This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel reacts to the recent developments in Otero County where commissioners have finally voted to certify its primary election results. That’s after a lawsuit from the Secretary of State, and an order from the State Supreme Court. The Panelists discuss why this happened in the first place, and if N.M. should expect a similar dispute in November.  

Plus, the Panel explores the ups and downs of the Governor’s race where Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham holds a narrow lead over Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti.  

The panelists also review a Chaves County lawsuit over a police shooting, as the Attorney General probes another officer-involved incident in the same county.  

Senior Producer Lou DiVizio talks one-on-one with Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver about the situation in Otero County and asks how this is impacting the perception of democracy in New Mexico.  

DiVizio also speaks with the executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association about the damage caused by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire and asks how her community is preparing for the possibility of severe flooding.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NM Secretary of State Addresses Otero County Certification Saga

Lou DiVizio  

Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State  

Impact of Fire & Floods on Acequias  
Lou DiVizio  

Paula Garcia, executive director, NM Acequia Association   

The Line opinion panel
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations  
Andy Lyman, NM Political Report  
Laura Sanchez, attorney  

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." 

Senior Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Lou DiVizio with Kathy Wimmer, co-producer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.  

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