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Native Americans returning to their dietary roots, the impact of language and conflicts of interests on cases against police officers

Pueblo foods from The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we learn about the traditional foods of pueblo communities in New Mexico. Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with chef Lois Ellen Frank and Roxanne Swentzell, co-editor of “The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook” to discuss food traditions and why some Native Americans are returning to the diets of their ancestors. And journalist Jeff Proctor from New Mexico in Depth’s Justice Project joins us to talk about his recent reporting with the Santa Fe New Mexican on how language and conflicts of interest can impact how cases against police officers are handled in the courts.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate what should happen next as lawmakers grapple with a budget deficit of about $69 million for this year, and a revenue projection for next year that’s down by almost $300 million. The Line also takes on other important issues in the news.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Lois Ellen Frank, chef, Red Mesa Cuisine
Roxanne Swentzell, co-editor, “The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook
Jeff Proctor, independent journalist, The Justice Project

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Eric Griego, former state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of

The economic impact of medical cannabis in rural communities, Facebook in Los Lunas, The Line Panel


This week on New Mexico in Focus, we examine the economic impact of medical cannabis in rural communities in our latest report for Small Towns, Big Change. Producer Sarah Gustavus also looks at the potential impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico.

In our studio, NMiF host Gene Grant sits down with leaders from the Village of Los Lunas to talk about how their small town attracted a big player, and what the Facebook data center will mean for economic development in New Mexico.

The Line opinion panelists are also on hand to discuss national and local politics affecting New Mexicans.

Ralph Mims, economic development manager for the Village of Los Lunas
Gregory Martin, Los Lunas village administrator
Jill Sweeney, Village of Los Lunas bond attorney

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican
Trip Jennings, New Mexico in Depth
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy

Sarah Gustavus

Host / Commentator:
Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”

New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

The Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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