This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with Bernadette Demientieff, a leader of the Gwich’in people of Alaska, to talk about how allies from Alaska to Albuquerque are joining forces on the issue of oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Host Gene Grant and Albuquerque Journal political reporter Dan McKay discuss the latest news on the lawsuit that’s changing the way the state funds K-12 education.

Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the influx of immigrants seeking asylum and the call for health officials to help at the New Mexico / Mexico border. The Line also debates Albuquerque’s new plastic bag ban, as well as a call by the city’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency for APD spokesman Simon Drobik to resign due to alleged misuse of overtime.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Guests
Bernadette Demientieff, Gwich’in Steering Committee
Dan McKay, political reporter, Albuquerque Journal

Correspondent
Antonia Gonzales

Line Panelists
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

Host
Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is 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 arts 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.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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