Category Archives: Climate

District 3 and 5 Albuquerque city council candidates, a discussion about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality, plus the Line panel.

NMiF: Dr. Richard Wood

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 3 and district 5 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

And producer Sarah Gustavus talks with Dr. Richard Wood from UNM about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality across the country.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including what New Mexico’s education plan, newly approved by the U.S. Education Department, will mean for the state’s schools. They also discuss a judge’s ruling that ten of Governor Susana Martinez’s vetoes from this year’s legislative session were invalid, and look at New Mexico’s reactions to the racial violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Klarissa Peña, District 3 Candidate (Incumbent)
Christopher Sedillo, District 3 Candidate
Robert J. Aragon, District 5 Candidate
Cynthia Borrego, District 5 Candidate
Catherine Trujillo, District 5 Candidate
Richard L. Wood, professor, UNM Department of Sociology

Line Panelists:          
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management


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Our Land: Collaborative Forest Restoration

NMiF: Our Land

August 11, 2017 - In the Jemez Mountains, a long-term project brings together people from different backgrounds, scientists from a range of disciplines and even environmental advocates and the timber industry.

The Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres spread across the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and the Pueblo of Jemez.

The goal is to return the Jemez’s forests to their more natural state—closer to what they were like before large-scale grazing in the late 1800s and a century’s worth of fire-suppression led to the thickets they had become by the end of the 20th century, when overgrown forests, drought and warming led to fires like Las Conchas in 2011.

On the latest episode of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” Dr. Bob Parmenter, chief of science and resource stewardship at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Susan Harrelson, a silviculturalist with the U.S. Forest Service show us the difference between healthy and overgrown forests in northern New Mexico and talk about the importance of reintroducing fire to the landscape.

Learn More/Read More:

Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

Santa Fe National Forest historic photograph archives

Valles Caldera National Preserve

New Mexico Political Report