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How the repeal of the ACA could effect New Mexico, reforming ethics to help the local economy, protecting water in Standing Rock and New Mexico, tribal leaders discuss priorities on American Indian Day, and a discussion about behavioral health funding.

Flags at Standing Rock

Photo by Antonia Gonzales

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse on efforts to create an independent ethics commission and she speaks with the new Secretary of State about increasing transparency. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales, at the Roundhouse on American Indian Day, speaks with current and future leaders about priorities for their tribes. Both interviews are part of People, Power and Democracy, a project that covers ethics, transparency and accountability in state government.

Since 2015, a tax overwhelmingly approved by voters is providing up to $20 million annually for mental health programs in Bernalillo County. Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with city and county officials and a mental health advocate about progress made so far in getting more services to more people in distress. 

In November and December of 2015, Navajo filmmaker Tony Estrada was at several camps near the Standing Rock Reservation where people were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL projects. Estrada spoke with those wishing to protect key water sources and interviewed some water protectors who came from New Mexico to support opposition to the project.

New Mexico in Focus host Gene Grant sits down with a representative from New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, an authority on health policy, and an advocate for Native Americans to talk about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could affect our state. 

Host:
Gene Grant

Correspondents:   
Gwyneth Doland
Antonia Gonzales
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Douglas Chaplin, director, Family & Community Services, city of Albuquerque
Katrina Hotrum, director, Substance Abuse Programs, Bernalillo County
Jim Ogle, member, Behavioral Health Taskforce and
former president, NAMI-New Mexico
Roxane Spruce Bly, independent consultant, Bly and Associates
Gabriel Sanchez, director, RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM and Latino Decisions,
Linda Wedeen, interim CEO, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (beWellnm)

Note: there is no Line Panel this week


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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.

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Community members affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees, a look at New Mexico’s tax system (People, Power, & Democracy), KUNM reporter Ed Williams on our opioid epidemic, and The Line Panel

Heroin

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This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS:

producer Sarah Gustavus talks with community members who are directly affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees. They look at how the order is impacting families here in New Mexico and how local advocates are responding.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse and talks with lawmakers to get some insight into how taxes are part of the budgeting process. The story is part of the People, Power and Democracy coverage, a collaborative reporting project which examines legislation that addresses ethics, accountability and transparency in the New Mexico state government.

KUNM reporter Ed Williams sits down with producer Sarah Gustavus to discuss his coverage of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations. The series, following the lives of families and health leaders in Española, is called Enduring Addiction: The Long Fight Against Heroin In Northern New Mexico. 

NMIF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the latest stories in the news, including recent protests in Albuquerque over President Trump’s actions concerning immigrants, and upcoming school board elections.

STUDIO GUESTS:
Neda Kherbik, Albuquerque resident
Celia Yapita, Catholic Charities
Ed Williams, KUNM Public Health Reporter

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 DukeCityFix.com 

CORRESPONDENT:    
Sarah Gustavus
Gwyneth Doland

HOST/COMMENTATOR:
Gene Grant


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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.

Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch New Mexico in Focus again online at www.newmexicopbs.org shortly thereafter.

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