This week on New Mexico in Focus, more context around Albuquerque City Council’s reversal on homeless encampments. Gene Grant talks with District 4 Councilor Brook Bassan about what made her change her mind on the issue. Grant also asks the Line Opinion Panel if they see any realistic solutions to this issue in the near future.

Plus, the panel discusses a troubling update on the staffing crisis at Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center and jails across the state. The panel also weighs in on recent actions from the Ronchetti campaign to block a journalist’s access to a rally. We ask the question: who gets to decide who is and isn’t legitimate media?

Gene talks with three key members of the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival about this year’s shows at Veterans Memorial Park in Albuquerque. There are six more shows this season, with the final performance scheduled for Sept. 3.

NMPBS Chief Engineer Jason Quinn explains the damage done to a key piece of infrastructure during the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. The Our Land crew documents the destruction in the Mora area and shows how losing such a seemingly small piece of broadcast technology can have a major impact on the community it serves.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments

Albuquerque City Councilor Explains Votes on Homeless Camps
Gene Grant

Brook Bassan, Albuquerque City Councilor, District 4

New Mexico’s 2022 Shakespeare Festival in Albuquerque

Gene Grant

Peter Kierst, artistic director, New Mexico Shakespeare Festival
Debi Kierst, director, King Lear
Julia Thudium, director, As You Like It

Wildfires Damage Critical Broadcast Infrastructure

Kevin Maestas

Jason Quinn, NMPBS, chief engineer & manager of broadcast technology

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. 

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. 

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