This week on New Mexico in Focus, state lawmakers are back inside the Roundhouse this week, parsing through redistricting recommendations from a new, independent commission. The Line Opinion Panel breaks down what they’ve done so far, and what the final decision may be when the special session closes.

Panelists also react to the breaking news the Public Regulation Commission struck down a proposed merger between Public Service Company of New Mexico and Avangrid, an east coast power utility. Were there too many red flags for commissioners to ignore, and what’s next for PNM and energy customers across the state? The panel does its best to answer those questions and takes up the discussion on increasing pay for teachers across the state. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says a 7 percent increase is deserved, but will it be enough to attract new teachers to fill a growing number of vacancies?

Correspondent Laura Paskus sits down with Author Sam Quinones to analyze the problem of Meth and Fentanyl in New Mexico. Quinones explains how increasingly potent drugs are dragging down communities, and what we can all do to help the most vulnerable individuals, and by extension, our society as a whole. And, Paskus steps outside to see some of the critters living around us each day. Bobcats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons and other animals call our cities home just like us, so how can we coexist peacefully? Paskus talks with an urban ecologist to find out, and shows us some of the daily animal interactions, rarely caught on camera.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

NMiF Segment(s):

Author Sam Quinones on Fentanyl and Meth in the Land of Enchantment

Laura Paskus

Sam Quinones, Author – “The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of fentanyl and Meth”

Our Land – Living in Harmony with Urban Wildlife

Laura Paskus

Zoë Rossman, Urban Ecologist and UNM Graduate Student

The Line opinion panel
Diane Snyder, former state senator
Eric Griego, former state senator
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group Public Relations

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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