This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel dives into the key races in the primary election and dissects the recent barrage of attack ads.

Plus, the Panel explores the possibilities for native tribes after two New Mexico Pueblos reached an agreement with the state to produce and sell recreational cannabis products. 

The panelists react to the U.S. Fire Service’s decision to pause all prescribed burns for at least 90 days. 

Environment Reporter Laura Paskus speaks with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for his opinion on those burns, and his effort to build up the workforce of wildland firefighters.  

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with the FBI’s top agent in New Mexico and a Navajo criminal investigator to find out if a new Navajo language initiative is working, and to understand some of the other obstacles when it comes to investigating crimes on tribal lands.  

National Efforts on New Mexico Wildfires  
Laura Paskus

Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator, New Mexico 

Gila National Forest, Black Fire Assessment 

Laura Paskus

Arthur Gonzales, US Forest Service, fire behavior analyst 

Investigating Missing and Murdered Cases in The Navajo Nation 

Antonia Gonzales

Raul Bujanda, FBI, special agent in charge, New Mexico 
Malcolm Leslie, captain, Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations

The Line opinion panel
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law 
Dan Foley, former New Mexico state representative 
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican 

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.

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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