This week, New Mexico in Focus takes an inside look at the faces and stories behind our crisis on the U.S./Mexico border. Correspondent Laura Paskus sits down with Albuquerque Journal photographer Roberto Rosales, who for years has used his camera to shine a light on the personal stories of people who are crossing into the United States seeking safety and economic opportunity.  

The award-winning Our Land series returns this month, as we travel to the Carson National Forest to learn about a unique, community-based approach to managing the forest and protecting against wildfires. The Cerro Negro National Forest Council relies on historic, cultural examples like acequia management and applies it to forest management.  

This week, we also offer up some additional tidbits from prior interviews that there wasn’t enough time to include in the show. Up first is a look back at a career in pictures, with newly retired Albuquerque Journal photo editor Dean Hanson. Next up is a discussion on why peaceful protests are still such an effective force for change, especially in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. And lastly, we share some extra thoughts from Arizona State University Assistant Professor Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez on New Mexico’s difficult history of Spanish Colonialism. Fonseca-Chávez grew up in rural New Mexico and discusses how what she learned – and didn’t learn – as a child helped to shape her field of study as an adult.  

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 11 at 7 a.m.  

Photojournalist Roberto Rosales on Covering the Border  
Correspondent
Laura Paskus 

Guest 
Roberto Rosales, Albuquerque Journal photographer  

Dean Hanson on a Career in Photos 
Correspondent
Matt Grubs 

Guest
Dean Hanson, photojournalist 

Our Land: Cerro Negro Forest Council 
Correspondent
Laura Paskus 

Guests
J.R. Logan, Cerro Negro Forest Council Secretary/Treasurer 
Richard Cordova, Cerro Negro Forest Council Leñero 
David Fermin Arguello, Cerro Negro Forest Council member  
Art Montoya, Cerro Negro Forest Council Mayordomo 

The Power of Peaceful Protests 
Correspondent
Russell Contreras 

Guest 
Rachel Kleinfeld, Ph.D., senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

The Realities of New Mexico’s History of Colonialism 
Correspondent
Russell Contreras 

Guest 
Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, assistant professor of Hispanic and Indigenous studies, Arizona State University 

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 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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