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Trump in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque’s Climate Strike, The Line

1312 Global Climate Strike

This week, New Mexico in Focus heads to the rally for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Trump made his first visit to New Mexico since becoming president, bringing an overflow crowd of supporters to Rio Rancho. NMiF speaks to supporters and excerpts the president’s speech, as well as to protesters and Democrats who rallied against the president.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel also spend time talking about the president’s effort to flip New Mexico, which has voted for a Republican presidential candidate just once in the past seven elections. The president spent much of his speech trying to woo Hispanic voters, seen as key to his chances in the state and, potentially, as he tries to win other states in 2020.

Ahead of the planned Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus speaks with three students who will walk out of school to raise awareness of human-caused climate change. The conversation is part of the Covering Climate Now Initiative, through which more than 250 media outlets worldwide are concentrating climate change coverage ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel also talk about the city of Albuquerque’s proposal to boost public financing for mayoral and city council races. Two ideas on the ballot in November would boost financing by 75 percent for candidates. One of those proposals would also implement the controversial Democracy Dollars plan. And the opinion panelists also look at the governor’s effort to provide free tuition at all state colleges and universities.

Host: Gene Grant   

Laura Paskus

Eliot Patton, 8th grade, Bosque School
Mariluz Lebkuechner, senior, The Public Academy for Performing Arts
Olivia Gonzales, sophomore, The Public Academy for Performing Arts

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works

“Sovereignty” Play, Blue-Green Algae Blooms, The Line

sovereignty play

This week, art imitates life on New Mexico in Focus. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with attorney and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle. Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center recently hosted a stage reading of her play, “Sovereignty.” The production is set in both the 1800s and in modern times and tells the story behind a landmark jurisdiction case won before the U.S. Supreme Court by the Cherokee Nation. Nagle explains how her career as an attorney affects her storytelling style. She also explores the continuing struggles in the theater world for accurate representations of Indigenous people and issues.

In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus investigates the recent outbreak of blue-green algae blooms at some New Mexico lakes. Those blooms have caused some closures later this summer because of the health risks to people and pets. Experts help explain more about the risks from exposure to the blooms and what is being done to try and keep the problem from spreading.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss President Trump’s plan to divert more than $100 million earmarked for New Mexico military projects to fund a border wall. The Line panelists also debate an idea to create a new permanent fund for early childhood education, and go inside the state’s struggles to move from coal to renewable energy sources.

Host: Gene Grant   

Antonia Gonzales
Laura Paskus

Field Guests:
Becky Bixby, research assistant professor, UNM Department of Biology
John Mueller, operations project manager, Abiquiu Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kristopher Barrios, program manager, New Mexico Environment Department

Studio Guests:
Mary Kathryn Nagle, Attorney and Playwright, “Sovereignty”

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies and “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital