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UNM Crime Report, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Line

Tim Keller

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller for an in-depth discussion on the eleven bonds and the quarter-cent gross receipts tax that will be on this November’s ballot, along with recent financial decisions that might impact how citizens vote.

In recognition of New Mexico’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day (replacing Columbus Day), the New Mexico in Focus crew heads to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to capture the sights and sounds of the celebration.

NMiF host Gene Grant looks into crime on urban college campuses like UNM – how police hope to track it and fight it, and whether a fence around campus or facial recognition software will help – in a conversation with Lt. Trace Peck of the University of New Mexico Police Department.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the benefit of body cameras for law enforcement officers in New Mexico. The Line also discusses the use of restraint in public schools and how best to protect some students from themselves and others while still being transparent about the process. Lastly, The Line looks at allegations by a Rio Grande Sun reporter of police harassment and retaliation for her coverage of a now-fired Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy.

Gene Grant   

Megan Kamerick

Tim Keller, Albuquerque Mayor
Lt. Trace Peck, UNM Police Department

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorne

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Our Land: Jet Fuel Pollution, The Line

1315 Indigenous Peoples Day

This week on New Mexico in Focus: The state’s first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day is right around the corner on Monday, October 13. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with three Native artists and activists about how they plan to celebrate, what the day can mean for Indigenous peoples, and how they pass their message and history to non-Natives who are curious about the past.

In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus examines the recently ramped-up effort to clean jet fuel pollution from the water below Albuquerque. The massive project comes after decades passed with undiscovered jet fuel seeping into the ground beneath Kirtland Air Force Base. The Air Force says it’s made big strides, and community leaders are looking to verify that.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to deny petitions related to decommissioning the San Juan Generating Station in light of the Energy Transition act, and putting all decisions back into the hands of the Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The Line panelists also discuss New Mexico’s Senate race, and the role campaign dollars will have in the primaries. Finally, the Line looks at the legislative actions a policy-reform think tank, Think New Mexico, is proposing to help senior citizens. 

Gene Grant   

Antonia Gonzales
Laura Paskus 

Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, Pueblo of Laguna; Rock Your Mocs founder
Def-I, Diné Nation; hip hop artist
Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia, Pueblo of Santa Ana; storyteller, educator and musician

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former state representative
Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican
Andy Lyman, New Mexico Political Report
Sophie Martin, attorney