This week on New Mexico in Focus, the state legislature is heading back to the Roundhouse in less than two weeks for a special session. The Line Opinion panel looks ahead to how they could help ease the burdens of inflation and rising gas prices. The panel will also preview the first legal sales of recreational cannabis in New Mexico while discussing the regulatory questions that still remain. 

More accusations of sexual harassment are coming out against a sitting state senator. Host Gene Grant asks our panelists what needs to change when lawmakers interact with lobbyists in Santa Fe.

Environment reporter Laura Paskus asks the new State Engineer about the state’s preparations to make sure water access is reliable in what’s forecasted to be another dry year. And a bird’s eye view of a project on the Rio Grande aimed at preserving the river’s natural habitat.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. on Ch. 5.4, and streaming on the PBS video app.

NM’s New State Engineer, Mike Hamman
Laura Paskus

Mike Hamman, New Mexico State Engineer

Bosque Replanting

Laura Paskus

Sarah Hurteau, climate program director, the Nature Conservancy
David Gatterman, executive engineer, Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority

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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