This week on New Mexico in Focus, The New Mexico Legislature is hard at work leading up to the holidays, making important decisions about Redistricting and the spending of more than a billion dollars in federal COVID relief funds. The Line opinion panel offers thoughts and insights on all the Roundhouse action. The panelists also discuss recent reporting in the Albuquerque Journal about the growing drug epidemic in New Mexico and its impact on violent crime. 

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland also tackles the Redistricting process, which has created plenty of drama in Santa Fe, as usual, and despite a new non-partisan process. Much of that drama has focused on negotiations with Tribal communities, which came to a historic consensus on redrawing political boundaries. But, some of those suggestions have apparently fallen on deaf ears renewing calls for representation equity in the process.  

The holidays are a time for gathering together with friends and family and enjoying tasty treats. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales brings those two things together in this week’s show, when she heads into the kitchen with Dine baker Liz Howdy. This accomplished baker cooks up a holiday favorite and talks about how her work as a cake maker helps her express herself and her culture.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

NMiF Segments

Redistricting Reaction  Correspondent
Gwenyth Doland  
Guest
Kathleen Burke, project coordinator, Fair Districts for New Mexico 
Casey Douma, All Pueblo Council of Governors; Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee 

Indigenous Baking 
Correspondent
Antonia Gonzales  
Guest
Liz Howdy – Baker 

The Line opinion panel 
Dede Feldman, former state senator 
Laura Sanchez, attorney 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations 

Host
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." 

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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