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2023 Revisited: One-on-One with U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez, Listening to the Gila

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we take you back to September and U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez’s first interview on NMPBS.. Correspondent Russell Contreras asks about Uballez’s background, his approach to the position, youth gun violence, the effectiveness of the Department of Justice’s police reform efforts in Albuquerque and several initiatives his office is pursuing to expand services on the Navajo Nation. 

COVID, remote learning, returning to school and concerns about safety are all major challenges that have snowballed for students in recent years. Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks with two school counselors about the unique hurdles students are confronting and how they’ve impacted their mental health and coursework.   

“The Legacy Project” is a new archival endeavor from the National Hispanic Cultural Center to preserve a dying Spanish dialect spoken in Northern New Mexico. Senior Producer Lou DiVizio speaks to center director Zack Quintero about the project. 

Rarely in the United States do we remember that rivers are living beings themselves — and they have something to teach us. With funding from The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder, Our Land’s Laura Paskus visited the Gila River, including a stretch that would have been changed forever if New Mexico had built a controversial diversion. In this special segment, we consider what lessons the Upper Gila River holds for the future — and the rest of the Colorado River Basin.

Host: Lou DiVizio

One-on-One with U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez: Part 2 
Correspondent: Russell Contreras 
Guest: Alexander Uballez, U.S. Attorney, District of New Mexico 

School Counselors Assess the Student Experience in 2023 
Correspondent: Jeff Proctor 
Guests: Bryan Gabaldon, school counselor, Highland High School 
Devon Shelton, school counselor, Alameda Elementary School 

Saving a Dying Spanish Dialect in Northern New Mexico 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Guest: Zack Quintero, director, National Hispanic Cultural Center 

Listening to the Gila 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guests: Martha Cooper, Freshwater Director, The Nature Conservancy 
Joe Saenz, Chihe´ne (Warm Springs Apache)