This week on New Mexico in Focus, the chairman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe tells us why his tribe wants to open a casino in New Mexico. The tribe has been seeking to begin gaming operations on tribal land but has not yet signed a compact with the state. Earlier in the week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the tribe’s petition to force Governor Martinez to sign a gaming compact with the tribe.
Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the state of the middle class, New Mexico’s dependence on the federal dollars, and allegations that Albuquerque animal shelters are releasing dangerous dogs back into the community.
NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus also sits down with Sara Koplik from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico to talk about a survey of Jewish residents in the state. The survey was the first of its kind and provided the organization with new insights about the demographics of the Jewish community, including age, rates of inter-marriage and education.
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, executive director of Enlace Comunitario
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People, Places and Ideas on KUNM
Sarah Gustavus, @SarahGustavus
Host: Gene Grant
The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Episode 838 for air April 3, 2015