This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line Opinion Panel offers ideas for action after another deadly school shooting in the United States. The Panel debates suggestions on making schools safer, and what could be done to make it harder for would-be shooters to get ahold of deadly assault weapons.

Plus, the economic implications of a potential new interstate that would cut through New Mexico. And the troubling news that both the Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon fires began as prescribed burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.  

Producer Lou DiVizio sits down with an education expert to discuss solutions put forward in his latest book, “Preventing School Violence: A User’s Guide.” Author Franklin Schargel explains how his research on bullying and American gun culture illuminates a unique issue in this country. 

Environment Reporter Laura Paskus speaks with New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney about the latest developments in the case of a dairy farmer, forced to euthanize his herd because of PFAS contamination.  

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

NMiF Segments Preventing School Violence  Correspondent Lou DiVizio 
Franklin Schargel, author, “Preventing School Violence: A User’s Guide” 

PFAs Contamination in NM 
Laura Paskus 
James Kenney, secretary, New Mexico Environment Department 

The Line opinion panel
Algernon D’Ammassa, reporter, Las Cruces Sun-News 
Sophie Martin, attorney  
Diane Snyder, former NM State Senator  

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.

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. 

The McCune Charitable Foundation provides NMiF funding, along with viewers like you.

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