This week on New Mexico in Focus, Kirtland Air Force Base officials are under pressure from state and local officials to accelerate cleanup of a jet fuel plume that is threatening the city’s drinking water.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online at shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1. and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Also scheduled, the panel discusses new outreach efforts by Albuquerque city officials to involve citizens in the reform efforts around the Albuquerque Police Department; the creation of industry hubs around industry sectors such as photonics, aviation and drones in order to boost the state’s economy, and the potential for a new business hub through Innovate ABQ.

The group also looks at a proposed plan by UNM to implement flat-rate tuition for certain students. University officials are hoping this will help boost the four-year graduation rate, which is currently at 15.8 percent. Several other states have adopted the idea, although with different models of implementation.

Tom Blaine, director, Environmental Health Division, New Mexico Environment Department
Col. Jeff Lanning, Kirtland Air Force Base
Dave McCoy, Citizen Action
Maggie Hart Stebbins, Bernalillo County Commissioner
Bruce Thomson, research professor, Civil Engineering, UNM

Line Guest Panelists
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Sophie Martin, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Gene Grant

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