This week, New Mexico in Focus concludes its series on the “Water Crisis in the West: Thinking Like a Watershed,” with a discussion on water law and some potentially innovative solutions to the water scarcity issues in the region.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1. and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

The Line opinion panel delves into the New Mexico economy in light of an article published in an airline magazine and highlighted in the Santa Fe Reporter that offers a positive picture of the state.

In addition, there will be a discussion on the issue of open primaries. A lawsuit filed earlier this summer seeks to change the state’s closed primary system and the ongoing issues around Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks and the challenges facing the state’s largest school district.

• Gene Grant

• Sonia Dickey, writer, editor and historian
• John Fleck, science writer, Albuquerque Journal
• Mike Hamman, area manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Line Panelists
• Diane Denish, former Lieutenant Governor
• Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
• Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog          
• Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

• Megan Kamerick

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The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.