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The Vietnam War editor Paul Barnes, district 1 candidates for ABQ city council, and the Line panel

NMiF: Senator Dominici

This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus interviews documentary editor Paul Barnes. Barnes, a Santa Fe resident, is one of the editors of the Ken Burns epic series The Vietnam War, which will begin airing on NMPBS September 17. The longtime Burns’ collaborator talks about how the project came together and discusses the impact of the war that still reverberates in American society. 

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 1 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists reflect on the legacy of Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away this week. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, he retired in 2009 as the longest running senator from the state of New Mexico. The Line panelists also look at protests that occurred during last week’s Entrada re-enactment in Santa Fe, and discuss the upcoming mayoral race. Early voting starts this week in Albuquerque.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick 

Studio Guests:
Paul Barnes, editor on The Vietnam War  
Javier Benavidez, District 1 Candidate
Johnny F. Luévano Jr., District 1 Candidate
Sandra Mills, District 1 Candidate
Ken Sanchez, District 1 Candidate (Incumbent) 

Line Panelists:          
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


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.