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Pure Land: Annette McGivney

Pure Land

February 9, 2018 – In her new book, Pure Land, author Annette McGivney chronicles the decade she spent covering Japanese hiker Tomomi Hanamure’s 2006 murder. The 34-year-old was killed on her birthday near the picturesque waterfalls on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon. A Native man, Randy Wescogame, was convicted of her murder.

McGivney followed the case as Southwest regional editor for Backpacker Magazine but couldn’t quite explain why she was unable to let go of the histories that brought Hanamure and Wescogame together. Then, as the Flagstaff-based author and journalist was midway through researching the book, her own past came roaring back into her life and refused to be ignored.


Backpacker: Freefall: Murder in the Grand Canyon
Santa Fe Reporter: 3 Questions
I Am Pure Land

Native Americans using online tools to improve their health, BEMP, making streets safer through neighborhood initiatives, plus the Line panel.

NMiF: Health and Wellness

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we look at how some Native Americans are using online tools to improve their health. Our report from Antonia Gonzales and Sarah Gustavus is part of the ongoing series “Re-connecting with a Healthy Lifestyle,” which was produced with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism in collaboration with National Native News.

Correspondent Laura Paskus follows students who are collecting data for the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP).

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with leaders of neighborhood coalitions to share how they are making their streets safer through initiatives such as the Light the District project.

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the effects the proposed federal tax law could have on New Mexico, even while oil revenues are looking up. They also examine the questions Attorney General Hector Balderas has over UNM’s internal investigation into its athletics department, and look at steps to help low-performing elementary schools.

Gene Grant

Antonia Gonzales
Sarah Gustavus
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Enrique Cardiel, facilitator, International District Healthy Communities Coalition
Bernadette Hardy, co-coordinator, International District Healthy Communities Coalition
Sara Mancini, manager, Office of Neighborhood Coordination

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Eric Griego, former state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney


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 www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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