This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panelists react to President Biden’s weekend visit to the state. The panel discusses the President’s pledge to cover all the costs associated with the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.  

The panel will also dive into the chaos in Otero County, where commissioners have been sued and ordered to certify primary election results.  

The Line Panelists also assess a bipartisan plan to address gun violence that largely relies on the expansion of red flag laws, which already exist here in New Mexico. 

Our Land producer Laura Paskus talks with two reporters about their experiences covering the largest wildfire in state history and how you can apply for aid money if you’ve been impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.  

Paskus also speaks with a Mexican Wolf recovery coordinator about a program that’s protecting that species from extinction.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments
Reporting on New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire 

Laura Paskus

Patrick Lohmann, reporter, Source NM
Adria Malcolm, freelance photojournalist

Wildfire’s Impact on Wildlife

Laura Paskus

Aggie Dwire, assistant wolf recovery coordinator, Mexican Wolf Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Line opinion panel 
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group Public Relations 
Rebecca Latham, CEO, Girl Scouts of New Mexico 
Julie Ann Grimm, editor & publisher, Santa Fe Reporter 

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." 

The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1(KNME-HD) and appears online at New Mexico in Focus. 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.

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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