This week on New Mexico in Focus, Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus hosts a three-part roundtable conversation with U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Regional Forester Michiko Martin, Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Shaun Sanchez, and Santa Fe National Forest Fuels Program Manager Dennis Carril. They talk about the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon and Cerro Pelado fires, prescribed burn protocols, and the future of fire and forest management in a warming world. 

STEM education emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, but there’s a growing push to throw an artistic element into the mix. The resulting field of study, STEAM, is about applying creative approaches to projects while incorporating real-world problem-solving. This week, Executive Producer Jeff Proctor sits down with two educators to talk about new expansions in STEAM.  

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

The Future of Fire in New Mexico 

  • Pt 1: 2022’s Historic Fire Season
  • Pt 2: New Fire Protocols 
  • Pt 3: Building Public Trust 

Laura Paskus  

Michiko Martin, U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Regional Forester  
Shaun Sanchez, Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor  
Dennis Carril, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels Program Manager  

Expanding STEAM Education  (sic)
Jeff Proctor 

Karen Kinsman, director, UNM STEAM-H Center
Dr. Shelly Gruenig, executive director, R4Creating 

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.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus 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.

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.