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Forest Service Resuming Prescribed Burns, Citizen Perception Survey on Homelessness & Red Flag Laws

This week on the podcast, host Lou DiVizio runs down the top headlines impacting New Mexicans, including the announcement from the U.S. Forest Service on prescribed burns. 

Then, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel talk through the historic ruling that removes Couy Griffin from his position as Otero County Commissioner, and bars him from holding future public office. 

Gene and the Panel then weigh in on a new survey that shows 70% of Albuquerque citizens are unhappy with the city’s response to homelessness. 

Plus, our panelists react to data from a new investigation that shows New Mexico has used its red flag law just eight times since 2020, a time period where 600 New Mexicans died from gun violence.

Host: Lou DiVizio

Line Host: Gene Grant

The Line Opinion Panel:

Michael Bird, public health consultant

Tom Garrity, Garrity Group Public Relations

Cathryn McGill, founder, director, NM Black Leadership Council

For More Information:

US restarts burns of forest fuel, paused after runaway blaze – Associated Press

NM AG declines to charge deputies in woman’s shooting death – Associated Press

Behavioral health system a ‘weak chain’ – Albuquerque Journal

US to award $35M in grants to tribes for 988 crisis line – Associated Press

Judge removes C4T leader Couy Griffin from Office for Role in Jan.6 Attack

Court bars Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin from holding public office

School district, city teaming up over concerns at Wilson Park

ABQ residents unhappy with city’s homelessness response, survey shows

New Mexico among states with little use of ‘red flag’ gun law

NMDOH HB68: Violence Prevention Act Grant Funds Update