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Oil & Gas Development in the Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, State Education Lawsuit, The Line

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with Bernadette Demientieff, a leader of the Gwich’in people of Alaska, to talk about how allies from Alaska to Albuquerque are joining forces on the issue of oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Host Gene Grant and Albuquerque Journal political reporter Dan McKay discuss the latest news on the lawsuit that’s changing the way the state funds K-12 education.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the influx of immigrants seeking asylum and the call for health officials to help at the New Mexico/Mexico border. The Line also debates Albuquerque’s new plastic bag ban, as well as a call by the city’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency for APD spokesman Simon Drobik to resign due to alleged misuse of overtime.

Host: Gene Grant

Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales

Bernadette Demientieff, Gwich’in Steering Committee
Dan McKay, political reporter, Albuquerque Journal

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

Bernallilo Mobile Voting, Climate Change Affecting Spring Runoff & Summer Irrigation

NMiF: Our Land

This week on New Mexico in Focus, it’s a close look at Bernalillo County’s mobile voting unit, which debuted last fall as the first such experiment in the state. NMiF explains the program, its attractiveness to other counties and how voting officials decide where to take it for elections.

On this month’s installment of Our Land, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus looks at how climate change affects spring runoff and summer irrigation here in New Mexico. The interview is a companion piece to the broadcast of the national PBS series “Sinking Cities.”

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s new plan to address gun violence. The Line also takes a closer look at the Energy Transition Act that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law, and also discusses the bills that the governor vetoed.

Host: Gene Grant

Correspondent: Laura Paskus

Mike Hamman, CEO, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
Dave Gensler, hydrologist, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
Linda Stover, Bernalillo County Clerk
Peggy Carabajal, Valencia County Clerk

Line Panelists:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, senior director, government relations and regulatory counsel, Affirm, Inc.