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The final installment of our Behavioral Health series, reactions to the recent ATF sting, plus The Line Panel

NMiF: addiction

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a conversation about the challenges of addressing addiction alongside other mental health needs. This is the final installment in our series this month on behavioral health services in New Mexico.

Correspondent Jeff Proctor sits down with two community members to discuss reactions to his recent reporting on an ATF sting in Albuquerque that led to disproportionally high arrests of African Americans.

And host Gene Grant leads a debate on the latest news headlines with this week’s Line opinion panelists, including the lawsuit that puts New Mexico’s education system on trial and confusion over downtown Albuquerque’s new buffered bike lanes.

Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Jeff Proctor

Studio Guests:
Patrick Barrett, 2nd Vice President of the NAACP, Albuquerque Branch
Janette McClelland, Albuquerque Resident
Dr. Anjali Taneja, executive director Casa de Salud
Jennifer Weiss-Burke, executive director, Serenity Mesa
Dr. Snehal Bhatt, medical director, Addiction and Substance Abuse Programs at UNMH
Lauren Reichelt, director of Health and Human Services, Rio Arriba County

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Alicia Manzano, Strategies 360
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.(pre-empted March 26) and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m (pre-empted March 25) and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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Indigenous Comics & Graphic Novels

Native Comics on New Mexico in Focus

June 16, 2017 – Lee Francis started Native Realities Press to support the work of other Indigenous authors of comics and graphic novels. Francis is from Laguna Pueblo and says he was a comics nerd growing up but never saw himself, as a Native American, in comics. Native Realities Press is the only exclusively Indigenous press for Native comics artists, some of whom found him when other publishers were not interested in letting them showcase serious issues in Indian Country, like sexual abuse, in their comics.

This month, Francis also opened a comic store in downtown Albuquerque called Red Planet Books and Comics.

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we re-broadcast Megan Kamerick’s interview earlier this year with Lee Francis and Dale DeForest, creator of the Hero Twins comic, which is based on Diné folklore.