This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel discusses recent action from the Albuquerque City Council that would stop the creation of any new homeless encampments in the city. How does this fit with Mayor Tim Keller’s plan to address this issue?   

There are new concerns about media access following Republican nominee Mark Ronchetti’s latest rally in the race for governor. 

The panel also explores possible uses for a historic state surplus, thanks to booming oil and gas revenues.   

In collaboration with New Mexico In Depth, Gene Grant hosts a roundtable discussion about the impacts of alcohol in our state. Journalist Ted Alcorn explains his findings in a 7-part series that focuses on our death rate that currently leads the U.S., as well as drunk driving, alcohol’s impact on violent crime, myths when it comes to who carries the burden of this problem, failings in our state’s public policy, and the overarching issue of addiction and how it’s treated. 

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales previews the 100th Santa Fe Indian Market. She speaks with the executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), and an artist about what this year’s event means to artists after a pandemic hiatus. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments
Understanding Alcohol’s Impact in New Mexico 

Gene Grant 

Ted Alcorn, independent journalist  
Kamilla Venner, associate professor of clinical psychology at UNM  
Dr. Jennie Wei, internal medicine physician, Gallup Indian Medical Center  
St. Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D - Doña Ana County 

Previewing the 100th Santa Fe Indian Market

Antonia Gonzales 

Kimberly Peone (Colville/Eastern Band Cherokee), Exec. Dir., Southwestern Association of Indian Arts  
Patrick Collins, Saginaw Chippewa Artist 

The Line Opinion Panel
T.J. Trout, radio host, KKOB
Sophie Martin, attorney
Diane Snyder, former N.M. State Senator

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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