This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel talks through new revelations surrounding State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto and accusations of sexual misconduct. Plus, the panel debates Republican nominee for Governor Mark Ronchetti’s call for a referendum on abortion. And our panelists look ahead to the upcoming 2023 legislative session where some key lawmakers have already signaled a willingness to raise alcohol taxes statewide.  

Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus speaks with a high school science teacher from Truth or Consequences who recently received a national grant. Sergio Torres was recently recognized by the Society for Science for his work helping his students become better researchers and scientists, with a focus on addressing environmental challenges into the future. 

Laura also speaks with author and environmental journalist Erica Gies about her new book, ‘Water Always Wins.’ The book details how centralized infrastructure and development have contributed to our experience of extreme water events like drought and floods. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments
NM Science Teacher Receives Grant
  Correspondent  Laura Paskus 

Sergio Torres, science teacher, Hot Springs High School, national grant recipient

Water Always Wins 

Laura Paskus 

Erica Gies, author, independent journalist

The Line opinion panel 
Dede Feldman, fmr. New Mexico State Senator

Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations

Martha Burk, political psychologist and author

Gene Grant

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." 

New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus 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.

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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