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This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Laura Paskus continues her series of interviews with journalists around the state as they cover COVID-19 in their communities. Although it’s in Texas, El Paso’s proximity to our state and the border with Mexico makes it an important part of the pandemic’s equation. Paskus talks with two veteran border journalists, Bob Moore of El Paso Matters and Lauren Villagran, immigration reporter with the El Paso Times.

Senior producer Matt Grubs looks at testing for the novel coronavirus – both for those infected and for those who may have had the virus with only mild or no symptoms. Grubs talks with Dr. David Grenache, who is the chief scientific officer of TriCore Reference Laboratories, the largest independent laboratory in the state.

In an interview recorded earlier this year, correspondent Russell Contreras sat down with Cynthia Kennedy for a deeply personal tribute to her grandfather: author, educator and civil rights leader George I. Sanchez. His book “Forgotten People: A Study of New Mexicans,” first published in 1940, looked at the status of education among Mexican Americans and Native Americans. It was a pioneering work, as it was the first book of its kind written by someone who was himself a person of color. His granddaughter, herself an educator, speaks of her determination not to let his legacy be forgotten.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the state’s reaction to the governor’s COVID-19 updates, which included opening more retail businesses but not opening restaurants to dine-in service. The new public health order also requires, with few exceptions, wearing face masks in public – a mandate that is not sitting well with everyone. And with the state’s primary close upon us, The Line also looks at contested federal races.

Host: Gene Grant

In Focus Interviews:
COVID-19 in El Paso
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Bob Moore, president and CEO,
Lauren Villagran, reporter, El Paso Times

COVID-19 Testing at TriCore Reference Labs
Correspondent: Matt Grubs
Dr. David Grenache, chief scientific officer, TriCore Reference Laboratories

Civil Rights Pioneer George I. Sánchez
Correspondent: Russell Contreras
Cynthia Kennedy, granddaughter of educator and civil rights pioneer George I. Sanchez

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former state representative
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council