This week on New Mexico in Focus, a look behind the push to make New Mexico a dumping ground for nuclear waste from around the country. Environment reporter Laura Paskus talks with a New Mexico Senator who’s working to keep the private company, Holtec, from bringing their waste here.

Host Gene Grant talks with a roundtable of independent journalists about the challenges they face reporting in vastly different areas of the state. 

Plus, a Professor of Theology shares his outlook on climate change, and how he views it through lens of faith.  

And, a unique story about the Bosque, where an environmental education circus tries to teach us about Albuquerque’s water resources, while bringing awareness to our impact on the environment.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

NMiF Segments
Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Correspondent
Laura Paskus

Guest
Jeff Steinborn, New Mexico Senator (District 36)

Sustaining Journalism in New Mexico
Correspondent

Gene Grant

Guests
Leota Harriman, editor & publisher, The Independent
Peter Rice, editor, Downtown Albuquerque News
Ryan Lowery, president, SPJ Rio Grande

Faith and Climate Change
Correspondent

Laura Paskus

Guest
Larry Rasmussen, professor emeritus, Union Theological Seminary

Conservation Carnivale
Correspondent

Laura Paskus

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." 

The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1(KNME-HD) and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 5.4 on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald. 

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