This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant and a special Line panel of local journalists continue our countdown of the top stories of 2017. This week, they look at the impact on New Mexico of their picks for the top five major news events of the year. Topics discussed include education reforms, police reforms, and crime in New Mexico.
And we revisit a story from last summer. Producer Sarah Gustavus takes us to Paws and Stripes in Albuquerque to learn about their unique model of matching veterans with shelter dogs that can be trained as service animals. Paws and Stripes also offers training, mental health services and camaraderie with other vets who understand the challenges of returning to civilian life after an injury during service.
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican