Lou asks why the governor's public education goals are receiving bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who represent small school districts. 

In 2021, Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center began a climate program with web-based trainings on health care decarbonizing, climate justice and health equity. Dr. Joanna Katzman directs Project ECHO’s Public Health Initiatives, and she talks about the importance of training health care professionals to recognize how climate change affects patient health — and how to find solace for their own climate anxiety.
NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segments
2024 Legislature Update: Alternative Energy & School Graduation Bills 

Gwyneth Doland 

Rep. Andrea Romero (D), Santa Fe 
Rep. G. Andrés Romero (D), Albuquerque 
Sen. Benny Shendo (D), Jemez Pueblo 

Public Safety Bills at the 2024 Roundhouse and School Hours Amendment, Tribal Education Trust Fund Introduced in Santa Fe 

Lou DiVizio 

Justine Fox-Young, attorney and Republican former state legislator 
Shaun Griswold, editor, Source NM 

Climate Care for the Public 

Laura Paskus 

Dr. Joanna Katzman, director of Project ECHO’s Public Health Initiatives, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people 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.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus's senior producer for public affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez, and co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

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.

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