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The Cost of Energy, the Albuquerque Folk Festival, Teacher Evaluations

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On the next New Mexico in Focus, we look at the cost of energy. The state Public Regulation Commission (PRC) recently rejected PNM’s request for a rate hike and new fees for residential solar customers. However, the state’s largest utility is expected to re-file the request later this summer. What would higher rates mean for customers, especially low-income families? How might new fees impact solar customers? Join us as we bring in different perspectives on the cost of energy, both now and in the future.

Also this week, we learn about the history and philosophy behind the Albuquerque Folk Festival. People of all ages and abilities turn out each year to learn music, dance and other crafts from local musicians and artists.

Teacher evaluations have been a controversial topic in New Mexico this year. Host Gene Grant and the line opinion panelists debate a profile of one teacher’s evaluation in the Albuquerque Journal. The panelists also discuss the news that the state denied a courts request for emergency funds and they share their thoughts on upcoming political events related to the 2016 presidential election.

GUESTS:
Ryan Baca, spokesperson for PNM
Vicente Garcia, director of Juntos New Mexico
Julian Singer-Corbin, spokesperson for Positive Energy Solar
Erika Gerety, Albuquerque Folk Festival
Gary Libman, Albuquerque Folk Festival

LINE PANELISTS:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former State Representative
Sophie Martin, attorney & dukecityfix.com
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
John Wertheim, former New Mexico Democratic Party chairman

CORRESPONDENT:
Sarah Gustavus

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 846 airs May 29, 2015

Ed Lewis, George R. R. Martin, Lisa VeneKlasen, 2015 Predictions

final cover man from essence (2)[1]This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, host Gene Grant sits down with Ed Lewis, the man behind “Essence” and “Latina” magazines. The graduate of the University of New Mexico talks about his career and his biography, “The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women.”

NMIF explores the fictional worlds created by George R. R. Martin, a Santa Fe-based author whose books are the basis of the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones.” In this encore interview, Martin tells correspondent Gwyneth Doland about his writing process, pressure to finish his books and how he keeps track of the hundreds of characters he creates.

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick sits down with Lisa VeneKlasen, who was recently recognized by the mayor of Santa Fe for her work on human rights. VeneKlasen runs Just Associates (JASS), a global network of activists, educators and scholars who promote women’s rights, health and economic empowerment.

Also in this week’s program, The Line opinion panel of local journalists makes predictions about some of the news stories and issues that will stay in the headlines in 2015.

GUESTS:
Ed Lewis, author of “The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women”
George R. R. Martin, author of the series “A Song of Ice and Fire”
Lisa VeneKlasen, co-founder of JASS (Just Associates)

LINE PANELISTS:
Russell Contreras, Associated Press
Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent and UNM Communications & Journalism Instructor
Patrick Malone, Santa Fe New Mexican
Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

CORRESPONDENTS:
Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent and UNM Communications & Journalism Instructor
Megan Kamerick, NMIF Co-Producer

Host: Gene Grant

The Co-Producers of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS are Megan Kamerick and 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 825 for air January 2, 2014