This week, New Mexico in Focus opens the show with an issue it’s been following over the past couple of years — the state’s nation-leading alcohol-related death rate. Senior Producer Lou DiVizio hosts two special roundtables to break down a new Common Cause New Mexico report that provides even more context on the issue and the Legislature’s decades of failures to address it. DiVizio asks the second group of panelists for conclusions and recommendations to course-correct the state's worrying alcohol-related death rate.  

Last November, the Albuquerque City Council approved a lease at Balloon Fiesta Park for a new stadium for the New Mexico United professional soccer team. The decision has drawn organized opposition from some neighbors of the proposed site. Andy Lyman, editor at the alternative newsweekly The Paper, asks a neighbor why she and others are opposed to the new stadium. 

New Mexico's Parks Division has missed a series of deadlines and must forfeit millions of dollars in federal funding intended for outdoor recreation projects for the last three years. Freelance journalist Elizabeth Miller sits down with Michael Casaus, the state director of the Wilderness Society, and asks how those forfeited dollars could have helped city parks and open spaces.

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 14 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segments

History and Lobbying on NM Alcohol Legislation 
Correspondent

Lou DiVizio 

Guests 
Sindy Bolaños-Sacoman, executive director, SBS Evaluation & Program Development Specialist LLC 
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican 
State Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D), District 16 

Searching for Solutions to NM's Alcohol Problems 
Correspondent 

Lou DiVizio 

Guests
Dede Feldman, Democratic former state senator 
Trip Jennings, executive director, New Mexico in Depth 
Michael Bird, former president, American Public Health Association 

Concerned Neighbors Appeal Against Building New Mexico United Stadium 
Correspondent

Andy Lyman 

Guest 
Brooke Jordy, concerned neighbor 

State Parks Division Forfeits Millions in Federal Funds Due to Missed Deadlines 
Correspondent

Elizabeth Miller 

Guest 
Michael Casaus, New Mexico State Director of the Wilderness Society 

Host
Lou DiVizio 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people 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's 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.