NMiF discusses upcoming Census count

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland travels to Valencia County, where a year ahead of the census count, local planners are reaching out to community leaders in hard-to-count neighborhoods. Millions of dollars in federal funding are at stake if key communities aren’t measured properly, and fears about immigration status will have an impact.

On this month’s installment of “Our Land,” environmental correspondent Laura Paskus visits the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, and a habitat restoration site near Socorro, to look at new ways of managing New Mexico’s largest river that will restore some of the benefits of historic floods.

NMiF photojournalist Robert McDermott presents a preview of Festival Flamenco Alburquerque (sic), now in its 32nd year of presenting local and international artists of this fiery dance form.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the expanded list of qualifying conditions – including opioid use disorder – for the state’s medical cannabis program. The panel also discusses a lawsuit filed this week by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque against the Trump Administration, seeking reinstatement of its “safe release” policy for asylum seekers and reimbursement of expenses incurred since the policy’s cancellation. They also debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests
Ann Demint, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation engineer
Chris Torres, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation acting field division manager
Denise Vigil, Valencia County sheriff
Laura Robles, Mana Mini Mart owner
Eva Encinias, National Institute of Flamenco founder

Correspondents
Gwyneth Doland
Robert McDermott 
Laura Paskus

Line Panelists
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR 
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

Host
Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is 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 arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

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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