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Chaco Park Withdrawal, APS Enrollment Proposal & Santa Fe Pride

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and The Line Opinion Panel discuss the recent developments in the U.S. Interior Department’s decision to withdraw oil and gas leases from Chaco Park and the surrounding 10-mile area. Plus, the panel reacts to the protest that disrupted Interior Sec. Deb Haaland’s planned visit to the area. Gene and The Line also talk through a planned policy change at Albuquerque Public Schools that would prevent prospective students with past expulsions or other disciplinary issues from enrolling in the district’s schools. Our panelists debate some of the concerns surrounding the policy, including the possibility that it could push more kids through the cracks and into the criminal justice system. Finally, the panel takes a look at the state’s $500 million settlement with Walgreens over the pharmacy chain’s role in the opioid epidemic.  

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in New Mexico’s capital city. Santa Fe is marking the occasion with a series of events that will eclipse any previous Pride festivities in the city. NMiF Senior Producer Lou DiVizio speaks with the executive director of the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance, Kevin Bowen, to ask about what went into this year’s planning, and why New Mexico continues to be a welcoming place for the LGBTQ community.  

In Michelle Otero’s latest book, Vessels: A Memoir of Borders, she tackles a complicated family history. In conversation with Our Land’s Laura Paskus, Otero talks about the process of writing as an act of healing.  

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Martha Burk, political psychologist, author 
Shaun Griswold, editor, Source New Mexico 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations 


Santa Fe Pride’s 30th Anniversary 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Guest: Kevin Bowen, executive director, Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance 

Writing as Healing 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guest: Michelle Otero, author, “Vessels: A Memoir of Borders”